For those who don’t believe in ‘hair of the dog’, the greasy spoon is still the only real hangover cure. Dazed and dishevelled, Celine Asril rolls out of bed to sample the island’s top weekend recovery centres
First published on 5 Aug 2010. Updated on 18 Apr 2013.
Food for Thought
STAR ITEM: Gula granola Home-made gula
Melaka syrup is mixed into rolled oats, dried coconut, raisins, almonds, dried ginger and mango, and sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds before the mixture is oven-toasted. The spices and orange peel flavour in the syrup permeate the milk, adding depth – and a nice local twist – to this traditionally fusty brunch item. 8 Queen St (6338 9887). City Hall. 90g $6; 135g $8. Served daily 9am- 5.30pm. Additional $1.50 for fresh mixed berries or bananas.
STAR ITEM: Cowboy burger
In addition to the ‘eggcellent’ service and a warehouse-meets-bistro decor – think cement floors, a chalkboard wall and light bulbs dangling from the ceiling – the brunch menu at Hatched is filled with all the typical ‘yolk-ly’ creations. But these guys aren’t putting all their eggs in one predictable basket. The non-brekkie bunch can skip to a juicy burger served on an English muffin with sautéed Portobello mushrooms and topped with a – yeah, you guessed it – fried egg. The side of home-made mashed potatoes and roasted tomato topped with a dollop of pesto add the perfect final touch. #01-06 Evans Lodge, 26 Evans Rd (6735 0012). Take a taxi. Served Tue-Sun 8am-9pm. $14
STAR ITEM: Krish eggs Benedict
Hollandaise and poached eggs on thick slices of medium-rare curried duck breast and toasted muffin is how Krish sets its eggs benny. The evenly fatty duck’s smoky flavouring and chewy texture melds well with the runny yolk and crisp bread. This is one of the few brunch spots on the island to serve hearty portions, and although we’re not too impressed by the tardiness of the chef, the chic outdoor setting helps make up for it. #9 Rochester Pk (6779 4644). Take a taxi. Served Sun 11am-2.30pm. $18.
STAR ITEM: Morning pancakes
The stack of diners at this stable-side café can most definitely be attributed to this steamy trio of fluffy pancakes. Served with maple syrup, butter, a light dusting of icing sugar and home-made whipped cream, the stout but proud tower is dressed with a light midnight-purple blueberry compote, also home-made. 51 Fairways Dr (6466 9819). Take a taxi. Served Sat & Sun 11am-2pm. $10.
STAR ITEM: Crab tart
Like a quiche, the baked tart is made with cream, eggs and the sweet, medium-firm meat of the mud crab. PS – ‘Project Shop’ for those living under a mangrove – does its tart with just the right amount of crab and crunchy-but-not-dry pastry, so that even with the thick, prawn-bisque cream sauce and home-made harissa, it’s still not too heavy. Level 2, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Rd (9834 8232). Orchard. Served Sat & Sun 9.30am-5pm. $26++.
This story first appeared as 'The five best: Brunches' (Aug 2010)