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Restaurant review: Brunch at Halia and Brussels Sprouts in Singapore

Looking for a change from Corn Flakes and the inevitable spilt milk this weekend? Turn around the family breakfast with these two great spots that will put a smile on everyone’s face. If your kids are up before sunrise, don’t worry, they may follow the habit of Tolkien’s hobbits and have two breakfasts!

Halia

1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens

8444 1148

www.halia.com.sg

With goodies on offer like cinnamon French toast with glazed strawberry and honeycomb butterandfreshly baked caramelised banana walnut bread, Halia is the spot for a relaxed weekend breakfast.

Rain or shine, the setting in the lush Ginger Garden is quiet, relaxed and peaceful. There’s a big selection of dishes ranging from fresh Bircher muesli with wild mountain honey, aloe vera yoghurt, fresh berries and fruit to poached eggs on brioche, dill hollandaise, roasted brown mushrooms, spinach and tomato with crisp back bacon. All the dishes are beautifully presented and paired with a matching wine.

Halia means ginger in Malay and many of the menu items contain this exotic spice. The Halia Infusion is a sweet drink of spiced ginger and wild mountain honey served hot or cold. Cappuccino, lattes and tea are available but try the cardamon, ginger and cinnamon coffee for an unusual, spicy change.

The children’s menu offers items including scrambled eggs, banana bread and also lunch dishes (handy if breakfast stretches to lunch). The friendly staff offer pencils for children to draw on the paper tablecloths. When bored of that, they can run along the paths surrounding the restaurant. Brunch is available from 10am to 4pm only on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.

Brussels Sprouts

902 East Coast Parkway

Playground@Big Splash, Block F #01-27

6346 4344

www.brusselssprouts.com.sg

Pink, homemade marshmallow, a traditional Belgian dish is one of the surprise items on the new breakfast menu at Brussels Sprouts. Eggs Florentine with smoked salmon, the aptly named big breakfast and homemade granola with yoghurt and berries feature amongst the healthy and, ahem, not so healthy but delicious, options to start the day.  

It’s a casual, relaxed place to take the kids, and they can burn off energy on the safe, grassy area out the front while you enjoy a tea or coffee and gaze out to sea. If guilty feelings strike, burn it off with a bike ride home. Opens at 9am, Sundays only.

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