1128 / Nassim Hill

One of the latest additions in town is Nassim Hill—a bakery, bistro and bar all rolled into one. Opened as early as 8am for breakfast, be greeted by a fresh aroma of coffee with picks like their specialty Scottish coffee ($15) or jolt yourself awake with an espresso ($6). If coffee’s not your thing, take your pick from six different teas such as classic favorites English breakfast and earl grey (all $6).

 

Nassim Hill

 

Hot breakfast items include sandwich staples like ham and cheese ($13), grilled Cajun chicken ($14) and hot Reuben ($16)—you can’t go wrong with melted Swiss emmental cheese and sauerkraut. Opt for their signature Grimbergen ambrée beer bread (additional $3) on any of your sandwiches—freshly baked bread infused with the iconic dark Belgium beer, Grimbergen ambrée.

 

Hot Reuben ($16)

 

Brunch favorites such as the wholemeal Belgium waffle ($16) is drizzled with butter and maple syrup, served with a choice of beerbeiser sausage, center cut bacon or honey baked ham—you might want to wear something a little loose around the waist. That, or opt for lighter breakfast items like the signature almond French toast ($12)—almond brioche with toasted almonds and of course, maple syrup.

 

Attracting tai tais and chi-chi types from nearby housing estates, this somewhat secluded spot is exactly where you’ll want to spend an afternoon away from the bustle of the city, in the city. For the fickle-minded, this place’s got it covered. The cheese and charcuterie platter with artisan bread basket ($22) comes with a selection of homemade breads and brie, gruyere, gorgonzola, emmental as well as prosciutto—now, how’s that for choice?

 

Artisan bread basket ($6)

 

Pad your stomach down with heartier options in the evening with Grimbergen fish and chips ($22) or braised meatballs ($22) served with a rich chasseur sauce prepared with Grimbergen ambrée beer in veal jus, onions and mushrooms. There’s also pizza choices like prosciutto and arugula ($28) and triple cheese ($23)—think ricotta, mozzarella and shaved parmesan. While the menu boasts of beer-infused items, traditional picks like Nonya beef tenderloin curry served with French baguette ($20) will surprise you with its authenticity.

 

Grimbergen fish and chips ($22)

 

Braised meatballs ($22)

 

Nonya beef tenderloin curry ($20)

 

Its neighboring bar located downstairs—1128, lies an alfresco area perfect for chilling out with a (Grimbergen) beer in hand. Apart from offering three different Grimbergen beers—blonde, blanche and ambrée (all $10), there’s also Perrier Jouet and Absolut Elyx cocktails (from $12), as well as the refreshing British favorite Pimms lemonade ($12).

 

 

 

 

Best of all, all prices are nett—what you see is what you get.

 

#01-03 Tanglin Post Office, 56 Tanglin Rd., 6835-1128, www.imaginings.com.sg. Open Tue-Sun 8am-midnight.

 

Mandy Lynn is a dining and lifestyle columnist at Nookmag with an intense passion for food, nightlife, and travel, and loves sharing #foodporn at Gourmet Adventures in her free time.