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For homely French cooking
Inspired by the rustic charm of the French countryside, Cocotte whips up brunch fare that is French, fresh and seasonal. Brunch portions are generous and diners are encouraged to share. Group brunches should start safe with The Big Plate (a big breakfast of eggs any style, a mushroom and cheese crepe, mesclun salad, bacon and a mini baguette, $24) and then move on to the popular steak tartare (Cocotte uses Tasmanian grass-fed Cape Grim tenderloin, $34). A visit to Cocotte is incomplete without trying their tender, crisp-skinned signature poulet roti ($45) – a whole roast chicken served with seasonal vegetables and pan gravy.
Book a table here | Address: 2 Dickson Road, Wanderlust Hotel | Opening hours: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm; Mon-Thu 6.30-10.30pm, Fri & Sat 6.30-11pm
For laid-back, Sunday noon chow
This quaint, establishment on Bukit Timah Road has been a brunch favourite for a long while now (visit on the weekend and the queues will speak for themselves). Book a table to dive straight into their staple eggs Benedict ($22) and French toast with berries compote ($19). The dishes come with a hot or cold drink each. The signage outside may be a little flashy, but we're happy to nest in its quirky, vintage interior. You won't go wrong with brunch here, even a basic wholemeal mini baguette with butter and jam ($10) will not disappoint.
Book a table here | Address: 607 Bukit Timah Road | Opening hours: Tue-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-6pm
Fine Palate Café
For a weekend-only indulgence
One look at the brunch menu of Fine Palate Café and you’d spot some traces of exclusivity. It’s not an extensive list, which means more care went into the planning of the dishes. Brunch means eggs, and we pick the Provençal omelette (spinach, mushrooms, olives and feta cheese, $16), although the salmon Benedict (salmon gravlax and baby spinach, $18) is good as well; we like the juxtaposition of salmon with runny, poached eggs. Brunch here is a weekend-only affair so plan ahead and book yourself in. Tip: try to grab one of the al fresco tables.
Book a table here | Address: 51 Waterloo Street, #01-04/05 | Opening hours: Tue-Fri noon-3pm, Tue-Sat 6-10pm, Sat & Sun 11am-3pm (Brunch menu)
Bistro @ Changi
For a beachside rendezvous
Bistro @ Changi provides a refreshing alternative to the 'eggs and toast' heavy brunches we are used to. Sit by Changi Beach and tuck into a flame-grilled chicken chop ($15.90) and a hearty bowl of crayfish laksa ($12.90). Need some spice to shake you out of your weekend slumber? Try the tom yam mussels ($13.90) – mussels soaked with homemade tom yam broth. The food is great, but the beach-side location is what we would come here for.
Book a table here| Address: 260 Nicoll Drive, Changi Beach Carpark C1 | Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri & Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm
W39 Bistro & Bakery
For a gem still somewhat hidden
This nifty Western gem is clearly a crowd-pleaser from the first impression: clean, tidy décor, lacquered tables surrounded by cute, vibrant chairs, and shelves arranged neatly with empty bottles and outlandish knick-knacks make up the vibe. The menu is just as attractive: brie and parma ham panini ($10.50) served with lavish truffle oil make for tasty, aromatic bites, while the chef’s special Nyonya mee siam (rice noodles in thick spicy gravy and topped with tiger prawns, $9.50) is a must-try.
Book a table here | Address: 39 Jalan Mas Puteh | Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11am-10pm; Sat, Sun and public holidays 9am-10.30pm