Brunch in Singapore Without the Buffet

Yes, yes I know, another article about brunch in Singapore. I know I’ve been there before and every other food blog in Singapore has too. But the thing is, everyone keeps asking about it. People email and say, “I want a casual brunch for friends in a nice setting but without the hoopla that goes with a free flow buffet brunch.” Or words to that effect. And although my Ultimate Guide to Brunch in Singapore gets more hits than any other page on my site, the list is long and it’s not designed for people who’ve been on more than a few brunches in their life. Without further ado, I present my recommendations for brunch in Singapore that don’t necessarily involve a buffet but still offer champagne or wine and beer and a special environment where you can enjoy your time on the weekend.

Marmalade Pantry at the Stables


For a weekend venue that is relaxed but has a sense of occasion it’s hard to go past Marmalade Pantry. Sitting on the sprawling deck with a glass of Rosè in hand, glancing out at the greenery of the Bukit Timah Saddle Club, it’s easy to imagine yourself in a scene from Downton Abbey. Aside from the heat and humidity of course. The photo below doesn’t really do it justice because it was taken as a panorama and I’ve tried to fit it into the page here, but you can see it’s leafy and looks quite relaxing. The à la carte brunch menu at Marmalade Pantry offers an extensive range of breakfasty bites as well as lunch options. Breakfast includes eggs, hotcakes and french toast whilst lunch enters slightly more adventurous territory.


There’s a good selection of interesting salads, the spicy oriental roast beef salad being a highlight. There’s wraps, burgers and a good range of pasta and meats to choose from. Portion sizes are generous without being huge BUT you should really make room for dessert. The sea salt caramel cheesecake is gorgeous, although the red velvet cupcake comes a close second. We paid about $50++ per head at Marmalade Pantry, including breakfast and a glass of wine or two each (but it’s easy to spend more if you settle in!).
Brunch is on weekends and public holidays only and it’s recommended to book.
Marmalade Pantry
55 Fairways Drive, Singapore, 286846
phone +65 6467 7748
From 10am onwards on the weekend, reservations recommended

Artichoke


Although located pretty much smack bang in the middle of the town Artichoke offers a tranquil environment that has been lovingly tended into a garden oasis in the middle of the city. If you didn’t already know, I’m a big fan of Artichoke and one of the reasons is for the brunch. It’s a relaxed atmosphere that is perfect for a catch up with friends on the weekend.


The à la carte brunch itself adds a Middle Eastern twist to the usual options. Eggs are served with fried haloumi, beetroot and mushrooms as sides that add an undeniable Middle-Eastern flavour. And the carnivorous option with char grilled lamb will fill the emptiest of stomachs. My only suggestion is to ask for two shots of coffee in a flat white, otherwise they make it a little weak. We paid about $35 per head on our brunch visit to Artichoke.
Artichoke
161 Middle Road, Singapore, 188978
phone +65 6336 6949
Open for dinner and brunch on the weekends. Click on the link above for current opening hours

Burlamacco


One of my new favourite restaurants. The location may not be perfect for a weekend  brunch but if you are near the city then I’d highly recommend trying the Burlamacco brunch offer. A confession here, I haven’t tried the brunch, but the lunch I had was good enough to warrant its inclusion in my Best Set Lunches blog so I’m putting it up here as a good option. The brunch menu is broad and starts with a range of antipasti that includes vegetarian and meat salads, seafood and Italian cold cuts. A selection of four pastas are then offered followed by meat, fish, cheese and dessert. Free flow Prosecco is also included and it’s all for the bargain of $78++ per head. From the quality I’ve tasted at Burlamacco I am putting this at number 1 of my list of next brunches to enjoy. The ambience is semi-formal but bright and airy with a big skylight inside. It’s suitable for a big group on the weekend or a more intimate gathering.
Burlamacco
77 Amoy Street, 069896
ph +65 6220 1763
Brunch is only available on Sunday

Chopsuey


If you’re looking for colonial charm with a mix of Asian and Western cuisine, Chopsuey is  a wonderful choice. Located up in Dempsey, and certainly the best venue I’ve tried in the area, the setting at Chopsuey evokes 1930’s charm and elegance. Brunch is offered on weekends on an à la carte basis and the location is idyllic for chilling out and enjoying the Singaporean weather in a tranquil setting. The menu mix provides something for everyone.


If you fancy you can go with the Dim Sum options, there’s a good range of buns, steamed dumplings and fried options. Or if you fancy something more colonial there’s everything from French Toast to a Big Breakfast, plus a few more unusual options like Ginger Lamb Bolognaise. There’s also a full lunch menu on offer. Wines here are reasonably priced and we enjoyed a good bottle of Viognier for around $70 on our visit. Overall we paid $80 per head for at least two courses each and including wine.
Chopsuey at Dempsey
#01-23 Dempsey Road
phone +65 9224 6611
Brunch is available Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 9.30am. No reservations

Spathe Public House


Spathe keeps popping up on my radar for different reasons. Breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner are all covered well here. The setting is casual and doesn’t really suit as a special occasion type of venue, but if you fancy some good food and a glass of wine or two for a weekend brunch then it fits the bill. The à la carte menu is designed for sharing (like the other bizillion restaurants around town!) but you can easily just choose your own dish and stick to that (as we did on our brunch visit). The menu includes lighter and heavier options.


From croissants to waffles and even a waffle with kaya butter, there’s also buffalo wings and garlic fries for those craving a more savoury options. The variations on Eggs Benedict offer something for everyone, the one pictured above being the Eggs Mushroom. Drink options include Bloody Mary’s and wine as well as a selection of non-alcoholic beverages. We paid about $25 per head here for brunch including a (non-alcoholic) drink each.
Spathe
8 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore, 238958
phone +65 6735 1035
Spathe is open for brunch on weekends from 10am

I’m always on the lookout for interesting places to brunch, if you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them!

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