The stretch of Greenwood Ave is one of those rather hidden and pretty much inaccessible by public transport jewels. But should anyone that decide to make the trip, he/she will not be disappointed at the selection of great cafes and restaurants.
Bronte is a quaint little restaurant that serves up unpretentious Australian comfort food. I was recently invited there to try out their brunch menu. Bronte’s menu does not feature a myriad of items for you to choose from, instead it has just enough items to make it hard for you to make a decision.
We had three mains and three desserts (and some fabulous bubblies in the middle).
For our main courses, we ordered a Char-grilled sirloin steak sandwich with onion jam, vine tomato, cheese, rocket & aioli;
a Japanese breadcrumbed barramundi fillets with fries & homemade tartare sauce and;
Poached eggs, spinach & hollandaise on rye toast with smoked salmon.
Barramundi is a very delicate fish and thus, overcooking it would yield a dry, hard and tasteless fillet. Deep frying anything, in general, would result in a loss of moisture. In this situation, the Barramundi remained tender and juicy while the crust remained crispy. Basically, the fish fingers were very well done. The tartare sauce is homemade as well! +Points.
The steak sandwich is one of the more popular items in Bronte. It’s straightforward and has no gimmick to it. Everything falls into place nicely for this sandwich.
The Turkish flat bread, cheddar, rockets, aioli, sirloin and the onion jam combined perfectly to a harmonious symphony of taste. It was comforting to just bite into it. The flat bread had a chewy texture as compared to the, otherwise soft fluffy Foccacia or Ciabatta. The onion jam gave the sandwich an edge while the tomatoes balanced it with their natural sweetness.
For something that looks so simple as a Egg Royale, the Hollandaise sauce is extremely important. It’s the one thing that either makes or breaks the dish.
Bronte did their Hollandaise sauce very well; It was creamy while retained a certain lightness. It tasted wholesome and in no way, overwhelming of flavours. It surely did not take the limelight away from the other ingredients.
Anyone can poach eggs, but getting it to that consistency requires precision in timing. I’ve never had spinach on my Eggs Royale, but this was comforting because I love my greens.
For desserts we had the Kiwi & passionfruit pavlova;
Vanilla panna cotta with mixed berry compote and;
a selection of artisanal Australian & NZ cheeses, served with honeycomb & fresh fruit.
I do not really like very sweet desserts . The pavlova did not quite hit it with me considering that Pavlovas are generally made of sugar and egg whites. Having said that, the pavlova had a stiff exterior and a soft creamy interior.
Bronte uses fresh fruits for their desserts!
The Panna Cotta was my personal favorite. The Panna cotta was not over laced with gelatin. The vanilla beans gave an otherwise heavy tasting cream a gentle frangrance. The tart compote balanced out the heavy cream of the Panna Cotta.
(Note from Glenn: From all accounts, the avid panna cotta fan in me tells me that Bronte’s rendition of the popular dessert is worth a try.)
The cheese platter is a very good example of quality in simplicity. It was not elaborate; it did not come with figs, pears or melons – just simple grapes, strawberries and a portion of honey comb. There isn’t a wide selection of cheeses, just 3 fantastic cheeses from Australia and New Zealand. Also, you’ll be surprised at how good the honey comb goes along with the cheese.
I would really like to visit Bronte again one day either for their Sunday Roast or for their brunch. The idea of brunch on a Sunday afternoon with a glass of wine or bubbly is just…good life.
Bronte is located at 8 Greenwood Ave. They are open 7 days a week (Opens daily from 9am for Coffee and Pastries, Lunch is from 11.30am to 2.30pm, Dinner from 6pm to 10.30pm and Brunch is from 11.30am to 2.30pm on weekends and public holidays)
Do call up and make a reservation because I was told that they are usually packed from Fridays to Sundays.
Note: C.Y. dined here as a guest of Bronte.
8 Greenwood Ave, Singapore
Tel: +65 6219 9151
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Chu Yang walks around with two trusty devices – his Apple iPhone and his Nikon DSLR in search of the pleasures that his gastronomic journeys bring. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org}