(Wilder had since ceased operations.)
Taking over the former grounds of De’Pop Culture is Wilder, a new cafe in Kampong Glam that is muslim-run so as to add yet another option to the Muslim crowd.
Wilder’s launch menu is rather limited; there are only four items available for brunch while the remainder of the menu is dedicated to drinks and desserts, where tarts, scones and a selection of two cupcakes were available.
First look at the French Toast and one would probably mistake this for some other dish on the menu; its presentation seemed more Eggs Benedict-like than what it is. In order to differentiate themselves from the crowd, Wilder’s menu items generally are Wilder’s own take on the usual items served in cafes. Having two fried eggs seated atop a savoury brioche than is filled with what seems to be veggies and a custardy texture within, this is not your average French Toast that comes with maple syrup and berries that has egg-soaked brioche. Simply put, it does have its own flair and honestly its a savoury version that’s all delectable, but I do wonder if they could have called it something else for some may not be able to accept the variances that this version has from the usual. Still, it’s an item pretty worth an order.
(Prawn and Corn Fritter with Avocado and Homemade Tomato Salsa topped with Egg)
Prawn and Corn Fritter with Avocado and Homemade Tomato Salsa topped with Egg sounded like an interesting combination, which is why we decided upon ordering it. Being a fried item it was not too greasy which is great. It tasted pretty similar to the Indian Prawn Vadai that also comes in vegetable variants sold at Pasar Malams; an interesting fusion item to serve for brunch though some may find it overpriced as a result.
(Carrot Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting)
While waiting for our friend Shaun (support his blog yo!) to arrive, we had decided why not order a Carrot Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting for a dessert. We thought it could have been better; the cake layer despite being adequately spiced felt a wee bit dry, especially since Carrot Cake is a cake that is known to be moist, while the cream cheese frosting was strangely wet.
They use a Quattro blend (a blend that has beans of four different origins) for their coffee here, and it seemed to be a dark roast with medium body with nutty and chocolatey tones. The staff realised we were taking photos and they offered to replaced our cups of coffee with better latte art, though we rejected the offer. Kudos for the staff for noticing and offering the replacement!
Wilder’s menu does showcase creativity in its various fusion cuisine, being able to tweak local’s favourite tastes and presenting it in a western fusion brunch offering. While the prices are of a somewhat reasonable amount, portions are on the small side even for small eaters, though that could actually mean being able to save some space for more cafehopping in the neighbourhood especially since there are many cafes located in the vicinity. A cafe that I would say is worth visiting at least once to decide if it deserves a revisit.
749 North Bridge Road
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/wilder.sg