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Most brunch places on the weekends do not open early enough. True, many do want to sleep in but there are early risers like me who usually prefer having breakfast or brunch earlier so that the rest of the day is freed up to run errands amongst other things. Needless to say, I was stoked to find out that Jamie’s Italian at Vivocity had recently launched their new weekend breakfast menu which starts from 9.30am and ends at 11.30am- before their regular menu begins.
Expect family-friendly items, healthy choices and basically very wholesome options on this new breakfast menu. Inspired by Jamie Oliver’s love for comfort food, it is all about fluffy American pancakes, British-style fry ups, Breakfast Butties and great Vegetarian alternatives- reasonably priced between $7.50 – $19.50.
I zoomed into the Smashed Spicy Avocado $12.50 which turned out to be a great pick with its buttery creaminess and hint of spice that complimented the toasted Calabrese bread so beautifully. An interesting twist to the usual buttered toast and one that is filled with nutrients and healthy monounsaturated fats as well. Vegans and non-vegans alike will definitely enjoy this one. I know I did.
Keyaki, located at level 4 of Pan Pacific Singapore is probably one of the more scenic Japanese restaurants that I have ever dined at in Singapore. Spanning across an elegantly sculpted garden and fronted by a koi pond, this restaurant is classy yet traditional and forms the ideal backdrop to enjoy an authentic Okonomi styled kaiseki weekend brunch. Featuring a menu of perennial Japanese favourites curated by Chef Hiroshi Ishii, guests can look forward to customising their very own 8-course meal for $75++ ($125 inclusive of unlimited sake, Champagne, selected red and white wines and beer) as they experience the wide range of dishes Keyaki has to offer.
Starting with the Kobachi, better known as the amuse bouche course, choices include the Seared Beef with Ponzu Sauce, Sweet Miso-Glazed Konnyaku, Avocado Salad or Spinach in Goma Sauce. We picked the Unagi Omelette and thoroughly enjoyed the sweetness and fluffiness of the Tamagoyaki which was complimented by the grilled richness of the eel.
Perched at the summit of ION Orchard is Salt Grill & Sky Bar opened by celebrity chef-restaurateur Luke Mangan. Known for serving Modern Australian cuisine, this elegant fine-dining restaurant boasts of a panoramic 360 degree view of the Orchard area which impresses both in the day and at night. Touted as one of the most romantic restaurants on our island with its sky high dining experience, Salt Grill & Sky Bar has recently launched a new Weekend Brunch menu for diners to enjoy its picturesque charm in the day as you dine by the stunning view unveiled by its floor-to-ceiling windows.
The Weekend Brunch menu here at Salt Grill is rather straightforward and simple. With just 4 items on the list- The Full Aussie Breakfast, Eggs Benedict, French Toast and Butter Milk Pancakes, the concept is a “Make Your Own Brunch Platter” for $40++. Essentially, you pick a main and 2 sides (roast mushrooms with garlic butter, bacon, baked beans, grilled wagyu sausage, avocado, house made crumpets, rocket & pear salad or grilled tomatoes with sea salt) to customize your platter. Each platter also comes with freshly squeezed fruit juice and a choice of coffee or tea.
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.