Since having brunch became a thing, more of us meet our girlfriends over brunch than dinner. After all, a weekend brunch is the perfect way to get ready for the week ahead and enjoy loads of indulgent food you wouldn’t normally have access to.
There are lots of great places to hit up for a meal and a tipple here in Singapore, but these four hotels have our vote for great variety of food, drinks and a cool vibe that can’t be matched.
Another boozy, bottomless brunch to try is Melt Café’s Sunday Champagne Brunch, available from 12 to 3pm. A highlight is the large wooden basin brimming with five types of premium sashimi resting on a bed of ice. There are also freshly shucked Fine de Claire and Creuses de Bretagne oysters neatly stacked with Alaskan king crabs and Boston lobsters. Over at the carving station, the slow-roasted Australian prime rib beef awaits. To spice up your palate, try the traditional spiced whole spring lamb at the Indian counter. There’s even a barbecue set up at the alfresco garden area. Save room for Melt’s stunning showcase of dainty desserts and irresistible cakes.
The Champagne Brunch is priced at $118 per person with chilled juices and soft drinks, or $178 per person for unlimited flow of Ruinart “R” de Brut Champagne, wines, cocktails, beers, juices and soft drinks. Alternatively, select the premium option with free flow of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne at $218 per person.
Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Tel: 6885 3500, Mandarinoriental.com/singapore
Colony’s popular Vintage Champagne, available on Sundays from 12noon to 3.30pm is one of the most spectacular Sunday Champagne brunches in town. The spread likely has the largest selection of seafood in town. Make a beeline for the ice bar laden with Alaskan king crabs, lobsters, langoustines, yabbies and prawns. Just next to these crustaceans are at least five types of freshly shucked oysters from places like France, Ireland, and Canada. The assortment of sushi, sashimi and homemade gravlax is equally popular.
For serious indulging, there are the eggs Benedict with lobster and foie gras stations. But save room for the Chinese roasts such as crackling pork belly, soy sauce chicken, and roast duck, or the tempting Indian spread comprising hearty dum biryani, butter chicken, and rogan josh that go well with warm naan.
To finish off, check out the mind-blogging range of hard and soft cheeses from Europe. The colourful display of desserts right at the entrance includes cakes, tarts, pastries, miniature desserts, ice cream, chocolate truffles, and macarons. At $192, the meal is inclusive of unlimited Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Blanc 2009, Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Rose 2009, as well as selected cocktails and wines. The non-alcoholic brunch is at $142 per adult.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia, Tel: 6434 5288, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/singapore/dining/colony/menu
Origin Grill’s Sunday Vintage Brunch rolls out unlimited servings of signature appetisers such as cured house salmon, San Daniel prosciutto, charred asparagus and Origin salad, followed by a main course of your choice. This includes Soul Food ‘Big’ Bowl, potato and chive cake, Origin’s open steak sandwich, Rangers Valley striploin with blue cheese butter, 35-days aged John Stone striploin, or grilled sea bass fillet. After polishing off your hearty mains, feast on the selection of pastries, cakes and cheeses that change weekly, or head to the crepe live station. You’ll of course get to have unlimited pouring of wines, vintage wines and cocktails.
The Sunday Vintage Brunch is available every Sunday from 12pm to 3pm, and priced at $108 for food and non-alcoholic drinks, $168 for food, unlimited wines and cocktails, and $208 for food, unlimited wines, cocktails and vintage wine pouring.
Lobby Level, Tower Wing, Shangri-La Hotel, Tel: 6213 4398, www.shangri-la.com
Mezza9’s new champagne brunch, available on Sundays from 12noon to 3pm, offers the ultimate indulgence with champagnes served by the bottle. Yes, diners will have a bottle of champagne placed in an ice bucket at their table at all times during their brunch – and bottles will be replaced when the bubbly is finished. With the various live food stations, this stalwart is a perfect place for celebrations.
In addition to a free-flow of champagne, red and white wines, gin & tonics, martinis, and beers, you will now have access to the new wine-pairing stations located next to the different food stations. These wines have been hand-picked to match the dishes of the respective food stations, such as imported sakes to go with sushi.
At $118 per adult, the non-alcoholic brunch is inclusive of fruits juices, soft drinks, coffee/tea. Add $40 per adult to enjoy free-flowing Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne served by the bottle, access to wines by the glass at the wine-pairing stations, certified sustainable red and white wines by the bottle, nine hand-crafted gin and tonics from the party room, a selection of martinis from the martini bar, and beer. Add $60 per adult to enjoy free-flowing Perrier-Jouet Blason Rosé Champagne instead of the brut.
Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Tel: 6738 1234, www.singapore.grand.hyattrestaurants.com
Text: Leanne Liew