All posts tagged: breakfast

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 …

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 …

Why 50: New Favourite Coffee Shop in Sheung Wan

Some Friday lunch times, I feel like exploring new places and cafes are my favourite things to discover. Why 50 quickly came to mind because I had seen it on the Foodie website and this new coffee shop discovery phone app, Kawa, also recommended it. It’s located in Sheung Wan, which turned out to be a great location because the vibe was much more chilled out (than the unpleasantly buzzing cafes in Central) and I could enjoy a 15-20 minute walk there from my office. One of my Favourite Coffee Spots The coffee was amazing! And as I posted three snapchats at this place, close friends who had been, were quick to reply and agree with me. The coffee was so good that I also checked if they sell their own coffee beans – since I recently bought an Illy Francis Francis coffee machine at home; they say they may do so in the future. See a list of my other recommended coffee shops in Hong Kong here. Food is an Even Bigger Must The good …

The Pudding Nouveau: Hong Kong’s Answer to Duck and Waffle

There are many things to love about Hong Kong. Despite how difficult (I can only assume from high costs, competition and saturation) it must be to start a restaurant, there is so much variety and individuality in the dining scene as long as you step out of big shopping malls and onto less frequented streets. Small restaurants have their unique qualities and expats can feel less home-sick because this city is home to restaurants serving all sorts of cuisines from around the world – even the very specific ones. The Pudding Nouveau’s take on Duck & Waffle *must order* The Pudding Nouveau could not have been a better characterisation of all of the above. It’s a small cafe-restaurant situated in the restaurant-dense area of Tai Hang and one of their signature dishes is Duck and Waffle. This may ring a bell for many readers, as it was essentially inspired by the famous Duck & Waffle in London. While I personally can’t judge the similiarities between the two (I was too busy cafe-hopping when I last …

Tasmania: Breakfast with fresh local produce and the best coffee at Blue Bar Cafe

In general, fresh food is good food and Blue Bar Cafe exemplifies this rule. They use the freshest ingredients in their dishes and then cook it to perfection too. That, along with the fact that they served the best coffee of all the places we went to over our 9-day adventure in Tasmania (that must equate to more than 15 different coffees…), is why it’s the most unforgettable cafe we visited during our trip. Smoked salmon on homemade sourdough toast and scrambled eggs You can see the smoked salmon was unusually thick cut; it also tasted different from the ones we usually get in Hong Kong (usually Norwegian or Scottish). But most importantly, it was super fresh, to the point that it wasn’t weird that they didn’t squeeze some lemon juice on top. Served on top of a delicious sourdough toast and next to creamy slow cooked scrambled eggs, this must have been the best quality gourmet version of my favourite breakfast combo, I love to spoil myself with at home. Proscuitto and herbs croquette with poached eggs and asparagus We …

The Diner: American-style brunch and legit milkshakes

Many Saturdays I wake up feeling hungry and lazy; it’s one of those days when eating becomes the only activity I accomplish. One of my favourite brunch spots has to be The Diner. There’s not much fancy to it, but it’s where I know I’ll get a satisfying (though fattening) brunch, with really good coffee and milkshake. I posted about Blue Butcher’s brunch a few months ago and labelled it the best brunch experience (in Hong Kong). That is still largely true though in a different way. Blue Butcher’s brunch serves Coffin Bay oysters and freshly made waffles at their (semi-)buffet. But it’s not the kind of place you’d get your traditional “full breakfast” at and it’s also too pricey to go have on a random weekend (I think it’s about HK$500 per person). Cookies and cream milkshake (HK$68) *must order* One of the reasons I keep going back to The Diner is because they are one of very few places in Hong Kong that serve legit American-style milkshakes. Their cookies and cream one is classic and always …

The best homemade pancake and waffle combinations

There’s little science involved in making pancakes or waffles (the batter can’t really go so wrong) – making them fresh is probably the most obvious yet important “tip”. My favourite not-too-guilty combo is to dump a generous bunch of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, whipped cream and maple syrup (or honey) on top. So in today’s post, there’s no recipe revelation, just some awesome pancake waffle inspiration for the weekend ahead: Classic fluffy American pancakes topped with blackberries, strawberries, freshly whipped cream and Acacia honey Oatmeal waffles Classic waffles with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, whipped cream and Acacia honey Oatmeal waffles with strawberries, blueberries, freshly whipped cream and maple syrup Wishing you all an amazing weekend with great food ahead!