Weekend Brunch @ Xiao Ya Tou, 6 Duxton Hill

By the same people behind one of Singapore’s well-loved cafes- Symmetry, comes an interesting concept that is both cheeky and playful. Serving “Naughty Modern Asian Cuisine” which is essentially local tze char done with a modernized twist, Xiao Ya Tou (小丫头), which means “little girl” in Mandarin, is the newest entry to the many eateries along Duxton Hill.

With its row of hanging red Chinese round lanterns framing the entrance, this quirky Asian restaurant and bar stands out from the recent trend of minimalist decor by re-creating the 1960s vibe which is synonymous with being flashy and gaudy. Similarly, XYT is unapologetically garish and showy with their multi-coloured colour theme throughout and neon sign featuring an outline of a risqué “hostess girl”.

We came by for their newly launched Weekend Brunch which was intriguingly one-of-a-kind Asian inspired, featuring dishes such as Chai Tow Kway, Spicy Otak-Otak Aglio Olio and Oyster Congee. Prices ranges from $12-$23 per item.

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Our first pick was the Unagi Benedict $23– poached eggs served atop deep fried mantou smothered in Yuzukosho Hollandaise and topped with two fillets of grilled eel. An interesting mish-mash of textures and flavours, the zest and spice from the citrus creamy sauce was also delightfully unexpected. We loved the touch of shredded nori to complete the Japanese feel.

Putting a Korean spin on the usual big breakfast, the Kimchi & Eggs $23 was a plate of kimchi scrambled eggs, mushroom ragout, crispy toufu, avocado salsa and the likes. Unfortunately, the many elements did not quite come together as ideally expected, with the kimchi being more salty than sour, and the mushrooms were sadly bland. The saving grace was probably the avocado salsa which was both tangy and appetising.

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The last dish of the day was the Mentaiko Mac & Cheese $16 that had chopped cubes of spam and a beautifully poached egg with a runny yolk. Visually appealing and photogenic, this one unfortunately scored higher in looks than it did in taste. While the macaroni was cooked al dente and the egg was near perfect, the mentaiko was somewhat flat and did not deliver the richness or creaminess that a mac & cheese is supposed to have. Probably more of a miss than a hit for us.

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Overall, XYT is certainly an interesting space to visit and check out. The food may be on the pricy side and flavours not mind-blowing but the novelty of its decor is a definite selling point. Do also check out their cocktails and extensive list of alcohols which makes it an ideal watering hole for after-work drinks.

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6 Duxton Hill
Singapore 089592
Tel: +65 6226 1965

Opening hrs:
Monday-Tuesday, Friday: 11am-11pm
Wednesday-Thursday: 5pm-11pm
Saturday: 9am-12am
Sunday: 9am-5pm


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