The cafe is situated at The Yards in Joo Chiat which is a space focusing on arts, dance and drama, on the site of the old Telok Kurau Primary School.
One more to the East Coast Plan, and is certainly popular with families and pet-lovers in the vicinity.
Previously, this was a sheltered training shed and it is now transformed into a gorgeous “glasshouse” filled with hanging plants and potteries.
It can sit 50 pax at its maximum capacity.
There is also an outdoor alfresco seating area, for fur-parents to bring their dogs and those who prefer some sunshine.
Opened by the folks behind Mischief at Esplanade Mall, Breakfast ($4 – $18), Sweets ($11 – $14) and Sides ($10 – $14) are available from opening till 4pm whereas for Brunch ($19 – $25), Salads ($15 – $18) and Mains ($15 – $25) starts from 11am till 4pm.
Their Breakfast menu features classic options such as Homemade Granola ($12), Avocado & Ricotta Tartine ($17), Burrata & Tomatoes Tartine ($18) and Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($12).
Their Brunch selection looks more interesting such as Breakfast Burger ($19), Crab & Signature Scrambled Eggs on Toast ($24), Eggs Benjamin ($21) which is eggs benedict with choice of thick cut maple bacon or king oyster mushrooms on sourdough, and Brewers Breakfast ($25) included with two eggs, thick cut maple maple, chicken cheese sausage, hash brown, sauteed spinach, sauteed mushrooms, and toast.
Note that brunch is only available from 11am onwards (which would be better if shifted 30 minutes or an hour earlier?)
The Crab & Signature Scrambled Eggs on Toast ($25) is easily their most popular brunch item, with luscious sauteed crabmeat and ikura on sour dough.
The crabmeat almost reminded me of having Chilli Crabs without the mess, with generous portion of savoury-sweet-creamy meat – richness balanced out by the silky egg and bread.
Slightly on the higher end in terms of the pricing, but I can understand why people would be willing to pay for this.
I had the Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($12) with optional add-on of Smoked Salmon and Thick Cut Maple Bacon (+$5) that comes with 3 different types of cheeses: Gruyere, Comte and Parmesan, with mesclun salad served by the side.
The Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($12) was served like a Cuban sandwich, stuffed with the 3 cheeses and shredded smoked salmon before grilling to give it a golden-brown shade and crispy on the edges.
The sandwich was well grilled with a crispy and crunchy texture in contrast to the soft, melted gooey cheese but the smoked salmon added could be a little too salty for my liking.
Perhaps by serving something spicy by the side will help to cut through the saltiness and greasiness.
3 desserts are available on their menu, namely Dark Chocolate Lava Cake ($14), Buttermilk Waffle & Ice Cream ($11) and Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie ($12).
I had the Buttermilk Waffle & Ice Cream ($11) that came with a single scoop of vanilla ice cream, strawberries, blueberries and almond crumble.
Even though the texture was quite good, with a very crispy crunch on the outside and light and airy on the inside, the waffle was unfortunately burnt and resulted in a lingering bitterness in every bite.
The usual suspects could be found on their coffee menu such as Piccolo ($5), Macchiato ($4.50), Black ($4.50), White ($5), Filter ($7.50) and Mocha ($6.50); whereas Tea ($5.50) comes in flavours such as Melon Green Tea, Earl Grey, Chamomile, Morrocan Mint and English Breakfast.
Using a single origin from Brazil roasted by 2 Degrees North Coffee Co., my cup of White ($5.50) was medium bodied, though slightly burnt with an acidic tone.
The Brewing Ground appeared to have sorted out their initial operation kinks and have improved on their serving timing and food quality. The space is really pretty, and quite a perfect spot for brunch at this East Coast area.
The Brewing Ground
406 Joo Chiat Place, The Yards, #01-24, Singapore 428084
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.