Experience Melbourne’s high quality delicatessen sidewalk cafe culture at Intrepid Gastro Bar. Located in the prime location of CBD’s Far East Square, this Melbourne-inspired eatery is the brainchild of Michelle and Rommel, serving up hearty Australian cuisine. From the menu to the decor, the place oozes oozes warmth and comfort food, the Aussie-style.
Start your day with a great cup of coffee at Intrepid. The coffee beans are specially roasted and airflown from Italy. Choose between the the premium Italian dark roast of the Orgo gold blend or the Equa light lower caffeine organic beans of pure Arabica. If you want an extra alcoholic kick in your ice coffee, try The Melbournites ($18), made with smooth Ergo organic coffee with coffee absinthe and milk.
Melbourne dwellers take breakfast (and brunch) very seriously. So is Intrepid. Treat yourself to an Intrepid breakfast or Brunch with delicious Benedict Twins ($16), prosciutto ham or house smoked salmon with tasty potato rosti with a mini serving of fresh fruits. If you prefer less protein, go for the Bachelorette ($14.50) that comes with just one egg and orange juice. A must-have is the in-house smoked thick-cut bacon. Just when you thought bacon was perfect, Intrepid dialed it up a notch. The bacon here is thick cut and hickory smoked so you get more of that delicious bacon taste in every bite.
If you want a heavier breakfast, the Breakfast Pan ($19) will do the trick. Served in a hot pan, it includes two eggs, pork sausage and thick-cut smoked bacon, served with spinach, tomatoes, delicious grilled mushrooms and toast. For something different, try the Egyptian-inspired Dukkah ($16), a comforting, mildly-spicy dish of baked beans in tomato and herbs ragu, topped with a poached egg and their signature to-die-for roast pork belly. For a more classic breakfast item, the caramelised French Toast ($13) served with stewed apples, lychees, and almonds will please your taste buds.
Intrepid also serves up gourmet sandwiches for lunch. The top picks include the House-Smoked Salmon ($18.50) and Go Green! ($16), a vegetarian combination of grilled peppers, roasted tomatoes and sautéed spinach in olive butter. The sandwiches here are served in sourdough or multigrain bread and a side of crispy chips. For something more substantial, go for the Roast Chicken and Avocado tomato confit ($18.50) with apple slaw, a side of mixed greens and crispy chips.
For mains, the star item on the menu has to be the sharing platters of robust gastronomic portions that can feed up to four guests and sometimes more. The platters include the must-have delectable Stockyard Angus Ribeye ($120), a 1.2kg bone-in cut of 200-day Australian Angus marinated with spices and special sea salt delightfully burnt at the edges, nicely complimented with grilled corn salsa and a bowl of good vegetable selection, Djion mustard and béarnaise sauce and The Hog’s Platter ($88), a mouth watering combination of crackled pork belly, Nagano royal pork loin, spiced apple chutney baked pork trotters and smoked sausages. Rib lovers will enjoy the Feral Smoked Beer Ribs ($25/2 pax), marinated with feral smoked porter beer and braised for four hours, served with very tasty onion rings. There’s also a huge 300g boned-in quebec-raised pork loin, Royal Pork ($38).
For the adventurous and definitely not faint-hearted, muster up the unusual in the chewy Tandoor-style Crocs Skewers ($12), crocodile meat with lemon with zesty tandoor spices. Uncertain about kangeroo meat, a good preview is the Kangaroo Sliders ($18.50), hand-chopped kangaroo meat and Parma ham drizzled with truffle aioli and onion-chili relish, with a side of potato chips. If you’re already game, jump right into the Kangeroo ($38) Loin with apple chutney.
If you still have room for sides, the Small Plates ($6- $24+) are great for grazing. Bestsellers include the Crab Cake & Chopped Bacon on Apple Slaw ($10), the juicy crab cake are generously stuffed with crab meat and the tasty avocado dressing apple slaw will have you cleaning up your plate. The sweet Grilled Rosemary Prawns ($12) is another good seafood option and the Crispy Pork Belly ($8) is a mouth-watering special served with spiced carrots. If you want to try a bit of everything, go for the generous Intrepid Sampler Platter ($25), which include the top five small plates with a pint of ice-cold beer or a glass of wine.
For those craving a healthier bite, the healthy and tasty Freekeh and Barley Salad ($12), is a refreshing mix of mint pomegranate and beetroot, tossed with ricotta. Another salad to try is the Salad of Grilled Haloumi ($14) with Preserved lemon, kalamanta olive and very juicy marinated tomatoes.
Make room for the Chef’s favourite item in the menu, the Aussie classic light airy Rose Pavlova ($8) with delicious fruits of lychee, pomegranate and vanilla bean ice-cream. Specially created by the chef, this delicious sweet treat takes six hours to make and it’s not too sweet for any sweet tooth. For something more conventional yet still interesting, have the Warm Banana Chocolate Cake ($8). The moist chocolate cake is topped with generous serving of almonds and banana slices.
Besides great Melbourne cuisine, Intrepid also has a good selection of Australian wines, beer and cocktails to pair with your meal. There’s good old Aussie Pure Blond and New Zealand Great White ($16/pint) refreshing draft exclusively here at Intrepid. A specially curated craft beer selection of New Zealand’s Moa and Australia’s Feral brands. Bottled best-sellers are the crisp fruity MOA Breakfast ($19.90) or American-style Indian pale ale Feral Hop Hog ($14.80) with strong hints of pine needles and citrus.For cocktail, try the popular White Geisha ($14) with yuzu or the unusual Summer Beer Sangria ($35/carafe).
Every first Sunday of the month, Intrepid is serving up awesome port roast spread. If you want take the time to explore your creative side, Intrepid also has drawing classes on Saturdays conducted by an Indonesian artist, for you to expose the artistic you.
Intrepid Gastro Bar
40 Pekin Street, #01-01 Far East Square, Singapore 048770 (next to Water Gate)
Tel: 9068 8297
Operating Hours : 8am to 10pm (Mon-Fri); 10:30am to 5pm (Sat & Sun); Closed on Public Holidays.
Brunch: Weekdays 10:30am to 3pm & Weekend 10:30am to 5pm, Lunch: 11am to 3pm, Dinner: 6pm to 10pm
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