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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.
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.
Tucked away in the quiet enclave of Rochester Park and just a level below the upscale Nosh restaurant, is the more casual and cosy version sister cafe- Noshery. Enshrouded with greenery and the ideal escape away from the bustling streets, this place is the answer for cafehoppers looking for a hidden gem that is serene and peaceful. Accompanied by great coffee, good food and the touch of tranquility, it is not hard to be charmed by this neat space.
We dropped by on a Saturday to try their Weekend Brunch menu and was led to the al fresco area as the area downstairs was unfortunately already full. There was nothing much to complain about though because the upper deck had a theme of wood and whites, bathed in natural lighting and almost perfect for taking photographs. With high powered fans covering almost every corner too, sitting outdoors in our heat was pleasantly bearable and enjoyable even.
Pamper your daddy this Father’s Day by treating him to an indulgent and sumptuous weekend brunch at the Crystal Jade Group’s newest luxurious concept- Crystal Jade Prestige. Set against the backdrop of Singapore’s central business district at Marina Bay Financial Centre, this contemporary Chinese restaurant is the ideal location to savour and enjoy the decadent Chinese delicacies with loved ones and friends.
For every weekend from 1 May to 26 June between 11:30am to 3pm, diners can customise their very own brunch menu by choosing 10 items from 5 different categories, namely appetisers, dim sum, BBQ meat selection, soups, wok-fried dishes and desserts.
From the Dim Sum section, we picked 5 that piqued our interest most. The first was this Steamed Dumpling with Shrimp & Black Garlic, which was a nod to the classic Har Gow or Steamed Shrimp Dumpling. Topped with a slice of black garlic to intensify the sweetness of the shrimp, this charmed with its presentation and that flavoursome profile.
Next to arrive was the Steamed Pork & Shrimp Dumpling topped with Caviar, a fancy version of the well-loved Siew Mai. Hard to fault when you have plump meat pouches complimented by large firm beads of salty-sweet earthiness that added a dimension of richness to the overall dish.
An offshoot of the “Salt” brand by celebrated Australian Chef Luke Mangan, Salt Tapas & Bar located at level 1 of Raffles City Shopping Centre is all about Spanish modern tapas with an Aussie twist. Not too long ago, the restaurant also introduced a new weekend brunch menu featuring hearty brunch items, paired with a glass a Sangria and accompanied by groovy beats- guaranteed to give diners a laid-back and enjoyable weekend experience.
We started with an Egg Berentine with Bonito Flakes $14– essentially an amalgamation of two classic brunch essentials- the Benedict and Florentine. Only difference this time is that one does not need to choose between ham or wilted spinach. Every element of this dish is made in-house, even those toasty muffins that the beautifully poached eggs were resting atop of. Complete with a buttery and creamy hollandaise sauce which was seasoned with dashi broth for a savoury finish, this whole plate was quite hard to fault.
For something different, order the Pork Belly Sliders $13 which were small in size but big on flavours. We were enthralled by the myriad of textures from the slow-cooked till tender bbq pulled pork and that sinfully-juicy slab of pork belly stacked and smothered with some mustard, finished with slices of cut red chilli for a fiery burst.
North Canal Road has a new addition to its row of eateries and that tenant is none other than PUNCH- the brainchild of the people behind Ronin and The Plain. Although it has only been a week since its opening, PUNCH has already created quite the wave on social media with its beautiful instagram-friendly courtyard and nailing that highly sought-after minimalistic look that most cafes seem to be going for these days. Concrete with wooden accents and touches of greenery, the overall attitude was casual, laid-back and effortlessly hipster.
The concept here at PUNCH is similar to that of Ronin in that there is no actual menu and the wait staff recites the menu out to you, dish by dish so you can stop him/her at any point for further clarifications on the ingredients or components of any of the items. Novel idea and quite brilliant actually considering that the menu does change up frequently and the cafe saves on having to print new hardcopy menus each time they add or remove a dish.
We came by on a Saturday afternoon and was informed that only the Brunch menu was being offered. This also meant that the much raved about Fried Chicken that everyone says is a must-try at PUNCH, was not available. We were definitely disappointed to find that out but nonetheless settled for a bowl of Classic Bolognese $16 which our friendly server convinced us, was a worthy alternative. Made with three different types of minced meat- chicken, pork and beef, this bolognese served with spaghetti was more towards the dry side so if you prefer your pasta soaked with gravy, this probably would not be your cup of tea. Notwithstanding that, it was still enjoyable but none too mind-blowing.