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.
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: Adults $118++, One kid under 11 free with every paying adult, $38++ for each additional child.
The W Singapore
For purveyors 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 can pay the extra for the child-friendly pool and lawn access and take a dip post-feast as the DJ beats kick in. Detox. Retox. Repeat.
Where: 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 $178++ with WET pool access; Cocktail Remix – wine and cocktails, SGD148++; Cool Remix – fizz only SGD128++, kids 7-11 $78++, kids 4-6 $48++.
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 the team of SuperChefs, doctors, dentists and dieticians have designed an extensive “Eat Well” menu especially for kids. The “Build Your Own Granola Parfait” encourages kids to actually play with their food – delicious, healthy and fun! The baked cornflake-coated chicken fingers, with carrots, celery sticks and low fat ranch sauce 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: The Westin Singapore, Level 32, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore, 018961; www.thewestinsingapore.com
When: Sun 12 – 3 pm.
Cost: A glass of champagne, wine, beer, or soft drink $88++, Kids 4-12 yrs $44++.
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 on offer. For the parents, it’s a nice touch that staff serves the well-stocked international cheeseboard 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 up, 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 – 3 pm.
Cost: Vintage Tattinger 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 Pan Pacific
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, on tap. Lucky there is plenty of scrumptious sustenance to line your stomach. Think prepped to order Peking Duck and a decadent caviar bar. Best part is that you hand over your table number when ordering and they 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 Hotel, Level 3, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square Singapore 039595; www.panpacific.com.
When: Sunday 12 – 4 pm
Cost: Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne, house wines, beers and cocktails 198++, all of the above with regular Veuve 178++, just soft drinks $118++, kids 6-11 $59++, kids under 6 free.
Mezza9 at the Hyatt
Mezza9 at the Hyatt embodies 9 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!
Where: The Hyatt, Mezza9 restaurant, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore, 228211; www.singapore.grand.hyatt.com
When: Sun 11:30 am – 3:00 pm.
Cost: Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut champagne, wines, beers, mojitos, bloody marys $148++ Kids 3-12 yrs $69++, Kids under 3 free.
Melt at the Mandarin Oriental
The Mandarin Oriental has the champas brunch scene all wrapped up – check out our recent 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. Kids and adults alike will flock to the outdoor BBQ zone where you can watch on in amazement at the barbie masters flame-grill your meat and seafood. Yummo.
Where: Mandarin Oriental, Melt restaurant, 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore, 039797; www.mandarinoriental.com
When: Sun 12 – 3:00 pm.
Cost: Veuve Cliquot champagne, wines, Asashi beer, and cocktails (e.g. lychee martini and Singapore Sling) $158++, Soft drinks only $98++.
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 Brunch – where food, drinks staff and decorations are rose in colour…
Where: Equinox Restaurant, Swissotel the Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore, 178882; www.swissotel.com
When: Sun 11am – 2.30pm, Pink Brunch every last Sunday of the month.
Cost: Möet & Chandon champagne $168++, soft drinks only $138++, kids 7-12 $89++, kids 4-6 $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 trad 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 a good one for older children that can be trusted to wander the grounds on their own. The hills and sprawling lawn are just begging for rolling races!
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 – 3.
Cost: Taittinger Champagne, wines, and draft beer, $158++, just soft drinks $108++, kids $54++.
Ritz Carlton – Colony
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 chili and peppered crab. Just to whet your appetite, menu highlights include Seared Foie Gras on Toast with Peppered Truffle Vinaigrette and an absolutely standout Indian Tandoor spread. The cheese board is arguably the best in Singapore with over 50 French farmhouse cheeses. Dedicated kids selections too. The Ritz Carlton Kids Club at Christmas has an unbelievable carnivale style kids set up. 5 stars. We’ll see you there!
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 $94++, kids 3 to 5: $47++.
Restaurants for a more relaxed approach
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar
Our Associate 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++, $68++ no booze, kids 6-12 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.labarca-sg.com
When: Sat-Sun 11am – 3pm.
Cost: Free flow prosecco and food $45++.
Italians believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and at trad 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 and that parents-in-the-know flock here with the kiddos on Sunday for the impressive spread that kiddos can get stuck into too. The menu changes every week (check Al Forno’s website 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.sg
When: Sun 12 – 3pm.
Cost: From $40++.
Brussels Sprouts is always a fave go-to for its succulent Belgian mussels in broth and crispy frites. Now you can add it to your Sunday brunch repertoire, as between 11.30am and 2pm you can enjoy free-flow mussels, clams, fries, sharing platters, starters and desserts. Wash it down with Hoegaarden and Stella beer and wine (with a couple of cheeky Mojitos for good measure). And if you somehow find yourself still in residence by 5pm (us? never!), the kids can fill up all over again for FREE! It really is not such a silly proposition as the kids will bust outside to play on the equipment leaving you to linger a little longer over your giant sized beer.
Where: 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, #01-12 The Pier @ Robertson, Singapore 239013; www.brusselssprouts.com.sg
When: Sun 11.30am – 2pm.
Cost: Hoegaarden White, Hoegaarden Rosée, Stella Artois, Mojito, house pour wines, soft drinks and juices $88++ per pax.