Alcohol brunch buffets are fast becoming a ubiquitous feature of Singapore’s urban landscape with many establishments offering free-flowing chances to be inebriated. We visited The Study, a Keong Saik Road Cafe, and were pleasantly surprised at the level of attention and focus the establishment gave to developing its brunch offerings. And at S$48++ for free-flowing decadence of specially-designed Cocktails, we gotta admit – there is quite a good chance in getting sloshed by 2pm on a weekend.
New to the role of Head Chef of The Study, Danial Syed is no stranger to the stove. The brunch menu at The Study is simple but exciting. “Free Flow of Cocktails & Sparkling Rose” headlined the menu =) and if that has not caught your attention, the food menu is organised into categories like “Rise & Shine”, “Sober Up” and “Middle Finger Food”. But to get the ball rolling, one should truly start with a round of cocktails for the weekend to really take off…
Cocktail Vibes for an Afternoon of Inebriation
Start your weekend brunch with the popular You’ve Got Mail cocktail. Made from Rojak flower honey, white rum, pear, and bubblies! The cocktail has a tinge of spice which ends with a herbal sweetness that is mellow and light. A rather adult-ish drink as its alcohol base is rum. But despite its sweetness, it is still refreshing and fragrant. A great way to work up a healthy appetite, and a great drink to get the conversation flowing with your brunch mates.
The Yogi Yogi (white drink on the left) is an interesting yoghurt cocktail that is light and tasty. Made from spiced yoghurt, gin, creme de peach, and lemon; it definitely avoided tasting like a lassi. The drink on the right is the Marmelado. Created with Rhubarb marmalade, vodka, gentian, orange and lemon, the drink is utterly refreshing and unique – the gentian confers a herbal flavour. In all its splendid irony, this is a alcoholic beverage that is tasty and yet good for hangovers – apparently gentian is an ingredient that is good for your liver.
The Study exudes a sense of familiarity for its patrons and provides a very comfortable space for individuals to imbibe themselves. The interior is warm, eclectic but yet neat and gives a sense of spaciousness. Great place for cocktails but also a great place for its brunch offerings…
Respecting ingredients the English way at a Keong Saik Road Cafe
Chef Danial believes that the quality of the ingredients cannot be scrimped on and every dish deserves proper attention and care to bring to the patrons a wholesome English experience. Indeed, the brunch food there made me reminiscence of my time in the UK, and in Chef Danial’s words, “I try to bring what I grew up with in England back here in these dishes“.
Take the Homemade Soda Bread and the homemade Scone with Butter & Raspberry Jam for example. Made from Chef Danial’s grandmother’s secret recipe, the Scone was fragrant, fluffy, and very very comforting to eat. The raspberry jam also provided a wonderful pairing to both scone and bread.
The Big English Breakfast is an awesome assortment of traditional big breakfast items that taste artisanal where nothing tastes store-bought. Ingredients include the British bacon rashers, Portobello confit, tomatoes on the vines, imported baked beans, sunny side up, toast and sausage. The Portobello was very fragrant and artfully flavoured, and the meatiness of the sausage was balanced with its infused herbs. Truly a very big and a very English breakfast.
If, like what the menu says, you are in need of some “sobering up”, we highly recommend the smoked brisket sandwich. The beef brisket was smoked with wood chips for 12 hrs and was made from grass-fed Angus beef. Together with the tangy and refreshing homemade coleslaw, this dish can really satiate most brunch cravings.
Transforming this Keong Saik Road Cafe into a Bar at Night
We had a wonderful time at The Study and finds that it is an amazing fit in the Keong Saik Road Cafe scene. We can also tell that the food preparation was done with lots of finesse and commitment. The attention to details on everything from the ingredients to the cocktails is what makes our experience there so great.
For anyone looking to have an afternoon chill out and relaxing time with friends, The Study’s offer of food and free-flowing alcohol would be great options for your weekend brunch or weekday lunches.
What is truly exciting for this establishment, is that it transforms into a Speakeasy Bar at night called The Library. The door to enter The Library is located next to The Study and for those who have been to both spaces, you will realise that The Library’s space actually blends into The Study’s.
Quality of food/drinks: 7.5/10
Value for money: 8/10
The Study (Map)
49 Keong Saik Road
Tel: +65 6221 8338
Lunch Mon to Fri, 12nn – 2pm;
Dinner Mon to Sat, 6pm – 1030pm;
Brunch Sat, 11am – 3pm
Nearest MRT Station: Outram MRT (5mins walk)