We love brunch – it's about the only reason we get out of bed on the weekends. Naturally, we're always on the look-out for the biggest, best, unique and good-value brunches in Singapore. From brunch essentials like eggs, pancakes and waffles to gourmet options like oysters, sushi and charcuterie - there is little that has not made an appearance on our brunch plates. All the better if we have free-flow champagne, orange juice or a flat white to wash them down with. We round up some of the top weekend-only (mostly Sundays-only) meals available in Singapore. Keep checking back, our list will only keep growing...
FOR A CONTEMPORARY TAKE ON CHINESE CLASSICS | The Sunday lunch at Forest森, Resorts World Sentosa is worth the trip over the waters. Chef Sam Leong's menu is an eight-course spread broken up into six appetizers, main courses and desserts; in total, there are over 13 main dishes and desserts to pick from. The menu changes every week, but Leong's signature dishes are often repeated. Look out for the slow-cooked wagyu beef cheek with cumin powder in black truffle sauce - tender and aromatic with both the truffle and cumin holding their own, and the steamed salmon with ginger flower, lemon and kaffir lime leaves. The salmon sits in a heady broth that is flavour-packed while the fillet itself is evenly cooked and flakes off nicely. Another notable main is the wok-fried Japanese pearl rice (topped with crisp puffed rice for added texture) with squid ink in XO chilli sauce and a seared Hokkaido scallop. Our preferred spot: a table overlooking the garden within Forest's classy and contemporary confines. Price: $79.56 | Brunch hours: Sun noon-3pm
ONE OF SINGAPORE’S LONGEST BRUNCHES, AND IT'S ON SUNDAY | Jumping onto the champagne brunch bandwagon (and hoping for staying power), is this Sundays-only Veuve Cliquot brunch at Edge, Pan Pacific hotel’s sunlit (and expanded – walls have been knocked down for a bigger dining space) third floor restaurant. From noon to 4pm, this brunch with over eight stations (mostly 'live') serves free-flow Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, beers and cocktails, too. Among the stations is a crustacean on ice (Boston lobsters, oysters and scallops) section, a 'live' grill serving omi wagyu beef and the hotel’s in-house-made sausages, a carvery (pictured), pasta made a la minute, two-metre cheese board (find raclette here), and a dessert station with an ice cream counter and over 20 sweet offerings (including a Candy Crush sponge cake, and gluten-free red velvet cake and brownies). Parents would feel at ease tackling the buffet here – there is a dedicated kids corner for the children to watch cartoons. Price: $184.90 per person, inclusive of unlimited champagne; $114.70 per person for ages 12 to 17; $57.30 per person for ages 7 to 11 | Buffet hours: Sun noon-4pm
MEDITERRANEAN WEEKEND BRUNCH IN CENTRAL SINGAPORE | Cashless dining concept, Medz, serves up Mediterranean fare, mainly, Spanish, Turkish, Moroccon and Greek at their two outlets (Orchard Central and Millenia Walk), and have introduced a weekend brunch that features the usual brunch suspects like eggs and pancakes. Late-risers, take note: there are all-day eats and most of the choices include eggs. Opt for the Italian brunch torte ($14.90), a flaky puff pastry that holds ham, mushroom, spinach, cheese, bell peppers and eggs, or for something sweet, the Lust pancake ($12.90); pancakes topped with fresh summer berries and choice of sauces that include maple and vanilla. Each order comes with a complimentary cup of coffee. Price: It's cashless, but not free. $12.90-$14.90 per dish | Brunch hours: Sat & Sun 11am-11pm
A RECOVERY A LA CARTE BRUNCH IN HUSHED CONFINES | We have all heard of Bacchanalia’s boozy pop-up brunches, but recently became fans of their permanent Sunday-only brunch. On this Day of Rest, the bleary-eyed will do well to head to this restaurant at the Masonic Lodge, duck into its comfortable muted lighting and drawn blinds, with staff talking in hushed tones. Sink into the plush sofa chairs for the Eggs Pumpkin (house-made English muffins, poached organic eggs, kabocha - Japanese pumpkin - puree, toasted pumpkin seeds, feta crème and a drizzle of hollandaise, $18); the flavours work, making this a savoury-sweet, and healthy, eggs Benedict. If last night’s debauchery warrants a heartier brunch, the Bacchanalia burger ($25) is a beef patty made with an undisclosed blend of spices, topped with melted cheddar, lettuce, tomato and pickles, and held together by in-house-made burger buns. This is served with a side of fries tossed in kombu salt. The ultimate hangover helper however - so the friendly staff claim - is the vanilla and Irish whisky milkshake (serves two, $18 a carafè) – if you can stomach the thought of whiskey on a Sunday afternoon, that is. Brunch hours: Sun 11am-5pm
BOOK A TABLE | NO EGGS, BUT FORTY ITALIAN CLASSICS, AND MORE | There won’t be any brunch-style eggs of any kind at Prego, but don’t write it off just yet: chef de cuisine Antonio Facchinetti presents a pranzo Italiano, a feast of 40 rustic and traditional Italian dishes, in addition to a buffet spread of appetisers, desserts and breads. Picking three from the hefty clipboard menu of the 40 dishes can be intimidating, so let us help: start with freshly-baked breads dipped in olive oil and flavoured salt, go at the regularly replenished cheese and charcuterie counters and pick up the excellent chicken salad. For the mains, the fettuccine with mushroom in cream truffle sauce, the signature spaghetti aglio e olio with seafood, and the oven-roasted barramundi with cherry tomatoes, capers and black olives are excellent choices. A Maine lobster with angel hair coated in a spiced tomato sauce can be had for a supplement of $30, though, really, there is enough of risottos, gnocchis, meats, fish and chicken to pick from. You will be much too full for dessert, but don’t leave without nibbling on a cannoli or two – they are worth the (extra) calories. Price: $68++ per person; $78++ with one glass of wine and/or free flow non-alcoholic drinks; $98++ with free flow wine | Buffet hours: Sun12.30-3pm
BRUNCH AT SENTOSA COVE, BY THE POOL | We give you a good reason to trek all the way to Sentosa Cove on a Sunday morning. Though there are other brunch options at Quayside Isle, make the splurge for the W Singapore’s Sunday Remix. Both the W’s restaurants line up their counters with plenty of choice eats: we liked the fresh seafood on ice (plump, juicy oysters), roasted meats (the lamb shoulder with mint sauce in particular) and other goodies from Skirt’s parilla grill. From The Kitchen Table, we tried the dim sum, prawn noodles done a la minute, fresh wood-fired pizza, and a selection of curries and tandoor dishes. Don’t stuff yourselves yet – if you want free-flow white wines, red wines, Veuve Cliquot champagne and the hotel pool access, upgrade to the Bubbly Remix. How is that for a perfect Sunday? Price: Sunday Remix $108++ per person for unlimited non-alchoholic drinks; Bubbly Remix $148++ per person | Brunch hours: Sun 12.30-4pm
A LUXURIOUS BRUNCH WITH BUBBLY | The St. Regis Champagne Brunch at Brasserie Les Saveurs is a special occasion treat: unlimited quantities of Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve champagne, live counters serving up pan-fried foie gras, cold seafood on ice and roasted meats from the carvery. The menu changes every week, but expect bite-sized portions of the French restaurant’s signatures (fingers crossed for the excellent lobster Thermidor). For those who still need their eggs at brunch, order up an a la carte portion done any style – poached, scrambled or omelette. Save enough room for desserts though; macarons, scones, tarts and ice-cream, and array of artisanal cheeses will mor ethan tempt you. Tip: Make reservations for brunch but arrive an hour early (11am) and head straight to Astor Bar for an hour of complimentary cocktails before you pile up those plates. Price: $148++ per person, $195++ per person with free-flow champagne| Brunch hours: Sun noon-3pm
A TAPAS-STYLE BRUNCH TO CHASE AWAY HANGOVERS | If your way of dealing with a hangover is drinking more alcohol, the hangover brunch at Sabio Tapas Bar on Duxton Hill is for you. We like how quiet the Duxton area is on a Sunday morning – it makes hiding out at this cosy tapas bar with a glass of Cava or two an easy choice. For $49.90 per person, get unlimited servings of tapas, desserts, Cava, sangria (a Sabio signature; we prefer the white), soft drinks, juices and coffee or tea. Of the hot tapas, we like the chicken skewers topped with garlic and manchego cheese, sizzling prawns in olive oil and garlic and the potato and onion omelette (isn’t a 'brunch' without eggs). For dessert, do not miss out on Sabio’s churros – thick, doughy fritters dusted with cinnamon sugar and then dipped in chocolate. Just a few servings of these make this brunch worth getting out of bed for. Price: $49.90++ per person | Brunch hours: Sun 11.30am-3.30pm
A CURRY AND KEBAB BRUNCH | At the institutional Tandoor (at Holiday Inn at Orchard), Sunday brunch-time is spent tucking into an all-you-can-eat spread of authentic Indian curries, kebabs and desserts. The 28-year-old Indian restaurant recently went through a menu and venue revamp: the new look is contemporary while still fusing in some traditional elements, like gorgeous mirrorwork wall art and coasters that tell the stories behind every dish. The menu offerings are a more modern, sometimes pleasantly interesting, take on North- and South-Indian staples – we like the chicken tikka (a North Indian staple) kebab marinated with a hint of lemongrass and then grilled; the lemongrass does not overpower but its flavour lingers. There is also an excellent Goan curry, chunks of ocean perch cooked in tangy spiced coconut curry and served on a sizzler plate – the flavours are sweet and creamy yet smoky. Play it safe with a comforting home-style palak paneer (cottage cheese chunks cooked in a puree of spinach and spices) which the tandoor baked whole wheat bread scoops up easily. The gulab jamun (sinfully rich, deep-fried reduced milk balls steeped in rose-flavoured sugar syrup) should be paired with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream to balance the sweetness. Price: $48 per person | Brunch hours: Sun 12.30-2pm
BOOK A TABLE | A TIONG BAHRU BRUNCH, MINUS THE QUEUES | COQ & BALLS | Tired of queueing up for a spot of brunch at Tiong Bahru's many hipster cafes? Book a spot at this casual gastrobar and give their new brunch menu a try. The vibe is laidback and you would not be at all out-of-place in your Sunday best (we mean, flip-flops and shorts). Go ahead and start your Sunday with a healthy baked granola with berries, honey and greek yogurt ($12) or go all out with The Big Coq, a hearty plate of scrambled eggs, sourdough toast, sauteed mushrooms (with herbs and a hint of truffle oil), baked beans with chorizo, bacon and grilled vine tomatoes ($16). We recommend also, the goat cheese tart — sinful puff pastry topped with goat cheese chunks and topped with a mild capsicum salsa ($16).