Hotspots – Pub Grub

Looking for top notch pub meals? Pip Harry discovers brunch and lunch at Picotin in Joo Chiat and pairs beer with small plates at the newly opened Aussie export, Little Creatures.

Picotin Express
382 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427622

Looking for a new brunch-lunch spot? Champions Golf Course favourite Picotin has expanded to a second outlet on the east side, occupying a stately black and white house on Joo Chiat Road. The cool, French-accented bistro offers upmarket pub grub – including hearty breakfast options. For breakfast we tuck into fluffy American style pancakes with maple syrup and berries ($12), eggs benedict ($12) and a rib-sticking full English breakfast ($22) with perfectly cooked eggs, bacon and sides. A pretty tropical fruit platter ($12) offsets some of the damage, alongside good juices and coffees.

Fancy a lie in? Bring a group for weekend lunch and you’ll find a menu of favourites from pizza and fish and chips, to burgers and more sophisticated plates like steak, whole roasted chicken and delicious salads. Afterwards, burn off a couple of calories with a game of fuse ball, pool or boules. Bring the kids – they’ll adore the relaxed open space, well priced kids meals and regular movie nights.

Verdict: An affordable bistro/bar/café which is perfect for families looking to stretch out over a leisurely weekend brunch or pub lunch.

Little Creatures
Mohamed Ali Lane, 36 Club Street, 069469

WA craft brewery Little Creatures started with a group of mates with a thirst for hop-driven pale ale. From its original home in a cavernous shed by the ocean in Fremantle, the company has gone global, with outlets in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, and now Singapore.

The newly-opened Little Creatures in Club Street brings a slice of sun-kissed Aussie beer garden to the Little Red Dot. With a laidback, quirky fit-out in a restored heritage building; this is the perfect hybrid of pub-café-restaurant. The menu is designed for sharing, so we pick off a couple of dishes from the ‘Share a Little’ section to pair with a round of house ales – including the famous pale, IPA, and Rogers. A moreish smashed avo bowl with tomatoes and pickled chilli ($18) is demolished in minutes, as are the succulent chicken and lamb skewers with spicy chimichurri sauce ($27).

The chilli mussels ($29) aren’t as popular as the Hawaiian pizza with tomato, pineapple, pistachio mortadella and mozzarella ($24), or the crispy calamari with garlic, lemon and mayo ($22). Caprese salad with roma tomato, balsamic, basil, buffalo mozzarella ($18) adds freshness to the table. There are a decent range of pastas, burgers, grilled steak and lamb mains, if you prefer your own plate, and the desserts feature a warm chocolate brownie, homemade ice-creams, cheesecake and carrot cake (The Aussie kind!)

Verdict: The prices are a little steep for pub fare, but it’s hard not to like this cheeky Aussie import. Dishes are fast, fresh and delicious, and go down a treat with the house brews