Big Breakfast? Oh, not the one provided by the fast-food chain.
If you ask which is my favorite dish to order for all-day breakfast in a cafe, it is usually the “Big Breakfast Plate”. Various cafes have different names for it, including “Full Breakfast”, “Breakfast Platter”, to “Full English”.
This is typically inspired by UK’s full English Breakfast, which typically includes eggs, bacon, sausage, baked beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, toast and black pudding – which unfortunately is not available in Singapore.
You may ask, “I can prepare this myself at home? Why charge this price?” Technically, yes.
Though buying all the ingredients separately can be a hassle, and not everyone can fry up a mean rendition of scrambled eggs.
Here are 10 cafes in Singapore you can find Big Breakfast Plates:
Common Man Coffee Roasters
22 Martin Rd, #01-00, Singapore 239058
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 5:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Located at 22 Martin Road, the café has a trendy industrial look with a long barista bar parallel to an equally lengthy communal table.
They also offer an all-day breakfast menu with house-favourites of Croissant Croque Monsieur, Organic Eggs Benedict, Turkish Common Man Breakfast, to Home-baked Beans with Confit Chorizo.
The café’s Common Man Full Breakfast ($30) has classic and hipster elements. Arriving on the stocked plate are bacon, hash brown, pork sausage, herbed Roma tomatoes, and portobello mushrooms.
Diners can further choose to have the two free-range organic eggs in a style of their choice, served alongside the house-made baked chorizo beans.
Finally, bringing all the components together is a slice of either artisanal sourdough or wholemeal toast.
149 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207562
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon, Wed – Fri), 9:30am – 9pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Tues
D’Vine Cafe may be the newest kid in the block – it is located in in the Jalan Besar hood, but it does have some brunch dishes which could delight cafe hoppers. Think Lobster Crab Scramble ($19), Eggy Cheese Bacon Melts ($14), Egg Ben Salmon ($16), and Maple Griddle Cake ($12).
Its highlight D’vine Breakfast Plate ($19) includes scrambled eggs with spiced Italian sausage, hash potato tots, bacon, mushroom, focaccia, salad and maple beans – quite a filling plate for its price.
My favourite component was the scrambled eggs which was rich and fluffy, with cream and butter added for their creamier texture.
PS.Cafe at Harding
28B Harding Rd, Singapore 249549
Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
PS. Café is known for its refreshing aura, spacious and bright interiors, and indoor-outdoor seating options that give it a stylish yet relaxed character.
Adding to the ever-growing charm of PS. Cafe Harding Road is its extensive and exclusive menu. On it is a combination of classic PS. creations and some location-only preparations.
However, for those oddly-timed breakfast desires, there’s the PS. BIG BREAKFAST ($27). While not overly loaded yet filling, it includes smoked bacon, wilted spinach, crisp buttered toast, and cherry tomatoes.
Furthermore, you can opt for either poached, fried, or scrambled eggs. The café can make an egg white scramble or omelette for those wanting a healthy alternative.
Eventually, giving the breakfast a bit of volume are the baked beans, Angus or pork sausage, and rocket & basil salad with honey truffle dressing.
9 Jln Kubor, #01-01, Singapore 199206
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm, 11am – 11pm (Tues – Thurs), 11am – 11;30pm (Fri), 9am – 11:30pm (Sat), 9am – 7pm (Sun)
Bright bottle-green doors and shutters, brick walls, a space that flows freely between the inside and outside, and a style as Aussie-laidback as it is industrial chic, that’s Symmetry for you in a nutshell.
A great example of the café’s passion for taking the mundane and giving it a personalised touch is the Symmetry Breakfast ($27). This nourishing meal has you first choosing between sunny-side-up, scrambled, over-easy, or eggs gratin.
Of course, the usual suspects are in attendance, with the hashbrown, chicken harissa sausage, and sourdough giving the plate a hint of magnitude.
For me, though, it was the unique elements that made the breakfast so special. The Norwegian smoked salmon mousse, zucchini & corn fritters, roasted brussels sprouts, and honey yuzu yoghurt added a mix of textures that worked well together and proved to be quite delicious.
333A Orchard Rd, #03-01/02, Singapore 238897
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Sun – Mon), 9am – 9:30pm (Tues – Thurs), 9am – 10:30pm (Fri), 9am – 10:30pm (Sat)
Reading through Wild Honey’s popular dish list is like taking a world tour. Stopovers include the Brooklyn Double Pastrami burger, the Norwegian – avocado with grilled asparagus, Turkish – poached eggs with baked yoghurt, and the Canadian – buttermilk pancakes, candied strip bacon, maple syrup, and hibiscus-berry compote.
But if you are going for the ultimate breakfast, it has to be The English ($29). This covers everything, from Wild Honey’s signature brioche and fatty streaky bacon to pork and fennel sausage and sweet potato hash.
Eggs are an essential, and you can go for poached, fried, or scrambled. There are also sauteed vegetables and mushrooms, turkey croquette, and juicy grilled tomato.
146 Neil Rd, Singapore 088875
Opening Hours: 9am – 6:30pm (Mon – Sun)
The Populus takes the standard café menu and gives it a nice little twist by including an exotic mix of palatable international ingredients like slow-roasted Tuscan lamb, crab meat scramble, Greek yoghurt, and Atlantic cod fillet.
There’s the Populus All Day Big Brekky ($27) for something more substantial. It comes with carefully poached 64° eggs, potato rosti, a mix of mushrooms, aerated hollandaise, and seasonal greens.
Giving the dish a bit of weight are the homemade baked beans and the option between chicken harissa sausage or Norwegian smoked salmon.
78 Yong Siak St, Singapore 163078
Opening Hours: 7am – 5:30pm (Mon – Fri), 7:30am – 6:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Having the same owner as Common Man Coffee Roasters, Forty Hands is a decade-old establishment that was an essential part of Singapore’s café revolution.
Moreover, it’s responsible for giving the residential neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru a new lease on life, leading to its present status as a mecca of independent cafes and shops.
Breakfast aficionados visiting Forty Hands ought to go for their Big Boy Breakfast ($27). It’s a wholesome plate of food with plenty of ingredients to keep you seated for a while.
First, you get to choose between beef or pork sausage and can also order eggs in any style. Accompanying the two are beef Bolognese, grilled portobello mushrooms and tomatoes, sauteed spinach, flatbread, and sour cream.
I particularly liked the streaky bacon with its layers of fat, giving it a nice crispy texture and umami taste.
The Coffee Academïcs
Scotts Square, #02-01/#02-02, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209
Tel: +65 6538 1940
Opening Hours: 9am – 8:30pm (Sun – Thurs), 9am – 9pm (Fri – Sat)
An award-winning specialty coffee concept from Hong Kong, The Coffee Academïcs offers globally-inspired menu offerings with aromatic coffee.
The recommended brunch choice would be The Academics Breakfast ($28) included with Spiced Herb Bratwurst, maple bacon, homemade baked beans, sautéed mushrooms, Halloumi cheese and eggs of your choice, served with toasted brioche and seasonal greens.
Little Farms Café
491 River Valley Road, Valley Point #01-25, Singapore 248371
Tel: +65 6262 0619
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 7:30am – 10pm (Fri – Sat),
Little Farms has gained a little reputation since opening in 2016. It is known to offer fresh produce, meats, seafood, dairy, and groceries, source directly from suppliers in Australia and Europe.
I typically order the Big Breakfast ($28) as it would contain a bit of everything. There are 3 choices here – Aussie, Vegan (portobello mushroom, kale, grilled tofu), and Keto. For here, it really boils down to the fresh produce used.
Yes, it was pricy but I thought that every item on that plate – from the juicy fat pork and fennel sausage, vine tomatoes, avocado, bacon, to eggs (Barossa eggs), just tasted better than the average brunch place in Singapore. (Well, the scrambled eggs could have been milkier.)
I particularly enjoyed the avocadoes which were rich and creamy – the real stuff.
1 Fusionopolis Place #01-23, 24 Galaxis, Singapore 138522
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 5pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Bread Yard started in a HDB in Ghim Moh more than a decade ago. Since then, it has moved to the current location Galaxis in Fusionopolis, serving brunch fare and baked goods to the crowd.
Since I am a sucker for English Breakfast style of plates, I ordered the Bread Yard Big Breakfast ($18) included with two eggs, spicy baked beans, back bacon, button mushrooms, and saliscca pork sausage.
There were elements I enjoyed more than the others.
The brioche bread was my favourite, lightly buttered and crispy, and deliciously fluffy. Not the biggest fan of the pork sausage which had a slight mushy texture.
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