Brunching over 12 different types of craft beer available on tap? Probably the ultimate dream of every alcohol lover out there.
Hustle Co position themselves as a #beerbrunch spot which offers a wide selection of craft beers on tap to go with their brunch offerings, located at Craig Road, Tanjong Pagar.
While Craig Road has lost its several F&B establishments (The Kite) and ‘early generation’ cafes (Selfish Gene & The Plains), that doesn’t hinder Hustle Co from breathing a new leash of life to the neighborhood.
The good thing about these older shop is the luxury of space, which Hustle Co filled up with long dining tables on parallel sides to minimize cluttering.
The walls were then painted with artistic mural arts, which would probably garner some #OOTD shots.
With craft beers ranging from ale, lager, porter to cider, different type of beers are available across 12 taps on rotational basis.
For elementary drinkers like me, I went for the harmless looking Red Apple Cider (Half-pint $8, Full pint $15) which has fruity-sweet notes and smooth to drink. Okay lah, alcohol content only at 5%, I can still stay sober.
Too spoilt for choices?
There is a Beer Sampling Set going at $20 which allows you to pick 5 different beers to satisfy your alcohol cravings.
On a side note, I found it amusing for the taps to go unlabeled. The staff then had to constantly count the taps to match with the beer of choice. Won’t count wrongly meh?
From the sides menu, usual café staples such as Truffles Fries ($9) and Mid Wings ($12) are available.
As seafood lovers, I dived straight for the Clams and Mussels ($16) and was presented with a plate of visually appetizing white wine vongole.
With much anticipation, I took a mouthful of the broth but was slightly taken aback.
While a good plate of white wine vongole would usually guarantees subtle sweetness from the clams and lightly scented alcohol and garlic aroma, their rendition was slightly sour with a hint of bitterness.
Maybe the chef woke up on the wrong side of the bed and added too much alcohol?
Or probably the clams and mussels are not that fresh? The recipe definitely requires a bit of tweaking.
Fortunately, the Salmon & Rosti ($23) was their saving grace.
The salmon skin was pan-seared till crisp with its meat having a light creamy texture, coupled with golden brown rosti and topped with ikura for an extra popping sensation.
The Steak and Egg ($24) also left an impression with its juicy tender steak paired with kale salad and roasted potatoes.
However, I found the toast slightly greasy and have an oily aftertaste. After enquiring with the staff, they explained that they pan-fried the toast using oil from the steak to soak up the essence.
The staff also recommended their Dirty Burger ($19) which came with thick beef patty, bacon and cheese. A tad sinful but hearty, especially with the huge serving of fries which came with the burger.
However, I wished for the fries could be fried till more golden brown.
While their menu sounded good on paper, I guess they require a bit more practice to perfect the food execution. Unless customers usually ended up being drunk and wouldn’t be overly concerned about the slight misses.
52 Craig Road, Singapore 089690
Tel: +65 9826 3382
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 9:00pm Daily
* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.