Crunchy Bottoms

Striking the caloric balance. Barely.

Cafe Hacienda


Cafe Hacienda


In a direct one-eighty to the Choupinette post I put up a while back, I’m embarrassed (well, a little) to admit that yes, I’ve been brunch-ing far more frequently than I would normally and that I will now openly declare that I’m brunching as opposed to just having a late breakfast. It sends a chill up my spine that I realise that I don’t think I can return to that normalcy. I’m afraid, very afraid.

The thrill of finding an awesome brunch place now supercedes the steady thinning of my wallet.

Well almost.

See, the novelty of doing something unconventional (like having brunch dishes at 4pm, brunch-ing on a weekday before class, playing with Google Man to find brunch places..) will never wear out as long as this idea of brunch is still shiny and new to me.

And as long as I keep chancing across gems like Cafe Hacienda, nestled in the lush foliage of Dempsey Hill, all peaceful and warm and blissful and cozy and empty during weekdays and with killer Eggs Benedict…

I’m saying tata to breakfasts and lunches.




All-day breakfast and brunch places are sprouting up all over the island, and while Café Hacienda’s brunch and breakfast spread of waffles, egg dishes and pastries aren’t going to win an award for variety, it is much appreciated and admirable that they make up for the lack by executing the few that they have to offer fantastically. Now that’s reliability – doing one thing right and well each time without fail, namely, their Eggs Benedict. 


Eggs Benedict ($13.50)


It’s a holy matrimony of crusty, fragrant English muffin halves topped with slices of smoky black forest ham, twin rashers of crisp bacon, two gorgeously runny poached eggs, a delectable drizzle of hollandaise and rockets tossed in sweet vinaigrette.

Now, perfectly rounded poached eggs will wobble and readily ooze their golden yolks at the slightest pressure of a fork or knife.

These were topping the scales on the Jiggle-O-Meter.

I was so amazed at their fragility that I started prodding repeatedly with my fork, getting morbidly fascinated with how jiggly it was until…


I'm bleeding me...


I couldn’t help it.

Café Hacienda does a marvelous job of them, and at $13.50 for two, it’s comfort food at its most affordable. There wasn’t a single fault that I could find within that plate, except that I wanted more. So much more. Oh the portion’s just perfect, don’t get me wrong, it’s just that they were that good. I could gorge myself silly on their Eggs Ben alone.

And considering that I’ve returned twice after that first fateful brunch and none of the yolks (a total of 10 yolks since my first visit) have ever failed to gush in an almost alarming stream, soaking into the muffins and sending me into a frenzy in trying to contain the spread…’good’ just doesn’t cut it. This is pure, unadulterated food porn.

Try it sometime.


Eggs Royale ($13.50)


Smoked salmon instead of ham and bacon. I very much am eternally devoted to Eggs Ben, but if you prefer this, then hey, whatever floats your boat. But put ham + bacon and smoked salmon on a scale? Mine tips invariably in favour of bacon and ham, drenched in rich hollandaise and egg yolk. Faints.



Mocha ($9)


The café is tucked away at a corner of Dempsey, next to a couple of furniture shops and its sign is barely visible courtesy of the high shrubbery at its front. Enter it on a weekday and you’ll be hoping that no one else finds this place because it is homey and bright and all you would want to do is to order up a steaming cup of Flat White or Mocha (made with 66% Valrhona dark chocolate) as you recline comfortably with a book. Or textbook. Just be sure not to monopolize the sofas and the friendly wait staff will leave you be.

And now that I’ve shared that with you, you must promise not to tell anyone else. I share good stuff, but disturb me during my free weekday when I’m at the cafe and I’ll throw a hissy fit.

I’m joking – about being there every week, not about the hissy fit.


Flat White ($4.80)


Weekends make it tougher to grab a seat among the other reserved tables, especially if you’re bringing the girlfriends. Do inquire as to the pastries available daily, because their array of cupcakes, croissants, scones and cakes will start to beckon if you linger too long. As with all other Dempsey tenants, Café Hacienda is best accessed by car or taxi, yet that really shouldn’t deter you from quality brunch available from 9am to 5pm daily, especially since it is easily one of the most reasonably priced places on Dempsey Hill.


Cafe Hacienda


They also serve TWG teas, one of my favourite tea brands and I highly recommend the Creme Caramel and Vanilla Bourbon. They are so incredibly fragrant and sweet smelling you’ll conveniently forget that you’re drinking tea and not having dessert instead.

Cafe Hacienda does serve standard cafe sandwiches, pizzas and pastas, great set lunches and sticky date puddings, and I should give those a try some time or another, in all fairness. But at the rate that I’m raving, I probably won’t need a menu any more, let alone think of any other Dempsey establishments when I do make a trip down.

Because I know exactly what I want.




Cafe Hacienda

Block 13A
Dempsey Road #01-07
Singapore 249674
Tel: 6476 2922
Opening Hours:
Mon–Thu: 11am – 11pm
Fri–Sun & PH: 9am – 11pm

13 responses to “Cafe Hacienda

  1. Gushi October 10, 2010 at 12:18 am

    MMMMM. I remember that eventful day. Haha. I still love the salmon set one but I know that you will be oh-so loyal to your Eggs Benedict Set. 🙂

    Anyway! Nice post and choice of words. Hollandaise sauce sounds delicious enough already. I’ll try the teas you recommend next time when someone *cough Christine* offers me a ride there.

    • Christine Leow October 10, 2010 at 1:26 pm

      Offer you a ride huh. I must receive something in return. We should try the sticky date pudding the next time. But thing is, I’m always completely satisfied after my Eggs Ben and tea that I don’t need anything else. Haha. And I can you imagine if we didn’t decide to go there that day? We’d have like, missed out on the meaning of life or something. Haha.

  2. Kelsey October 10, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    the interior is so swanky!! i love the chairs too, beautiful setting! dang i wish we had that place here!!! ❤

  3. Vincox October 10, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    So this the Eggs Benedict you were talking about.

    Where’s the brunch session for me and Szecindyo?

  4. nattietan October 11, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Ooooh… the poached eggs are a sight to behold. I’m not too bothered about the other stuff – ham, spinach, smoked salmon blah blah blah… Poached egg on toast, or yes, that crusty perfectly toasted english muffin would do me just fine!

    BUT I’m so upset you managed to break the yolk! I LOVE nothing more than saving the yolk (in its unbroken glory) and shoving it into my mouth along with the bit of carbs it sits on, to experience the full explosion and creamy molteness melding and soaking into the bread. Lol. HEAVEN!


    • Christine Leow October 11, 2010 at 10:23 am

      Ah yes, I don’t usually do that because I get a kick out of seeing the yolk gushing out. And also it affirms a perfectly poached egg. What if I shove the yolk into my mouth and it doesn’t explode? I’ll be shattered. Haha. Oh well. Best not to have such dilemmas. I’ll try saving the yolk next time, and there will be a next time. XD

  5. chelle October 20, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Hey Jones the Grocer serves up pretty good brunch too. The pancakes are one of the best I’ve tried in Sg. Or if not, Riders Cafe serves up pretty good egg bens. Try ’em out! 🙂

    • Christine Leow October 20, 2010 at 10:23 am

      Ah yes! I’ve been wanting to try Riders Cafe. I’ve tried Jones’ Lunch and all but not their breakfasts. Their stuff are really pricey as compared to others though. =\ But yes, Riders is top in my list for now!

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