By: Alexandra Lin
Those who are fans of CBD joint Cheek Bistro can now score a table here for a leisurely weekend brunch. The menu showcases modern Australian brunch creations by Chef Rishi Naleendra and his team. Start your day with their version of shakshuka (S$18), brimming with tomatoes, red peppers, chickpeas, yoghurt, and served with toasted sourdough. Or consider the Son In Law Eggs (S$18) with an oozy centre, accompanied by grilled pita bread, hummus, and a sprinkling of dukkah spice.
Munch on the Slipper Lobster Po Boy (S$24) composed of battered lobster, iceberg lettuce and chipotle served in a soft bun before you tuck into the larger plates. Go for the crowd-favourite Fish and Chips (S$34) comprising red snapper, with green peas and tartare sauce or the more hefty Steak Frites (S$52). Complete your brunch with Cheek Bistro’s signature waffles.
The savoury Not Hot Chicken (S$28) pairs fried buttermilk quail with waffles, alongside smoked maple, pickled mustard and dill pickles. Or finish off with the Chocolate Waffles (S$16) elevated with chocolate ice cream, salted caramel and honeycomb crumble.
Wash down your meal with artisanal coffee and iced tea, such as Sri Lankan Iced Coffee (S$10), a unique mix of brewed coffee uplifted with chai spices, or Iced Jasmine & Lemongrass Tea (S$12). You can also order boutique wines, prosecco, cider, cocktails and zero-alcohol wine alternatives. Cheek Bistro’s brunch menu is available every Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Berthold Delikatessen at the Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski has just launched The Breakfast Club, a well-thought-out weekend brunch menu. Start your weekend as early as 8am with the Truffle Egg & Salmon Toast ($16), composed of milk-poached salmon, scrambled eggs, black truffle, bacon bits, and Parmesan cheese on brioche toast. Or tuck into the Garibaldi’s Eggs ($18) comprising eggs cooked in tomato sauce, and laden with Italian cooked ham, basil, fried onion, olives, capers. Mop up the satisfying eggs with toasted bread. For something wholesome, order the house-made granola with berries compote, fresh berries, honey, toasted walnuts, and roasted coconut slices alongside milk, Greek yogurt or soya milk ($12). Or treat yourself to decadent waffles ($9.50) and pancakes ($9.50) embellished with cinnamon sugar, spiced syrup, strawberry compote and vanilla chantilly. To sweeten the day further, grab a Portuguese tart, pain au chocolat, or apple turnover.
For your caffeine fix, try Berthold’s line of signature slow (cold) brew coffees. There are four variants and each one is slow-brewed for no less than 18 hours and made using the finest Costa Rica Candelilla Estate Honey Single Origin coffee, known for its strong flavours with little acidity. Perk up your weekend with the fancy Veni Vidi Vici ($7) made of black coffee, milk and luscious toffee cream or the Ready to Matcha ($7.50) with a dash of Japanese matcha green tea. The brunch is available till 3pm.
Da Paolo Dempsey Restaurant & Bar
Da Paolo Dempsey has recently launched its free-flow brunch featuring refreshing cocktails, beer, and sparkling wine. Two options are available here. The Campari Peroni Brunch at S$48 per person includes Americano, Aperol Spritz, Peroni Sbagliato, Peroni Spritz and Peroni Beer. The Ferrari Brunch at S$78 per person offers sparkling Ferrari Brut as well as selections from the Campari Peroni Brunch. The free-flow is limited to one and a half hours from the time you start your meal. So drink up and enjoy.
Pair these drinks with a selection of hearty brunch items such as Umami Mushroom Toast with braised mushrooms, leek, feta, dehydrated kale on sourdough toast, or richly flavoured spicy Italian shakshouka. The latter comprises free-range eggs, homemade meatballs, chorizo, charred eggplant and chickpeas on sourdough.
Alternatively, revel in the simplicity of burrata bruschetta laden with San Daniele Ham, shaved Grana Padano cheese, cherry tomatoes and pesto. Head to this relaxing spot on weekends from 11.30am to 5pm.
Looking for something upscale? Consider a sumptuous brunch at The Fullerton Bay Hotel’s La Brasserie. Le Brunch by the Bay’s menu showcases a host of La Brasserie signatures as well as other satisfying brunch creations. All dishes are cooked to order and delivered to the table. Tuck into steak et frites or wagyu steak topped with Café de Paris butter and served with truffle fries; richly flavoured beef cheeks slow-braised in red wine; duck confit; and herb-crusted lamb chops.
Get your carb fix in the form of mushroom risotto paired with soft-boiled egg and generously topped with Parmesan and black truffle shavings, or angel hair pasta scented with truffle and scattered with shio kombu and crispy sakura ebi. Other dishes to dive into include fresh poached seafood on ice and charcuterie.
For a dose of Asian flavours, slurp up the prawn laksa with quail eggs, or munch on beef and chicken satay. If that’s not enough, the menu includes Hainanese chicken rice and roasted pork belly to boot. Round off your meal with tangy apple lime compote with vanilla crème and yuzu sorbet, or a classic crème brulee.
Le Brunch by the Bay is priced from S$118 with free-flow juices and soft drinks. To perk up your weekend, go for the free flow bubbly (Ruinart Blanc de Blanc or Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne), wines, and signature cocktails. The brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 to 3pm (last pour 2.45 pm).
Check out a new party brunch every Saturday from 12 to 2pm at So Sofitel’s Xperience all-day café, restaurant and bar. It might be rather ambitious to tuck into three-tiered food platters loaded with sweet and savoury creations, but bring a couple of friends along to share the feast.
These ‘Towers’ are brought straight to your table, so all you need to do is sit back and enjoy. Items include smoked salmon belly, garlic and soy-glazed chicken wings and Asian slaw, mini beef sliders, bratwurst, fresh tropical fruits, goreng pisang and pancake, and more.
Pricing starts from S$88 for the medium So/ Brunch Tower, which serves two to three people. Those who have even bigger appetites can request for The Mother of All Towers. Priced from S$138, you’ll get premium options such as artisan cold cuts and cheeses, roasted spring chicken, breaded homemade fish & chips, Australian striploin steak, and others.
If you want even more items for sharing, ask for the ‘Loaded Platters’ of either fresh seafood (think: Boston lobster and oysters) at S$138, or meat platter with wagyu ribeye and pork belly (S$120).
Elevate your experience by adding S$48 for two hours of free-flow beer, wine, and Prosecco. If you like, add S$20 more for Taittinger Brut champagne and the gin cart, which will make its way to your table. Mix and match your favourite gin with your choice of garnish, or allow the mixologist to create something for you.
Every Sunday, award-winning Manhattan opens its doors from 12pm to 3pm for its adults-only Sunday Cocktail Brunch. Gather your mates to indulge in unlimited craft cocktails, boozy milkshakes, wines, and beers. Plus a roving Gin & Tonic, Bloody Mary and Garibaldi trolley will make its way to your table so you can have your favourite concoctions on the spot. Aside from booze, a variety of hot plates will be served to your table. Revel in the Belgian waffles with caramelised apples and vanilla mascarpone cheese or charred octopus with warm potato salad, and lime oregano dressing.
You’ll also get to tuck into succulent seafood, including freshly shucked Irish oysters, poached Boston lobster, Alaskan king crab and ahi tuna with sesame ponzu dressing. Save room for substantial meat-laden platters of Bourbon-smoked BBQ pork ribs, whiskey-infused Cajun lamb rack, and whisky-infused beef tenderloin with Manhattan steak sauce.
For sweet treats, select from the maple-roasted pecan brownie, apricot cheesecake, chocolate fudge mini cupcake, and more. Wrap up your meal with delicate crepes suzette flambeed with Grand Marnier. The brunch is priced at $163 per person with free-flow cocktails, wines and beers, or $199 per person with all those drinks and Bollinger Special Cuvee Champagne.
Skai on the 70th floor of Swissotel The Stamford has recently rolled out an impressive Saturday brunch – perfect for any celebration. As you wait for your food to be served, sip some craft cocktails and soak in the surrounding views.
Previously, the seafood and desserts were presented buffet style while appetisers and mains were plated as a la carte portions and offered free flow. Now to ensure that guests dine with a peace of mind, the contemporary grill restaurant has added a table service of seafood, charcuterie, cheese, plus a decadent dessert sampler.
Kick off with the charcuterie board laden with wagyu beef salami, cured Black Forest pork, duck rillettes, confit chicken and liver terrine, partnered with house marinade peppers and pickles. This is followed by cold plates of roasted cauliflower elevated with pickled granny smith apples, crunchy hazelnut and black truffle ponzo, as well as Italian burrata with marinated courgette and a punchy green gazpacho.
Next, warm up the belly with comforting lobster miso soup with glass noodle and tofu or a robust house-made Cavatelli pasta with maitake mushroom and a rich truffle crème fraiche. Other dishes to savour include spiced seafood hash with crab, prawn, and scallop, served on charcoal waffle. And a Skai speciality that you cannot miss: juicy Stanbroke strip steak MB3 cooked in the charcoal oven, and served with golden hand-cut chips and bourbon peppercorn sauce. Priced at $158, the brunch is offered every Saturday from 11.30am to 2.30pm.
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