Okay. I’m going to ask you to do something preeetty difficult to do.
Ask anyone what Singapore’s best known for.
Did you ask?
My guess is they’d automatically spin-off a snap answer of “Uh shopping and food lah. Got so many shopping centres you don’t know meh?”
Fine, we’re known for other great things too like being a superbly multiracial harmonious country blah blah and having one of the best airports in the world, but one specific aspect of Singapore goes greatly unnoticed.
We have nature!
Our nature ain’t nothing compared to the scenic countryside of Tuscany where we can taste fine wines with an array of cheeses or even the rural mountain peaks of Tibet, BUT we definitely do have a few snippets of nature in our own bustling city. Singapore isn’t merely about harsh skyscrapers and avoiding rush hour while taking the mrt.
We have… heaps of reservoirs (heh maybe Bedok Reservoir isn’t such a good idea for a casual safe stroll), parks, walking trails along MacRitchie and Lower Peirce, the Botanic Gardens and Pulau Ubin!
Lower Peirce Reservoir
For weekend brunch, I went to Riders Cafe – a small joint in Bukit Timah Saddle Club.
We saw plenty of horses (what a rare sight in Singapore) and the most adorable horse was just begging to be photographed. Well, not really, but he was eyeing us in a friendly way.
I want him. If you just so happen to be the owner of this horse, or you’ve ridden him before, LUCKY YOU.
At Riders Cafe, reservation is a definite must. We’d booked a few days earlier but the only time we could grasp hold of was an early 9 in the morning, so more of breakfast than brunch.
The Pacific Benedict ($16) is a seafood variation of the ever so popular Eggs Benedict. Instead of ham or bacon, chunks of swimmer crab tops two poached eggs with shrimp hollandaise drizzled over.
Smoked Salmon and Creamed Eggs ($14) is just nicely scrambled eggs with avocado and smoked salmon strewn upon Turkish pide – a type of flatbread.
All dishes came with a side of salad. Sadly, we didn’t appreciate this as the dressing was oddly sweet.
Come here if you want to escape the urban jungle and maybe coo at endearing horses.
51 Fairways Drive
+65 6466 9819
On another note, if you’re hungry and in need of snacking while in town, do try the Hot Chili Meat Fries ($11) at Picque Nique in Takashimaya. We’d heard lots of bad reviews on this place (the cupcakes are dry, the brunch items aren’t worth it) but honestly, was pleasantly surprised by their fries.
Where’s your favourite place for brunch?