Review of Alkaff Mansion: Affordable Terrace Brunch at a Mansion Atop a Hill

Alkaff Mansion Singapore

Alkaff Mansion Singapore

If you haven’t planned your weekend brunch already, here’s something that might be an exciting option. How would you like to enjoy a leisurely alfresco brunch at a colonial mansion on a hill, surrounded by a dense green landscape and classy décor? Well… that’s Alkaff Mansion for you.

History of the Place:

A few weeks ago, while surfing through some of my favourite blog sites, I came across Alkaff Mansion, located on a hill at 10 Telok Blangah. The name itself intrigued me, and rightly so… for the place has a long, long history. As per Singapore Infomedia, Alkaff Mansion is a 19th-century colonial bungalow. Built in 1918 (some sources claim it to be 1926), by the Arab family of Alkaffs who came to Singapore from Yemen as food trader, the mansion served the family as a weekend house. It soon became a well-known hosting spot for high society gathering before world war II. Interestingly, this two-storey property that sat atop was also known as Mount Washington as the Alkaffs enjoyed a close relation with the American community in Singapore then. After World War II, the Alkaffs suffered business losses and sold off a number of their properties.

Alkaff Mansion Old and new Comparison Old Photo Courtesy: http://www.singaporecitygallery.sg/images/wmRadinMas-Book.pdf

Alkaff Mansion Old and new Comparison
Old Photo Courtesy: http://www.singaporecitygallery.sg/images/wmRadinMas-Book.pdf

The mansion served as the headquarters of the World Buddhist Society, which built two temples nearby. It was vacated in 1984 after the land was acquired by the government for the development of a 33-hectare park  as part of the Mount Faber Park Extension project. With no occupants, the mansion fell into a decay…

Photo Courtesy SLA, Singapore

Photo Courtesy SLA, Singapore

There have been two restorations since then, and in 2011, LES, a food and beverage company opened Italian Restaurant Alkaff Mansion Ristorante.

The Ambiance:

Alkaff Mansion Singapore

Alkaff Mansion Singapore

The history alone was enough to push me to try out the place… And when I saw some of its photographs, I was reaching for the phone to make a reservation for brunch.

Alkaff Mansion Singapore - Terrace

Alkaff Mansion Singapore – Terrace

Alkaff Mansion has a weekend brunch, alfresco, served on terrace of this mansion which houses the actual restaurant. Serene, that’s the word that comes to your mind when you look at the perfectly laid out tables.

Iron Rocking Chairs @ Alkaff Mansion

Iron Rocking Chairs @ Alkaff Mansion

They have some interestingly rustic décor out there. The huge, wrought iron rocking chairs, which can easily seat 2, maybe even three persons…

Alkaff Mansion Singapore - Terrace

Alkaff Mansion Singapore – Terrace

A number of really beautiful fountains surround the terrace.

Alkaff Mansion Singapore - Terrace

Alkaff Mansion Singapore – Terrace

The entire décor takes you to a perfect European or British Country style setting.

Canopy at Alkaff Mansion

Canopy at Alkaff Mansion

Alkaff Mansion Singapore - Top of the canopy

Alkaff Mansion Singapore – Top of the canopy

In fact, it is quite a popular place for conferences, as they have a huge aircon canopy permanently in place.

Alkaff Mansion Singapore

Alkaff Mansion Singapore

It is equally famous for holding weddings… infact in the few hours we were there, we saw the place transform into an intimate wedding venue.

Alkaff Mansion Singapore

Alkaff Mansion Singapore

Wedding Venue at Alkaff Mansion

Wedding Venue at Alkaff Mansion

The Brunch:They ave a limited, but gourmet brunch menu… with a spread of eggs, some sweet pancakes and waffles spreads and pizzas. This is what we tried:

Appletini @ Alkaff Mansion

Appletini @ Alkaff Mansion

[1] Appletini: We tried the Alkaff Mansions signature cocktail… The drink is specially concocted and made with Granny Smith fresh apples. What was amazing was how beautiful the drink looked. It was nice refreshing cocktail that went perfectly well with rest of our brunch.

Beef Sausage with Roasted Tomato & Salad @ Alkaff Mansion Singapore

Beef Sausage with Roasted Tomato & Salad @ Alkaff Mansion Singapore

[2] Beef Sausage with Roasted Tomato & Salad (S$ 12.80): The dish is served with Brioche & Butter and choice of eggs, scrambled, poached or sunny side up. I of course opted for the scrambled eggs. The eggs were beautifully blended and creamy… with just the right amount of seasoning. The beef sausage was cooked to perfection and the salad was crunchy and fresh. Quite satisfied with the dish.

Homemade ‘Italian Omelette’ @ Alkaff Mansion

Homemade ‘Italian Omelette’ @ Alkaff Mansion

[3] Homemade ‘Italian Omelette’ (S$ 8.80): Here you have the option of Prawn & Zucchini or Braised Onion & Bacon. Well my husband the egg-tarian actually customized it to zucchini and braised onions… The plating itself looked so delectable. The omelette was soft and nicely made, with fresh crunchy salad for company. The herbs atop the omelette added a nice flavour to the overall seasoning.

Scottish Smoked Salmon with Fresh Avocado, Roasted Tomato & Salad @ Alkaff Mansion

Scottish Smoked Salmon with Fresh Avocado, Roasted Tomato & Salad @ Alkaff Mansion

[4] Scottish Smoked Salmon with Fresh Avocado, Roasted Tomato & Salad (S$ 12.80): Just like the beef sausage, this dish is also served with Brioche & Butter and choice of eggs, scrambled, poached or sunny side up. The salmon is nicely cooked, the perfect amount of smoky and beautifully flavoured, without overwhelming the actual taste of the fresh fish. The avacado’s were creamy and soft and fused well with the salmon.

Waffle with A Scoop of Ice Cream & Wild Berries Sauce @ Alkaff Mansion

Waffle with A Scoop of Ice Cream & Wild Berries Sauce @ Alkaff Mansion

[5] Waffle with A Scoop of Ice Cream & Wild Berries Sauce (Chocolate Icecream) (S$ 8.80): The waffle they serve is not the crunchy variety, but it was quite well-made all the same. The wild berries sauce had just the right amount of acidity to it, complimenting quite beautifully with the chocolate icecream. I somehow prefer the crunch and so this dish wasn’t so much to my taste. But others at the table seem to have no problems finishing it off.

Banana Hotcakes with Mixed Berries & Crumble @ Alkaff Mansion

Banana Hotcakes with Mixed Berries & Crumble @ Alkaff Mansion

[6] Banana Hotcakes with Mixed Berries & Crumble (S$ 8.80): I do not remember having a pancake with a crumble before… or even if I have, it was too little to notice. Here, generous serving of 3 hotcakes, with a sprinkle of mixed berries and crumble made for a unique dish. The sweetness of the bananas and the slight tangy acidity of the berries, with a crumble for change in texture just blended in making it a distinctive dish to try out. Having said that, the pancakes themselves aren’t anything noteworthy. It’s the combination that probably works.

Coffee @ Alkaff Mansion

Coffee @ Alkaff Mansion

[7] Coffee: The coffee was nice and simple… nothing noteworthy or distinctive about it…

Hot Chocolate @ Alkaff Mansion

Hot Chocolate @ Alkaff Mansion

[8] Hot Chocolate: The hot chocolate was made nice and creamy, with just the right measure of bitterness added to it.

How much will it cost me: For such an exclusive place (which the Alkaff Mansion Ristorante is), their brunch was surprisingly affordable. The portions were sizable too… A brunch for 2 would cost anywhere between S$ 25 to S$ 40 depending upon what all you choose…

Trail to Alkaff Mansion

Trail to Alkaff Mansion

The Verdict: Oh go there for the location, no doubt about it… It’s such a beautiful, serene place with loads of space for children to play around, or for you to sit and chat. There’s a running trail and the Hendersen Bridge right next to it… a perfect way to end your brunch, a walk around the delightful Telok Blangah green! The ambiance is classy and tasteful… plus while you wait for your food, no one stops you for looking around the place or going for a walk. The food is good, and even though I wouldn’t call it the best brunch I have had, there really is nothing I can complain about, not the quality, not the price (given the location) or the portion size. It’s a perfect place to take visitors to… elegant, upscale, impressive and yet doesn’t burn a hole in the pocket like some others do… (strictly talking about brunch here)…

There’s a caveat though. One, there is really very little for vegetarians, except maybe the pizza options and desserts. And two, we were really lucky to be there in the most ideal (i.e. cloudy) weather. Given that it is alfresco, it can get quite hot… although I did see some huge outdoor cooling systems around. Having said that, I give this place a double thumbs up! Needless to say, difficult to get a table without reservation…

Address: 10 Telok Blangah Green  109178
For reservations: 6510 3068

Website: http://www.alkaff.com.sg/

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14 thoughts on “Review of Alkaff Mansion: Affordable Terrace Brunch at a Mansion Atop a Hill

  1. Food Esteem May 25, 2014 at 10:28 pm Reply

    Agree that it is surprisingly affordable in such a classy ambiance, away from the “vibrant” neighbourhoods 🙂

    I had a similar waffle too, but felt that the waffle is too soft and airy..

    http://foodesteem.blogspot.sg/2014/05/alkaff-mansion.html

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  3. andmorefood October 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm Reply

    pity about the waffles and pancakes – those pictures really drew me in until I read your comments!

  4. dedy oktavianus pardede September 26, 2013 at 6:47 pm Reply

    Wow, fascinating ambience for having a lunch,
    i like their generous portion too,
    worth for the price,
    when you visit Jakarta, don’t forget to go to Kota Tua, we’ve got similiar cafe named Cafe Batavia…..

  5. Sonal Chinchwadkar September 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm Reply

    Yes it is an amazingly serene place, perfect for leisure…

  6. Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen) September 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm Reply

    This looks like a relaxing place to spend a leisurely morning. Green grass, blue sky and a lovely breakfast.

  7. Expat Dad SG September 26, 2013 at 2:33 pm Reply

    Looks like a beautiful place and with space for the kids somewhere I think we’ll try.

    • Sonal Chinchwadkar September 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm Reply

      Yes… there’s space for children to move around… although the place as a smart casual dress code… 🙂 Let me know what you think…

      • B September 26, 2013 at 10:04 pm

        They have a bouncy castle for Sunday brunch, so that would be a good time for kids. Otherwise we have found that if we hike them there all the way from either Harbourfront or Kent Ridge Park, they behave well enough to fit in 😉

        We’ve mainly tried the pizza so far, though – thanks for introducing a few other dishes!

      • Sonal Chinchwadkar September 26, 2013 at 10:06 pm

        Love the hike idea!! Hungry and tired kids… key to good behaviour! Should suggest it to few of our friends… Yeah, I am a huge scrambled eggs fan… so I wasn’t disappointed! 🙂

  8. dishakapadia88 September 26, 2013 at 12:46 pm Reply

    Beautiful place! I would go there for the ambience only! The waffle looks awesome… added to the list! 😉

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