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 Curious Palette, the sister café of Strangers’ Reunion.
Tucked along the quiet stretch of Prinsep Street, this family-friendly brunch spot offers a cosy, homely atmosphere. The décor inspiration is similar to that of Strangers’ Reunion – think wood furniture and comfy cushions – except that it’s more simple and no-frills. Visiting on a weekend? If you’ve not made a reservation, it’s best to come early at 9am when they open or past 3pm, to beat the brunch-time crowd. We arrived at 12pm and the place was packed!
Grub on these:
Popular items on the menu include the soft-shell crab burger ($19.90) and buttermilk waffles (from $11.50), alongside classics like Croque Madame ($19.50). Start with some appetisers, then work your way through the mains; in particular, the tofu salad ($13.90) is a must-try, with its fried tofu, baby spinach, arugula tempura, orange segments, sliced radish, bonito flakes and white sesame dressing. This savoury salad came in a generous sharing portion, but it could work as a main for one, too. If you’re a fan of mushrooms, go for the Magic Mushrooms ($14.90) – battered mushrooms with homemade aioli and za’atar (Middle Eastern spices).
Having an all-day brunch menu on offer from 9am to 6pm daily (except for Tuesday) means that you can turn up past brunch hours and not worry about missing your eggs or avos. We tucked into the corned beef Scotch egg ($18.50), which came with cauliflower couscous, peppers, guacamole, grilled brussels sprouts and green mango salsa. My friend didn’t love the corned beef, but I was thoroughly satisfied with the dish, especially the fact that the eggs came slightly runny, with a crispy crust and delicious sides.
Wash it down:
Fans of cold brew coffee will love the White Magic ($6.90), which is also offered at Strangers’ Reunion. For something light and refreshing, there are four Chinese teas and five specialty teas to choose from. Our pick? The sangria tea ($7.50), a fruity blend of black tea, apple and orange pieces, lemon peel and hibiscus. Good news, you can get your vino fix here, too, as there’s a decent selection of white and reds served by the glass or bottle.
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Planning a birthday party? There’s also a second floor (75 seats) open for private event bookings.
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