We scour the island’s restaurant scene to bring you the new and the noteworthy – it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! Here, Anthia Chng taste tests the new weekend brunch menu at Modern European resto The Disgruntled Brasserie in the charming Ann Siang district.
Housed in a heritage shophouse along buzzy Ann Siang Road, this cosy 40-seater brasserie offers a classy yet relaxed environment perfect for both business lunches and intimate celebrations. Moss green armchairs and wooden tables adorn the modern space, while fresh plants add life to the roomy interiors.
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Created by the newly appointed Chef de Cuisine Desmond Goh, the revamped menu features interesting fusion plates – both small and large – for sharing. We went for the weekend brunch set ($48 per person), which gets you three small plates, one main and one dessert, most of which are available as à la carte items too. Out of the three starters – salted-baked beetroot and smoked burrata, gruyere cheese souffle, and Boston lobster bisque – our favourite was the bisque. Decadent yet not cloying rich, the soup came with a crisp slice of buttered toast that cut through the intense seafood flavour. For mains, you get to choose from five options, including carby picks like vongole pasta and the surprise roast of the day. One tip is to arrive hungry, as the portions are pretty substantial!
We also tucked into a dish of carbonara taglierini, featuring a generous portion of pasta loaded with tons of bacon, Kurobuta ham and a cheese-crusted egg. Though carb-laden and a tad heavy on the stomach, it’s certainly perfect for sharing – just not the best option if you’re dining alone or watching the waistline!
The highlight of our meal, however, was the pan-roasted barramundi, consisting of a thick slab of fillet done just right – think well-seared, crispy skin with flaky, tender meat. Fresh, light yet entirely satisfying, this fish dish was a winner.
End your brunch on a refreshing note with the beautifully presented broken lemon tart. A simple yet clever combination of buttery biscuits with wild berries, vanilla Chantilly cream, tart lemon curd and shiso leaf ice cream, this deconstructed dessert was a unanimous favourite. I suggest you take the time to sample the individual components on their own – the interesting, almost-savoury ice cream, especially – before mixing them altogether.
Feeling indulgent? Pamper yourself with the free-flow option ($38 per person), where you can enjoy copious amounts of bubbly, reds, whites, beers and juices. We highly recommend the Piccini Prosecco Extra Dry (Veneto, Italy), a dangerously easy-to-drink sparkling with intense fruity notes.
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