There are only a handful of places (I know of) that could rival the attention to detail of Brunches Cafe. It is definitely retro themed but unlike a lot of eateries with retro interior, this cafe has a lot of artwork on display and on sales. So much and that I couldn’t get my eyes off their walls and talk about adding colours to life literally. Every corner of the space has its own retro style and furnitures.
Couple of single tables on the left, a few sofas and couches at the back, a long communal table in the middle and that vintage white mini cooper converted into a dining area. Even the china wares and utensils are not spared. Food wise, it is your commonly seen cafe fare. The standard Benedicts or the filling breakfast palette. There were more choices for the vegetarians but I was more interested in their pastas and array of bread & sweet pastries. I thought what was so fantastic about their Chocolate Cupcake ($3.50) that my cousin has to have it.
Turns out she likes the banana and yam piped cream on it. Not a bad choice for a dainty sweet treat with one of those novelty injectable sweet sauce.
But I wished they had served me clotted cream instead of SCS butter for my Cranberry Scone ($2.80). There’s no need for extra butter when it comes to scones especially when you see how much butter goes into one.
I thought they fared well with their light treats and I could expect something better from my main course. After all, it’s a cafe dedicated to brunch.But not really, I was a little let down when I opted for the Deluxe Fluffy Omelette ($14.50). It was more flat than its name suggested and the green & red peppers inside the pan fried egg was boring and bland. I can understand the importance of food styling and I do expect the food to take centre stage be it on the presentation aspect as well as the portion too. But it lacked lustre for a egg dish which I can easily cooked at home.
I like to think of their Slowed-cooked Pork Belly Ciabatta as the English rendition of the kong bak pau. Good effort but again the portions were too petite for to be considered a sandwich. Both my partner and I felt that maybe ciabatta was not a good choice of bread to use. It was hard and dry. Maybe they should have drizzled some of the simmered pork belly sauce to soften the bread. For $18.50, it comes with fries, salad and a choice of ice tea but for that kind of price, I might as well spend it on something more filling. We had a little bit of tea before ending off with another dessert. I always envision how my food will appear whenever I read the description or name.What does Mango Fruit Waffle ($15.00) suggest? I was expecting fluffy or crispy aromatic waffles with fresh mangoes or purree generously poured all over the cooked batter. Again, it was a disappointment. It looked more like something I random grabbed at a buffet and plate it nicely just to make it photogenic. I would rather head down to Froth for the Taro Waffles which is cheaper and more much beautifully plated.
Perhaps my idea of brunch has to be filling. After all, it is two meals squeeze into one. I love the interior design of Brunches and I am sure everyone will want to drop by here to see for themselves too but for me to return again? Maybe just for a drink and a couple of their desserts for an important date? I looked at their high tea set and I wondered if it was refillable because for $32.00 per set, I might as well book a weekday three tier high tea at Regent Hotel or Rtiz Carlton which are almost around the same tier price range. I think it is too expensive for a cafe, unless they are comparable to hotel standards. Service was great and attentive. I love the detailed explanation of the menu from one of the female staffs and I hope it’s not because I brought a DSLR into the cafe. I do know of many eateries that pay more attention to individuals with cameras for fear they are reviewers. I think genuine service is more important because frequent visitors don’t always need to return with a camera.
I’m not trying to be difficult for a cafe that is still relatively new but let’s face it. Are Singapore’s cafes trying to rip holes in diners pockets just because rentals are high and profit is important or making an positive impact in Singapore food culture?Brunches Cafe
96 Rangoon Road, Singapore 21838
Tel: +65 8685 8488
Monday to Sunday: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm
Closed on Tuesdays