Hatched used to be this new ‘Eggs’ restaurant everyone talks about. It was so ‘in’ that if you didn’t know, your conversation partner would be like ‘whaattt?’. It took me really long to patronize the all-day breakfast place, for whatever reasons. Before coming, it was really one of those restaurants with a well-balanced mixed review. So I came without an expectation too high.
The menu starts off with different categories of the cooking style of eggs. There are a couple of options each under ‘Boiled Eggs’, ‘Poached Eggs’, ‘Scrambled Eggs’, ‘Baked Eggs’ and ‘Omelettes’. Then comes the starters, some desserts and beverages. Whilst there, we were also presented with some ala-carte items that are well, not so hatch-y and egg-y.
Burly Benedict ($19++) :: Whether you are opting for Poached Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Streaky Bacon and Smoked Ham, or in this case, Corned Beef, it costs the same. The same steep price, which I thought to be really ridiculous, when the Poached Eggs we were served with were not even slightly runny. I wasn’t the most pleased, because just like fries is the staple of Everything with Fries, eggs should be the forte of Hatched.
Rosti Delight ($16++) :: The Rosti was slightly more comforting. The slightly peppered rosti went well with the Smoked Salmon; the right intensity of saltiness. The Poached Egg had the same problem I had given up hope on. The same question goes on the worthiness of the course.
Turf N Cluck ($22++) :: In simple terms, this Steak and Eggs was more like it. Though served in a not-my-favorite style of Eggs, I was more relieved, as how wrong can a Fried Egg be right. The Steak was done to my liking – slightly on the chewy side. However, for the minority gamey meat lovers like myself, you would be disappointed. If you do dine here (for whatever reasons best known to yourself), place your bet on this. Or you can throw a dice and shift your cash to their Scrambled Eggs. I’m only hoping it’s done better than their Poached Eggs.
I strongly do not believe that getting the Poached Eggs right is a trial-and-error affair for a functioning restaurant like Hatched, not mentioning a few years old one. Hatched should get their act together, and before that happens, I’ll not be returning for sure.
Address (In Context): 267 Holland Avenue (beside PARK @ Holland Village)
Telephone: 6463 0012 (Reservations welcomed – Level 1 & 2 available)
Opening Hours: 9am – 11pm (Tue – Sun); Closed on Mondays.