06 Sep 2015
Housed in a beautifully restored shophouse by Ann Siang Hill Park in Chinatown, this cafe could not have set a better ambience for brunch. You feel like you've been transported to 1920s colonial Singapore. In addition, they fill the dining room with tons of fresh flowers to be sure you eat in the presence of vibrant colors.
The brunch menu contained a good variety of entrees in the S$25-35 range which, by Singapore standards, is the expected price range. The portions are humongous and the flavors appealing. My table had the big breakfast, portebello stack and the shackshuka, as well as a slice of chocolate cake. I wouldn't say the food blew me out of the water, but I didn't leave complaining either. They have a nice spread of desserts as well.
Service was good. Given how hot Singapore is, I'm often frustrated by how irregularly servers replenish your water glass. Here, they kept a watchful eye and topped my glass up often.
At the end of any meal, I like to ask myself, how could they have made me happier? I'd say their entrees would be more justified at a $2-3 dollar discount, just because at these establishments I expect the food to be memorable and here it wasn't. Don't get me wrong, the food was good, but I was expecting more twists to the flavor profile. Or if they added creativity to their menu, I'd be willing to pay the listed prices a tad more freely.