French toast that hides a surprise filling, a salad featuring the health food of the year and homemade sodas—these are the things that make up the menu at The Missing Pan.
Calling all brunch-lovers: there is a new all-day bakery and brasserie along Bukit Timah Road, which serves up creative permutations of the typical brunch spread. The Missing Pan is run by husband-and-wife team Bernard Toh and Grace Chia, previously the owners of the now-defunct sandwich place, Uppercrust at Raffles Place.
While the storefront is a bakery offering organic artisanal breads, the dining area is a cozy enclave located up the stairs, featuring a full glass wall that shows off the greenery outside and lets in lots of sunlight.
The main dishes to try here include the French Toast Salpicon ($19), a sweet and savoury combination of chicken, spinach and mushroom stuffed into French toast together with banana nuggets, mixed berries, and homemade strawberry-smoked maple syrup. Yes, you heard right—chicken, berries and maple syrup. Atypical, yet it all came together surprisingly well.
The 62 Degrees Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon ($22) is a hearty one, with tantalizingly wobbly poached eggs sitting on a spread of avocado and seaweed crumbs, perched atop sourdough bread and crowned with hollandaise sauce. The Pulled Pork Burger ($19), a best-seller from the kitchen’s Uppercrust days, makes a re-entry on the menu here.
For something lighter, try the Beetroot and Quinoa Salad ($12), a refreshing salad of candied beetroot, quinoa and arugula served with herbed flatbread strips.
While its beverage list is respectably varied, ranging from coffee (brewed from a special blend customised by a local coffee roaster for a smooth, slightly chocolatey cuppa) and tea to milkshakes, Belgium and UK beers as well as ciders, we particularly like the homemade sodas ($6), which come in three flavors: Kalamansi Coconut Mint, Lychee & Lemon and Minted Cucumber—refreshing, zesty and not sugar-laden.
For dessert, we had the Mela Con Formaggi ($14), a sweet-savoury combination of Granny Smith apple, banana caramel sauce, chocolate soil, citrus mascarpone, homemade honeycomb and Parmigiano Reggiano chips. It’s indulgent enough for a sweet treat, yet not overly sinful in the calorific sense. Banana-lovers can try the Banana and Cinnamon Crumble ($3), made from almond cream, bananas, crumble, and lastly topped with a light sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.
A pleasant ambience, good food and even better company—that’s what weekends are made for.
The Missing Pan’s brunch menu is offered until 2:30pm on weekdays and 4:30pm on weekends, after which dinner is rolled out, featuring a seasonal menu of dishes like the Pan-Fried Red Snapper ($24), everybody’s favorite comfort food, Whole Roasted Chicken ($35), which is a large enough portion for two, and the Wannabe Ramen ($22), a variation of the ubiquitous Japanese ramen with crispy salmon skin, poached egg, nori seaweed and bonito flakes.
The Missing Pan
619D Bukit Timah Road,
#01/02-01 Singapore 269724
Closed on Mondays.