Brunch in Singapore: cafes and restaurants to consider
As brunch hour draws near, settle down at these restaurants and cafes for formidable grub backdropped with design-forward environs.
The Peak Team
PS.Cafe Ann Siang Hill
Backed with a 20-year history, PS.Cafe is arguably one of the oldest cafes in Singapore and one that has perfected the culinary art of weekend brunch to a tee. While the homegrown café is known for its generous portions, the Ann Siang Hill outlet has shrunk the serving sizes on its new weekend brunch menu so that diners can go big on variety. And what a feast it is. There’re grilled cheese toasties sided with a comforting bowl of smokey tomato soup; and a souped up nicoise salad that swaps tuna for salmon. Middle-Eastern touches show in the seared sirloin brochette brightened with sumac and dukkah, as well as harissa-marinated chicken sided with a tangy charred tomato salsa. For dessert, call for the French toast served with grilled banana, walnuts, and maple butter dip. Make it a boozy brunch by topping up $60 to enjoy a two-hour liquid buffet of cocktails, wine, prosecco, and beer.
Available at PS.Cafe Ann Siang Hill from 9.30am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. #02-02, 45 Ann Siang Road. Tel: 9797-0648
It isn’t hard to see why Opus Restaurant runs a full house for Sunday brunch. Tyrophiles have long praised the establishment’s impressive cheese room – stocked with Europe’s finest and lesser-known artisanal gems – but there’s plenty more that beckons. The seafood bar brims with fresh Maine lobsters, Alaskan king crab, and freshly shucked oysters from Canada, Ireland, and France – the perfect accompaniment to the unlimited flow of Taittinger Champagne served throughout. At Opus, premium produce takes centre stage. Consider the Australian Wagyu beef slow-roasted for 14-hours until fork tender, or the handmade king crab ravioli topped with shellfish espuma and giant ikura. For the ultimate in comfort food, call for the donburi, which sees Japanese rice topped with Wagyu short rib, foie gras, an onsen egg, and freshly shaved truffles. Balance the decadence with a Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern salad bar offering the likes of taboulleh, avocado and pomegranate, and juicy heirloom tomatoes paired with buffalo mozzarella. The famed Hilton cheesecake makes its appearance in the dessert spread, arguably shadowed by a Smores bar featuring grilled marshmallows loaded with your choice of toppings, a DIY popsicle stand, and a slew of handcrafted mignardises crafted by the creative pastry team.
Opus Restaurant's Sunday Champagne Brunch is served from 12pm – 3pm at Hilton Singapore. For more details, click here. Opus Restaurant. Lobby Level, Hilton Singapore. 581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883. Tel: 6730-3390.
Tono Cevicheria might fly the Peruvian flag high during the week, but when the weekend rolls around, the kitchen tunes its focus to the diverse cuisines of Latin America. With Mexican chef Tamara Chavez Lopez helming the kitchen, it’s no surprise that Mexico is well represented with the quintessential Mexican Taco. Here, the bright flavours of coriander cuts through the rich flavours of tender beef chunks, with panca chilli lending a a gentle, smoky heat. For a taste of Venezuela, call for the Venezuelan Arepas, with dense discs of corn bread holding shredded chicken coated with mayonnaise and guacamole. A fiery housemade habanero sauce accompanies this dish, balancing the creamy richness of sauces in the arepa. A heartier offering from Venezuela can be had by way of the Pabellon Criollo, featuring a classic beef stew with black beans, garlic rice, and a sweet fried plantain. Tono’s signature Arroz Con Mariscos – a mainstay since the restaurant’s very first menu – is available too, and this delicious seafood rice features plump grains full of flavours from the sea, amped up with smoky panca chill and fruity yellow Chilean peppers. For dessert, call for the Tres Leches, a towering square of moist coconut cake topped with shaved coconut and an acidic touch of passion fruit compote.
Tono Cevicheria’s Latin American brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays. #01-49/50 Duo Galleria, 7 Fraser Street, Singapore 189356. Tel: 6702-7320
There are no lack of restaurants in Singapore serving up weekend brunch, but few can rival the sweeping views afforded by Skai. Perched on the 70th floor of Swissotel The Stamford, the light-filled space mirroring the elegant weekend home of a Kinfolk-loving couple lets diners make the most of the views by bringing the buffet to the table. Here, a compact menu of hot and cold plates sees chef Paul Hallett cleverly working Asian touches into dishes that go beyond typical brunch fare. There’s yellow fin tuna lifted with a heady hit of ginger, while a hearty slab of caramelised pork belly is paired with eggplant and umami-rich miso. You’ll also find elevated takes on brunch plates, as evidenced by the eggs (organic, of course) and sourdough toast topped with wild mushrooms and black truffles, as well as charcoal waffles heaving under the weight of lump crab seasoned with bright Thai spices. Certainly save space for the expertly crafted desserts created by Chef Chong Koo Jee, the 29-year-old winner of the Singapore Pastry Cup 2018.
Weekend brunch is served from 12.00pm – 3.30pm. For more details, click here. Skai. Level 70, Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore 178882, T: 6837-3322
Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari
Known for their hand-made buttery croissants, the name Tiong Bahru Bakery is sure to ring familiar to most. Its fifth bakery sets up camp in Dempsey - quite literally. Housed in a safari-style tent decked out with vintage decor and colourful rugs, in the midst of a lush garden, Tiong Bahru Bakery definitely brings the outdoors in. The tent is both air-conditioned as well as rainproof, so one need not worry about the unpredictable weather conditions.
In support of the 'Grow Your Own Food' movement, the bakery has also introduced three power breakfast jars; tuck into jars full of healthy ingredients (some of which come straight from their own garden) like fruits, muesli, and rolled oats - a great option for those who want a lighter meal. We recommend the breakfast jar with apples, birscher muesli, and rojak flowers. Those who enjoy more local flavours can opt for the papaya and turmeric on a bed of coconut milk and sago. Sip on freshly-brewed lattes (flavours exclusive to this outlet include the dairy-free turmeric and ginger latte, as well as the beetroot and ginger latte) as you munch on warm pastries such as the mushroom and brie cheese croissant, and squid ink bun with smoked salmon slider.
Situated on the ground level of a stylish residential building, this cafe takes on a spacious and contemporary concept. With a monochromatic colour palette, complemented by soft pastel seats and cushions, Wakey Wakey is a go-to for the aesthetic seekers. Boasting a unique menu (think chili soft shell crab with wobbly eggs and brioche, greek yoghurt with fruits and honey granola, and scrumptious buttermilk waffles) alongside filter coffees and chakra blend espresso, this place is well worth the visit.
On Sundays, the InterContinental Singapore’s European restaurant pulls out all the stops for a three-hour long champagne brunch. It might be tempting to fill up on the house-cured charcuterie, fresh seafood on ice, caviar spread, and excellent flatbreads baked in a wood-fired oven, but save space for the rotating selection of a la carte dishes served in tasting portions. Here, one might find pan-seared scallops touched with brown butter miso sauce, or a sumptuous slab of foie gras lifted with cranberry chutney. Perfect for accompanying your bottomless glass of Taittinger brut champagne.
Firebake has built a steady following of eastsiders who come for their sourdough breads, baked fresh from the full-scale wood-fired bread oven. Slip on your flip flops, bermudas and sunnies and mingle with them at the counter seats, or grab a table by the side-walk (the place gets crowded by lunch time). Specific brunch items include hearty baked eggs with mushrooms and grilled bacon, and poached egg and avocado on toast with dukkah and feta. Substantial creations to tuck into include grilled veggie and mushroom sandwich with the mustardy kasundi and melted brie, as well as the grilled steak sandwich with burnt onions and spicy harissa. Wash these down with a shot of Jimmy Monkey Espresso Blend or a chilled Nitro-Coffee. If that’s not enough, there are breakfast options too such as the breakfast set of charcoal-grilled woodfired sourdough milk bun with butter, two half-boiled eggs and kopi or tea for just $4.50. For an extra $1, you can have a serving of homemade Hainanese kaya. If you’re still peckish (although we doubt so), go for Firebake’s new daily bakes of Cheesymites (buns with richly flavoured cheese and Vegemite). Brunch is available Tuesday – Sunday, 8.30am – 2.30pm (Breakfast: 8.30am – 11am)
Tucked away in a corner of Mandarin Gallery's third level, Wild Honey is the go-to for those seeking an all-day breakfast. A cosy yet elegant ambience is to be expected when stepping into the cafe. Furnished with plush couches and warm lighting, it makes an ideal location for a relaxed meal and chat.
Vegan as well as gluten-free options are available, along with mouthwatering signature dishes. Think brioche (a signature at Wild Honey) french toast stuffed with grilled mango, egg white omelettes with Persian feta and sourdough and - a heavier alternative - prosciutto-wrapped poached eggs on brioche bread, topped with Hollandaise sauce.
Here's another place serving up vegan options. Providore is situated in Mandarin Gallery, making it an ideal spot for those who live around town. It boasts a famous brunch menu with offerings such as ricotta pancakes topped with caramelised banana and candied walnuts, smashed avocado on toast with poached egg and sheep's feta on the side, and even lighter options such as organic muesli drizzled with cinnamon honey.
If you're looking for a quality gourmet meal, there's the place to go. Located at Dempsey Hill, Jones the Grocer is a restaurant and grocery store in one. On the menu are brunch staples such as English breakfast, avocado on toast and bacon and eggs. They also serve up acai bowls for those looking for healthy options. Brunch is served till noon on weekdays but lasts till 3pm in the afternoon on weekends.
Have your brunch alongside a cup of freshly roasted coffee at Oriole Coffee and Bar. It boasts hearty coffee and a sizeable variety of brunch options (including vegan and gluten free ones). For the health conscious, it serves up dishes such as homemade bircher muesli and oatmeal topped with wild berries. For those who like it simple, yet comforting, we recommend trying the classic grilled truffle cheese sandwich, stuffed with emmental, smoked cheddar and of course, truffle cheese.
Two-year-old Adrift is led by celebrated chef David Myers who believes in using cutting-edge flavour combinations (read: Japanese ingredients are paired with Southeast Asian spices and Californian techniques). And yes, the restaurant isn’t just about dinner or supper menus, it too has a dedicated brunch menu for all brunch aficionados out there.
From buttermilk biscuits and apple cakes to an impressive seafood platter, which contains king prawns, chilled spider crabs and Pacific oysters, this is a luxe brunch not to be missed.
This farm-to-table dining concept offers breathtaking views of nature as it is tucked away in the idyllic Seletar countryside. It has also just recently launched its new weekend brunch menu, which is worth getting excited about.
Bask in the convivial ambience and indulge in the yummy updated menu, which features signature items such as eggs benedict modernist (an innovative take on the classic egg benedict, featuring fried egg yolk, egg white bacon custard, black forest ham, chive hollandaise and toasted brioche), pulled pork scrambled eggs burger and French toast served with seasonal fruits and raspberry yuzu sorbet.
With a 35,000 square feet area that includes its own urban farm, Open Farm Community (OFC) entices with both its farm-fresh dishes and plethora of activities. There is something for everyone – activity-driven guests can spend Sunday mornings at its big outdoor recreation space or participating in a family-friendly farming workshop, while others can opt to relax indoors with OFC’s weekend-only brunch.
Starting this weekend, SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar at STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery will be serving its brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday. Playing up to its name SPRMRKT (an abbreviated, stylised version of supermarket), patrons can shop at the artisanal retail spot attached to sister bistro SPRMRKT Daily for local products and fresh produce, after feasting on brunch-exclusives Huevos Tostados and 5-grain Florentine.
Like a little buzz on a lazy Sunday? A meal at Aura in the National Gallery draws a healthy crowd of patrons to keep the place slightly noisy, but not overly so. Enjoy Italian classics such as handmade pastas and pork chop Milanese, paired with drinks from Aura’s long wine list, before heading to its Sky Lounge on level 6 for a bird’s eye view of the city skyline.
Aura, #05-03 & #06-02, National Gallery Singapore, 178957, T: 6866-1977
The Disgruntled Chef
A small plate-big plate sharing concept means visits to The Disgruntled Chef should be done as a group. A wide selection of small plates like the crispy lamb shortribs and truffle macaroni and cheese would be ideal for starting out, but don’t forget to move to the big plates, which include cracking suckling pig and braised veal cheeks after.
Hoping to nurse a hangover? Perhaps some hearty kebabs will do the trick. The trendy Fat Prince at Tanjong Pagar’s Peak Seah Street has recently introduced its Hangover Brunch featuring free-flow gourmet-style kebabs. Choose from five superb fillings swaddled in soft fluffy wraps. You’ll get tasty options like grilled halloumi cheese with smashed avocado, spiced macadamia and pomegranate molasses; succulent charred pork belly with smoked potato puree, apple, mint and raisins; and roasted lamb shoulder with pickled cucumber and yoghurt. These are already pretty substantial to begin with, yet on top of that, you get to choose one a la carte brunch dish. Items include pumpkin seed granola served with orange yoghurt, nashi pear, mango and honey, and cured salmon pastirma with poached eggs. If being hungover is not an issue, at $108 per person, the two- hour bottomless session offers unlimited kebabs, one complimentary brunch item, and free-flow wines or the gin based Prima Donna cocktail. Knock back a few of these and we guarantee you’ll have a very happy weekend. The brunch is offered on Saturdays, 11.30am to 3pm.
This bistronomy concept at the Botanic Gardens beckons with a unique brunch menu that goes beyond the usual eggs benedict and avocado toast. For a relaxing weekend meal, head to The Garage’s newly revamped Botanico and dine amid lush greenery. If it’s too warm or wet, get a table indoors. Otherwise, stretch out at the outdoor terrace. The new menu melds modern European cuisine and Asian influences. Some interesting small plates from the Petit Brunch Favourites menu include Iberico ‘Chee Cheong Fun’. This is a modern spin on the classic rice roll – cannelloni is stuffed with barbecued pork belly, glazed with ginger soy and served with pickled cucumber. There’s also scrambled eggs served on sourdough with Serrano ham cooked in brown butter; and duck potato hash – potatoes sauteed with duck fat, garlic and rosemary, are partnered with honey smoked duck and a sunny side up. If you need a carb-fix, aim for the pastas and pizzas. Botanico also offers a four-course set brunch menu at $60 per person (for minimum two person). Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday, 11.30am to 3pm.
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.
Those on a low-carb, gluten-free, or vegan diet will find tasty options in Publico Ristorante’s updated brunch menu. Highlights from the menu include Avocado Smash (burrata and spicy avocado) and the Vegeteriano (braised zucchini, quinoa, passata). Heartier options include the Ricotta Bruschetta (sautéed zucchini, chilli and bottarga) or the new Chorizo Pizza (homemade tomato sauce, fresh burrata, smoked olives, chorizo, sun-dried tomatoes, oregano) – to sate those with more carnivorous leanings. This snazzy restaurant, or should we say, ristorante, offers the perfect environment for a relaxed brunch with family and friends. Parked along the riverside at Robertson Quay, it is a breezy al fresco spot to socialise over contemporary Italian cuisine. Available from 12pm-3pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 11am-3pm on Sundays.
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.
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 cafe 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.
This hipster, Parisian-style lifestyle cafe is tucked away in the creative enclave of Tiong Bahru and presents customers a tranquil escape from the bustling city crowd.
The cafe’s extensive menu echo its ethos of using only the finest ingredients, where pastries are made with 100 per cent French butter and baked fresh daily.
For brunch, opt for the smoked salmon burger (S$21++), which comes with a side of salad. But if you’ve got a sweet tooth, then we suggest you try the French toasts brioche (S$17++), drizzled with honey and topped with summer berries.