Brekkie is the most important meal of the day, so why not go all-out like the Brits and stuff yourselves with fried greatness at these cafes in the city?
Big breakfast, a fry-up, the Full Works, the Full Monty – call it whatever you like, the English breakfast never disappoints. A solid choice for brunch in Singapore, it’s made up of delightful comfort food offerings like sausages, toast, tomatoes, beans, and bacon. Ahead, you’ll find heaps of great dining spots that serve the meal for champs at various price points. Sleeping in is for the weak!
Symmetry is – hands down – one of our favourite spots for English breakfast. Portions are huge here (good luck trying to finish the Big Breakfast all by yourself), so it’s no surprise that we never leave this cosy eatery hungry. Keep in mind that the hearty big breakfast is only available as a weekend brunch item. Psst… we also highly recommend the Thai iced tea!
Symmetry, 9 Jalan Kubor, Singapore 199206, p. 6291 9901. Available Sat 9.30am-3.30pm, Sun 9.30am-5.30pm.
Free The Robot
Quirky café-by-day, bar-by-night; right across the street from us is Free The Robot. On slow days, we like to pop by for breakfast to tuck into the massive breakfast platter with all the comfort food fixings. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to meet their mascot pup, Bailey!
Free the Robot, 118 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068587. Available all day.
The White Rabbit
A go-to romantic ‘date night’ restaurant, this stunning establishment is housed in a conserved chapel, and exudes an elegant old-world charm with a touch of modern sensibility. But date night is not all it’s known for though; brunch is a decadent affair, especially with its hearty White Rabbit Fry Up, which offers two eggs done any style, served with bacon, hashbrowns, two eggs and sausages.
The White Rabbit, 39C Harding Road, Singapore 249541, p. 97210536. Available on weekends 1030am-3pm.
House at Dempsey
Nestled in the forested cranny of Dempsey Hill, what used to be a British military barracks has now been refashioned into a whimsical dining space known as House at Dempsey. A plethora of brunch bites are available – but if you need to get through a hangover or are just plain starving, order up the Housefull Breakfast, and you’ll feast on two eggs in any style, roasted tomatoes, pork sausage, bacon, portobello mushroom, baked beans and a cheddar scone with sourdough toast. It’s incredibly popular for brunch, so make your weekend reservations early to avoid disappointment!
House at Dempsey, 8D Dempsey Road, Singapore 249672, p. 64757787. Available Sat 11am-4.30pm, Sun 9am-4.30pm.
Another popular Dempsey haunt for brekkie hunters, Portico Prime offers a sumptuous weekend breakfast spread from 9am to 3pm that includes the classic full English breakfast. This hearty platter comes with bacon, two sunny side up eggs, a pair of sausages, beans, mushroom and hashbrowns. Brekkie of champs, this one!
Portico Prime, 10 Dempsey Road, #01-20, Singapore 247700, p. 64747427. Available on weekends from 9am-3pm.
Get your English breakfast fix at The Providore and don’t forget to order a Bloody Mary to go along with it. Our favourite location’s got to be the Raffles Place outlet; located in a sunlit glasshouse, it also stocks retail products so you can shop for some fresh buns and gourmet products after tucking into the sinful combination of eggs, grilled bacon, pork sausage, and sautéed mushrooms ($20.50).
The Providore, Locations at Raffles Place, Mandarin Gallery and Tangs. Available weekdays 8.30am-12pm, weekends 8.30am-3pm.
This quaint cafe along Tanjong Pagar Road offers sizeable (all-day) breakfast platters. The Big 94 ($15) is a feast of multigrain tortilla with Sriracha maple, beef sausage, two eggs done your way, BBQ beans, mushrooms and turkey bacon.
Drury Lane, 94 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088515. p. 6222 6698. Available all day.
Did you know that, aside from meatballs (obviously), Club Meatballs packs diverse breakfast selections that’ll put a spring in your step? Key perk-ups among them is the massive English style breakfast fry up. Come hungry, ’cos this club’s signature breakfast comes piled high with bacon, pork sausage, button mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, toast and two eggs served your way ($17.50).
Club Meatballs, #01-35, 20 Cross Street, China Square Central, Singapore 048422. p. 6222 8660. Available weekdays 8am-11am.
Founded by the folks behind Awfully Chocolate, Ninethirty is the group’s foray into more savoury treats. Under its breakfast selection, you’ll find The Works – a gut-busting feed of bacon, sausages, mushrooms, scrambled eggs, grilled tomato served with grilled ciabatta.
Ninethirty, 131 East Coast Road, Singapore 428816. p. 6345 2190. Available Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 930am-10pm •
The folks at Wild Honey offer breakfast in a variety of styles (Norwegian, Aussie, Mexican, Tunisian – the list goes on and on). But we can’t stop raving about the classic English breakfast (known as the Full Works over here) – a signature Wild Honey dish – with Canadian back bacon, Kurobuta pork sausage and breakfast potatoes.
Wild Honey, two outlets in Orchard. Available all day.
Food for Thought
Here, you can choose between the Basic Works (eggs, bacon, bread), House Works (Basic Works, plus hashbrowns and cherry tomato salad), and the Full Works (garlic mushrooms… mmm). Of course, we say go all out and get the latter. If you’re getting stuffed in the Singapore Botanic Gardens outlet, take a stroll in nature after to walk off the guilt!
Food for Thought, two outlets. Available all day.
The Mad Sailors
Halal eaters don’t have to miss out on all the fun – at the relatively new The Mad Sailors, diners can too enjoy a traditional meaty, English fry-up. Pork gets a swap out here for garlic and herb beef sausage and turkey bacon, with classic complements like hash browns, mushy peas and eggs.
The Mad Sailors, 24 Haji Lane, Singapore 189217. Available daily until 3pm.
Common Man Coffee Roasters
The plates at Common Man Coffee Roasters are as Instagram-worthy as it gets. Snap away at the Common Man Full Breakfast, which consists of two free-range organic eggs (in any style you want), back bacon, sausage, fresh pesto tomatoes, vegetable rosti, minted sour cream, portobello mushroom, house-made chorizo baked beans, Portobello mushrooms, and sourdough toast.
Common Man Coffee Roasters, #01-00, 22 Martin Road, Singapore 239058, p. 6836 4695. Available all day.
While away your Sunday at PS.Cafe’s picture-perfect Dempsey outlet (our favourite of the various outlets). The PS. Big Breakfast comes with two eggs (poached, fried, or scrambled – your choice), roasted tomato, basil pesto, smoked bacon, buttered toast, baked beans with angus or pork sausage. Heavy, but worth it!
PS.Cafe, various locations. Available all day.
Arbite’s been around for quite some time now, so they must be doing something right! It’s easy to get distracted by the other interesting choices on the menu (liu sha French toast, anyone?), but the Arbite Breakfast will always have our vote, thanks to its toppings of roasted chickpea and tomato and basil salad.
Arbite, 66A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555962, p. 6287 0430. Available until 3pm on weekdays and 5pm on weekends.