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Singaporeans take their brunch very seriously and regularly. The weekend ritual usually takes place in the late morning or early afternoon, over a large buffet spread or as an à la carte meal. Hopefully, champagne is involved. For the best brunches in Singapore, check out these restaurants:
1. The Dining Room at Tanjong Beach Club. Sit under sky-high ceilings for sea views while brunching at the Dining Room at Tanjong Beach Club. Salads are the order of late mornings here: Chef Craig Schantz tosses up a superb warm octopus salad with rocket, radish, cherry tomatoes and a garlic vinaigrette with smoked paprika. A creamy tofu dressing holds together the warm fresh bean salad, with its three types of beans, candied walnuts, cucumber and pickled golden raisins. Both make for perfect meals before a dip in the pool.
2. House in Dempsey. At House in Dempsey, brunch is a vintage-plated affair. Set among lush forest-scapes in a former army barrack, the slightly secluded spot isn’t a secret among in-the-know locals, who crave the creative fare. Stuffed French toast is bursting with berries, poached eggs are let loose on pizza, warm red teas resemble lattes and desserts are towering slices of cakes with local flavorings. The practice of brunch may be Western, but House’s influences are local.
3. Cassia. The weekend dim sum brunch at the Knoll’s gourmet Cantonese restaurant, Cassia, offers a menu of more than 60 dishes, accompanied by the Ruinart Blanc de Blanc or Ruinart Rosé. The chef of the regal dark brown and champagne-gold space lays out a handmade selection that includes Kurobuta pork buns, barbecued boneless duckling and crisp roasted U.S. Berkshire pork belly — an upscale riff on traditional Chinese breakfasts.
4. Greenhouse. The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore’s Vintage Sunday Champagne brunch is a weekly decadent occurrence. But twice a year — in May and October — it transforms into a Super Brunch. The hotel’s Greenhouse is converted into three sections for the mother of all brunches, with approximately 260 feet of table space laid out with food. Guest chefs from five prominent Singapore restaurants are invited to showcase their culinary skills, making up a portion each of the massive meal. A typical Super Brunch includes a whole leg of Wagyu beef, whole roasted chickens spiked on cornbread, unlimited champagne, oysters, lobsters, sushi, foie gras and loads of desserts.
5. Hatched has the right idea — brunch should be all about the eggs. Located at the bottom of a old hostel building at the edge of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, this all-day egg restaurant boils, bakes, poaches, scrambles and fries its main ingredient to satisfy as many hungry stomachs as possible. It is also one of few brunch places that serves eggs with soldiers. Your stomach will stand at attention for these “soldiers” — strips of buttered toast used for dipping into the soft-boiled egg.