Great news for champagne brunch afficionados, here’s another place to add to the list. InterContinental Singapore has started serving champagne brunch every Sunday (11:30am to 3pm), starting 10 November 2013.
The Art of Sundays Champagne Brunch is presented at InterContinental’s magnificent Lobby Lounge. Inspired by Peranakan and colonial-style architecture, the expansive and lofty lounge is both grand and cosy at the same, making it the perfect place to linger over a luxurious brunch on a leisurely Sunday.
We had the opportunity to enjoy “The Art of Sundays” Champagne Brunch last weekend. The spread had all the usual sections you’d expect of a hotel champagne brunch: seafood on ice, appetizers, salads, charcuterie, cheese board, hot dishes, Japanese sushi & sashimi, live cooking stations, dessert counter, fresh fruit, and of course, free flow of champagne and wines.
For S$158++ per person, you get to enjoy — in addition to the sumptuous spread of food — free-flow Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne (served for a limited period in Magnum bottles), Pink Elephant Sparkling Rosé, selected house wines, soft drinks, Irish coffee, and cocktails of your choice by made by a dedicated mixologist.
For teetotallers, you can enjoy the buffet with free-flow of soft drinks and juices for S$128++ per person. Children aged three to 12 years pay $58++ each.
To summarize: The range isn’t the most extensive spread among the various hotel brunches I’ve tried. However, what I like is that I managed to try nearly 90% of the spread, and I enjoyed nearly everything I tried. The ingredients are premium and super fresh.
Here, you’re paying for quality. I guess I’ve come to the age where I’d rather pay for a smaller but quality spread, rather stuff myself silly with a huge but average-tasting buffet.
Warning: Bumper crop of photos ahead; 32 images to be exact. Feast your eyes on the food porn!
At the entrance, you’ll be greeted with ice carvings and fresh seafood on ice.
Seafood on ice part 1/2.
Seafood on ice part 2/2.
Feast on Fine de Claire, Tasmanian and Fanny Bay Oysters shucked oysters.
Cooked to order mussels.
You can assemble your own antipasto plate with items like marinated and stuffed vegetables…
…as well as olives.
The duck rillette (centre top) is a must-try!
On to the Japanese section, starting with appetizers like marinated octopus.
Popular sushi items: Inari, unagi, tamago, ebi, salmon, tuna, wakame, futomaki and California maki.
Assemble your own chilled soba or udon (dashi stock on the left).
The sashimi items are kept fresh in the chiller and sliced upon request.
Here’s the hot dishes, charcuterie and cheeses sections.
The hot dishes were quite underwhelming. Here’s some stuffed chicken roll thingy…
…and some scallop and prawn in saffron sauce thingy…
…and grilled codfish (too dry).
The charcuterie selection was very good. I liked the smoked duck, chorizo, Wagyu beef pastrami, salami, smoked pancetta, honey baked ham, and leg of Jamon Iberico de Bellota.
Not impressed by the cheeses. Then again, I’m not a fan of cheese, heh.
On to the live stations, beginning with roast beef and foie gras station.
Pan-seared foie gras on toasted brioche and onion confit — this was spectacular! The roast beef — juicy, tender, with nice bite — is also excellent.
The pasta station is another popular choice. Choose from chilli crab linguine and lobster cheese ravioli. I didn’t try the ravioli, but the chilli crab linguine is yummy!
The eggs station features eggs Benedict with smoked salmon with Hollandaise as well as eggs en cocotte with caviar. Both were perfectly executed.
For desserts, there’s over 20 items to satisfy your sweet tooth!
From mini macarons, cakes, mousses, cheesecake…
…to fruit jelly and chocolate fondue.
There are tarts too!
Don’t miss the ice cream bar! There were four flavors the day we went: Black sesame; coconut; hazelnut truffle; and vanilla.
The dazzling fruit display has premium fruits like gold kiwifruit and red dragonfruit.
For the desserts, I enjoyed the ice creams and cakes the most.
There’s also crepe suzettes prepared at your table!
I think I managed to capture nearly 90% of the buffet spread. Looking at the pictures is making me hungry again!
The ambience was immensely enhanced by live jazzy music.
For reservations or more information, call +65 6825 1008.
“The Art of Sundays” Champagne Brunch
Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Singapore
80 Middle Road
Many thanks to InterContinental Singapore for the invitation.