Dempsey Hill is perhaps best known for its slew of restaurants and bars, but a day in the buzzy foodie enclave doesn’t start all that early. If you’re there on a weekday morning, you’ll notice most dining spots aren’t open until lunchtime kicks in. So, when we heard that COMO Cuisine had just launched a full weekday breakfast menu, we knew we had to stop by to try it.
Housed in a colonial building, COMO Cuisine is a hit for its contemporary all-day dining menu, which includes popular dishes from COMO properties around the world. Décor wise, the spacious spot is dressed in white walls with draping lanterns and plants hanging from above; the whole set up is elegant and modern-looking. Walking in, we’re immediately greeted by a whiff of COMO’s signature invigorate scent, an uplifting blend of eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender and geranium – and a welcome start to our day.
Available from Monday to Friday, 8am to 12pm, the breakfast menu features a spread of sweet and savoury dishes. From healthy options like organic eggs ($8) cooked to your liking and an acai bowl ($16), to naughtier picks like eggs benedict ($20) with sourdough, Parma ham, spinach and rich hollandaise sauce, there’s something for even the pickiest eater here. We started with the Croque Madame ($20): brioche and truffle cheese sauce, finished with a fried organic egg atop. Fresh and indulgent, this photogenic dish is the perfect pick if you want something hearty and savoury to kick-start your morning.
As for the sweets, kids and adults alike will enjoy the blueberry pancakes ($16), a classic staple in any breakfast menu. Think thick and fluffy pancakes stuffed with blueberries, topped with even more blueberries and honeycomb, served with maple syrup on the side; it doesn’t get any better than this! The banana bread ($12), however, got our unanimous vote for being top favourite. Boasting an incredibly light and fluffy texture, the bread formed a stellar base for soaking up the house-made tahini and espresso maple syrup. It’s without a doubt the breakfast of champions.
Another impressive aspect of the new breakfast menu is the selection of beverages available, including coffee-based therapeutic brews, wellness juices, herbal teas and smoothie blends, on top of the usual coffee offerings. Start your day right with the Green and Clean ($12) juice – apple, fennel, spinach, spirulina, seeds and nuts – or the detoxifying Body Guard ($7), a long black with ginger, Manuka honey and cold-pressed coconut oil for an immunity boost. If you prefer something creamy, the Sweet Relief ($8) is a great alternative to a regular latte (which was smooth and balanced, by the way) with an addition of cocoa, cinnamon, date sugar and nut milk.
Indulge in a mid-afternoon tête-à-tête with a dainty high-tea set ($70 for two people), served every Tuesday and Friday from 3pm to 5pm. The set includes a mix of sweet and savoury bites, including warm spiced scones, pandan profiterole, crab bun and flaxseed mille-feuille. You’ll also get a choice of coffee or tea, but we recommend topping up $15 for glass of champagne or Bellini because, why not? Reserve now!
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