Brunch in Singapore has become a key institution. From the ever-popular decadent Sunday champagne-pairing kind to simple avocado-on-toast offerings at Aussie-import cafes to be enjoyed post-workout on a weekday, there’s just no escaping uttering this portmanteau when you’ve overslept and missing breakfast was inevitable. And it looks like some Italian restaurants in Singapore are finally jumping on the brunch bandwagon too. The Italians may not be known for brunching but Italian brunches are definitely a thing now — in Singapore at least.
Opened at the tail-end of 2017 by Las Vegas Sands and Tao Group, Lavo Singapore is an Italian restaurant-slash-nightclub located at the top of Marina Bay Sands. For about half a year, it operated only in the evenings but a brand-new brunch service every single day is now available. Head here from 10.30am onwards to dig into mid-day-exclusive items such as Wake and Bake — a hearty mix of baked eggs, tomato, bell pepper, onion, paprika, and toast on the side — and salads ranging from Roasted Beet to Classic Caesar. And now, you don’t have to wait ’till nightfall to treat yourself to Lavo’s signature The Meatball — or as we’d like to call it, The Meatmountain, which is close to 500g of fresh ground Imperial Wagyu Beef, veal, Italian sausage, topped with a glob of fresh whipped ricotta. Also, be sure to share a ‘slice’ of the 20-layer chocolate cake. It would seem the serving sizes here are not for someone with a small appetite.
An Italian brunch in Singapore looks to be best enjoyed high above the hustle and bustle of the city. Zafferano, perched on level 43 of Ocean Financial Centre in the CBD, has thus been serving brunch on the last Saturdays of each month since August 2018. And mind you, this table service comes accompanied with unlimited pouring of champagne and spumante, which will leave you in cloud nine overlooking Marina Water Front. The hearty meal consists of three courses. Start with Italian perennial favourites, including fresh burrata served with tomatoes and ‘polenta ’maize flour cake and creamed codfish, served sharing-style at the table — the exact way Italian families have enjoyed their get-togethers for generations. The primi selection include baked potato gnocchi prepared in Sorrentina style and the incredibly superfine ‘risotto Acquerello’ with four cheeses topped with shaved summer truffle. For mains, there’s duck and seabass. Finally, desserts are for the taking at the Bar Del Dolci, which has a sublime spread of tiramisu (of course), tarts, almond cake and more.
In December, you can raise a glass and toast to an all-Italian Buone Feste weekend brunch. No matter if you choose to pair your festive feasting with free-flow wine, champagne or prosecco, the special buffet line will likely be the main draw. Look forward to over-the-top bakes such as, parma ham-wrapped turkey roulade filled with foie gras and chestnuts, Jerusalem artichoke tortino and raisin sauce, and traditional Italian Christmas breads such as Panettone and Pandoro with Christmas mascarpone cream.