Tasmanian milk-fed lamb short loin and shank | Photo: Osia Bar & Restaurant
Australian food isn't just coffee and brunch plates, although we would be perfectly happy with those strong cuppas and eggs. Australia has some of the best produce in the world, and the freshest, most modern plates around.
Thankfully, for foodies in Singapore, they may skip on the (minimum) five-hour flight there for a taste of the cuisine. In the good hands of Luke to Toby, you may now enjoy Australian fine-dining, casual eats and Italian-style Australian sweets in your backyard.
Boomarang Bistro & Bar
For brunch with the family and live telecasts
Walk into Boomarang's Robertson Quay outlet on the weekends at noon, when it is packed to the rafters with families tucking into a hearty brunch, and you could mistake it for a cafe in Melbourne. Come evenings, groups of Australian sports fans cluster around the many television sets that telecast live rugby, football and cricket matches. Boomarang is always busy and lively, and the food doesn’t disappoint either. Breakfast plates include the Coolangata – bacon, beef sausages, hash browns and fried eggs with toast ($17) – and the Bondi (poached eggs, baby spinach, roma tomatoes, and mushrooms with multi seed toast, $15). Night-time bites include pizzas, salads, burgers and share plates.
Boomarang Bistro & Bar | Address: 60 Robertson Quay and one other location | Tel: 67381077 | Opening hours: Daily 7am-11.30pm
For relaxed post-work drink and dine
For an Australian dining experience that is relaxed and fuss-free (perfect for a post-work drink and dine), head to Barossa for a meal prepared with fresh Australian seafood and premium grade beef. Signature dishes include the grilled stockyard prime ribeye steak (650g with a choice of two sides, $90) and the Archipelago-beer-battered fish and chips ($24). For dessert, try the sinful strawberry lava cake ($13). The bar serves Archipelago beer on tap and a good selection of Australian wines.
Book a table here | Barossa | Address: 22 Lorong Mambong and one other location | Tel: 67381077 | Opening hours: Daily 7am-11.30pm
Italian-style Australian-standard cafe
This iconic Melbournian cafe is an Italian-style pasticceria and coffee bar specialising in European-style cakes, desserts, and coffee. Enjoy the freshly-made (and sold on the same day) treats on site, reclining on the al fresco seats of this Milanese-vibed 140-seater. We are always partial to the cannolis (Italian deep-fried pastries shaped like “little tubes”, filled with sweet riccotta), but also try the pear and cheese crumble ($10) and Italian hot chocolate ($6). There's also a menu of savoury bites, all-day breakfast items, and a menu for children.
Cafe Brunetti | Address: 163 Tanglin Road, #01-35/36, Tanglin Mall | Tel: 67339088 | Opening hours: Fri, Sat & eve of public holidays 8am-10pm; Sun-Thu 8am-9pm
Osia Bar and Restaurant
Modern Australian fine dining
A fine-dining restaurant that sprouted in Resorts World Sentosa as a result of a partnership between chef Otto Weibel and award-winning chef Scott Webster, Osia Bar and Restaurant is bound to make your Australia Day celebrations memorable. For dinner, opt for the 300g Byron Bay Berkshire pork rack (thick pork rack, served with seasoned vegetables and hollandaise sauce made with egg yolk and butter emulsion, $55). You don't have to empty your pockets though: Osia also has a set-lunch menu that consists of an appetiser (salmon trout with capers, balsamic cream, red grape mustard), a main course (corn-fed chicken leg with potato mousseline with red wine sauce) and dessert (vanilla mascarpone iced parfait with berries and almond coconut crumble) for $45.
Osia Bar and Restaurant | Address: Level 2, World Square, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway | Tel: 65776560 | Opening hours: Thu-Tue noon-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm
House of Robert Timms
Good coffee and fusion brunch plates
Robert Timms, longstanding coffee-makers from Australia, made its entry into Singapore in 2010 and has since been serving casual, Australian fare, its signature coffee, and affordable brunch plates at three outlets. While the usual eggs benedict and breakfast fry-ups are top draws on the menu, do give its fusion offerings a try – the kangaroo rendang ($26.90) and the crocodile curry ($24) are both served with steamed rice and crisp papadum (Indian spiced crackers).
House of Robert Timms | Address: #01-02/03, Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road | Tel: 67359201 | Opening hours: Fri & Sat 8am-3am; Sun-Thu 8am-1am