It's been a while since we last had brunch, and what a comeback we had!
Maison Ikkoku, a quintessentially hipster cafe with its exposed brick walls and copper piping, artistically distressed wood furnishings and kitschy serveware, may look pretentious but their food (and coffee) are really quite splendid. We'd noticed it before, when we were dabao-ing padang fare from Rumah Makan Minang just next door, but never really had the impetus to get past its poncey facade. Until now. The weekend all-day breakfast selection may be decidedly limited with just 10 egg dishes, but boy, are they good. So good I think they make worthy rivals of the king of brunch Wild Honey.
The Signature Eggs Benedict ($22) was a hit, with a couple of perfectly poached eggs layered upon silky ribbons of prosciutto ham and thick buttery brioche, draped in a wonderfully balanced and delicate hollandaise sauce. Probably on par with Choupinette's rendition.
The fluffy and moist Ham & Cheese Omelette ($14) was taken up a notch with copious shavings of honey baked ham and melted cheddar cheese for maximum flavour. Toasted sourdough and an almond dusted mesclun salad sided this simple but commendably well done dish.
Don't miss out on their coffee here, they do good soulful stuff. The Hubs opted for a Vanilla Latte (+$2 top up as part of the breakfast set but $7 usual price), a subtle sweetness belying its potency.
The Cafe Latte (complimentary as part of the breakfast set but $5 usual price) was well-rounded and robust. I liked that they do pretty consistent latte art too.
The Tiramisu ($10) hit it out of the ballpark for us. Perfectly balanced, ultra moist and creamy, with heady coffee overtones, this was memorably good.
20 Kandahar Street
Tel: 6294 0078
Open Mondays to Thursdays from 9am to 7pm;
Fridays to Saturdays from 9am to 10pm;
Sundays from 9am to 6pm