Brunch and Cafe Hopping – basically eating, sums up much of what local Singaporeans usually do for their favourite past time. Especially during the weekends, the real and not-so-real hipsters would set descend on the trending cafes to have an Insta-worthy feast with their friends and love ones.
Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant founded in 2001 in New York by Chef Neil Kleinberg and his wife DeDe Lahman, is not a typical hipster cafe but a casual dining restaurant that dishes out comforting American classics with a South-western touch such as Fried Chicken & Waffles, Eggs Benedict, Pancakes with warm Maple Butter and even burgers.
This is the first Southeast Asia outpost of NYC’s popular breakfast spot – while the other two restaurants are in Dubai (2014) and Tokyo (2013). The setting of the restaurant is simple contemporary and casual, nothing that a hipster would probably capture on his camera phone, except for the well-loved food on his plate that’s totally worth instagramming.
The restaurant offers an eclectic American menu that features many signature brunch items, including the highly acclaimed Pancakes, Fried Chicken, Egg dishes and Desserts.
Breakfast is served all day from as early as 8:00am – that’s good news for the early risers and those craving for a plate of smoked salmon scramble and pancakes at brunch time.
Starters and salads, mains and burgers are available for lunch from 11:30am till 6:00pm.
Crispy Potato Pancakes with house-smoked salmon, caviar and lemon creme fraiche ($19).
Country Breakfast ($18) – three eggs any style, maple-cured ham, hash brown and buttermilk biscuit.
Southern Breakfast ($18) – two eggs any style (scrambled), sugar cured bacon, cheese grits, fried green tomatoes.
Eggs Benedict ($20) – Poached eggs, maple-cured ham, classic Hollandaise over toasted buttermilk biscuit.
Chicken & Waffles ($21) – Fried chicken breast meat and Belgian vanilla buttermilk waffle served with signature warm maple butter and honey-Tabasco sauce.
Pancakes ($18) – Stack of pancakes with wild blueberries and warm maple butter
Hand-cut Fries ($7) – U.S potatoes hand cut for that light fluffy bite; and chewy with the skin on.
Rosemary Pork Sausages ($7) – moist homemade patty made from pork sausages.
Peanut Butter Ice Box Pie ($9.50) – Chocolate ganache, whipped peanut butter mousse, graham cracker crust and chocolate shavings.
Chocolate Banana Cream Pie ($9.50) – Real pudding and cream filling on graham cracker crust
Black & White Layer Cake ($9.50) – Deep dark chocolate ganache filling, vanilla frosting, dark chocolate glaze
Must Try Dishes – My Recommendations
The famed fluffy Pancakes with warm maple butter that’s extra fluffy and flavourful. Customers can also choose banana walnut or chocolate chunk toppings, apart from wild blueberries. Crispy Potato Pancakes with house-smoked salmon and everything with potato – a must try for potato lovers.
Chicken & Waffles or the Buttermilk fried Chicken dinner which comes with a drumstick, thigh and breast meat served with honey-Tabasco sauce, house slaw and a choice of one side.
Desserts are rich, creamy but robust. My favourite slice is the Black & White layer cake featuring dense chocolate ganache and vanilla cream with dark chocolate glaze.
Some might comment that the menu prices are on the high side, but if you can pay $20+ for eggs benedict at certain cafes, why not at Clinton St. Baking Co. It is a famous and reputable restaurant after all, and I personally think that the prices here are reasonable for the quality ingredients used in its original recipe, also not to mention the hearty portion of the dishes.
Clinton Street has a no-reservation policy, so be prepared to wait when the restaurant gets crowded during lunch hours and on the weekends. The best time to visit Clinton St. is either in the morning or after the lunch hours.
Prices stated above exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant
Address: 31 Purvis Street Singapore 188608
Opening Hours: Daily 8am to 6pm