I have a confession to make: I, am a breakfast skipper. I just can’t help it! I’m so spoilt by all the amazing savoury options in Singapore whilst growing up that I just can’t bring myself to have a sandwich or cereal in the morning, every morning.
And while I’m inclined to reheat last night’s leftovers – with added chilli! – for my morning meal, it’s nice once in a while to go out for brunch with The Boy. Like a Date Morning.
And this time it paid off. At Fusion Cafe in Eastwood, I found what was enticingly labelled “Breakfast Hot Pot”. And hot pot, at any time of the day, is a good thing. The Braised Beef Hot Pot, $8.50, consists of tender, fall-apart beef brisket and silky rice noodle rolls covered in a thick gravy. It was the epitome of comfort, and was served at the table all steaming and bubbling. The glutton in me wanted to order a side of rice, because…well, rice goes with everything.
Bonus points, too, because the price of the meal includes a tea or coffee, meaning I could start the day with a Hong Kong Bubble Milk Tea! Mmmm…Strong, condensed milk goodness. A great way to start the day.
But, if you’re after the more traditional options, they also do a full bacon-eggs-hash plate as well. The Traditional Breakfast, $11.50, was enough for 2 light eaters, or one incredibly starving one. Similar to the hotpot, it also comes with a choice of tea or coffee, which I thought made for a good deal for the price. The service though, was a bit patchy, as many restaurants in this area are inclined to be. We were sitting outside because it was a beautiful day, and even though we had been brought menus and water upon seating, they seemed to completely forget about us when it came time to order. When we went inside to see if we could get some help, they responded with surprise that we were seated at all. Other than that once incident though, they were cordial, and they did try and be extra friendly to make up for it.
But if you don’t mind the slight lack in communication, it’s a nice little place to sit and while away the morning, and watch the taichi-practising people in the square.