October 10, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
It used to be that brunch in Singapore was a high-end affair that took place in hotels on Sundays, and consisted of a buffet with free-flow Champagne and a very hefty price tag. Thankfully, a more casual weekend brunch bug has bitten Singaporeans, and laid-back spots have popped up all over the island to cater to our lazy mid-day meal whims.
Ô Batignolles, a French bistro that doubles as a wine wholesaler, has a weekend brunch that’s one of the best deals in town: a prix fixe set of coffee or tea, fresh orange juice, a choice of bread — brioche with Nutella and speculoos, a basket of pain au chocolat, or French toast (it’s incredibly difficult to pick!) — and a choice of eggs: Benedict, scrambled or Pacifico. All of that, plus free-flow croissants,and Champagne for a small upcharge. Heaven, basically.
Sitting atop Ann Siang Hill, PS. Café’s brunch game is strong. There’s an extensive list of cocktails — including four different Bloody Marys (classic, smoked, herbal or spicy), a rosé and berries sangria and your usual mimosas and bellinis — and the menu’s options range from fluffy pancakes to a superfood salad, and from lasagna to a brunch burger. The restaurant is also truly lovely with its three-story teak staircase, patterned tile floors and lush surrounds.
If it’s waffles you crave, then photogenic Sunday Folks is for you. Though it’s a bakery that specializes in confections (hello, lemon lavender cake!), on weekends they serve up Belgian waffles topped with berries, chocolate-hazelnut sauce, maple syrup and a soft serve flavor of your choice: all six are wonderful, but the roasted pistachio and sea salt gula melaka always call to us.
Feel like exploring? One of our Sunday brunch secrets is The Coastal Settlement up in the northeast corner of the island. This eatery is rife with homey comfort food in a forested, low-key atmosphere. It’s perfect for the whole family as there’s plenty of room for the kids to play outside in the grassy yard while the adults enjoy mimosas, coffee and the steak and eggs.
For something a bit different, Artichoke plates up Moorish-inspired fare from chef Bjorn Shen. With plates like Halloumi and mushrooms; cauliflower sabbich, composed of fried cauliflower, smoked egg, hummus, labneh, Israeli salad, truffled tahini, coriander zhoug and pita; and lamb shakshouka with two baked eggs, spiced tomato sauce, tender lamb shoulder, green chili harissa, yogurt and pita, you definitely won’t be bored.