Reading food blogs is like reading the morning papers. Something to be done leisurely, and I’ve learnt that it’s best to arm myself with some comfort food within reaching distance so as to placate the rumbling stomach while drooling over the glorious food porn on the screen. And it’s a bonus that I can now put a face to the “culprits” who always make me hungry at the weirdest hour with vivid descriptions of their food escapades, haha. Our bloggers’ gatherings have become quite a regular affair and the recent brunch at Halia Restaurant in the Botanic Gardens was a smashing success with a grand total of 18 showing up! Well done, people!
Poached egg is always a favourite of mine but Halia’s rendition ($14++ for vegetarian option) left a sour taste in my mouth literally. The egg white was very sour, probably due to an overdose of vinegar in the water. Other than that glaringly obvious fault, I did enjoy the soft and thick brioche. Love it when it turned soggy after soaking up the runny yolk!
Other variations of the poached egg include: with crisp black bacon ($16++) and…
… with pan-roasted ocean trout ($24++). Personally, I think that this is overpriced, considering the small portion.
I stole more than a bite of the cinnamon french toast ($14++) with glazed strawberry and it was lovely in a very average manner. Soft and sweet, though the flavour of cinnamon was a tad weak.
Caesar salad with grilled chicken fillet, garnished with bacon bits and garlic croutons ($16++).
Kurobuta pork and portobello burger with apple aioli and mesclun salad ($18++): the controversial burger that elicited extremely mixed reactions!
Blue cheese mousse, maple-glazed roasted walnuts and wild mountain honey on multi-grain toast fingers, with young spinach and fresh fruit vincotto salad ($18++): overwhelmingly strong smell! Definitely an acquired taste.
I wasn’t impressed by the Cappuccino Dunkin’ Pit ($10++) which uses cheapo cream instead of ice cream and topped with cappuccino ice shavings. Chocolate biscotti on the side for your dunking pleasure, haha.
Meet the wonderful foodies gang:
Angeline from Simply Angeline;
Cheryl from The Baker Who Cooks;
Daniel from Memoirs of Food;
Fen & Yuan from Indulgence after Workout;
Glenn from Hungry Epicurean;
Harris from The Simplest Aphrodisiac;
Hui Yuan from Yuan Yuan;
Phoebe & Chloe from The Food Chapter;
Reiz from Sitting Wishing Eating; and
Zaylene from This is Yummy.