It’s always nice when an old dog learns new tricks. Even better when that faithful friend’s new trick involves eggs, hollandaise, oysters, Champagne and coffee. In other words, brunch. In this case, the old pal is the Pierside Kitchen & Bar, located in the One Fullerton complex in Singapore.
For the past seven years, fashionistas, ladies who lunch, suits, and foodies have enjoyed chowing down at this trendy and casual eatery run by the Marmalade Group. Three weeks ago (and after years of regulars’ requests), Pierside launched a Sunday brunch menu. This weekend, S, two friends, and I dropped in to sample some of the items on the new menu.
First, I should note that despite having just been announced, the Sunday brunch is already hugely popular. If you plan on going, you have to book a table. We arrived just after the restaurant opened, but within 30 minutes, it was completely full. The crowd was also noticeably chic. Among the various recognizable people holding court at various tables were 2 of the city’s top magazine editors, a television personality, a local PR whiz, and a senior civil servant and his gorgeous wife.
The brunch menu is really quite tempting. There is an egg section, a seafood section, some small plates and main dishes on offer. In addition, until 1 July, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot (brut), usually priced at S$150 is available for S$85. We started our brunch by sharing a large “Fruits de Mer” platter. The platter (priced at $55) was very nice (although I thought it could have been just a tiny bit larger). It contained a beautifully tender half lobster, some salmon and tuna sashimi, several shrimp, 4 raw oysters, some octopus and a nice bowl of marinated scallops. It also came with 4 different sauces. In all, it was a nice and delicious slightly Asian riff on the classic seafood platter.
As a main, our friend P had Eggs Benedict. S had a plate of sunny-side up eggs served with baked beans and very yummy hash browns. Our other friend SM and I both had crayfish omelettes, served with grilled (or roasted) fennel and stewed mushrooms. My omelette was excellent.
In all, it was a great brunch. Good food, good drinks, good crowd, good setting. I’ve always liked Pierside. It’s really nice on a bright, sunny day — very Australian in a way. I’m also very happy to find another place that offers a good, affordable a la carte Sunday brunch (I hate hotel buffets). I’ll definitely be back, so long as I can get a reservation.
Pierside Kitchen & Bar
Unit 01-01 One Fullerton
1 Fullerton Road
Telephone +65 6438 0400
Sunday brunch served from 10am to 3pm