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New all-day menu at Cafe Melba Goodman Arts Centre!

We scour the island’s café scene to bring you the new and the noteworthy – it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! Here, Anthia Chng checks out the new all-day brunch menu from Café Melba at Goodman Arts Centre.

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All day brunch, anyone?

First impressions:

Surrounded by lush greenery, this hidden gem in Mountbatten offers a diverse selection of modern Australasian dishes, from hearty brunch dishes to juicy burgers and freshly made pizzas. Mums with bubs will love how spacious the 120-seater is; there’s even a weekend bouncy castle,a giant game of Connect Four and other games outside for kiddos to play in with! Apart from having a family-friendly space and menu, Café Melba’s relaxed ambience – think high ceilings and wooden furniture –  makes it the perfect spot for chatty weekday catch-ups with the girlfriends, or whiling away a Saturday afternoon with a book in hand.

rye bread avocado brunch
Don’t miss the caraway marbled rye bread with avocado!

Hearty Bites

Brunch lovers will be spoilt for choice with the selection of breakfast food, from perennial classics like eggs Benedict ($20) to kid-friendly options such as the buttermilk pancake stack ($13). We started with an old favourite, caraway marbled rye bread and avocado ($18), a scrumptious combination of poached eggs, tomatoes, salad, fresh avo slices and, the star of the show, house-made rye toast.

New on the menu is the smoked bacon burger ($24), which, as bacon-lovers, we couldn’t go past. It features a thick slab of homemade bacon steak glazed in teriyaki sauce, as well as a fried egg, both nestled between two well-toasted buns; the sweet and chunky patty has an ideal meat-to-fat ration, and pairs well with the creamy aioli sauce. It comes with a generous portion of fries, too, so it’s a substantial meal for most.

Visiting with little ones? The kids’ set menus ($16) will please even the fussiest eaters, with easy eats like the muesli French toast stick with honey, the new kids brekkie ­– scrambled eggs, bacon and toast – and pastas including beef bolognese and mac and cheese. All kids’ sets include fruit juice or plain milk, as well as a scoop of ice cream for good measure.

smoked bacon burger brunch
The smoked bacon burger was a unanimous favourite

Italian Inspiration

If you love your carbs, you’ll enjoy the spinach and ricotta tortellini ($23). Pair a spoonful of pasta with the spicy tomato sauce, and it is comfort food in one bite. Other options include classics like aglio olio ($18), beef bolognese ($20) and carbonara with “onsen” egg and parmesan ($21). Kids and adults alike will also love the variety of pizzas and calzones ($18 for nine-inch, $22 for 12-inch, $36 for 16-inch). You won’t go wrong with the Hawaiian classic or pepperoni, but if you’re looking for something different, try the BBQ smoked chicken pizza. Featuring chicken slices with a generous dose of BBQ sauce, mozzarella, red onion and coriander, atop a thin-crust base, this pizza was sweet, savoury and absolutely satisfying – a must-order if you’re visiting in a group.

lemon meringue tart
There’s always room for dessert, especially if it involves citrus and meringue

Sweet ending

End the meal on a refreshing note with the lemon and yuzu tart with caramelised meringue ($10). The buttery crust was crisp, and the filling full of fruity flavours. The icing on top was of lightly torched meringue – a silky, sweet and melt-in-your-mouth delight. On our next visit, we’re definitely trying the vanilla créme brûlée ($10) and the peach melba ($11) with raspberry sauce, vanilla gelato and almond flakes.

This post is brought to you by Café Melba. However, all thoughts and opinions belong to us.

90 Goodman Road
Block N #01-56, Goodman Arts Centre
6440 6068 | cafemelba.com.sg


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