Best thing I ate this week: Brunch at Simply Bread

(left) Sausage Brunch Plate ($12.75) and (right) Ham Steak Brunch Plate ($10.65).
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What: Brunch Plates at Simply Bread (around $12/each)

Where: Guthrie House, 1 Fifth Avenue, #01-03 Singapore 268802

If you are someone who likes to sleep in during the weekends, a good brunch is important. Simply Bread at Guthrie House is the place for a delicious yet affordable brunch that leaves you, and your stomach, satisfied.

The Sausage Brunch Plate comes with two juicy grilled sausages complemented by creamy delicate scrambled eggs, and two slices of lightly toasted bread served with jam and soft butter. If you are not one for sausages, I would recommend the Ham Steak Brunch Plate which comes with the same sides and two slices of rich, flavorful spiced ham with honey glaze.

A good drink after a hearty meal is as important as the meal being delicious. If you are a coffee drinker, the latte at Simply Bread blends bitter espresso and rich milk nicely. If you are not, well Simply Bread also offers an array of drink choices from various teas to even plain milk.

If you are looking for a splendid brunch platter and a place to hang out, then Simply Bread would be your to-go place.

8 cafes in Singapore for cheap brunches under $15

  • 100 Guillemard Rd, Singapore 399718
  • Never mind that the menu here isn't the most extensive - the Oven-Baked Molten Eggs on tortilla and melted cheese ($9.80, pictured) is all you need. The rich flavours all come together decadently, only without the guilt, because 1) avocado and salmon are healthy fat, right? And 2) it costs less than a tenner!
  • #01-23/24 Galaxis, 1 Fusionopolis Place, Singapore 138632
  • Bread Yard's pancakes ($10) are made using wild yeast and lactobacilli harvested from the local environment - no baking powder, baking soda, or the like. This means better flavour, all the better to pair with the charred candied bacon and grilled mozerella cheese.
  • 94 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088515
  • Drury Lane's Eggs Benedict ($12) is served with turkey bacon as a healthier alternative. Add-ons, from beef sausage to mushrooms to avocado, cost no more than $2 for a portion, too. For those with a larger appetite, even the big breakfast platter will set you back by only $15.
  • #01-25/27, 84 Bedok North St 4, Singapore 460084
  • East-siders don't have to travel far for a filling plate of pasta - none are priced in the double-digits, including the crowd favourite Seafood Spaghetti Aglio Olio ($9.90, pictured). With a soup of the day ($3.90) to start, it'll still cost less than a simple eggs on toast in some cafes.
  • 23 Haji Ln, 189216
  • If nothing else, head here for the ambience. This Haji Lane gem is hip and happening, but peaceful in the day. It's perfect for brunch, with bagels for less than a tenner. Take your pick: cinnamon raisin, hummus, smoked salmon, pastrami, and more.
  • #01-25, 78 Moh Guan Terrace, Singapore 162078
  • It's a bold claim, but one we're making with confidence: Flock Cafe serves one of the best french toasts we've tried on the island, served with caramelised bananas, crispy bacon, and smothered in maple syrup. We'd willingly pay more, but it's only $13.90! More a savoury bruncher? Cheeky Eggs ($16.90), an rendition of everyone's favourite Eggs Benny, but with braised pork cheek.
  • 20 Foch Rd, Singapore 209261
  • The menu here is labelled "Everyday Food". True in some regards - the dishes are uncomplicated and honest, like French Omelettes ($11) and Avocado on Sourdough ($10), but they're done so well we'd consider brunch here a treat. Don't go without a coffee - these folks are serious about their cuppas.
  • 215R Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574349
  • Some love it for the coffee, others love it for their specialty Gashouse Eggs ($10) or filling Big Brekkie ($12, pictured). We say try both - you haven't got much to lose, seeing that this cafe is one of the more affordable ones in central Singapore. Fun fact: it's a cafe by day and pizzeria by night!
 

8 unconventional brunch spots in Singapore

  • No one does quite as good a job at reinventing Southeast Asian cuisine as Ding Dong. Its quirky name gives you an inkling of what to expect, and they exceed even that expectation.
  • Their dishes raise brows - see Homemade Banana Bread with Foie Gras and Kimchi, and Spiced Braised Iberico Pork with Poached Eggs, Lime, and Jackfruit Tempura. And they win hearts too, once you've had a taste of the food.
  • Helmed by Singapore's food ambassador Violet Oon, Nyonya and local breakfast favourites are amped up at weekend brunch.
  • Roti Prata is graced with scrumptious fillings like chickpea masala or slow-cooked pulled pork in a sweet onion infused dark soya sauce. Kids will love the Calamansi Sugar Roti Prata, drizzled with condensed milk and topped with calamansi-infused sugar and chews.
  • Leave the kids with their caretaker for the weekend and head to Manhattan's adults-only Sunday cocktail brunch, an ode to New York's steadfast tradition of weekend brunches.
  • Think hand-rolled bagels and a selection of house-made cream cheese smears; the classic Bacon and Egg is given a twist, where paired with smoky bacon is a delicate soft-boiled egg is breaded and deep-fried to a crisp golden-brown on the outside, while oozy on the inside.
  • The weekend dim sum brunch is inspiring even for the most avid fans of Cantonese food. Here, familiar tastes are given interesting twists that push the boundaries for miles, yet still retaining the quintessential Cantonese touch.
  • Think escargot cheese puffs, wild mushroom and truffle buns, and more. They've also recently amped up their brunch menu with a selection of premium dishes featuring lobster, abalone, and more.
  • If you're making plans after your bottomless brunch at Kinki, you might want to take potential intoxication into account.
  • Signature favourites include Hotate Aburi (pan-seared Hokkaido scallop sushi), Maguro (tuna) sashimi, and Wagyu Foie Gras Donburi (rice bowl) - clearly, they don't scrimp on premium ingredients. This lavish selection of non-conventional sushi, sashimi, mains, and other Japanese fare is matched with endless sake, shochu, prosecco, and beer.
  • TV presenter, culinary host, and model Angela May wears many hats. To brunch, she's wearing a classy Panama.
  • Her weekend high brunch set is a selection of delicacies of the day, from sweet treats like pastries and chia pudding to innovative savoury choux puffs.
  • Pick and choose from the food-laden trolleys being wheeled about - much like the ones at traditional dim sum restaurants - at French restaurant Cocotte's weekend brunch.
  • The menu of savouries and sweets varies each weekend, based on the seasonal produce and the creative whims of the chef, but each dish retains a rustic homeliness that we love.
  • What we love about this Middle-Eastern gem: it's not food you typically get in Singapore, but neither is it anything you'll ever get in the Middle East.
  • Inspiration from various cuisines is so seamlessly fused in Artichoke's brunch fare: our favourites include Lamb Shakshouka and Cauliflower Sabbich.

wxlee@sph.com.sg

The writer paid for the meal reviewed.

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