Funny how time seems to fly. I remember when I first spoke to Jerome and Jereborne from Two Men Bagel House which first opened at Icon Village way back in 2014.
Like fine wine, the two buddies which I described as “from two cute boys” in that first write-up, has matured in looks and with more creativity in their bagel offerings.
(They were break-dancing friends since teenagers, saw the bagel craze in other countries and believed it would take off in Singapore.)
They probably found the right spot, as Holland Village has always been popular with the hipster crowd, expats, and gym goers at next door Ritual probably won’t mind a delicious bagel as a guilt-treat.
This outlet should pull in the crowd.
Interesting to know that a bagel is historically spelled “beigel”, and is a bread product originating in the Jewish communities of Poland. They have become popular subsequently in the US especially in the East Coast and New York.
Bagels are first boiled and then baked, resulting in a dense, chewy, doughy interior, with a donut-like exterior.
The guy at the cashier explained the menu here is entirely different from the other branches, though regulars would spot some similarities.
For early risers (it opens at 8am during weekdays), there is a “Morning Gems” menu including delicious-sounding Lean Jean ($12) included with scrambled egg whites, smashed avo, turkey sausage and more; and Mademoiselle Chantal ($14) with corned beef, honey baked ham, swiss bechamel and Carolina mustard sauce ($14).
The K-Town Gim ($15) from the “Trail Blazers” menu caught my attention, filled with braised short ribs, Asian pickles, Swiss gochugara (Korean hot peppers) sauerkraut, and mojo sauce.
But I went on with the cashier’s recommendation and got a Porchetta ($15), which is filled with roasted pork, tomatillo salsa verde, and Carolina mustard sauce.
For bagels, you can choose from their plain, or more fanciful ones from seeded, cheddar, olive, garlic, choco chip and gluten free.
Even if some are feeling that price can be on the higher side, the portion that came along was substantial.
The bagels had a pleasantly-soft and chewy texture (like a mid-hard pillow?), wrapping within what people would call crunchy pieces of sio bak with a mixture of sweet-tangy and earthy sauces.
The crackling was tasty, though there were some parts that were too fatty. Otherwise, good stuff.
I actually preferred the Sausage Fest ($12) with house maple sausage, sunny egg, cheddar and Carolina mustard sauce.
Yes, it seems like a safe choice, but I thought the portion, presentation and sizing all worked together well.
You get a little honeyed-sweetness, a little tanginess, and just mildly hot.
One thing though, dining gets warm and perhaps stuffy (especially with drilling works outside), music can be loud, but you do get those New York vibes right here.
Two Men Bagel House – Holland Village
17D Lor Liput Singapore 277731
Tentative Opening Hours (due to COVID-19): 8am – sold out (Indoor dining suspended for the time-being)
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