How today's sunny afternoon transported me to brunch in Singapore
The below aren’t dancing places. HAHAHA! But it is, for me, wishful drinking coz of the distance between me and the little red dot. So, yeaaa, good save for putting this video here. And my title suddenly made sense, noh?! Hehe! Anyway, before I babble some more, check out three watering holes I visited before saying “adios!” to Singapore. Grab a drink for me, ya?
1. Bird Bird
2. Little Island Brewing Company
This was such a surprise to me! Who would’ve thought there’s a craft brewery in Changi Village!?!? Good thing my Tita Mato mentioned it when we met up for one last catch up before I flew back. I wish we did this more when I was living in Singapore! So anyway, Little Island Brewing Company. The name’s quite a mouthful, but hey, foreshadowing of the many big gulps you’ll be having? Hehe! They brew their own beer every morning and it’s on automated tap. HOW COOL IS THAT?! There’s a card which you load value in and then you just tap it and then you pour your own beer. I went straight for Ruby Tuesday, which I was told was one of the strongest, just because the name incorporates two of my favorites – color (Red) and day of the week. Yes, I know, I’m shallow like that, but the beer was really good! I took a taste of all brews (don’t judge!) and I really liked this one. 🙂
3. Bar Stories
My faaavorite bar in Singapore for cocktails. So much so that I had to get one last drink before I left. They serve bespoke drinks, much like Ah Sam, but I prefer Bar Stories, maybe because I used to live in Beach Road and it was super close by? Hehe! It has a very cozy vibe, chill music (even fell in love with this song here!), and the drinks are REALLY yummy as it is creative and pretty. Their cocktails always leave me impressed. And oh! If you can, try the pizza!
Angelina is located at 15 Stamford Rd, 01-82, Singapore 048616
1. Selfish Gene Cafe @ China Town
2. Prive @ Chijmes
Brunch lovers rejoice; no need to go all the way to Sentosa! For Eggs Benedict fans, their straightforward serving is sure to check all the boxes – generous hollandaise, runny egg, and yummy smoked ham and homemade bacon. If traditional brunchfare isn’t your thing, 2 words: wagyu burger. It’s alfresco dining in Chijmes so it can get a bit warm, dress accordingly.
3. Marmalade Pantry @ ION Orchard
Take a break from shopping at ION and grab a meal at Marmalade Pantry – that is, if you don’t mind waiting for a table. Since it’s in the busiest mall in Orchard Road, it goes without saying that there is always a queue. The mains weren’t as strong as their desserts so I’m thinking maybe next time, skip brunch and just go for coffee and cake.
Have you guys been? Any thoughts? Or, what about YOUR favorite brunch spots whatever city you’re in? Let me know below!
I’ve said this a million times, I loooove Japanese food. Lucky for me, my boyfriend shares the same liking. We could eat Japanese food everyday and you won’t hear us complain. One of our go-to’s is Fish Mart Sakuraya. I first learned of this place on my first year in Singapore when my boss and some colleagues and I went to Parkway Parade to buy Christmas dinner goodies. Good thing too because I wouldn’t have thought that you could actually dine inside. I mean, would you? It looks like an ordinary Japanese grocery store when you pass it from the outside.
But if you go further inside, you see this: Fresh Catch Dining. YUM!
What does this actually mean? Well, for starters, you get to choose your raw food and how much of it. It’s priced per gram so you get to see the portions and gauge for yourself how much you want. You grab a packet and give it to the counter for them to slice up and serve. I find that this makes sashimi cheaper than if you order from restaurants.
If sashimi isn’t your thing, don’t worry, they also serve cooked food and yes, they make rolls too. It’s a casual japanese dining experience that doesn’t scrimp on quality. It’s no frills but you know it’s high standard. I’ll let the photos (collected over time) do the talking, but please don’t scroll if you’re hungry!
One of the special skills I’ve learned living in Singapore is eating spicy food. It was something I wouldn’t dare touch in my previous life, but now, not only can I stand it, I actually look for it in certain dishes like the famous Thai delicacy: Tom Yum soup. From small restaurants under HDB blocks to chains lining up malls, Singapore has a lot of Thai places. Unfortunately, there are times when chains underwhelm by a mile as compared to more authentic, by far cheaper, alternatives. BaliThai is not one of those chains. “Commercialized” as it is, with 10 restaurants around the island, it’s really VERY yummy and bursting with flavors. It’s my go-to for Tom Yum and Green Chicken Curry. Truth is, we were just actually there last night stuffing our faces with those and I’m still on a Thai food high. Hehe! If Thai food isn’t your thing, they serve Indonesian food too. Mmm, satay! The only thing I don’t like is their tagline:- Thairrific meets Indolicious. No, just no. I mean, yeah, it’s a good pun, I would use it, but it doesn’t really align with the whole identity emitted by the brand and its interiors. ANYWAY! Time for me to make you hungry now. Check out the photos compiled from our previous visits.
A quick blog post before I shut my laptop off and shun human contact for the next 12 or so hours. My sore throat has evolved to loss of voice and now to fever symptoms. Word of advice, NEVER google how you’re feeling. I just did and I’m kinda freaking out now. Anyway, I’m just gonna sleep this off and hope for a better.. tomorrow. HAHA! But yes, back to my quick post. I was craving for mexican food the other night when Luke mentioned seeing a taqueria at Star Vista when he was there for work. I rarely go to the west but hey, our schedules were free, we had no plans, and I really wanted mexican food (hehe!), so off we ventured to Buonavista to check out Guzman y Gomez.
Luke opted for the burrito bowl while I went for their soft tacos. The portions were quite generous! The slow roasted beef was seasoned well although I didn’t really fancy the tortilla as it was tasteless and crumbles easily. The grilled chicken burrito bowl was also a bit bland in the beginning, but there’s a sauce station that you can advantage of. And oh, make sure to add-on guacamole for extra flavor. On a whole, it was okay with a lot of room for improvement. I am still on the hunt for the best Mexican food in Singapore. Suggestions, please!
And oh, the Paul McCartney quote is from the Swee Lee store wall. Not only did I match it color-scheme wise, the words resonated with me too. Of course for me, instead of a piece of music, I mean a written piece. I’m currently working on a bunch of personal projects (with crazy prospects), and that’s really exciting! Will be elaborating on it once it materializes, but in the meantime, let’s continue doing great things and making ART. Golden nights for creativity, fun, and hopefully Mexican food ahead! Must feel better soon. But hey, uninterrupted sleep is also golden, right?
Cheers to the coming weekend! Good night, luvs!
Backlog, schmacklog, I’m gonna dive in on a super recent post. As recent as this afternoon when Luke and I went to The Coastal Settlement for late lunch. Bad idea coz we had a steamboat gathering. In our defense, we thought eating would start later on, hehe! When we got to our seats, we were informed that it was last call for brunch. Then the sudden realization – it’s been a while since we had brunch and yes, that got me pretty excited.
It wasn’t love at first bite for me and Coastal Settlement. Its proximity to the office and my house led me to returning to a cafe that I didn’t particularly fancy, which turned out to be a good thing. After several trials and errors, I finally learned that I’ve just been ordering the wrong thing. Now I come back for the food just as much as its ambience.
A colorful beetle parked outside greets you when you first arrive. It’s a preview of the hodgepodge of vintage memorabilia lining the interiors. It’s quite entertaining to look at but I much prefer the sitting area by the windows. Less memorabilia, but more light. Yes, please.
See, so pretty! It’s more minimalist and less cluttered, and again, more light. I didn’t take photos of the other section, the one with vintage memorabilia, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. Or check their website, hehe
And the best part from sitting there was being across this gorgeous bar. Love the balance of oriental and industrial influence mixed with minimalist and lavish elements. Geometric stools with crystal chandeliers? Wood and metal? Why not?!
Starting of with Wild Mushroom Soup which smelled so good and truffle-y upon arriving. It doesn’t have cream so the mushroom taste may be a bit strong but the consistency was sooo smooth that it didn’t bother me as much as it normally would.
We also ordered the Tomato, Burrata, Prosciutto which came to be more salad. The burrata, the main reason we ordered this, left more to be desired. It was dry and bland. 🙁 But the prosciutto was its saving grace!
Chicken and Waffles in Singapore is a hit or miss. I thought this would be a miss when I tasted the elements on its own, but when I put the bourbon maple syrup?! DAMN. It elevated the dish 100 levels. The syrup was soooo good. The waffle and the chicken became a million times better. It suddenly made sense! Hehe! A hit, definitely a hit!
And the main reason we went to TSC? Their burger. For brunch, they were serving up the Breakfast Burger comprising of a wagyu beef patty with bacon, smoked cheddar, onions and tomatoes. Lucky they split the burger for us! We realized we over-ordered when both the mains had half-portion leftovers. So suffice to say, I didn’t get to taste this (even if it was the reason we went all the way there 😐 ). Luke said the normal, non-brunch burger was better. I’ll let you know once we eat our takeaway, hehe!
All in all, it was a good brunch date with this guy. 😉 It’s a bit pricey, but once in a while, it’s fine. And hey, it covered our brunch and supper.
What about you? What are your go to brunch spots? Let me have your recommendations, whatever city you’re in. 😉