Head Down Under with the Melbourne Brunch Festival in Singapore

Julia Sam

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The month-long brunch extravaganza sees 11 handpicked restaurants showcasing the best of Victorian produce

The undeniable – and definitely not fleeting – trend of brunch-goers has long made the dining phenomenon a fixture in Singapore. Yet, the hunt for the quintessential brunch place has admittedly become clouded by every other “cafe” that can poach an egg or flip a pancake.

Melbourne Brunch Festival – The Marmalade Pantry's Group Shot

Thankfully, as part of the Melbourne Brunch Festival this month, 11 hand-picked restaurants in Singapore have upped the ante when it comes to familiar brunch fare, by incorporating the best of Victorian produce. From 1 to 31 July 2022, the first-ever festival lets you in on menus where staple ingredients of the de facto brunch capital’s favourite meal shine with little intervention.

“In Melbourne, brunch is a significant part of the social fabric – it is a chance for friends and family to come together and share conversation and enjoy delicious food and drink,” shares Rebecca Hall, Commissioner for Victoria to Southeast Asia. “The Melbourne Brunch Festival will allow brunch-loving Singaporeans to indulge further in Victoria’s lush produce by way of delicious renditions put together by 11 exciting partner restaurants.”

From eggy French toast to wagyu beef sandos, and yoghurt smoothies to, of course, mashed avo on toast, here’s what we tried and where we went on our brief tour of the festival:

Cafe Natsu

Café Natsu – Buckwheat Granola with Seasonal Fruits and Yuzu

Buckwheat Granola with Seasonal Fruits and Yuzu ($16): Sahara Yoghurt, Buckwheat Granola, Kurozato Brown Sugar, Black Wild Rice, Seasonal Fruits and Hokkaido Milk

Café Natsu – Cereal Crusted French Toast

Cereal Crusted French Toast ($22): With Victorian Seasonal Fruits and Roasted Almond Ice Cream

Café Natsu - Wagyu Beef Sando

Wagyu Beef Sando ($26): Jack’s Creek Shortrib, Shishito Ketchup, Butter Lettuce, Yuzu Kosho and Togarashi Fries

Café Natsu - Wagyu Burger

Wagyu Burger ($28): Blackmore’s Wagyu Beef Patty, Smoked Marrow, Bacon Jam, Dill Pickles and Yuzu Kosho Mayo

Café Natsu is at 283 Joo Chiat Rd, 427537. Tel: 8886 4497

Club Street Wine Room

Club Street Wine Room – Bass Strait Beef Tartare

Bass Strait Beef Tartare ($16/2 pieces) With Scallop Toast

Club Street Wine Room – Club Street Sandwich

Club Street Sandwich ($36): Bass Strait Beef Short Rib, Gribiche, Pickles and French Dip

Club Street Wine Room – Smashed Avocado Benedict

Smashed Avocado Benedict ($30): Victorian Avocados and Spinach, Salmon, Eggs, Muffins and Miso Hollandaise

Club Street Wine Room is at 87 Club St, 069455. Tel: 9639 5914

The Marmalade Pantry

The Marmalade Pantry - Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast ($26): Sourdough, Hass Avocado, Egg and Yarra Valley Salmon Roe

The Marmalade Pantry - Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes ($22): With Caramelised Pink Lady Apples and Whipped Royal Victoria Cream Cheese

The Marmalade Pantry - Corned Beef Quesadilla

Corned Beef Quesadilla ($32): Bass Strait Corned Beef, Grilled Corn and Tomato Salsa and Pure Ranch Dressing

The Marmalade Pantry - Roasted Vegetable Tart

Roasted Vegetable Tart ($22): Cherry Tomatoes, Arugula, Romesco, Peppers, Zucchini and Meredith Dairy Marinated Goat’s Cheese

The Marmalade Pantry is at Oasia Hotel Downtown, 100 Peck Seah Street, #01-01, 079333. Tel: 6385 0741

Here is the full list of participating restaurants:

  1. Cafe Natsu
  2. Club Street Wine Room
  3. Meatsmith Little India
  4. Punch
  5. Symmetry
  6. Terra Madre
  7. Tess Bar & Kitchen
  8. The Kongsee
  9. The Marmalade Pantry
  10. The Masons Table
  11. Tolido’s Espresso Nook

Reservations for dine-in can be made here.

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