Nestled right in the heart of the Keong Saik Road hipster enclave is Don Ho, a restaurant within The Working Capitol. Its entrance can be quite obscure. In the past, visitors have to enter via a door in the back alley. But now, the entrance is the same as Loloku, which is facing the street.
Step past the sliding doors within Loloku and you’ll be greeted with a green, tropical interior decor of Don Ho. It is Hawaiian inspired, because the restaurant name is named after the late Hawaiian musician Don Ho. I really love the design of the place because it exudes a very calm and relaxing atmosphere, as if you’re in the middle of a lush greenery area.
Don Ho launched their weekend brunch menu last month. The food is quite typical of Australian cafes, especially since this is brunch. We started with two smoothies – the Flamingo Paradise ($9++) and The Don Ho Super Smoothie ($12++). The former had strawberry, mango, banana, chia seed, fresh milk and coconut milk. I thought it was a bit overpowered by the banana. The latter smoothie was my preferred choice – stronger flavours from the apricot, almond, ginger, kale, cinnamon and apple juice.
As we were still early, we ordered from the breakfast menu. Curious about the Hot Smoked Salmon ($20++), I decided to give it a try. Basically it tasted like baked salmon, and I’m not too sure how it’s prepared. But I did enjoy the freshness of it. It came with a generous serving of potato bites, some herb salad, orange dressing, and a poached egg.
Eggs, eggs, eggs. That’s such a quintessential breakfast food, isn’t it? The Slow Cooked Egg ($18++) sat atop a slice of brioche toast and wild mushrooms. While I thought the egg yolk could have been runnier (in fact the poached egg from the first dish had the better flow), I relished the wild mushrooms with delight because they were sauteed very nicely! The whole combination went well. I guess it’s a safe choice but a very comforting dish to have in the morning!
Ah, the Brioche French Toast ($22++). Sweet
dreams mornings are made of this. The thick brioche toast was coated with cornflakes, and then pan-fried to perfection. It’s served with raspberry cream cheese, bananas, and pecans, and some berries. I thought the cornflake-crusted french toast itself was delicious enough, as it provided the lovely crunch, but when eaten with the raspberry cream cheese, it’s ten times better! It wasn’t too sweet, neither was it bland. You can choose to add the homemade Maple Candied Bacon ($5++), which I thought was too sweet for me.
We ended our meal with coffee. The Latte was quite strong, while my Iced Mocha had a good balance between the caffeine and the chocolate taste. Their coffees are from Sarnies and are very well received by customers!
Overall, Don Ho serves some mean brunch dishes, and if you go from 11.30am onwards, you can also order from their lunch menu, which features salads, flatbreads and some meat-based dishes. Kudos to their friendly and attentive service crew, and definitely to the pretty set-up of the cafe.
Address: The Working Capitol, 1 Keong Saik Road, #01-05, Singapore 089109
Telephone: +65 6223 5001
Opening Hours: Brunch on Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm (L.O. 2.30pm); Social Kitchen/Bar from Tuesday to Saturday 1st seating 6.30pm – 8.30pm, 2nd seating 8.30pm till late