Actually, my dinner at Podi did not turn out as bad as the online reviews, perhaps because we picked the right dishes and it was a non-crowded weekday evening when you can dine at ease with less noise pollution. They seemed to have tweaked their menu as the Baked Egg Pots is nowhere on the menu, so we went for the satisfying Hearty Eggs ($16), a sourish pool of tomatoes with baked beans, mushrooms, spinach, sausages, caramelized onions and gruyere cheese and poached egg.
To put it in another terms, it's a Moroccan breakfast, Shakshouka. The ingredients were nothing spectacular. It was the assorted bread served alongside that made the difference when you dipped into the sauce.
Bewilderingly, we were discouraged by the staff to order something else instead of the "The Ham and Brie French Toast" ($16) is not the crunchy type. Why must French Toast be crunchy? Were the staff worried that it would not be delicious? Well, I'm glad we insisted with the order as they were strangely delicious.
The yellow pillowy bread with a small wedge of stinky Brie and ham in between, smelled like the eggy French toasts from my own kitchen. But somehow the spinach, both inside and on the brioche, together with the maple syrup transformed this into a rather non-prosaic dish.
It's cruel for me to compare this Matcha Cake ($5.80) to the standards in Tokyo, but I discovered that the middle is the moistest and most intense section of the cake. A bit boring with only sponge and cream but you can call it "beauty in simplicity".
The Banoffee Crumble Pie ($5.80) with scents of cinnamon and thick crust, might be too cloying but oh, that's how I like it to be. Have a bite of that dark chocolate layer, take a sip of the French peppermint tea ($6/pot) and voila~it tasted like refreshing peppermint chocolate!
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