River Garden Coffee House and Terrace's dessert spread
River Garden Coffee House and Terrace (Address: 382 Havelock Road, Riverview Hotel | Tel: 6349 4871 | Opening hours: Daily noon-3pm | Price: $38.80 per person, $59.80 per person with free-flow house beer, $25.80 per child) isn’t your ordinary brunch of bite-sized delicacies most hotels offer: for three hours, this 24-hour restaurant offers free-flow of beer, which alone gives you your money’s worth.
A barbeque buffet like River Garden Coffee House and Terrace's isn’t complete without meat sizzled on the grill, lobster laksa and bowls of local favourites like hor fun.
Barossa (Address: 22 Lorong Mambong and 8 Raffles Avenue, #01-11 Esplanade Mall | Tel: 6468 4688 and 6534 5188 | Opening hours: Mon-Thu noon-3pm, 6pm-1am; Fri noon-3pm, 6pm-2am; Sat noon-2am; Sun noon-1am | Price: $43.90 per person) Free flow of prime cuts? You bet your Angus! This Wednesday- and Sunday-only beef buffet at both Barossa’s outlets offer all cuts from Wagyu D rump and T-bone steak, to prime rib and Barossa Shiraz-braised Angus beef cheeks.
At Basilico (Address: 1 Cuscaden Road, Level 2 The Regent | Tel: 6725 3232 | Opening hours: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10pm; Sun noon-3pm, 6.30pm-10pm | Prices: Mon-Fri $44 per person; Sat $48-$58 per person; Sun $108 per person (with free-flow Prosecco and wine) don’t pass on the roasted chicken at the cutting station, or the beef lasagne with truffle salt.
The dry-cured Parma ham is the first to go at Basilico (private dining room pictured above), followed by the cheeses. Note: the price of the buffet jumps considerably on Sundays, though you do get Prosecco with premium.
Giant skewers heavy with various types of meat are brought to your table by passadors (‘meat-wielding waiters’) at Carnivore Brazilian Churascaria (Address: Three locations including 30 Victoria Street, #01-29A Chijmes | Tel: 6376 9939 | Opening hours: Sun-Thu 6-10pm; Fri, Sat & public holidays 6pm–10.30pm | Prices: Mon-Fri lunch $31 per adult, dinner: $34 per adult, $15 per child; Sat & Sun lunch: $45 per adult, dinner: $47 per adult, $20 per child) who carve what you want onto your plate. A green-and-red coaster placed green side up signals you want more, with red meaning ‘stop!’
The skewered selection at Carnivore Brazilian Churascaria.
The ambience at En Japanese Dining Bar (Address: 557 Bukit Timah Road | Tel: 6735 2212 | Opening hours: Sun-Thu 6pm-midnight, Fri & Sat 6pm-3am | Prices: Mon-Thu $48 per adult; Fri-Sun $52 per adult, $18 per child; plus $35 for free-flow drinks) is light, though the buffet is anything but: a surcharge of $35 grants two hours of free-flow booze and soft drinks. Who can say no to that challenge?
Greenhouse (Address: 7 Raffles Avenue, The Ritz-Carlton | Tel: 6337 8888 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12.30pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm; Sat noon-2.30pm, Sun noon-3pm | Prices: Fri & Sat $82 per person; Sun $168 per person (with Champagne))- not your usual international seafood selectio
The stars of Greenhouse's international brunch buffet are undoubtedly the fresh, top quality seafood. Freshly-shucked Canadian oysters and tiger prawns glisten, while the sea bass with warm watermelon syrup, pine nuts and fennel salad are must-tries.
Don’t forget to test out Greenhouse's chilli crab with steamed man tou (Chinese soft wheat bun), poached lobster in tarragon cream, sashimi and barbequed eel.
MELT - The World Café (Address: 5 Raffles Avenue, 4th floor Mandarin Oriental | Tel: 6885 3082 | Opening hours: Daily noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm–10pm; Sun noon-3pm | Prices: lunch $56 per person, dinner $68–$158 per person; Sunday brunch $98-$488) wins us over with the most kid-friendly buffet
Not just for the kids: good-quality Thai, Chinese, Indian and Western dishes are up for grabs at MELT - The World Cafe, along with pasta handmade daily, such as angel-hair swirled up in a light, not-so-tart fresh tomato and basil sauce, and tandoor-cooked meats that are irresistible.
Be bowled over by The Line's (Address: 22 Orange Grove Road, Basement, Shangri-La Hotel | Tel: 6213 4275 | Opening hours: Daily noon-3pm, 5am-1am | Prices: $72++ per adult, $36++ per child (ages 6-11)) sheer volume and variety: 16 stations offer worldly fare, from pesto spaghetti cooked on the spot to satay skewers aplenty.
You can book a table online for The Line for a discount of 15 per cent.
Successfully introducing upper-scale décor and boutique beers to its modern-Singaporean menu of dishes like five-spice pork confit ($9.90) and beef rendang ($9.90), chef-owner Shen Tan of The Wok & Barrel (Address: 13 Duxton Hill | Tel: 6220 0595 | Opening hours: Tue-Sat 11.30am-10.30pm, Sun 11.30am-4pm | Price: $39++ per person, $89++ per person (including house pours and sparkling wines and beers)) created an à la carte Sunday brunch buffet so substantial it’ll keep you satisfied through the week. The Wok & Barrel is now closed.
To reduce food wastage, The Wok & Barrel's portions are made to order, though the eight-page menu is all-inclusive, and the buffet price includes free-flow draught beer, Prosecco and sparkling wine. The Wok & Barrel is now closed.
Order a portion of pancakes with gula melaka butterscotch and bananas, then treat yourself to a kueh balu (Chinese-style egg sponge cakes) tiramisu with Valrhona chocolate.