If you’re a regular blog-hopper like me (though I haven’t been one lately, what with about 1001 things to do -__- ), then you must have heard of Epicurious since so many blogs have reviewed it already. It’s popular for brunch, especially on the weekends when expats just swarmed the tiny little joint filled with a charming mish-mash of vintage memorabilia and furniture. There seems to be 2 camps: those who love it, and those who don’t. The former raves about everything from the food and service to the vibe and location, while the latter just scoffs at whatever the former gushes about Epicurious.
For those with a low tolerance for anything sour, you may want to pass the two-egg ratatouille omelette ($12++) cuz it’s filled with a super tangy tomato-eggplant-zucchini stew. Personally, I do like the appetising sourish tinge. Now, I have to express skepticism and disagree with the “great service” that Epicurious is known for. I requested for no Parmigiano-Reggiano but of cuz, they had to top the omelette with such a generous sprinkle; I wanted wholemeal toast and naturally, white toast was served and they even charged me for the additional bread when I pointed out their mistake. Huh, what do I need so much bread for?
The Epicurious burger ($18++) defines normalcy, from the house-made beef patty to the sautéed onions, mushrooms and fries. Makes me wonder why it’s one of the signature items on the menu. And it became an open face sandwich instead cuz they ran out of buns, tsk tsk.
Beware if the waitress comes back to the table after the order is taken and asks an innocent “you want cheese right?” That’s an additional $2++ if you don’t know that it’s excluded from the price stated on the menu. Ya, it may come as a surprise, but we don’t memorise the menu’s description, do we.
I actually thought of going without desserts. For about 5secs. I ignored the waiter’s recommendation for the apple crumble cuz the “even newer!!” sticky date cake ($8++) was calling out to me. I’m not going to compare this with Marmalade Pantry cuz it’s just going to end up on the losing end. But on its own, it didn’t disappoint! Very moist and chewy in a kueh-like manner and surprisingly not too sweet even when drenched with butterscotch sauce. Love the creamy vanilla ice cream too. If I have to nit-pick, it’s that the cake wasn’t served warm so it didn’t have that temperature contrast I was looking for.
Remember the 2 camps of Epicurious I mentioned earlier? While I like the concept of dishing out hearty and wholesome food made from scratch, I’m inclining towards the latter group cuz the food was just so-so and I really don’t like the way they go about implementing ridiculous additional charges! No loss to them, I suppose, since they already have a loyal troop of regulars. And certainly no loss to me either.