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Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar

Introducing one of Singapore’s newest Artisan bakeries that has just recently opened, I would like to announce that Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar is my new favourite hangout and place to have brunch.

This establishment is everything you want on a chilled Saturday or Sunday out with the family or friends.

Free parking right in front of the bistro? Check.
The lovely smell of freshly baked bread and pastries when you walk in? Check.
Spacious area with various seating options? Check.
A display of baked goods for you to visually indulge in before ordering? Check.
Friendly and efficient staff to take your orders? Check.
Not too long waiting time for your food? Check.
Delicious tasting food on your table? Check.
And of course nett prices for your bill? Check.

Yes, Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar has pretty much won me and my friends over in just one afternoon.

With the bakery section helmed by Head Baker Audrey Tan of Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux, you know that you are definitely in for a treat where the breads and baked goods are concerned. Order an Artisan Bread Basket from the menu for $5 and you can thank me later.

Alternatively, go for any of their breakfast sets and it comes with a basket of breads as well. Our server voluntarily offered to change our Grimbergen Ambrée beer bread to a variety of breads instead so we could have a sample of everything.

The Almond Brioche, White Ciabatta, Cranberry Bread and Raisin Bread were 4 of which we tried and they were good. Simply good. Top marks to the Almond Brioche which was light, fluffy and sweet, almost like eating a sponge cake. Spread a little strawberry or orange peel jam which they provide in round glass jars, it feels almost like home as you dip a serving spoon in and load a wobbleful onto your bread and eat it with your hands. Contentment!

And ladies and gentlemen, I will now introduce to you The BEST Eggs Benedict in Singapore $18, agreed among the consensus of 4 Eggs Ben fanatics at the table. And we think that it might even beat those at Choupinette hands down. Beautifully poached eggs on white fluffy ciabatta with thick and creamy hollandaise sauce and thinly cured ham in between. This was truly a perfect Eggs Ben. All you Eggs Ben fans out there, you would not want to miss this.

Could not resist taking an egg yolk flow shot. Do not worry about the tiny size of the muffins, this dish fills you up quite easily once you have polished it off. And trust me, you will be very satisfied.

epilogue café @ ION Orchard

Tucked away in the corner of level 4 of one of Singapore’s busiest and biggest shopping malls, Ion Orchard, within Prologue Bookstore is an F&B subsidiary of Popular Holdings Limited- Epilogue Café. The answer to every bookworm’s dream, Epilogue Café offers readers an opportunity to pick up their favourite book and enjoy it over a good brew of coffee or tea. While Ion Orchard is hardly the place you would first think of when a quiet, peaceful sanctuary is required, this cafe offers just that very experience in the midst of a very bustling Orchard Road.

My friend and I were invited down to Epilogue Café for an afternoon of quiet indulgence as well as to sample some of their signature creations and beverages that patrons too can enjoy while they are here.

Furnished with vibrant coloured red and black velvet-like armchairs with by-the-window options that offer a great view of the busy streets of Orchard (one can only imagine how beautiful it will be at nights when the streets are all lit up), the drill is simple- browse through the menu on the screens or be tempted by the delectable treats they have on display, place your order at the counter and make your payment at the same time. The food will be served to your table.

We were first treated to their Soup of the day which was French Onion Soup. Taking the first spoonful of this soup, I was pleasantly surprised at how good it tasted. There was a generous serve of caramelized onions at the base with adequate reduction of the soup, allowing the sweetness to flow through without being too thick or watery. Dipping the croutons at the side into the soup was a great pairing.

Next was the Beef Pastrami Sandwich. For starters, the serving was definitely huge and not for the fainthearted. Loved how the chef had actually stacked my sandwich with pieces of the delicatessen meat and topped it off with a thick layer of melted cheese. Comfort food oh yeah! The bread was nicely buttered and toasted and overall, it was a very hearty, filling and satisfying sandwich.

Late Plate @ Shaw Foundation Alumni House, NUS

NUS students will be more than happy to know that one of the most currently talked about brunch bistros in Singapore is conveniently tucked away in the corner of level 1 of the Shaw Foundation Alumni House at the National University of Singapore (NUS) campus. With Australian Chef Roland Graham who has an impressive 35 years of culinary experience under his belt as the man behind the scenes, you know you are in good hands here at Late Plate.

Though only opened for barely a few months, Late Plate has already created for itself quite an impressive track record, serving up good all-day-breakfast food in sizeable portions at affordable prices with no extra GST and service charge. The bistro can get pretty crowded at lunch times and reservations are highly recommended especially for big groups. Alternatively, sitting al-fresco here can be a pleasant experience as well because the open area is largely shaded from the sun and relatively windy.

We came here for brunch on a Thursday and was greeted by a very friendly and personable lady at the counter who patiently and enthusiastically recommended certain ‘must-tries’ as well as what was popular here at Late Plate.

Eventually we decided on the Communal Dining Set for min 2 to dine which turned out to be awfully worth it. The communal set came with an individual soup + a salad to share + any main you choose (U.P. $12-16) + a dessert platter of 3 desserts to share and all for just $19.90 nett each!

This Cream of Carrot and Potato Soup is certainly the king of all cream soups. Comfort food at its best, this was soothing and warm with such rich carrot and potato puree flavour. It was not too filling or heavy either, making it a pleasure to drink right to the very last drop!

The ‘Porky’ On a Roll (original price $16.90) with honey glazed pulled pork ribs was supposed to be served on a baguette roll but the staff were flexible enough to allow me to change my type of bread to Dark Rye. The pulled pork ribs were delicious and each mouthful was bursting with flavour. The meat was so tender, sweet with the honey glaze and chewy, I enjoyed my sandwich very much. This also came paired with a handful of potato chips and homemade coleslaw.

Sarnies @ 136 Telok Ayer Street

Sarnies- a Brit slang for Sandwiches, is a quaint little cafe located in the CBD area. Opened by a brother and sister team from Aussie, this sandwich specialty shop has fast worked its way into the hearts of many with their emphasis on healthy, organic, whole foods at affordable prices. It was hard not to feel a wave of nostalgia as I walked through the doors and saw the chalked boards which displayed the cafe’s offerings with salads, sandwiches and the wine display at the side because it was like any ‘typical’ cafe you would step into Down Under.

It was also noticeably obvious that most customers were regulars, evident from the friendly banter exchanged while the counter staff were taking orders though this is hardly surprising as they were very down-to-earth and genuine people. Because of the small seating area indoors and unless you were willing to sit outdoors in the sweltering heat, many people walked in and left with big brown paper bags as takeaways instead.

Known for their fresh ingredients and hearty portions, we decided to get a salad + sandwich + brownie to share so that we would be able to finish everything and at the same time, sample a little of everything!

We chose the Pesto Special which was a daily special salad. A large bowl of really fresh mixed lettuce, shredded chicken, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes with the biggest dollop of Pesto dressing ever! This homemade basil pesto dressing is the best pesto I have had by far. Great blend of crushed garlic, basil and olive oil with bits of pine nuts that just pulled the entire salad together with its flavour and almost creamy consistency. We loved it so much we had to ask if the dressing was for sale. And guess what? It is! Just call a couple of days ahead, place your order and you can go down to collect your very own container of basil pesto dressing..imagine how awesome al dente spaghetti would taste with that pesto!

Next up was their crowd-pleasing Aussie Grass Fed Steak, dijon mustard, mixed lettuce, mushrooms and caramelized onions that is only available for lunch. The bread is apparently handmade and baked by the owners each day and is a hit with customers. Unfortunately, the crust was a little too rock hard for me and I was finding difficulty in biting through the sandwich, which was frustrating because the layers of steak, mushrooms and caramelized onions spilling out of the sandwich looked so inviting.

Selfish Gene Cafe

Barely a year old, Selfish Gene Cafe has already made quite a name for itself in the Duxton area. Opened by Le Cordon Bleu graduate Gene Mok, this cafe prides itself at serving unpretentious, affordable and definitely tasty food accompanied with a good brew of coffee or tea. After all, as his tagline goes.. ‘Gene is selfish because he will not serve food he would not eat!’

We wandered to this cafe quite by accident because Group Therapy Cafe was closed for the day and my were we glad we made that ‘accident’.

The Smoked Salmon Sandwich was a good portion and size. The focaccia had a well kneaded tough exterior but a complimentary moist and holey middle after biting into it. Though we did away with the cream cheese for this one, the sandwich was still not too dry and definitely refreshing for an afternoon bite! The accompanying mesclun salad with the homemade dressing was delicious. It was tangy, sweet and perfect for those green leaves. This is one homemade recipe I would really like to get my hands on!

The Mushroom Toast was great mix of chopped mushrooms sautéed in a little butter, olive oil, garlic and thyme and topped on a crisp slice of toasted bread. This tasted as pretty as it looked and it definitely left us wanting more after we cleaned this plate up.