Missing Australia? You can journey to the West (near Joo Koon to be exact) to Surrey Hills Grocer.
This is a homegrown grocer and one-stop lifestyle and dining destination bringing authentic Australian farm gate and gourmet experiences.
Getting here can be a little tricky for East-siders, a 8 to 10 minutes’ walk from Joo Koon MRT station, opposite Singapore Discovery Centre and SAFTI.
Well, at least the (far) West-siders now have a specialty grocer in the area to call their own.
It has also opened a new grocer and cafe concept within ION Orchard. (Read review here: Surrey Hills Grocer ION Orchard)
Surrey Hills Grocer is a full-fledged space with imported Australian goods and everyday products, with a charming alfresco area carved out for dining in.
And it is pets’ friendly too.
I was a little excited to visit the place as Surry Hills in Sydney (which it is partly inspired by) is one of my favourites haunts for charming cafes.
The route through the grocer to the dining area is marked by brightly lit overhanging wooden arcs. Along the way, the natural elements are reminiscent of farm-fresh markets down under.
Even where you will sit down for lunch is filled with earth-toned décor and overhanging shrubs, creating an immersive experience.
The café sources part of its ingredients straight from Australia, and products are thoughtfully sourced.
Brunch is served until deliciously late at 4pm, featuring the Melbourne Breakfast Avo ($19), Hawkesbury Mushroom Toast ($20) and Crab Benny ($28).
The healthy Melbourne Breakfast Avo ($19) is a toasted sourdough topped with different hearty ingredients – fresh Aussie avocado, whipped ricotta, sweet almond sukkah and, of course, a divisive slab of vegemite emulsion.
If not, look to the Crab Benny ($28), a rather interesting rendition of eggs benedict with handcrafted crab cake as the center-piece.
I wanted something more indulgent and so ordered the Hot Honey Fried Chicken ($23) with twice-cooked fried chicken thigh on waffles.
Adding this layer of richness was the torched provolone cheese.
Loved the chicken which was succulent and juiciness, especially with a touch of the spiced honey glaze that would give it an alluring sweetness.
Only wished that the waffle was a tad crispier on the outside, a little fluffier on the inside, but overall not bad a rendition.
To highlight the quality of the carefully-picked ingredients, the signature plates are as simple as they come.
For the surf part, you have a Syd Fish Market Salmon ($28) that is sashimi-grade and served medium rare, paired with wholesome mushroom barley grains and herbs.
On the turf side, you have a Tassie Steak Sandwich ($29) that is prepared with an imported King Island M3/4 sirloin, finished with peppers relish and mustard mayo.
As with any other café, there is a good range of specialty pastas here, including the Prawn Olio ($27), Truffle Fusilli ($27). Wagyu Bolognese Spaghetti ($26) and Chilli Crab Spaghetti ($29).
The squid ink Prawn Olio ($27) linguine is cooked-to-order in a house-blend stock, also simmered in a good amount of sliced and chopped garlic.
A zest of farm fresh lemons zest, cherry tomatoes and micro greens complete the dish.
If you feel like you need to give yourself a big sweet treat, the Not-Your-Usual Kaya Waffles ($18) is not-bad a choice and looked pretty impressive for its price (the children next table went ”wow” while the adult-me was more jaded.)
Enjoyed how the house-made kaya custard worked in harmony with the coconut gelato to give that element of familiarity and nostalgia, yet overall still a modern café dessert dish.
There are two coffee blends used, one of them a “Golden Gate Blend” that is prepared by the famed Seven Seeds Coffee specialty roastery in Melbourne.
It creates a bold and chocolatey flavour when you get a cup of Black ($5.50).
The second blend is the Surrey Hills’ Signature Blend, a medium roast that releases just enough of the nutty notes to make for a great cup of White ($6.50).
Surrey Hills Grocer sets itself apart as the premier Australian grocer in Singapore, and its café only reflects its deserved status.
Even if you live in the East, this may be a good enough reason for you to journey to the West.
Surrey Hills Grocer – Joo Koon
511 Upper Jurong Road, #01-01, Singapore 638366
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Surrey Hills Grocer – Orchard
ION Orchard #05-02, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore (access from L5 carpark)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
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* Written by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Dean Ang. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.