Crackerjack (CJ), the new all-day drinking and dining venue by the team behind the award-winning 28 HongKong Street, is now open for brunch on weekends, serving up bona fide tea and coffee, feel-good food, healthy smoothies and lighter and seasonal cocktails.
Welcoming everyone from those in need of a substantial hangover breakfast, to those fresh from the gym seeking a freshly pressed juice fix, to families and their little ones, CJ has sweet and savory dishes, with options for saints and sinners alike.
The first seating from 10am to 1pm is great for families and early risers. As the team from 28 HongKong Street have come of age and become fully fledged family folk, they wanted to create a space where families can hang out early and enjoy casual food and great coffee.
The second seating from 1pm to 4pm is ideal for groups looking to linger over their food, enjoy brunch cocktails perched at Crackerjack’s communal tables, and hang out at the shuffleboard table.
WHOLESOME FEEL-GOOD FOOD FOR SINNERS & SAINTS
Crackerjack’s ingredients-driven food program boasts traditions and techniques from a range of cuisines. Committed to making even the most simple things from scratch, health-conscious diners should try bircher muesli or rich hippie granola ($12) made with home-made organic Dutch milk yoghurt. For a simple continental style breakfast, Chef’s home-made sourdough bread ($8) is served with Isigny Sainte-Mère DOC butter and Fords Gin marmalade.
For those seeking a more indulgent treat during the weekend, the funnel cake ($14) is a little piece of Americana not to be missed. Crunchy and cakey at the same time, the pastry is topped with candied bacon, caramel, amaretto cream and a little banana to make us feel better about this rich indulgence.
Hearty savory options include the Sweet Potato Hash, a less guilty version of a classic potato hash, served chock full of kale and red peppers, housemade breakfast sausage and roasted sweet potato ($14). The Crackerjack is a take on the traditional British fry-up and includes a sausage patty, bacon, roasted cauliflower, the kitchen’s famous sourdough and a choice of any two eggs; scrambled, fried or 63 degree ($22).
Head Chef Alysia Chan says, “A variety of alternative grains has been incorporated into some of the new dishes in a different way. We create dishes that are wholesome and satisfying as brunch should be.” The Quinoa Fried Chicken ($18) is a cheeky dish created by Chef Aly for those who want to be ‘saintly’ while tucking into their favorite fried chicken. The breading is made entirely from quinoa then fried, and served with housemade spicy banana ketchup, inspired by the popular Filipino condiment.
Families or groups can also opt for the Family Style, a hearty combo of carbs and protein which comes with a whole roast chicken and smashed garlic potatoes, blistered green beans and mixed salad ($55), and is designed to feed four.
Bronwen Serna, Director of Coffee and United States Barista Champion has handpicked beans from local roasters Two Degrees North Coffee Co. Together they have developed a custom espresso blend exclusively for Crackerjack. Rotating local and international Third Wave Roasters will provide a selection of single origin beans for pour-overs and cold brew.
In addition to espresso-based and filter coffees, Crackerjack offers a playful option – the Breakfast of Champions, a nostalgic nod to American childhood breakfast favorites comprised of a double shot of espresso with cereal-soaked milk. All milk-based coffees are made using Dutch organic full-fat milk for its creamy goodness. Guests can stay charged throughout the day with Crackerjack’s bottomless cup of batch brew coffee ($8).
An excellent decaf third wave coffee is served alongside free babyccinos (steamed, frothy milk) made with cereal milk. Parents can expect family-friendly responses to requests for milk and hot water.
With a bar that features a smartly curated library of the most respected artisanal spirits across all categories, Crackerjack serves up the same sessionable, and unfussy drinks for their weekend service. The brunch drinks menu features a selection of cocktails, bubbly wine, grains and grapes, and non-alcoholic offerings like green smoothies and fresh pressed juices. A clear winner here is the Freisling ($18), a slushy rendering of frozen riesling wine with hints of citrus, spiced pear and black tea. A lineup of craft beers on tap and a small list of “good wine” and “bubbles” round out the drinks selection. Can’t decide what to imbibe? Opt for the Bengal Lancers Punch where you can have a taste of spirit, red wine and bubbles all-in-one. A punch served in a growler, it is designed to feed a party of six ($128).
Crackerjack brunch is served on the weekends from 10am to 4pm, followed by dinner and bar service from 6pm onwards on Saturdays. Crackerjack is opened from 9am to midnight on Mondays to Fridays.