Away from the buzzy Katong street lies a new, tranquil hideout. The Brewing Ground, located on the site of the old Telok Kurau Primary School, offers a quiet spot for those looking to get their coffee and brunch fix. To get to the café, look out for a towering heritage kapok tree that has been around for over 80 years.
The glasshouse-inspired interior feels warm and bright, and the breezy alfresco deck comes fitted with extra seating to accommodate those with pets. Grab a seat, and sample an eclectic menu of jazzed-up brunch plates. Must-trys include a sourdough that comes topped with eggs, prepped in the style of Japanese omurice ($25), crabmeat and ikura; and a Breakfast Burger ($20), a rendition of the fast-food classic where brioche buns come sandwiched with a pork sausage patty, scrambled eggs, caramelised onions, and cheddar cheese.
Those who swing by earlier can also choose from its breakfast menu, which features homemade granola ($12), grilled cheese sandwich ($15), and the recommended burrata and tomatoes tartine ($17). Creamy, milky cheese that comes imported from Italy is topped with marinated cherry tomatoes, then brightened with a final drizzle of basil oil. Those feeling extra hungry can look forward to heftier mains of wagyu beef cheeseburger ($25), crabmeat tagliatelle ($26), garlic butter aglio olio ($15), and more.
Then, wash everything down with some warm brews (from $4.50). The selection, developed in collaboration with specialty coffee bar The Glasshouse, aims to spotlight beans from local roasters that include 2° North Coffee Co. Or beat the heat with a refreshing lemongrass and mint cooler ($8.50), and savour a boozy brunch with some cold brew martini ($18) and The Brewing Ground mimosa ($18).