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Smaller, restaurant brunches in Singapore: Guide to intimate free-flow and food

Singapore’s big hotels and resorts aren’t the only players in the game when it comes to free-flow all-you-can-eat meals, there are plenty of cosy restaurants across the island that are pouring weekend bubbles and beer with brunch, too. Read on for a selection of our favourites. (And after all that, if you’re still day-dreaming of that huge champagne-fueled hotel buffet feast, head to our other handy round-up here.)

 


Osteria Mozza
Marina Bay Sands,
B1 Galleria Level #42-46
Tel: 6688 8522

When: 12pm to 2pm on Sundays
Price: A-la-carte, but for free-flow Italian Nino Franco Prosecco Rustico NV, just add $50

The special a-la-carte brunch menu at Mozza guarantees that the food will be fresh and, given it’s not an all-you-can-scoff never-ending buffet affair, over-eating is unlikely. Which is a relief for those waistline watchers. However, over-drinking is certainly possible with the excellent $50 free flow deal on Nino Franco Prosecco. It’s worth sampling a couple of barman Lucas’ wicked creations too – his Singapore Sling 1913 ($22) seriously rivals any sling sampled on the island to date.

Tomatoes air flown from France and soft cheeses are the stars of the antipasta menu and make an appearance in the standout burrata, tomato and pesto salad ($28). Signature brunch dishes include smoked sea trout cakes benedictwith poached eggs ($48) and the pan roasted wagyu tagliata with fried egg and salsa verde (also $48) are delicious and served piping hot. For dessert, the Vanilla Panna Cotta with mixed berry compote and an affogato ($17) tops off a brilliant meal.

Other than the fresh food, the best part is you don’t leave the table once. This is a fine dining brunch with a difference, and a place to linger with someone you love.

 

Catalunya sits on the water in Marina Bay 

Catalunya
The Fullerton Pavillion, 82 Collyer Quay
Tel: 6534 0886

When: Sundays 12:30pm- 4pm
Price: $98++ plus $48++ for free flow Cava and cocktails

Fancy a fiesta with views of Marina Bay Sands? Catalunya’s DJ keeps things lively throughout their hedonistic brunch. The buffet encompasses delicious cured meats, cheeses, salads, seafood, empanadas, quiches and breads. Order up some scrambled egg with chorizo  or grilled sandwich slivers – the Bikini (jamon, cheese and truffle) is highly recommended.

Around 1pm, the party revs up as impressive mains of salt crusted fish, paella, suckling pig and lamb thigh roll out to each table with much fanfare; the high spirited staff samba out, showing off the treats, banging dishes and generally jostling up the party. Don’t miss the dessert buffet from 3pm.

 

Punjab Grill by Jiggs Kalra  
B1-01A, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Tel: 6688 7395

When: 11:30am to 2:45pm on Sundays (a cheaper option, without the buffet portion, is also available on Saturdays)
Price: $50++, free-flow Kingfisher beer add $20 or Prosecco add $30

Punjab Grill may be in MBS, but its location at the far end of the Shoppes keeps it free from the grasp of tourist claws. We’ll toast to that, as we will the buffet of northern Indian salads, chaats, desserts and drinks (try the sweet mango lassi, spicy jaljeera and salty maatha) alongside made-to-order kebabs (here meaning anything without a sauce) and biryanis.

You choose from the vegetarian menu if you like (or not), and unending bites of fiery morsels are brought straight from the clay-ovens to your plate. We’re talking items like the fabulous dahi ke (pan-fried hung yogurt blended with spices), panko-crusted halibut and a murgh chicken tikka that must be tasted to be believed. Biryanis are the house-specialty, and they come with everything from lamb to jackfruit and are served with daal makhani and a brimming basket with naan. Overall, an amazing deal with amazing quality and service.

 

 

Garibaldi Restaurant and Bar
36 Purvis Street #01-02
Tel: 6837 1468

When: Weekends, 12pm – 2.30pm
Price: $108++ with free flow of Prosecco, beer and wine, $148++ with free flow Billecart Salmon Brut, beer and house wine, $188++ with free flow Billecart Salmon Brut Rosé, beer and house wine

If you’re looking for a trendy brunch that’s more about eating incredible food than getting tiddled with a big group of pals, Garibaldi’s brunch is a brilliant one to try. Set in a swish shop house restaurant off Beach Road, the stylish Italian restaurant is laid out in different rooms, to create that intimate fine dining feel. This enhanced by the brunch set up – which is served to your table (although you can order as much from the menu as you like).

The authentic Italian dishes are served on small plates, designed to get stuck in and share with your other half or friends. The seafood is mouth-watering, try the fresh oysters, seared scallops, grouper and salmon tartare. There’s a lovely selection of antipasti – fill up on duck breast with lentils, and you’ll want at least 12 of the mozzarella balls. Naturally, the pasta is incredible – particularly the Fettuccine Braised Beef Ragout – but try to order it last, so you don’t stuff your tums too soon. And you’ve got to make room for the dessert trolley – no one does sweet delicacies like the Italians.

Psst… If you’re tempted to upgrade to the Billecart Salmon Brut Rosé – it’s absolutely divine.

     

Bacchanalia
23A Coleman St
Tel: 6509 1453

When: 11am to 5pm (last order 3.30pm) on Sundays
Price: Two-course sets from $38; for free-flow AIX rosé wine, add $50

Party rocking Bacchanalia has come full circle. Since being crowned New Restaurant of the Year at World Gourmet Summit 2014, this ultra-swank restaurant slash club – which started as a monthly Saturday brunch party and morphed into full-fledged restaurant –  is back in the business of brunches with a relatively tame (read: no dance floor) Sunday set.

The eggs pumpkin features poached organic eggs, kabocha puree and feta crème on a homemade English muffin. The ricotta in the tortellini is made fresh, and the buns in the Hester Blumenthal-style Bacchanalia Burger are baked in the back. Wrapping up with a plate of Indonesian black honey crumpets is the sweetest way we know to kiss the weekend goodbye.

 

Stellar 

Stellar at 1-Altitude
1 Raffles Place
Tel: 6438 0410


When: 12pm to 2:30pm on Sundays
Price: Free-flow fine wines from $110

Stellar’s Sunday brunch, Wine Lust, is centred around a huge wine-tasting table holding around a dozen carefully selected labels and hosted by a sommelier. The tasting table changes every week and you can try as much or as little as you like. Four other wines make up the free-flow option, including a sparkling wine, such as Henkell Trocken Dry Sec Chardonnay. If you find something you love, you can take a bottle home at wholesale prices (around $40 to $60).

The Wine Lust menu isn’t humongous – it’s significant, but refined and tailored around the weekly theme. It’s divided into a mixture of buffet tables (highlights: nigiri from the sushi area, plus green mango and prawns from the salad bar), live stations (highlight: the spatchcock chicken with peri peri from the meat carvery) and roaming trolleys (highlight: claypot chicken rice with a twist).

There are also a few “butler passes” – fresh dishes brought to the table that offer a nice chance to sit and swig while admiring the 62-storey view over Marina Bay. Order the smoked salmon Benedict, the slow-roasted Wagyu rump and a round of fiery truffle pasta.

Naturally, you simply have to finish off with the splendid cheese trolley. Oh, and strawberry crumble. And French toast.

 

Inside trendy Picotin 

Picotin Express
1 Figaro Street, Siglap
Tel: 6445 5590

When: Sundays, 12pm to 3:30pm
Price: Adults pay $45, kids under 12 pay $20, and that includes soft drinks. With free-flow wine and beer, its $80

The new Lazy Sunday Lunch is Picotin’s answer to the brunch craze. If you live on the East Coast, it’s an easy way for you to keep the kids happy and stay out of the kitchen on the helper’s day off – and there’s no need to get dressed up.

For starters, there’s a buffet of healthy salads such as rocket, baby mozzarella and roasted tomatoes, and a tasty beetroot-and-feta duo. The roast of the day is a hefty portion of meat that changes weekly – from lamb to beef to pork (always accompanied by roasted vegetables and the all-important gravy). Chocolate brownies, macaroons and other tasty morsels add a sweet finale to a relaxed afternoon.

 

Senso's beautiful courtyard setting

 

 Senso Ristorante & Bar
21 Club Street
Tel: 6224 3534

When: 11.30am to 2.30pm on Sundays
Price: Brunch alone ($78), for free-flow Prosecco and Rosé Prosecco ($98); Ca’ del Bosco Franciacorta sparkling wine, Italian wines and beers ($128).

As popular as they are, hotel free-flow brunches are a lot of work. There’s the continuous to-ing and fro-ing to fill your plate and the elbow jostling at the cheese station to get a few slivers before the bleus and the camemberts become ruinously co-mingled (separate knives, people!).

That’s why we tip our hats to Senso, which serves buffet-style antipasto and dessert but leaves the heart of the meal – soups, pastas and main courses – to you and your waiter. Besides, items like pan-seared squid rings with spicy tomato coulis (served so soft you could cut it with a butter knife) and conchigle pasta with baby octopus and shallots are best served straight from pan to your plate. Mains, which vary every week, include everything from roast beef sirloin to pork loin a la plancha and roasted cod fillet.

Tip: Senso has special themed brunches every month. Call ahead to check. Prices can vary.
 

 

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