Monday, July 15, 2013


Beanstro - from the name itself, you can pretty much guess that it is a witty pun on the term 'bistro'. Indeed, this is a bistro concept by Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, a definite name well known amongst coffee and tea lovers alike. Beanstro serves up restaurant dishes from all day breakfast to lunch, as well as dinner.

Starting off with the Egg Beef Patty which had two juicy and well-seasoned patties topped off with a poached eggs, cheese and hollandaise sauce. It was similar to eating a open-faced burger - simple, yet delectable. I however, felt that the beef patties could have been a tad bigger.

Egg Florentine is one of my personal favourite. The poached egg was sprinkled with fried shallots, which goes very well (quite surprisingly) with the cheese. The serving of the chicken ham was generous, of the right texture and flavor - not too salty to turn you off, and keeps you wanting more. The hollandaise sauce was very fresh, and all these made the toast underneath very rich in flavor and soft to the bite.

The Egg Salmon and Asparagus is a must-try brunch idea for salmon lovers. The salmon is wrapped around the sticks of asparagus, and with the flowing yolk from the poached egg and the melted cheese, this dish is sure to impress. The smoked salmon was fresh yet not overly done, just the right amount of flavor.

The Egg Royale is an alternative to the Salmon and Asparagus but with the Dill Mornay sauce. This special sauce has a herbal tinge to it, and with its creamier taste, it gave the toast a whole lot richer texture when eaten with melted cheese and flowing yolk.

All these brunch sets came with the salad, which i thought was commendable. They used lemon for the salad dressing where the zesty flavor accentuates the fresh produce and i felt it tasted quite unique.

We also tried out the smoothies - Banana Chocolate, Sunrise, and Berry'd Treasure. Really, if you are a regular at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, these drinks need no further introduction. Being a not so chocolate-ly person, i'd pick the Sunrise (cream and orange juice) over the Banana Chocolate any day.

Prices aren't sky-rocket high and this new bistro located the the basement of Ngee Ann City (Takashimaya) falls in the list of affordable brunch dates and a good hang-out for tea/coffee lovers alike in town. And in case you were wondering, they are also certified halal.

391 Orchard Road
#B1-37, Ngee Ann City
Singapore 238872
+65 6235 1610

This was an invited media tasting.

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