Sunday Brunch (or more commonly known as Champagne Brunch) in Singapore is a lavish affair and one that many people indulge in from time to time. I recently spent a luxurious weekend at The St. Regis Singapore and took the opportunity to check out the grand Sunday Brunch at Brasserie Les Saveurs (BLS). While there are no lack of Sunday Brunches in this Lion City, BLS truly offers a rather extravagant one that you can't really get elsewhere.
For starters, Sunday Brunch starts in Astor Bar instead of the Brasserie Les Saveurs. Aperitifs are served from 11AM to 12PM before the actual event from 12PM to 3PM at the glorious BLS. Before we go any further, it is important to note that the world-renowned Bloody Mary was first invented at The St. Regis New York's King Cole Bar and ever since then, every St. Regis hotel around the world has its own rendition of this signature cocktail.
There was a complimentary selection of Aperitifs which included cocktails, mocktails, beers, seasonal juices as well as soft drinks. It is worth noting that the actual Champagne (if you have opted for a Champagne Brunch) has not actually started flowing but there are a number of drinks here that are excellent. My personal favourite has to be the Mai Tai and then followed by the Cosmopolitan. As mentioned previously, every St. Regis around the world has its own version of the signature Bloody Mary and here at The St. Regis Singapore, you will find the birth of the Chili Padi Mary - this thing packs a punch. If you can't take the heat, I'd advise you to steer away from this drink and just enjoy the safer concoctions instead. Canapés are also passed around during this time in case you have been starving yourself for the indulgent lunch ahead.
Walking through the entrance of the Brasserie Les Saveurs always gives me this sense of awe due to the grandeur of the restaurant. The last time I was here, it was in the evening where I had the privilege of checking out Chef Thomas Cruise's new contemporary French menu. Entering the same space in the day however gives a different feeling altogether.
Since I opted for the most indulgent Connoisseur Experience at Brasserie Les Saveurs (S$195++), it came with free-flowing “R” de Ruinart Brut NV. I've always found it especially important to take your time with Sunday Brunches (and especially so when Champagne is involved) - enjoy a flute or two before gorging yourself silly on the spread - the food will most definitely wait for you. If you are not a fan of Champagne (in which case, we should really talk about it), there is also an Astor Indulgence (S$180++) experience which comes with complimentary flow of wine, beer, soft drinks and juices. For those of you on a alcohol cleanse, the Epicurean Delight (S$148++) comes with complimentary flow of freshly brewed coffee and tea.
Once you are done with a flute or two of champagne, make your way to everyone's favourite station (unless of course if you're allergic to shellfish, this would not be the same story), the seafood on ice. Brasserie Les Saveurs serves up fresh Boston lobsters, langoustines, clams, mussels, oysters, crabs and a range of other seafood on ice. If you don't know where to start, I'd highly recommend pairing the lobsters and langoustines with Champagne.
The oysters here are also plump and satisfying so be sure not to miss out on these while you are working your way through the spread!
I started off with the cold seafood selection (as you should) and while I was mid-way through this plate of goodness, I was told that I got a choice of Main Course. There were about five items on that menu and I opted for the Pan Seared Pacific Scallops (more on this later!). I do not know of any other Sunday Brunches in Singapore that does the same - main courses are generally not served during a full buffet.
I absolutely loved the selection of fresh sashimi here too. I love how everything are in some kind of perfect portion already so you just grab a bunch and go. The slices were also of the right thickness - there is nothing more annoying that thinly sliced fish when sashimi is concerned.
The Sunday Brunch at Brasserie Les Saveurs also comes with a selection of Pass Around dishes which are served at different times of the brunch affair. Four different pass around dishes were well, handed around while I was there - Tomato Mousse, Rock Melon Gazpacho, Grilled Tiger Prawn and Olive Oil Confit Salmon. There was also a selection of Pass Around dessert but I was too full to stay on.
The first pass-around dish I got was the Rock Melon Gazpacho. While gazpachos are typically made with a tomato base, I did not quite get it with this dish. My personal verdict? Skip this and save room for other dishes instead.
The second pass around dish I got was however excellent and I wish they actually have this as a choice of main (yes you do get a choice of main even though it is a Sunday Brunch but more on this later!). The prawns were chunky, succulent and that play of flavours between savoury, sweet and slight tartness truly brought this dish to life. Go ahead and ask for seconds because you will most definitely not regret it!
As mentioned earlier on, each diner will get a choice of main from the Gastronomic Main Courses menu (which consists of 5 specially-curated items). The first dish that I have sampled was the Pan Seared Pacific Scallops that were served with thyme scented fingerlings, orange braised endive, pink grapefruit and a port wine gastrique. Firstly, the scallops were done to perfection - they were cooked and yet soft; they were seasoned and yet it retained most of its natural flavours; they were seared on the sides but not overcooked. I really like the contrasting flavours between the sweetness of the gastrique and the savoury components.
The star of the Sunday Brunch for me however, has to be the Slow Cooked Angus Beef Tenderloin which is served with cauliflower mousseline, glazed French beans, roasted shallow and a madeira meat reduction. The beef was incredibly succulent and that beefiness was immensely satisfying.
Sunday Brunch at the Brasserie Les Saveurs offers an incredibly luxurious experience - right from the moment you walk through the door. I really liked how different it was from the other sunday brunches in Singapore with a dedicated time slot for aperitifs (a whole hour!) and a choice of perfectly executed mains. I also love that they served one of my favourite champagnes, “R” de Ruinart Brut NV (much like the Mandarin Oriental, Taipei). Sure, the price may be slightly on the high side if you are opting for the Connoisseur Experience (S$195++) but what you are getting is exclusivity, quality and luxury.
The St. Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247911