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Brunch Spots To Check Out This Weekend – Vanessa Tai

When it comes to brunch spots in Singapore, you’re absolutely spoiled for choice. There seems to be a new one opening every other weekend, but restaurants here are also upping their ante by offering dedicated brunch menus on top of their existing menus. We check out three. 

For something casual, try Pies & Coffee

Like the gourmet pies they’ve been dishing out for the past two years, the brunch items you’ll get at Pies & Coffee are simple, unpretentious fare. Enjoy familiar brunch favourites such as its signature breakfast set, the Hearty Brekkie, which comes with lightly toasted Belgian waffles, a juicy piece of cheesy chicken sausage, and a generous serving of scrambled eggs.

Sunriser, $11.90

Sunriser, $11.90

Probably because they are better known for their pies, I still preferred the Sunriser, which is a dish of truffle mash and cheesy chicken sausage poured into crispy pastry cups before being topped with a whole egg. This baked treat gives you a delightful medley of flavours – from the soft, velvety texture of the eggs to the savoury chewiness of the sausage.

For a full listings of Pies & Coffee outlets, click here.  Brunch is available daily, from 8.30am to 3pm.

For a big bang for your buck, try Balzac Brasserie 

Balzac Brasserie’s Executive Chef, Jean-Charles Dubois is a man of many talents. Apart from whipping up hearty, delicious French nosh, the affable father of two also found time to co-author a cookbook for children. The book, “Around the World with Sophie and Remy” was modelled after his two young children, and tells the tale of two kids who travel around the world, learning to cook national dishes from 12 different countries. The next time you pop by Balzac Brasserie, be sure to pick up a copy of the book! Proceeds from the book go to Open Book, a non-governmental organisation behind a library in Phnom Penh that provides a safe place for all to read, including children who live on the city’s streets.

When he’s not busy penning cookbooks, Chef Dubois has his hands full creating inventive new dishes. His brunch menu is a nod to traditional French cooking, sprinkled with a couple of exotic indulgences. For example, Dubois’ Lobster’s Bisque comes with a serving of sautéed organic mini black Qwehli prawns, which are premium shrimp from Mozambique. You would think having a bunch of shrimps in your soup would make it unbearably salty, but they actually add a nice crunch to the creamy bisque. For mains, Balzac offers several communal dishes, one of them being the Sautéed Free Range Yellow French Chicken served with Potato, Lardons and Onion. Imported from southwest France (just below the wine region of Bordeaux), the chicken is plump and juicy, with tender meat that soaks up the flavours from the lardons and onions.

Sautéed Free Range Yellow French Chicken served with Potato, Lardons and Onion

Sautéed Free Range Yellow French Chicken served with Potato, Lardons and Onion

Braised Spanish Pork with French Lentils and Natural Jus

Braised Spanish Pork with French Lentils and Natural Jus

Another communal dish that I absolutely loved was the Braised Spanish Pork with French Lentils and Natural Jus. Think of the best char siew you’ve ever had, and multiply that flavour by ten. That’s how flavourful this dish is, and the subtlety of the lentils is a genius accompaniment to the robust flavours of the pork. Mmm … my mouth is watering even as I type this.

For dessert, I would recommend the Lemon Tart with French Meringue. The lemon tarts that I’ve tried at other places tend to cop out and add too much sugar, which defeats the purpose because it overpowers the natural tartness of the lemon. I love the sharp and tangy flavours of Balzac’s Lemon Tart; it’s the perfect ending to a filling and satisfying meal.

Balzac Brasserie & Bar is located at #01-01 Rendezvous Gallery, 9 Bras Basah Road, Tel: 6336 0797. The brunch menu is available at $58++, on Saturdays and Sundays, from
11am to 3pm. 

For an all-out indulgence, try KU DÉ TA

At first glance, the brunch menu at KU DÉ TA appears to be terribly overpriced, but if you consider the amount of food you’re getting, it’s actually great value for money. And no, you won’t be getting the done-to-death Eggs Benedict here. Executive Chef Frederic Faucheux is determined to go beyond the usual brunch suspects like bacon and eggs, and create brunch food that retain a distinctively Asian flavour. Kick off your meal with a platter of freshly shucked oysters, salmon sashimi, and tuna tataki. The seafood is fresh and succulent, without any of that briny aftertaste.

Oysters, Salmon Sashimi, and Tuna Tataki

Oysters, Salmon Sashimi, and Tuna Tataki

 

Asian Omelette

Asian Omelette

One of the new brunch items to try is the Asian omelette with tuna. Inspired by the Japanese Okonomiyaki (a type of grilled savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients), this stuffed omelette is comfort food at its best. Another new item worth trying is the Prawn Salad with Glass Noodles, which comes with a lavish serving of fresh prawns heaped atop a bed of glass noodles and topped with seaweed flakes. For dessert, go wild at the all-you-can-eat buffet spread! The mouthwatering array of sweet treats all come in tantalising bite-sized portions, so you can try as many as you want.

KU DÉ TA is located at 1 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, Tel: 6688 7688. The brunch menu is available at $98++ or $178++ (with Champagne) on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11am to 3.30pm. 

Material World was invited for a tasting at the abovementioned restaurants and was not paid for this review. All opinions are the author’s own.

About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets.

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