Butter My Buns
Mix and match your breakfast set at this university cafe. How much it costs depends on what your order. For cheat day, order the oven-baked bacon ($2), waffle hash ($2.50) and mac & cheese ($3). If you’re looking for a healthier option, there are Portobello mushrooms ($2.50) and cuppa corn ($1.5). For the indecisive, go for the other items on the menu such as their signature The Bastard Bun, priced at an affordable $3.50, which features a hotdog bun topped with piquant basil and mustard sauce.
#01-07 University Town National University Singapore, 2 College Avenue West Stephen Riady Centre and Block B MPA01-01, 469 Bukit Timah Road.
Dong Po Colonial Cafe
When it comes to local breakfast, don’t just restrict yourself to Ya Kun or Toast Box; Dong Po Colonial Cafe serves up old-school breakfast all day that are just as good and familiar. Kaya Butter Toast with eggs and a cup of tea or coffee costs $4.50. You can also expect more unconventional additions such as their Bostock ($3.50 with coffee or tea) – a French almost toast or a Shibuya-style thick toast ($5.20) that is topped with vanilla ice cream. They also have a wide range of traditional confectionary to end your meal in a sweet note such as old-school layered cakes, rolls, and tarts.
56 Kandahar Street, tel: 6298-1318.
While they don’t have a substantial all-day breakfast menu, what they offer here is comfort on a plate. The cafe adopts an industrial flair with thin wire frames and no-frills concrete surfaces, which pays tribute to its location in the industrial location. But there is nothing pared-back about its food. There is the hearty American Breakfast ($13.90) which comes with freestyle eggs, hash brown, chicken or beef sausage, chicken ham, baked beans and mesclun. If you want something more out there, go for the Salmon Waffles ($12.90), a fishy take on the chicken waffles, which comes with smoked salmon, poached eggs, an addictive cheese sauce and a side of mesclun.
Level 1, Centro Bianco Building, 73 Upper Paya Lebar Rd, tel: 6288-6346.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware
For hipsters by hipsters who know their coffee, Chye Seng Huat is the place to be if you want to be in on the cool crowd. The place gets awfully busy during weekends, but it’s worth it if you want to accompany your breakfast with good coffee (brews are by coffee connoisseurs Papa Palheta). For breakfast, the considerable Papa’s Breakfast ($18) fits a dad’s appetite with spicy Italian pork sausage with Portobello mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and hash brown served on a slice of toasted wholemeal bread. Closer to home, the café also serves up Pandan Gula Melaka Pancake ($15), which has the green pancakes sandwiched with our favourite local jam – kaya and topped with vanilla ice cream and gula melaka drizzle. Talk about indulgent.
150 Tyrwhitt Road, tel: 6396-0609.
Group Therapy has quite an extensive breakfast menu. The weekend menu is slightly more comprehensive. Both menus include recognisable breakfast items such as Poached Eggs ($16), which is served on a thick toast then is topped with smoked salmon, melted cheese and liberally slathered with hollandaise sauce. Sweets include the Insta-worthy Pancake Stack ($16), featuring thick and fluffy pancakes complemented with strawberries, bananas, honeycomb and a choice of drizzle between maple syrup or sea salt caramel. There is also the more savoury Pumpkin Pancake ($19), that comes with poached eggs, smoked salmon and tobiko rice. For weekends, there are croissants in the menu, including the popular BLT Croissant Plate ($19), which comes stuffed with lettuce, baked bacon and tomatoes and served with sunny side ups and a pork bratwurst.
#02-01, 49 Duxton Road, tel: 6222-2554.
This humble café sequestered in a community centre serves up cheap and good all-day breakfast. It’s a little out of the way, but the delicious bites are worth the trek. Have the Eggs Benedict ($12.50) if you’re playing it safe, but go for the Smoked Duck and Eggs on Toast ($9.50), which comes with smoked duck slices and scrambled eggs on toasted brioche if you’re feeling adventurous. For the hungry, The Big SOD Café Breakfast ($12.50) featuring bratwurst, bacon, ham and two scrambled or sunny side up eggs makes for a fulfilling meal.
#01-03 Ci Yuan CC, 51 Hougang Ave 9, tel: 6385-4026.
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THE ROYALS CAFE
The Royals is known for their cakes, but they’ve also ventured into the cafe business with affordable bites. The halal certified cafe serves a range of breakfast from Western-style ones such as Light Eater ($6.90), which features homemade toast with butter, jam and eggs, and Deluxe French Toast set ($11.90) that comprises two pieces of French toast, chicken ham and sausage, hash brown and eggs, to Asian-style breakfast like Nasi Lemak ($6.90) and Nonya Mee Siam ($5.90).
19, Crescendo Building, Upper East Coast Road, tel: 8481-0080.
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