Bistro Soori at Teck Lim Road is part of the Alila Villas lifestyle concept. They do a pretty good Sunday brunch set - $39.90 for 3 courses. The only downside is that drinks aren't part of the package, so a flute of Cava is $15, and a cup of coffee (Nespresso, to boot), is $7. I like that they have a very comprehensive selection of dishes; in fact, everything on the a la carte menu is available for selection as part of the brunch set.
My starter was a spinach salad with confit portobello mushrooms and mozzarella balls. The mushrooms were good, but I think a leaf with a bit more flavour, like rocket, may have worked better.
A had the creamy polenta with sauteed mushrooms and toast. This was much better than mine - the polenta had a ton of flavour, and worked very well spread on toast with the mushrooms.
I had the jumbo lump crab eggs benedict - poached eggs on English muffins with chunks of lump crab meat and hollandaise sauce. I really enjoyed this interesting take on a typical ham or salmon eggs ben, and the portion of 2 eggs was pretty substantial.
Much less substantial but just as tasty was A's cured salmon with cream cheese and latkes (potato pancakes). At least, I think it was tasty because he went in the zone and I didn't get to try any of it besides the chopped up 'deconstructed' egg.
Compared to the selection for the starter and main course, the dessert selection was quite skimpy in comparison. A had the brownie with ice cream, and I had the trio of yogurt mousse with pink guava, mango and strawberry. Surprisingly, the guava was the best of the lot.
I found it surprisingly empty notwithstanding the pretty decent prices and quality, compared to the crowds at the Tiong Bahru brunch hotspots where you don't even get a 3 course meal. Apart from the open kitchen causing a slightly smelly environment, Bistro Soori is a nice, quiet place to have a chill Sunday brunch.
Very, very good. And the sets are relatively affordable.
2 Teck Lim Road
Mon to Fri: 11.30 am - 2.30 pm; 6.30 pm - 10 pm
Sat: 6.30 pm - 10 pm
Sun (brunch): 11 am - 3 pm