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, Ahead, we pick the best restaurants for Sunday champagne brunches.
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1. Brasserie Les Saveurs at The St Regis
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 exquisite canapés, and appetisers before moving on to the main event of Castaigne duck breast, pacific cod, and heirloom carrots served with light navel orange syrup, and fresh thyme. For an excellent meal pairing, go with the top-tier option as it comes with an endless flow of Krug Grand Cuvée NV champagne and wines. Live jazz music accompanies your afternoon.
2. Edge at Pan Pacific Singapore
A longtime favourite amongst buffet fiends, Edge has a recently refreshed menu, with epicurean delights and activities for all ages. Plenty will please for diners with a traditional Asian palate with Thai street classics and cult Penang favourites included in the lineup. Fancy yourself an adventurous diner? Try the pan-seared Togarashi foie gras served with churros and berries dip or a charcoal waffle served with sambal Boston lobster. If the family is in tow, the tots will be well-entertained with a dessert corner and balloon sculpting while you enjoy a cooking and cocktail making demonstration. Libations-wise, the unlimited Veuve Clicquot Champagne and botanical gin cocktails will keep you buzzing all afternoon.
3. Hilton Singapore
Hilton’s Sunday brunch has its secret weapons: A dedicated cheese room, with over 30 types of European cheese and a raclette station, as well as a sprawling six-metre dessert showcase with a gamut of cheesecakes, custards and confectionery. That aside, the restaurant also has crowd-pleasing savouries downpat — the spread includes foie gras specials , an ala minute gastronomy station with poached ramen and homemade tagliatelle, grilled meats and a range of Asian specialities.
4. La Brasserie at Fullerton Bay Hotel
La Brasserie makes a scenic spot for brunch if you’re taking Sunday slow as 10-metre high windows looking out to the Marina Bay Waterfront surrounds the salons. On the menu are your French classics — think galette and steak frites with exclusive libations for those brunching. While the top-tier dining option includes free-flow Ruinart ‘Blanc de Blanc champagne, the buffe even includes a hangover-healing Bloody Mary station and even a gin parlour.
5. The Line at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
A longtime favourite, The Line at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore is more than its extensive durian buffet it’s revered for. Indulgence is at maximum level here, with a station dedicated to serving up 10 foie gras specials, fresh seafood on ice and 30 types of cheese. For lovers of meat, dig into a gamut of meats at the butcher’s station, and the carving station where six roasts, including an eight-hour slow-roasted Wagyu beef leg with a mustard crust and Australian stockyard tomahawk steak awaits. But here’s where it really gets interesting: You’re free to whip up your own cocktail from 45 ingredients which includes juices, purees, reductions, garnishes and toppings.
6. Kwee Zeen, Sofitel Sentosa Resort and Singapore
Brunch like you’re on vacation at Sofitel Sentosa Resort’s Kwee Zeen: A picturesque, poolside restaurant serving both Asian and international favourites. Start at the fromage and charcuteries atelier, before making your way through the dizzying spread of seafood on ice and hot section of Asian mainstays such as fried rice and chill crab. Another good reason to head to Sentosa: The restaurant’s Sunday brunch features free-flow Taittinger Champagne, wines, soft drinks and juices.
7. Town Restaurant, The Fullerton Hotel
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 offers a medley of Singapore signatures as well as Asian favourites such as chicken rice and rendang. To keep your afternoon going, easy sipping beckons with free-flowing wine and champagne.
8. Basilico at Regent Singapore
Italian brunches don’t come by very often, so you know Basilico’s version is made for meal lingering. Start the day fresh with Amalfi Lemon-poached Alaskan King Crabs and mussels at the seafood bar, before whetting your appetite with classic Italian cheese and tomato combinations, and cold cuts. Then, pile your plate with Amarone wine-braised crispy roasted pork belly at the carving station, deep-fried calamari and tiger prawns from the grills, or carb-load with pastas and pizzas. Getting up from seat will prove a challenge after that, but finish your meal a flourish with a visit to the cheese room and a refreshing sorbet.
This is Sunday brunch with a conscience. Sustainable fare made from quality produce is its focus — 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. There’s no two ways about it: You’ll have to upgrade your meal for free-flow Perrier Jouët Grand Brut champagne, red and white wines, selected martinis and nine different types of gin and tonics.
As the only standalone restaurant in this list, Pelican certainly packs a punch. Detouring from the standard buffet, its Sunday brunch presents a limitless order of small plates — these include slow cooked beef cheek, beef or lobster sliders, striploin steak and clam chowders — and a choice of a grilled seafood plater or an oyster and prawn plate. To keep the easy vibes going, the meal includes free-flow Joseph Perrier Cuvee Royale Brut, prosecco and house wine and beers.