After only a year in business at the tiny premises just off Guillemard Road Brawn & Brains have made the move to a bigger space just around the corner. This is great news for all the regulars who have been vying for seating space, particularly on the weekends.
With previous seating capacity for only around 12 pax it was always tricky to get a table. Now, with seating for about 25, there’s plenty of space but the duo have retained the simple charm that have made Brawn & Brains a favourite for customers.
I’m impressed at how these guys started up a small business, refining things as they went along, and improving the customer experience whilst building up a devoted clientele. Once their solid foundations were created they decided to build on this and snap up the space at the front of their previous location, right on Guillemard Road but set back from the street.
Things are still simple at Brawn & Brains, the menu is basic, the weekend breakfast includes eggs with a choice of salmon or bacon, and you can add on avocado, bacon or salmon as extras or choose from two different wraps. On weekdays you’ll find a choice of sandwiches. The breakfast is a huge serving and my only suggestion would be to include different options for the type of bread. The home style (I think corn) bread was a bit too sweet and crumbly for my liking, and being a huge hunk as it was, it somewhat overpowered my breakfast.
The curried chicken wrap is a favourite of my friends and it lived up to expectations, a crunchy wrap with fresh and succulent chicken and lots of flavour from herbs, cheese and onions.
The stand out for me is still the coffee. Brawn & Brains have a beautiful machine that takes pride of place on the long bench area. Each day there are two coffee roasts to choose from, usually one with a chocolatey and smooth taste and another, more acidic and fruity, choice. And they’re made super strong so after two of these babies you’re literally buzzing out of the place.
Prices are very reasonable, and all include tax and they don’t charge service (you can tip if you like). Orders are made at the bar and expectations are managed by a sign indicating that food is freshly made so you’ll need to wait 15 to 20 minutes (I don’t think I’ve ever waited more than 10 minutes).
I just love the neighbourly and community feel in this place. Maybe it’s ’cause on this visit I was with two friends who live locally but Brawn & Brains seems to have a very chilled out and welcoming vibe. Simple and yet effective .
Brawn & Brains
100 Guillemard Road, #01-07
phone +65 6348 8892
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