Official Website: http://www.arbite.com.sg
Address: 66A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555962
Opening hours: Tues – Fri: 1130-1500 for lunch, 1800-2230 for dinner. Weekends: 0900-2230
Budget: About $15-20 per person
Recommendations: Brunch dishes!
Frequent dwellers of Serangoon Gardens should be pretty familiar with Arbite. The name “Arbite” is derived from the German word “arbeit” and the Danish word “arbejde”, both of which mean “work”. Set up by 3 secondary school buddies who believe that hard work should be rewarded with good food, the cafe aims to provide tasty food at pocket-friendly prices for the masses. Indeed, their success can be seen from their huge fanbase – we arrived on a Sunday afternoon without any reservations only to be informed that we had to wait about 45 minutes for a table. Although we were rather famished, we decided to wait since we had made the trip to Serangoon Gardens specially to visit the cafe.
After what seemed like forever (time crawls especially slowly when you’re waiting in hunger), we finally received the call to tell us that the table was ready! And so, we hurried over to the cafe at the speed of light. :D
For starters, we ordered the Truffle Fries ($12.90) which came in a huge portion (3 of us barely finished it). The fries, which were well-seasoned with truffle oil and truffle salt, were extremely addictive! That, together with the truffle dip that came with it, was enough to send any truffle fan to Truffle Heaven (if that place even exists). It’s a pity that I haven’t tried P.S Cafe’s truffle fries (apparently the best truffle fries are found there) so I can’t really tell if Arbite’s version matches up to that. Nevertheless, this is definitely a good starter to share among friends.
For mains, I ordered a Smoked Salmon Croissant ($14.90), which basically comprised lots of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs sandwiched between a croissant. The ingredients were so generous that the buttery and flaky croissant could barely hold them together. What stood out the most here, in my humble opinion, was the scrambled eggs – they were EXTREMELY SMOOTH! They were so smooth and creamy that I had difficulty trying to scoop them up with my fork. For someone who’s not usually a fan of hearty food, I must say that this dish really impressed me. In fact, I loved it so much that I polished the entire plate clean by myself. Omnoms. Just writing about it is making me hungry. ): If you ever visit Arbite for brunch, do NOT give their scrambled eggs a miss!
My friends went for the Arbite Breakfast Set ($15.90), which is a value-for-money option for those who want to sample a bit of everything. The orgasmic scrambled eggs are also included in the set, but in a smaller portion. According to my friend, the veal bratwurst sausage was also extremely delicious and wasn’t too salty (like the sausages at many places). It’s a pity that they don’t provide vegetarian breakfast sets and any change of item to the set would incur additional charges.
All in all, we agreed that the excellent service and tasty grub at Arbite justified our long travelling and waiting time. In fact, I think it’s one of the rare few brunch places that I probably wouldn’t mind revisiting. Piece of advice: do call them to place a reservation before you go down, or risk having to wait in hunger like us!
3.79/5 Scrambled Eggs