Singapore has one of the most impressive brunch scenes around. And on this island, impressive brunching usually entails going to a hotel or a fancy location, spending a lot, eating oysters and enjoying free flow champagne. However, there is another way to brunch in style: The Australian way. Those who have been to Sydney or Melbourne will know exactly what I mean when I say Australian brunching. The beachfront or hipster alleyway cafe, good coffee, avo on toast and banter with friends. Luckily, Singapore is hopping on the trend and there are more places than ever to enjoy this type of brunch. It’s the perfect food for a ‘pick me up’ on a hungover Saturday, or as a way to chill with friends or family. Here are 5 places to try if you enjoy that vibe:
This is one of the most picturesque cafes I have found in Singapore. Tucked away along the Singapore River near Roberston Quay, the lush outdoor seating area allows you to enjoy the waterfront view in comfort. A light and healthy dish is Toby’s Granola ($12), as it has a tasty blend of granola, fruits, and yogurt. For something more filling, try the Eggs Benedict that can be made in three different ways. I tried the Brooklyn Style ($20), which has stewed beef and sauteed mushrooms. This dish is hearty and balances the flavors of the egg, beef, and mushrooms perfectly. And for those of you who are obsessed with extremely crispy chicken, try the Confit Chicken Burger ($22).
Toby’s Estate is located at 8 Rodyk Street, #01-03/04, Singapore, 238216
At Sarnies it is good vibes all around. Although brunch is served on the weekends, there are many brunch-like options on the weekday menu as well. With its central CBD location, this place is perfect for any day of the week. Head down with your colleagues on your lunch break or take your family there for a weekend brunch. My favorite dish was the Avocado Toast ($17). This plate is served with feta, two poached eggs and tomatoes, all seasoned perfectly. Filling, to say the least, and extremely flavorful. Also an ‘Ozzie’ classic. If not, Sarnies is known for its sandwiches, and the Tandoori Chicken Sandwich ($15.8) did not disappoint. The fresh juices were particularly tasty as well.
Sarnies is located at 136 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore, 068601
Created by the same masterminds that brought us Curious Palette and Strangers Reunion, it didn’t come as a surprise when Wakey Wakey had delicious brunch food. Although the outside seating area was not as inviting as its counterparts, the inside was cosy and admirable. My favorite dish here was the Roasted Tomato Basil Soup ($7.90) that came with a grilled toastie. In its simplicity, it was scrumptious and just hit the right spot. With the warm melted cheese, the toastie was a perfect companion to dip into the soup. Although the more typical salmon and egg options were spot-on, it was dishes like the Cauliflower ($12.50) that stood out. This dish simply features sauteed cauliflower in an interesting but delicious mix of spices.
Wakey Wakey is located at 302 Beach Rd, Singapore, 199600
Twenty Eight Cafe
This brand new cafe has a trendy location, inviting interiors and most importantly of all, well-priced food items. One must-try dish is their take on the classic Eggs Benedict. Instead of placing their silky eggs benedict on bread, they lay on a bed of golden potato hash. Crispy and deliciously seasoned, it is an exquisite pair for the eggs. This dish took me by storm and I’m sure it will leave your cravings quenched as well. If you have a sweet tooth and are looking for just the right dish to hit the spot, try their Indian Churros ($4.90). Using the flaky dough of Indian Roti Prata, they are prepared using the recipe of Spanish Churros. This is probably the best dessert I have had in a while.
Twenty Eight Café is located at 28 Wilkie Rd, #01-06, Singapore 228051
Common Man Coffee Roasters
To those who frequent the Singapore brunch scene already, it should come as no surprise that Common Man Coffee Roasters is on this list. It is not as typically Australian as some of the other cafes in this list, but it still brings worthy brunch dishes. A must try dish here is the Grilled Juicy “Chilli” Boneless Chicken ($22), that is served with a crushed avocado salsa. Soft, exceptionally juicy and perfectly seasoned, this dish will literally have your mouth watering. If you have a sweet tooth, the Common Man Fluffy Pancakes ($21) is perfect for you. With bananas, walnuts and a caramel dressing, these dense pancakes will leave you satisfied and accomplished.
The queue can get long on weekends, so I recommend going on weekdays if possible. If not, try their new branch ‘Common Man Stan’. This branch has amazing juices, a to-die-for gluten-free chocolate cake, and a complete brunch menu as well.