Everytime I get overwhelmed with work, I have a nagging urge to runaway.
To somewhere far. To somewhere no one can find me. To a place I can seek serenity.
Most of the time, I can’t do that. But I have my ways of seeking that small pocket of bliss. And it’s alot easier to find these days.
Especially in cosy quiet corners that serve simple fare.
Ah yes, for someone who seeks comfort in food, only a good meal can give me the solace I need. Last week, amidst a crazy work week, I did just that. At a lovely little outfit called Broun.
Cassie told me about Broun a few weeks ago and we decided to check it out. This cool new (well fairly new, it opened earlier in the year I think) cafe sits on North Canal Road. Just a stone’s throw away from Clarke Quay.
Everything on their menu is apparently more healthy and wholesome. Most of their mains are served with brown rice or brown bread. Well you know I love my grains. So hellya, I say yes yes and yes to brown anything.
We had to check out what’s on their dessert menu first. We were quite tempted to have just desserts for dinner.
But we resisted, and ordered 2 mains first. More on the desserts, later.
Cassie had the Spicy Zest Wrap. Primarily tandoori chicken wrapped in specked pita bread, it was a tad too sweet for my liking. Perhaps it was meant to be that way. However, I do like my Indian food spicy, as it is supposed to be.
I had the Lamb Stroganoff, which was earthy and so wonderfully comforting. The lamb chunks were fork tender and the gravy, flavourful. I had it with the ‘broun bread’, which of course is their version of healthy brown bread rolls.
After 2 mains, we were still raring to go… Our tummies were far from full.
In our ravished state, we ordered a whopping…….
Three desserts. Yes all three were ours to devour and digest.
And were they brilliant? By a mile. I adored their brownies. Which was surprising because most brownies I’ve eaten out there are too dry for my standards. I liked this brownie because it was slightly moist and gooey and it was full of chocolate flavour. The ice-cream that came with it, was divine. I believe Bailey’s was in it. I think.
The dessert of the day was Bread & Butter Pudding with Poached Figs and Cream. Our verdict?
Glorious. My favourite of the three. The marriage of spongey custardy bread, with poached fits and cream is by far a marriage made in heaven. One of the better BB pudding I’ve tasted. Me loves!
Their apple crumble was great too. I liked their crumble topping. And they had lots of apple slices. Another gold star. Looks like this place will see more of me.
While we were having our desserts, Seyra and her band came out to play. Her voice reminds me of Zee Avi. No kidding. It was lovely music. Broun apparently had regular sessions featuring local artistes. You can check out their website for the schedule.
I was so charmed by the box that our bill came in. They really paid attention to every minute detail. How quaint.
The bill, came to about $44. Rather reasonable, considering we ate 3 desserts and 2 mains.
Ah… a satisfying, filling and scrumptious respite from a mad-capped week.
What more can I ask for?
hi, i love the way u blogged it. pictures are well taken and food are well described.. keep it up! will visit your often~
glad to know you had a good experience with us!
if you like coffee, do come back soon and try our new custom blend from the boys at coffee culture!
Oh! and the bread and butter pudding will soon become a permanent fixture on our menu. come 2012
Thanks for writing about Broun. We really really appreciate your time and glad that you enjoyed the food and desserts. Our chefs are really superb and talented (always coming up with new stuff). We hope to have you back with us soon, and please give us your feedback on how we can improve. Shout out to us the next time you are coming down. We love to meet you.
Hi there…nice set of photos @ Broun cafe! Some good angles/shots.
I did the food photography for Broun.
For food, colour balance is important…either preset the white balance or choose the appropriate W/B setting.
You have a great camera, at least better than mine:) Let me know if you need help to get better images like the ones you see at chubbyhubby.
It all looked fantastic!
I’m trying to cut out carbs from my diet – after looking at these fantastic photos I may go on a binge!!
Amypeggy: Thanks for your kind words and support
Shem: I definitely will. You have a beautiful cafe. Will be back soon!
Glen: The warm yellow tinge was actually intentional I like the warm glow to photos. But I hear you. Thanks for your offer. Will shout out if I ever need help.
Jim: Haha. Thanks. Don’t cut out carbs completely! Everything in moderation would be fine.
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