Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant – Happiness is a Pancake Breakfast!
Having taken New York City by storm and earned its stripes to become the city’s ‘it’ place for breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch since its opening in 2001, the famed Lower East Side institution Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant has now opened a franchise in Singapore offering diners with its all-star cast of timeless American classics with a South-western touch.
Opened in September this year at Purvis Street, it is the first SEA outlet. Founded by husband-and-wife team Chef Neil Kleinberg and Dede Lahman, this down-to-earth establishment frequently tops the ‘Best’ lists of numerous media outlets for its fluffy pancakes, burgers, buttermilk biscuits, breakfast, brunch and the ultimate comfort food for many: fried chicken.
Pancakes with warm maple butter ($18) for example, have been voted ‘Best In the City’ twice by New York magazine, and are extra fluffy and flavourful from the use of whipped egg whites and American all-purpose flour. Boosting the proportion of eggs, butter and sugar at the expense of flour, they were impressive for their fluffiness but also for their deep flavor.
Choose from wild blueberries, banana walnut or chocolate chunk toppings to crown a generous serving of three fat pancakes. As you slice and devour it, it’s sweet and tart, but lovable as always. Honestly, the pancakes are so rich and delicious they can be served with nothing more than a dusting of confectioners’ sugar. But of course, we won’t complain for a little more sweetness from the accompanying homemade maple butter, made to a gorgeous drizzly consistency using Canadian maple syrup.
It’s quite rare to find buttermilk biscuits in the menu. Since 2001, Clinton Street Baking Company’s biscuit has been their signature item which is renowned for its ethereal crumb. Serving with scrambled egg, the Buttermilk biscuit sandwich ($13.50) comes with melted cheddar, house-made tomato jam with hash browns. While the scrambled eggs were thick and creamy, the star of the dish is the biscuit – flaky, tender, and always melt-in-your-mouth good. Add another $2 for bacon!
Salmon Burger ($23) is a great way to edge away from beef and still feel like you’re eating a burger. The pureed salmon is seared to a perfect brown which still retains the moisture, and served with avocado, tomato, baby arugula and tartar sauce. There are some sides available, including House-cured Salmon ($12, Side Special), Rosemary Pork Sausage ($7), Hand-cut Fries ($7), Fried Green Tomatoes ($6)
Any good American classics menu is a range of robust cakes and pies. Here, customers are in for upsized treats such as Peanut butter ice box pie ($9.50) – a traditional sweet so-named for the ice boxes used to store them in pre-electricity days, made with Chantilly cream, a peanut butter-cream cheese mousse, chocolate ganache and graham cracker crust. Or go for the Black & white layer cake ($9.50) which is a dense alternating chocolate and vanilla cream cake, held together by chocolate ganache and topped with a wicked dark chocolate glaze. Selected cakes are available whole as well.
Clinton St.’s superb shakes are whipped up a la minute and made with ice cream, heavy cream and milk,. Highly recommended are Chocolate peanut butter ($10); Wild blueberry ($10); Root beer float ($10) and Boozy salted caramel ($15) made with bourbon.
Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant
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