The people around here look like they don’t have to work. In Hokkien, we call this “eng eng cheng cheng”
Chill. That’s the word. Some were playing the shuffleboard, others were chit-chatting over cocktails, in the middle of the day. The service staff came to talk to us like we were old-time friends.
Crackerjack, by the people behind 28 HongKong Street and Proof & Company Spirits, is an all-day dining concept with a welcoming atmosphere.
You will notice many long-benches, communal tables and full-length windows, making it conducive for interactions. This can be the after-work OR in-between-work teabreak-time meet up place.
Add the free wifi and charging stations.
Food wise, you will get NO typical poached eggs and waffles.
For the lunch trays menu, I was presented with Moroccan style Chermoula Chicken ($20), Mojo Brandt Bavette Steak Salad ($25), Lentil Mushroom Scotch Egg ($18), and Three Cheese Barley Risotto ($18).
A bold move, I liked that food was unpredictable, though some combinations might not have worked as well as what you would have imagined.
The Scotch Egg ($18) had no meat within, cleverly used minced lentil mushroom as a replacement of sorts.
The sides of preserved lemon hummus and flatbread further gave it a Levantine slant, though I couldn’t feel the gel with the eggs. Some thing was missing. Perhaps the exterior lacked of that familiar crisp.
For the Mojo Brandt Bavette Steak Salad ($25), the major surprise came from its accompanying sides of green-coloured quinoa verde (which means green), and jicama (a type of Mexican turnip) cabbage slaw.
Overall, I thought both dishes needed a wetter sauce for a better balance, because the meats could have come across as relatively dry at parts.
Two desserts were available – Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart ($10) and Grapefruit Campari Trifle ($8). No regrets ordering.
US Barista Bronwen Serna will make you some really good coffee with a custom espresso blend from 2Degrees North, while bartenders Peter Chua and Zachary de Git have been awarded with a few accolades.
You are in safe hands for your drinks.
43 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088464 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 8121 1462
Opening Hours: 8am – 12am (Mon – Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun)