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On a late Sunday morning, you wake up, get dressed and take a leisurely drive to Keppel Bay. Brunch was served and savoured with the soothing view of luxurious yachts by the water. That’s life!


Photo: Prive Bakery Cafe

I didn’t expect the place to be rather occupied – among the crowd were many young families having a good time. Keppel Bay is akin to the quickest getaway out of the concrete jungle and at Privé, the smell of bread and brunch promptly sets you in relax mode.

Privé Bakery Cafe serves all-day breakfast as well as lunch staples such as pasta and burgers. At night the outdoor area is transformed into a waterfront bar. For more formal and high-end meals, you can dine at the neighbouring Privé restaurant.

I started off with my usual hot chocolate, which was rather average, but good enough for me on a comfortable Sunday.

Eggs Benedict ($13.50) was generally delicious, with mouth-watering runny yoke. If I were to make a comparison, I think the eggs here are slightly better than Spruce. But Wild Honey still win hands down with their European breakfast.

The Fluffy Pancakes ($13.50) was true to its name – light and fluffy. With simple garnish as well as the traditional maple syrup and cream, this was as good as it gets but I wouldn’t have the 3 pieces of pancakes all by myself.

As you can tell, the food offering was affordable but mediocre. Nonetheless Privé felt like the unpretentious place where you could dress down and enjoy a laid-back day. The spectacular view and the chill-out ambience more than make up for the average food.

Privé Bakery Café
2 Keppel Bay Vista
Keppel Bay Marina
Tel: 6776 0777

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I have heard so much Yays and Nays about Wild Honey that I decided that I had to try it to form my own judgment.

Tucked at a corner of Mandarin Gallery, we had to wait for about half an hour for a table when we reached at 12pm.

I fell in love with the comfortable decor of this place. The floral mismatched couches, the dim lighting and the chill-out music made me felt really lazy on a Saturday afternoon. In fact, Wild Honey reminded me of a random breakfast place at Manhattan, where I used to go to the counter and place my order, then bring my coffee/tea over to the window area to people watch.

Food-wise, the cafe adopts this rather refreshing approach of offering breakfasts from different countries. You can choose Swiss, Japanese, Tunisian, Scandinavian etc etc depending on your mood and cravings. Refer to the full menu here. If you are unsure, there are 2 sets of Ipod Touch at the counter where you can refer to the pictures.

I had the European breakfast ($18) with a cup of Hot Chocolate. The Hot Chocolate was nothing to shout about but the European breakfast, which consisted of Eggs Benedict with field mushrooms & ham on top of brioche bread, was delicious. The egg yolk oozed out and combined with the sweet brioche, while supplemented by the texture and taste of the savory mushrooms and ham. I love it! While the portion looks tiny, the set was actually quite filling. Undoubtedly, the price is on the slightly higher side but I didn’t mind paying for the quality of the food.

The Californian breakfast ($18) consisted of scrambled eggs, tofu, herbs, peppers on ciabatta. It was apparently very good too!

Verdict:

There is something for everyone. You can go for something exotic like the Yemen or Tunisian breakfast. For the sweet tooth, there are Belgium, Canadian and Sweet Morning. Pricing is on the higher side of the spectrum, as each person spends about $27 for breakfast and hot drink. It doesn’t help that the cafe doesn’t accept reservations and waiting time could be long. Nonetheless, I had a very comfortable and relaxed breakfast experience and wouldn’t mind paying Wild Honey another visit.

I bet some of you might ask if I prefer Spruce or Wild Honey. If I have the luxury of time and transport, I would go to Spruce anytime for its quieter location and more affordable offerings. Wild Honey, on the other hand, provide a homely respite from the crazy shopping or errand-running at Orchard.

Wild Honey
333A Orchard Road
#03-02 Mandarin Gallery
Tel: +65 6235 3900

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Tucked at an area called “Phoenix Park” at Tanglin, I initially envisioned Spruce to be a building out of nowhere in the midst of the Tanglin greenery. The place was surprisingly easy to find and only a short drive away from town.


Photo credits: Spruce

With its contemporary interiors and relaxed ambience, it didn’t feel like Singapore at all.

I had a Spruce Eggs Benny on Corn Waffle with Leg Bacon ($12). I never knew that waffles could be savory! The eggs benny were very well-done and blended well with the sweet waffle and the salty leg bacon. The affordable price is also something to smile at.

My favourite all-time beverage is hot chocolate. Spruce’s Hot Thick Chocolate ($6) did not disappoint. The texture was velvety and the taste was strong but not overpoweringly sweet.

Desserts were Spruce Sundae with Valrhona Fudge Sauce and Brownie Bits ($15) and Steamed Ginger Date Pudding with Chocolate Toffee Sauce ($12).

The brownie chunks and huge walnuts buried in the ice-cream were amazing, although we shouldn’t have chose sorbet. The ginger date pudding was moist and delicious. Of course, it didn’t go wrong with the vanilla ice-cream and warm chocolate sauce.

Verdict:

It is simple. I like Spruce and I would love to go there for lunch and dinner in future.

Spruce
320 Tanglin Road
Phoenix Park
Tel: +65 6836 5528
Brunch: 8.30am – 2.30pm

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The T Spot In the final post of my Shanghai series, I am going to introduce you to a cafe/bar that is set up by a Malaysian chef. hoF (House of Flour) is set up by Brian Tan, spreading its food(foot)prints in Shanghai with 3 outlets and is popular for the chocolate desserts and cocktails!

I visited the cafe at Sinan Road, which was really near the H&M flagship store on Huai Hai Middle Road. You can take a break there after all the crazy H&M shopping!

And I was there for brunch…

I started off with hot chocolate that came with a shot of Bailey’s. I am a fan of Hot Chocolates and this is a good cup of Hot Chocolate – thick consistency, pleasant aroma and sweet, but not too sweet.

And for the record, we were supposed to drink from the tip of the cup.

My Croque Monsieur was delicious and surprisingly filling. Things never go wrong with ham, cheese and bread although I was slightly disappointed that it left me with no space for desserts.

Some photos of what I had missed. hoF also serves cocktails, so you can actually pair your desserts with their special concoctions for the best experience.

Verdict:

Great food, great location and good ambience. This is the place where I can go to at any time – start the day with brunch, take a short mid-day break with afternoon tea or head down for a good dinner or just chill at night with their desserts and drinks.

hoF (House of Flour)
30 Sinan Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu (思南路30号, 近淮海中路)
+86 21 6093 2058

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You know at Sex and the City, the 4 friends will gather for Sunday brunch to update each other about what’s going on? It’s the casual place that requires no dressing up and no pretence. And if you’ve noticed, all the very important conversations in the show usually appear at brunch!

Back in Singapore, if you yearn to experience brunch like the regular New Yorkers (as seen on SATC), go to Hatched – a newly opened all-day breakfast restaurant.

Located at Evans Lodge, the newly opened all-day breakfast place resembles a cozy tuck shop complete with wooden furnishing and chalkboard! Unassuming and unpretentious. And since Evans Lodge is a laid-back area, no dressing up is required! There is a great selection of food from the “2010 Catalogue of Eggs” (menu), so you will not go hungry after all the talking. All checked, great place for brunch.

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PBJ (Peanut Butter and Jelly)

It’s so hard to find a place that sells PBJ here! I don’t understand why not many places sell PB&J sandwiches in Singapore since it’s so easy to prepare. Hatched’s version uses thick wholemeal bread slices. The jam had generous berry bits for texture but I think we could do better with more peanut butter. Somehow, this didn’t feel the same as the Peanut Butter and Jelly Bagel that I had at the cafe along 17th street at NYC.

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The Sleepover – $12 with Hatched special (grilled bananas and bacon strips between Brioche French toasts)

The portion looks humble but it was really filling! Love the combination of grilled bananas and bacon. You could go without the maple syrup if you do not want your toasts to be too sweet. The Sleepover was tasty and not too oily – I expected French toasts and bacon to be a bit greasy but thankfully, this was not.

Hatched
26 Evans Road #01-06 Evans Lodge
Singapore, 259367

Tel: 67350012/13

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