By: Alexandra Lin
Greet the first day of 2021 on an indulgent note. Zafferano’s New Year Champagne Brunch (S$198 per person, from 12pm to 3pm) offers an extensive spread of eight appetisers, two pastas, and two mains, along with an array of desserts, cheese, and fresh fruits.
Kick off with antipasti such as live seasonal oysters with spicy mignonette; burrata cheese with Momotaro tomatoes and basil; dill-cured king salmon; parma ham paired with marsala marinated rock melon; lobster salad with avocado, dressed in brandy sauce; and house-made pizza topped with stracciatella and truffle cream.
You will also get to tuck into carb-laden starters like risotto with smoked scamorza cheese and winter black truffle, as well as garganelli pasta with spanner crab and Sicilian tomato. Mains feature succulent Beef Wellington, Atlantic cod with roasted capsicum, and a Tuscan stew with scampi. Pair your celebratory meal with an unlimited pouring of Champagne, wines, and beer. Juices, soft drinks, coffee or tea are included too.
For something a little more tranquil away from the city, head to The Knolls at Capella. Begin 2021 with an indulgent Mediterranean-inspired feast by the swimming pool, topped with views of the sea. The New Year’s Day three-course lunch menu from 12 pm to 3pm is priced at S$138 per person.
For starters, you can choose either the roasted Hokkaido scallops with caviar, braised baby leek and potato emulsion or the cured wagyu beef pastrami with goat cheese-fig crispy filo and confit egg yolk. Mains-wise, the festive selection includes honey-rosemary brined turkey served with brussel sprouts, heirloom carrots, and cranberry sauce, or the robust braised wagyu beef short ribs with parsnip mousseline, purple cauliflower and shimeiji mushroom. You could also opt for the succulent roasted Atlantic black cod, partnered with cassoulet style cannellini beans, crispy baby squid, iberico chorizo, and lobster bisque emulsion.
Round off with either the cappuccino tres leches with caramelised banana, Ethiopian coffee ice cream, and Madagascar vanilla mascarpone cream. Or a luscious eight-textures chocolate cake with hazelnut financier and spiced brown butter ice cream. To complete your repast, munch on the cheese selection and Valrhona chocolate truffles.
Usher in 1 January with something different at Mott 32. This popular modern Chinese restaurant is rolling out a six-course menu priced at S$188 per person (minimum two-person), inclusive of white and red wines.
This special menu features some of Mott 32’s best signatures. Revel in the premium starter platter brimming with applewood roasted 42 days Peking duck, as well as two of Mott 32’s most popular dim sum items: the soft quail egg, Iberico pork, flying fish roe siu mai, and the South Australian scallop, prawn, hot and sour Shanghainese soup dumplings.
Other ultra-satisfying delicacies to look forward to include the fish maw, conpoy and garoupa soup; the richly flavoured lobster stewed rice, as well as the refreshing dessert of fresh mango and coconut glutinous rice roll served with soy ice cream and fresh strawberries. Mott 32’s brunch is available from 10.30am to 3.30pm.
For a “cool” New Year’s lunch, why not score a table at Pollen. Wear your favourite sweater and head to this beautiful restaurant at Gardens By The Bay’s Flower Dome for a festive meal.
Start with the refreshing lettuce gazpacho partnered with spanner crab, whey granita, cucumber, and spiked with Espelette pepper. And then tuck into the poached Toretama Japanese egg polenta, which is given an umami boost with black truffles and Parmigiano Reggiano. For mains, enjoy the signature aged duck breast and duck neck and foie gras sausage, nicely balanced with lighter apple and parsnip flavours.
Finally, lighten up the palate with a tangy Williams pear lemon verbena with yoghurt. The festive menu priced at S$208, includes a glass Louis Roederer Rosé Millesime, Brut Champagne to perk up your 2021.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Although Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is already full on 1 and 2 January, you can still head there for a classic American brunch on 3 January. Start your Sunday brunch with one of the fluffy mile-high pancakes (S$22 each): blueberry pie pancakes with bourbon maple syrup; buttermilk pancakes with honey butter and fresh berries; and funfetti pancakes with citrus glaze. Or go for the simpler but equally delightful classic French toast with cinnamon and whipped cream (S$20).
Fill your belly with hearty bacon hash waffles and eggs (S$24), and if you must, top up an additional S$10 for a side of satisfying signature crispy chicken. Just as delicious is the crab cake benedict (S$30), served with punchy fried green tomato, poached eggs and bacon, and complete with charred lemon hollandaise. There’s quite and extensive menu for vegetarians too; creations include the hearty Mushroom Burger (S$21) and whole roasted cauliflower at S$18.
Everyone loves the idea of a “Bottomless Brunch”. At Botanico, you can soak in the surrounding garden’s tranquillity while savouring a five-course Bottomless Brunch along with free-flow sparkling wine (S$108). Teetotallers can go for the no-drinks option at S$78.
This 1 January set menu features bread of the day, Palermo Pepper with burrata, anchovy, sourdough crouton, and aromatic ginger flower; Hokkaido Corn Soup paired with crab toast; and Faroese Salmon with housemade miso hollandaise sauce and asparagus.
This will be followed by mains of Kurobuta Pork Belly complemented by fermented apple puree, celeriac, soy-glazed nuts and seeds. Finally, finish your New Year’s Day meal with a decadent sweet-savoury Miso Caramel Chocolate Tart.
There are two seatings (capped at 90 minutes per seating) at 11am and 1 pm.
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