My first brunch at Halia in Botanic Gardens was with a group of food bloggers more than three years ago! Omg how time flies.
Eggs benny seems to be the only constant between then and now, otherwise it’s a whole new revamped menu at Halia. No one can deny that the location is one of the key selling points. A relaxing meal among the lush foliage of the Ginger Garden is already food for the soul, isn’t it?
I’m not too excited about what we had, probably because the tasting menu comprised of items which I don’t fancy / beyond my dietary preference. Like oysters, french toast, wagyu rump (the rest of them loved this!!). The egg dishes (poached, sunny-side-up, omelette, we had them all) are competent, but not mind-blowing.
Which brings me to my favourite dish of the day: succulent prawns on a bed of lettuce and avocado, drizzled with homemade spicy tomato sauce. Hallelujah, finally an elegant prawn cocktail without any gross mayonnaise dressing (mayo and I will never be BFF)! This is an appetiser, but I can happily have this as a main and pass on the others, haha. Oh, and the sticky valrhona chocolate brownie is fab as well! How not to love it when salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream are part of the equation?!
cocktail of king prawns, spicy tomato sauce, avocado, wasabi & coriander ($22++)
a brunch special: coffin bay oysters, bloody mary ($6++ each)
cinnamon french toast, fresh seasonal berries, white chocolate & iranian pistachio ($18++)
omelette of blue swimmer crab & chinese sausage, sweet corn & coriander, tamarind galangal sesame dressing ($25++)
poached eggs on brioche, dill hollandaise, shaved honey baked ham (additional $4++), swiss brown mushroom, spinach & tomato ($22++)
wood smoked salmon toastie, capers, crème cheese & dill, sunny side up fried egg ($24++)
a brunch special: mayura station full blood wagyu rump, bacon, sunny side up hen’s egg, vine cherry tomato and barbecue sauce ($48++)
a brunch special: banana parfait
sticky valrhona chocolate brownie, salted caramel sauce & vanilla ice cream ($12++)
My thanks to Ivy from FoodNews for hosting brunch! Kind and thoughtful, as always.
Halia Restaurant (Botanic Gardens)
1 Cluny Road
Ginger Garden inside Botanic Gardens