New York’s Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant Opens in Singapore

When word got out that famed New York’s Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant was setting up shop in Singapore and having their soft opening on 19 Sep 15 at 9.05am, a few foodie friends and I immediately rescheduled our original Saturday plans and excitedly made our way down to the 60-seat space in Purvis Street. We arrived at about 10am and already the restaurant was full house so we had to wait for about 20min before we finally got a table. Relatively fast though in my opinion, considering that my prior experience in NYC had me waiting 2 hours on a cold rainy day outside their flagship outlet in Lower East Side before we were ushered inside to a table.

The menu here in Singapore is supposedly similar to the one in NYC. I recognized a few classic items such as their Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes, Chicken & Waffles, Southern Breakfast and Eggs Benedict. Prices range from $13.50 to $23. Reasonable and none too pricey.

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We placed our orders the moment we sat down and though we had plans to order quite a number of items on the menu, the server cautiously reminded us that “portions were American-sized” and that we should be less ambitious with our orders. Rightfully so because when those plates arrived on our tables, servings were admittedly very generous.

The famous Chicken & Waffles $21 which is part of their Lunch menu, is only available from 11.30am onwards. Crispy buttermilk fried chicken atop a buttermilk waffle- this is your classic Southern American dish. The waffle itself was a little dense and doughy, more savory than sweet thereby complimenting those chicken pieces quite flawlessly. The meat was unfortunately a tad dry and could have been juicier but there was nothing a dip of the Clinton St. signature warm maple butter and honey-Tabasco sauce could not solve.

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From their All-Day-Breakfast menu, the Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich $13.50 with house made tomato jam, melted cheddar, scrambled eggs and hash browns is an interesting one. Not something you would usually find on our cafe brunch menus so it is a refreshing alternative. I remembered having this in NYC and mentioned that the hash browns were a game changer for me. Well, I am happy to report that it is just as good here. We also ordered a side of Sugar-Cured Bacon $7 which was a delightful balance of sweet and savory- reminiscent of the ones I had before.

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Of course one must not leave Clinton St. without ordering their Warm Maple Butter Pancakes $18. They did after all become a household name in NYC because of those fluffy pancakes. There are three variations offered here- Blueberry, Banana Walnut and Chocolate Chunk. I strongly recommend the Blueberry ones but if you are not a fan of berries like my friend, the Banana Walnut made for a good substitute.

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Three thick yet amazingly light pancakes with just the right amount of aeration and slices of banana in the pancake batter itself, these gorgeous fluffy babies were decidedly worth every single penny. Satisfying to have on its own and made more charming with a drizzle of warm Maple Butter. You might want to share these between at least 3-4 people though especially if you are considering ordering other items on the menu.

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I am extremely psyched that Clinton St. has decided to open an outlet here in Singapore. Having a taste of their dishes brought me straight back to that faithful day in NYC and I am glad that these classic American comfort brunch foods are now available on our little island. Suffice to say, I will be back to try more of their menu.

Check out my previous post on Clinton St. Baking Company here.

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31 Purvis Street
Singapore 188608
Tel: 6684 4845

Opening hrs:
8am-6pm daily

Singapore

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