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Sweedeedee, Portland

Sweedeedee is a really cosy brunch place with a predominantly hipster clientele (at least that was when i was there this morning), and it is a blink and miss kinda place but I am glad we found it! They spin records, have pretty-looking cakes and pastries, and serve pretty decent brunch dishes! It’s evident lots effort went into the decor of the place, with shelves of neatly arranged jars and utensils, wooden touches and specials scribbled on a huge paper roll, for ease of refresh.

Sweedeedee, Portland
Breakfast Burrito (scrambled eggs, avocado, fried potato, lettuce and guacamole)

We had the breakfast burrito (scrambled eggs, avocado, fried potato, lettuce and guacamole) and potato plate (potatoes, fried egg and smoked trout)… both packed with goodness and weren’t too over the top (nor too oily).

Sweedeedee, Portland
Potato Plate (potatoes, fried egg and smoked trout)

However, the wait time was a bit of a gripe so it won’t be an ideal place if you’re in a bit of a rush. Also, there is the protocol of ordering before being allocated seats, which doesn’t work well for everyone. But it worked out well for us because it wasn’t that long a wait when we were there this morning.

Overall, great brunch place with a nice and lively atmosphere!

Sweedeedee
5202 N Albina Ave
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 946-8087
Opening Hours:
Mon, Wed-Sat 8 am – 4 pm
Sun 8 am – 2 pm
Closed on Tues

Hummerstons Restaurant

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

After some entries of food from US, let me abruptly switch over to the local SG scene, because I just went to this awesome brunch place over the weekend, and I would like to share a bit on that.

One of my friend, Adam is relocating to Melbourne real soon (like tomorrow), and so we met up for brunch on Sunday. I had the Herculean task of deciding on the location, and after a struggle between a few good brunch places, I settled for Hummerstons at Robertson Walk for a couple of reasons.

  1. It’s opened by the previous executive chef of PS Cafe, ergo, decent food definitely, and of course, a huge vase of flowers ala PS Cafe style
  2. I like the deco from what I saw online; vintage chairs and a rather industrial kinda feel to the place
  3. Location. Adam wanted to have coffee after brunch at Toby’s Estate, which was at Rodyk St. So I was looking for some place within walking distance (although in the end we drove there, LOL)

The last reason had the most extensive clout, btw. Location, location!

Well, it turned out to be a good decision because we all loved the place and the food was good. It’s on the second level of Robertson Walk, so it’s quiet and conducive for chatting. What I appreciated most was the space utilization; Hummerstons is spacious but they did not try to cramp too many tables in it, and so one doesn’t feel like their conversation is being broadcasted to their neighbours. And it’s not one of those sound trapping spaces where you gotta compete with others to be heard. It’s really just right for a lazy brunch to read or to converse. Food-wise, we all had differing opinions on the taste but we generally enjoyed the meal. There were 4 of us, so this is one of the rare chances I get to take photos of so many dishes. 🙂

Hummerstons

The Hummerstons Breakfast
Eggs of choice (scrambled, sunny, poached, fried), bacon, smoked pork & garlic sausage, mushroom, roasted tomato, toast, homefries

Hummerstons

Traditional Pasta Carbonara
Spaghetti, mushrooms, bacon, onion, garlic oil, parmesan, basil & fresh egg

Hummerstons

Eggs Benedict
Toasted English muffins, poached eggs, Canadian bacon, hollandaise, homefries

Hummerstons

Breakfast Tostada
Grilled smoked pork & garlic sausage, asparagus, caramelized onions, herb scrambled eggs & spiced pepper sauce, crispy corn tortilla

The food is more than decent, although the carbonara was a little dry and seemed more like an aglio olio dish, rather than creamy carbonara. That was the only gripe we had. Other than that, everything else was good. I will definitely take T here when he’s back, and that’s a good testimonial for the place, coming from me!

Hummerstons Restaurant
11 Unity Street
#02-14 Robertson Walk
Tel: +65 6737 8863
Tue to Fri: 12pm – 4pm (Lunch)
Tue to Sun: 6pm – 12am (Dinner)
Sat, Sun & PH: 10am – 4pm (Brunch)

Graze @ Martin No.38

October 6, 2011 Leave a comment

I was immediately drawn to Graze at Martin No.38 after visiting its website!

Something about the immaculate white, country-style furniture, and the light and airy ambience portrayed by the pictures on the website. I have been to Graze @ Rochester before, but that was some years back, so I was wondering if I should re-visit the place; the last time when I went, I was not equipped with a good photographer. So in an unexpected manner, I chanced upon the new branch at Martin No.38, a condominium at Robertson Quay.

When we got there, I was glad that what I saw on the website was what I got (other than the handsome guy on the webbie, LOL)! The panaromic glass panels allowed lots of light into the restaurant, and together with the timber finishes, a relaxed and chic setting for an intimate meal is what you get. I went there for brunch, and they serve an array of brunch staples, ranging from muesli to eggs benedict, with their signature cast iron pan fronting the hot (pun unintended) favourites. Needless to say, we ordered that, because it had a bit of everything in it.

Graze @ Martin No. 38

signature cast iron pan
two free-range organic eggs – poached with roast potatoes, bacon, sausage, baked beans, roast tomatoes, mushrooms

Graze @ Martin No. 38

grilled wagyu burger
marinated peppers, rocket, taleggio DOP, harissa fries

Graze @ Martin No. 38

No brunch is complete without a cappuccino!

The signature cast iron pan was indeed a melting pan of everything, and it is basically an all rounded, hearty brunch item to order. The wagyu burger was served on a chopping board of some sort, and was a large serving, for me at least, because I don’t eat that much. So when we called for the bill and the service staff saw almost half of the burger left over, he was very concerned about the quality of the meal. He checked back with us twice, though we assured him that the food was great, and I could not finish the burger because I can’t eat too much in one sitting. Through this, I can safely say that the service at Graze is outstanding. They were attentive to our needs, and were genuinely interested in getting feedback to improve on their operations. So kudos to that! If you are looking for a more urban-country kinda place for a good brunch, do give Graze at Martin No.38 a try. Maybe you will be lucky enough to spot the hunk who appeared on their website. :p

Graze @ Martin No. 38
38 Martin Road, Singapore 239059
+65 6509 1680
info@graze-martin38.sg
Opening Hours
Lunch Tues-Fri: 12noon-3pm
Dinner Tues-Sat: 6pm-11pm
Brunch Sat-Sun: 10am-4pm
Wine Bar Tues-Sun: 12noon-closing
Last food orders 30 mins before closing times shown 
Closed on Monday and Sunday dinner

Kith Cafe

October 1, 2011 Leave a comment

The word “kith” is one of those words that will get people going “pardon me?”, when they hear it. Well, it’s not a commonly used word (not in my context anyways), and it’s not a word you could intuitively understand. So when I read about Kith Cafe, the name kinda stuck and I was curious to see if it really does live up to its meaning; familiar friends, neighbours and relatives.

Kith Cafe is located in a prime expat hub, at Robertson Quay, on the first level of the Watermark condominium. Naturally, the clientele comprises largely Caucasian and Japanese expats who live around the area. When we finally hiked to the place (we parked near Martin No. 38 because we had no idea where else we could park), I was surprised to realise that I had overestimated the spatial dimension of the seating area; the pictures I’d seen made the place look bigger! The power of wide angle lens!

One glance at the seating area and you will realise that it is no mere coincidence that Kith Cafe has a certain “raw” feel to it, with no elaborate decor to embellish it. The chalkboard is their menu, and the contents vary from day to day, so regular customers won’t get bored. Most interesting is their furniture; an array of bar stools, benches and tables that are made from layers of plywood of various dimensions. You might think that the layers are randomly put together, but I read that they were pieced together in absolute precision, giving Kith Cafe a very earthy and grounded feel, in my opinion. There are tables and chairs sprawled outside, extending the cafe onto the corridor and the grass patch that faces the Singapore River. Me thinks, if not for the intolerable humidity of Singapore, sitting outside could actually be quite nice. The food is based on home-cooked recipes, so there is nothing pretentious about the food; wholesome and familiar.

Kith cafe

Toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, grilled tomatoes & smoked bratwurst

Kith cafe

Smoked salmon sandwich

Kith cafe

Cappuccino

Though I am impressed by the profound concept behind the design, I must admit I thought that the bar stools were a bit uncomfortable; hard on the butt (and i am not a skinny person!), no foot rest for people with short legs like myself, and they were quite heavy to push around and re-position. However, these are just ergonomics-centered gripes from a fastidious me. All that aside, Kith Cafe is one homely cafe that certainly personifies kith and kin, especially so for those living around the area. For the rest of us, drop by with your friends and enjoy the sincerity this place has to offer.

Kith café
7 Rodyk Street, Singapore 238215
+65 6341 9407
Opening Hours:
7am to 7pm Daily

Wild Honey

August 15, 2011 Leave a comment

I have always been a fan of breakfast (eggs n ham) since young. Dennys @ Holland V used to be one of my fav weekends breakfast place with my fam before it closed. Macs became the only convenient place to go to. However, Macs only serves breakfast till 11am daily and that’s abt the time I wake up on weekends.

The idea of an all day brunch restaurant sounds totally awesome. Even tho J had visited the place once and didn’t think much of it, I had to try it for my own judgment. Thus my bro and I headed to Wild Honey located in Mandarin Gallery on a weekday afternoon. There was a queue and the wait came up to about 40 mins before we got a table right in the corner. The waitress greeted us and asked if it was our first time here.

The menu is written on black chalkboards at the counter near the entrance. They have an order and pay at the counter before the food is served concept. The counter had 2 iPads where u could browse pictures of the extensive menu from all ard including Swiss, Japanese, Yemen, European, Italian, Californian, Mexican, Tunisian, English, I Love New York, Belgian, Canadian, Scandinavian and Barsque (new). I had the English breakfast and my brother got the Belgian waffles.

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English – The classic full breakfast; creamy scrambled eggs, pork sausage, sauteed mushrooms, dad’s baked beans, bacon and vine ripened tomato with toasted brioche

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Belgian – Thick fluffy waffles served with coconut cream, grilled mango, blueberries and toasted coconut

Food portions were generous and presentation looked great! The English breakfast felt buttery in general. There was a strong butter taste in the eggs. The Belgian was pretty good. Service was good and the waiter constantly refilled our ice water. I didn’t really like the “order and pay at counter first” concept. Was a pretty good experience but there are plenty of other brunch locations in Singapore that will have a nicer and chill atmosphere as compared to the crowded Orchard Rd on the weekends.

Wild Honey Singapore
333A Orchard Road #03-02
Mandarin Gallery Singapore
Tel: +65 6235 3900
Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 9.30am-9.30pm
Sat-Sun 7.30am-9.30pm

Artichoke Cafe + Bar

August 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Artichoke Cafe + Bar sits squarely at the junction of Waterloo St and Middle Road, and if you think that sounds familiar, it is inside Sculpture Sq, where My Secret Garden used to be. I’ve been to My Secret Garden a couple of times and didn’t even realise it’s gone, until recently. In its place, Artichoke serves Moorish cuisine (i had  to google this, it basically encompasses Spanish, Moroccan, Greek and its likes) in a more laidback, communal setting. Well, it was almost 2 when we arrived there, and it was still crowded; either the place did not have that many seats, or the place is that popular. Well, it was the latter. They change their menu every month, giving the chef (Bjorn) the freedom to come up with dishes that are shaped by the market (both the consumer & meat/agri market), so things don’t get dull around here I suppose.

The brunch menu’s big on eggs, so we both had egg dishes, with different sides.

artichoke cafe+bar

Soft scrambles with Kin Yan Farm mushrooms, blistered grape tomatoes, rocket & toast

artichoke cafe+bar

Soft scrambles with maple glazed bacon chop, blistered grape tomatoes, rocket & toast extra smoked salmon

Needless to say, I had the one with the glazed bacon chop (ter is quite health conscious, to put it mildly), and I had no idea that the bacon chop was going to be that thick. Bacon and thick just don’t gel. But it was so good, sweet yet savoury. I think they must have put like 3 or 4 eggs in each dish. Egg overdose! But the eggs, were really soft and smooth. They were scrambled like McDonald’s breakfast eggs (but better of course), and weren’t too watery. Most importantly, there was a bunch of rocket leaves that I absolutely love! For the win!

This is one of the better brunches I’ve had in Singapore. Ambience is gd, food is good, and we had a good chat with the manager Ronny. Friendly chap. He even bought me a glass of beer, on the house.

Would love to have dinner here some time. Oh and if you’re coming on a Sunday for brunch, do call for reservations. It can get pretty crowded.

artichoke cafe+bar
161 Middle Road
Singapore 188978
Inside Sculpture Square
(beside NAFA)
Opening Hours:
Brunch: Sat & Sun: open at 11.30am, last food orders at 2.45pm, doors close at 4pm
Dinner: Tues – Sat: open at 6.30pm, last food orders at 9.45pm, doors close at 11pm
Closed on Mon
Tel: +65 6336 6949 (reservations highly advised for weekends)
Email: wassup@artichoke.com.sg

Bronte

August 4, 2011 1 comment

So we woke up on Saturday with brunch in mind, and I was flipping through that small food guide by 8 days for some ideas, and Bronte immediately drew me in. It’s something about the lazy Greenwood Ave feel I guess. Brunches are meant to be lazy, and secluded? Ok, so nothing in SG is really secluded, but you get it right? Nestled within a private estate, that’s pretty secluded. And of course, who could miss a name like Bronte? The family of writers from the 1800s.

So off we went.

Bronte is a family owned restaurant, and it prides itself on good wine and comfort food. Well, I don’t know about the wine, because I did not have any, but they do serve pretty comfortable comfort brunch food.

Bronte
Smoked salmon scrambled eggs, garlic portobello and smoked baked beans

Bronte
Smoked sausage, potato hash, and scrambled eggs

Lots of smoked stuff. I had the sausage, and T had the salmon. The portobello mushroom was tastefully done, and the eggs were fluffy. Nothing bad about both dishes, though the smoked baked beans could have been better. Kinda felt like they were pretty bland.

The interior of the restaurant is flanked by mirrors on one side, and on the other, black and white pictures. Could sense a PS Cafe thingy going on with the huge bunches of (odd) plants in vases, but nothing quite matches PS Cafe’s lilies and whatnot. On that morning, one could see the typical angmoh clientele, which is not surprising, given its location in Bukit Timah.

The cappuccino was a little disappointing though. Not frothy enough. Bad coffee always makes me gripe.

Other than that, service was attentive and it was a pleasant brunch experience. Might try the dinner here some time.

Bronte

8 Greenwood Ave Singapore 289198
Open 7 days a week
Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am to 2:30pm
Dinner Mon- Sun 6pm to 10:30pm
Weekend Brunch 10am to 3pm

For reservation, Call +65 6219 9151
For enquires, Email enquiries@bronte.sg

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