So folks, I’m back!! Many apologies for the long absence, but you know how it is in life, sometimes s**t happens!
What better way to come back than with a post on food, everyone’s favourite!
Dean & Deluca is an established eatery and coffee-house in the US, but over in Singapore we have been treated to our very first branch which opened a few months ago in Orchard Central on Orchard Road. I met up with a friend for lunch today and decided to give it a go. It is tucked away in a far corner of the fourth floor of the building, and not obviously visible, so a bit of hunting was required. Upon arriving at the deli/coffee-house, you are greeted by staff who are pleasant and amiable. To the right there is a wide array of Dean & DeLuca merchandise and further past that there is even a cheese and meats counter. The merchandise includes coffees and teas, sauces, herbs, pastas, olive oils and even bags, recipe folders, various kitchen utensils and last but not least, chocolates and candies. I have to say that the pricing seemed a touch on the high side. To charge seven dollars for the worlds tiniest tin of milk chocolate covered caramel balls is nuts…that tin probably holds five pieces tops!!
I moved quickly to the food counter. You have to queue for your food and drinks, much like any Starbucks or Coffee Bean. However the only problem is that Dean & DeLuca also has a dining aspect, which makes finding and holding onto a table whilst queuing at times an impossible task (and let me tell you, it gets busy!). After browsing the menu boards and the food platters calling to me from the fridge display, I settled on the Berries and Flapjacks with a Mocha Latte. The all day breakfast offerings were impressive and next on my list for future visits will be the Sauteed Brioche French Toast and Eggs Iberico….yum!
When my food arrived my friend immediately announced “I have food envy!!” and honestly I don’t blame her, the pancakes were a sight to behold. Beautifully presented, they had me salivating. The true test however, was the first bite, and I give the dish two thumbs up as it tasted just as good as it looked. The oat and honey buttermilk flapjacks (smaller pancakes than the regular size you would normally have for breakfast) were light and fluffy and the cream and berries complimented their texture perfectly. The finishing touch was the awesome Dean & Deluca organic maple syrup. I cannot recommend this dish enough…..for pancake aficionados, this is a must!
A relaxing atmosphere, good coffee, great food and top service…Dean & DeLuca is a must, trust me
Dean & Deluca
181 Orchard Road
Open Daily: 11am – 10pm