4 Brunches You Have to Try
Brunch is an affair that has grown synonymous with the weekends. It is a special occasion to be indulged on the days that begin with S. You wake up gloriously past your weekday alarm, bleary-eyed from the haze of last night's cocktails yet spirited enough to face the day and the first thing on your list is to fill your growling stomach. None of the boring brunch fare for you, you want grub befitting the celebration that is the weekend. You want food that's prepared with the finesse; no overcooked poached eggs and underdressed salads. We hear you. We round up four brunches fit for a king (that's you).
1. Super Loco
Thanks to the guys that brought us the ultra popular Lucha Loco on Duxton Hill, Robertson Quay is seeing a much-needed breath of fresh air from The Loco Group's latest Mexican project: Super Loco. Like the vast, airy space Super Loco has inherited from the now-defunct Stacked Dim Sum Bar, Super Loco's menu is generous in its offerings. However, similar to its counterpart on Duxton Hill, Super Loco doesn't take reservations for any lesser than eight pax so if you're looking to get a table for four at 8pm on a Friday night, the waiting time can span from an hour to two. But here's the good news: they're open for brunch on the weekends too.
The brunch menu is a little more streamlined, much like the weekend crowd so we're cool with that. On their brunch menu are robust portions of Mexican breakfast fare. We recommend going for the Big Mexican ($28) if you're famished or the smaller Huevos Rancheros ($18; add $2 for a Super Rancheros) so you have space to try the other dishes. And of course, no visit to one of the Loco outlets is complete without having a taste of their superb grilled Mexican corn that's smothered in cotija cheese, lime mayo and chili ($8). Yum.
Vibe: Laidback and relaxed with a picturesque (although we use this word rather gingerly because it is Singapore after all) of the Singapore River. P.S, we heard that the tables skirting the restaurant are pet-friendly too.
Highlight: The Big Mexican ($28) because when we say that this thing has the works, we mean the works; chorizo, free-range eggs cooked sunny side-up, toasted sourdough, roasted tomatoes, beans, mushrooms, avocado and bacon.
Waiting Time: There usually isn't a queue for brunch over the weekends but if you are so unlucky as to encounter a line, it should take 20 minutes, tops.
Damage: $30-$40 per pax.
60 Robertson Quay, tel. 6235 8900
2. Open Door Policy
They are a veteran in the painfully hip Tiong Bahru neighbourhood and for good reason. Open Door Policy has always been known for its decent grub. The modern bistro saw a massive menu rehaul since chef Daniele Sperindio took over the kitchen. A well-travelled chef, Sperindio's food combines a smattering of cuisines to push out modern contemporary bistro plates. Think eggs benedict paired with a green curry hollandaise sauce ($24) and a roasted wagyu rump topped with a chili béarnaise sauce and fluffy brioche bun ($30). Drinks are pretty decent too, with their latest cocktail menu curated by Tippling Club's head bartender Kamil Foltan (previously from Ding Dong), we're told. The classic Amaretto Sour and Kentucky Bloody Mary that comes with an entire slice of bacon as a stirrer (both $18) got our thumbs up.
Vibe: Open Door Policy's intimate space sets the mood for a cosy atmosphere but it also means that when service is in full swing, it can get pretty loud and boisterous. We don't mind the chatter because we think it gives the little nook great character.
Highlight: We were fans of the Buttermilk Pancakes that came with creme patisserie, poached strawberries and ice cream ($22) as well as the Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Egg Sandwich ($26) with caper berries and pickled shallots. The food is in general a tad pricey but big on flavour.
Waiting Time: 20-30 minutes without reservations so we highly recommend making a reservation before heading down
Damage: $50-$60 per pax
19 Yong Saik Street, tel. 6221 9307
We have always been a fan of Cocotte's beautifully rustic French food so we couldn't be happier to discover the gem of a brunch that Cocotte offers on the weekends. Homemade sausage rolls, perfectly roasted sea bass fillets that broke apart in soft flakes at the touch of a fork, and banana bread topped with a luxurious Chantilly cream. We cannot possibly list every dish available on the Cocotte Brunch Trolley menu because there's simply too many and that is in our opinion, a happy problem to have.
Vibe: It's equal parts cosy and airy thanks to the abundance of light streaming in. Cocotte's industrial-chic furnishings mimic the quirky Wanderlust Hotel that the French restaurant is housed in.
Highlight: We were bowled over when we visited Cocotte for their a la carte menu. Their Poulet Roti (roasted chicken, $43) had left a very deep impression on us but unless you're planning to swing by with a party of four, the chicken can be a tad too much. Thus, imagine our delight when we found out that their roasted chicken is available in free-flow individual portions on their brunch menu.
Waiting Time: In some ways, Cocotte's out-of-the-way location is both a blessing and a curse. Squashed between Farrer Road and Little India, Cocotte isn't the most accessible restaurant but thanks to that, the crowd isn't too crazy. But as much as we advocate risk-taking, we suggest you make a reservation before heading down for brunch.
Damage: $59++ for an all-you-can-eat serving of food; $99 to make it all-you-can-drink too.
2 Dickson Road, Wanderlust Hotel, tel. 6298 1188
They've been a little low on the radar for a restaurant that's been in service for practically three years but Zafferano is finally gaining some traction. Although Zafferano is not the restaurant people immediately think of when they're keen to dine in the sky, thanks to tough competition on the scale of high altitudes, the restaurant has been relatively popular among the executives housed in Ocean Financial Centre, the apex of which the Italian restaurant occupies.
The kitchen, helmed by chef Marco Cuccio (previously from Alkaff Mansion), has recently rolled out a decadent Italian brunch spread that looks to take place every alternate Saturday. Expect a lavish smorgasbord of hearty Italian plates served directly to your table that highlights the freshest of Italian produce imported straight off the land of pasta. The spread offers a lot more than simply pasta, of course.
Vibe: Vast, elegant and sophisticated, Zafferano makes for the perfect place to spend a 3-hour long languid brunch with the special someone. Brunch is also available out on the terrace if you prefer to dine al fresco.
Highlight: We particularly enjoyed the light, pillowy gnocchi tossed in a tantalising herby-tomato sauce with hidden chunks of perfectly cooked prawns and octopus. Also on our list of favourites are the freshly shucked fin de claire oysters. Yep, oysters in May; what a ridiculously luxurious privilege.
Waiting Time: Reservations are highly recommended because the brunch at Zafferano is only available on every alternate Saturday so do call to check the availability of the brunch before your way there.
Damage: $78++ for brunch, top up $20 to dine and wine with a free-flow of Prosecco and house wines. P.S, Zafferano makes use of the Enomatic wine dispenser which means to us, fantastic wines by the glass.
10 Collyer Quay, Ocean Financial Centre, Level 43, tel. 6509 1488