Brawn & Brains – an interesting name for a cafe. Located along Guillemard Road (a few blocks from my workplace), I’d always wanted to have brunch here, and for the longest time it remained on my ever-growing list of foodie haunts to visit. It’s a bit of a walk from Mountbatten MRT, maybe 10 minutes or so. By the time we got there, it was brimming with brunch-goers. Seems like plenty of expats frequent this place, not sure if that’s because of its location or if this cafe is just really, really popular with the expat community.
It’s quite a big space, with communal seating areas and a counter spanning the length of the cafe on one side, and full-length windows on the other. Dark wood interior, plenty of natural light – pretty much heaven for photographers and Instagrammers. The communal seating arrangement can cause problems when there are big groups taking up all the space, which was the case on the day we decided to visit – we had to wait in line for quite some time.
The food’s okay, nothing to write home about. Their baked eggs could have been better laid out – there isn’t anything to soak up the runny egg whites and yolk, so you have to attempt to scoop up everything with your fork and knife. Like poached eggs, you kind of need to have something like toast or an English muffin to catch all that eggy goodness instead of allow the mess to just end up all over the plate. I hope they weren’t expecting patrons to use the spinach leaves to soak up the eggs…?
Oven-baked molten eggs with melted cheese + avocado, baby spinach, tomatoes, smoked salmon [SGD16.40]
Smoked salmon on toast + slow-cooked egg + pea, pear and rocket salad [SGD14.90]
On the flipside, their coffee is robust and aromatic, just the way I like it. We also enjoyed their crisp and flaky earl grey croissant [SGD4.20], so I’d probably be back for more of their pastries. Overall, Brawn & Brains is a decent cafe to get your brekkie/brunch fix, but get down there early if you don’t want to battle the morning crowd for a good seat.
BRAWN & BRAINS
100 Guillemard Road, #01-02
Opening hours: 9am – 7pm (weekdays),
9:30am – 7pm (weekends/public holidays)
Closed on Mondays