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The ultimate guide to fabulous bubbly brunches

If there’s one thing Singapore does well, it’s a boozy weekend brunch. Whether you’re looking for bottomless bubbly, boundless Bloody Marys or all-you-can-sip prosecco, there are loads of brunches around town to satisfy your every craving. Here’s a roundup of some of our free-flow favourites.

The Kitchen Table

W Singapore buffet
Best family-friendly find

When: Sunday from 12.30pm to 3pm

What’s popping:

For $148, enjoy a free flow of red and white house wines, and cocktails; or add just $20 to enjoy unlimited champagne and access to the huge resort pool – a perfect spot for whiling away the afternoon.

Tucked in a quiet and exclusive end of Sentosa Cove, and overlooking the beautiful W Singapore pool, The Kitchen Table has such a relaxed tropical vibe that it’s akin to going on a quick getaway. Start in a healthy and guilt-free vein with an array of fresh juices and light salads, then move to the seafood spread on ice – we thoroughly enjoyed the fresh lobsters and mussels. There’s also a mini-selection of international delights like sushi and Peking duck; portions are small, so you can save your stomach for the best. Once you’re ready for the mains, hit the Indian food section, which was my favourite of the lot – flavour-packed butter chicken, freshly baked naan, fragrant biryani and an ultra-impressive whole tandoori cod.

If you prefer sitting outside, there’s an alfresco dining area where chefs barbecue all sorts of meats on a charcoal grill. The bratwurst we had was hearty, savoury and packed full of flavour, while the sweet and juicy grilled pineapples were a perfect complement to the smoky meat.

No buffet spread is complete without a glorious display of sweet treats, and the dessert selection offered here didn’t disappoint. Look forward to an endless supply of chocolates, macarons, mini-cakes and more. I absolutely adored the hazelnut tart, which had a strong nutty taste, and the dainty, bite-sized macarons.

Children of all ages are welcome here. Those below four years of age dine free, while it’s $48 for ages four to six and $68 for ages seven to 12. There’s also a kids’ corner, where the little ones can decorate cupcakes and tuck into kid-friendly bites like mac and cheese. The freshly spun candyfloss is a delightful post-meal treat – that’s if they’ve behaved well, of course!

Psst…

Celebrate Easter with a feast of Easter specials on 16 April from 12 noon to 2pm, or 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Prices are $188 per adult with free-flow bubbly and pool access, and $78 per child aged six to 12.

– Anthia Chng

The Kitchen Table W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
21 Ocean Way
6808 7268 | wsingaporesentosacove.com/thekitchentable

Pete’s Place

Pete's Place buffet
Best bang for your buck

When: Sunday Brunch is from 11.30am to 2.30pm

What’s popping:

Free-flow prosecco, Italian wines, Tiger draft beer, Aperol spritz and Campari cocktails

Descend the stairs from the opulent foyer of the Grand Hyatt and be transported to a cosy and welcoming Italian trattoria complete with exposed brickwork, red-and-white chequered tablecloths, and the heady smell of wood-fired pizza. The atmosphere is relaxed and family-friendly – it’s easy to forget you’re in the centre of Orchard. And if you’ve spent too much on shopping, you’ll be glad to know that the brunch is a reasonable $48 per adult, plus $30 for free-flow alcohol; children aged five to 12 eat for just $29.

The buffet is laden with salads and antipasti including freshly shaved prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella with vine-ripened cherry tomatoes and fresh basil leaves, and the biggest Parmesan cheese wheel I’ve ever seen. Large, juicy king prawns and shucked oysters on ice are on the seafood counter; there’s also a whole baked fish and a roast of the day.

However, the food here is really about the Italian flavours; think delicious bowls of blue mussels in tomato, aromatic lasagne, and freshly baked bread with herbed butter. You can watch the chefs prepare the pizzas (from dough that’s been rested for 48 hours), then wood-firing them in the huge brick oven before delivery to your table. Choose your favourite handmade pasta, and the chefs will customise a sauce for you. This is all enjoyed while sipping free-flow prosecco and other Italian wines, or an cheeky Aperol spritz.

Kiddies are welcome, and the staff is attentive. The kids loved high-fiving the chefs and wait-staff, and there were lots of food options for them, including a special tomato pasta and pots of ice creams and gelato in a variety of flavours. Adults can finish with traditional Italian desserts such as the light tiramisu or panna cotta, or even chocolate-dipped strawberries– a fitting end to the indulgence!

– Amanda Broad

Basement Level, Grand Wing,
Grand Hyatt Singapore
6738 1234 | singapore.grand.hyattrestaurants.com/petesplace

Keyaki Japanese Restaurant

Keyaki buffet
Best for sashimi and teppanyaki

When: Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am to 2.30pm

What’s popping:

$135 per person gets you free-flow Laurent Perrier Brut NV Champagne, Mio Sparkling Sake, Akazaru Sparkling Shochu, Manzairaku Kaga Umeshu Soda and Tiger beer.

Keyaki is set in a beautifully landscaped Zen garden, which sets the mood perfectly. The atmosphere is casual and ideal for families, whether or you sit indoors or out. Brunch comes served kaiseki-style in a customised eight-course menu of Japanese classics. You choose from five options per course; these include child-friendly dishes like udon and tempura, which the littlies will love.

The menu has recently been refreshed, with 20 new dishes crafted by Master Chef Hiroshi Ishii – they all come recommended. We started on a light note withgrilled eggplant with sweet miso paste and seared beef with ponzu sauce as our kobachi (side dish), both new on the menu: the eggplant had a delightful umami flavour, while the beef was melt-in-themouth tender.

If you enjoy sashimi, be sure to order the salmon and the yellowtail, which come in five thick slices. For our yakimono (grilled dish), we triedsalmon with soy milk skinandscallops with spicy cod roe sauce. The salmon was cooked just right and went well with its crispy bean-curd accompaniment, and the scallops were topped with shredded uni (looking a little like carrots!).

Next up was the nimono (simmered dish); we opted for steamed oysters topped with tofu, which were juicy and flavourful, and beef and vegetables with sukiyaki sauce. For the agemono (deep-fried dish), we tried deep-fried scallops with minced prawn and deep-fried crabmeat with cream sauce – crisp and piping hot.

And the teppanyaki course certainly didn’t disappoint; we made short work of the plates of tender beef and fragrant prawns. A steaming bowl of smooth Inaniwa udon noodles made a satisfying end to our meal. Oh, wait – there was still dessert to enjoy! Our pick was the tofu cheesecake, plus a refreshing scoop of green tea ice cream.

– Lindsay Yap

Level 4, Pan Pacific Singapore,
7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square
6826 8240 | panpacific.com/singapore

Melt Café

melt cafe brunch buffet
Best seafood spread

When: Sunday from 12 noon to 3pm

What’s popping:

“R” de Ruinart Champagne is free-flowing and delectably light for a Sunday afternoon at Melt Café. Exclusive to Mandarin Oriental, these bubbles are a blend of chardonnay (40 percent), pinot noir (50-to-55 percent) and pinot meunier, and make for a perfect match to the sprawling seafood spread. The Full Bubbly Experience ($158) also includes red and white wine, beer, cocktails of the day, soft drinks and juices – our mandarin mojitos were the perfect way to start!

We recommend you do your rounds before diving in here. It’s easy to miss the various nooks of culinary delights, including the outdoor barbecue station. If it’s not a scorcher of a day, request to be seated on the alfresco terrace; it’s great for kids to run around, while aromas of basil-spiced T-bone lamb and wagyu beef burgers waft across and really get the appetite going.

Inside, the atmosphere is bright and spacious; the interior is simple, with towering displays and islands of treats taking centre stage. While the kitchen successfully delivers on brunch staples and local favourites, seafood-lovers are really in their element here, with the likes of wood-smoked salmon and gravlax, Boston lobster, Peruvian scallops and Alaskan king crab chilling on ice; then, swim over to the hot station for creamy clam chowder, whole smoked snapper and salmon Wellington.

If space permits, dessert is a must! There’s a whole lot of fun to be had decorating your waffles with gelato and toppings, and dunking marshmallows in the Valhrona chocolate fountain.

– Leanda Rathmell

Mandarin Oriental,
5 Raffles Avenue
6885 3500 | mandarinoriental.com/singapore

Brasserie Les Saveurs

st regis buffet
Best for first-class champagne

When: Sunday from 12 noon to 3pm

What’s popping:

For $195, enjoy a great selection of wine, beer and the restaurant’s signature Bloody Mary, plus Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, along with your food; or top up to $395 to enjoy a really indulgent Krug Grande Cuvée, which starts with the sabrage ritual dating back to Napoleon. Sabrage is the French term for opening a bottle of champagne with a sabre, and it’s said that when Napoleon’s army returned home after a victory, this is how they’d celebrate. Instead of using a corkscrew, the soldiers simply took out their swords and struck them against the lips of the bottles, slicing off the corks. This art of champagne opening has become a ritual at the St. Regis.

With a gorgeous view of the pool and some live music, the ambience here is lovely; relaxed and charming, and it’s something a little different from any other brunch in town.

Here, starters and desserts are served buffet-style, while you can order mains off the menu; we especially loved the pan-roasted striploin, which was cooked to perfection. Other mains included oven-baked salmon, pan-seared smoked turkey breast and wheat pappardelle pasta; the menu also features an “Eggs Made to Order” section. There’s a separate carving station that serves the most amazing roasted prime rib with Dijon mustard and beef jus, a foie gras cooking station, and a divine seafood spread of shellfish and sashimi, alongside cold cuts and antipasti. There’s really something for everyone.

During brunch, the chef sends out small bite-sized creations for diners to try, which is a lovely touch. Kids have a choice of cheesy penne pasta, snapper fish fingers and fried rice, in addition to the buffet spread. (Brunch is $75 per child.)

Psst…

Before brunch, don’t miss the complimentary hour of apéritifs from 11am to noon at Astor Bar!

– Jacqui Young

The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road
6506 6860 | brasserielessaveurs.com

Manhattan

manhattan brunch cocktails
Best for cocktails

When: Sunday from 11.30am to 3.30pm

What’s popping:

$195 gets you free-flow cocktails, beers and wines plus free-flow Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne; the $150 option excludes champagne. One of Singapore’s few adult-only brunches, the Manhattan brunch – in the best New Yorker tradition – oozes glamour, sophistication and plush velvet curtains. And, after a few cocktails, it’s easy to imagine that you’re actually in Manhattan, as the décor, music (an excellent retro playlist including everything from The Cars to MC Hammer) and service create a sublime atmosphere.

First up, head to the Bloody Mary room and chat to the bearded mixologist who is solely dedicated to creating the perfect concoction for you. Thereafter, try out a procession of dynamite cocktails and, depending on your preference, the delightful French champagne. For us, the standouts from the seven cocktails were: The Flowing Bowl (Pimm’s, Ford’s Gin, ginger beer and blackberry), El Comodín (tequila, lime, hibiscus syrup and salt), and the Bellini – but there’s something for everyone, including craft beer that’s made in-house!

A foodie highlight is the mix of help-yourself-buffet and tasting plates delivered to the table: of note were the scallops dusted with chorizo, and the waffle with foie gras – a wicked combination. At the seafood buffet are delicate French and UK oysters, plus crab and lobster, while the delicatessen features quality cold meats and salad; we loved the tender beef with French cheese from the carvery. To conclude, we had great fun torching our own mini Baked Alaska – an interesting addition to the dessert buffet selection.

It’s no wonder Drinks International named Manhattan Number 11 in its list of the World’s 50 Best Bars in 2016. Grab your friends and head there soon – this is pure indulgence!

– Katie Roberts

Level 2, Regent Singapore,
1 Cuscaden Road
6725 3377 | regenthotels.com/regent-singapore

Adrift by David Myers

adrift brunch rose
Best for rosé

When: Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 3pm

What’s popping:

Add on $70 to your $88 brunch bill, and you get a free-flow of five different types of rosé (including my absolute favourite, Miraval!), red and white wines, prosecco, Bloody Mary cocktails, watermelon mojitos, a “Ginza-style” fruit cocktail and Suntory draft beer, plus soft drinks. The bartender comes around with a cart to make sure your glass is constantly full, and your drink is served just the way you want it!

If you’re looking for a hotel brunch that doesn’t feel like a hotel brunch, this is your place. The naturally-lit, California-izakaya-inspired restaurant by award-winning chef David Myers has a relaxed, chic-and-casual atmosphere that’s perfect for throwing back cocktails and lingering with friends.

Grab a seat at the floor-to-ceiling “swing” booths by the window, and help yourself to a spread of delicious salads, fresh seafood, charcuterie and cheeses, fruit and sweets (the banana bread and chocolate pie were winners in my book). Mains are ordered à la carte and include some very strong menu choices – how good does ricotta pancakes with yuzu honey, vanilla persimmons and azuki bean ice cream sound?

Ultimately, I opted for the excellent wagyu cheeseburger with tomato jam, Gruyère, pickled jalapeños and a sunny-side-up egg, while my friend loved her generously portioned crispy chicken and sweet potato waffle with maple-umeboshi syrup.

Adrift gets bonus points for offering its brunch on Saturdays, too. That said, I’d suggest leaving the little ones at home for this one, as the menu caters more to an adult palate, and the vibe is tranquil.

– Amy Greenburg

Tower 2, Marina Bay Sands Hotel
6688 5657 | marinabaysands.com/adrift

Ash & Elm

ash & elm
Best all-rounder

When: Every Sunday from 12 noon to 3pm

What’s popping:

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, wines, beers and Bloody Marys for $138; or $98 for free-flow juice, soft drinks and DIY Bloody Marys.

I was immediately struck by how refined and slick everything was at Ash & Elm: Great Gatsby-esque décor, all the gloriously fresh food laid out in style, and not in overwhelmingly vast quantities. It’s a small-ish area, which means it doesn’t feel like some mass eat-a-thon. Instead, it maintains an air of decorum. (Yes, it’s possible to remain civilised at a free-flow brunch… well, until around 2pm, anyway!).

I do love to kick-start a brunch with something punchy, and the Bloody Mary cart did the job. Once we were seated, the cart made a beeline for our table – how did he know? Such a smart touch, to have your handmade cocktail concocted right in front of you, where you can add just the right amount of whizz-bang spice!

These guys have got it spot-on with the food, too, marrying carefully chosen buffet delights –120-day grain-fed Australian ribeye, Norwegian salmon, salted caramel fountain – with the option of unlimited à la carte small plates, ordered from and served to your table. The small plates menu changes each month but, fingers crossed, you’ll get to try the pan-fried duck foie gras or the chargrilled Ibérico pork loin. Don’t even get me started on the cheese and charcuterie room; two of my faves quite deserving of their own temperature-controlled boudoir. (Please up the ante on the cheese selection, though, Ash & Elm!)

There’s a kids’ room, too, with a tasty selection of little meals for them at the buffet.

Psst…

Look out for Ash & Elm’s Easter brunch on 16 April, complete with egg-painting, chocolate crafts and balloon sculpting for the little ones.

– Emi Finch

InterContinental Hotel Singapore,
80 Middle Road
6825 1008 | singapore.intercontinental.com

Seasonal Tastes

seasonal tastes buffet brunch
Best marina views and desserts

When: Sunday from 12 noon to 3pm

What’s popping:

For $148, you can luxuriate in free-flow Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut Champagne, wine, beer, cocktails and soft drinks. If you fancy just a small tipple, the $88 option includes a glass of any of the above. Children dine for $44.

Set high on the 32nd floor of The Westin, the spacious and contemporary Seasonal Tastes restaurant boasts panoramic views through its floor-toc-eiling windows across the CBD, Marina Bay and the South China Sea – I highly recommend reserving a window seat.

Whether you’re craving Asian, Western or something in between, there’s plenty of dishes to suit all tastes at the buffet spread. I made a beeline for the truffled baked eggs and the plentiful salad bar (and went back for seconds), while my other half started, as he always does, with a well-heaped plate of seafood: fresh oysters, Alaskan king crab, snow crabs and clams.

Signature main courses include the Australian tomahawk steak and the roasted chicken. The Italian section is also well stocked, allowing your choice of pasta, sauce and topping, from cheese ravioli to black truffle gnocchi, all cooked á la minute. The live grilling station is fun for the kids to watch, and you can try juicy satay sticks, and stir-fried meats and seafood cooked to your liking.

For me, the cherry on the top was definitely the dessert station (excuse the pun!). The assortment is just spot on – from sticky toffee and date pudding to strawberry rhubarb tarts, cakes, macarons, slices of white and milk chocolate with nuts, and much more. Kids (both big and small) will love the Italian gelato with old-school toppings (jelly beans and sprinkles, anyone?) – the sweetest way to top off a decadent afternoon!

– Susannah Jaffer

Level 32, The Westin Singapore,
12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2
6922 6968 | thewestinsingapore.com/seasonaltastes

pan pacific brunch buffet
Upgrade alert!

Edge’s Sunday Champagne Brunch

The much-loved, four-hour Sunday Champagne Brunch (12 noon to 4pm) at Pan Pacific Singapore’s award-winning Edge restaurant gets an upgrade this month, now offering even more to enjoy with your free-flow Veuve Clicquot champagne. With an improved buffet line-up featuring seven interactive live food theatres and up to 16 stations serving signature dishes, the experience is sure to be bigger and better than ever before. And, it’s all accompanied by live music!

New menu highlights include porcini mushroom tortello with chopped truffles, chives and parmigiana crème, Tajima wagyu striploin and Iberian porchetta with crackling, among others. The new knife-shaved crudo bar offers Atlantic salmon with apple and wasabi dressing and torched mustardmarinated wagyu beef, alongside a decadent caviar bar and seafood on ice. Cheese lovers will appreciate the range of artisanal Irish cheeses now available at the “Farmer’s Cheese Theatre” – look forward to more than 30 types of cheese from some of Europe’s finest cheesemakers, as well as a scorched raclette cheese live station complete with traditional accompaniments.

There’s also an array of new desserts, from strawberry pistachio shortcake, gluten-free chocolate banana gateau and ivory popcorn verrine to a chocolate lava cake live station; little ones will surely love the new kids’ dessert station with its cotton candy, “Pierrot Gourmand” gummy display, chocolate fountain and soft-serve ice cream.

Brunch is $188 per person, inclusive of Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label Champagne, a selection of red and white wines, draft beers, passionfruit mojitos, sugarcane with rum, champagne cocktails, fresh juices and soft drinks; or, top up to $208 for the Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne. Brunch is $128 per adult without alcohol, and $64 per child.

Level 3, Pan Pacific Singapore,
7 Raffles Boulevard
6826 8240 | edgefoodtheatre.com

Look out for our upcoming review of the refreshed Sunday Champagne Brunch at Edge!

Montreux Jazz Café

Montreux Jazz brunch
Our reader test drives Montreux Jazz’s bubbly brunch

When: Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 3pm

What’s popping:

Free-flow champagne, house wines and spirits, draft beers and soft drinks for $98. The non-alcohol option is $78, while kids eat for $16.

Montreux Jazz Cafe’s new weekend brunch is a good option for anyone looking for something a little different to the sprawling buffets of its bigger siblings. A small restaurant with an intimate atmosphere provides the backdrop for some pleasant live jazz and simple fare. There’s also a kids’ room, which we found all set up for an afternoon of entertainment. Ours were a little too old for the colouring, glitter tattoos and party games provided, but it’s a great option for younger ones if you’re looking to have them whisked away for the afternoon while you enjoy a few glasses of bubbly.

For our starter course we chose the portobello stack (with baby spinach, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, shallots and raspberry vinaigrette) and corn fritters (with baby spinach, roasted tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette), both of which were disappointing and had to be sent back. A better main course followed in the form of a perfectly cooked burger encased in a brioche bun and side of fries; hubby opted for the steak frites, which was average. But, it was a big thumbs-up from the kids for their food, with the fish and chips and spaghetti Bolognese freshly cooked and served right away.

Meanwhile, the brunch’s “live station” was suffering somewhat from an identity crisis – an unusual combination of lamb, vegetables and potatoes along with a raclette station. The raclette was delicious, though, so hopefully the cheese selection will be expanded in the future.

For a new venue, the service was well meaning but sporadic; they have some way to go on this front. Once a few of these creases are ironed out, this venue is definitely one to watch in the future.

– Theresa Chapman

Pan Pacific Orchard, 10 Claymore Road
6733 0091 | montreuxjazzcafe.com/en/cafe/singapore

 

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