Weekend brunch at Cheek Bistro is a surprisingly relaxed and languid affair. Locals recommend plates of shashuka, smoked mackerel with beetroot and horseradish or mushrooms on toast. Or, for something more substantial, crab burger and steak frites. Wash it down with a glass of prosecco, craft cider or non-alcoholic sparkling juice from cider apples. Relaxed but efficient service complements the vibe.
Where: 21 Boon Tat Street, 069620
Hearty but healthy brunch is the watchword at this centrally located favourite come the weekend. Think smashed avocado with ricotta, roasted pumpkin salad, sautéed mushrooms and sausages, steak and eggs or just eggs any which way. Coffee by Paradise Coffee Roasters, with alternative milk options like Minor Figures Oat Milk, Happy Happy Soy Boy and Coconut Milk. If coffee doesn't rock your boat, there’s a wide selection of smoothies, freshly squeezed juices, homemade sodas and teas. The booze menu points you in the direction of Pilsner Urquell on tap, classic cocktails and perfectly decent wines.
Where: 136 Neil Road, 088865
Bottomless brunch on Saturdays and public holidays is fast becoming something of an institution at Kinki, kicking off at 12pm and giving you a feast of fresh sushi and sashimi, maki rolls and ramen. Japanese stripe jack or Norwegian salmon, anyone? Alternatively, why not try their crisp but sea-fresh tortilla packed with avocado, tomatoes, tempura mushrooms and soy-aged bluefin tuna. Finish it off with a walk around Marina Bay.
Where: 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 , Customs House, 049323
Food bro Bjorn Shen uses big, bold flavours and contrasting textures to elevate humble comfort food ingredients. Dishes with Middle Eastern accents really hit the spot, particularly for a healthy, hearty, fun weekend pick-me-up, against a backdrop of 90s hip-hop and 60s soul. Think harissa prawns, crab and bacon toast, and roasted cauliflower slathered in yogurt and hashbrowns. For a sweetness hit, try their signature milk pudding with apricots and tarragon. For drinks, it's ice-cold beers, ciders and wines alongside Sunday punches, sodas, Turkish tea and coffee from Common Man Coffee Roasters.
Where: 161 Middle Road, Singapore 188978
Known for itas vibrant nightlife, daytime here is equally delicious, particularly at the weekend when the laid-back holiday vibe is stoked by the sun, sand and sea. Chill out and make a day of it, starting with brunch. On the menu: acai bowl, seasonal fruit or smashed avo on sourdough toast might be the forerunner to smoked salmon on toasted brioche or crunchy brioche french toast. Wash it down with a Fritz Haag Mosel Riesling or William Fevre Chablis, Aix by the magnum if you're a group or Whispering Angel if you're a duo. Alternatively, copious smoothies, Mai Tais or tropical daiquiris may float your boat.
Where: 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa, 098942
For many, brunch at Edge means seafood, including Boston lobster, oysters or scallops, or salmon and tuna sashimi. Seafood bisque is the real McCoy and pan-fried Black Grouper fillet is expertly done. But meat lovers prefering bigger, butcher flavours are not wholly ignored and can opt for sausages at one end of the scale or Ohmi wagyu striploin at the other. A sweet finish might include a matcha azuki monaka and sea salt chocolate praline. Champagne Brunch doesn't just have to be about Champagne, there's also a sommelier's selection of premium gins, cocktails or a good variety of wine. Plenty of live theatre provided by chefs at their various stations.
Where: 7 Raffles Boulevard, 39797
If cocktails are your thing, you'll be in Big Apple seventh heaven at this iconic Singapore bar where the cocktails are of the highest order and very much on the menu for weekend brunch. Tableside custom concoctions are delivered by roving trolley – think G&Ts and Bloody Marys, alongside craft cocktails and boozy milkshakes or a glass of chilled white of your choosing. Soak it all up with bagels and cream cheese schmears, lobster and a variety of hot plates.
Where: Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Rd, Level 2, 249715
Sunday brunch at the multi-cuisine Mezza 9 is a sight to behold, weighing in at about $100. Food stations dispensing the finest, freshest food is a delight for week-weary eyes. Ngiri, sashimi and maki compete with crab cakes, miso soup with tom yam, and exotic salads with Maine lobsters, brown crabs and wild king prawns. Grills might be lamb, steak or fish while the steam basket means wok-fried boston lobster noodles, angus beef or tiger prawns. And, for just $60 more, there's free-flow alcohol option. You’ll be able to enjoy Billecarte-Salmon, Whispering Angel or Vasse Felix chardonnay, as well as Bloody Marys, margaritas or mojitos. Noone misses the freshly squeezed orange juice while tea might be Marrakesh mint or jasmine gold.
Where: Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, 228211
In a nod to brunch weekends at this Australian-inspired diner kick off a little earlier at 11.30, when the in-house microbrewery starts dispensing craft beers of all shapes and sizes including stout and their signature pale ale. The same insistence on the finest flavour informs their coffee (espresso, flat white or iced mocha from the Schibello Coffee Roastery) and tea. Pizzas, burgers, bangers and mash, alongside eggs at the weekend and sharing plates like salt and pepper calamari and smashed avocado.
Where: 36 Club Street, 069469
Comforting, tip-top Italian food doesn't stop at the weekend, when Garibaldi makes a nod to brunch with a bottomless offering (check what the latest offer is). The menu varies according to what's freshest from the markets and in season. Salads are a strong point as too pasta and grilled fish. Kick off, perhaps, with truffle burrata cheese with sliced beef and salad or, if it's on the menu, spaghetti "Chitarra" Aglio Olio with smoked eels and pan-seared Hokkaido scallops. Finish with coffee panna cotta or an ace mocha cake and the world will be a better place. One caveat: for some the setting borders on the tastefully insipid.
Where: 36 Purvis Street, #01-02, 188613