Known for its all-day brunches and some of the best coffee in town since 2012, Stranger's Reunion has recently rolled out a new all-day brunch menu featuring delicious and thoughtfully-crafted creations with quality and upcycled ingredients, alongside brunch classics to cater to diners' discerning palates.
This laid back chic cafe helmed by award-winning barista champions is also a top pick for a great dining experience coupled with a well-made cuppa. While the perennial favourites remain on the menu, the Stranger's team put more thought into the ingredients used and experimented with more inventive cooking methods to bring more conscious and refined dishes to the table, different from the usual brunch fare. Most dishes reveal skill, inventiveness and sophistication more often showcased in fine dining establishments. We had the opportunity to try some of their exciting new offerings.
Snapper Ceviche 4/5
Kick off the brunch date with a light and refreshing Snapper Ceviche ($13.90) which features a combination of firm and juicy chunks of snapper cured in lime juice, creamy avocado, aromatic cilantro, as well as red onions and shaved fennel for sweetness and bite.
Salmon Skin Chips 3.8/5
Utilising salmon cutoffs and trimmings from the cafe's homemade coffee smoked salmon, the Salmon Skin Chips ($11.90) is a moreish appetiser with its crispy deep fried salmon skin studded with sesame aioli, avocado coulis and coffee-smoked salmon puree to add a delightful combination of nutty, salty, sweet and sour flavours to the chips.
Roasted Cauliflower Salad 4.2/5
One of my favourite is the Roasted Cauliflower Salad ($14.50). With cauliflower prepared in two ways - expertly charred to yield caramelised florets with deep hazelnut notes, and pickled in rice wine vinegar infused with black pepper and bay leaves. Both renditions are tossed in a luscious and rich home-made pine nut labneh, topped with pickled sweet and sour grapes, juicy promegranate, toasted pine nuts, mint leaves and finished off in a homemade honey mustard. Taking inspiration from the middle-eastern cuisine, this unique dish presents a well-balanced mix of flavours and textures.
Pan Roasted Chicken Breast 4.2/5
The Pan Roasted Chicken Breast ($21.90) boasts a tender and succulent slab of chicken breast doused in house-made jerk sauce paired with sweet corn, red peppers and baked sweet potatoes accentuated with fresh mint and thyme. While chicken breast meat can be tough and dry due to less fats within, this version was executed well, with the complimenting sauce and toppings to add flavour to the meat.
Pork and Broccoli 4.5/5
The Pork and Broccoli ($21.90) is also favourite pick for its extremely tender meat. The typically under-used pork collar ends are sous-vide till tender then roasted. It is complimented with a broccoli puree and burnt onion jus which adds a subtle sweetness to the dish.
Strangers Coffee Smoked Salmon on Toast 3.8/5
The Strangers Coffee Smoked Salmon on Toast ($18.90) is a brunch classic with a special twist. The house-cured salmon is cold smoked with spent coffee grounds and hickory wood to render the cafe's savoury and aromtic coffee-smoked salmon. An espresso infused creme fraiche is also slathered on toasted sourdough bread which amps up the coffee element of the dish.
Buttermilk Waffles wtih Hazelnut Praline & Almond Crumble 4.2/5
Round off the meal with their signature buttermilk waffles - The Buttermilk Waffles wtih Hazelnut Praline & Almond Crumble ($14.50) which is the latest addition to the cafe's menu of signature best-selling buttermilk waffles. Boasting crisp edges with fluffy insides, the waffle is crowned with hazelnut sauce, vanilla ice cream and a sprinkling of almond crumble and chocolate shavings. No doubt a great ending to the meal.
Photos and words by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, and write about food, and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting.
33/35 Kampong Bahru Road
Nearest MRT: Outram Park (EW Line, NE Line)
Daily: 9am - 6pm
1) Alight at Outram MRT station. Take Exit G. Walk towards Kampong Bahru Road. Walk down Kampong Bahru Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]