All posts filed under: Brunch

ATLAS Coffeehouse (SG): Hearty Brunch with Killer Pancakes

I’m always on the lookout for a hearty brunch and hipster coffee spot. Now that I’ve moved to Singapore, the number of cafe choices is almost as overwhelming as my intensive 10-month MBA course at INSEAD. Cute cafes are dotted all over the country. Yet in spite of all the competition, ATLAS Coffeehouse definitely stands out for its perfectly executed brunch items, which are interesting enough to set it apart, but retain that mainstream eggs-and-pancake element to satisfy the typical weekend brunch craving. (See also my review of other cafes in Singapore, such as Curious Palette and Pacamara) Creamy Mushrooms and Scrambled Eggs on Sourdough Toast (SGD14+3) The menu had a good variety of options ranging from the brunchy eggs, pancakes and waffles to the more filling ‘superbowls’ , meats and pasta. The sound of white wine creamy mushrooms stole our undivided attention for a good five minutes, before we noticed that a standard eggs benedict was not even featured on ATLAS’s menu. We didn’t care, of course. We added scrambled eggs (+SGD3) to the …

4 New Casual Brunches That’ll Make You Skip Dinner

I always admire beautiful brunch shots from Melbourne or even Singapore, featuring the perfect eggs benedict sprinkled with a twist, or perfectly browned French toasts decorated with colourful don’t-know-whats. We may not be loaded with options for that type of hipster cafe brunch spot, but restaurants are rapidly leveraging on Hong Kong people’s love for brunch – it’s become more of an event than just a meal, right? And restaurants are now really good at making it huge and epic, often leaving me too full to even have dinner 8 hours later. Here are four of the latest brunch spots I’ve fallen in love with: 1. Mamasita’s Cantina (Mexican) The deal: HK$338 for starter/dessert buffet + made-to-order tacos + main course; HK$148 free flow sangria, red/white, champagne The vibe: I’ve eaten at Mamasita’s a number of times (see dinner review here) and most of the time I pick it for its casual and colourful setting that makes it a fun place to be especially when you’re in a larger group – everyone I’ve taken here compliments the decor. Two times I …

SPIGA: New Free Flow Champagne Italian Brunch

‘Brunch‘ has two very different meanings. The first comes with wooden tables, latte art and eggs. The other comes with champagne and… an abundance of all things edible. Unsurprisingly, the second is the version of brunch this new Italian restaurant in Central – SPIGA – is going for. Weekend Brunch Deal at SPIGA – HK$388 per person Weekend brunch at SPIGA is reasonably priced at HK$388 per person, which includes their antipasti buffet, a choice of main course and dessert buffet. You can add on HK$260 for free-flow Veuve Clicquot champagne, mimosas, red/white wine, Peroni and Bloody Mary; or add on HK$140 for free-flow prosecco in place of the champagne. More importantly, I loved the ambience here. On a Sunday afternoon it was extremely lively, with some casual live music which wasn’t too loud either. They have large ceiling-to-floor windows which let in a comfortable amount of daylight, cultivating the perfect laid back brunch vibes. Antipasti Buffet The antipasti buffet counter was not huge, but most options on the table were very tempting, and turned out to be delicious too. Given that I obviously prefer quality …

Pacamara: Hipster Brunch Cafe in Singapore

When work life back at home starts to overwhelm you, taking a long weekend trip to Singapore to eat brunch for three consecutive days with your bff of 16 years could not be more rejuvenating. Well it was more about having great company and nothing but Singapore’s amazing hipster brunches on my agenda for three days. 3 Brunches in One Long Weekend I visit Singapore quite often, and it’s hardly ever been for work. Apart from the hawker centres, my favourite part is the excellent selection and quality of hipster cafes. Hong Kong may be known for good food, but Singapore beats it for its brunch scene hands down. See also: List of my favourite cafes in Hong Kong Last year, I paid a visit to Curious Palette, but the choices I covered this time were even better. Over my three day weekend, we went to Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters, Common Man Coffee Roasters and Artichoke. I think I equally loved each one for different reasons. Pacamara’s location is a bit random but Uber-ing around Singapore …

Limewood: Summer Afternoon Getaway at The Pulse

There’s so much to love about Hong Kong. The one thing I love most is how we have a world class financial centre with skyscrapers 100 floors tall, yet beaches, oceans and mountains are only a short ride away. You can kayak in the sea, hike to beautiful beaches, yet still have all the variety of restaurants and shops of a bustling city, that’s only 30-45 mins away. The Pulse is a strip of restaurants and shops by Repulse Bay beach and is possibly the best in between of nature and city in Hong Kong. Hardly 20 minutes away from Central/Admiralty, you can feel completely disconnected from corporate life just by sitting in one of these restaurants or cafes. Perfect Half Al-Fresco Vibes Limewood would likely be my top choice for the best vibes. It’s half al-fresco, yet I remember they had decent air-conditioning such that you won’t be sweating throughout your meal. Plus they have a good selection of cold food which is actually all that we ordered, and it was perfect for the summer months. Delicious …

8 of London’s Must-Visit Restaurants for First Timers

As a student, 10-15 pounds would have been an expensive dinner, reserved only to celebrate birthdays. With that budget, it was hard to appreciate the expertise and good food on offer all over London. So returning to the city as an adult a few years later, finally with money to spend, I got around to properly exploring food in London. Hong Kong may already be known for good food, but I was impressed to a whole new level by the restaurants in London. The thing is, compared with Hong Kong, it’s hard to find good cheap eats in London. But as long as you’re willing to spend, good food is amazing for a relatively decent price. It’s difficult to pick out a handful of restaurants because there are too many outstanding ones. But here’s a list of the ones I think you must consider. 1. Burger & Lobster (Lunch/Dinner) Last year, I was in London for two days and tried Burger & Lobster for the first time. It was the one restaurant I revisited this trip and …

Giando: Authentic Italian with the Best Ingredients

When an Italian chef is the sole owner of a restaurant, you know things can go really really right. To add to this wonderful microeconomic backdrop, Chef Gianni Caprioli makes it a personal mission to ensure only excellent quality ingredients are used. In fact, I was told 95% of their ingredients are imported directly from Italy – including their eggs. Chefs of top Italian restaurants have been spotted eating here a number of times. I first came here on a Saturday and returned the next Sunday again. With this in mind, it’s not a question of whether you should dine here, but a question of what to order when you come here. Had I come here earlier, it definitely would be among the 5 Italian Restaurants in Hong Kong that Do Stand Out, for being the most authentic and featuring the best quality ingredients. Weekend Brunch at HK$338 for 3-Courses I love my ‘epic brunches‘ and this place would definitely rank high if I ever came up with such a list. The 3-course set runs from 12-3pm …