Drury Lane

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Relaxing with a good cup of coffee is a luxury on weekdays; more so if you work in the CBD area. Drury Lane cafe is one of the few cafes that is within reasonable walking distance in CBD, but yet far enough to get away from the hustle and bustle of the the fast paced CBD life. In fact, I go so frequently it’s fast becoming a weekly lunchtime ritual.
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Located on busy Tanjong Pagar Road, this cafe can be easily identified by its red door frame. Bar seats are available on the ground floor but I prefer the window seats on the second floor.

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Big 94 ($14): Hearty serve of sausage, honey cured bacon, mushrooms, baked beans, toast and eggs of your choice. I particularly like the fragrant and slightly sweet bacon that’s fried till crispy (not a fan of chewy bacon) and the homemade baked beans in a tangy tomato sauce. This is one big breakfast that will hit all the right spot, plus it’s good value for $ 14.

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Bacon baked eggs ($12): There are a few variations of baked eggs available, but I prefer mine with bacon. This comes with mushrooms, tomato and homemade baked beans, finished with melted cheese. Love the cheesy half cooked egg yolk which broke gloriously. Everyone eats it differently and I like mine all mixed up into a messy cheese and tomato egg mix before dunking my butter toast in it.

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Chicken and avocado sandwich ($8): Tender pieces of chicken marinated in spices with chunks of creamy avocado, served between two thick crusty bread. Love the contrast of warm bread against the cool yogurt mint sauce which complemented the spiced chicken very well.

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Latte ($4.50): The coffee was strong and smooth with no lingering bitterness, complete with a velvety milk foam. While the coffee has been generally consistent, there have been one or two instances when the coffee was a tad too bitter.

Overall, this place is recommended for its all day breakfast and decent coffee. The fact that prices shown are nett is a major plus point.

Drury Lane cafe is open on weekdays (except Wednesday) from 09:00 to 20:30 and weekends from 10:00 to 18:00.

Park at Peck Seah Street or Tanjong Pagar Plaza.

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Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar

If you’re looking for a brunch spot in town (and by town I mean Orchard) that isn’t too crowded, you’ve got to try Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro. It is approximately a ten minute stroll from Orchard station, perfect for working up an appetite or walking off your brunch.

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Located in the building (which also houses Tanglin post office) opposite Tanglin Mall, its entrance is not visible from the main road, and neither is there any signage or whatsoever. You’ve got to navigate your way up the stairs and pass the butchery to get to it. Alternatively, you can enter from Nassim Road, where the main entrance is.

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The first thing which struck me about this bakery/bistro was how bright and spacious it was. The food menu was comprehensive with a pretty good selection of egg dishes on the menu, but drinks are limited. I opted for my usual Eggs Benedict since nothing spells breakfast more than eggs.

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Eggs Benedict ($20): The Eggs Benedict came with a bread basket with three different warm and crusty toast. I’m not big on bread but I have to say the cranberry walnut was amazing. I loved it so much I bought a loaf back. The eggs were perfectly poached and lathered with creamy hollandaise sauce which had the right amount of acidity. The ciabiatta was soft and fluffy but personally I prefer the usual muffin which can soak up the sauce and flowy yolk without being too mushy.

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Hot Reuben ($18): Corned beef sandwich with melted emmental, saurkraut, onions and Russian dressing on the bakery’s signature Grimbergen Ambrée beer bread. Anything with melted cheese is a winner and this is no exception. The corned beef wasn’t too salty and the bread had a nice, rich taste of beer, finished with a kick from the saurkraut.

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Coffee ($5): The coffee however, was disappointing. Not only did the coffee taste watered down, my latte came with foam which had already collapsed into the coffee.

Overall, this place is recommended for brunch. Service was prompt and the prices are nett. Read: No service charge! Will definitely be back for the other egg dishes.

Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar is located at 56 Tanglin Road #01-03 Tanglin Post Office and is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 08:00 to 00:00.

Not too sure about parking availability at the building though. Might be easier to park across the road at Tanglin Mall and walking over.

Fat Cow

Located in Camden Medical Centre, this Japanese steakhouse is every beef eater’s paradise. Wagyu takes main stage here but other non-beef options are available as well if your dining partner doesn’t take beef. Upon entering the zen looking restaurant, we were swiftly ushered to the U-shaped counter seats which had a good view of the chefs working their magic.

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We came for the wagyu donburi and that was what we ordered as well, despite suggestions from the waiter to try the sashimi. It is a meat atelier after all. Every set lunch starts with a salad, miso soup and chawanmushi, and ice cream to round up the meal.

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Fat Cow Donburi ($38): Charcoal grilled wagyu beef with onsen egg and shiro negi. Medium rare wagyu beef with a lovely char-grilled taste painstakingly grilled to perfection, paired with a soft runny yolk set on a bed of rice and finished with a touch of truffle oil. Perfection in a bowl. While it is extremely tempting to break the runny yolk and mix everything together, do yourself a favour and savour a piece of that meaty goodness on its own.

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Fat Foa-Gura Don ($42): Glazed foie gras and grilled wagyu beef over rice. Cubes of grilled beef and buttery foie gras covered in a sweet and savoury sauce on rice. The sauce isn’t sickly sweet but unfortunately, it overpowered the taste of the grilled wagyu. That said, it was still a decadent donburi, just not my preferred one.

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Overall, this place is recommended for beef lovers and service is attentive as well. While the pricing of the lunch menu is significantly cheaper than its ala carte menu, I won’t go as far as to say that it is cheap. That said, it is definitely worth a visit to try the food at the restaurant. I know for sure that I will be back to try the wagyu steaks.

Fat Cow is located at Camden Medical Centre #01-01 and is open for lunch from 1200 to 1500

Ample parking space is available at the medical centre itself.