With The Marmalade Pantry All Day Weekend Brunch starting from 9am, there’s another good reason to crawl out of your cozy bed over the weekends. For an early bird like me, there’s one more bistro in the heart of town to satisfy my brunch craving. After all, brunch is our nation’s favourite meal.
The usual suspects formed the brunch menu. It was a close fight between the Bananas and Berries Hotcakes and French Toast. The downside of eating pancakes is they turned cold and stodgy really fast. French Toast on the other hand is more forgiving as it comes coated with a layer of egg. Slather on some vanilla bean ice-cream with sweet caramelized pear and your palate will thank you for that. The Chorizo Frittata served with Wood Roasted Red Piquillo Pepper and Baby Potatoes fared much better than the Eggs Benedict both in terms of taste and plating.
Apart from the brunch items, the glutton in us surfaced and we split the calories over 4 more ala carte dishes. The Marmalade Caprese is an antipasto to tantalize the tastebud before the mains. Tomatoes, Buffalo milk mozzarella and basil was made to resemble the colours of the Italian flag. Lightly seasoned with salt and olive oil, it was a simple yet refreshing starter. Perfect for cheese lovers, The Marmalade Mac and Cheese is a classic American dish. Served on a skillet, the macaroni covered with a combination of mozzarella, parmesan, emmental and gruyere melted into a gooey cheesy delicious mess.
Truffle oil as a modern culinary ingredient is often over used in most dishes to enhance the flavours after preparation. Sadly, most truffle oils are not made from actual truffles, but are chemically enhanced. The Truffled Field Mushroom Risotto with Herb Oil didn’t wow my pants off. Without the synthetic flavour of the truffle oil, the smooth and creamy risotto would work just as well. The Oriental Grilled Salmon is a predictable dish. The soba on the side provides the carb intake, but didn’t do much to elevate the dish.
How can we ever forget dessert? For the sweet tooth, running through the cakes, cookies, puddings, tarts and cupcakes on the menu is enough to give one a sugar high. Having something sweet to round off a great meal is indeed a happy ending to a lovely brunch. To further sweeten the deal, gather a friend or two this coming weekend for brunch at the Marmalade Pantry and enjoy the 4th dish* with every 3 orders.
*Only valid for brunch items till 26 Oct 2014.
THE MARMALADE PANTRY
2 Orchard Turn
#03-22 ION Orchard
Tel: 6734 2700
This was an invited tasting.
Thank you Shena from Refinery Concepts for the kind hospitality and casual banter.