PUBLISHED August 15th, 2017 07:00 am | UPDATED September 12th, 2017 02:01 pm
Fact: Weekends are made for long indulgent brunches. Because, why else would anyone slog through the work week? To celebrate the glorious combination of breakfast and lunch, we’ve put together 10 of our favourite restaurants in Singapore to kick back over a good spot of brunch, to leave you very, very satisfied without needing to reel from the price tag.
The boozy European buffet brunch: Ash & Elm
For a champagne brunch that’s well worth your while, check out Ash & Elm’s stunning Sunday Champagne Brunch experience ($98++ per adult or $138++ for free-flow Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut and DIY Bloody Mary cocktails). Aside from a fantastic seafood selection (including Boston lobsters, two type of mussels, oysters, and even yabbies), extensive salad bar, and custom charcuterie room, you’ll find three new tasting platters comprising 11 a la minute dishes from the land, sea, and garden, with highlights like the creamy Truffle Risotto with Parmesan, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Pan-fried Foie Gras on Toasted Brioche, and the exquisite Pan-Seared Scallops with Pancake. Don’t forget the very chocolate-y dessert section too.
Available: Sundays, 12pm to 3pm
The coffee-laden brunch: Oriole Coffee + Bar
A cafe that first grew to fame for its roastery and top-notch coffee, Oriole Coffee + Bar serves up some of the best brunch plates in the Orchard Road vicinity. Aside from signature brunch items like the Mango French Toast ($16) and Maryland-style Crab Cake Benedict ($22), you’ll want to order some Humble Baked Egg Skillet ($18) – loaded with sous vide eggs, roasted lamb stew, sweet potatoes, crispy bacon, and Emmental cheese. Plus, purchase a minimum of two brunch menu items to enjoy one bottle of Prosecco at $30++ and a bucket of beer or cider at $35++. Add on a resident DJ spinning some chillax, soft house, and lounge beats, and you’re all ready for the week ahead.
Available: Weekends and PHs, 10am to 5pm
Oriole Coffee + Bar is located at 96 Somerset Rd, #01-01 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, Singapore 238163, +65 6238 8348.
The meaty Australian brunch: Salted & Hung
New to the weekend brunch scene is Modern Australian restaurant Salted & Hung with its no-holds-barred communal buffet menu. At just $58++ per person for food, tuck into some mouth-watering charcuterie and antipasti before launching into a series of small and large plates, from Chicken Thigh with Black Garlic and Wagyu Ragu to Homemade Pasta & Beef Fat Crumbs, Bacon Chop with Roasted Pineapple, French Toast Doughnuts, and even Peanut Butter Cornettos, all prepared a la minute, of course. With all that, it’d be a shame not to add on $30 for free-flow booze – beer, Prosecco, and house pour wines for two hours!
Available: Sat & Sun, 11.30am – 4pm
Salted & Hung is located at 12 Purvis St, Singapore 188591, p. +65 6358 3130.
The healthy bistro brunch: The Marmalade Pantry
This homegrown bistro has been serving up luxurious comfort foods for nearly two decades, and that’s not about to stop. On weekends, expect delicious pasta (hot favourites include the Truffled Field Mushroom Risotto, $24 and Spicy Crabmeat Linguine, $24) freshly-baked cupcakes ($4.90 – Red Velvet, Hazel, Limonata, and more), and of course, brunch favourites such as the Smoked Salmon Hash ($22), a heartwarming serve of potato and butternut hash, smoked salmon, and a drizzle of truffle emulsion. Similarly, the perennial French Toast ($18) has been elevated with smoked apple compote and crispy bacon, while signature desserts such as the Sticky Date and Toffee Pudding ($14) and refreshing Lemon Meringue Sponge Cake ($9) are here to stay.
Available: Weekends, 10am to 6pm (ION), 11am to 6pm (Novena and Downtown)
The Marmalade Pantry is located at #03-22 ION Orchard (2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801), Novena (#01-02/04 8 Sinaran Dr, Singapore 307470), and Downtown (#01-01 100 Peck Seah St, Singapore 079333).
The Middle Eastern-style brunch: Artichoke
Artichoke has a fantastically exotic brunch menu that’s bound to bring some charm to your weekend, courtesy of Singapore’s very own dude-sin chef Bjorn Shen. We can’t get enough of the Ful Madames ($16++), a beautiful spiced bean stew with fermented butter and soft-boiled eggs served with Turkish toast, or the intensely fragrant Lamb Shakshouka ($26++), baked in a hot skillet with green chilli harissa and more interestingly, kewpie yoghurt. For the full experience, try the Feta Burrata ($24++), a house-blend of creamy salty cheese with dirty tomato salad, as well as the honey-lemon glazed Artichoke Fried Chicken ($26++) – tahini coleslaw, paprika fries, and all.
Available: Weekends, 11.30am to 3.30pm
Artichoke is located at 161 Middle Rd, Singapore 188978, p. +65 6336 6949.
The deli brunch: Dean & DeLuca
Excite your senses with the most delectable brunch fare at New York SoHo chic cafe brand, Dean & DeLuca. With two outlets to choose from, head to Orchard Central for brunch before shopping in town, or to the chill HillV2 for great weekend vibes and stunning sunlit interior. Feast on all-day gourmet breakfast options such as the classic All American Breakfast (rashers, sausage, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, $23), Eggs Iberico ($23), Belgian Waffle Stack (mmm, ice cream, $18), and Smoked Salmon Benedict ($18) with flowy yolks. While you’re there, don’t forget to pick up some pantry essentials from the store too.
Available: All day, every day
Dean & DeLuca is located at Orchard Central (181 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238896) and HillV2 (4 Hillview Rise, Singapore 667979), and Far East Square (#01-01, 47 Pekin Street, Singapore 048777). See here for opening hours.
The riverside brunch: SPRMRKT Kitchen + Bar
Kick off brunch by the Singapore river along Robertson Quay with a smooth and creamy cup of flat white from Down Under, featuring beans from the beloved Brother Basil. SPRMRKT then takes you across the world to Europe with the Chicken Pot Pie ($18++), a most comfortable dish of crisp pastry wrapping a pot of potatoes, celery, carrots, and poultry. There’s also an incroyable Croque-Madame ($20++) sandwich and an incredible Weekend Roast ($34++), which features a choice of roasted pork belly or wagyu rump, Yorkshire pudding, vine-ripened tomatoes, and sautéed mushrooms, complete with a generous helping of roasted rosemary potatoes. Read our review here.
Available: Weekends, 9am to 5pm
SPRMRKT Kitchen + Bar is located at 41 Robertson Quay, #02-01, Singapore 238236, p. +65 9736 4170.
The all-American brunch: OverEasy Orchard
Indulge your darkest burger fantasies with all-American diner Overeasy’s The Hangover Part IV ($22) – no prizes for guessing where the name comes from. The monster of a burger features a sunny side up, double-smoked bacon, wagyu beef patty, red cheddar, and sweet chilli sauce tucked between a well-toasted English muffin. Plus, it’s served with a helping of deep-fried rosti to boot. There’s also the Grilled Cheese on Crack ($16) sandwich, stuffed with braised short ribs, or the proverbial Avocado Toast ($14) with smoked tuna, if that’s more your kind of thing. We’d tell you to order the Amazonian Acai Bowl ($16) with mixed berries, tropical fruits, and coconut water, but that’s a bit too guilt-free for a crazy weekend.
Available: Weekends and public holidays, 10am to 3pm
OverEasy Orchard is located at 541 Orchard Road, #01-01, Liat Towers, Singapore 238881, p. +65 6684 1453.
The dim-sum brunch: Man Fu Yuan
There’s something undeniably comforting about tucking into an unlimited assortment of over 40 traditional dim sum dishes, especially when the person behind it all, Chinese Executive Chef Kwan Yiu Kan, is from Guangdong, the home of dim sum. At $58++ per adult and $29++ per child, Man Fu Yuan’s A La Carte Dim Sum Buffet sees everything from steamed rice rolls and baked dumplings to a varied selection of vermicelli, noodles, rice and congee (Mini Pot Rice with Chinese Sausage, anyone?) Highlights include Prawns Dumplings with Mayonnaise, Salted Egg Custard Buns, and the spicy “Jing Chuan” Dumplings – dense, fragrant, and meaty. There’s also the fabulous Baked Half Lobster in Superior Stock, limited to one serving per person.
Available: Weekends, 11.45am to 2.30pm (minimum two adults to dine)
The British Sunday roast: Oxwell & Co
If a lazy British-style roast at a refurbished shophouse sounds like the perfect weekend activity, Oxwell & Co is the place for you. Mains include the full-blood Roast Westholme Wagyu Beef ($38) and Spatchcock Half Chicken with spiced garlic rub ($26), but if you’re in a big group, go for the Dingley Dell Pork Belly as well ($28), all served with a large helping of roasted potatoes, excellent Yorkshire pudding, and insanely tasty gravy. Along with sides like Brussel Sprouts with Maple Butter and Smoked Bacon ($14) and Roasted Sweet Carrots ($12), you’d almost feel like you’re in jolly ol’ England. Read our review here.
Available: Sundays, 12pm to 4pm
Oxwell & Co is located at 5 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069688, p. +65 6438 3984.