Alongside hawker centres, shopping malls and somewhat eccentric taxi uncles, Singapore is renowned for champagne brunches. There’s a stereotype that most expats spend their weekends sipping on bubbles and scoffing world class cuisine while gazing out across beautiful views in the scorching heat. And, well, it’s easy to see where that one came from – it’s not entirely incorrect, is it?
And while gathering a group of pals to fill a table for Sunday brunch isn’t difficult, choosing the best place to go can be tricky when there’s so much great choice on offer. Some restaurants are great for views, some are perfect for kids and others are all about the food.
So to give you all a helping hand when it comes to picking the best brunch to suit your needs, we’ve all been lobbing buffets and bubbles towards our mouths across town to create a shortlist of posh buffet lunches across Singapore.
BEST SERVICE – Brasserie Les Saveurs
Most hotel brunches require you to spend the meal relaying between the seafood, salads, roasted meats and dessert tables. At Brasserie Les Saveurs, you can enjoy all the benefits of an endless supply of gourmet delights and a bottomless champagne glass without having to yoyo about the room to do so.
From your “sit-in” table, you can order eggs to your liking and a main course (beef, lamb, duck, snapper, John Dory or snapper) to be delivered straight to your table. On top of that, several other lovely waiters meander about the room throughout the meal with nine (yes, nine!) rounds of innovative amuse-bouches like foie gras crème brûlée, sautéed snails and a cognac soufflé. There is, of course, an extensive range of seafood, salad, cheese and desserts on offer at large inviting tables if food foraging is your sobriety yardstick.
It’s a serene, romantic affair that recaptures the lazy brunch harmony too often drowned out by clashing cutlery and people shuffling to and fro.
BEST SPOT FOR CARNIVORES – Bar & Billiard Room
A classic hit in Singapore’s historical trivia, most of us are familiar with the tale of the Bengal tiger found lurking in Raffles Hotel’s Bar & Billiard room in 1902. More than a century later, it’s no wonder that the carnivorous fiends of the Lion City continue to flock here on lazy Sunday mornings.
Offering an unbeatable selection of cold meats and a top-notch carvery (flown in fresh from around the world), this place offers protein at its finest. Begin with a serving of foie gras poêlé au raisin blanc served with a glass of Château Jolys; try the peppered tenderloin carpaccio, or delectable cured cuts such as Spanish jamón Iberico de Bellota or and Italian bresaola. For the main event, choose from carving stations offering Australian prime rib, roasted Welsh rack of lamb and organic, milk-fed rack of veal. To fill the little space you have left, we suggest you dust off your palate with the mascarpone calamansi ice cream. But the real treat is yet to come. This month, Raffles Hotel is introducing brunch on Saturdays.
1 Beach Road
6412 1816 | 12pm to 3pm
$178 – with Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve champagne (or $198 for the Brut Rosé) with Bloody Marys and glass of Château Jolys with the foie gras
$158 – without alcohol
$84 – kids aged 6 to 11
BEST FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG KIDS – Barnacles
Technically more of a “Garden Party by the Sea” rather than a champagne brunch, rest assured that bottles are popping nevertheless – just not at the same rate as places offering unlimited imbibing. Here, you buy your bubbles are by the glass, which is the first reason why Barnacles receives our top score for kid-friendliness:, as a post-brunch nap often isn’t oin the cards for parents with young ones.
Families are the norm here. Parents catch up with friends over plates of Alaskan crab and grilled kKing prawn, while kids play on an expansive lawn with a breathtaking backdrop of the South China Sea backdrop. The children even have their own buffet with ice-cream sundae bar.
At 1pm, the entertainment begins. Beneath the shade of giant rain trees, Captain Dazzle creates bespoke balloon animals before moving inside to do a magic show. Because of the restaurant’s circular layout, parents can keep their eyes on the kids while enjoying plenty of “us” couple time, too.
BEST CHAMPAGNE – Greenhouse
No one beats the spread at The Ritz-Carlton’s Sunday Vintage Champagne brunch: this top-notch venue is the epitome of the big, lavish champagne brunch. The room is elegant, the buffet superb, the service impeccable and the tipple 2002 Vintage Moët & Chandon.
We love the daylight that spills into the Greenhouse, reminding us how decadent we are to be swilling champagne in the middle of the day. After the freshly shucked oysters, pan-fried foie gras and several succulent lobster tails, it’s going to be difficult – but do keep room for the divinely smelly collection of mainly French cheeses; I don’t recognize many of them, but I love them all.
Book well ahead for a table at the hotel’s famed Superbrunch ($208), a twice-yearly food extravaganza with live entertainment, table deliveryies of dishes prepared by a Michelin -starred guest chef brought in for the event, and 21 food stations that span run the entire length of the hotel’s first floor. While hotel brunches in Singapore are known to be grandiose by naturegenerally grand, this is one event that truly lives up to its name perhaps outdoes them all.
7 Raffles Avenue
6337 8888 | 11.30am to 3pm
$168 – 2002 Vintage Moët & Chandon champagne, wine and selected cocktails
$84 – kids aged 6 to 12
$42 – kids aged 3 to 5
Through floor-to-ceiling windows on the 69th floor, you have the most spectacular views of Singapore. That alone is reason enough to bring your visitors here.
We loved the oysters, both French fines de claire and a US variety. Other highlights included a to-die-for smoked haddock soup, 12-hour slow-cooked pork belly, generous portions of pan-seared foie gras, swoon-worthy tiramisu ice cream, and the ecstatic faces of a little brother and sister receiving their creations from the balloon man: his a butterfly, hers a light sabre. You go, girl!
Every Sunday is champagne brunch day at Equinox, but on the last Sunday of the month they go all-out pink – Moët & Chandon Brut Rosé Impérial ($168), pink chocolate fountain, pink balloons … you get the idea ($168). And when you tire of bubbly (is that even possible?), try one of resident cocktail architect Richard Gillam’s brilliant concoctions, including a different punch each week..
Swissôotel The Stamford, Level 69
2 Stamford Road, Level 69
6837 3322 | 11.30am to 2.30pm
$148 – with Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial champagne, cocktails, wine and draft beer
$128 – without alcohol
$64 – kids aged 6 to 12
The spectacular view atop from the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands is the highlight of this venue, which is, of course, spectacular and brunch here is a great way to get fairly semi-close to the pool deck without being a hotel guest. Outside, you can dine or just sit and have a drink with the tourists and guests that have assembled to enjoy the wow factor. Inside is cool and peaceful.
The first course of Danish pastries, salads, cheeses and cold foodsdishes, are offered buffet-style, and the breads, which include a few novel creations, are backed bycomplemented with a lovely variety of jams and spreads. Main courses, such as eggs with tomatoes, mushrooms and duck and potato hash, are ordered from the menu and served communal- style. Options vary from the expected, – such eggs prepared to your likingall kinds of egg preparations, including a very good eggs Benedict on manuka smoked salmon, – to more exotic brunch fare, like Coffin Bay oysters, foie gras and lime-marinated tiger prawn skewers.
It’s back to the buffet for dessert, – a table of mixed sweet bites – butand the we think a creamy Oreo cookie milkshake is the best grand finale ever instead.
SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, North Tower
1 Bayfront Avenue
6688 7688 | 10am to 3pm
$198 -– Louise Roederer Brut Premier champagne, wine, cocktails, sangria and draft beer
$148 -– Cocktails, sangria and draft beer
$88 – without alcohol
$58 – kids aged 6 to 12
BEST CHEESE PLATTER – Clifford
Here’s a tip for Sunday brunch in a luxury hotel: get there at opening timenoon when it opens, both to . This helps you maximise the hours of free-flow bubbles and to , of course, but you also get to see the buffet items in their pristine state, before everyone starts hunting around for the plumpest crab claws.
So, arrive at Clifford at noon and Yyou’ll find a perfectly caramelised joint of roast beef awaiting carving, a whole roasted sea bass freshly revealed inside its salt crust, and a table of gourmet cheeses without a single gooey wedge removed.
The cheese table is a winner, by the way, and includes a handful of cheeses by famed Frenchman Philippe Olivier, from a soft, mellow Chaource to a hard, nutty Mimolette, whose colour and crust make it look like a rockmelon. Our favourite: Valençay, a young goat’s cheese with rustic blue-grey colouring. Each cheese is flagged with information including its country and animal of origin. And there are biscuits, grapes and sweet condiments galore to cut through the tang.
What else do we like at Clifford? The Marina Bay view, the half-buffet half-à-la-carte concept (you choose one main from eight or more options including lobster laksa and duck confit of duck), the staff’s friendly treatment of children, and the lazy-jazz soundtrack.
Clifford throws a Saturday Hangover Brunch, too, with Bloody Mary rather than bubblyes as the star of the show.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
80 Collyer Quay
6597 5288 | firstname.lastname@example.org
12pm noon to 3pm
$128 – with free flow of Moët & Chandon champagne
$98 – without alcohol a glass of soft drink
$44 – kids aged 6 to 11
On a tour of the nine live stations that constitute the mammoth buffet spread at Mezza9, Chef Ken says the pan-fried foie gras with rhubarb compote is one item they cannot remove from the menu. And, tThe menu is truly international: Thai, traditional Chinese and European dishes are topped rounded off with the a wonderful dessert bar offering numerous sweet delights and a chocolate fountain
Diners are seated along the length of the open and live buffet, literally in the middle of the action. The quiet seats are at the end by the Japanese sushi and yakitori bar. When not being entertained in the dedicated children’s room, kids gravitate to the carvery with sausages, lamb and Yorkshire puddings being the main attraction. But for the adults it’s the fresh seafood that delights.
For a quirky dessert try the gin meringues. Made by dipping a mixture of meringue, lime and gin into liquid nitrogen, – the cold, white blob melts in the mouth.
Private dining rooms are a good choice for groups, particularly the fun atmosphere of and the wine cellar dining room is a fun atmosphere amidst the bottles. Speaking of wine, the attentive and friendly staff constantly top up the champagne and Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc. What a way to spend a Sunday!
Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Road
6732 1234 | 11.30am to 3pm
$138 with – Perrier-Jouët champagne, wine, beer, Bloody Marys and mojitos
$108 – without alcohol
$69 – for kids aged 7 to 12
With a magician delighting the kids and a drinks’ list that will have grownups gasping squealing in similar squeals of excitement, there are several motivations for plenty of reasons to choosing this modern, unpretentious restaurant for Sunday brunch.
This is particularly true if you’re feeling a bit the worse for wear after a weekend of back-to-back dinner parties,. The Line offers delicious recuperation with four types of Bloody Mary varietals to get you back on that [Moët-happy] horse. Having If you’ve snuffed a few too many scotches the night before, a ‘Red Snapper’ was could be just what the doctor ordered –, fortified with just the right amount of spice for an Al Pacino-style “‘hoo-ah!”’ guffaw and enough gin and Tabasco to put hair on your chest.
With the synapses firing once more, you’ll be ready to do some damage to the selection of cuisines culinary treats spread across 16 culinary stations. From oysters and sashimi to Indian fare, Chinese dishes, butter-tender roasts, Italian pizzas and pastas, and a dessert selection (including a chocolate fountain) to put any many a patisserie to shame, you’ll be spoilt for choice with fantastic international variety.
Chances are you’ll roll out of the opulent Shangri-La into a cab and straight onto home to your couch for a post-indulgencet kip.
22 Orange Grove Road
6213 4275 | 12pm noon to 3pm
$138 – with Moët & Chandon champagne, wine, beer, cocktails, soft drinks and juices;
$98 – without alcohol
$26 – kids aged 6 to 11
Though housed in historic Hotel Fort Canning, Gattopardo tops our list for being anything but your typical hotel brunch experience. Served in an intimate dining room, the southern Italian fare is cooked up by Sicilian chef Lino Sauro – a World Gourmet Series Chef of the Year finalist.
While most hotels wow with quantity, the buffet here serves a more manageable spread of breads, cold cuts, seafood, salads and grilled meats – the bresaola, shucked oysters and beef carpaccio are standouts – while delivering made-to-order pastas and wood-fired pizzas to your table. We say, the less prancing about, the better – especially when champagne is involved.
For dessert, go salty with caciocavallo and other Sicilian cheeses, or sweet with pavlova cake, panna cotta and more. A live jazz duo or a tableside magician alternate every other Sunday – the latter’s sleight of hand tricks are an unexpectedly entertaining addition to the day.
Hotel Fort Canning
11 Canning Walk, Hotel Fort Canning
6338 5498 | 11.30am to 3pm
$148 – with Taittinger Magnum NV champagne, wine and beer
$118 – with wine and beer
$78 – without alcohol
$24 – kids aged 6 to 12 years old