Fancy a weekend or weekday brunch with family or friends? We’ve got something for everyone on this list – from organically-sourced meals to scenic views. Plan ahead for a birthday or when guests are in town – and bring an empty stomach! Here are our reviews of Singapore brunches. Some brunch places have plated options instead of buffets, so do check ahead.
Crafted by Peter Zwiener – best Singapore brunch classics
When: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 11am to 4pm
You can’t go wrong with the brunch classics at Crafted, a new concept by the team from Wolfgang’s Steakhouse. The All-American Breakfast comes with chicken chipolata, bacon, toast, an egg of your choice and greens, while another old-but-gold dish is the Eggs Benedict, which allows you to choose between dry-aged pork collar or 100 percent USDA Prime Black Angus fillet mignon as an accompaniment.
Crafted is also known for its zesty milkshakes. A crowd favourite is the Nutty Brat, a crunchy combo of peanuts and cheesecake (and you can add a shot of booze too). If you prefer a fruity shake like me, An Apple a Day features a special homemade apple butter and raisins as the “cherry on top”. There’s a range of craft beers available too.
The service at Crafted made a lasting impression on our visit; the orders came in a short time, water was regularly refilled, and they took care to check that the food suited our palate. A little help goes a long way, and it certainly enhanced our dining experience.
Little Farms Table – best weekday brunch in Singapore
When: Monday to Sunday, until 2pm (day menu until 5pm)
After not eating meat for a few years, I’ve started to introduce it in small amounts once or twice a week. I was very happy I made that decision after trying the keto breakfast at Little Farms. The bacon was delicious! The avocado was perfect too (as expected, as I always get my avocados from Little Farms) and it went really well with the kale, halloumi and mushrooms.
Among the options for kids, you can pick favourites like hotcakes with organic maple syrup, or the Bambinos Brekkie that comes with gluten-free sausage, beans, eggs, heirloom tomato and sourdough.
Little Farms’ new flagship outlet at Tanglin Mall is really nice and already a hit with customers since it opened in June. This flagship store includes a Starter Lab bakery and a grocery store, complete with a butcher counter, deli counter, specialty cheese department and wine shop. You can pick up some specialty goods on your way out. I think this will become a regular brunch spot!
ADDA – best weekend brunch for family
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm to 3pm
The word “adda” in Hindi means a place where people gather for conversation, and this restaurant lives up to its name. Featured in the Michelin Guide 2021-22, it offers dishes from all over India with a contemporary twist.
The pani puri, for example, was served on a small cart, atop glasses filled with choices of sweet mango or spicy water. It’s clearly one of the most popular dishes on the menu, as I noticed it on most tables. The dahi puri, my all-time favourite, did not disappoint, with its rich texture and sweet and savoury flavour.
The options for vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are well balanced. We tried the mains recommended by Arun, the restaurant manager. The vegetarian version of Bollywood burger sliders with melted cheese on spicy roasted mushrooms absolutely knocked it out of the park. The charred laksa salmon – a local fusion dish – and Mural’s butter chicken pot pie covered with a crusted pastry are definite must-tries too! Of course, we couldn’t leave without trying one of the desserts, a classic Indian moong daal halwa.
It was a remarkable experience at ADDA; I can’t wait to get back there to try the rest of the dishes on the menu!
Edge @ Pan Pacific Hotel – best Singapore brunch for the weekend
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm to 3pm
The brunch buffet spread at Edge is a meat-lover’s paradise, with loads of steak and cold cuts, as well as salmon gravlax, which is my favourite and not a common find in Singapore. Meanwhile, the kids’ section boasted mac and cheese, and chips and nuggets, among others. We definitely couldn’t get enough of the ice cream bar too – I have a soft spot for the Hokey Pokey. And the Taittinger sealed the deal for us. I’d forgotten how good it tastes!
The food at Edge primarily spans Indian, Indonesian, Japanese and Mediterranean cuisines. Those looking for a boozy brunch can add on $48 for unlimited alcoholic drinks, or $90 for unlimited Taittinger bubbles (adults are $98 without alcohol; children $48).
Edge has a great vibe, with spots for larger groups of diners. A friend and I were seated in a “cubby hole”, which was nice and semiprivate, but still with a good people-watching view. The restaurant’s seven open kitchens are sure to keep diners entertained too.
Panamericana – a Singapore brunch with a fab view
When: Long lunches Friday to Sunday, 12pm to 4pm
A light-filled breezy brunch with South China Sea vistas, rolling green hills and pitchers of fresh Pimm’s Cups – need we say more? Panamericana’s new revamped sharing menus offer large groups of families and friends platters of the restaurant’s signature dishes from North, Central and South America.
The empanadas are a standout, and they lead the way to a feast of chargrilled tiger prawns, lamb al asador, chilli-glazed Colombian chicken, padron peppers, accoutrements and sauces, all artfully and beautifully arranged on a large wooden tray – which comes as no surprise, since the restaurant’s speciality lies in its meats and grills.
All of this was after the sharing server of freshly made Pimm’s Cups, woodfired flatbreads and guacamole – phew! What a spread. The mix-and-match possibilities for large group settings make Panamericana a standout brunch option with a standout vibe to match.
27 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa Golf Club
6253 8182 | panamericana.sg
Osteria BBR by Alain Ducasse – best brunch for Italian food
When: Sundays, 12pm to 2.45pm
Located in one of the oldest parts (established in 1896) of Raffles Hotel Singapore, the restaurant is bright and colourful – a stark contrast to its previous occupant, the Bar & Billiard Room. The spacious seating faces the open kitchen in the centre, which fills the room with a muted buzz of activity.
Despite the casual-chic dress code, the service isn’t stuffy; in fact, it’s warm and timely without being intrusive. Our drinks were topped up promptly and dishes arrived without much of a wait.
The six-course à la carte menu brings out the refreshing flavours of the Italian Riviera, starting with fresh oysters, lobster salad and smoked salmon, followed by a generous serving of coppa, parma and mortadella cold-cut hams with crispy crescentine bread. Our favourite was the duck foie gras piccata, which was creamy yet light on the palate.
I was most impressed by the rigatoni alla carbonara – tossed in pecorino and topped with crispy guanciale; exactly how Nonna makes it, according to chef Natalino Ambra and restaurant manager Giovanni Pitton.
For those who want more, selected items are available from the main à la carte menu and dessert as well. The brunch is available with 90 minutes of complementary flow champagne ($98) or Prosecco ($68); both options also include white, red and rosé wines, cocktails, soft drinks and still or sparkling water.
Butcher’s Block – Singapore brunches with wood-fired gastronomy
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 11.30am to 2.30pm
The first thing you’ll notice once you enter this stylish restaurant on the second floor of Raffles Arcade is an oversized glass chiller displaying prime meat specimens. After a tour of the meat vault and custom-built ovens and grills in an open-kitchen setting, we were taken to our table to get an introduction to the menu while sipping on a glass of champagne, waiting for the culinary experience to begin. Chef de Cuisine Jordan Keao draws on his Hawaiian heritage and incorporates his deep passion for cooking with wood in the dishes presented here.
We ordered from the à la carte brunch menu and shared orders of fresh oysters, hand-cut potatoes, grilled kale with burrata, confit lobster and Australian tenderloin. The dishes were full of flavour, and the lobster and steak were fantastic. The sommelier also recommended an excellent Amarone to pair with the meat. Also available is Tour De Force, a curated set menu together with Sommelier’s Selection, a 90-minute wine experience. Certain dishes, like smoked salmon eggs Benedict, are only available for weekend brunch.
In my books, no meal is complete without dessert, and the luscious collection of desserts here is proof. We had baked mochi and a citrus sorbet with burnt honey cream to round off an exceptional brunch, and each ingredient was at the peak of its potential. It was delectable – while it lasted!
Thirty Six Brewlab & Smokehouse – best for an easy, unhurried Singapore brunch
Why: Best for an easy, unhurried brunch
When: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 11.30am to 5pm
If you want to relax over an unhurried brunch, there are more than five hours to do so at Thirty Six Brewlab! Diners can choose to seat on the spacious tables, or on a low table with a couch to lounge in.
The à la carte brunch menu includes familiar items such as trio of crumpets, sourdough and preserves, avocado smash on sourdough with poached eggs, and a full English breakfast. All the meats, sourdough and crumpets are smoked in-house, infusing them with a warm, earthy flavour.
The Brewer’s breakfast, a New Zealand ribeye and two over-easy eggs accompanied by hand-cut fries, received two thumbs up from my companion. Vegetarian options are available as well.
For dessert, we polished off the chocolate stout cake infused with Lion Brewery stout, and the charred caramelised honey pineapple. Free-flow signature cocktails, slushies and house Prosecco can be added on from 11.30am to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays for $98 per person. For children below the age of 12, there’s a kids’ menu consisting of one main course, a drink and a scoop of gelato.
36 Club Street
9366 5815 | thirtysix.sg
This article first appeared in the September 2022 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!