Refueling at Relish

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Now, I love to run.  But let’s be serious.  Approximately 25% of the fun of running is actually in (re)fueling, right?  So let’s get down to the tasty part.  Immediately after the race, we enjoyed the water and bananas provided.  I even had a cup of 100Plus, a local electrolyte replacement drink.  But I have to admit, Southeast Asia, I have no idea why you like a sports drink to be carbonated.  The carbonation was fine, post-race – the drink actually tastes quite like a lemon-lime soda.  But I’d be hard-pressed to consume anything carbonated during a run.  Ew.

Thanks to the early race start and proximity to our apartment, we were able to zip home after the run, grab showers, and still meet some friends for brunch by 10:30.  [This included ~10 minutes of sock rinsing.  That red mud was pretty persistent!]

Post-run sneakers.  Love it.  But keep in mind that we only got this messy because we CHOSE to run through the mud.  If we'd opted to follow most of the other participants around the muddy sections, our shoes and socks would have been (almost) sparkling clean!

Post-run sneakers. Love it. But keep in mind that we only got this messy because we CHOSE to run through the mud. If we’d opted to follow most of the other participants around the muddy sections, our shoes and socks would have been (almost) sparkling clean!

Upon the recommendation of a foodie friend, we met for brunch at Relish by Wildrocket [501 Bukit Timah Road, #02-01, Cluny Court].  The space was gorgeous – open and airy, with high ceilings and enormous windows.  The wood furniture made me feel like I was sitting on someone’s massive front porch (think southeastern US kind of porch).

Relish is known for their burgers (which they brag aren’t made from “dodgy parts”, but only chuck, shin, and rib eye), but they also serve locally-inspired pastas, curries, and braised meats.  For weekend brunch, they include a few more breakfast-y items on the menu (pancakes, french toast, and various egg preparations).

A hard run leaves me feeling ambivalent about food for at least 10-12 hours – so I knew I’d stuck to my goal of “just running” the race that morning, because I was ravenous.  And when I saw that there was a bagel on the menu (bagels are pretty rare in Singapore), I knew it had to be mine:

Smoked Salmon, Scrambled Egg, and Cream Cheese Bagel at Relish

Smoked Salmon, Scrambled Egg, and Cream Cheese Bagel at Relish

Along with bagels, smoked salmon and cream cheese are treats that I don’t usually get in Singapore.  I was so anxious for my food to arrive, I almost popped back to the kitchen to see how things were progressing.  Thankfully, our food came out pretty fast.

This sucker was pretty tasty – the portion of salmon was generous, and they even included a bit of greens, so I felt like I was getting my veggies in, too.  The bagel was terribly disappointing (mushy, tasteless, chewy in a bad way), but I have to admit – my expectations weren’t that high anyway.  I removed the top, and just ate the filling with the bottom half of bagel, with my fork and knife.  Between the salmon, greens, scrambled eggs, and a bit of cream cheese, plus half a bagel, there was plenty there to fill me up.  Also, those little fried diced potato were deliciously crunchy.

KMN enjoyed Relish’s version of Eggs Benedict:

Eggs Benedict at Relish

Eggs Benedict at Relish

If we go back, I might actually cross over to the Eggs Benedict side.  This dish was terrific (and his English muffin thingy was a considerably better bread product than my bagel).  We also enjoyed coffees, lattes, etc – and one member of our group ordered orange juice, which was served very thick and pulpy – looked like it was freshly squeezed.

The smallest coins in Singapore are 5 cents.  Usually, things just get rounded  automatically, but here, the bill actually specifies it.

The smallest coins in Singapore are 5 cents. Usually, things just get rounded automatically, but here, the bill actually specifies it. 🙂

It’s not a cheap eatery (~$25-30 SGD / $20-25 USD per person, all in), but the service was good, the food was tasty, and the ambiance very pleasant for enjoying a meal with friends.  I’m pretty sure we’ll be back – KMN wants to try out the burgers.  Our primary complaint?  Relish, could you please turn down the air con?  A few of us were a bit chilly – and the cold air blasting on our food cooled it faster than we would have liked.  Thanks!

Our friend also mentioned a really good dessert spot in the same shopping plaza as Relish, so we headed over to check it out find that they had moved.  Dang!  But, since our morning run was a 10K, not a half-marathon, we were probably better off without the extra sugar. 🙂  Instead, we stopped into a little wine shop that had…bizarrely…Hungarian wine.  And some modestly priced wine, for Singapore.  We chose a bottle to take home, bid our friends farewell, and headed out for a few errands.

Walked, fed, watered, and ready for errands.

Walked, fed, watered, and ready for errands.

We took it easy the rest of the afternoon: some work, some snoozing, some cooking.  KMN’s parents came over for dinner, and we enjoyed relaxing and catching up with them.  And with that, our weekend drew to a close.

Oh, except that it wasn’t until my in-laws left that I seriously looked in the mirror.  I realized that I probably shouldn’t have switched my linen pants out for shorts when we arrived home after our errands.  My in-laws probably think I’m auditioning to be a new super-hero or something…

Tank. Shorts. Calf sleeves. Sandals. SUPERWOMAN!!!!!

Tank. Shorts. Calf sleeves. Sandals. SUPERWOMAN!!!!!

Americans: Eliminate the penny and round to the nearest 5 cents? Yes or No?

Singaporeans: What’s your favorite American-esque breakfast/brunch spot in Singapore??  Pleeeeeease share!!!!!

12 thoughts on “Refueling at Relish

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  2. gracechua (@gracechua)

    Brunch is so expensive here that usually my favourite brunch spot is my kitchen (husband is American, makes killer pancakes — does that count?). Spruce is pretty good, too, as is Food for Thought at the Botanic Gardens. And for Singaporean-style breakfast, you should try Ghim Moh Market – we ran past it on the Green Corridor. We live basically upstairs from it!

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Hahaha! When I wrote that my husband identified his family’s favorite hawker center (or at least, the HDBs across the street) while we were running on Sunday morning….that was Ghim Moh. His parents live pretty close, so when we’d visit and stay with them, it was a frequent breakfast stop for us, too. 🙂 So you literally WERE running right in your backyard!

      We happily make lots of breakfasty food at home (often for dinner….), but it is nice to enjoy something tasty and slightly more elaborate (Eg: I don’t do Hollandaise sauce!) sometimes. Thanks for the suggestions!

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  3. Meg D

    Eliminate the penny? Yes, from a practical standpoint, but I have an emotional connection to the penny (probably from picking so many up on the street when I was a kid). I think they’d have to disappear from circulation almost entirely for the rounding to start.

    Also, would “give a penny, take a penny” then become “give a nickel, take a nickel?” Just doesn’t have the same ring…

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      But 1 nickel goes a lot further than 1 penny, so you don’t need as many of them! [Like, when you’re standing at the register with something that rang up at $X.X9, and need FOUR pennies. You’d only need 1 nickel!]

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  4. SE

    Ahh, I miss 100 Plus! Although, totally take your point about it not be suitable for a mid-race drink. Congrats on your race btw! 🙂

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      1. SE

        Can’t say I’ve ever had it mid-race, so wouldn’t be qualified to recommend it. 😛 I always stick to just enjoying it post-exercise! 🙂

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Haha! I think that 1 and 2 get rounded down, while 3 and 4 get rounded up – although don’t quote me on that. I figure it all evens out in the end – and frankly, for the convenience alone, I’d be willing to sacrifice a few cents! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, Jean – just clicked over to your blog, and MAN do you have a cool layout [I’m a blog/coding klutz, at the moment!]! Almost died when I clicked on an older post, and it sorta popped out into its own not-quite-window. Very sleek…. 🙂

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