LATE PLATE. Decided to get up really early one Monday morning to go for breakfast with the friends before studying! What a great way to start the day. Chose this place because it is located right smack in the middle of NUS, which enabled us to transit quickly into study mode after brunch. What muggers haha (who am I kidding).
Decor is very simple here, but it gives off a really chill vibe anyway. This place is seriously inviting you to pick up one of the magazines, lean back and eat away. Was really surprised that this famous Australian chef Roland Graham chose to open in the middle of a university, but glad for it anyway, because it is a much-needed getaway from the bustle of the university.
Menu’s written on that chalkboard at the counter.
Ordered stuff to share:
Steak Fries ($8).
Fries. So what’s special about the fries here?? These were almost like wedges, but they’re not man. Loved how the skin of the potatoes hadn’t been removed, and frying it gave it additional texture and a certain rustic flavor. I like potato skins. Don’t know why I liked these things so much. Super addictive, especially with the saaaauces. Sweet chilli lime aioli and mustard ketchup. I appreciate anything home-made, because it can be so much easier to buy it, but they actually take time to make it. The result? Tangy, light, spicy, sweet, all rolled into the two sauces. Winning combo when paired with the fries.
Corned Beef Hash ($14.90).
Potatoes, onions and gruyere cheese, baked eggs, scorched sourdough, corned beef and capers gremolata.
I love how the dishes don’t just have one single element to it. Yes there’s a big bowl of cheesy, oozy, potato goodness mixed with bits of corned beef, but there’s also scorched, crisp sourdough that breaks the monotony of that heavy goodness. And the capers make a refreshing touch as well. This is better off shared though, the mass of potato can be a little too hard to stomach.
Eggs benedict ($16.90).
2 poached eggs on kabanata rosemary scones with citron hollandaise sauce with smoked ocean trout or lamb prosciutto.
We picked ocean trout! Loved their rendition of this. I’ve never had eggs benedict on such scones. The scones seriously melt away in your mouth, completely buttery and fragrant. The ocean trout is also a nice change from bacon. Not too salty/ heavy, but lightly smoked. Also because I’m biased towards smoked fish. Poached eggs, spinach, hollandaise sauce, crumbly scones, WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR IN AN EGGS BENEDICT?? SO GOOD!
We didn’t think we would have dessert but… guess we were wrong. Especially because each was $5 and sharing them made it feel like it wasn’t much extra expense. Desserts weren’t as memorable though.
Coconut & Ginger Almond Tart with Black Sesame Ice-cream ($5).
Tart wasn’t a tart, but more of a puff pastry. Filling was also rather dry.
Poached Pear with Plum Brandy Snap, Coconut and Mango Ice-cream ($5).
They told us they ran out of Mango ice-cream, so we had coconut ice-cream only. Their ice-cream is a little icy and not very smooth, although the flavours are really strong. Poached pears were better than the former, but nothing to shout about. Snap was crunchy and sweet, but didn’t taste as amazing as it sounds.
I’ll stick to the savoury menu here. The food is of really good quality and prices are worth it! Prices are inclusive of any taxes, and as a NUS student you get 10% off 🙂
11 Kent Ridge Drive
#01‐03 Shaw Foundation Alumni House, Singapore 119244
Reservation Hotline: 83283127
Reservation Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon – Wed: 10am – 6pm
Thurs & Fri: 10am – 8pm
Sat: 10am – 4pm
Sun & Ph: Closed