30 May 2011
I came here on the recommendation of the girlfriend who told me that the Eggs Benedict was to-die-for. While this place doesn't accept reservations for weekend brunch, it's all right for walk-ins especially at 1pm or later. Tucked in a corner at Dempsey Hill (almost opposite PS Cafe), I would probably not have found the place were I not looking for it.
Having been to Prive before Hacienda, I was pleasantly surprised that Hacienda had the same kind of menu with similar food items and prices. In retrospect, it is understandable given that Hacienda is the sister restaurant of Prive. While the ambience isn't as amazing as that of Prive (it's hard to beat al fresco dining with a gorgeous marina view), it's pretty cosy too, with a whole shelf of cooking books and magazines for your pre-dining perusal. I would have to say that the breakfast somehow tastes better too.
Of course, I had to order the Eggs Benedict ($13.50). I was not disappointed. The dish came as two perfectly poached eggs with yellow runny yolks, atop of bed of flavourful ham and bacon on a nicely toasted English muffin, generously topped with Hollandaise sauce. Having tried a few Eggs Benedicts at various other places, I have to admit that this was one of the best I'd tasted. When I'd first ordered the Eggs Benedict at Prive, my order had been served cold, which was a disappointment as it detracted from the taste. Not so here; the eggs were nice and warm, and it made a big difference to the way they tasted. In case you want some greens, there is a serving of argula in the middle of both eggs too. The Hollandaise sauce was just right too; tasty but not overly sour (like the Hollandaise sauce at Riders) or cloying. And it also helped that the Eggs Benedict here are almost half the price of those across the road.
The BF had the full breakfast for $17. I didn't try his food, but according to him the scrambled eggs were very good. Rich and buttery.
Service-wise, this place was efficient. Wouldn't use warm or friendly, but if your baseline is someone who gets your orders and your food quickly, this is sufficient.
We'll definitely be back.