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American-style breakfast diners?

Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 18 Jan 2012 9:49 am

Hi,

So despite the "excellent" (subjective) food available in Singapore, I'm really craving greasy-spoon diner food. Egg scrambles, omelets, bacon, pancakes, french toast, etc.

Does anything like this exist in Singapore? (Even better if they serve it all day?) I know it isn't easy to find this kind of place outside of the US (I've only ever found one outside in Hong Kong, the Flying Pan), but figured it is worth a shot.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Wed, 18 Jan 2012 10:02 am

"American" breakfasts offered here always seem to include beans and fried tomatoes.

You can get good breakfasts at M (Gallery Hotel) on the river, Boomarang, also on the river, Robertson Quay.

California Kitchen on Dempsey Hill. Canopy at Bishan Park... nice place. Choppinette on Bukit Timah at Farrar Rd - really good eggs benedict. Picotin, near the old race track is decent as well.

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Re: American-style breakfast diners?

Postby nakatago » Wed, 18 Jan 2012 10:10 am

zzm9980 wrote: Hong Kong, the Flying Pan


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Postby snowqueen » Wed, 18 Jan 2012 7:57 pm

Jones the Grocer at Dempsey or Mandarin Gallery does nice breakfasts. I've also seen a couple of Wendys about, do they do American breakfasts?

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Postby snowqueen » Wed, 18 Jan 2012 7:59 pm

Oh and Wild Honey also at Mandarin Gallery seems to be a hit with the locals for all day breakfasts but its one of those places where you have to queue at busy times.

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Postby carteki » Wed, 18 Jan 2012 8:00 pm

Swensons seems to have a decent "western" breakfast menu

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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 18 Jan 2012 8:38 pm

Hmm thanks for the advice. I'll have to check these out. From quick googling, a lot of them sound very "California Brunch", which while very good, is less the style I'm looking for :)

Swensons is a good candidate. The only other one I've found is that "New York New York" place.

Oh, I did happen to notice at Botak Jones today, he has a "Botak's Diner" (in what appears to be quite an inconvenient location too...). Has anyone tried it?

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Postby snowqueen » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 7:52 am

zzm9980 wrote:Hmm thanks for the advice. I'll have to check these out. From quick googling, a lot of them sound very "California Brunch", which while very good, is less the style I'm looking for :)

Swensons is a good candidate. The only other one I've found is that "New York New York" place.

Oh, I did happen to notice at Botak Jones today, he has a "Botak's Diner" (in what appears to be quite an inconvenient location too...). Has anyone tried it?


I've eaten at New York New York at 2 different locations in the 3.5 years I've been here and both times the food and service have been awful.

Scruffy Murphys on the East Coast does breakfasts too, and the French Toast are like door steps.

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Postby nutnut » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 9:00 am

zzm9980 wrote:Hmm thanks for the advice. I'll have to check these out. From quick googling, a lot of them sound very "California Brunch", which while very good, is less the style I'm looking for :)

Swensons is a good candidate. The only other one I've found is that "New York New York" place.

Oh, I did happen to notice at Botak Jones today, he has a "Botak's Diner" (in what appears to be quite an inconvenient location too...). Has anyone tried it?


Botak Jones is cheap western hawker stalls, they aren't too bad if you are desperate for a burger!

Scruffy Murphy's is good for Breakfast. Still doesn't beat a proper full English though :(
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Postby zzm9980 » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 9:47 am

Yeah, I go to Botak quite often for lunch. I was curious about their "Diner" though, since it seems to be the only one called that.

I'm not a fan of Scruffy. I live a few minutes from it, try to avoid it. Their Fish N Chips are OK, but Smiths is better. The other things we've tried there were pretty bad.

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Postby nutnut » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:04 am

zzm9980 wrote:Yeah, I go to Botak quite often for lunch. I was curious about their "Diner" though, since it seems to be the only one called that.

I'm not a fan of Scruffy. I live a few minutes from it, try to avoid it. Their Fish N Chips are OK, but Smiths is better. The other things we've tried there were pretty bad.


Yeah, Smiths Fish and chips is really good, it went downhill for a while at Katong when they opened Bukit Timah and Boat Quay, but has come back to a good standard.

I have a hankering for fish and chips tonight actually!
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Postby crapped » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:27 am

One Twenty Six at East Coast Park and Riders Cafe at the Old Turf Club are worth a try :)
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Postby Mary Hatch Bailey » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:38 am

This is a perennial failing of the little red dot.. Honestly, make it at home. It's your only real option. Swensen's? Not on a bet...

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Postby local lad » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 12:53 pm

zzm9980 wrote:Hmm thanks for the advice. I'll have to check these out. From quick googling, a lot of them sound very "California Brunch", which while very good, is less the style I'm looking for :)

Swensons is a good candidate. The only other one I've found is that "New York New York" place.

Oh, I did happen to notice at Botak Jones today, he has a "Botak's Diner" (in what appears to be quite an inconvenient location too...). Has anyone tried it?


I've heard there is a new branch at Balestier. It is air-conditioned and located opposite Balestier Plaza.

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Re: American-style breakfast diners?

Postby aster » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 1:15 pm

zzm9980 wrote:I'm really craving greasy-spoon diner food.


I'd give it a shot once and see if the craving passes. I haven't had a pizza since I moved to Singapore, and get nauseous when I think of greasy food in general (also applies to deep-fried, local dishes).

Only if the craving persists would I delve into the subject matter. :)


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