It has taken us a while, but we finally got to have brunch at Curious Palette, another of the hot cafes in Singapore that seem to attract a strong following. Curious Palette is located in a shophouse on Prinsep Street Singapore. The entrance is quite nondescript. There is no real signboard, just a small blackboard on a chair announced its presence. Yet it was full of people – we were fortunate to get a table without a reservation. It was soon full house in this cafe.
The exterior may look quite plain, but the interior was very different. We thought it was quite beautiful, not in an ostentatious way but in an effortless casual style. The well spaced skylights probably had something to do with it. Letting in daylight along this long shophouse transformed the otherwise dark gloomy space into one with a bright contemporary look. Like a Tardis, Curious Palette is much larger than it looks from the outside.
Curious Palette Menu
Here are pictures of some pages from the Curious Palette menu. From the descriptions, the menu items do not look any different from those of other restaurants. The difference, we discovered, lies in how these items were executed.
Salted egg flavoured dishes are in fashion these days. The salted egg wings ($12.90) by Curious Palette was a dish of seven or eight wings smothered with a creamy egg yolk sauce. The egg yolk taste was quite subtle, which was a good thing. The crispness of the chicken wings was sacrificed in the process. A fair bargain in this case.
Next we had two main courses – a Croque Madame and a Crab Cake on English Muffin ($19.50 each).
Both dishes were served with a super generous amount of truffled sweet potato fries. We love these fries but we think this was a case of too much of a good thing. Both items were well prepared. For future visits, we think two people can simply share one of these dishes and leave space for one of their desserts.
The Miss Photogenic award of the day goes to our dessert – the Peach Raisin Hotcake ($14.90). This fluffy hotcake reminded us of the pancakes at Clinton Street Baking Company. It was light, moist and fluffy. Some maple syrup was provided, but it was not necessary. The toppings of ice-cream, nuts and dried fruits provide enough sweetness and flavour to go with the hotcake. This was very good. The portion is big and is best shared by two to four persons as marginal utility quickly diminishes.
The best companion for this hotcake is a robust cup of coffee. As Curious Palette is run by the people behind Strangers Reunion, it was no surprise that the coffee here was rich and flavourful. The cappuccino was better (smoother and more beautiful) than the long black (both $4.90 each).
Overall, a pleasant brunch at Curious Palette cafe at Prinsep Street. Good food and nice ambience. Service was generally polite although the full restaurant sometimes puts a strain on responsiveness and availability of the staff.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
64 Prinsep Street
Tel : +65 62381068
Opening Hours: 09:00am – 10:00pm
Nearby Stations : Dhoby Ghaut; Bras Basah
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