This deserted place had me travel an hour, and wait another 45 minutes (as they have a no-reservation policy) before settling down for my brunch. In general, though everything wasn’t straight up perfect, I was quite contented with the meal. Not to forget, while I was there, the haze wasn’t a companion yet, thankfully.
A newborn only given birth on 1 May 2013, GRUB Singapore @ Bishan Park is, if you are familiar, opened by Mervyn Phan of Cookyn Inc, a team-building, bonding kind of programme, made available to groups of people looking for fun by way of whipping up dishes, the impromptu style. I love that it is opened in a Park, because I, for one, felt refreshed and real good being in a Park for Brunch. It felt like a vacation.
Mocha ($5++) :: The Mocha was a top-up (additional $2.50++ only) of my below Breakfast Set. I concluded, no this is not a place for a good cup of coffee, and that’s coming from someone who isn’t all that picky with coffee. I think you’re better off with the Liberty Hot Coffee that comes with the Breakfast Set, they’re comparable.
If you so fancy, they also have quite a couple of a hand-crafted beer, and ciders, available all day. Psh, who says you can’t drink in the morning.
GRUB Breakfast Set ($15++) :: Scrambled Eggs first. Though it’s not the uniquely creamy and smooth-textured scrambled eggs, it was good enough. It was more of the well-executed home-cooked eggs. I love the big-ass mushrooms that comes with the set. Many would disagree, but it’d have been better if there was a stronger mushroom smell. Well, it was still good. Oh, you can choose between a Beef or a Garlic Pork Sausage (nothing to yell about).
French Toast ($12++) :: I think it was the entire presentation and combination that drew me to it. The French Toast itself was sufficiently flavored, complemented with maple syrup, sour cream and strawberries, it was pretty much perfect. A sweet sweet breakfast to kick start your day, I wouldn’t complain. Comes with Garlic Pork Sausage.
Beef & Guinness Pie ($12++) :: Quite an interesting name, don’t you think? I thought the pie was excellent – it still remained crisp and warm despite swimming in the sauce. Again, it was the complete package that made the course enjoyable. The beef, the mashed potato, and the pie made a good team in my mouth. It isn’t entirely brunch-y, what with the overdose of carbohydrates, but it works too.
Belgian Waffle with Grilled Banana, Salty Caramel & Dark Chocolate Sauce ($9++) :: I’m pleased that it was priced at such an affordable rate. The waffle was spot on – it was light, airy and soft, while retaining the fragrance and taste of a Belgian Waffle. As I’m a digger for both the salted caramel and chocolate sauce, I’d be happier if there was more of them. Otherwise, a must-have, and value for money dessert plate.
In all, as mentioned, I thought most of the courses were above average, but not a crazy-oh-my-god-I-must-have-it level. Prices are more than reasonable in the cafe world. Service was good too. Approachable waitpersons, and are toward the cheerful side. Thumbs up. Nevertheless, definitely worth a visit, especially if you live in the area. Please, for god’s sake, drag your ass out on a weekend morning. I promise you, you will feel good. I mean, of course, it only applies to non-hazy days.
Address: 510, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Bishan Park 1
Telephone: 6459 5743 (No Reservations)
Opening Hours: 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Tue – Fri); 9am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Sat & Sun); Closed on Mondays