Rarely do I give full marks for a restaurant, let alone a buffet one, but Hilton's Checkers Brasserie's newly launched Sunday Champagne Brunch is just THAT mindblowingly awesome.
The buffet selection here may be considered limited, but just about everything was delicious and above-par.
While the first brunch here as based on an invited tasting, I returned for an incognito revisit, as per S.O.P. of all invited tastings, and found brunch ($80++ without alcohol but inclusive of smoothies, juices and coffee and tea) to be consistent, excellent and thoroughly satisfying. We ate extremely well and were so stuffed, we were still full the next day. In a way, Sunday brunch at the Hilton can be considered extremely value-for-money, because it invariably ends up being 3-meals-in-1!
The star of the brunch has got to be the Egg Specialties
, a curated selection of eggs done 6 uniquely different ways, spanning the world from the east to the west, and through the ages from the classics to the modern. These are all prepared ala minute for maximum freshness and perfect textures. Best of all, these are unlimited so you can eat until your shirt buttons pop.
My favourite, if I had to pick (and trust me, this is a hard one), is the Modern
, a free range egg cooked at 45 degrees and served atop a velvety chanterelle mushroom gravy.
A close second is the French
, a poached egg set in a hollowed out toasted muffin with a foie gras and truffle laced hollandaise.
Rounding off the top 3 is the American
which pairs applewood-smoked bacon with eggs sizzling on a hot plate with melted cheese. Simple but delicious.
The rest are the Italian
, with juicy tangy pomodoro baked in a skillet pan with an egg; Japanese
: rice-centric, with a perfectly grilled unagi and slow-cooked soft-boiled egg; and English
, with eggs overeasy in a Wagyu corned beef hash.
There's also a small selection of main dishes here, also cooked only upon order and served right to you, The best of the lot at the tasting was the Beef Bourguignon
, a couple of cheeks braised till fork-tender in red wine sauce and served with truffle polenta, bacon, mushrooms and onions.
A close runner up was the Foie Gras Dumplings
with shimeiji mushrooms and asparagus was a surprise hit, because it was so light.
Another big hit was the Beef Burger
, with a thick slab of juicy minced beef tongue and coulommier cheese.
If you're a fan of Mod-Sin cuisine, don't miss the Lobster Singapore
, a luxed up version of our local chilli crab, where the sweetness of the eggy sauce belied how spicy it actually was.
For sweets, there are 3 desserts cooked ala minute, and the rest are for your picking at the buffet table. We couldn't quite decide which was the best, the Crepes
with nutella, the Blueberry Pancakes
with blueberry compote lined inside the chewy cakes, or the Belgian Waffles
, with berries and a drizzling of chocolate sauce.
For the full review because the original is too long, please see http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2013/12/invited-tasting-revisit-checkers.html