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! ANTHIA CHNG checks out newly refurbished brunch favourite, Strangers’ Reunion, one of the pioneer cafés in Singapore.
After an extensive revamp, local café darling Strangers’ Reunion recently reopened its doors. Located streetside along Kampong Bahru, this spot boasts hip, Melbourne-style interiors, with plenty of natural light. Contemporary wood furniture and comfy cushions add a cosy, welcoming ambience, while the concrete walls give the space an industrial touch.
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The menu has been updated with the café serving up healthy takes on popular brunch dishes that are flavourful, photogenic and affordable. A signature is the Salmon & Kale ($19.90), which features pan-seared salmon on a bed of organic locally-sourced kale and served with perfectly poached eggs, salmon roe and hollandaise sauce. This dish made me a kale convert; the vegetables were not bitter, and had a unique texture I truly enjoyed. For a twist on the classic smoked salmon eggs benedict, try the Strangers Smoked Salmon ($17.90). Smoked in-house using mesquite wood, the fish was nothing like those measly, thin slices commonly served in other cafés – what you’ll get here is a generous 120 grams of fillet. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the sweet hazelnut béarnaise sauce, the inclusion of feta complemented the dish well with its salty flavour. The Crabcake Reunion ($18.90) is also a must-try for crustacean lovers. If you don’t dig seafood, there are plenty of alternatives; go for the Spicy Baked Eggs ($15.50), Smashed Avocado ($15.50), or a side of the Honey Mustard Sweet Potato Chips ($12.90) to share.
Popular desserts on the menu include the Berry Ricotta Hotcake ($14.90), but I recommend the Coconut Chia Pudding ($11.90) if you’re up for something a little lighter. This healthy dish was surprisingly tasty and filling – plus it doesn’t hurt knowing that it’s good for you!
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There’s a reason why Strangers’ Reunion lives and breathes coffee – the co-owner holds multiple titles at barista competitions, including three-time Singapore Barista Champion and ASEAN Barista Champion (2013)! Don’t leave without trying the White Magic ($6.90), a cold brew made with fresh espresso and milk, which is then bottled and chilled. I would return to the café just for this drink – it had a satisfying caffeine kick but was equally well-balanced with a perfect ratio of milk and coffee.
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