Living in Singapore, chances are you’ve been to a free-flow Champagne brunch or two (or three?) in your time. Every luxe hotel worthy of its 5 stars hosts a decadent brunch spread every Sunday. And just in case you haven’t quite made it to one of these delectable soirees, shelve all visions you have of a tired, coagulating, lukewarm buffet. Think instead of the finest seafood, antipasti, carved meats, made to order pasta and desserts sourced from around the world. Free-flow French bubbly only serves to enhance the experience, although herein also lies your drunken downfall. Life just isn’t the same pre vs post kids – and we can be a little hamstrung of a Sunday. Don’t cry, we’ve nailed down the top spots in Singapore for a SATURDAY boozy brunch instead. Grab your crew, leave the kids at home with the helper, let’s do this!
Before we dive in head first to this extravaganza of indulgence, best to set a few ground rules. After all, we must maximize our sans kids brunch experience.
- Start on the big ticket items like freshly shucked oysters, jumbo prawns, foie gras and silken fresh sashimi before plowing into the bread, potato, or pasta.
- Immediately get on first name terms with your waiter. Complementing them will pay handsomely come time for last drinks (or bottles stashed under the table).
- Usual Sunday brunch rule of thumb not to party on at the hotel bar afterwards does not apply. GO FOR IT! Our kids are happy at home playing educational apps on their iPad, and we have Sunday to recover!
5 STAR HOTELS HOSTING SATURDAY BRUNCH
Sadly there are only a handful of hotels extending beyond the usual Sunday brunch to satisfy the Saturday crowd.
Dolce Vita at the Mandarin Oriental
When you’re lifting your first glass of Ruinart “R” Champagne from the crisp white tablecloth at Dolce Vita you’ll feel relaxation washing over you. Situated on the fifth floor of the Mandarin Oriental next to the pool, this venue is light yet intimate. Exquisite modern Italian starters and mains are served direct to your table by knowledgeable staff (the truffle and porcini risotto is next level awesome). There’s no limit to the number of times you re-order a dish, so you won’t go hungry. And there’s a notable array of delish mini-desserts and cheeses to round off your meal. Decent cocktails, red and white wine too. This is our top pick!
Where: 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore, 039797; www.mandarinoriental.com
When: Sat & Sun 12 – 3pm
Cost: Ruinart Champagne, wine, cocktails, and draft beer $158++, $118++ soft drinks only.
La Brasserie at The Fullerton Bay Hotel
La Brasserie is a fab wallet friendly brunch in a stellar Collyer Quay location. While it’s true the food selection is somewhat limited – it’s more of a semi-buffet with a la carte entrée and main – you’d be mistaken if you think class has been compromised. We’re all over the do-it-yourself Bloody Mary hangover brunch for those that partied a little too hard on the Friday night! For the rest of us who haven’t seen the inside of a nightclub since the noughties, we can take full advantage of the endless Veuve Clicquot. Live band too!
Where: La Brasserie, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326; www.fullertonhotels.com
When: Sat & Sun, 12-3pm.
Cost: Saturday Hangover Brunch: $68++ soft drinks, $99++ free-flow Bloody Mary, wine and beer, $138++ with Veuve Clicquot.
Basilico at the Regent Hotel
Basilico is well known as the best value free-flow Prosecco feast in town. It has a reputation for consistently serving up authentic, rustic Italian fare, for the refined diner. We’ve overdone it on the antipasti many a time – wafer thin proscuitto, parma ham & rock melon, mussel salad, marinated anchovies and traditional Italian cheeses. If you’re feeling stuffed to the gills after all this deliciousness, you’ll be glad to hear there’s a homemade gelato station to cleanse the palate. The only thing that would make this experience better is if they switched the Prosecco for the French stuff. First world problems…
Where: 1 Cuscaden Road, Level 2 The Regent, Singapore, 249715; www.regenthotels.com
When: Sat 12-2.30 pm & Sun 12-3 pm
Cost: Italian buffet $72++, $78++ soft drinks only, and $119++ free-flow Prosecco.
A MORE RELAXED APPROACH – RESTAURANT BRUNCH
Meat Smith @ Cocotte
For something a little different, head down to Meat Smith @ Cocotte – a pop up collaboration between Cocotte (previously a French brasserie) and Meat Smith, our fave modern Southern American smokehouse. Until the end of April 2017 thrill your taste buds with inventive American – Indian fusion dishes. The full breakfast is hard to resist with bacon, eggs, Meat Smith sausage, toast and onion bhaji. Free-flow chai tea will wash it all down rather nicely. Kids are welcome if you want to treat them to an outing in this buzzy part of Little India (highchairs – tick!).
Where: Wanderlust Hotel, 2 Dickson Road Little India, Singapore, 209494; www.meatsmith.com.sg
When: Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day (from 7 am).
Cost: Al a carte (affordable prices).
When guests are in town, we head to the open rooftop bar at Kinki (pictured top) with its cracking view over MBS precinct. Kinki’s Bottomless Brunch at the restaurant downstairs is a sinful, free-flow binge of only the finest sushi, sashimi, maki, mains and desserts. Highlights from the urban Japanese menu include the seared Hokkaido scallop, the Hot Dynamite Maki (fried salmon and yellowtail roll with scallion and cayenne pepper), Wagyu udon and black sesame ice cream. We’re intrigued by the quirky catch phrase “So filling it’ll be hard to keep your pants on.” Sounds like things could get a leeeetle interesting.
Where: 70 Collyer Quay #02-02, Customs House, Singapore, 049323; www.kinki.com.sg
When: Sat 12 to 3pm.
Cost: A wallet friendly $52++ / pax, opt for free-flow alcohol options such as beer, sake, Prosecco and shochu from $25++.
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar
Our Associate Editor Lindene Cleary road-tested Mitzo’s 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 all-you-can-drink Veuve Clicquot, this is one darn fine way to spend a weekend meal.
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.
Are you a closet carnivore? The Wooloomooloo Steakhouse at Swissotel the Stamford has a revamped five-course weekend-only brunch menu, plating up prime cuts of meat including braised wagyu beef cheek in béchamel sauce, filet mignon with brioche croute and foie gras. The stellar menu changes bi-weekly, but often features breakfast favourites like eggs benny and crowd-pleasers like angel hair pasta with lobster and truffle oil.
Where: Level 2 Swissotel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882; www.wooloo-mooloo.com
When: Sat and Sun, 11.30am – 3pm.
Cost: Just food $48++, wine and Prosecco $98++, free-flow Perrier-Jouët Grand rut Champagne $118++.
Fill your table with as many delectable modern Thai dishes as you can consume at slick Long Chim restaurant at Marina Bay Sands. Chow down on beef curry with cherry tomatoes, grilled eggplant with steamed egg and dried prawns, and signature grilled tilapia in salt crust. Make sure to save room for sweet endings pandanus noodles, coconut cake, and black sticky rice. Nom nom.
Where: #L2-02 Atrium 2, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore, 018956; www.longchim.com.sg.
When: Sat and Sun 12pm-4pm.
Cost: $60 including one Thai bloody mary or mandarin mimosa.
Common Man Coffee Roasters
If you want to skip the booze and focus on quality grub and coffee, head to Common Man Coffee Roasters. CMCR boasts arguably the BEST coffee in Singapore, which isn’t really a surprise given its owned by the same dudes that helm the wildly successful 40 Hands in Tiong Bahru. The food is just as incredible as the caffeine (try the common man veggie wonderland). We hand selected CMCR as a kid-free Saturday brunch spot because it’s indoors (up a flight of stairs) and can be a little loud. We prefer to take our kids to a breaky venue with outdoor scooting area to hide cheeky behaviour.
Where: 22 Martin Road #01-00, Singapore 239058; www.commonmancoffeeroasters.com
When: Sat & Sun 7.30am-6pm (last orders 5pm).
Cost: A la carte, so prices vary.
Montreux Jazz Café
The Montreux Jazz Café is a jamming place to hang out – so we’re digging the all-new weekend brunch menu. Live jazz + free-flow tipples + hearty brunch classics = happiness. Check out the extensive Montreux Jazz Cafe brunch menu here, but we think the BB King cheeseburger with fries and the breakfast hash & hen egg sunny side up more than fit the bill. And perhaps a sticky date pudding or coffee chocolate to round out proceedings.
Where: #01-02, 10 Claymore Road, Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore 229540; www.montreuxjazzcafe.com.
When: Sat and Sun 11am-3pm (last order 2.30pm).
Cost: Free-flow Champagne, wines, house Spirits, beers and soft drinks $98, no booze $78++.
The Garibaldi brunch experience is a refined sit down affair. It’s more a case of being served exquisitely prepared and immaculately presented Italian fine cuisine than mass-produced buffet nosh. The menu changes weekly as the chef is dedicated to the ethos of fresh seasonal produce direct to your plate. The decadent mini-desserts are worth the extra calories. Intimate venue too.
Where: 36 Purvis Street, Singapore, 188613; www.garibaldi.com.sg
When: Sat & Sun 11.30am – 3pm.
Cost: Champagne Bruno Paillard Premiere Cuvée, beer and wine $188++, Prosecco, beer and wine $108++, soft drinks only $78++
Open Door Policy
We road-tested ODP’s new gluten and dairy free menu recently and were suitably impressed. Eggs feature heavily in a variety of ways including the spicy chorizo poached eggs, the sweet potato and pumpkin hash and the King crab eggs florentine. The cocktail list is off-beat sublime – blackberry and rose bellini anyone? And the ODP folks are rather charitable, charging $18 for the first glass of Prosecco, and then $4 less per glass until you’re drinking $6 flutes. Exceptional!
Where: 19 Yong Siak St, Singapore, 168650; www.odpsingapore.com
When: Sat & Sun 11am – 3:30pm
Cost: A la carte food and drinks.
Argentine restaurant boCHINche, right in the heart of the hip Amoy Street food district, has a menu to-die-for. Expect sophisticated dishes like the poached eggs on toast with braised ossobuco and chive hollandaise and the grilled chorizo, capers and burnt tomato salad. And no meal is complete without a grass fed beef steak imported from Argentina seared to perfection on a wood and charcoal grill. Our pick for dessert is the “Dulce de leche” crème brulee with banana split ice cream.
Where: #01-02, 115 Amoy Street, Singapore 239058; www.bochinche.com.sg
When: Sat & Sun 11am – 4.30pm
Cost: A la carte.
Tanjong Beach Club
Tanjong Beach Club effortlessly pulls off an Ibiza vibe right here in the tropics. Nestled amongst lush rainforest on one side and gleaming white sands on the other, this brunch spot will have you reaching for your reef coconut suntan oil. If however you are more inclined to keep that bikini under wraps and your hair frizz free, opt for a table in the blissfully quiet indoor dining room. Expect breakfast staples like the weekender fry up and eggs benedict, and a couple of off-kilter options with Mexican flair. You can also order from the top notch all day menu. Everyone’s happy! Come 4 pm (after a couple of bellinis) you’ll feel more inclined to shuck your kaftan and join the crowd by the pool as the DJ beats kick in.
Where: 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore, 098942; www.tanjongbeachclub.com
When: Sat & Sun 10am–4pm
Cost: Around $35++ without booze (champas ~ $150 a bottle)
The White Rabbit
Whimsical The White Rabbit – and its outdoor gin bar The Rabbit Hole – is permanently on our list of special occasion restaurants. Housed in an old chapel, this establishment is all class, right from its dreamy interiors, to its decadent menu and extensive wine list. Go light with an acai bowl or burrata with vine ripened tomatoes or heavy with the White Rabbit Fry Up (with, you guessed it, the lot). Special mention must also go to the freshly shucked oysters.
Where: 39C Harding Road, Singapore 249541; www.thewhiterabbit.com.sg
When: Sat, Sun and p/h 10.30am-3pm.
Cost: Al a carte
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