“Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right,” declared Jazz Age novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. He really would’ve appreciated today’s modern Bacchanalian weekends filled with succulent lobster, foie gras, and of course, bottomless bubbly.
After all, nothing makes a Sunday quite like a languid afternoon perfectly whiled away on champagne and oysters. Here are 11 amazing places in Singapore where you can do so:
1. Beach Road Kitchen
Convivial, communal dining in the heart of South Beach
Boasting floor-to-ceiling glass windows, natural lighting and homely wooden and stone accents, the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach hotel’s Beach Road Kitchen is welcoming and cosy.
Tuck into seafood on ice – fresh from a temperature-controlled “seafood room” – as well as hearty charcoal-grilled meats. But the highlight of the meal has got to be the lobster thermidor with generous chunks of lobster meat, egg yolks, brandy and mushrooms stuffed into the shell, drizzled with cheese and baked to perfection.
Other baked oven delights include German crispy pork knuckle, salmon wellington and whole baked barramundi. Finish the meal with your pick from a dazzling array of desserts, ranging from nonya kueh to a live station for Japanese pancakes and crepes. Celebrate the food and togetherness with an unlimited flow of Moet Grand Vintage 2012 or one – or all – of three brunch cocktails offered at the Sunday Brunch Mobile Bar.
Sunday Champagne Brunch is available on Sundays, noon to 3pm, at $178++ per person, inclusive of free flow champagne, wines, cocktails and beers.
Old-school Italian-American charm on the 57th floor
The champagne is always flowing at Lavo, but the restaurant and bar really amps up the indulgence on weekends with its Sunday Champagne Brunch. Enjoy spectacular views and hearty Italian-American classics like eggplant parmigiana at the top of Marina Bay Sands, as well as highlights such as prime tomahawk steak and grilled octopus salad.
It’s the perfect setting for endless pours of Veuve Clicquot, but if you’d like to switch things up, there’re also specialty cocktails like Limonito, a refreshing blend of limoncello, Bacardi Carta Blanca, mint and lime.
The space, like its service, is polished and warm; its classic round leather booths and antique mirrors against reclaimed subway tiles and exposed brickwork exude 19th century charm and elegance. Leave the elegant outdoor terrace for cooler evenings; book a window seat instead for brunch with a view.
Sunday Champagne Brunch is available on Sundays, noon to 3pm, at $168++ per person, inclusive of free flow champagne, wines, cocktails and beers.
3. The Astor Grill
An intimate, gourmet experience in five-star luxury
Sunday Brunch is a lavish affair at The St. Regis Singapore’s swish destination restaurant The Astor Grill. Enjoy the luxurious spread of gourmet delights under the grand chandeliers, accompanied by a two-hour bottomless flow of Baron de Rothschild champagne.
Start with the buckwheat blinis with Avruga pearls and classic fresh seafood on ice, before moving to the Chef’s Pass Arounds featuring decadent bites such as grilled octopus with Riviera sauce, and duck foie gras with polenta and onion jam. Then you have your pick of the mains from Les Plats de Resistance – the oven roasted rack of lamb, served with artichokes and Romesco sauce, is a crowd-pleaser.
Sunday Brunch happens every Sunday, from 12:30pm to 3pm, and starts at $138++ per person with free flow of coffee and tea. It goes up to $548++, inclusive of Champagne Baron de Rothschild Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2008.
Over-the-top extravagance and vintage champagnes
Hosted at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore’s grand dining room Colony, The Ritz-Carlton’s Vintage Champagne Brunch is undoubtedly one of Singapore’s most opulent. It’s a luxurious epicurean experience that includes a famous Ice Bar, replete with fresh seafood including lobsters, Alaskan king crabs, snow crabs, langoustine and freshly shucked oysters.
Make a quick stop at the adjoining live station to put in your order for lobster egg benedict before heading over to The Grill & Rotisserie. It’s a carnivore’s paradise with excellent Chinese roasts like crackling pork belly, alongside slow-baked Onyx beef tomahawk.
Keep an eye out for the seasonal Chef’s Tables, where new specials are regularly introduced to keep things fresh.
The Vintage Champagne Brunch is available on Sundays from noon to 3:30pm, at $228++ per person, inclusive of free flow Champagne Barons de Rothschild Ritz Réserve Millésime 2015, Champagne Barons de Rothschild Ritz Réserve Rosé NV, selected cocktails, wines, draft beer and soft drinks.
Old New York glamour and unmissable boozy milkshakes
Turn back time and revisit New York’s Golden Age at this adults-only boozy brunch at Conrad Singapore Orchard’s renowned cocktail bar. Manhattan’s Classic Cocktail Brunch features its unique trolley stations, including the iconic DIY Bloody Mary Room, where diners can customise the classic brunch cocktail with their choice of hefty, meal-worthy garnishes.
Seafood lovers will surely enjoy the oceanic bounty of Alaskan king crab, lobsters and scallops, while the mac and cheese bar serves up a showstopping rendition of the humble comfort nosh. Champagne Telmont serves as the superb bubbly option, but the classic cocktails like the Single Barrel Negroni are also definitely worth a go.
If you have a sweet tooth, definitely pay the bar’s famous rickhouse a visit for boozy milkshakes made à la minute. The rum-spiked chocolate milkshake is a surefire winner.
The Manhattan Sunday Cocktail Brunch is available on Sundays, noon to 3pm, at S$198++ per person including free flow of thoughtfully crafted cocktails, beers and wines, and S$238++ per person includes the above and free flow of Telmont Champagne.
6. Firangi Superstar
A flamboyant mod-Indian take on champagne brunch
The only modern Indian dining concept on the list, The Dandy Collection’s Firangi Superstar shines with its distinctive take on the champagne brunch. Set in an exquisitely decorated, cinematic restaurant, guests are led through a journey of the senses from the arresting Bengal tiger mural by local artist TraseOne at the entrance right to the table.
Brunch begins with canapé-style morsels presented with a flourish in a two-tiered box – standouts include the jackfruit seekh sausage roll and the caviar puri with crème fraîche. Diners are then invited to select a main dish. Both the prata waffle with madras (a type of complex spiced curry) fried chicken and the baked eggs with keema pav (a popular Indian street food with spicy minced meat) are worth trying.
If you like Red Snappers, otherwise known as gin Bloody Marys, make sure to order the Red Fort, a delicious cocktail spiced with Sriracha and ginger chutney. For desserts, peruse the irresistible cake display featuring sweet treats like carrot cake with cardamom frosting, cinnamon-ginger cookie with white chocolate and kashmiri chilli, and masala chai éclair for inspiration. For special occasions, it’s worth splashing out for the premium Massmajestica package which upgrades the champagne to Dom Perignon.
The Champagne Superstar Brunch is available on Saturdays, noon to 2:30pm, and starts at $158++ per person for the Magnificent, inclusive of Moet et Chandon Brut & Rose, Brunch Time cocktails, wines, beer, soft drinks and house masala chai. It goes to $359++ for the Massmajestica, inclusive of Dom Perignon Brut, Le Difese Super Tuscan, Domaine Ellevin Chablis, Brunch Time cocktails, beer, soft drinks and house masala chai.
Grand libations in Art Deco glamour
Champagne brunch at ATLAS is quite a different beast. The award-winning cocktail bar eschews the ubiquitous seafood smorgasbord, offering up instead nibbles in the form of a heaving charcuterie board.
Overflowing with artisanal breads, European cheeses like truffle manchego and Brillat-Savarin, and cold cuts like prosciutto and bresaola, it’s the perfect grazing platter for sparkling Telmont champagne. Make sure to try the full-flavoured country pork terrine that’s made in-house.
Of course, cocktails take centre stage here, with a full menu of classic libations to choose from. Enjoy your welcome drink before visiting the G&T Suite to design your very own from a library of tonic waters and assorted herbs and botanicals. For a more potent tipple, consider the Espresso Martini – vodka, coffee liqueur, aromatic bitters, cream and cinnamon. Round the indulgent afternoon off with desserts like carrot cake and buttermilk panna cotta.
Sundays at ATLAS is available one Sunday a month at 1:30pm, 2pm, 5pm & 5:30pm for 2.5 hours, and starts at $168++ per person for cocktails and $208++ per person for Telmont Réserve Brut NV Champagne.
8. 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung
Modern Asian cuisine meets the best of the West
15 Stamford by Alvin Leung at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore hosts the Tropical Sunday Champagne Brunch in its sumptuous dining room every weekend. As diners come through the entrance, they’re greeted by the fresh salad and sushi bar, which then stretches into the well-curated charcuterie and cured fish live station.
It’s one of Singapore’s best-stocked, including premium cured meats like acorn-fed Ibérico pork and Wagyu belly, as well as a rotating board of premium French cheeses. A gleaming array of baby lobsters, tiger prawns, freshly-shucked oysters, tuna sashimi and more are heaped high on ice in its dedicated seafood room.
Don’t miss the many Asian favourites like XO fried rice, mutton curry and dim sum from the various live stations, as well as the prime grilled meats including Angus beef ribeye, barbecued pork belly char siew and veal sausage. The pan-seared foie gras with banana rum marmalade, in particular, is a definite highlight. Drinks are just as well-considered; free-flow Telmont champagne is complemented with a tidy assortment of cocktails, wines and craft beers.
The Tropical Sunday Champagne Brunch is available on Sundays, noon to 3pm, at $188++ per person with free-flow Telmont Champagne, housepour spirits, cocktails, red and white wines, and beers. It goes up to $288++ per person with free-flow Billecart Blanc de Blancs Champagne.
9. CÉ LA VI
For a groovy time in the clouds
Perched atop the iconic Marina Bay Sands, the rooftop restaurant takes the champagne brunch experience to literal new heights with an exclusive menu, live DJ sets and stunning views. CÉ LA VI’s The Brunch Club offers exciting à la carte plates with an Asian twist to pair with bottomless Telmont Champagne, or if you prefer, cocktails and wines.
Get the party started with fresh seasonal oysters, served with ponzu and dill oil, and a bump of Nomad kaluga caviar. Follow that with the impressive 1.5kg 200 days grain fed Stockyard angus tomahawk, the table’s natural centrepiece. Other highlights include the Boston lobster roll, enlivened with yuzu koshō and red shisho, as well as the sourdough with herb butter and spring onion oil.
Can’t decide what to get for dessert? The Celebration Platter has something for everyone – coconut mousse, passionfruit ice cream, Madagascar vanilla ice cream, and chocolate truffle.
The Brunch Club is available as an à la carte menu on Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 3pm. Add $88++ for free flow Telmont Réserve Brut NV Champagne, and $58++ for cocktails and wines.
Classic luxury, with a magical twist
Estate at the Hilton Singapore Orchard is a 345-seater all-day dining space that somehow feels cosy and welcoming. With several residential-style open kitchens where dishes are cooked à la minute, an avocado bar and even a kid’s activity area, the Grand Sunday Champagne Brunch is a gastronomic wonderland of Asian and Western delights.
The beautifully displayed seafood includes Maine lobsters and snow crabs, as well as shucked Canadian, Irish and Fine de Claire oysters. Cheese-lovers will appreciate the fine selection of 32 artisanal varieties, which is one of the largest in Singapore. The aforementioned avocado bar serves the fruit in various creative ways, including an unmissable fresh avocado bruschetta, served with olive oil caviar, roma tomato salsa, jalapeño and basil.
Make sure you leave room for the brunch signatures, including Estate’s black truffle roasted duck and the whole roasted lamb featuring grain-fed Australian lamb, mint sauce and flatbread. Don’t dismiss the roving entertainment out of hand – the close-up magic is a surprisingly fun diversion for kids and adults alike.
The Grand Sunday Champagne Brunch is available on Sundays, noon to 3pm, at $208++ per person with free flow Laurent Perrier Champagne, house wines and Whispering Angel Rosé, cocktail bar, beer, and soft drinks. It’s $228++ per person with free flow Billecart-Salmon Champagne.
Seasonal, authentic Italian favourites in an informal piazza-inspired setting
One of the most renowned Italian weekend brunches in town can be found at the Conrad Singapore Orchard hotel. Basilico’s Brunch di Fine Settimana is beloved for its authentic, seasonal cuisine headed by Hotel Executive Chef Luca Beccalli and Head Chef Valerio Pierantonelli.
Begin, obviously, at the Antipasti Kitchen for the excellent 36-month-aged parma ham, burrata and mozzarella with Italian heirloom tomatoes, as well as Amalfi lemon poached Boston lobster. Freshly made classic pizzas, along with roasted vegetables and casserole, are available at the Hot Kitchen, which also serves daily pasta specials like Wagyu beef lasagna.
Basilico’s iconic cheese room offers guests over 40 artisanal Italian aged cheeses, while the pasticceria tantalises with house-made gelato and handcrafted desserts. Endless pours of Charles Heidsieck champagne complete the sumptuous meal.
The Brunch di Fine Settimana is available on Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 3pm, at $198++ including free flow Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Champagne, prosecco, white and red wines, and draft beer, and $228++ including free flow Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs NV and Charles Heidsieck Rosé Reserve NV.
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This story was originally written by Karen Fong with additional reporting by Syahirah Mazlan in Jan 2019. It was updated substantially in Nov 2023 by Ben Chin.