SINGAPORE — Like Samantha Jones from TV cult classic Sex and the City, I consider myself a try-sexual—but only when it comes to food, please. For me, this meant putting my taste buds, life, and soul on the line to try food that challenges my biases and, hopefully, educate this food writer on cuisine beyond what he's familiar. I would even try bitter gourd (my most hated vegetable in the world) if someone, somewhere says there exists a magical shop that sells life-changing bitter gourd.
It's a trait that comes in handy when I was told of Super Loco at Robertson Quay that eschews the typical brunch fare of bread, meat, poached eggs, and the ubiquitous poached egg. "But my poached eggs and avocado!" I hear some of you whine. Calm down, Susan. It's not the end of the world, though, some may say that what Super Loco is doing can seem, rather appropriately, loco.
Equally loco is the number of families who have abandoned all human reasons and descended to these parts of town for a family brunch. In fact, in the two hours I’ve spent here, two perfectly identical families of a mother-father-two-children combo have come and gone amidst crying babies, juvenile tantrums, and parents who look like they badly need some alone couple-time.
There are also couples partaking in a touch of lunch—amidst what I could only imagine being a busy Saturday ahead— and friends gather in approved groups of five, adding to the atmosphere of conviviality all around. If you want to eat somewhere with a buzz, you don’t really have to look very far.
The other thing you don’t have to worry about is feeling like you’re shortchanged—appetite-wise at least. Here, the line between starters and mains are blurred because when it comes to brunch, throw that rule book out the window, please.
There’s a Super Cheesy Corn Fritters (S$15++) that comes in a tall and hefty stack of three with slices of cured salmon (at an additional S$6) sandwiched in between. The crispy fritters are made with a medley of Mexican ingredients, chief of which are sweet corn, jalapeño, Monterey Jack cheese, avocado pico de gallo and a generous dollop of sour cream up top. Cheese, corn, and spices? Honey, sign me up.
The Feel Good Burrito (S$15++) is crafted for the fitness enthusiast who yearns to partake in food gatherings but still is keenly aware of their diet. I don’t have friends like this, but if you do, they would appreciate this vegan burrito that comes packed with multigrain rice, scrambled tofu, red cabbage, dairy-free cheese, sweet corn and spicy chipotle salsa.
I thought this could have been better assembled using ingredients with a bolder taste. In its current iteration, it’s essentially a roll of very healthy things with not much else going for it—I dipped this liberally in the chipotle salsa just for an elevation of flavour.
Elsewhere, the Mexican ‘migas’ Omelet (S$18++) is a swoon-worthy egg pancake of cheese, avocado, tortillas, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa verde with a side of smoked bacon, which is optional, but a mistake if purposefully left out. It is served straight out of the pan it was cooked, giving the edges a satisfying crisp and a delightful play on texture to contrast the cheesy-eggy goodness of this omelette.
You must order the Brownie (S$10++) even if you’re not the sort with a sweet tooth. The thick square cut of vegan chocolatey goodness is a heady mix of cacao, agave, and pecan with a cashew butter frosting that gives me so much joy. It cuts so easily, a testament to a superior baking process, rendering this almost cake-like. There’s also a scoop of coconut sorbet on top, adding a touch of creamy almost santan-like goodness to this entire presentation.
If you’re already swayed by this review, I suggest you make reservations early. I tried making reservations online a day before, only to be met with disappointment. It is, a loco world we live in, post-pandemic, where Singaporeans are going out to eat in droves—almost like payback for the months we were told to stay home. But it makes snagging a coveted seat here for you and your posse all the more satisfying. After all, a full restaurant is seldom wrong.
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