Every once a while, a revisit pursuant to an invited tasting turns out much better than the tasting. We were invited by the good people of FoodNews PR to a tasting of the newly launched brunch offerings at Salt Tapas, and had a middling, choppy virgin experience at the Raffles City offshoot of the celebrity Australian chef's restaurant. We gave our feedback on the spot, and were pleasantly surprised to find, at the revisit, that the feedback was taken to heart and menu tweaked to better suit the local palate. Evidently, the invited tasting served as a testbed or soft launch of sorts. We now have a worthwhile alternative to brunch heavyweight Wild Honey.
At the tasting, the heavily touted Eggs Berendine with Bonito Flakes was a lackluster case of one-ingredient-too-many. The fishy countenance of the bonito flakes clashed with the creamy Hollandaise, and threw the whole dish off-kilter.
At the revisit, the Eggs Berendine ($14) was assembled sans bonito flakes, so while this was unexciting, it was executed flawlessly. Perfectly runny insides, velvety hollandaise spiked with a dash of paprika, a generous lashing of bacon lardons, wilted spinach, and buttery muffins all came together cohesively.
At the tasting, the Scrambled Eggs with ratatouille, sauteed zucchini and toast was a tad overcooked, resulting in eggs that were a smidge waterlogged.
The Scrambled Eggs ($15) at the revisit was much better finessed, with eggs scrambled commendably, and dressed with a mildly spicy ratatouille and zucchini ribbons.
I'm not really a fan of club sandwiches, but Salt does them admirably. The Club Sandwich was layered with a gazillion things which gelled beautifully, and the cajun fries were, in spite of our no-carb diet, addictively delicious. We finished it all, carbs be damned.
We noted, at the revisit, that the magic of the Club Sandwich ($16) was the chicken mayo: crisp, clean, clear, delicate and refreshing. The fries were a little skinnier this time round, but just as memorably awesome.
The French Toast was also recommended at the tasting, and it was an excellent one, thick and buttery and fluffy and superbly caramelised. This was good on its own, and even more outstanding topped with Okinawa ice-cream, clotted cream and jam.
At the revisit, the French Toast ($15) was just as scrumptious. The brioche, dunked in a thin eggy coat and fried, was already stellar, and when paired with Okinawa ice-cream, clotted cream, jam and a sprinkle of icing sugar, just glorious.
Salt Tapas & Bar by Luke Mangan
252 North Bridge Road
Raffles City Shopping Centre #01-22A
Tel: 6837 0995
Open Mondays to Fridays from 11.30am to 10pm;
Saturdays from 11.30am to 10.30pm;
Sundays from 11.30am to 9.30pm