Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wild Honey across both outlets
Till this day Wild Honey still attracts the same maddening crowd no matter what time I patronize it. From a 40 minute wait on a weekday past noon to dinner which also required a fair amount of waiting. Nary a minute goes by that you can effortlessly walk in with a table - unless the planets were well aligned.
Very rare sight.
Corners within Wild Honey that gets me intrigued.
Never had the chance nor time to read a mag at Wild Honey...the tables are always in so much demand.
Cosy chair for the arm candy!
Somehow liked the presentation of sugar cubes. Glasses of water get served almost immediately upon getting the table.
Haphazardly laid table.
Banoffee Brulee ($9)
I remember vaguely loving one of their drinks and thought it was Banoffee. Visually a please and tease. The toasted marshmellow mountain cap was all but sweet - slightly bitter. The drink itself was more than decent - though lacking in the same pizazz as the last.
Morning After ($9)
The pals went for a hot drink and this was way too sweet for comfort, a shocking kind of sweet.
Sizzling pan of red pepper, onion and tomato concisse (stew) studded with sliced chorizo sausage and crowned with two fried eggs
You must love your eggs runny to even consider this. A mistake I made because runny eggs and I are star-crossed lovers. I simply do not have a habit of having my eggs half boiled, cracked, doused in soya sauce and have my toast soaked in them. That, to me is...odd. This is what Tunisian is. A bland tomato stew with runny eggs and thick brioche toasts are used to soak up the stew.
Oh yes, the sizzling pan IS very hot..and the same hot pan does not insulate heat very well..the food turned cold pretty quickly.
While the companions loved it to bits and only swear by this every single visit, I am definitely not on the bandwagon, purely out of preference.
Eggs Benedict, Two perfectly poached eggs, sauteed mushrooms, proscuitto, homemade brioche, hollandaise sauce
Poached eggs seem to be the only forms of runny eggs I would stomach with much glee. Wild Honey pretty much nailed this to perfection - for once, I had a glimmer of surprise and was finally enlightened on the prowess of Wild Honey. For all the yaysayers that I have snubbed, I rest my case completely for this eggs benny.
Usually not a fan of brioche which lacks bite, Wild Honey's has a good density without losing any of its lightness. Having the delish proscuitto wrapping the eggs was such a pretty sight and gave it a much needed flavour. The only setback being hollandaise sauce which lacked the familiar sour touch. Otherwise, all is good. I found a favourite at last!
Scrambled eggs, back bacon, sauteed mushrooms, dad's baked beans, breakfast potatoes, grilled vine ripened tomato and signature brioche
Only for the raving hungry. Here's the rundown of the hearty-
Scrambled eggs was not too bad, just the right shade of yellow and eggy enough.
Back bacon, sauteed mushrooms and tomato - Usual works but these were well done!
Dad's baked beans - Larger than usual beans, these packed a lovely spicy aftertaste.
Breakfast potatoes - Yummy!
Last of all the signature brioche which had more bite than its usual fluffy texture.
Three old fashioned pancakes, canadian back bacon, wild forest berry compote, imported canadian maple syrup
Found another place that serves good pancakes - Wild Honey! Surprised that I never paid much attention to the pancake option on the menu until this visit.
Dense yet fluffy, these had a nice bite and paired with either berry compote or maple syrup - complementary indeed!
The back bacon was mildly sweetened, tasted almost like bak kwa!
Seeing a table full of food always makes me trigger happy.
Apple Crumble ($6.50)
One crumble that literally crumbles. The tart fell apart too easily without any resistance. I liked the apples and the crumble but everything stalled at the tart. Would have been ideal with icecream...but then again, who has icecream for brunch.
Orange Cake ($6.50)
I have a weakness for layered cakes, especially those with frosting. We cheekily checked with the next table how they found the cake before making an order - not that they had really high scores for it. Sorely disappointed with the overly soft sponge and whipped buttercream frosting. The only brownie point went to the orange wedges and thankfully not soggy combination. The cake lacked zest and perhaps a weebit more refinement in taste.
Service is an issue at Wild Honey, the lack thereof coupled with a certain snootiness. With the second outlet opened at Scotts Square, the congestion at Mandarin Gallery has eased quite abit!
I normally do not bother enough to withstand the queues at Wild Honey, yet for the outlet at Scotts Square, it was a ridiculous one hour wait.
Menu with slight variations.
Loving the stools!
Packed like crazy.
Still as hearty!
Santa Fe ($20)
Tortilla, cheddar, tomato, jalapeno salsa, fried egg, sour cream, grilled kernels, diced avocado, red onion
A Scotts Square exclusive, this colourful one not only looked colourful but brought along with it a multi-dimensional taste.
For once, I relished red onions for the kick that it gave.
For once, the runny egg yolk was not such a dampener in the dish.
For once, I did not mind "soggy" one bit.
Amazing flavours and taste.
Lovely surprise with Santa Fe. If Santa Fe was this interesting, I wouldn't mind booking an air ticket right now!
Scotts Square would triumph for larger space and longer loitering time within the cafe. Wild Honey has regained its special status as favourite brunch place. I once did not understand that moniker, but now I do.
Cannot wait to chomp down the rest of the menu!