Forget your regular eggs on toast. Hit up these spots to fuel your lazy weekend with late breakfast meals and a cup (or two) of coffee.
If you manage to nab seats in this perpetually packed café, order the eggs Benedict ($18) for wobbly poached eggs with molten centres that ooze when broken into, charred bacon streaked only on the fatty edges, and soft brioche buns that bring together the whole affair. Too bad the accompanying spicy roasted potatoes are an unseasoned afterthought.For a meatier dish, get your hands dirty with the 40 Hands Cubanos ($19). Fall-apart mojo pork, honey-smoked ham, melted cheese and piquant jalapeños are tucked into baguette halves from Tiong Bahru Bakery – except, unlike its menu description, the baguette doesn’t crackle a peep when teeth meet crust. Still, it’s greasy goodness with fries – or, if you really must, a salad – on the side. Best to come mid-afternoon to stave off the lunch crowd.
Yes, it’s all about the beans at Dutch Colony Coffee Co. But you’ll want to balance out the caffeine with this quaint Siglap café’s breakfast and brunch menu. There are hearty platters with scrambled eggs, sausages and turkey bacon ($16), and a Colonial Beef Burger ($19), which slathers mango chilli aioli and melted Emmenthal over a juicy patty. Take note that the kitchen closes at 3pm, so if you’re planning to have a meal with your espresso, you best head down before the chef hangs up his apron for the day.
If the breakfast is enough to get you out of bed nice and early, the coffee will do an even better job. Dutch Colony expertly pours its brews (from $6) – you can choose either manual pour-over or by machine – into glassware more befitting of a science lab than a coffee shop (fortunately, the drink is served on a wooden tray with a normal cup). And you aficionados better not miss out on its espresso flights (from $6).
Upper Thomson is no stranger to the hipster café – and Pacamara fits right in the ’hood. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow sunlight to drape over the minimal (if a little sterile) interiors of white walls paired with white tabletops, but it’s still a cosy-enough spot for catch-up sessions with friends over brunch.Highlights include French toast with caramelised apple chutney ($16.90) and crab rump eggs Benedict topped with bonito flakes ($19.90). And that’s not to mention the many pasta dishes available all day – dive right in and order our favourite plate of the lot: the duck pappardelle ($18.90). A selection of cakes such as the yuzu tart ($6) will tempt you at the till, but order it beforehand to enjoy with a cold-brewed coffee ($6) or a bold, nutty Roadster blend ($4.50-$6). But if you end up missing the boat and visit at dinnertime instead, the tenderloin with foie gras and truffle mash ($32) will exorcise those #fomo demons.
After the recent closure of its popular Park Mall outlet, the next best place to get your Kith hit is at Millenia Walk. It’s even more spacious than its Dhoby Ghaut branch, spilling out of its shop unit into a walkway converted into seating areas. It’s just as well – there’s always a queue at Kith, especially during peak hours.
At first glance, its menu comes across as Café 101 – pancakes, eggs Benny, choose-your-own-breakfast and the like – but it’s precisely those dishes Kith executes so well. The signature Kith breakfast ($19) has everything you’d expect to be on your bigger-than-your-face plate: crispy bacon, roasted tomatoes, smoked bratwurst, rosemary garlic mushroom, mixed greens as well as eggs and toast done to your preference. Every element is well seasoned and, crucially, familiar.
Other noteworthy dishes include the crab linguine crab pasta ($22) and black chicken curry ($19), the latter of which reminds us of nasi briyani with its baked banana leaf rice – except this one comes with a poached egg. The piccolo latte ($4.50), made with Kith’s house blend, leans on the acidic side with underlying tones of dark fruits and cocoa.