Brunch to me is an experience – not just with the food but also the group of friends whose company I enjoy. Given how popular brunches have become, expectations on restaurants and cafés have surged, or so I believe.
It was a good friend who pitched the idea of Brunch & Munch to me; a new establishment in G Village that focuses on fresh, seasonal produce and comfort food. So we went on a Friday mid-morning, when traffic wasn’t as chaotic and I didn’t have to wait too long for my coffee.
The menu features two sections – Brunch or Munch where the latter offers smaller bites for those who want just a nibble, and Brunch, for those looking for a hearty meal. I rather enjoyed the Stewed Pork Belly which was tender and nicely caramelized, but wasn’t pleased that they only had the munch version available. And the last one at that! We were there at 11am so I really don’t see a reason why this was unavailable.
So I opted for the B&M Carbonara (RM26), which came with pork belly, bacon aged cheese, mushrooms and sous vide egg on top. I liked that the tagliatelle was al dente and the entire dish was rich but well balanced so it doesn’t cloy.
Fishing in Bed (RM30) looked like a bed of green mess, if you ask me. They really need to work on the presentation for this, though the dish tasted ok. Truffle scramble eggs and salmon on crusty baguette, with wilted spinach and edamame puree – more of a light brunch to me.
The Asian Ribs (RM30 for brunch, RM15 for munch) was alright, though nothing that would bowl me over. I found the ribs nicely seasoned and slow-cooked till tender, but between this and the pork belly, I preferred the latter. The potato wedges on the side were nice and crispy, so that’s a bonus.
I didn’t fancy the BKT Eggs & Belly (RM18), which was essentially Brunch & Munch’s version of bak kut teh with tea egg and pork belly. This came with steamed rice to complete the experience but pity this wasn’t my cup of tea.
The coffee is decent and I have to say, the menu looks promising. While I didn’t enjoy everything we tried, I wouldn’t mind returning for the pork belly and carbonara.
Food: 6/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Try the stewed pork belly and carbonara.