Australian cafes and restaurants to check out with your mates
Australians take their coffee seriously, but good coffee alone is not enough. Recreating Australian vibes with exquisite cheeses, fresh seafood, barbequed meats, over-the-top milkshakes and Vegemite are also a large part of the Aussie dining experience. Here are 10 cafes that have brought the best of Australia to us!
1. Toby’s Estate
Toby’s Estate first started 16 years ago in Sydney. Founder Toby Smith learned to grow, roast and brew coffee at coffee plantations in South America before opening his own place. Singapore’s outlet was opened in 2011. Sourcing beans from all over the world, Toby’s Estate roasts and serves a wide variety of coffee daily. Picturesquely situated by the Singapore River, the cafe also offers some delicious breakfast. My favourite has got to be their Eggs Benedict ($20+), served in three different styles. Brooklyn Style comes with stewed beef and sauteed mushrooms, while Rodyk Style comes with smoked salmon and greens.
2. Cafe Melba
The word “melba” from Cafe Melba comes from a combination of “Melbourne” and “Asia”. Not surprisingly, this cafe offers mostly Western fare and a handful of Asian dishes. Their outlets have vastly different concepts. While the one at Mediapolis in one-north is comfortable and belongs to the kind of cafes you’d sit in for hours to read a book at, its Goodman Arts Centre outlet is more family-friendly and even has a bouncy castle! Fill your tummy with a Full Melba Breakfast ($25++) that includes pork sausage, eggs, bacon, cherry tomatoes, baked beans, mushrooms, mini vegetable rosti, and toast.
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Cafe by day and bistro-bar by night, the idea for Rokeby’s double identity came from the cafe-lined streets in Perth. With interesting options such as Foie Gras Benedict ($19.90++) and Vegemite Wings ($9.90++), Rokeby is sure to have something you’ve never tried before. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, or even if you prefer to stick to comfort food such as Rokeby Big Breakfast ($19.90++) with the usual croissant and eggs, they’ve got something you can try.
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4. House of Robert Timms
The House of Robert Timms serves Aussie-style meals. Eggs Benedict ($19++) is one of their savoury all-day breakfast items, and they’ve also got sweeter options such as Pancake with Berries ($13.80++). Other than breakfast food, they also serve a variety of mains including burgers and pasta, as well as classic Australian desserts such as Lemon or Orange Lamingtons ($4.50++) and Australia’s famous Over The Top Milkshakes ($16++) in a variety of flavours.
5. Burnt Ends
One of this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Burnt Ends is an Australian-style barbeque restaurant at Keong Saik. Their menu changes daily, featuring only fresh ingredients available each day, and their meats are cooked in machines designed by the head chef himself, at temperatures as high as 700 degrees Celsius in order to bring out the best flavour possible. With counter seats in front of an open kitchen, you’ll get to watch your food being prepared on the spot. Burnt Ends is incredibly popular, so making reservations in advance is highly recommended!
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Address: 20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088391
Opening hours: Tue 6pm till late, Wed-Sat 11:45am to 2pm, 6pm till late
Tel: 6224 3933
6. Jones the Grocer
Jones the Grocer’s flagship store in Sydney not only served delicious food, but also sold gourmet products and ingredients that weren’t readily available elsewhere. In addition to that, they housed a walk-in cheese room. While that store has since closed, Jones the Grocer has expanded and its outlet in Singapore offers pretty much the same. They serve breakfast dishes such as Jones Big Breakfast ($28++), which comes with English pork sausage, bacon, eggs, forest mushrooms, roasted roma tomato, baked beans, sautéed baby spinach and hash brown with sourdough toast. An assortment of cheese platters and mains are available as well.
7. Intrepid Gastrobar
Intrepid Gastro Bar offers classic Australian dishes. One of their most popular dishes, Kangaroo Sliders ($18.50+) consists of kangaroo meat made into a patty and sandwiched between toasted buns. For those of you who are slightly less adventurous, they also have dishes such as Dukkah Spiced Baked Beans ($16+).
Address:40 Pekin Street, Singapore 048770
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 10pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am to 5pm
Tel: 9068 8297
Dimbulah started out in Queensland as a coffee plantation. Sourcing beans from their plantation, Dimbulah here in Singapore prides itself on its coffee, roasting its beans weekly while serving modern Australian cuisine. Pair your Big Aussie Toastie ($6.50) with a latte ($5.50) for the ultimate breakfast fix.
9. Salted & Hung
A contemporary Australian restaurant focused on curing and grilling meats in-house, Salted & Hung spares no part of an animal – be it a pig, cow or fish. They serve two and three-course set lunches at $25++ and $35++ respectively, in which you can choose from a variety of options such as raw beef or hamachi for starters and duck leg or barramundi for mains.
10. Fremantle Seafood Market
Inspired by seafood markets around Fremantle Jetty in Perth, Fremantle Seafood Market aims to serve some of the freshest seafood around by having them air-flown from Australia and Alaska thrice a week. They serve hot and cold seafood platters with prices starting from $78++, in addition to mains such as Whole Lobster Thermidor ($74++).
Of course, we won’t forget the original creators of over-the-top shakes. Patissez, which started in Canberra, has opened shop in Holland Village. Their Freakshakes ($14++) come in a variety of flavours including Muddy Pat and Pretzella. Each overloaded milkshake includes all sorts of desserts on top, such as brownies, pretzels and marshmallows.
No need to head down under!
There’s no need to stress about air tickets now that you can get some Australian food right here! If you know of any other Aussie restaurants worth mentioning, let us know down below!
Feature image taken from Intrepid Gastro Bar.
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