Epicurious, Singapore.

Following the childhood classics theme from my post on Le Loir Dans la Théière where the cafe took to the theme of Dormouse in a Teapot from Alice in Wonderland, I bring you closer to home and into the world of one of Dr Seuss’ best works – Green Eggs and Ham. Are you kicking up your legs and knocking your feet together already? Cos I know I am.

“Do you like green eggs and ham?” Note: I am not Sam and I love my eggs, not sure if i’d like them green but I guess I did.

Getting back on track, weekends are perfect for brunch and I’ve long heard of Epicurious but never had the chance or reason to visit it… until that fateful day. Taking a long hike over under the merciless sun, I was famished, non-too-pleased about the heat and in need of something cool. In my head I was thinking – the food better be good or someone’s roadkill. As the company I was with knew someone who worked there, the orders were decided upon fairly quickly and the anticipation mounted. 

The relief from the heat came in the form of a jugful of iced lemon tea. It’s not as great as the one I’ve had at Food for Thought but it did serve its purpose. Its essentially Lipton tea with a couple of slices of lemon, that’s what it tasted like to me but I could be wrong.

Roll-up the dishes, mine was an order of green eggs and ham and this brunch girl was in brunch heaven. I love eggs but I’ve never had them green. Color aside, the flavor was out of the park. Aromatic, creamy, well seasoned and surprisingly fresh tasting, a dash of crushed black pepper and I was rolling my eyes back in delight. The portions were generous, I mean the egg was overflowing on the toast, just the way I like it and every mouthful sent my fork diving back in for more. I was a monster on this dish and I was going at full speed. The toast was crisp and substantial enough to taste under the generous portion of toppings and served its role as a perfect complement to the dish. In my opinion, everyone should try this. Egg lover or not. Dairy lover or not. You know how scrambles can sometimes reek of the cream/ milk, this is nothing like that. Manifique.

We also ordered a choco-nana sandwich to share and all I can say is, if you love chocolate, if you love Nutella in particular and if you love banana, this is another winner. I have a sandwich maker at home and on days where there are bananas at home, I make myself a nutella-banana sandwich pocket as a treat. Now this one takes it to a whole other level. I don’t know if its the bread they use, or the method in which they grill the sandwich but the bread remains fluffy with a light crisp to it. Again, generous filling although I did wish there was a tad more nutella in the sandwich but I know that it’d prove to be too much for most other visitors. Chocolate and banana is one combination that can never go wrong but what I love is the icing sugar on top that gives a cool sweetness to the sandwich and the slight tartness of the strawberries refreshed the palate for the next mouthful. Decadent yet simple, exclusively enjoyable.

Three dishes down between the two of us [didn’t feature the company’s savory main] and our bellies were splitting at its sides. But. Because the company knew someone there, we were offered a complimentary dessert – the red velvet cake. This, this was splendid and despite the risk of splitting the outfit I was in, I was devouring it by the forkful. This is what red velvet cakes should taste like. Dense, moist, light fragrance of beetroot balanced by the icing between the cake layers and tied together with the cream cheese. By God, this cake is beyond stunning and I would be happy to receive this any time, any day. In comparison with the one I had at Ben’s, my Ben’s referral would have melted on first taste of this cake.

What else do I love about Epicurious? I love how they integrate the old school utensils that we’d typically find at our coffee shops into this Western cafe. Its so tongue in cheek, its so fun, it speaks of the owners’ character. I also love the outdoor sitting area, Quayside,  breeze in hair moments [tho it can get really hot out], sunnies on face and adding a couple of new freckles to my bare shoulders with a book in hand as I await my orders. That’s the life right? I can’t wait to revisit this place but please enjoy yourself the next time you find yourself Quayside.

In the words of Dr. Suess –

Say!
I like green eggs and ham!
I do!! I like them, Sam-I-am!
And I would eat them in a boat!
And I would eat them with a goat…
And I will eat them in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
They are so good so good you see!

So I will eat them in a box.
And I will eat them with a fox.
And I will eat them in a house.
And I will eat them with a mouse.
And I will eat them here and there.
Say! I will eat them ANYWHERE!

I do so like
green eggs and ham!
Thank you!
Thank you,
Sam-I-am

GETTING THERE 

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The Plain & simple, Singapore

i’m a hopeless egg-head.

head-over-heels addicted to eggs that a friend once suggested i marry the heir to seng choon farm.

the result of this addiction? – a penchant for brunch with the warm promise of an eggy treat. fathom my excitement when a friend suggested we visit a newly-opened cafe – The Plain

Located at Craig Road, The Plain is a Melbourne-styled cafe with an all-day breakfast menu. [Whoopin’ yet you brekker-fans?!]

 can’t say i know for certain if its a conscious touch but the interior/ menu follows through with the theme of ‘plain’ – clean, clear with no room for confusion. Ain’t got a visual but paint this picture – open space, clean lines, raw and absolutely delightful.

Kicking off with the everyone’s favorite day-starter – coffee. Being lactose-intolerant, i typically request for soy milk for my caffeine beverages and it was no different this time around. Presenting the soy latte..

it may have been an off-day for me, or the barista, but this cuppa wasn’t the most satisfying. the fact that i’ve heard many a rave-review from other peers who have been there, it may have been an oft-chance that this one didn’t make the mark. what i really LOVE is the presentation – served on a red dish like our ol’ school kopi-house, it’s a sheer delight when new skool meets ol’ skool  and east meets west. i was tempted to pour it on the dish and slurp up like how my grand-dad use to do it.

presenting the chow..

first up, we have the Darling Eggs [SGD $6.50 for 1/ SGD $11.50 for 2] made up of sourdough toast, roma tomatoes, cheese, ham and poached eggs. I would say that’s all your food groups covered, wouldn’t you? To whet your appetite, keep scrolling..

if like me, you prefer uncomplicated flavors, i’d recommend for you to tuck into the Plain Eggs [SGD $5 for 1/ SGD $8 for 2] – poached eggs on buttered sourdough toast. scatter on some crushed black peppercorns and savor the lovely, rich flavor of the eggs.

venturing into a childhood nightmare, the bunch of us decided to be adventurous and order a portion of the Dean’s Breakfast [SGD $6 for 1/ SGD $10.50 for 2]  – sourdough toast, cheese, poached eggs and VEGEMITE (that’s a real kicker). If you’re a vegemite fan (which i’m not) you might probably enjoy this my the mouthfuls.

so if you’re planning an eggy treat, be sure to ask me along yes?