More brunch spots in Singapore for foodies to check out.
Amy Van & Siying Lui
01: Ginett Restaurant and Wine Bar
This newly-opened bistro-style restaurant and wine bar is a great spot for hearty European fare. The interior is uber chic, with high ceilings and swanky décor adorned with hanging wine glasses. Big groups can opt for the one-metre board featuring cheeses, cold cuts and pate. If you’re bringing the young ones out, they will love the cosy mirrored booths in the mezzanine area – and good ol' classics like mac & cheese. And most importantly, wine lovers will delight at the all-day happy hour prices. With an affordable list of 70 French wines and prices starting at just $6++ per glass and $30++ by the bottle, you will be spoilt for choice. Weekend brunch is served till 4pm, so even late-risers can get in a much-needed brunch fix.
For a relaxing, no frills meal on the weekend, head to Culina Bistro at the lush Dempsey area. The new menu here includes a range of well-executed dishes including ultra-tender Maori Lakes lamb chops with rosemary jus, pillowy potato gnocchi, garden peas and spinach. Worth trying too are the pan-fried crab cakes with heirloom tomatoes and avocadoes, or the boldly flavoured saffron risotto topped with sweet, succulent Scottish scampi and fennel. Round off your meal with sticky toffee pudding, pear and vanilla ice cream, laced with luscious butterscotch sauce.
Get out of the crowded city centre and head to the Seletar area to unwind over a languorous brunch at The Summerhouse. The five-course set menu features ingredients from the local kelong and farms as well as producers from Malaysia. At $70, the menu includes a wobbly onsen egg served with Cameron Highland pumpkin, grapes, carrots and a bright passionfruit hollandaise. Diners will also get to tuck into substantial dishes like the 72-hour sous vide iberico pork collar served with lemon crème fraiche, chamomile onion and chervil sauce.
Who doesn’t love a bright and cheery Aussie-style brunch? At modern Australian eatery Fynn’s, you can have your fill of fluffy vanilla hot cakes with coconut butter and berry compote or corn fritters perked up with piquant jalapeño jam. The golden discs are accompanied by poached eggs, bacon, sautéed spinach, and grilled tomatoes. Alternatively, go all out with Fynn’s breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, asparagus, vine tomatoes, mushrooms and baked beans, served with home-baked sourdough. For a lighter touch, order the chia seed pudding with pineapple, granola and a touch of gula Melaka. A cup of flat white by Common Man will complete your meal nicely.
Brunch doesn’t always have to be sinful, leaving you bloated and sluggish in the middle of your precious weekend. Strangers’ Reunion, a veteran in the café scene, revamped its menu to provide diners with healthier alternatives to their favourite brunch picks.
Chow down on the tasty Strangers Smoked Salmon, a 120g fillet smoked in-house with mesquite wood chips served with poached eggs and a pairing of sweet hazelnut béarnaise sauce. Chunks of feta cheese balance out the sweet with a savoury tang, and crumbled walnuts add a bit of crunch that will have you cleaning the plate. Or opt for the lighter yet nutrient-dense Coconut Chia Pudding. The chia seeds are soaked overnight in coconut milk, and prepared upon order, with toppings of coconut shavings, fresh fruit and roasted almonds.