Horseback riding and the swampy tidal flats of Singapore aren't images that go hand in hand, but half a mile down a deserted road in the middle of a tropical rainforest lies a small patch of England's Berkshire, complete with paddocks, stables and riding trails crisscrossing the lush hills. This is the domain of the Bukit Timah Saddle Club, and it's where, on a weekend morning, the scions of Singapore's great and good trot by on their steeds.
Tucked into this genteel landscape is Mimolette, tel: (65) 6467 7748. This newly opened restaurant is housed in a former boot camp for professional jockeys and its menu follows, according to founder Jonathan Chan, "the new American mantra." That's gastro-speak for an emphasis on fresh and organically grown ingredients, which is, in turn, often a euphemism for dull though not in Mimolette's case. Excellent and comforting dinners think pan-roasted quail, or Yorkshire pork rack are served nightly except Mondays. But Mimolette really comes into its own at Sunday brunch, when its uncluttered dining room is filled with a buttery light. Feast on crepes, soufflés, eggs benedict, cod-brandade omelette, corned-beef hash and all the rest. Naturally, the last thing you'll want to do afterward is climb into the saddle let others gallop across the surrounding meadows while you sit back and watch contentedly.
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