Read full review
2013-05-01 34 views
Visited Wild Honey at Scotts Square because I felt that Wild Honey needed a second chance after an exceptionally bad experience at Mandarin Gallery (p.s. I vow never to return to the MG branch!) The Scotts Square branch is a lot bigger, and the staff goes around to take the orders instead of having it at a counter where people queue and overcrowd it during peak meal times. The decor is two parts quaint and three parts vintage -plush cushioned seats, worn white-painted wooden tables, sets of chin
For lunch, I ordered the Tunisian Breakfast ($19). Wild Honey's all-day-breakfast dining concepts are renowned and has inspired the brunch scene in Singapore while at the same time capturing hearts of fans (as well as converting new ones) with their extensive breakfast selections. They offer pancakes as well as different variations of American breakfasts -Santa Fe, California, New York etc. They also offer Mexican, Tunisian, Greek, English and Caribbean style breakfasts. Exotic, I agree. But do they really live up to their name in offering a spread that is not only authentic but also delectable? I wouldn't be so sure. The Tunisian Breakfast was really much better than I expected. It came in a pan (which was sizzling hot ) filled with chorizo (an Italian sausage), red peppers, two fried eggs, all drenched in a tomatoey stew-like sauce. The taste of the sauce was interesting, it was slightly spicy but also a bit sweet. I suspect that tomatoes were used as a base in this. It was a bit watery for my liking, but when eaten piping hot it was gorgeous! When left to sit for awhile however, the cold seeps into the stew and it starts to taste quite awful, unfortunately. Served with a side of thick toast and Israeli salad, I would say that these complemented the stew very well. The bread was lightly toasted so it was crisp at the edges but fluffy on the inside. I absolutely ADORED the bread. The Israeli salad was basically diced tomatoes and japanese cucumber (a bit ironic, haha!) tossed in olive oil, parsley and some lemon juice. Maybe even a dash of pepper.
Eating this dish as a whole, it's an explosion of flavour on your tongue -sweet, tangy, spicy, savoury. It splashes color on your frontal lobes, a sudden jolt when the flavours fuse. It's an interesting experience that all feels very colorful, but as quickly as the jolt comes, it leaves. There is just not enough to sustain the 'wow' factor. To top it all off, one has to pay at least 20-something for a meal here. A bit on the steep side for a price that does not justify the value of the food, in my opinion!
You'll either love Wild Honey or hate it, depending on what you choose to have as well as your taste preferences. Wild Honey does not season most of their food (especially eggs and mushrooms) if there is ham -this is under the assumption that ham is already salty and they do not want to over-season the food. While I agree that this method helps diners to taste the true flavour of the ingredients, this over-emphasises the raw taste of the ingredients and draws attention to the fact is the food is just...bland. I believe that everything should be seasoned, even if just very lightly. The saltiness of the ham alone is just not enough!
Service here is excellent though, way way better than the Mandarin Gallery branch. It was from the heart, and sincere. They don't hurry through any diners and make sure they will acquiesce to any requests if it is within their means. Courteous and commendable!
ps. Do check the menus before you go over because the SS and MG branch has slight variations in their menu items: for example, the Scotts Square branch offers the Caribbean breakfast.