Valley Point is a condominium built on the old Fraser and Neave site along River Valley Road. Next to it is a serviced apartment complex, Frasers Suites. The residents of these two places are very fortunate people because they are served by a collection of shops and restaurants that are housed in the retail podium block of the development. Here there are a number of restaurants, a supermarket (Fairprice Finest), a pet shop, a brilliant wine shop (Crystal Wines) and many daily conveniences. At our recent visit, we noticed that the eating places at Valley Point mall have been refreshed recently, with some new restaurants taking over some of the old ones. One of the new ones that caught our eye was a restaurant named Erwin’s Gastrobar.
Erwin’s is located right at the main entrance to the mall. It is quite large and very boldly decorated. You will not miss it should you drop by Valley Point. According to their website, Erwin’s is inspired by bistros and cafe of London, New York and Sydney. Their aspiration is reflected in the trendy industrial chic style of the interior. We were greeted by the friendly staff when we stopped by for brunch. The place had a few patrons on that day. I guess Valley Point is not a place that immediately comes to mind when you think of where to eat at River Valley. There is an extensive menu for weekend brunch.
We ordered a sausage, egg and bacon breakfast roll ($9), a scrambled eggs salami ($15), a toasted croissant ($12) and a cheese toastie with mushroom ($5.50). The first three dishes ordered were presented beautifully while the toastie arrived naked on the plate without any embellishment. Taste-wise, the food was enjoyed by all. The eggs were done in the way we wanted. The vegetables were fresh and crisp. The toasties turned out to be very good with the mushrooms blending well with the melted cheese. In fact, the smallness of the serving appealed to us. It was just nice for one person and you don’t end up feeling like you have over-eaten. It is fair to say the food here rivals any found in the new hipster cafes that have sprouted up all over the island recently. We note that prices here are more friendly as well. Encouraged by the positive experience thus far, we decided to order one more item to be shared.
The waffle with banana and ice-cream topping ($8) was a beauty. It was the best looking dish so far and the taste was equally good. The waffle was plump and cooked lightly crisp around its surfaces. The toppings were generous. It was big enough to be shared by the four of us. We were also grateful to the staff for dissuading us from ordering two dessert dishes. It is quite rare for serving staff to be so considerate these days. All in all, we were glad that we discovered Erwin’s Gastrobar. Together with the other restaurants, perhaps Valley Point should come to mind more often when one is thinking of what to eat at River Valley.
491 River Valley Road
#01-21/22/23 Valley Point
Tel: +65 6235 1613
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