Graze by The Backyard Bakers – Quiet Café At West Coast With Decent Brunch And Specialty Cold-Brews. No GST And Service Charge
Fans of Bundt by The Backyard Bakers will be glad to know that there is a second outpost by them at NEWest, which is also home to Nasi Coco and Birdfolks.
The café at West Coast Drive is relatively remote, surrounded by landed property and the highway.
Great for those seeking a peaceful and quiet place to chill the afternoon away.
As if the location wasn’t ulu enough (which may not be a good thing for footfall), Graze takes up the corner unit at the far end of NEWest.
It faces a pleasant patch of greenery though, which has been taken full advantage of with the floor-length windows.
The café gave off that airy and comfortable vibes, letting in natural sunlight with none of the glare or heat.
There was also a large communal table for large groups, as well as counter seats facing the window – so you can watch the world go by with a cuppa by your side.
The somewhat modest seating indoors was complemented by several tables outside for those seeking alfresco dining.
A pity it had just rained before I arrived. Would have definitely sat outdoors otherwise.
The menu consists of all-day breakfast items such as Baker’s Big Breakfast ($16.00 onwards), French Toast ($12.00), Signature Pulled Pork Toastie ($14.00) and mains like Kong Bak Pau ($10.00, 3 pcs), Seared Chicken Thigh ($16.00) and Signature Barbeque Pork Ribs ($30.00 for half rack, $48.00 for full rack).
Aside from a small selection of wine and draft beers, cold-brew coffee seems to be the main focus of the beverage menu here with several variations of it such as Signature Iced American Black ($5.00), Australian ($7.00, with milk and ice-cream) and Irish ($10.00, with Baileys, ice ball and milk).
Patrons will also be glad to know that Graze does not charge GST or service charge.
The Rise & Shine with Hash ($14.00) consisted of a hearty portion of Signature Pulled Pork, an onsen egg, shredded hash brown and a serving of salad.
I added a spicy Bratwurst ($3.00, you can opt for two other choices of Chicken and Cheddar).
The well-marinated and juicy pulled pork was the star of the dish. Together with the crispy hash brown bits and the spot-on egg, each mouthful was rich and savoury.
I appreciated that the salad was left plain in order to balance out the heavier components of the dish – something like sesame dressing would weighed the dish down and balsamic vinegar would have clashed with pulled pork’s seasoning.
The bratwurst was spicy enough to give an enjoyable kick and also thoughtfully halved before being fried.
Unfortunately, it was on the salty side.
The Guinness Beef Stew ($18.00) was served with either chunky mashed potatoes or cheese soldiers.
The cheese soldiers were toasted to a crisp and filled with some kind of generic sliced cheese. While enjoyable on their own, they didn’t go particularly well with the beef stew.
Perhaps sticking to mashed potatoes for the side – the classic accompaniment to beef stew could have been a better choice.
As for the stew, the flavours felt a little weak and didn’t leave me with long-lasting savoury notes typical of something that has been cooked down for hours.
The beef chunks were a tad too tough as well.
The stew probably could have used a longer cooking time at a lower temperature in order to concentrate its flavours further and tenderise the beef chunks without overcooking them.
The Signature Iced American White ($5.50) was a great ending to the meal – rich and smooth with barely any acidity.
The ice ball of coffee was a lovely touch that kept the coffee chilled without further diluting it.
Graze by The Backyard Bakers
1 West Coast Drive, NeWest #01-109. Singapore 128020
Tel: +65 9638 6769
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 9:30pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed on Tues
* Written by Simon Koh, who believes that a great meal is truly a incredible thing. Daniel’s Food Diary paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.
February 16, 2019