Everyone who knows me well enough knows that I love the Grand Hyatt Singapore - the Grand Deluxe rooms are extremely spacious and the Club at the Hyatt Membership offers impressive value! Mezza9 has always been one of my favourite restaurants in the hotel - it offers so much variety that if you are ever in a situation where you do not know what to have for lunch or dinner, you'll be in good hands.
Quite recently, I have had the privilege of checking out the Mezza9 Sunday Brunch (or more affectionately known as the Champagne Brunch for those of us who drink) at the Grand Hyatt Singapore. Sunday Brunch at Mezza9 is a lavish affair (especially if you have opted for the free-flowing Perrier-Jouët Champagne option) and it begins and ends at 11:30AM and 3:00PM respectively. The dynamic dining venue allows a diner to indulge in up to nine different dining experiences:
- The Grill: western grill and rotisserie
- Seafood: crustacean bar with sustainable seafood
- Thai: authentic thai deli
- The Steam Basket: authentic chinese cuisine
- Yakitori: yakitori grill
- Sushi: sushi and sashimi bar
- The Deli: charcuterie and european deli
- The Patisserie: dessert
- The Bar: premium wines, champagne, and cocktails
Anyone who has been to a decent Yakitori (or even Robatayaki!) place would know that these deliciously grilled skewers do not come cheap. Most Singaporeans would recommend honing in on the fresh seafood early but having been to Mezza9 on multiple occasions, I simply could not resist going straight to my favourite Yakitori and Grill sections. The cherry tomatoes and bacon is an absolute must - I've lost track of how many of these I have actually consumed throughout the whole Sunday Brunch (and trust me the Champagne doesn't help to make you mental wizard).
Every single dish that was offered at the Yakitori Grill was up to their usual high standards on an average day - always a good thing! The beautifully roasted meats were also amazing and if you have opted for the alcohol option, pair these with a glass of red and thank me later.
One thing I love a lot about the Grand Hyatt Singapore is the use of sustainable seafood throughout - you'll find fresh Boston lobsters ready to be consumed on ice, mussels, clams, prawns, crabs and freshly shucked oysters at the Seafood Bar. The best thing about using quality ingredients is how apparent it becomes upon consumption. While I am generally not a buffet person since I usually think it gets extremely messy and the food quality is often not up to standards, the Grand Hyatt Singapore has shown me what a good Sunday Brunch should be. Seafood is placed on ice in smaller quantities but replenished at lightning speed. I like it that the food is constantly brought out to ensure its freshness instead of leaving it out to die like I have seen in other seemingly reputable places.
Don't worry about getting your hands messy during Sunday Brunch at Mezza9 - the water is already brought out for you to rid your fingers off any crustacean scents that may linger and the staff are excellent at clearing used plates. Just remember to wash everything down with a glass of Champagne because Sunday Brunches are for indulging after all.
Apart from the superior food quality, another thing that stands out in Mezza9 is the energy of this place. This is not a quiet Sunday Brunch that most people are used to - you'll get lots and lots of energy, popping of champagne bottles, laughter, music and a great atmosphere to soak in. In fact, if you are lucky enough to get a table near the grill, you will be able to see the chefs in action (not recommended for vegans, sorry)! There's something strangely satisfying about seeing how a beautiful piece of meat goes onto the grill and then your plate so effortlessly - it's hard to get simply cooked food these days!
One of the distinct dining stations that Mezza9 does extremely well in my opinion is the Thai Deli. You'll find a delicious, spicy (trust me!) and lip-smacking som tum (green papaya salad) here and a bunch of other dishes that are done to perfection. On my last visit, I've had the pleasure of indulging in a bowl or two of the tom yum soup as well as some grilled chicken (with a tangy sauce).
Since there are so many dishes to choose from, I guess the best way to enjoy this Sunday Brunch is to go from one zone to the other. I started of with the Yakitori and Grill section, moved on to the cold Seafood section and now, I'm at the Thai section which I would highly recommend for you to linger a little longer. Take the time to excite your tastebuds with the heat and flavours in the dishes here; wash everything down with multiple glasses of Perrier-Jouët Champagne; enjoy the company, rest and move on to the next.
If you would like to take a break from the Champagne and wines that are served, hop by the Bar to request for your favourite cocktails - I highly recommend giving the Mojito a try especially if you would like to clear your palate for more food to come. I'm never a fan of Bloody Mary but it does seem like a popular beverage of choice while I was there so be sure to check it out!
Even though most people tend to indulge in the raw and cold food first, I usually leave sashimi and sushi to the end (partly because I see it as a main rather than an appetiser). I guess that's the best part about going to a Sunday Brunch - there's no real order you should follow and you're free to start wherever you wish (even if it means starting with the desserts!).
While there wasn't a wide variety of sashimi while I was there, what you'll get is quality over quantity. The maguro (tuna) is my personal favourite and it goes down really well with the slightly-floral Perrier-Jouët Champagne!
No Sunday Brunch (or even any buffet) is complete without an impressive plate of sweets from The Patisserie - you'll find a huge variety of desserts here that you'll wish you actually have a separate stomach for. The tiramisu (similar to what you get at Pete's Place downstairs) is my personal favourite but the tarts and creampuffs are equally delicious!
For those a little younger at heart (or for those with kids), give the fondue a go - nothing like dipping fresh fruits into a molten pot of chocolatey goodness!
If for some reason, you still have space in your stomach after deserts, check out The Deli for charcuterie and cheese - I can't ever say no to cantaloupe (and if you have been to 10 Scotts or Pete's Place, you'd know that the Grand Hyatt Singapore stocks up some of the best in this country) and prosciutto!
with free-flowing Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne, house red and white wines, beers, mojitos, bloody marys, margarita, fruit juices and soft drinks
with free-flowing Perrier-Jouët 'Belle Epoque' Champagne, house red and white wines, beers, mojitos, bloody marys, margarita, fruit juices and soft drinks
with free-flowing fruit juices and soft drinks