333A Orchard Road
#03-02 Mandarin Gallery
+65 6235 3900
If I had all the riches in the world, I’d eat pancakes with bacon in Canada, burritos in Mexico and crispy-edged frittatas in Italy. Unfortunately, my private jet is having minor engine problems. For anyone else facing the same problem (dratted planes!), your best bet is to visit Wild Honey, where the menu is a showcase of eclectic tastes.
Wild Honey provides a stark contrast to the tough, metallic exterior of the Mandarin Gallery. As I bask in the rosy glow of a dim lamp, the wooden panels, dark blue counter and chalkboard menu transport me to a quaint café in Vienna, or even Melbourne.
The all-day breakfast menu is not overly ambitious, yet still manages to highlight global favourites – like an edible lesson in different cultures. If, like me, you like to live dangerously and have only dessert for dinner, fluffy French toast stuffed with peaches and syrup ($18) is the way to go. My sister couldn’t resist the waffles, sandwiched with grilled mango and vanilla bean custard ($18). Choose a nice cuppa ($6) to wash it down, or, like us, order over-the-top banana brûlée smoothies ($9).
For some spicier highlights, try the Tunisian tomato stew served in a pan with chorizo and fried eggs ($18); or, for a real kick, owner Guy Wachs recommends the roti topped with a boiled egg and green chilli harissa ($18).
The faint-hearted are not forgotten, thanks to a frequently changing menu of salads, sandwiches and specials.
The service staff is a fun bunch, but efficient, too: water is constantly replenished, and they’re also good at helping with dining suggestions.
“Wild Honey – no place like home” is the restaurant motto: his wife’s idea, says Guy. As I spot him nestled comfortably in an armchair, book in hand, it’s clear she got it right. It does feel like home – wherever home may be.