We finally found a brunch place that's a worthy contender to Wild Honey! To be honest, it's not because the eggs here are of Wild Honey's impossibly high standards, but really, because the appetizers here are just awesome. Of course, it helps that the eggs are not far off Wild Honey's mark.
Symmetry is a new-ish cafe specializing in modern French cuisine, but on weekends, serves up a separate brunch menu as well. I liked it the second I walked in. It's charming and homey and whimsical at the same time, a perfect fit to the indie bohemian vibe of its Kampong Glam/Arab Street locale. In line with its Tim Burton-esqe digs, the ambience here is kept casual and relaxed.
Beware though, Symmetry may be a little difficult to find, since it's tucked away in an obscure tip of Jalan Kubor. The nondescript facade doesn't quite assist, but the 2 life-sized 'Nightmare Before Christmas' dolls sitting on stools in front should be large enough landmarkers. By the way, Jln Kubor is the one-way street flanked by Victoria Street and North Bridge Road (on the end that's closer to the Kampong Glam area).
Due to the extremely limited seating, reservations are strongly encouraged, and an absolute must if you're dining with a big group. Also, parking is a nightmare, so slot your car in anywhere and turn on the Summons Auntie app.
The Truffle Potato Fries ($14) are a MUST-TRY here. Black truffle salt is evenly sprinkled onto thick-ish chips (so the bottom fries get to play truffle dressup as well) and highlighted with fine wisps of sharp cheddar. This was both sinful yet heavenly at the same time.
The bite-sized Wild Mushroom Duxelle Beignet ($15) with a light smear of parsley coulis is a cleverly disguised and oh-so-delicious snack as well.
What was originally thought to be battered and fried whole white button mushrooms turned out to be a variety of oyster, button and portobello mushrooms diced and rolled into a ball, battered, then fried. It was dripping with aromatic earthy juices. It was such a simple wholesome concept that was uplifted by the refreshingly crisp taste of the parsley-infused mayo dip.
The Eggs Mushroom ($21) with scrambled eggs separately served alongside sauteed wild mushrooms and drizzled with fragrant truffle oil is hearty and rustic. The eggs could be a tad fluffier but the dish was an overall winner. The generous portions here ensure no one goes away hungry. The fruity butter, with its citrusy elements, slides on the thick white bread toast like a dream.
The Eggs Florentine ($18) with runny poached eggs, aged cheddar, creamed baby spinach, and a dollop of mornay sauce embedded in toasted muffin caps, was rich and creamy. A special mention must be given to the hashbrowns. They were scrumptous and lipsmackingly good, possibly better than Macadees' version, obviously having been fried in some kind of highly saturated animal fat.
The Latte ($5.50) was a comforting creamy end to the awesome meal. We'll be back.
The life-sized Nightmare Before Christmas dolls slumped over chairs at the entrance of Symmetry.
9 Jalan Kubor #01-01
Tel: 6291 9901
Open Tuesdays to Thursdays from 11am to 11pm
Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 12midnight
Sundays from 11am to 7pm