It was quite serendipitous how we stumbled upon On The Table. We'd ended up brunching here after we were disappointingly turned away at Tong Lok Kway Chap (we woke up too late and they had sold out by the time we arrived for a late lunch).
Not just another one of those hipster brunch spots with good java but substandard savouries, On The Table complements their full-bodied brews with solid, honest-to-goodness food and well-made confectionery. Service may be a little rough around the edges, but the staff make up for the lack of clockwork efficiency with cheery attitudes and genuine smiles. Apparently, On The Table is sister cafe to popular Lola's Cafe in the north. Little wonder then, that they serve up a worthwhile brunch.
The Ultimate Croissant ($13) was bursting with slices of honey glazed bacon, ham, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, and glued together by mayo and honey. A vinaigrette-dressed mesclun salad provided a crisp refreshment.
The Big One ($16) was a massive breakfast of fat juicy pork sausage, a thickly sliced honey glazed bacon, sauteed, perfectly done sunny side eggs, brioche and mesclun greens.
The Salmon & Mushroom Truffle Cream Linguine ($16) was generous with smoked salmon and Swiss mushrooms but cloying with heavy cream. I would have preferred if they laid off the cream, and just relied on the Parmesan and truffle oil to flavour the entire thing.
Although listed as light bites, the Bangers and Mash ($9) was a massive hunk of 2 fat juicy sausages on a bed of soft, slightly lumpy, mash and slathered with a luscious brown jus tempered with caramelised onions.
A daily special, the Pork Chops ($24) were let down by the mustard-laced mushroom sauce. The jarring acidity of mustard marred the mushroom sauce, but the pork chops, on their own, were pretty decent. Meaty and moist where it needed to be, and fatty where it was wanted.
A popular appetizer, the Truffle Fries ($8) with served alongside a truffle-infused Parmesan mayo dip. A little generic, but good nonetheless.
The Waffles ($8) with Salted Caramel ($1) and Belgium Chocolate ($1) was pretty decent, fluffy and buttery, but what stood out was the salted caramel ice-cream. So scrumptious.
The bleh-looking Raspberry Lemon Curd Muffin ($5) turned out to be memorably good. Dense and crumbly and moist and nuanced, this balanced the sweet with the fruity tang of the lemon and raspberry.
I really enjoyed their Latte ($5), bold and frothy.
On The Table
118 Pasir Panjang Road
Tel: 9780 8094
Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 8am to 10pm
Saturdays & Sundays from 10am to 10pm
Closed on Mondays