Gordon Ramsay, controversial celebrity chef, was reported to have said that British restaurants should be fined if they served fruit and vegetables which were not in season. He should have no complaint against Seasons Bistro at TripleOne Somerset then. Seasons Bistro is a casual American style diner. With Executive Chef Benjamin Fong at its helm, the bistro believes in the practice of cooking with seasonal ingredients and offering seasonally‐changing menus.
The theory is that there are times of year when a given type food is at its peak. This is usually the time when the item is the cheapest and the freshest on the market. The food’s peak time in terms of harvest usually coincides with when its flavour is at its best. The basic message is that people should eat food that is in season – such as eat spinach, asparagus and strawberries in spring; or beets, pomegranates, turnips and leeks in winter.
Walking into Seasons Bistro, we were immediately reminded of diners in US airport hotels; though, it should be said that Seasons looked much nicer. It is rather spacious with the classic American look involving wood furniture and subtle lighting.
They carry American craft beers and boutique wines. Gourmet sandwiches and cheese platters are available from their takeaway deli counter.
Their menu draws inspiration from the varied cuisines of America. Highlights of the menu for lunch & dinner include Seared Yellowtail Tuna Taco, Pan Seared Foie Gras and Surf & Turf Gumbo.
The recommended items on the weekend brunch menu were Freedom Toast (Egg-dipped bread, smoked bacon, brie & maple) and Montreal & Lox (Toasted bagels, cream cheese, capers, onions, smoked salmon, tomatoes & greens).
We tried the recommended Freedom Toast ($16) and the Lumberjack ($22).
The Freedom toast is a variation of french toast. It had an interesting sweet-savoury combination. The bacon was crispy and really delicious.
The Lumberjack is an American-size plate of eggs, sausages, bacon and pancake, with maple syrup. The pancake was well done and complimented the other savoury items well. The pancake was also yummy when drenched with maple syrup.
The staff was friendly and courteous but overall the service could probably be improved. We were a little disappointed when they could not accommodate our request to do the 2 eggs on the Lumberjack differently; and the handling of the cups of coffee served would suggest that more training might be needed.
On the whole it was an enjoyable weekend brunch experience. The food was good. The pleasant subdue atmosphere was conducive for a leisurely meal and a long chat. Seasons Bistro, right in the middle of the Orchard area, is easily accessible by public transport and parking facilities are available. It is a great alternative to the “hip cafes” which can get very crowded on weekends and where you may have to queue to get in.
Average price per person for brunch : $29
#01-11/12, TripleOne Somerset
111 Somerset Road
Tel : 6836 5841
Mon – Thu: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Fri: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Sat: 10:00 am – 2:00 am
Sun: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Nearby Stations : Somerset
#Street fact – Somerset Road may be named after the Duchess of Somerset, a patron of Sir Stamford Raffles.