Start your weekends with quality Champagne, live chucking and carving stations, and a full charcuterie and cheese boards
Sundays in Singapore are for indulging in quality R&R – especially with a bottomless flute of crisp, cold Champagne in hand. Lucky for the food-obsessed, there’s no shortage of swanky brunches and brunch buffets in town, complete with a free-flow of quality tipple. Here are our picks for the best Champagne brunches in the city, which we promise are well worth the calories.
Brasserie Les Saveurs
Indulgent doesn’t even begin to describe this decadent brunch, which hosts a rotating calendar of live jazz performances. The champagne is certainly top-notch too – Ruinart Brut NV. The lavish French fare includes specially crafted pass-around canapes like French Scallop Carpaccio with Piquillo Pepper Jelly and Avruga Pearls and Vichysoisse with Truffle Foam. There’s also hearty brasserie fare such as Duck Confit, Pacific Cod served with Young Spinach and Black Mussels as well as Gnocchi paired with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto.
Brasserie Les Saveurs
The St. Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Road
Tel: +65 6506 6860
Be very hungry, preferably by skipping dinner the night before. This immensely popular brunch at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore boasts arguably the most extensive spread in Singapore. Crowd pleasers here include the live egg station (Lobster Eggs Benedict anyone?) and a cheese table featuring rare finds from Europe. There’s also elevated local dishes to nosh on, including the Colony Singapore Laksa. Needless to say, everything pairs perfectly with the 2008 Moët & Chandon Vintage Blanc and Vintage Rose on offer, so drink up.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore is also upping its brunch game with SuperBrunch, where it will launch its very first customised edition of the Monopoly board game. Happening just for one day on 17 March 2019, SuperBrunch will have guests revel in an epic version of the hotel’s signature vintage champagne brunch while exploring the quirks of the new bespoke Monopoly game. All of this in the company of 500 bottles of Champagne, 2,000 oysters and a slew of dance performances, a DJ, caricaturists and a magician. Prices for SuperBrunch start from $298 per person, and every reservation of four persons will receive a Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore Monopoly game.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue
Tel: +65 6434 5288
With a wide-ranging menu and hearty, wholesome fare, it is no wonder the one-Michelin starred Garibaldi is one of the city’s most well-known Italian restaurants. Its weekend brunch feast includes a mouth-watering range of fresh pasta, antipasti, fish and meat mains as well as decadent Italian desserts. The menu changes from week to week, depending on the availability of seasonal produce and ingredients in the chef’s kitchen but the fresh pastas are always a good bet. The free flow of Bruno Paillard Premiere Cuvee Champagne adds just the right touch of luxe to this lip-smacking meal.
36 Purvis Street
Tel: +65 6837 1468
As the establishment to offer Singapore’s first adults-only brunch, the stylish Manhattan Bar has set, well, a very high bar. Choose from a variety of boozy milkshakes (you can’t go wrong with banana chocolate) and customise your own Bloody Marys and Gin & Tonics at the mobile trolley bar. Whichever you start off with, you’ll also get to select from more than 40 garnishes, spices and candies to perfect your own bespoke tipple. To celebrate its fifth anniversary this year, the bar has also introduced five new cocktails, looking to the flavours of Thailand for inspiration. You’ll enjoy a spicy rum infused with bird’s eye chilli and kaffir lime and lemongrass syrup in Th-aiquiri. If boozy shakes aren’t your idea of a dessert drink, perhaps the Mango-Rice cocktail with toasted rice and egg white would do the trick.
Compared to others on our list, Manhattan offers a very small selection of food to choose from. But where it lacks in quantity, it makes up for quality. Just three types of roasts are available, two lambs and one wagyu, with the latter being the most tender and flavourful. The same goes for its seafood station. There’s just one type of oyster, king crab, lobster, crayfish and scallop, but if a seafood brunch is what you’re craving for, you won’t be disappointed here. The bar also serves a small variety of hot plates, along with a table piled with bagels, salads, cold cuts and cheeses for you to nibble on.
What about desserts? While those on display aren’t the highlight of the meal, you should definitely save space for some crepe suzettes, also prepared at a la minute in the rickhouse.
1 Cuscaden Road
Tel: +65 6725 3377
The elegant Perrier-Jouet Champagne is, we daresay, the perfect tipple to imbibe within the chic Super Potato-designed interiors of Mezza9. Here, sustainable food is the name of the game and the restaurant does its best to source for ethical catch, especially at the seafood counter. The grill offers Sunday roasts, such as Cape Grim ribeye on the bone and free-range pork leg. Do keep an eye out for the wine stations, which are smartly placed close to various counters for no-brainer drink pairing options. There’s also an artisanal gin bar featuring handcrafted labels including St George and Iron Balls, with specific tonics and garnishes for each gin.
Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Road
Tel: +65 6732 1234
Dining in the clouds is made possible here in Singapore at restaurants that crown some of the city’s tallest skyscrapers. Case in point: rooftop Japanese grill Skai at Swissotel The Stamford Singapore. The restaurant’s Saturday brunch will leave every diner spoilt for choice; aside to a seafood and dessert buffet, you may also order from a selection of cold plates and hot plates. Fortunately, orders from the kitchen come in smaller portions, leaving you with the opportunity to have a taste of the entire brunch menu.
We vouch for the Spiced Seafood Hash with Waffle and Salsa, where we enjoyed a serving of perfectly seasoned diced prawns, crab meat and scallops paired with crispy charcoal waffles. For appetisers, the Yellow Fin Tuna with Avocado and Spiced Chickpeas missed the spot as the texture of the tuna didn’t marry well with the crunchiness of the chickpeas. That said, the Wild Mushroom Soup and Sourdough Toast is a must-try; the comforting dish is jazzed up with a generous amount of truffle shavings that add a warm, gratifying kick to the thick mushroom soup.
Swissotel The Stamford Singapore
2 Stamford Road
Tel: +65 6837 3322
With a picturesque view of the Singapore river, brunch at Town Restaurant will make you feel like you’re on a staycation at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. The wide-ranging buffet spread offers enough variety to satisfy all cravings. There’s sashimi, sushi and tempura, an ice bar with fresh catch such as snow crab and mussels, brunch bites like pancakes and eggs as well as savoury local dishes to tuck into as you sip on fine wines and champagne. The centrepiece of this buffet is the decadent chocolate fountain and epic dessert spread, so do pace yourself at this meal.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
1 Fullerton Square
Tel: +65 6877 8911