Review: Hyde & Co. @ North Bridge Road

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Photo 24-5-15 1 30 47 pmHyde and Co., an English-themed cafe, arrived in the Kampong Glam district late last year. Known for their high teas and crumpets, they have recently launched a NEW Brunch menu, that is something which I’m pretty sure will get themselves known for as well.
Photo 24-5-15 1 37 53 pmAccompanying their contemporary interior, with the white-washed walls, is also their accidental signature, insta-worthy quote on the wall, which reads “You can’t buy happiness but you can buy tea. And that’s kind of the same thing”. How English.Photo 24-5-15 1 38 01 pm

Check out the beauty of this place on this virtual tour!

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Available on weekends only, is their Brunch Menu, which I will be introducing in the rest of this post.

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Drinks
Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 preset I ordered both an Iced Mocha and hot mocha. However, I thought the mocha lacked body, and I feel that Hyde, true to its English roots, fared better in terms of their teas. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Boasting of more than 45 varieties of teas, their offerings will be sure to fit any kind of palette and turn one into a tea convert! They will definitely go well with the High Tea Set ($23) or Scones Set ($15), available all day as well!
Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset This is the High Tea Set consisting of smoked salmon sandwiches, buttermilk scones, pulled pork mantou, classic victorian sponge, and a pot of artisanal tea of your choice! Sounds like you’ve got to skip lunch to finish this wide selection of items in their high tea set.

Sorry I diverged. Back to the brunch menu.

Sharing Platters

1. The Classic Bruschetta ($7)
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This dish managed to whet our appetites with its burst of flavors, despite its seemingly simple outlook. This consists of Tomato Concasse tossed with garlic, onions, cilantro in balsamic, all served on top of a toasted baguette. A palette teaser this one is. A recommended starter.

2. Hyde’s Wings ($10)
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These wings are tossed with their housemade BBQ sauce served alongside carrot and celery in a buttermilk chipotle dip. You can have the greens, and I’ll take the rest. Haha! This was also a crowd pleaser with its slight heat, and well-marinated meat. So delicious tasting, HOW TO SHARE?

Mains

1. The Big Ben ($17/$21)
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$17 for bacon, and $21 for smoked salmon. This Big Ben may seem like the others, but what makes it stand out from the rest is the use of the pureed mushroom spread atop of its soft, toasted muffins. The mushrooms elevated the flavors of the dish, and I wouldn’t mind going for seconds!
Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset The poached egg indeed FLOWS, after the… 5th attempt? Haha! I guess the kitchen needs some work in perfecting that poaching, otherwise no yolk porn = not instaworthy. Nevertheless, a clever twist and really yummms!

2. Speedy Gonzales ($14)
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Braised pulled pork with housemade bbq sauce, scrambled eggs and guacamole. This sounds like the perfect dish for me, however, I did not really like this, because the pulled pork tasted too Asian for me, and everything didn’t go as well together as it sounded. The tortilla wrap made it tough to eat as well. Some of my dining companions enjoyed this though, but not for me!

3. Holy Smokes ($17)
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Maybe I’m just weird because all of the others did not really like this, but I did. Okay they didn’t like it because of bagels. But I LOVE BAGELS. This consists of a toasted bagel with smoked salmon, onions, greens, cream cheese topped with crispy capers. A very safe dish, because smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers can’t go wrong! Look at the generous portions of smoked salmon!

4. Hyde’s Chili Crab Pasta
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This housemade arrabiatta is tossed with crab meat, and chili crab sauce. No wow factor in this, and has a slight sardine-ish aftertaste. But the heat was there, and it’s not too bad an attempt!

The rest of the items we did not try but is in the brunch menu include:
5. Toad in the Hole ($15): Toast, egg in a hole, roasted mushroom, tomato sauce and truffle
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6. The Full Works ($20): Baked cheese portobello, bacon, bockwurst, toast, potatoes and your choice of eggs.
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Dessert
Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset This was a crowd pleaser: Butterscotch Popcorn Waffles ($14)

Sweet and savory all on a plate, together with the fragrant butterscotch all in a mouthful. We wished the popcorn wasn’t so laohong though. Otherwise, we really enjoyed this. They even have an Affogato waffle! What a genius idea!

Closing Remarks

I had an amazing time trying out the dishes from Hyde’s new brunch menu. Of course, like any cafes, there were hits and misses for me, probably because of different taste preferences and prior expectations. However, I thought that their food served was still sincere and pretty yummy tasting! I hope they would continue to be innovative with their dishes, because all the twists in the dishes were what made them really good to me!

Thank you Derrick and team for the scrumptious spread, and impeccable service. And a huge thank you to Medkarlek for the welcome gift, and beautiful monochrome design for the tasting session!
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How to get there?
785 North Bridge Rd
Singapore 198753

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday (Closed on Tuesdays): 11am to 6pm

Contact
Facebook: Hyde & Co.
Instagram: @hydeandco

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