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The Assembly Ground @ The Cathay

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The dining outlets at The  Cathay have changed so many time hands  that I lost track, The Assembly Ground is both a lifestyle shop and cafe.

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There is just something about hung lights, fairy lights and brick walls that make cafes extra cosy.

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My life goals scribbled on the wall.

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Dried baby's breath, another of my cafe floral favourites.

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Their menu was 2 pages worth with reasonable variety.

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Nymph of the Nile ($6.50)

I definitely was not expecting a tea bag in a cup, and at $6.50 refills could be done on our own with the complimentary hot water supply at the side. That said, it just threw me off guard with a tea bag in a cup.

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Americano ($5)


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Truffle Fries ($10)
Straight Cut Fries, Parmesan, Truffle Oil, Truffle Aioli

Greasy tummy fillers, the passe truffle fries still gets my vote every time I spot it on the menu. Truffle probably greeted us at first whiff and that was just about it, it could very well have been passed off as ordinary fries.

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Warm Mushroom and Baby Spinach ($11)
Medley of Mushrooms, Baby Spinach, Nuts and Seeds, Soy Sesame Dressing

Nothing fancy, just mushrooms and baby spinach.

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Eggs Zoey ($16)
Poached Eggs, Hollandaise, English Muffin, Smoked Salmon

This has to be one eggs ben and smoked salmon with the fanciest name. Toasted muffins with the brunch works, perfect for one with a small apetite.

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Ragout of Beef with Rosti ($23.50)
Slow Roasted Angus, Rosti, Trio of Mushrooms, Onion Jam, Creamed Spinach, 62 Degree Eggs

The angus cubes were hardly slow roasted, they still packed a bite and that rosti was just enough to fill the bread. Almost like a farmer's breakfast, but only heartier.

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Crabcake Benedict ($23.50)
Poached Egg, Hollandaise, Smoked Sausage, Wilted Spinach

Big on looks and portions but the crabcake was more potato mash than crabmeat proper. I considered this quite a letdown after being pampered rotten with swimmer crab croquettes and even king crab benedicts these days.

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The American Duck ($21)
US Duck Bacon, Tea Smoked Duck Breast, Sauteed Mushrooms, Arugula, Shaved Parmesan

Pizza at breakfast sounds too filling to be true, all of 8 inches at best. The cracker crust was decently chewy despite of the thinness.

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One of the delicious choices on the menu.

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Peanut Butter Cake ($7.50)

A light kind of delicious with moist layers and fresh cream.

No service charge and prices are considerably higher than most brunch places. It would take more than just a hearty pizza for a return, unfortunately.

The Assembly Ground
The Cathay, #01-21

A foodie born to eat, shop and travel. Forced to work.

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