[SG] Benjamin Browns - hidden gem in town!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Tucked in a little corner of Forum, I was pretty surprised to find this place packed with adorable babies and parents with strollers by the side of their table. Definitely a child-friendly place for dining, it’s got baby chairs and plastic utensils for babies prepared.

Chilli Crab Linguine ($20)

As the local twist is gradually catching up, this chilli crab rendition finally managed to please us, with the right balance of spiciness yet ending on a sweet note with each mouthful. We loved how the crab meat was fresh and shredded to spread it generously throughout the dish, having enough to taste the chunks in each mouthful. Though the linguine was just slightly short of al dente, the overall combination was still good enough for me to overlook that and make me ‘gian’ for more.

Verdict: 7.5/10

Eggs Benedict ($17)

Quite a disappointment for us, this was one that didn’t manage to please except for the generous portion of bacon. Mine was slightly overcooked with clumps of yolk inside, and the hollandaise sauce was too mild. It didn’t quite go well with the sweet bread combination too, and it got too soggy after a while.

Verdict: 5.5/10

BB Fries ($8)

This was a super addictive one, with perfectly fried fries so it remains soft on the inside wrapped with a crispy shell. Plus point, we loved how this still had the skin on, and it wasn’t just those factory manufactured fries you get in fast food chains. Served with Hollandaise sauce and Truffle Mayo, we loved the subtle truffle taste and how it wasn’t jelat at all. The hollandaise on the other hand, disappointed with just a creamy texture and a very mild taste in it.

Verdict: 7.0/10

Red Velvet Cake ($7.50)

I was captivated by the sharp red tinge of this, nicely contrasted with the white cream cheese, and just had to give in to temptation. Dense and just moist enough, it had a rich cocoa taste that wasn’t too sweet and blended well with the generous amount of cream cheese. Certainly not for the health-conscious looking at the amount of fattening cream cheese! One of the better pieces I’ve tried so far, I’ll most likely be back for this again!

Verdict: 7.5/10

Though I was disappointed by the serving of eggs ben I’ve had, I was most certainly impressed by their service standards! As my orders that were placed separately from my diners were forgotten and we’d waited for approximately 15 minutes before asking them to check on it, then realising that it was forgotten by the kitchen, the person-in-charge came out to apologise immediately and explained to us. On top of that, after I’d ordered my red velvet cake, they’d taken the initiative to inform me that it would be on the house due to them forgetting my orders earlier. A pleasant surprise and kudos to the crew that day!

I would be back soon, not for the eggs ben but probably some other items on their lunch/dinner menu, especially when the chilli crab linguine was such a good rendition, and of course more desserts like the peanut butter cake that looked equally tempting!   

Overall: 7.0/10
583 Orchard Road #01-20/21
Singapore 238884

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