Looking for the best brunch places in Singapore with free-flow drinks, unlimited bubbly, or all-you-can-eat international buffet fare? There are plenty of choices for Sunday brunch (and some do Saturdays too) that Singaporeans, expats and tourists love! Some are family-friendly, some are champagne brunches; take a look and plan ahead for birthdays and when guests are in town.
A few brunch spots in Singapore have rolled out plated options instead of the usual buffet displays, so do check ahead.
#1 Weekend Hotel Brunch in Singapore: Edge @ Pan Pacific Hotel
Why: Best brunch for cuisines of every kind
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm-3pm
What’s popping: We’d heard good things about the champagne brunch here. Especially the fresh seafood and sashimi as well as the wide variety of cuisines. Sure enough, even though we tried to pace ourselves, we simply couldn’t try everything on offer!
There were Japanese and Middle Eastern dishes, house-made fresh Italian pastas, Indian and Malaysian flavours. You can also find local heritage delights and Cantonese roast delicacies and dim sum. Not forgetting cold cuts, European farm cheeses, salads, eggs, soups, a carving station and a selection of mains. Our absolute favourites included the Boston lobster, fresh oysters, sashimi, foie gras, chicken satay. And we’ve got to mention the Nyonya five-spice Kurobuta pork sausage and Singapore chilli crab!
Leave space for dessert! It consists of a huge selection of fruit, ice creams, Nyonya kueh, chocolate ganache and praline, chocolate fondue and more. As fans of durian, we couldn’t get enough of the durian terrine and durian pandan cake.
We recommend coming on Sunday ($98 adults, $49 children) as the selection is more extensive than on Saturday ($65 adults, $32.50 children). There’s the option of unlimited alcoholic beverages (add $48) such as signature cocktails – the passionfruit mojito is refreshing – or unlimited Taittinger champagne (add $90).
We were the second-last table to leave – we clearly wanted the experience to go for as long as possible!
– Patricea Chow
#2 Saturday Brunch: Dolce Vita, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
Why: Best brunch for fresh Italian food
When: Saturdays, 12pm-3pm
What’s popping: Brunch at Dolce Vita is $158 per person with free-flow “R” de Ruinart Champagne, house white and red wine and beer, or $118 per person with free-flow soft drinks and chilled juices.
Bright and sunny with a lovely view of the stunning pool area and city skyline, this spot is ideal for a beautiful Saturday afternoon. It’s been a while since our last brunch so it was great to see Dolce Vita buzzing. Our first glass of Ruinart champagne (my favourite!) went down well and the buffet that followed was nothing short of amazing.
It started with the freshest selection of Italian cold cuts with Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes. Next came a prawn mesclun salad, couscous with roasted vegetables and feta, and a confit duck leg. Another favourite, oysters, were served on ice. We ended the starters with a lovely lentil soup with a garlic emulsion. The mains followed, including a risotto laced with lamb ragout – unusual! – a homemade orecchiette with a seafood ragout, pan-roasted swordfish with parsnip puree, and lobster bisque.
Dessert featured an assiette of bite-sized pastries including chocolate mousse, tiramisu, a blueberry sweet potato cheesecake and more. In all, it was a beautiful feast and presented by polite, attentive staff. Definitely one of the brunch places in Singapore to book into your calendar.
– Jacqui Young
#3 Sunday Champagne Brunch: Brasserie Les Saveurs, The St. Regis Singapore
Why: Best brunch for French decadence!
When: Sundays, 12pm-2.30pm
What’s popping: For $198 per person, you can sip on Champagne Barons de Rothchild Brut NV (add $90 for Rose, $140 for Blanc de Blancs or $350 for the 2008 Vintage). You can also opt for just wines at $168 per head.
With its opulent velvet draperies and furniture, the Brasserie could be anywhere in France – except for the full-length windows looking out to the tropical garden. And if the ambience doesn’t already entice you, the menu secures the Brasserie in the top places for brunch in Singapore.
The huge seafood platter with king crab legs, oysters, prawns, mussels, clams and melt-in-the-mouth sashimi would have been enough for me on a regular day. But then the beautifully presented small plates kept coming and coming. This included eggs benedict with laksa crab hollandaise, foie gras, tuna tartare, duck rillettes, beetroot-cured salmon, seared scallops, waffles with Avruga caviar, burrata salad, melon and jamon salad and finally, the lobster thermidor!
Oh, wait – then you select a main course (for us it was wagyu beef cheeks with truffle mash and the panseared toothfish) followed by cheese and chocolate pralines.
But no, that’s not the end! The dessert trolley arrived with more than a dozen sweet treats to select from. We tried the eclairs, macarons, lemon tart, chocolate gateaux and Crêpes Suzette.
It felt like we were tasting all the French classic dishes in one sitting – each little plate beautifully prepared and presented. We completely overindulged and still could not try everything. This is a very luxurious Sunday brunch, best enjoyed while the kids are at home!
– Danielle Rossetti
#4 Brunch Buffet: Kwee Zeen, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort Spa Hotel
Why: Best family-friendly brunch
When: Sundays, 12pm-3pm
What’s popping: With a buffet of over 90 food selections and 15 live stations, this brunch costs $128 per person with free-flow soft drinks and juices, or top-up $50 per person for free-flow wine and beer, or $70 for Taittinger champagne.
It’s been years since our last Sunday brunch and we’d almost forgotten how much fun they can be – particularly when you’re treated to great food and attentive service in a brilliant, laid-back location like Kwee Zeen.
We sat outside where the light breeze kept things cool. Almost immediately a glass of chilled Taittinger arrived in front of us. Happily, it kept on coming for the next three hours!
Our daughter was pining to try the salmon and tuna sashimi so we started on the fresh seafood. The impressive selection included Boston lobster, tiger prawns, crab, mussels and more. The oysters from Canada, France, Ireland and Japan, along with the caviar appetisers, were a rare treat.
We moved on to the dim sum, cheese corner and cold cuts selection. After this we moved on to heavier dishes from the carving station and the Indian stall. There are also Singapore hawker dishes, plus pizza, pasta and foie gras stations. Kids can enjoy the dedicated “Little Prince and Princess Corner”.
Despite not having room, dessert looked too good to resist, including fresh waffles, chocolate fondue and more. We completed the day with a round of coffees and wondered why we don’t visit Sentosa for brunch more often! Ahh, the life!
– Jason Keys
#5 Signature Cocktail: LAVO Italian Restaurant Rooftop Bar
Why: For the best service and signature cocktails
When: Sundays, 12pm-3pm
What’s popping: The restaurant was fully booked and already buzzing even before drinks were served. Sunday Brunch ($88, à la carte buffet only; $38 for children aged 4 to 10 years) is free flow and was served to our table.
First up came a raw seafood platter, and a salumi and formaggi platter. After that, you can pick and choose from a spread of Italian fare including salads and a gazpacho (seasonal), pizzas and pastas, breakfast eggs and waffles, as well as meat and fish dishes. We highly recommend the foie gras (another seasonal offering), prime hanger steak and Iberico pork chop. There’s also the LAVO meatball made from imperial wagyu, veal and Italian sausage, and served with fresh whipped ricotta. Not forgetting dessert – the housemade gelato, sorbet and chocolate muffin had us asking for seconds!
There’s the option to pair brunch with free-flow champagne ($158 for Veuve Clicquot, $188 for Moet Rosé, $398 for Dom Perignon), which also includes free-flow red and white wines by the glass, beers and eight signature cocktails.
Top marks for service here, too – our champagne flutes were refilled swiftly. They also checked regularly whether we wanted extra servings of any dish. A huge bonus was the location on Level 57 of MBS – we could meander down to the other end after brunch for a breathtaking view to complete the afternoon.
– Patricea Chow
#6 Best Place For Celebration: Colony, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
Why: One of the best brunch places in Singapore for a celebration
When: Sundays, 12pm-3pm
What’s popping: Start off by picking your bubbly! For Sunday brunch with unlimited pours of Champagne Barons de Rothschild Réserve Ritz Millésime 2010, the cost is $198; Champagne Dom Pérignon 2010 and Champagne Cristal 2013 come in at $598 and $798 respectively. For children, the brunch costs $98 for kids between six and 12 years and $49 for three and five years.
Colony absolutely nails luxury with its Sunday Champagne Brunch. And it has upped the ante with the newly added Vintage Champagne options, including the Cristal and Dom mentioned above.
We were celebrating two birthdays, so the venue made perfect sense. What could be a more decadent way to mark a double celebration than indulging in three hours of free-flowing Dom Perignon together with some mouth-watering bites!
While you’re invited to explore selections from The Ice Bar and The Patisserie, unlimited hot dishes are served to your table. This includes a selection of international dishes and local heritage cuisine like freshly shucked oysters, lobster eggs benedict, pan-seared duck foie gras, beef ribeye, salmon wellington, laksa and a variety of homemade chocolate tarts, truffles and cookies.
We chose to start with oysters, a seafood platter and sashimi from The Ice Bar. This was followed by pan-seared duck foie gras, lobster with truffle hollandaise sauce, roasted pork porchetta, coconut prawns and some chicken satay. We still managed to squeeze in a few of the delectable desserts! In fact, we were spoilt for choice in the dessert selection. Treats included mango pudding, raspberry green tea tarts, chestnut pots and macarons.
Replete from the delicious food and exquisite champagne, we were left feeling utterly spoiled. This is certainly a place for special occasions or even just to treat yourself to one of the best brunches in town.
– Karin Galley
#7 Brunch with a View: Greenhouse, Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore
Why: Best brunch place in Singapore with a view
When: Sunday, 12pm to 3pm
What’s popping: Brunch at Greenhouse is priced from $85 per person, including soft drinks and chilled juices. Top up an additional $98 per person for free flow of beer, champagne and wines.
While it may be a little out of the way for some, making the trip to Greenhouse at Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore is well worth it if you like your champagne brunches with a view. The restaurant itself is designed like a greenhouse, complete with a lush array of indoor plants. The curved glass windows offer stunning views of the rolling hills of the resort’s golf course.
After taking in the view, we were presented with chilled glasses of crisp and dry Zonin Prosecco. Crisp. We went through our flutes quickly and they were immediately refilled! To start, I put together a cheese plate from the well-stocked cheese counter, which offers a range of hard and soft cheeses. Next, I headed to the cold seafood counter where you could pile your plates high with prawns, crayfish and crab legs. We also had supremely fresh oysters that were shucked before our eyes!
The rest of the buffet is split into three kitchens: Thai, Japanese and Chinese. There’s also a live carving station, pizza and pasta bar, and Indian selection. Deep-fried pandan chicken was one of my favourites at the Thai kitchen; other classics include green mango salad, and red and green curries. The Chinese kitchen offered a selection of traditional dishes like wok-fried wagyu beef in a pepper sauce and, another favourite of mine, steamed fish in a light soy-based sauce.
The highlight for me was the Japanese kitchen. It had a large selection of freshly rolled sushi, including salmon and tuna nigiri. If you prefer something hot, there’s also a live ramen station where Greenhouse’s chefs will whip up comforting bowls of ramen with all your favourite ingredients. Definitely one of the better ways to spend a Sunday afternoon!
– Dinesh Ajith
This article on brunch places in Singapore first appeared in the April 2022 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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