Brunch @ Paddy Hills

April 23, 2015 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

Since my friends had been traveling to the other side of Singapore to brunch with me, I reckoned it was time to head to the West. Save them the $20 cab fare. Yeps!

Paddy Hills is slightly inaccessible in the sense that it’s not of walking distance from the nearest MRT station. After alighting at Hwa Par Villa MRT station, leave by Exit A and take bus 200 from the bus stop that’s on one’s direct right. No need to cross any road. And one may press the bell (to get off) once the bus makes a left turn (into South Buona Vista Road). My ex-colleague doubted my directions and missed the bus stop, only to be ‘sent’ on a ‘Initial D’ route. So yes, don’t miss the stop! She said she ended up having to take the train back to Hwa Par Villa MRT station and bus 200 again. (^^lll) If not, for drivers, there are limited parking lots in front of the shophouses!

And because I liked my first visit to Paddy Hills (with my girlfriends), I made a second trip back on the next weekend with my ex-colleagues. =) When we first arrived at 12.30pm, there was a queue. We waited for almost 20 minutes before we were seated. On my second trip back, we came earlier at 11am and were seated promptly! I noticed the café gets busy from 12pm to 1.30pm. So try to come earlier than 12pm or after 1.30pm. Unless one doesn’t mind waiting (at the alfresco area) in the (recent) crazily humid and hot weather! Hmm…

And from the menu (pages 1, 2), we ordered:-

1) Chicken in a bag, $15 (above) – Golden fried chicken, lemon mayo & homemade bbq sauce. Ours came on a plate as they had run out of the (brown) paper bags. However, I actually preferred it served this way. The chicken pieces were served piping hot. And it would disastrous to think the chicken would become soggy from condensation; You know… Like how bag won’t allow evaporation to take place properly. And these chicken pieces were so good! Crispy on the outside and perfectly juicy on the inside.

2) Toasted spicy rice cakes, $15 (above) – Goma, nori, gochujang mayo & shaved cured egg yolk. Unless one comes in a big group, I would suggest to skip this and save the stomach for other dishes. Not that this was bad. It was strangely addictive, but the portion was too huge! We came in a group of 4, yet we couldn’t finish this. I had to stop my hand from reaching out in order to save stomach space for mains.

3) Plantation, $17 (above) – Quinoa, variety of tomatoes, olive dust, puffed rice, pine nuts & pomegranate.

4) The maze, $22 (above) – Creamy mash, lamb meatballs, cauliflower fritters, polenta chips, crumbled manchego & sous vide egg.

  

5) Bruschetta, $14 (above) – Beetroot cream cheese mousse, roma tomato, avocado & poached eggs. It’s like Paddy Hills’ take of the eggs benedict. Skip this though. Again, not that it’s bad. While I liked the beetroom cream cheese mousse, there’re more interesting dishes on the menu one should try first. Although this is one good dish to opt for eating clean!

6) Potato & fish, $22 (above) – Rosti, seared sea bass, fried egg, sauteed mushrooms & deconstructed bagna cauda. I was sceptical when my friend wanted to order this. But this was good! The sea bass was seared to perfection. Skin was slightly crisp while meat was fresh and juicy. I especially enjoyed the rosti too. Ha.

7) The asian brick, $18 (above) – Thick decadent brulee brioche french toast, goreng pisang, butternut squash puree, purple sweet potato, yam ice cream, gula melaka & marcona almonds. Another dish which sent our heads nodding. Pretty good. Although my girlfriend went “Not too sure if it’s really good or cause we are just very hungry.” Ha. I especially like the sweet potato!


8) Berry ricotta hotcake, $19 (above) – Blueberry sugar, berries, pine nuts, mascarpone & maple syrup.

9) Orange ricotta pillows, $18 (above) – Fluffy pancakes, orange caramel, citrus salad, burnt citrus, coconut ice cream & crushed pistachios. The pancakes were really thick. It’s a mystery how they managed to achieve a dense yet fluffy texture.

10) Lollies, $16 (above) – Yuzu jello, early grey lolly, vanilla foam, raspberry dust, crushed pistachios & sea salt caramel marcona almonds. My girlfriends did not enjoy this; They did not like the taste of earl grey. But oddly, it’s the earl grey lolly that I enjoyed over the yuzu jello. Yuzu jello left a bitter after taste in the mouth. But of course, the ice cream sticks were for show. The lollies were too heavy to be picked up with the sticks.

11) Latte, $5.50 (above)

12) Hot chocolate, $6.50 (above)

13) Yuzu effervescene, $7 (above) – Yuzu, infused plum sugar, Hokkaido sugar & tahitian vanilla extract. This was enjoyable. However, don’t take too long to finish this. We left the drink standing for some time and it become a bit too bitter after the grapefruit infused the drink.

14) Pinkish lemonade, $7 (above) – Thyme, pomegranate & a dash of rose water.

Paddy Hills? Oh yes, I strongly recommend. My ex-colleague was right when she used the word ‘idyllic’ to describe the café. During my 2 visits to Paddy Hills, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Even though they are a cafe, the food served was that of restaurant standard! And I liked how big windows was used to allow lots of natural sunlight to enter. Definitely worth a trip to the West even if one stays at the other end of Singapore!

My girlfriends and I are already making plan to return for dinner. =)

PADDY HILLS
38 South Buona Vista Road, Singapore
6479 0800, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sun : 09:30 – 17:00 (Breakfast)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 17:00 (Lunch)
Value: 7
Mon – Sun : 18:00 – 22:00 (Dinner)
Service: 7
* Kitchen closes from 17:00 to 18:00