The Best Brunches in Singapore 2020: Madame Fan, La Brasserie, Raffles Courtyard, Clan Café, Bochinche
Plan your weekend brunch ahead and make it perfect for gourmands by going for some hearty delights and sweet treats at these dining spots around the city
The weekend is almost here, which means it's time to gather a small group of friends for a veritable brunch feast. But if you're looking for somewhere different from your usual go-to spots, consider treating yourself at these restaurants and cafes which have refreshed their menu for your dining pleasure.
Dim sum is always a good idea, especially when you can savour it with freeflow drinks. That’s what Madame Fan’s cocktail dim sum brunch—happening every Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 3.30 pm—is all about.
During these golden hours, you’ll be able to tuck into executive chef Mike Tan’s classic offerings such as har gau, siew mai and xia long bao. Keep in mind that this is a contemporary Cantonese restaurant, so savour innovative delights including black truffle dumpling jazzed up with wild mushrooms, and seafood spring roll with kumquat and wasabi.
What about unlimited drinks? Other than the usual champagne, beer and Chinese tea, the bartender will be serving gin-based tipples such as the fruity Portofino, concocted with Hendrick’s gin, strawberry and cherry tomato, and salted caramel. Book here.
Planning a leisurely brunch this weekend? Choose a place like La Brasserie which also gives you an expansive view of the bay. Take your time to savour a hearty spread of brunch essentials and signatures, prepared upon order and served tableside by the friendly staff.
Where do you start? How about with fresh organic eggs, cooked as you like and served with sides of your choice—be it the rosti, bacon or chicken chipolata. Expand your spread with French staples such as onion soup, duck confit and beef cheeks braised in red wine.
But if you’re longing for more familiar flavours, you’ll do well to add more local dishes such as prawn laksa topped with quail eggs, Fullerton chicken rice and beef and chicken satay. Top up to enjoy freeflow drinks. Book here.
Another reason to head to the Grand Dame this weekend is Raffles Courtyard’s all-new brunch menu, available from 9.30 am to 3 pm. Park yourself in the well-ventilated al fresco area surrounded by lush greenery and start with freshly-baked pastries from the bakery. While you’re at it, pair these up with refreshing cocktails including the signature Singapore Sling and the Perry Cobbler. Here’s a tip: order three cocktails so you get the fourth one for free.
Naturally, savouries are part of the menu with the likes of tartine topped with your choice of smoked salmon, Spanish ham or avocado hash, as well as the power-packed yellowfin tataki bowl. The latter is a delicious ensemble of cherry tomatoes, pecan nuts, quinoa and fresh fish. But if you’re craving for local flavours, you have Singapore chilli crab cakes and “har cheong” boneless chicken thigh. Book here.
If your idea of brunch is eating healthy and delicious food, round up your friends for a weekend of Asian-inspired feast at Clan Café. Brunch staples include the always popular smashed avocado toast; and the filling pastrami sandwich comprising sourdough bread stacked with Australian beef and cheese.
Stay all day and have another go at the delectable Asian fare, especially the steamed mussels in an aromatic curry decorated with garlic bread croutons, and the miso roasted salmon rice bowl topped with seaweed and pickled lotus root. Drinks include potent coffee from PPP Coffee as well as a decent selection of tea and wines. Book here.
Let your tastebuds travel to Argentina with head chef Fabrice Mergalet's refreshed weekend brunch menu, available from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm. If you want to start your day with eggs, go for the Huevos Horneados, served with a side of tomato fondue, capsicum and harissa; or the Huevos Rancheros, served in a hot pan together with tomatoes, capsicum, harissa and herbed ricotta. It even comes with a basket of freshly-baked bread to mop up all the flavours on the pan.
This is a steak place after all, and if you still have space, order one of the meaty offerings to share. Options include beef fillet steak, ribeye steak and Kagoshima Wagyu striploin—cooked to your preferred doneness over charcoal grill. Toss in healthy sides, too, such as a salad of mixed green leaves with tomato and grated pecorino. Book here.