#02-01 Cluny Court
I’ve been to Relish one time previously and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, high ceilings, and lazy-brunch vibe of the place. It’s also located in Cluny Court where one of my favourite kiddie clothing stores Elly is, as well as a bunch of other very cool little boutiques on the same floor.
We decided to take Mum there for her birthday brunch last weekend! It’s actually not crowded at all on weekends, which is a huge plus for us. The service is good, the food comes out swiftly, and the dishes really aren’t bad at all.
Personally, I find Relish’s portion sizes on the meager side, especially if you factor in the price. They have sufficient for someone with a modest appetite but, errrrmmmm, my appetite is a wee bit bigger! So I found my Blue cheese and pear burger pretty small when it arrived. It does come with a side of fries which is a good filler, but the burger itself is fairly small.
The bun is a standard burger bun, very similar to the ones you get in a pack at the supermarket, so it was pretty unexciting. There were very few fillings, and the pear and blue cheese was so so so little that they provided a barely-there taste. However, the beef patty was deliciously juicy and overall I still enjoyed it. It would’ve been much better with a homemade brioche bun, and double the amount of pear and blue cheese.
The Steak sandwich was served open-face and had super-thin slices of steak, almost like roast beef. It was very tender though, and the baby spinach leaves, caramelised onion, cheese and cherry tomatoes were a nice complement to the dish.
Lester’s Mess was a tumble of chorizo sausage, onions, baby potatoes, herbs and a poached egg. Sausage lovers will really love this dish! I particularly liked it, as the chorizo was perfectly spicy, and was beautifully off-set by the plain-ness of the potatoes and delicate flavour of the poached egg.
Their Crabmeat linguini is only suitable if you can handle your spice, so remember to ask for “less spice” if you’re like me and can’t! There were tons and tons of red chilli flakes dotted through the dish, which I thought took away from the very light flavour of the lovely crabmeat. It also meant Hunter couldn’t eat any of it 🙁 They did give lots and lots of crab meat though, so a big thumbs up for that.
The Chocolate and peanut butter cake looked really sexy in the cake stand, so we couldn’t resist! The cake is super duper dense, to the point where I thought it was a little on the dry side? It was nice, but not spectacular for me. The vanilla ice cream wasn’t the sort of creamy vanilla bean ice cream that I love, but more of just simple regular vanilla ice cream.
The French toast certainly confuddled us! It looked very similar to the sort of super-thick deep fried french toast you get at Hong Kong cafes. It was served with little cubes of cinnamon apples, and drizzled with honey. It was a pretty good dish but definitely not like regular American french toast.
Video of Hunter’s rendition of HAPPY BIRTHDAY 😉