It is without a doubt that I enjoy breakfast and brunch. I have my reasons for taking so long to blog about the brunch at Wild Honey Mandarin Gallery. There was a hype when the breakfast restaurant first opened, and I wanted to wait a while for them to sort out the teething problems before I check out their all day breakfast menu.
The other reason is something more personal. All of us have dreams and I am not embarrassed to say that I had the idea of opening an all day brunch restaurant, before Hatched and Wild Honey existed. Naturally, I felt gutted when both of them entered the Singapore food scene. But that’s besides the point, I’m actually happy to see the breakfast trend picking up in Singapore and I strongly feel that there should be more breakfast places opening up to give us more options.
“FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!!!”
I almost shouted that when the waitress brought the English Breakfast ($22) to our table. I wanted everyone to evacuate the restaurant so that I could have the whole plate to myself. You may snigger, you may sneer but take a look at the photo of Wild Honey’s English Breakfast above.
This, my dear, is the dream breakfast. What more can a guy ask for when there’s scrambled eggs, sauteed mushrooms, streaky bacon, porky sausages, baked beans and grilled tomato? Even though I have been saying this quite regularly of late, I’d marry anyone who make this breakfast for me.
With a glass of icy cold milk, or a cup of warm and aromatic coffee, the English Breakfast can really make me believe in Walt Disney for once — happy endings do exist.
It burns. It burns so good. Physical pain never feel so good – it makes me feel alive.
Stewed to a color of vibrant red, the Tunisian breakfast ($18) was an excellent choice. I didn’t take caution to the scalding-hot tomato stew at all. All I saw was two delicious fried eggs crowned on top of the red, and peppery tomato stew that was accompanied by sliced chorizo sausage.
It was such an indulgence to dig the delicious bread (soft and fluffy) into the tomato stew. If this is breakfast, I do not want to have lunch and dinner anymore.
The Mediterranean sandwich ($12) paled in comparison with the other breakfast items. I have totally nothing against sandwiches. But to me, it’s merely two halves of bread slapped together (in this case, toasted ciabatta) with some fillings in between. Maybe it’s just me, but wilted spinach with feta and mozzarella cheese didn’t appeal to me when there’s sausages, pancakes or eggs to choose from.
Drizzled with the bright hollandaise sauce, the salmon was served on a bed of potato rosti and asparagus. I liked how the salmon broke off when it came into contact with the spoon. While it didn’t come close to the melt-in-the-mouth effect, the rich and creamy hollandaise sauce complimented the sweet salmon of the Scandinavian breakfast ($24) perfectly.
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There are complains about the service at Wild Honey and I can understand why. It seems a little ridiculous to pay for the 10% service charge when we have to queue up at the counter to order our food. From what I understand, they do not allow reservations as they are quite packed during peak hours. So if you want to enjoy a Sunday brunch, please go during odd hours to avoid the crowd during lunch and dinner.
Otherwise, I’d think that Wild Honey is a lovely place since there aren’t that many restaurants serving all day brunch in Orchard. For a restaurant that is located in a shopping mall, Wild Honey stands out with its cozy and intimate ambiance. The breakfast food is not cheap, most of the items on the breakfast menu are around 20 bucks (before taxes). But given that they allow you the freedom to have breakfast food during odd timings, Wild Honey is one of the Mandarin Gallery Restaurants that I can see myself going back to.
// Wild Honey is included in my Guide to Restaurants in Orchard Singapore
Wild Honey Singapore
333A Orchard Road #03-02
Mandarin Gallery Singapore
Tel: +65 6235 3900