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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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