The thing about brunches is that you want them lazy, and you want them long. You get both of these at The Disgruntled Brasserie, with a five-course brunch set ($48++ per pax) and optional free flow of boozy drinks (additional $38++ per pax) that delivers some incredible bang for your buck. The plates are pretty and the portions generous, making it a great way to lounge around with your friends over the weekend, especially around the fabulous Ann Siang Road area which always seems like a uniquely different part of modern Singapore.
Salt-Baked Beetroot & Smoked Burrata
Three small plate starters are offered to each diner – kicking off the morning is the Salt-Baked Beetroot & Smoked Burrata ($16), a compelling combination of earthiness and smoke, dressed in deep maroon, bright greens and marshmallow whites, like a little Christmas party on your plate. Next is the Gruyere Cheese Soufflé ($16; featured image), an immensely satisfying, savoury starter that made me wish it was a main. It has a heady, fondue flavour with lingering scents of white wine, and the soufflé wobbles just so delicately as you cut into it. It’s easily my favourite dish of the day.
Boston Lobster Bisque
The third small plate to arrive was the Boston Lobster Bisque ($24), a single ravioli accompanied by a deep, intense bisque that you pour over at your own pace. A fun bit of self-theatrics, except when you’re trying to pour bisque deftly with one hand while attempting to film it with your other hand like a drunken skier with a GoPro. That said, it’s a very tasty bowl that imparts the rich crustacean flavour that you would want from a bisque. The portion is a little small, but given that you’re at this point only half way in, you’re quite glad it’s just the size it is.
My main was a Carbonara Taglierini ($24), which was carbonara done right – not swimming around in cream; just egg yolk, parmesan, and lots (and I mean lots, three types in fact) of bacon. It’s a heavy dish, so you’d have to be pretty hungry coming in, but between the fresh pasta, runny crusted egg and chunky bits of bacon, you could be excused for inadvertently developing a second stomach.
My dining companion had the Pan-Roasted Barramundi ($24), and the first thing you notice is the absolutely humongous piece of asparagus (perfectly grilled and tasty, by the way), but the second thing you do is the great burst of colour and variety of textures on the plate. Then you start on the fish, and you find that it’s firm, flaky and moist – all the things you’d want from a nice piece of barramundi.
Baileys Crème Caramel
Three desserts are offered, from which you get to choose one. On this fine day, I had the joyful pleasure of trying all three (one of the benefits of dining in a group, and also why you should always go for brunch with people who share). The Baileys Crème Caramel ($18) is a curious dish, and possibly the most interesting of the three. Liquid at the bottom, crispy at the top, and cool in the centre, this is the one to get if your palette needs a little tantalizing at the end of your meal.
Apple Tarte Tatin
The Apple Tarte Tatin ($16) is exactly what it says it is. It is also, unfortunately, kind of boring. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a pleasant dessert, and you notice its quality in the vanilla beans speckled throughout the ice cream, but I’d opt for something a little more exciting to round off the meal – it does help overcome the inertia stopping you from getting up after a satisfying brunch.
Homemade Shiso Leaf Ice Cream in Lemon Curd
The Homemade Shiso Leaf Ice Cream in Lemon Curd ($16) is a wonderfully refreshing alternative, colourful and bright on the palette. To be honest, I had to do a bit of Googling to find out what exactly a shiso leaf was (such ignorance, I know), and lo and behold, found out that it’s that ubiquitous leaf they use to plate sashimi. Now all along I’d thought it for display and inedible, but as it turns out, it’s pretty darn tasty. So give this one a shot if you’d rather taste some shiso without having to look like an overhungry person at a sashimi restaurant.
If you’re one of the mathematically inclined and have been adding up the prices so far, you’d notice that the brunch set presents some incredible value. If there’s someone that was disgruntled at this brasserie, I can attest that it sure wasn’t this diner. With its classy, relaxed space set alongside Ann Siang, and tasty bites to lounge away a lazy afternoon with, if the Disgruntled Brasserie’s new weekend brunch isn’t already on your radar, it’s high time it should be.
The 5 course weekend brunch menu is priced at a $48++ per person, with the option of paying an additional $38++ per person to enjoy free-flow prosecco, wines, beers and juices. A la carte prices are also featured.
Thank you The Disgruntled Brasserie for the invitation
The Disgruntled Brasserie
28 Ann Siang Road
Reservations: 6808 2184