Restaurant Review: Sugarhaus

A bouncy castle for the kiddos on weekends while mum and dad chill with ice cream? We’re in!

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Sugarhaus
Address: #01-03A Serene Centre, 10 Jalan Serene, 6314-2247
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm from Sunday to Thursday; 11am to 11pm on Friday and Saturday.

Despite its name, Sugarhaus is not all about sweet treats. The dessert parlour at Serene Centre, along Bukit Timah Road, recently unveiled a larger 45-seater space, as well as a brunch menu.

The eatery is founded by banker-turned food entrepreneur Stanley Seow, whose previous foray into the F&B industry was an ice cream takeaway shop called Bing Qi Lin in the Seletar Hills estate.

We tried the Sugarhaus brunch menu, which runs daily from 11am to 5pm. The menu isn’t big – just seven main items – and we are told that Seow aims to keep the offerings lighter and healthier since diners would certainly want to try Sugarhaus’ desserts later.

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We started with the Risotto – a creamy pearl barley “rice” concoction, with a rich mushroom flavour. It’s a hearty, creamy dish, with an interesting texture since barley grains are used instead of rice grains. We liked the intensity of the flavours, but it’s pretty rich, so probably better shared.

The sour raspberry jelly in the middle cuts through the sweet chocolate mousse to make an extremely satisfying treat.

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Another winner was the Beef and Foie Gras ($20) – a Japanese rice bowl that comes with furikake, onsen egg, and loaded with beef cubes and foie gras. The meat was tender and the serving generous, and it paired well with the onsen egg and rice.

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We were curious about the Avocado ($15) – smashed avocado, poached eggs and garlic aioli on a pancake, but were rather underwhelmed by the dish, as we couldn’t quite put our finger on a peculiar sourish taste.

You can’t come to Sugarhaus and not try the desserts. So, first up, the Instagram-friendly Galaxy Tart ($8++).

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Inspired by Sugarhaus’ popular Taro Galaxy Cake (that’s no longer on the menu), this dessert is made with a white chocolate mirror glaze to give it a swirly glossy look that any mini-space fan will adore. The sour raspberry jelly in the middle cuts through the sweet chocolate mousse to make an extremely satisfying treat.

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Sugarhaus also showcases a selection of homemade ice cream – at any one time, 18 flavours will be available on rotation. Flavours like Dutch Chocolate, Sea Salt Toffee, Earl Grey Lavender and Gula Melaka Pecan will cool you off on a scorching day.

A single scoop goes for $3.50++ (add $0.80 for premium flavours), or you can order a waffle with one scoop of ice cream for $9.50 (additional scoop at $2.50).

We hear that owner Stanley, who’s got an infant son, will also be introducing a special flavour called Tommy’s Favourite – which will change according to his son’s palate as he grows.

So, if you’re looking for a casual brunch on a weekend with the fam at decent prices, Sugarhaus may be just the thing for you.

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One thing that Sugarhaus has got going for it is its great location.

Right next to the Botanic Gardens, we imagine families could enjoy a stroll in the park before popping in at Serene Centre to cool down for brunch and some frozen desserts.

Right next to the Botanic Gardens, we imagine families could enjoy a stroll in the park before popping in at Serene Centre to cool down for brunch and some frozen desserts.

Kids aged 3 to 6 will definitely make a beeline for the bouncy castle that will be set up on weekends and public holidays – it’s located at the open space right outside the eatery, so parents can keep watch while the kids play.

Most of the menu items at this eatery are suitable for kids. Mains, like the Salmon ($18) – a smoked maple soy glazed salmon with quinoa and roasted vegetables are suitable for sharing with the little ones.

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Check out the snack menu, too, as there are items like the Traditional Mac and Cheese ($9) and a choice of Chicken, Beef Stroganoff or Beef Chilli Con Carne pies ($7 each) that your young’un may enjoy as well.

Photos: Sugarhaus

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