We’ve given you the run-down on the best boozy Saturday brunches in Singapore to enjoy sans kids (assuming the rug rats are being looked after by someone else, elsewhere). And you’re more than sorted with our guide to the best kid-friendly restaurants in Singapore. But we all know the best of the free-flow bubbly runneth over at SUNDAY brunch. Need to take your kids along? Never fear. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants in Singapore that will indulge the little ones while you concentrate on all-you-can-eat and drink. Cheers to that!
Family-Friendly 5 Star Hotels
Sunday Brunch at Barnacles by the Sea, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
If you’re looking for the ultimate kids’ brunch experience in Singapore, then the Sunday Brunch at Barnacles by the Sea at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa wins hands down. Set in a stunning waterfront location, the little people will be endlessly entertained by activities such as magic shows and balloon sculpting – with an occasional guest appearance from a real live bunny! While the booze isn’t as free flowing as some other brunch locales, you’ll be busy feasting on Alaskan king crabs and succulent roast meats. Pool access is inclusive of brunch, so there’s really nothing stopping you from taking a leisurely swim afterwards. (Psst, call ahead and you might even be able to squeeze the littles into the super cool toots club with treehouse slide, club activities and outdoor playground, all meals included!)
Where: Barnacles by the Sea, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa, Singapore 098970; www.shangri-la.com/rasasentosa.
When: Sun 12 – 3pm
Cost: Champagne, wine, beer, chilled, juices and soft drinks $168++, wine, beer, juice and soft drinks $153++, food only $118++; one kid under 11 free with every paying adult, $48++ for each additional child.
La Brasserie at The Fullerton Bay Hotel
La Brasserie has it all… the holy trinity of brunches – free flow, Kids’ Room, and, most importantly, it’s supervised. That’s right, you can actually take your time savouring those lovely freshly-shucked oysters and bouillabaisse while somebody else keeps a close eye on your children. The kids definitely do not miss out with their kid-friendly fare of mini-burgers, fries and nuggets while watching movies and doing crafts. Plus, they’re occupied the moment they walk in the door with a free puzzle, while you get all the French pastries you could dream of. Scoop up some crepes and macarons while you create your ultimate Bloody Mary, and you’re basically in brunch heaven. Watch this space for our full review! Also check out Town’s Sunday Champagne Brunch at nearby The Fullerton Hotel for a more local flavour instead (yup, they have a supervised Kids’ Room too – is there anything this place can’t do?)
Where: La Brasserie, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay Singapore 049326; www.fullertonhotels.com
When: Sat, Sun 12 – 3pm.
Cost: $68–$168, Prices vary according to day and drinks package, see website for full details; kids 6 –11 yrs $34++ (Sat), $44++ (Sun)
The Kitchen Table at The W Singapore
For lovers of relaxed tropical style and funky tunes, the W Singapore Remix Sunday brunch will hit the spot. Snap up a spot in the strikingly designed yet casual dining room, or in the exotic outdoors. The Kitchen Table restaurant boasts themed stations such as the Seafood Fridge, Carving and Grill and Ready to Wok & Roll. And this will have the kids rubbing their little hands together in delight: there’s a FAIRY FLOSS MACHINE. While there’s not a lot else to entertain kids except kid-centric food, you get complimentary access to the WET pool and take a dip post-feast as the DJ beats kick in. Detox. Retox. Repeat.
Where: The Kitchen Table, The W Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore, 098374; www.wsingaporesentosacove.com
When: Sun 12:30 – 4pm
Cost: Bubbly Remix – Taittinger champagne, wine and cocktails $168++, Cocktail Remix – wine and cocktails $148++, Cool Remix – fizz only $128++; kids 7-11 $78++, kids 4-6 $48++.
Seasonal Tastes at The Westin Singapore
For a dining experience that not only caters for our sophisticated palate, but has the health and wellbeing of our tiny tots in mind, you can’t go past the Westin Singapore Neptune’s Table seafood Sunday brunch. You’ll feel all the more relaxed enjoying your gastronomical journey knowing that a team of SuperChefs, doctors, dentists and dieticians have designed an extensive “Eat Well” menu especially for kids. Sure colouring’s cool, but why colour when the kids can design their own cupcakes? And if that sounds a little too indulgent, the baked cornflake-coated chicken fingers with carrots, celery sticks and low fat ranch sauce definitely score the kid tick of approval. And you’ll just have to suck it up with ridiculously succulent seafood and yum buffet nosh (tough life!).
Where: Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Singapore, Level 32, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore, 018961; www.thewestinsingapore.com
When: Sun 12 – 3pm
Cost: With a glass of champagne, wine, beer, or soft drink $58++; kids $29++.
The Knolls at Capella
A breathtaking brunch spot is the Knolls at Capella, with its stunning Sentosa location and its first-class nosh. It’s a veritable feast of Mediterranean inspired delights, much of which are created “a la minute” by a crew of uber-talented chefs. Worth a special mention is the seafood spread, in particular the super-fresh sushi and sashimi. The kids will marvel as the chef whips up crepes before their very eyes, and the gelato selection is a welcome healthier option than the usual ice cream offering. For the parents, it’s a nice touch that staff serve the well-stocked international cheese board direct to your table (no need to lift a finger except to call for a Champagne top-up). With all that energy you’ve saved, you might just manage a boogie to the live band. C’mon, the kids will love it!
Where: The Knolls at Capella, 1 The Knolls at Sentosa, Singapore, 098297; www.capellahotels.com
When: Sun 12:30 – 3pm
Cost: Vintage Taitinger Champagne, wine, beer and cocktails $258++, Taittinger Champagne and wine, beer and cocktails $178++, all alcohol except champagne $148++, soft drinks only $128++; kids 7-12 yrs $78++, kids 4-6 yrs $48++, kids under 4 free.
The Edge at Pan Pacific Singapore
The Pan Pacific Singapore lives up to its ‘Theatrical Sunday Champagne brunch’ catch phrase. And what really sets it apart from its hotel brethren is that it offers a FOUR-HOUR brunch experience. Hmmm, things could get messy with our bubbly of choice, Veuve Clicquot, on tap. Lucky there is plenty of scrumptious sustenance to line your stomach. Think prepped-to-order Peking Duck and a decadent caviar bar. The best part is that you hand over your table number when ordering and the waiters deliver piping hot deliciousness direct to your table. The local offerings such as spicy laksa and Indian curries are up there with the best we’ve tasted. Music to our ears – there’s a dedicated kids corner. Plonk them there for some kid-tertainment and a DVD or two (save up their TV quota for the week to stave off any guilt).
Where: The Edge, Pan Pacific Singapore, Level 3, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square Singapore 039595; www.panpacific.com.
When: Sun 12 – 4pm
Cost: Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne, house wines, beers and cocktails 208++, all of the above with regular Veuve 188++, just soft drinks $128++; kids 6-11 yrs $64++, kids under 6 free.
Mezza9 at the Grand Hyatt
Mezza9 at the Grand Hyatt embodies nine distinct dining experiences to titillate your taste buds under one roof. The quality and variety of the buffet is second to none. With a food mantra ‘thoughtfully sourced, carefully served’, you can indulge in fresh sustainable seafood (love those Coffin Bay rock oysters) and premium free-range and grass-fed meats with a clear conscience. Don’t go past innovative specialty items such as the nitrogen gin fizz made a la minute and the seriously moreish roasted suckling pig. It’s culinary theatre at it’s very best. As for kid-ability, the mini wagyu beef sliders and handmade pasta go down a treat. Oh and did we mention the kiddos get pencils and colouring-in sheets to keep them occupied while you make multiple trips to the oyster bar? Love this place! If it’s still a little out of your price range, check out Pete’s Place for a cheaper (but no less delicious) all-you-can-eat Italian option.
Where: The Grand Hyatt, Mezza9 restaurant, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore, 228211; www.singapore.grand.hyatt.com
When: Sun 11:30 am – 3pm
Cost: Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut champagne, wines, beers, mojitos, bloody marys $148++ Kids 3-12 yrs $69++, Kids under 3 free.
Melt Café at the Mandarin Oriental
The Mandarin Oriental has the champas brunch scene all wrapped up – check out our Saturday Brunch article, where we waxed lyrical about the La Dolce Vita soiree. The Sunday offering at Melt is every bit as delish (and wallet-friendly) as the La Dolce Vita version, but it offers a more relaxed alfresco vibe which is eminently better suited to families. To top it off, kids even get their own specially prepared brunch corner at Little Fan Land where they’ll get to colour, watch videos and paint in between trips to the mini-buffet. Almost sounds better than the outdoor BBQ zone where you can watch on in amazement at the barbie masters flame-grill your meat and seafood. Yummo.
Where: Melt Café, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore, 039797; www.mandarinoriental.com
When: Sun 12 – 3pm.
Cost: “R” de Ruinart Champagne, wines, Asahi beer, and cocktails (e.g. lychee martini and Singapore Sling) $158++, soft drinks only $98++.
Equinox Restaurant at Swissotel the Stamford
Pre-Marina Bay Sands, the Swissotel was the highest point on the Singapore dining skyline. The spectacular view from the level 70 Equinox Restaurant makes this a sky-high brunch experience. While you’re loading up on the freshly shucked oysters and live carved roast meats, your little buddies will be relishing the bite-sized kiddie pitched treats. They’ll feel right at home in the kid’s corner that is decked out with toys, video games, activities and live entertainment. This buys you time to enjoy that raspberry chocolate gateau you’ve got your eye on. Every last Sunday of the month is Pink Vintage Sunday Brunch – where food, drinks, staff and decorations are rosy pink…
Where: Equinox Restaurant, Swissotel the Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore, 178882; www.swissotel.com
When: Sun 12 – 3:30pm
Cost: Möet & Chandon Impérial $158++, soft drinks only $138++; kids 7-12 yrs $89++, kids 4-6 yrs $69++ (Pink Brunch Möet & Chandon Rosé $178++)
The Line at Shangri-La Orchard
The Shangri-la on Orchard has a classic ole’ world feel, and the Line restaurant has had a light, bright refurb. As the sommeliers fill your flutes, tuck in to some seriously good a la carte eggs and traditional breaky nosh. This brunch spread is right on the mark when it comes to quality and variety of produce. There’s not a taste that can’t be satisfied. The venue is good for older children that can be trusted to wander the grounds on their own. When brunch wraps up, you’ll probably find them chilling in the orchid garden which houses over 32 hybrids of orchids and a changing seasonal collection.
Where: The Line at Shangri-La hotel Orchard, 22 Orange Grove Rd, Singapore 258350, Lower Lobby, Tower Wing; www.shangri-la.com
When: Sun 12 – 3pm.
Cost: Taittinger Champagne, wines, and draft beer, $158++, just soft drinks $108++; kids $54++.
Colony at Ritz-Carlton
You will be floored the moment you waltz in to the Ritz-Carlton Vintage Champagne Brunch. The setting in the Colony is a grand affair, and the hits just keep on coming, with the welcome addition of local iconic dishes such as chilli and pepper crab. Just to whet your appetite, current menu highlights include a marinated Scottish salmon, sweet chilli glaze, cilantro and an absolutely standout Indian Tandoor spread (keep an eye out for new menu items). The cheese board is arguably the best in Singapore with over 50 French farmhouse cheeses. Even with a dedicated kids’ selection, you’ll have to peel the kids away from the live conservatory kitchens where they’ll be enthralled by chefs preparing food right in front of their eyes. For healthier options (that’s also a little easier on the wallet), check out the weekend brunches at Navio. Pop in on a Saturday to enjoy a Farmer’s Market buffet stocked with local produce grown in Northern California and get your veg intake for the week.
Where: Colony, the Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799, www.ritzcarlton.com
When: Sun 12 – 3:30pm
Cost: Vintage Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Blanc, wines and cocktails $188++, Vintage Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Rose, wines and cocktails $138++; kids 6 – 12 yrs $94++, kids 3 – 5 yrs $47++.
Kwee Zeen at Sofitel
Sofitel’s rolling out the Ultimate Sunday Champagne Brunch with an endless stream of seafood, foie gras and Taittinger at Kwee Zeen. It’s not just a carnival of flavour, it’s a literal carnival with face painting, balloon sculpting and even a bouncy castle for the kids. But why should the kids have all the fun? View a showcase of luxury automobiles and, if you like, you can even take the red one for a spin; or maybe even relax with a mini-spa. Fancy Italian instead? Check out Il Lido’s Saturday Prosecco Brunch for some hearty homemade Italian staples. And yes, complimentary pool access is inclusive of all brunches – perfect for cooling down when brunch wraps up.
Where: Sofitel, 2 Bukit Manis Road Sentosa, Singapore 099891; www.sofitel-singapore-sentosa.com
When: Sun 12:30 – 3:30pm
Cost: Taittinger Champagne, wines, soft drinks and juices $168++, soft drinks and juices only $138++; kids 5 – 11 yrs soft drinks and juices $58++.
Restaurants for a smaller-scale approach
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar
Our Editor Lindene Cleary road-tested Mitzo’s family friendly dim sum brunch:
If you like to enjoy dim sum with your fancy pants on, the weekend brunch at Mitzo is the place for you. The food here is creative yet authentic, and downright delicious. Mitzo is famous for its char siew, and we can see why – cooked in a divine caramelised sugar so it almost resembles a crispy toffee, it’s sweet, tender, and oh-so more-ish. The char siew pau is a sight to behold in its gorgeous gold-flecked, black-bunned pillowy form, and the escargot cheese puff is just good, cheesy fun. Accompanied by excellent cocktails or free flow Veuve Clicquot, this is one darn fine way to spend a weekend meal. But where do the kids go? Right next to you, of course, in the spacious kids’ play room! The room has easy access from the main dining room so you can keep one eye on your pau and one on your little peeps.
Where: Mitzo Weekend Brunch, Level 4, Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857; www.mitzo.sg
When: Sat, Sun, and p/h 11:30am – 2:30pm.
Cost: Artisanal cocktails, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, wines, and beers $128++, no booze $68++; kids 6-12 yrs 50% off and kids under six free.
La Barca Ristorante
La Barca is the sort of place you can enjoy authentic, organic Italian cuisine AND have your kids happily entertained for hours! This joint ticks all the boxes making it not only a kiddie haven, but also a parent’s happy place. Think bouncy castle, trampoline, playroom filled with toys, and educational cartoons on the TV. And, the best bit? On weekends they really up-the-ante with a water slide (and complimentary towels to dry off tiny diners!). Get. Us. There. Now.
Where: La Barca Ristorante, 90 Goodman Road, #01-21 Block C, Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore 439053; www.facebook.com/labarcasg
When: Sat-Sun 11am – 3pm
Cost: Free flow prosecco and food $45++.
Botanico at The Garage
Embedded in the gorgeous greenery of the Botanic Gardens, Botanico is a chic newly refurbished restaurant serving up ‘gifts of soil, land and sea’. Start your morning with delicately smoked organic egg and choose from seasonally selected mains. Of course, the kids won’t be left out of this botanical brunch, they’ve got their own mini four-course meal with kid-friendly cutlery and colouring sheets so they can fine-dine alongside mum and dad. While the kids are occupied by juice, pasta, pastries, and best of all, smiley fries, you can enjoy a sip of Botanico’s famous Thyme Lemonade in peace. You’ll have a much easier time leading those satisfied bellies over to the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. (Quick note, this isn’t an all-you-can-eat affair but it’s so lovely we wanted to give it a shout – check out our full review here!)
Where: Botanico at the Garage, 50 Cluny Park Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens (Bukit Timah Gate), Singapore 257488; www.thegarage.sg/botanico
When: Sun 11:30am to 3pm
Cost: AIX Rosé, wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea $120++, Four-course set menu only $65++; kids $18++
Italians believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and at traditional Italian resto Al Forno, you’ll have the chance to experience authentic, honest soul food for yourself. The buffet nosh at this family-run bistro is so rustic and fresh that parents-in-the-know flock here with the kiddos on Sundays (the kids can get stuck into it too). The menu changes every week (check Al Forno’s Facebook page for the latest brunch menu) but always has a top quality range of cheeses, cold meats, grilled veggies, pizzas, pastas and seafood. The desserts alone have us going back at least once a month (homemade tiramisu anyone?). And from just $40++, it’s one brunch that will fill tummies without emptying your wallet. Book ahead!
Where: Al Forno, 400 East Coast Road, Singapore 428996; www.alfornoeastcoast.com.sg
When: Sun 12 – 3pm
Cost: $40++; kids 6 – 12 yrs $30++, kids 3 – 6 yrs $15++.
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