Posts Tagged ‘Breakfast’

Jolly Frog goes ribbit, ribbit.

May 22, 2010

It’s been a while since I last posted something on food. Now that the concerts and events have died down a little, I think it’s time to get back to that. Just don’t drool all over the keys, alright?

The last time I was down in Singapore for Stereophonics’ concert, I had my friends take me around for some nice eating spots in the fine city. After a late night of club hopping, we kickstarted our Sunday morning with some hearty breakfasts. And we chose this cosy little gourmet cafe – Jolly Frog, around the Chinatown precinct.

A bit of love on my Cafe Latte to brighten up my day as I flip through the morning papers. Heh.

Despite being a late riser, I adore breakfast platters. The sausages, the buttered toasts, the scrambled eggs, the crispy bacons – oh the bacons. So, of course I went for the one on the menu that screams the loudest, “Eat me! Eat me!”

I suppose you can’t go wrong with the Jolly Big Breakfast (SGD15). It’s got everything you ever need for a filling breakfast: toasts, eggs, sausages, roasted tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, and did I mention – bacons?

Another yummylicious breakfast to try out is the Eggs Florentine (SGD11.50). Drizzled in Hollandaise sauce that drips onto the plate sensually, poached eggs, toasts, baby spinach and – why yes – bacons.

But if you’re not up for a big appetite so early in the morning, or you just want to eat healthy or watch your weight, try out the Cinnamon French Toast with fair trade bananas in organic yogurt (SGD7.50).

Or the Roasted Portobello Mushroom Bruschetta with goat’s cheese and wild rocket (SGD10.90).

They don’t have no bacons though. Boo.

I thought Jolly Frog was quite cosy. Small but spacious enough to fit in enough people for a cheery morning. There is also an al-fresco dining area for someone who would like to have their morning meals outside.

Sure, the weather in Singapore can get quite unbearable sometimes, but lucky for the patrons, Jolly Frog’s cooling system on the outside and inside is good enough to keep us comfortable as we drag on our breakfast sessions well into the afternoon.

So, if you’re looking for some place to cure the hangover from the night before, or if you may, bring that someone you bedded the night before for some nice breakfast, Jolly Frog would be an appropriate place to visit. It is located along an almost deserted road, and the cafe is low key for that quiet moment.

And look, they have fresh and bright gerberras – one of my favourites. Now, who would not want a tint of sunshine on your table as you enjoy some jolly ol’ brekkie? Heh.

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Jolly Frog Gourmet Bistro Bar
81 Neil Road
088905
Singapore
Opens weekdays @ 9AM-11.30AM; weekends @ 9AM-2.30PM
T: +65 6222 9227
E: enquiry@jollyfrog.com.sg
W: http://www.jollyfrog.com.sg

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Sunday’s Marmalade matinee.

June 15, 2009

Also guest blogging at Backseat Radio: Aimee Mann live in Singapore @ 29 August 2009.

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It was another Sunday of nothingness, as I lay in bed trying to decide where to go for a quiet meal for one, when I recalled a sweet little place at the corner in Bangsar Village II, where Leng and I last met up for some afternoon tea a while back. It was also a day to try out new joints and see if I like it, instead of heading for another round of waffles at Deli.cious Cafe.

The place was already rowdy with expats and locals with friends, families and kids. Children were running around the wooden floor, as parents engaged in conversations with one another and read the day’s newspapers while sipping on coffee getting cold, cross-legged.

It was already well past noon when I arrived and the breakfast menu has ended. When at a new place and wary as to what to order, delve for the Chef’s Recommendation. You have half a chance of getting it wrong. So, I ordered a Smoked Salmon Quiche, a baked slice of battered smoked salmon, eggs, peas and whatnot, and a glass of Day Starter, a fruit juice consisting of apples, bananas and strawberries blend.

I stole the cherry tomatoes from the cute salad bowl, and delved into my quiche as I continued on a few more pages of Keruoac’s On The Road.

The quiche was just right: it was not too heavy, the eggs were fluffy on the tongue, and the salmon added a sweet tinge in every bite. I was about to finish it when I wondered if I would ever get filled with this slice, then the tummy took up the stop sign and I was suddenly filled.

The Day Starter was refreshing. Every gulpful was a different taste, sometimes apple, sometimes banana, sometimes strawberries. I could still sip the seedy texture of the strawberries. It was nice and thirst-quenching.

I like it that they have cutesy designs on the wall, and they do not go overboard with it. Even their counter and the cakes they serve are a real eye-catcher too. It definitely gives out an atmosphere where you would see yourself in a sundress, sipping iced tea and enjoying your favourite book.

I also managed to catch some familiar tunes playing in the background. Songs like The Boy Least Likely To’s Be Gentle with Me, The Feeling’s Fill My Little World and The Moldy Peaches’ Anyone Else But You. You know, those adorable and indie ones.

Granted it was first built a family-oriented cafe, so if you cannot stand kids running around and screaming, you may want to avoid the place, especially during weekends. But if you are not too picky, and you like doing funny faces to the babies in trolleys when their moms are not watching, may we suggest our next Sunday matinee at Marmalade?

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Marmalade Cafe

1F-18, 1st Floor
Bangsar Village II
Jalan Telawi 2
Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Opens 10AM-10PM
T: +6 03 2282 8301
E: contact@ilovemarmalade.com.my
W: http://www.ilovemarmalade.com.my

A spot of breakfast.

March 13, 2009

Last Saturday, it was raining almost the whole time, and I do not know what wires in me were loose, but I ended up spending the most of that day snoozing away, like I have not slept in weeks. I woke up the following morning at 8 and thought to myself, hmm, I would like some breakfast for myself.

And I do not mean cereal-and-milk-from-your-fridge, do-it-yourself half-boiled eggs kind of breakfast; I mean a decent breakfast outside of your home, where you can watch the suburb wake up while sipping on your glass of orange juice and reading a book, and a down-to-earth waiter serving you the best sunny side ups.

I guess Malaysia has never been a morning kind of country – alright, maybe the big gang of yum cha/dim sum crowd counts, but no, not the mamaks because they did not exactly close from last night – so spots for good all-Western breakfast is quite hard to find. Most good English breakfasts are complimentary at hotels, but I am not about to check myself into a hotel just for some runny eggs. Sure, there is Coffee Bean with their before-11AM refills, but their scrambled eggs are not scrambled at all. Just some mixture they pop into the microwave and serve it up to you. Nothing personal at all.

Today, I want to go out of the way for something different. So, the only place I can think of with my 8AM blurry mind was Departure Lounge. The last time I was there, Loo mentioned that they serve breakfast as early as 8AM, so it was good enough for me. Something non-fancy and something non-commercialised.

I went against traffic and drove all the way to Mont Kiara for a spot of breakfast. I was the first to arrive, and Loo and Annie greeted me with warm smiles, surprised to see me paying them a visit in a morning that is way too early still.

At Departure Lounge, besides serving the usual breakfast available all around – French toasts, omelette, muffins, pancakes and so on – they have this Make It My Way (MIMW) breakfast set, where you get to choose what they put on your plate. You can have a choice of three, five or seven items of grilled tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, beef bacon, turkey bacon and so on.

I made my selection of grilled tomatoes, scrambled eggs and turkey bacon. With my glass of freshly squeezed orange juice with the pulps (Nah, just kidding – Annie whipped up a plastic cup from the Sunkit carton), I took my seat outside the calm and the quiet, and anticipated for my breakfast.

It was as close to ‘homey’ breakfast as I could get. So, the turkey bacon was not really bacon, but kind of a slice of ham. And the tomato was not really thoroughly grilled till blackened on the outside, and mushy on the inside. And yeah, a glass of fresh orange juice would be dandy. But. Beggars cannot be choosers. I wanted a good kind of breakfast, went out to get it, got it, and was quite pleased. Yum.

So, to all breakfast folks out there, if you know some more good spots for breakfast, do let me know. We can even make a date out of it. I am quite willing to go out of the way for one, when I am up at such hours.

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Departure Lounge
Solaris Mont Kiara
10, Jalan Solaris 4
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Opens Monday to Saturday @ 8AM-10PM; Sunday and Holiday @ 10AM-5PM
T: +6 03 6203 0362
E: cafe.departure.lounge@gmail.com