Brunch and booze are a great combination, especially when you’ve got a leisurely day ahead and the alcohol just keeps coming. So if you’re up for an afternoon of feasting, prep your stomach (and liver) for any of these four new hotel brunch spreads, where your glass of bubbly will never be empty.
From sophisticated settings to jolly revelry, they’ll start your day off on a high note.
Saturday afternoons at the regal restaurant get a makeover, as the kitchen dishes out Singaporean and French main courses padded by a selection of appetizers and desserts. To start, pick at entrees like rojak, Hainanese chicken rice, laksa, octopus salad, onion soup, and duck rillette, piled alongside leafy greens and cold cuts.
The mains here are made-to-order, with options such as baked laksa lobster thermidor, pan-roasted kampong chicken breast with black bean sauce and smoked lemon grass mash, pan-seared sea bass with crab in an assam broth, and ravioli with mushroom cream.
Before you fill up past the point of no return, sample a couple of sugary treats such as gula melaka Nutella cake and pandan coconut gateau, or nibble on assorted pralines. You can wash it all down with just a caffeinated brew or two, but we’d say bottomless bubbly makes everything livelier, as long as you’re willing to pay a higher price.
Every Sat noon-2:30pm at Brasserie Les Saveurs, The St. Regis Singapore. 6506-6860. $68, includes coffees and teas; $128, includes wines, coffees, and teas; $148, includes ‘R’ de Ruinart Brut NV, coffees, and teas.
For a languid Sunday brunch, Dolce Vita offers an elegant space overlooking the hotel’s outdoor pool, where you can start with an “Affettati Buffet” of cold cuts, cheeses, fresh oysters, seared Hokkaido scallops, and cured wagyu beef carpaccio.
To keep your carb intake low, choose from one of the three house-made pastas for your main dish: tagliolini with cured pork and pecorino shavings, artichoke risotto, or slow-roasted Tajima wagyu beef oyster blade with red cabbage and wine jus.
End off with desserts such as berries compote, sorbet, or tiramisu, served with petit fours complemented by a spritz of the hotel’s exclusive edible scent, which comprises notes of cinnamon, star anise, and nuts.
Every Sun noon-3pm at Dolce Vita, L5 Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. 6885-3500. $58, includes one dish and dessert; $68, includes Affettati buffet, one dish, and dessert; $78, includes all that plus one extra dish. Add $48 for three-hour free flow of Nino Franco Prosecco.
From Skai’s perch at the top of Swissôtel, the sight of Marina Bay is marvelous — all the more reason for you to request a seat by the floor-to-ceiling windows for prime views. Its contemporary design, tricked out with pops of color from the furnishings and pockets of greenery, makes you feel like you’re in for an elevated experience (quite literally, too). And the restaurant doesn’t disappoint.
From the impeccable service to the smooth beats spun by the DJ, Skai’s Saturday brunch is casual yet chic, the sort of place where you can lounge around for a couple of lazy hours. On the menu, it’s a mix of hot and cold à la carte small dishes and a dessert buffet.
If you’re all about sharing plates, try one of everything from the line-up of sake cured gravlax, wagyu beef tataki, BBQ oyster with kimchi butter, spiced seafood hash, or caramelized pork belly, then go back and order your favorites for round two. When it’s time for sweets, the spread offers up a matcha pancake station and a chocolate fountain. All this comes with unlimited wines, champagnes, or cocktails that are takes on classics like the Singapore Sling and the Bellini.
Every Sat noon-3:30pm at Skai, L70 Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore. 6837-3322. $118, includes soft drinks, coffees, and house wines; $168, includes all that plus champagne and cocktails.
The wildest brunch of the bunch, this 10-hour slosh fest is where you can let your hair down and party like you mean it from noon to night. Now on its third and final edition, after all-day shindigs hosted over the past two months, Bubbles Brunch Beats is aiming to go out with a bang.
Guests are first handed a welcome drink as you lounge around before you’re ushered to the kitchen table, where the lights have been dimmed and the stage has been set for a rowdy rave. Think pounding beats, black lights, shimmying dancers, funky entertainers, and a sassy, cheeky drag queen host by the name of Mona Kee Kee.
As dishes like chilli crab, braised short ribs, and grilled lobster keep coming, your glass of bubbly will be endlessly refilled, giving you liquid courage to get up and groove when the performers pick you out of the crowd.
Once you’re all well and fed, the Wet pool party beckons, with cocktails and desserts by the water. Finally, when the sun begins to set, you’re guided to the glowing jungle of Woobar, where you’ll be plied with more cocktails and canapes till you can’t remember a time when you were ever hungry.
June 29, noon-10pm at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove. 6808-7268. $75 for the party, $250 for brunch and lounge, $325 for brunch, lounge and party.