Review: Broadcast HQ @ Rowell Road – Brunch Menu by Andrew Gale

Review: Broadcast HQ @ Rowell Road – Brunch Menu by Andrew Gale

Tune out and indulge yourself with meat—or chips—mead and music at the hip Broadcast HQ.

Broadcast HQ by Spa Esprit Group - Consultant Chef Andrew Gale - Tomato Salad with Poached Egg

Taking over the now-defunct Post-Museum, Broadcast HQ is the latest genre-bending joint by the joint effort of Spa Esprit Group, Harry Grover (of 40 Hands’ fame) and his brother George of Aussie music company Broadcast Events (aka resident DJ Darkwing) that is spicing up Little India.

Broadcast HQ by Spa Esprit Group - Consultant Chef Andrew Gale - Interior 2

Merging a restaurant specializing in smokey barbecued grub, coffee and cocktail bar, music store retailing vinyl and CDs, and a club space (upstairs) into an industrial chic, two-storey shophouse of hedonism is no easy feat—exposed walls, beams and boards, with a whimsical touch of paintings hung from the ceiling—but they’ve managed to do so without stealing the limelight from the colourful neighbourhood.

Beyond the large selection of tipples, and marinated barbecue meats and seafood of all varieties, Consultant Chef Andrew Gale (current Chef Proprietor at the much-acclaimed Duchess of Spotswood in Victoria, Australia) recently broadens chow choices with a new brunch menu.

Broadcast HQ by Spa Esprit Group - Consultant Chef Andrew Gale - Ham Hock Croquettes

Highlights include the Ham hock croquettes ($15)—its nicely crisp shell breaks nicely to reveal dense, creamy filling—teamed with a peppery, robust tomato compote that left me wiping up with toast, and the Tomato salad with poached egg ($15). The soft, runny goat’s cheese pairs interestingly well with juicy, fresh vine tomatoes. While the beautifully poached egg didn’t do much for me, or my tasting partner, I did enjoy that salty tang from the marinated avocado that rounds the dish perfectly.

Broadcast HQ by Spa Esprit Group - Consultant Chef Andrew Gale - Sea Scramble

On the watery side, the parsley- and kimchi-studded Sea scramble ($18), packed with smoked salmon and crab, is a pleasantly briny variation that will appeal to those seeking a taste of the sea. I usually prefer my scambled eggs wet, not runny, so do sound out when ordering or you may end up with soggy toast, like me.

Broadcast HQ by Spa Esprit Group - Consultant Chef Andrew Gale - Chips & Dips

Dangerously addictive, and great to chill along to their in-house podcasts (choose from four different ‘stations’, including alternative and hip-hop) via their wireless headphones, are the crackling crisp Wanton chips ($12 comes with 3 dips). Favourites include the sinful Onion & Bacon and the savoury Pickled mixed mushrooms in soy, mirin and olive oil.

Broadcast HQ by Spa Esprit Group - Consultant Chef Andrew Gale - BHQ Grilled Buns

Their Grilled Little India buns ($6) make for a great light bite if you’re feeling peckish. I only tried the tasty Crispy boneless habanero chicken wing and the tender Stewed beef short ribs—thankfully not as spicy as the menu writes it to be—but I’d definitely return for more.

Broadcast HQ by Spa Esprit Group - Consultant Chef Andrew Gale - Spiced Caramel Dessert

It’s unfortunate that their desserts lack the oomph, or perhaps too much in the case of the new Spiced caramel dessert—a potentially scrumptious marriage of black rice, sweet coconut yoghurt and warm banana that is marred by a overzealous mistress of saccharine sweet, spiced caramel—that their usual mains possess.

That said, few establishments have mastered the lethal blend of cool tunes, good grub and mean drinks, and and this hip spot has it down pat.

Note: This was an invited tasting.

Broadcast HQ by Spa Esprit Group - Consultant Chef Andrew Gale - ExteriorBroadcast HQ
107-109 Rowell Road
Singapore 208301

Tel: +65 62924405 | Website

Operating hours:
Tuesday – Friday 6pm-late
Saturday 12pm-2am
Sunday 12pm-10pm
Closed Mondays

Jazpster
Jazpster

What started out as just something fun for Jasper has developed into a passion for food over the years. Always having weird urges to take pictures of other diners’ food, he is used to being forcefully restrained by dining companions, but has yet to have security called on him. Jasper is open to all sorts of cuisines and dishes, and is always on the lookout for a good meal or deal. To him, an ideal restaurant is one that combines good food, friendly service and a warm ambience. "Food is all about the dining experience."

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