The Tanglin Tree (closed)
56 Tanglin Road, #B1-01 Friven & Co. Building
+65 6733 0992
Brunch details: A la carte, dishes from $6.50. Monday to Saturday, 9am to 4pm; Sunday, 8am to 7pm.
This three-month-new restaurant across the road from Tanglin Mall ticks just about every one of my brunch boxes: the breakfast items are available all day; portions are well sized; the baked beans are homemade; BLTs and burgers feature liberally; the bread selection includes toasted artisan sourdough, but you can have Vegemite on it if you want; and the dessert menu boasts a Pavlova. A bloody good one, too.
The food menus have been designed by Peter J. Rollinson, a laidback Aussie who was recently kicking some serious culinary goals in his home country before moving to Singapore as head chef of The Tanglin Tree’s esteemed sister restaurant, Flutes at the Fort.
Rollinson makes particularly good use of handpicked Australian produce. Example: a hearty dish of perfectly sautéed mushrooms and herbs on grain toast ($13.50) is rendered sublime thanks to a few creamy swirls of Meredith goats’ feta.
While this isn’t a brunch in the “Sunday bubbles” style of the luxury hotels, there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying a glass of sparkling (from $9). Meanwhile, the kids can wreak havoc in the impressive playground (sand pit, flying fox, treehouse).
And if you’re still procrastinating after all that, here’s a thought that should get you rushing headlong to The Tanglin Tree for brunch: hot ricotta-and-citrus doughnuts with Valrhona chocolate sauce.