FOOD, Food reviews, Food reviews - Singapore HATCHED 27 July 2012

267 Holland Ave
Singapore 278989
PRICE: $$$
RATING: ???–

Hatched first opened near the Singapore Botanic Gardens, but since you have to walk/drive there from the Gardens, I’d just never made the effort to go despite wanting to check it out. So I was really pleased when they opened in Holland Village a few weeks ago!

They had a full house on a Sunday morning for brunch, though they do have an upper floor that I didn’t see. The staff there are really lovely and friendly, and the food came out promptly. I also really like their small, cartoony menus, with pictures of the food (I’m a visual kinda person).

The industrial-style interior of Hatched


Super cute menu


Chilling out


Trying on Dad’s sunglasses


I immediately got the Iced Latte, a bit of a staple drink for me wherever I go. It came out looking very nice, but was so so so weak! I’m not sure if it’s because they use just 1 shot or if their coffee is just weak, but I basically couldn’t taste any coffee. As Chris put it, “I can taste the plain milk, and plain milk barely has any flavour in the first place!”. Very disappointing.

Iced Latte ($5.50) – too weak for words 🙁


I had the French onion sandwich – caramelised onions and cheese, filled with a juicy steak on ciabatta, served with homemade mash and….. just….. WOW. Ranks right up there with one of the best steak sandwiches I’ve had. The steak was actually fairly thick (many steak sandwiches use super-thin steak that’s almost nonexistent), and so tender! The dish actually looked pretty uninteresting, but it was totally delicious. Massive thumbs up and this is a definite re-order.

French onion sandwich – caramelised onions and cheese, filled with a juicy steak on ciabatta, served with homemade mash ($18)


The Burly Benedict – poached eggs and corned beef on English muffins sounds a bit strange with the corned beef and all, but it worked. I don’t think I’ve had corned beef before, and Mum said that in the old days, some people would eat corned beef at home because it was really cheap yet tasty. I can see why – it’s similar to sausage or spam in taste, and I think it comes in a can as well? Anyway, it’s super tasty!! It gave the whole dish a bit of a kick and was a nice substitute to regular smoked salmon Eggs Benedict (though you can order that traditional version at Hatched as well).

Burly Benedict – poached eggs and corned beef on English muffins


The Sleepover Hatched special – French brioche drizzled with maple syrup, grilled bananas and streaky bacon sounded so good on the menu, and tasted good too. The Brioche was really fat and moist, and the combination with bacon and bananas was really good. Only downsides were, 1) bananas were over ripe so were black on the inside, 2) maple syrup may not have been 100% pure maple syrup but rather the flavoured stuff (not sure, can anyone confirm?). Still, the whole thing was tasty and I enjoyed it 🙂

Sleepover Hatched special – French brioche drizzled with maple syrup, grilled bananas and streaky bacon ($12)


I’d definitely go to Hatched again for their French Onion Sandwich, or to try other items on their menu. Only problem is that since they did such a bad/weak Latte, I’m a bit hesitant to as coffee is a critical part of my brunch 😉 They’re still pretty new though, so I’ll give them some time and go back again in a couple of weeks!



  • Christine Knight Thomas on Facebook posted on July 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    When I saw the title “hatched” pop up I thought you’d had the baby early!

    • Beverly! posted on July 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Haha well I’m full term actually so it would have been nice if bub was already out!!

  • vik posted on July 28, 2012 at 1:55 am

    hey beverly, why not send the latte back and let them know its very weak, or show them your blog 😛 kidding. But I would send the latter back for sure.

    • Beverly! posted on July 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      I guess I was in a submissive mood that day, hehe.. and didn’t feel like causing problems by asking for a better latte!

  • Amy posted on July 28, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Beverly,

    Corned beef is very popular here in Australia, Chris would most likely have had it. Do they sell it in Singapore? So easy to cook, especially in a slow cooker. It;s a big cut of beef that has been sort of pickled, like a roast cut of beef. You boil it for a few hours. Usually you serve it sliced like a roast with white sauce (bechamel with parsley) and veges. Yum.

    I meant to post a comment on one of your other updates on Hunter. Don’t believe a word if anyone tells you that good healthy eaters can become picky. As long as your child sees you eating the same foods you serve up, he will continue to eat healthy. They usually either begin as a fussy eater or stop eating foods when they catch on that you aren’t. My son eats heaps of varied foods, always has done. He’s now 7 and I can still put lots of raw veges in his lunchbox as snacks. Mushrooms, capsicums, even zuchini. I think the trick to that was letting him nibble on them when I was chopping them up for dinner.

    Best wishes for the next baby’s birth!

    • Beverly! posted on July 28, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      I don’t think they sell it here in SG.. or if they do, it’s not popular at all!
      And thank you for the info.. it’s true kids do watch adults and they eat what you eat. That’s why Chris and I really need to improve our diet.. otherwise Hunter will soon go off the healthy food! Love that your son has such a fantastic diet – it’s a huge kudos to you and so impressive. I hope our kids will be like that!

  • elainegan posted on July 29, 2012 at 11:58 am

    haha for a quick second I thought you’ve popped! A teaser post this one 😉
    Heart their eggs menu, cartoon creative with mouths on the nose? lol.

    • Beverly! posted on July 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Haha you’re not the first to think that! 😛


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