As the song goes, all weekends should end “easy like Sunday morning”. First invented by English writer Guy Beringer in an 1895 essay titled Brunch: A Plea, Sunday brunch was created as a way for people to socialise as they attend to their hangovers from Saturday night. Centuries later, the tradition still sticks — impressively, even a tiny island like Singapore has made this a ritual, made infinitely more luxurious with free-flow champagne, While buffets are currently a thing of the past, these spreads are now served ala carte. Ahead, we pick the best restaurants for Sunday champagne brunches.
Sundays at Brasserie Les Saveurs are always an opulent affair — it is, after all, the bastion of old-world elegance in Singapore. Begin your meal with a seafood platter of Alaskan king crab, French oysters, Manila clams, shrimps, and mussels. Starters include a mix of hot and cold dishes such as duck Rillettes and toast, seared scallops, and pan seared foie gras. The main event includes a choice of seared beef tenderloin, pan seared toothfish or a Provençal ratatouille with Impossible meat. For an excellent meal pairing, go with the top-tier option as it comes with endless flutes of Barons de Rothschild Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2008.
Get your chopsticks ready for a boozy brunch unlike anything we have on this list. At Keyaki, your Sunday starts with the kobachi of three appetisers and a trio of sashimi. Choose from three options for yakimono: teriyaki cod; grilled miso marinated chicken; and grilled prawn in two-styles. Your agemono or nimono is available in five choices including assorted tempura, steamed oysters with tofu refuse, and steamed pork with onion miso sauce.
Kick the meal up a notch with teppanyaki that you can upgrade for wagyu beef and foie gras and follow it with shokuji of a garlic fried rice, Japanese curry rice, or California roll. $135 per person gets you unlimited Taittinger Brut Réserve Champagne, beer, and selected sake, red and white wines.
Zafferano merges bold flavours prepared traditionally with stunning rooftop views. The antipasti is a gamut of classics such as stracciatella cheese with roasted capsicum and pine nuts, roasted veal with tuna sauce and beluga capers, and a margherita pizza. Main courses include risotto with saffron and ‘robiola’ cheese, angus beef striploin ‘tagliata’ style, and a ‘garganelli’ pasta. The restaurant also has desserts down pat, with classic tiramisu and a panna cotta with wild berries that will put you in a good mood for the week ahead. Wash it all down with free-flow Champagne, premium white and red wine, and beer.
La Brasserie makes a scenic spot for brunch if you’re taking Sunday slow as its 10-metre high windows look out to the Marina Bay Waterfront. On the menu are your French classics — think a crispy duck confit with orange reduction, steak frites, and Bordelaise beef cheeks with escargots and charcuterie for snacking on the side. While the top-tier dining option includes free-flow Ruinart ‘Blanc de Blanc champagne and house pour red and white wines, the menu also features Bloody Marys that are customisable or available in four options.
Take dim sum weekends a step further with a champagne pairing. At Summer Pavilion, the two are featured front and centre with the Grower Champagne and Dim Sum pairing menu, which serves Chef Cheung Siu Kong’s Cantonese dishes with champagnes from Goutorbe-Bouillot, Pierre Gimonnet et Fils and Diebolt-Vallois.
What makes a Grower Champagne so special is that it’s artisanal — it’s harvested, vinified and aged by the grape grower and the family. The menu kicks off with a trio of dim sum that pairs beautifully with the delicate and vibrant acidity of the Goutorbe-Bouillot Reflets de Rivière, Brut NV. What follows is the pan-fried Canadian lobster with black truffle with a dry and crisp Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Blanc de Blancs, Cuvée CUIS, 1er Cru Brut NV.
The notes of fresh red fruits and subtle spices of the Diebolt-Vallois á Cramant, Rosé NV is the perfect complement for the explosive flavours of the second main course of braised king scallop with stuffed eggplant, prawn paste, and spicy sauce.
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Brunch like you’re on vacation at Sofitel Sentosa Resort’s Kwee Zeen. A picturesque, poolside restaurant serving both Asian and international favourites via brunch towers. These are available in two sizes of Petit for two to three diners, or Grandiose for four to five. The first tier offers you chilli crab buns, Tandoori spring chicken, beef rendang sliders and a seafood bucket of oysters, poached tiger prawns, and Boston lobsters. The second course is lighter on your palate (and stomach) with a cheese selection, charcuterie platter, and frittata. Finally, the meal concludes with a Belgian waffle, tarts, and a burnt cheesecake. Elevate the meal with caviar and free-flow champagne offered over two or three hours.
Enter the regal, colonial building of The Fullerton and head to Town Restaurant. Take a seat on the alfreso terrace if you fancy soaking up the sun. Located right next to the Singapore River, the restaurant serves up brunch classics alongside crowd favourites such as chilled Maine lobster and scallops, slow-roasted lamb leg scented with rosemary and garlic, Singapore signatures of satay, and dim sum. To keep your afternoon going, easy sipping beckons with free-flow pours of house wine, champagne, Bloody Mary, Gin and Tonic and Negroni at $173.
Italian brunches are always a good idea, especially when it’s at Basilico — the home of 30 farmed cheeses. Whet your appetite with classic Italian cheese and tomato combinations, and cold cuts, and follow with the oven-baked truffle foccacia, and porcini mushroom and black truffle risotto served at the table. Make it a hearty meal with a grilled sea bass or angus sirloin, served with roasted vegetables and rosemary potatoes.
For an elevated experience, upgrade to the Luxury Brunch Di Fine Settimana with dishes such as poached Boston lobster, Alaskan king crab, and pan-roasted foie gras with balsamico. Getting up from your seat will prove challenging after that, but finish your meal on a sweet note with desserts such as Sicilian pistachio tea cake with Amarena cherry confit, and a young coconut panna cotta with mango lime green salsa. For $208, wash it all down with free-flow Champagne Duval-Leroy Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 2006 and Rosé Prestige Premier Cru NV, Amarone della Valpolicella Montresor, Barolo Fenocchio, as well as other premium white wines.
Bubbles and barbeque come together at Stellar at 1-Altitude on Sundays. Sink your fork into wood-fired grilled meats and seafood, accompanied by tantalising sides. Highlights include the roasted Fremantle octopus with lardo and smoked mash as well as a whole sustainable barramundi with roasted fennel and orange, and wagyu rib served with pomme sarladaise, charred kale and pickled baby carrot made for sharing. These are offered alongside brunch staples of smoked salmon and egg bagel benedict and a croissant ‘Croque Monsieur’. To end the weekend right, upgrade for a three-hour free-flow of Perrier-Jouet Champagne, two cocktails and house pour wines.
Have your brunch with a side of sky high views at Lavo. The restaurant’s Sunday Champagne Brunch is now back but served ala carte. A fixed rate of $88+ per person lets you feast on a free-flow spread, with menu highlights such as truffled crab salad, wagyu meatball pizza and prime hanger steak. Wash it all down with bubbly; at S$158++ per person, your afternoon comes with free-flow Veuve Clicquot champagne, cocktails, and other beverages.