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It is not easy to find a good eatery in Orchard. It is easy to find food yes, but good food at affordable prices? That might just be cutting it close. So when Seasons Bistro first popped up right in the heart of town at Triple One Somerset, I did have my reservations at the beginning and presumed all too quickly that it was going to be yet another one of those mediocre Western restaurants charging exorbitant prices for average food.
Nonetheless, the convenience of its location was a highly appealing factor and when I found out that they had launched their Weekend Brunch Menu, I was definitely game to try it.
Taking over the former space of Applebee’s, Seasons Bistro- as its name explains it, is all about eating with the season. The menu changes seasonally because Thomas the owner believes that the produce is at its freshest during its own season and therefore highly accessible. And also because the ingredients are widely available during this period, costs are lowered and savings are passed on to the customers by keeping prices of the dishes affordable. Expect to pay $10-$18 for a brunch item and $8-$12 for desserts.
The food served here at Seasons Bistro is truly American. Not your usual burgers and fries but more of a reflection on how diverse the American culture has grown with touches of Mexican, Canadian, New England and New York City lending their own unique influence to the dishes Executive Chef Benjamin Fong makes.
From their Weekend Brunch menu list, we tried the Montreal & Lox $15 which featured a winning combination of smoked salmon and capers served with toasted bagel and cream cheese. Gorgeous presentation and the vibrant colours of this dish ticked all the boxes for me. An example of really fresh ingredients thoughtfully thrown together for a satisfying result. The Lumberjack $18 with its alluring fried sunny side up molten yolks and addictive home fries was a home run for all of us. Stacked with a round slightly doughy pancake that was good to eat even on its own, smoked bacon and a chunky sausage bursting out of its skin, we all agreed that this was comfort food at its best.
Creating quite the ruckus along the quiet row of shophouses along Bukit Timah Road- next to Coronation Plaza, is an all-day bakery and brasserie offering freshly baked, organic artisanal breads and delightful wholesome hearty meals that recently opened barely half a year ago. Started by the same people behind the now-defunct Uppercrust, The Missing Pan is a welcoming addition to the West and judging from the long queues that were forming outside this two storey loft-style bakery on the Saturday morning that I was there, everyone probably feels the same way as I do.
I have personally been here a couple of times, not only because of how convenient the location is and the proximity it is to my place but also because the dishes here are interesting and somewhat unusual yet still homely and comforting. If you are a fan of breads as I am, you will be happy to know that all the breads from The Missing Pan are free from preservatives, additives and flavourings, with vegan and dairy-free options for those with certain food intolerances as well.
We came here for their brunch menu which extends all the way till 4pm on weekends but ends at 2.30pm on weekdays. Dinner features a completely different slightly fancy seasonal menu and starts at 6pm everyday.
Dishes for brunch here at The Missing Pan are considerably extensive and divides itself into 3 broad categories- Cold, Hot and Desserts. Simple and succinct. Cold items include their In-House Bircher Museli (already sold out by the time we reached), Grilled Pumpkin Salad and Beetroot Quinoa Salad- all priced between $10-$12. The latter with its chunks of candied beetroot, fresh arugula and protein-rich quinoa grains is one of their best-sellers and we vouch for it too!
An item that we saw on almost every table while we were there and probably one of the most instagrammed item on their #themissingpan hashtag, was this 62 Degree Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon $22, which is a definite must-try. The yolk of the poached eggs cooked at 62 degrees, do not flow easily and has more of a custardy consistency, complimenting that creaminess of the avocado spread and homemade hollandaise sauce. The smoked salmon portion, served in cubes instead of the usual slices, was generous with subtle salty notes and a perfect match for those freshly baked slices of organic sourdough it was resting on. One of the best I have had so far.
One of the first third wave coffee movement joints to hit the scene back in 2010 and possibly also the first of many cafes which laid the blueprint for the hip indie estate the Tiong Bahru enclave would become today, 40 Hands by Harry Grover and Spa Esprit Group has since undergone a facelift and a bit of a sprucing up before reopening its doors at the beginning of April this year.
While the former space had a bit of a grungy and brooding soul, the revamp has made it a tad more polished, furnished with glossy tiling and all, adding a little bit more personal space between you and the neighbouring table. The menu is refreshed too, with brunch being served daily from 8am-4pm, complimented by the usual specialty coffee blends from Common Man Coffee Roasters that are pulled here.
Big cheers for no more having to squeeze with the crowds 40 Hands used to always pack in- back when brunch was available only on weekends. Weekdays are not that empty now either by the way. We came on a Wednesday morning and it was full house. Clearly, regulars are thrilled that this hipster coffee joint is now back in business.
New on the menu is their selection of Salads priced at about $15. The gym junkies will love the Muscle Mary which is extremely high in protein and low in fat, with ingredients of quinoa, broccoli, pickled beetroot and greek yoghurt. We ordered it because the name was just too tongue-in-cheek not to. Add $3 for a side of chicken as well. For a salad that even non-salad people will eat, The Megs is a great option- think bacon, feta cheese, macadamia nuts and roasted sweet potatoes.
From the brunch selection are offerings of Eggs Benedict with Juicy Steak/Organic Bacon $16- both served with a side of spicy roasted potatoes, Eggs Cocotte $16 and Brioche French Toast $15 with lemon curd. The eggs were beautifully poached, just like those at CMCR and those potatoes cooked with sun-dried tomatoes were so addictively good- they deserve a solo spot on the menu. The steak was bit too tough for our liking though, possibly because we took way too long with our photography as usual.
Not all about eggs, baked beans, waffles or pancakes anymore, KU DÉ TA Singapore redefines brunch by putting a Modern Asian twist to it. The menu curated by Executive Chef Frederic Faucheux, is a 5 course Japanese-inspired one and a culinary showcase of his Nobu roots. From traditional favourites of Donburi, Okonomiyaki and Ramen to unconventional takes on Laksa and Char Siew Hong Kong Noodles, KU DÉ TA’s newly launched Modern Asian Weekend Brunch is set to excite the palate and create an identity of its own in the world of brunch.
Oysters, Salmon Sashimi, Tuna Tataki
Our Saturday morning started on a luxurious note with bowls of Edamame sprinkled with Maldon salt grains, freshly shucked Oysters adorned with rich fat spheres of ikura, chopped apple and sweet wobbly bits of konbu kelly, and Salmon Sashimi dressed in creamy shishito dressing with an addictive umami finish.
Traveling to Sentosa is always an excuse to ‘get away from the city’. Granted that it is technically just a bridge away from the mainland, one will definitely feel that a different aura and vibe is in the air when you are there. After all, what’s not to love about our resort island with its gorgeous coastal settings and dynamic atmosphere?
The Sunday Remix Brunch at W Hotel, just next to Quayside Isle, gives you the perfect excuse to make a trip down, an opportunity to escape from the bustle of the city and simply soak up all the natural elements this vibrant locale has to offer.
Featuring the best culinary creations from its two resident restaurants- The Kitchen Table and SKIRT, this Sunday Brunch is a showcase of global classics, crisp salads, fresh seafood, live cooking stations and grilled-to-order meats and seafood from the latter’s parilla grill.
I stepped into The Kitchen Table and fell in love instantly. It’s hard not to, when the first thing that greets you near the entrance is this cheerful and exuberant display of desserts. The seating area too, charms with convival setting and jolliness. From shocking lime green water tumblers that the waiters serve you with, to the brightly coloured cutlery and quirky salt & pepper shakers, this place certainly does not take itself too seriously and expects you not to as well.
Over at SKIRT, the Seafood Fridge beckons with its cuts of sashimi, succulent prawns and mussels, Alaskan king crab legs and an assortment of sushi. This was an immensely popular station with the crowds and I was lucky to snap this shot before the queues began to form all the way to the door!