When the weekend rolls around, Singapore’s not short of things to do, with plenty of shopping to tick off our list, art galleries to explore and spas to enjoy five-star treatments. But a ritual one simply cannot forgo is brunch; the fabulous portmanteau is best enjoyed with unlimited bubbly and in a gorgeous space no less. Ahead, we’ve picked the best brunches in Singapore — from some of the finest cafes and hotel restaurants in the city.
1. Merci Marcel Tiong Bahru
It’s the name that’s on everyone’s lips. Since its opening in Tiong Bahru, French restaurant Merci Marcel has been making waves all over social media thanks to its chic and cheerful decor that combines pastels and golds, rattans and greenery. Book the Instagrammed-to-death alfresco area in the back of the restaurant for brunch; the sunlit space is the perfect setting to enjoy its wines, cheese and charcuterie platters and sharing plates such as beef tenderloin carpaccio and ravioles de royan.
2. Colony at The Ritz Carlton
The Ritz Carlton’s Colony promises a different kind of Sunday afternoon with its Vintage Champagne Brunch. Offering what it calls “a true taste of Singapore”, its main seven stations include The Wok, where you’ll find local favourites such as golden fried rice, stir fried crustacean bee hoon and Szechuan firecracker chicken, along with buffet staples of the freshest ocean catch at the Ice Bar as well as hearty meats and seafood at the Grill and Rotisserie. Of course, as one of the swankiest places in town for brunch, your meal includes unlimited Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Blanc 2009, Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Rose 2009, house pour red and white wines as well as draft beer.
3. mezza9 at Grand Hyatt Singapore
Orchard Road’s most stylish brunch venue puts out a sumptuous brunch with a conscience. The menu is made up of sustainable fare made from quality produce — think ethically sourced Maine lobsters and Scottish brown crabs, and sushi kiwami. Six live cooking stations are on site, offering spit-roasted meat, a Thai streetfood deli, dim sum and even a yakitori grill. To up the indulgence, upgrade your meal to enjoy free-flow Perrier Jouët Grand Brut champagne, red and white wines, selected martinis and nine different types of gin and tonics.
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4. Yan Ting at The St. Regis Singapore
This isn’t your average brunch. Yan Ting at The St. Regis Singapore bumps this weekend tradition up a notch with refined Cantonese cuisine. The menu features a serving each of double-boiled fish maw soup with black garlic and wok-baked Boston lobster with XO sauce while the dim sum spread includes all your favourites but elevated — steamed beancurd roll with pork and shrimp and steamed crystal shrimp dumpling with cheese olive and squid ink — along with classics such as traditional braised pigs trotter, seafood, poultry and rice and noodles.
5. Corner House
Corner House is most well-known for its gastro-botanica cuisine — botanical elements are fully and elaborately prepared, so they can stand on their own next to the restaurant’s specially sourced meats and seafood. Coupled with its location in a black and white colonial bungalow in Botanic Gardens, Corner House — named after revered botanist and mycologist EJH Corner — is the laidback spot to wile away a weekend afternoon. The four-course brunch here includes a choice between the 62 degree farm egg (with Jerusalem artichoke, duck confit and beurre noisette) or the restaurant’s signature eggs Benedict, which features smoked salmon, vin jaune, tobiko and rice cracker. As for mains, choose between free range chicken, served with mushroom, romaine lettuce, Manjimup black truffle or New Caledonia obsiblue prawn with riso, squid, leek, bottarga, buckwheat and cider. To finish the afternoon, cool off with a refreshing dessert of soursop, watermelon rose and rambutan.
6. The Summerhouse
Escape the city at The Summerhouse, a secluded dining destination hidden in the countryside of Seletar. Brunch is offered in two choices: A communal-style brunch consisting of the chef’s selections for dining parties of two to three or four and above or an ala carte menu. The latter consists of elevated brunch staples such as mud crab omelette, avocado with truffle pecorino, sous vide egg yolk and fresh grilled prawns, as well as pickled short ribs and potato hash.
7. The Butcher’s Wife
When Open Door Policy mysteriously shut its doors in Yong Siak Street, many were left devastated, but not for long as what opened in its place was The Butcher’s Wife. Yet another venture of The Spa Esprit Group, the charming new space follows the spirit of Open Door Policy by putting out — you guessed it — gluten-free fare. Modern European in style, the brunch menu features hearty classics such as the beef burger, grilled rib-eye steak and chestnut papardelle, faina (a pancake made of chickpea flour) and fried eggs as well as brioche french toast.
8. SPRMRKT Kitchen + Bar
Sure SPRMRKT has several locations, but if it’s a slow weekend brunch you seek, head to its riverside locale in Robertson Quay. SPRMRKT brings diners the supermarket experience: Tuck into a meal before you browse its curated selection of produce and goods. Head up to the second floor and enjoy a weekend meal of classic brunch staples such as the omelettes, bacon and hash french toast, pastas and meaty options like bangers and mash.
9. Salted and Hung
Not many would think of Salted and Hung as a spot for brunch but the dimly lit little nook in Purvis Street is a godsend for anyone who loves salted and grilled meats as it has a strong focus on smoking, curing and pickling. The modern Australian restaurant’s weekend brunch menu is the best time to sample its best offerings as you’ll enjoy a small charcuterie and antipasti buffet, and 13 dishes which includes crowd favourite mains and desserts of smoked halibut and caviar crosstini, steak and eggs, coppa and eggs toasties as well as cinnamon crepes and bacon ice cream for dessert.
10. The White Rabbit
A visit to The White Rabbit is always an experience; set in a beautifully resorted 1930s chapel in Dempsey, the sunlit and high-ceilinged space keeps it cosy with booth seating. The elaborate brunch menu has something for all diners, including lighter options such as warm spinach salads and fruit and yoghurt bowls, entrees like bacon bourbon waffles and lobster grilled cheese sandwiches and sharing oyster plates, as well as butcher’s boards. To relax into the weekend, complement your meal with the restaurant’s signature selection of gin and tonics or bubbly by the glass.