Southeast Asia, you have a big piece of my heart. I had recently relocated to Singapore earlier this year for a short-term program at work and had been naturally eating my way around the country. Upon moving to Singapore, I was ecstatic to learn that there is a thriving brunch culture, particularly driven by the significant number of expats from Australia, the UK, and America. You basically have your pick between traditional Asian food for breakfast (think noodles and rice dishes), fancy “free flow” champagne brunches at hotels, or hipster cafes.
Super Loco falls into the third category. It’s the sister restaurant to Lucha Loco, a fun taqueria and garden bar in Duxton Hill, my favorite happy hour neighborhood in town. Super Loco has the same airy, colorful vibe as Lucha Loco, but it’s located right on the Singapore River in Robertson Quay.
I met my friend Cloe, who also recently relocated from NYC, for brunch during my first weekend in the city. I was AirBnB-ing it nearby at Boat Quay for my first week in the Red Dot so she suggested the eatery for something low key and easy nearby.
Super Loco is quite popular so we were faced with a 15 minute wait despite the fact that the restaurant is rather spacious. The interior is cheery and festive; I loved the retro string lights and mosaic tiles.
I admittedly was nursing a bit of a hangover after a late night at Marina Bay Sands so I stuck to water during brunch, although Super Loco has a great cocktail list including a watermelon basil margarita and sparkling sangria. For those keeping it dry, there also is a variety of smoothies and fresh juices.
Cloe ordered the sparking passionfruit and mint aqua fresca, which wasn’t too sweet and was absolutely refreshing. The drink had a hint of agave balanced out by bubbles and the fresh mint leaves. The aqua fresca is a great alternative to booze.
For her main course, Cloe had a taste of NYC with the avocado toast. Garnishes of mint, coriander (aka cilantro), and chili salt provided a punch of flavor and made this dish stand out. The portion was slim especially given the S$12 price, although that’s only about USD $8.50.
I was disappointed to learn that the restaurant was out of my first pick from the menu, the breakfast burrito. My server recommended the sweetcorn fritters as an alternative. Once I saw my brunch trifecta (smoked salmon, poached eggs, and avocado) in this dish, I was sold.
The corn fritters weren’t overly greasy and fried, which I appreciated, allowing the sweet corn flavor to pop. I loved the flavorful crema and slathered it over each bite. #fitness My only critique is that I wish I had more smoked salmon on the plate.
After settling the check, we set off for a productive Sunday of sightseeing and errands. Cloe pointed me in the right direction to my first grocery store, Cold Storage, an expat haven with almond milk and Greek yogurt. A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.
The Bitches say: B+. Great waterfront location and tasty Mexican fare makes brunch a winner. Would also be a great location for cocktails and chips during sunset.
60 Robertson Quay, #01-13 THE QUAYSIDE
+65 6235 8900
Super Loco serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.