The mention of a garden themed café nestled (pardon the pun again) away along Neil Road, offering brunch and desserts, may remind you of Epiphyte.
Except, no. This is THE Botanist, which happens to be just across the road. Incidentally, new ice cream café Apiary is a few shops away.
I love Pacamara by the way.
For seating areas, the garden part has a more outdoorsy, relaxing vibes, though it can be rather warm.
While the indoor area has aircon, it is more cramped and you may smell like the kitchen upon coming out.
The Botanist offers brunch classics of Baked Egg ($19), French Toast ($18), Maple Pancake ($18), Breakfast Platter ($23), Croque Madame ($18), Corn Fritters ($18) and Corned Beef Hash ($19).
The brunch food are probably Aussie-Melbourne inspired, with an item or two reminding us of Hash Specialty Coffee at Hardware Street down under.
I enjoyed the Baked Egg, one of the more decent versions I had of late – warm (as compared to lukewarm), filled with chorizo iberico, bacon and feta cheese, with a tangy-zing from the tomato relish, accompanied by a variety of toasted slices.
If you fancy a heartier meal, there are options of Tagliatelle Carbonara ($18), Seafood Aglio Olio ($23), Salmon & Egg ($23), Slow Coked Beef Cheek ($24) and Beef Burger ($20).
One of the only other options (other than Maple Pancake) was the French Toast ($18).
While it boasted of crisp-meets-fluffy fried brioche, it might be overwhelming in the berries compartment. Could do better if something could balance that off.
The coffee, exclusively roasted in-house, can be described as a comforting cup – bold, low acidity, with sweet, chocolate undertones.
74 Neil Road Singapore 088839 (Outram Park)
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Tues – Thurs), 9am – 10am (Fri – Sat), 9am – 7pm (Sun)