Brunch at GRUB, Bishan Park
I woke up on a Saturday morning, happy that the sky is clear. Changed into my t-shirt and shorts, met aunty and uncle for brunch at GRUB. I am so happy that there is finally some nice makan places within walking distance from my house. Yes Kebun Bahru food centre got nice food, Melben also serves good crabs, but sometimes, you just want a place to have brunch in a nice park and chill out.
I have known Mervyn and Amanda for a few years? I can’t remember how it started but they were very supportive when I needed help for my cooking column when I was still writing for the papers. The couple owns a cooking school Cookyn Inc and now they have ventured into restaurant business! I am so happy for them! I have been to GRUB for dinner but coming here for brunch is a totally different experience altogether. Especially if you are sitting at the alfresco area, you can enjoy beautiful greenery of Bishan Park while enjoying your meal.
GRUB do not have an extensive brunch menu, to be frank. But they uses “responsible ingredients” such as free-range chicken and beef, and avoids MSG, artificial preservatives and additives. Its produce is also mostly from local farms.
Truffled egg cocotte ($7) is served with crispy parma ham and toasted focaccia. The runny egg is mixed with truffle oil and when you dunk the focaccia into the egg – heavenly.
Beef & Guinness pie ($12) is the highlight of my brunch. Lying atop of the buttery and flaky pie crust are chunks of meltingly tender beef and freshly-mashed potatoes. It was very delicious, with the pie soaking up in thick savory sauces. MUST ORDER!
Because the aunty and uncle do not take beef, we ordered a Pork Steak burger with apples, cashew chimichurri ($12). I had GRUB cheeseburger the other time round so this was a good change. Canadian pork shoulder is used and slow cooked for 24 hours. The steak is about 2cm, and goes well with the apples, cashew chimichurri. Personally, it was a bit too meaty for me. Perhaps they can pair it with some grilled sauce to enhance the flavour.
The crispy fish burger ($12) is a beauty. There you have a long piece of crumbled fish fillet and remoulade in between the burger. If you are wondering, GRUB uses sustainable fish and it is deep fried into a perfect golden brown. Fries were excellent too.
Homemade Churros ($8) is served with dark chocolate and tangy creme anglaise. I was hoping that it will excite me with some cinnamon aroma.
Belgium waffles ($9) was abit messy with all the grilled bananas, salted caramel and dark chocolate sauce. Yes it was crispy but lacks the rich buttery flavor.
Wash it down with a cuppa brewed with beans by Liberty Coffee (from $3). Note that they do not accept reservations, so be prepared to queue for a while or go there earlier lah!
On our way there, we saw this cute doggie in the park. He was so cute till I have to take a photo of it and show you guys. 太可爱了！
Address: 510, Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 (Bishan Park 1)
Tel: 6459 5743 (No reservations)
Operating hours: Tues – Fri: 5.30pm – 10.30pm; Sat – Sun: 9am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm. Closed on Mondays.
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