Yet another spot to satisfy brunch cravings, Fuel Plus+ is found in a quiet neighbourhood of Telok Blangah at the foot of Mount Faber.
I’ve rambled on about the lack of variety and mind numbing lack of imagination found in the menus of many cafes and “brunch places”. However, Fuel Plus+ is worth a mention, a visit and a place on your list of spots to spend a lazy weekend at.
The sister cafe of Refuel Cafe along in Bedok offers reasonable prices and a menu that’s something different. I’ll refrain from bashing on eggs Benedict for fear of sounding like a broken record.
The interior is modern, filled with geometric rose gold light pendants that elevates the chirpy atmosphere.
Bianco coffee beans from La Ristrettos will keep the caffeine flowing through the veins of the cafe’s loyal patrons. Espresso ($3) is my go-to and it didn’t disappoint at Fuel Plus+; so it’s safe to say they’ve got their basics right.
I’m not often one to order flavoured tea or coffee, but, because the Fuel Ice Tea ($5) carries the name of the cafe, our visit would have seemed incomplete without giving it a try.
Refreshing and light, the mildly astringent tea is infused with citrus fruits without much syrup added. If you’re the type who can appreciate bitter and tangy notes, this is right up your alley.
If there’s a particular dish that’s left its mark on me, and perhaps my clothes, it’s the Soft Shell Crab Curry ($18). Besides leaving stains that’ll stick, you won’t forget the flavours of this curry shortly after your visit.
The dish is a complex medley of spices with a tangy note that cuts through the savoury curry base, which makes digging in for more a non-issue.
Generous portions of the crispy crustaceans and slices of bread to mop up all the curry complete the surprisingly clean dish, which won’t leave you feeling like there’s an oil slick in your mouth.
Another item on the menu that gets the “+” is Fuel Me Up ($18); essentially, a baked egg dish. If you’re familiar with the Middle-Eastern dish Shashuska, this dish is clearly inspired by it.
With the addition of swiss and feta cheese and house-made chorizo style meatballs, it’s a dish that’s big on flavour. Baked up in a warm bed of tomato puree, capsicum, onion and mushrooms, which makes for a hearty meal.
For something more along the lines of hearty comfort food, check out the variety of pasta dishes. No prizes for guessing what the Beef Ragu Pappardelle ($18) tastes like — fresh al dente pappardelle coated in the meaty brown sauce with incredibly tender chunks of beef, it’s one of those dishes that’ll hit the spot for me anytime.
In need for something sweet, the salted caramel pancakes ($13) is a sweet treat that walks the fine line between decadent and refreshing. The tartness from the berries help to cut through the richness of the salted caramel and ice-cream, while the fluffy pancakes serve as the perfect vessel to deliver all that goodness into your gob.
Perhaps, Fuel Plus+ has won me over to the brunch side, or at the very least, made me a little less cynical about cafe brunches. Whatever the case, if you’re looking for a place to refuel or kick-start your day, Fuel Plus+ is worth going a little out of the way for.
Expected damage: $15-$25
Fuel Plus+ is on the The Entertainer App, which offers 1-for-1 main courses when you dine at Fuel Plus + as well as many other restaurants in Singapore!