Sunday, January 31, 2016

Humpback @ Bukit Pasoh


When a restaurant offers us good food, we wish it can be there all the time - breakfast, lunch, dinner and the in between.After much demand, Humpback at Bukit Pasoh has decided to open their doors on Sunday, offering their customers a wholesome brunch menu.

Tarragon & Bergamot Sling 4/5

It is a Sunday!You should give yourself a treat before the start of another week. That seems to be the vibe emitted here, and you could probably feel it across the street. Hence, do start your brunch with a refreshing cocktail to wake up your sluggish palate. From the extensive drink menu, I had Tarragon & Bergamot Sling ($17), which was a great recommendation by the bartender for something that isn't too sweet.It was herbaceous, lined with a citrus edge.


Seafood Tower 2 Tier 4/5

The Oysters ($2-$3 each)here are so plump and juicy, that for one moment, I thought they were still alive. From USA, they have hama hama,blue pool, eld inlet. If you order their Seafood Tower 2 Tier (chef's choice $190), these selections will be included as well. Our upper tier consist scallops, lobsters, prawns and tuna tartar, which was my favourite. Just a light dip into their homemade salsa is all you need to savour their freshness.

Deviled Eggs 2.8/5

Pace yourself by starting off with some Snacks. We had Deviled eggs ($6)which is made offish mousse, luxuriated with ikura roe that gives it the burst of zest. However, perhaps you might want to save the 'egg' space for the main egg dishes.

Lettuce 3.5/5

If you think having greens here are boring, you are dead wrong. At least to me, their green dishes are what I find most memorable, apart from theirFried Egg.

From their Garden came Lettuce ($12), Buratta ($13),and Brussel Sprouts ($12), named after the respective star of each dish. A deviation from your usual caesar salad, the Lettuce is accompanied with pickled celery for an extra zest, together with dehydrated wild rice, which replaces the usual croutons. Brilliant choice of ingredients.

Buratta 3.5/5

Their Buratta was also given a slight twist. The buratta was fresh, apparent from the pillowy, soft and stringy curbs pulled from its pouch. The grilled-to-perfection tomatoes burst into juice when I poked my fork into it. Slightly tangy, which pairs well with this mildly flavoured cheese. What could be lacking perhaps it's that crunch and edge that I was looking out for.

brussle sprouts
Brussel Sprouts 4.2/5

Their Brussel Sprouts was plated like a garden of its own. Grilled to slightly charred, its smokey taste was enhanced by the chipotle sauce. At some point it tasted bitter, but that was countered by the tiniest ingredient amongst them - the raisins. I'm impressed with such a thought through selection of ingredients in their salads.

Fried Egg 4.5/5

If you can only choose one dish from Egg, Fried Egg ($14) with orzo and tete de moine it is.The orzo was done al dente, and together they formed a velvety texture. Hidden amongst the tiny pasta were some chewy octopus cubes, which I thought was the secret to its tastiness. Tete de moine was used, which I was pleasantly surprised. A delicate flavoured swiss cheese, pared into the shape of delicate rosettes with a Girolle when I first witnessed it at Sprigs. Not forgetting the egg with yolk oozing into the orzo,this dish is full of tiny surprises that you really must experience it yourself.

Egg Benedict 3.5/5

Something more conventional will be Egg Benedict ($12 for a egg/ $20 for 2 eggs), but theirs is with crab and avocado. Beautiful poached eggs with torched hollandaise sauce atop, egg ben's fans would love this. What fell short of my expectations was the crab mixture, which was a tad too creamy and salty for me.

Lobster Roll 3.5/5

From their Seafood section, we had a tough time choosing.  Lobster roll ($39) is the hot favourites.  Bouncy lobster meat with tobiko pickle wrapped with toasted butter bun, I'm pretty sure this is on par with that from lobster bars.

Hamachi 4/5

Hamachi ($18) is like an in-between appetiser. Fatty and firm, tiger's milk which was citrus based, was the ideal complement.  Accompanied by sweet potato and horseradish, you will get a bit of sweetness, tanginess, along with some crunch in every mouthful.

Semifreddo and Valrhona Chocolate Mousse 

If you still ain't satisfied, there are 2 meat dishes - Fried buttermilk Chicken and Pork Ribs. However, I decided to save some space for their desserts - Semifreddo and Valrhona Chocolate Mousse ($10 each). I very much prefer the first as the chocolate mousse is too rich for my liking. Semifreddo is made of passionfruit, which is sweet and tangy, making it just right to end off the afternoon. There are macadamia nut, crumble for the extra crunch, but what really delighted everyone of us is that sprinkle of seasalt on top. Yes, it is that sweet and savoury note that pleases my taste buds.

Too much indulgence is sinful, but on a Sunday morning, there is always a reason to. And Humpback just made that legit.

Photograph and written by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food.

18/20 Bukit Pasoh Road
Singapore 089834
Tel: +65 67504461
Nearest MRT: Outram Park (EW Line, NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 5pm - 12midnight
(Closed on Sun)

1) Alight at Outram Park MRT station. Take Exit H. Turn left onto Teo Hong Road. At the end of Teo Hong Road turn left and continue on Bukit Pasoh Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

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