I love brunch. Lazy 11am weekend meals that look beautiful and taste good are one of the things I always look forward to. All the better if the breads are fresh and the eggs are done just right.
So, when Salt Tapas & Bar asked me to give their brunch menu a spin, I couldn’t say no. After all, I did enjoy my meal the last time.
Before I actually start with the photos, can I just say that the location is so awesome? The restaurant right above City Hall MRT, so there are definitely no transport woes! I also love the fact that they have seats on the outside so you can have a drink and watch the world go by.
Okay, now down to the food. We ordered a good mix of brunch and appetiser items to share, and while I only ordered the coffee, I’m pleased to say that the bar will be open for brunch so all the people craving for a brunch tipple can get their fix.
I get there before Sonya, but she made a good choice with the Chili Salt & Pepper Squid with Yuzu Mayo ($14++). The squid is cut into thinner strips, so don’t expect a crunch to it. I did enjoy the mix of chili salt and pepper and thought it was an excellent item to kick start the tastebuds.
The Spanish Omelette with Spicy Sauce ($15++) is great for sharing! I liked how the crunch of vegetables came together with the softness of the omelette. There’s a good mix of sautéed diced tomato, onion, potato, bell peppers, chives and (my favourite) chorizo made in-house by Salt’s butcher! It’s easy to eat because it’s so hearty. I loved how the egg was the star player of this dish and it definitely scored a touchdown here.
We also tried the Grilled Sirloin with Mash, Watercress Salad, Poached Egg and Madeira Dressing ($18++). The sirloin was juicy and well-charred, but the true winner here is the Madeira Dressing. It’s true that a good sauce makes an already good dish better and the Madeira dressing lived up to that old adage. It was light enough not to overpower the taste of the beef. Instead, it accentuates the taste of meat. In case you’re wondering: Yes that poached egg was perfectly done.
This is my personal favourite: Scrambled egg with Ratatouille, Sauté Zuchinni and Toast ($15++). I usually like my breakfast food with a bit of bacon, but the scrambled egg was so smooth that I forgot about bacon. To achieve such smoothness, Chef Ronald adds milk and cream to the egg before he scrambles it. The ratatouille is made with finely diced onions, peppers and whole peeled tomatoes.
I ate the eggs on their own, then decided to mop up the ratatouille with the bread. Scrumptious.
If you’re looking for something more savoury, then you really cannot go wrong with Egg Berentine with Bonito Flakes ($14). The word “Berentine” is basically an amalgam of “Benedict” and “Florentine”, so this means a creamy egg that oozes out once you poke it with your fork. It goes so well with the saltiness of the ham underneath, while the dashi infused hollandaise sauce gives it a bit of Umami on the tastebuds. The muffins are made in-house.
Carrie also ordered the Oysters in Nam Jim Sauce ($6 each, $36 for half a dozen) and while I didn’t eat it, it did occur to me that she enjoyed every bit of these oysters.
Salt Tapas & Bar has a great dinner menu, so this new brunch is truly a show of the restaurant’s versatility and strength in depth. Chef Ronald Li has certainly outdone himself this time with this Brunch Menu. Salt’s entrance into the brunch scene means I no longer need to go to a hipster café to get my brunch fix.
- What: Salt Tapas & Bar
- Where: #01-22A Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road. S’PORE 179103
- Executive Chef: Ronald Li
- Reservations: +65 6837 0995