The Do Or Ditch Comeback | Single Origin

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Back when I was still writing over at Wordpress, I had a semi-regular segment on the blog called the Do Or Ditch series. It was my way of food blogging, where I’d give a rating on whether a dish was a ‘Do’ or a ‘Ditch’. 

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Now that I’m writing more regularly on this blog, I thought I’d go and resurrect the series – no Easter pun intended, although it does seem pretty fitting. Without further ado, let’s begin!

Although I wouldn’t go as far as saying I’m a regular of the Tatler-awarded Single Origin, I will note that I have frequented the establishment more than a handful of times. Let’s just say, me and my friends like taking advantage of a few happy hour drinks every now and then. Today though, was the first time I chanced upon the restaurant while the sun was still up. 

My dad and I celebrated Easter Sunday the way Sundays are supposed to be spent: in a good brunch spot known for either good cups of coffee or bottomless mimosas. Clearly, we went for the former. 

Dad got a Salted Caramel Latte (P165), which he said, looked far too nice to drink. The espresso mixed in with the house-made caramel and milk had a slightly bitter undertone, and a few hints of salt.

I, on the other hand, was craving for something to satisfy my sweet tooth and chose the Hong Kong Milk Tea (P190) with the sweet syrup on the side. Granted that I’ve had one too many sore throat episodes from sugary drinks, I decided to be in control of the syrup this time. 

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- Single Origin Burger (P360) 3 out 5 on the DO scale

I’m the type of person who usually orders the house specialties. If it’s got the restaurant’s name on it, then it should stand out from the rest. On paper, the Single Origin burger boasted of a wagyu patty and a side of truffle fries – two of my favorites. What could go wrong, right? Unfortunately, this dish gets a mere 3 out of 5 because of its fries. 

Before I begin talking about the fries, let me just give a heads up on the size of the burger. It’s as big as a girl’s closed fist, which may or may not be favorable to others. Personally, I found the size just right, considering how (a) I can’t stomach a huge burger and hate leaving leftovers and (b) given the price and the type of meat, come on, guys, let’s be real. Wagyu’s expensive. You’re most definitely not going to get a Brother’s Burger sized offering. 

Now let’s talk about the fries. Okay, I love fries and have a longstanding love-hate relationship with fast food ones in general – mouth loves them, but the thighs say otherwise. Anyway, I digress. The problem I had with the fries is how they were fried a tad bit too long. Also, the truffle oil was barely there. If I hadn’t read the menu, I would’ve thought they were just regular fries, which would’ve been okay, if I didn’t choose the dish because of a truffle craving. 

- Salmon Gravlax Omelette with Lemon Caper Sauce (P450) 4.5 out of 5 on the DO scale

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Moving on to my dad’s order, which by the way was sooooo much better than mine, I was a little jealous I hadn’t chosen it. 

The cured salmon is enveloped in a light and fluffy omelette placed on top a bed of salad greens. Give me a moment to say that the lemon caper sauce is beyond words. If you’re the type of person who loves seafood but hates the fishy aftertaste left in the mouth, then this is the dish for you. Seriously, I’d come back to Single Origin for this plate alone.

And there you have it! That about rounds up my first Do or Ditch entry in what seems like has been ages ago. I’ve got to say, I’ve missed talking about food. And to be honest, I think I’ve missed talking about it more than actually eating it. Oh well, stick around for more eats and stories to come!