With the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in close proximity, Bukit Timah is one of the nation’s greenest, and most prestigious, districts. With delicious menus to please the expats , locals and tourists here’s our pick of the 10 best brunch spots in Bukit Timah.
Bacon Marinated Burger | Courtesy of Roadhouse Restaurant
A stylish yet down-to-earth joint, Roadhouse serves classic American diner food. This hip restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays, with an extra brunch menu on weekends. Their menu features eggs Benedict, pancakes, and other brunch favorites. But Roadhouse is most famous for its wide range of thick, scrumptious burgers, which are some of the best in Singapore.
A sprawling store with over 200 seats, Food For Thought is located in the beautiful Singapore Botanic Gardens, and is decorated in an earthy, natural theme. This casual cafe is one of the best places for brunch for two reasons. Firstly, it is surprisingly affordable given its touristy location, making it fantastic value for money. The second reason is that it serves a wide selection of food, from classic English breakfast options to American burgers; light, healthy salads to indulgent desserts. Regardless of your brunch preferences and group size, you are sure to be able to order a delicious and affordable brunch.
If you prefer baked goods to eggs and sausages, you should head to Baker & Cook for brunch. Like its name suggests, this establishment is a bakery that emphasizes honest and simple baked goods. The breads, muffins, tarts, and more have a homemade feel to them, which is accentuated by the unpretentious wooden decor. From the hearty Germanvolkron, to the soft, chewy Turkishpide, you can taste the effort and sincerity with each bite.
When it comes to brunch options, Riders Cafe seems to have it all. A gorgeous setting? Check – the restaurant is located in a colonial building, with riders at the nearby Bukit Timah Saddle Club visible from your table. Delicious food? Check – the weekend brunch menu is a local favorite. Food variety? Check – their menu features items like “The Usual”, comprised of eggs, bacon, toast, and sausages, as well as creative local and international twists like the Ginger-Soy Salmon. The only drawback is that it tends to get full on weekends and holidays, so it would be wise to make a reservation.
Think that brunch is too early for a beer? Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar just might prove you wrong. A true integration of a bakery and a bar, this establishment is famous for their Guinness Stout bread, which has a malty flavor as it is infused with beer. Order from their all-day-breakfast menu, for a great selection of eggs, waffles, and toast. For the alcohol-lovers, Nassim Hill has the longest happy hour in town so you can get one of their signature cocktails or an aromatic single malt to go with your brunch.
Hot Reuben with Guinness | Courtesy of Nassim Hill
True to its name, Little Diner is a small, local place styled like a New York diner. Unlike the many hipster cafes springing up all over the city, this joint has a unique, authentic ambiance that shines through with its hearty American comfort food. They have a fantastic, originally-named selection on their brunch menu, from the Hangover Burger, to Old School Baked Mac ’n Cheese, to Supernova Eggs Benedict. You’ll definitely fall in love with their unpretentious, fun-loving vibe.
Bistro by day, and wine bar by night, Skyve Wine Bistro is not only a great place for an aperitif, it also offers some of the best and most reasonably priced brunch in the city. Their menu ranges from light granola and yogurt, to the heavy Skyvin’ Breakfast set. The restaurant is set up in a wide, airy space, with glass windows that let in the natural light.
If coffee is the most important part of brunch to you, you must go to Necessary Provisions. A young neighborhood cafe, it serves some of the best coffee in this part of Singapore. Aside from the usual lattes, which they do beautifully complete with latte art, they also have a couple of espresso based options. More excitingly for the coffee-philes, they also do a Pour-over. Their food options are nothing fancy, but are honest, simple classics that really can’t go wrong.
Opened and operated by a French owner, Choupinette is a gorgeous French heaven for all day dining, but especially for breakfast and brunch. The cozy cafe has a rustic charm, with wooden tables and chairs, and bread and jams displayed along the walls. Their eggs Benedict may be among the best in the city, which is saying something considering that this is one of the most common brunch items in Singapore. Their Croque Monsieur is also a favorite due to its authentic French taste.
Ocean’s Thirteen | Courtesy of Rise and Grind Coffee Co
A relaxed, down-to-earth cafe, Rise and Grind Coffee Co is an affordable and earnest establishment that is the perfect place to go for brunch. Their all-day-breakfast menu is available daily. Menu options include dishes such as Ocean’s Thirteen, a fun, aquatic venture, with smoked salmon and roe that goes perfectly with poached eggs and apple-cider-hollandaise sauce. With a perfect cup of coffee to round off your meal, you are sure to fall in love with the honest charm of Rise and Grind.