Ash & Elm at the InterContinental Singapore has just relaunched a new Sunday Champagne Brunch experience that spans over three culinary theatres. Apart from an array of fresh seafood selection, a caviar bar, an extensive selective of charcuterie and cheeses as well as mains and desserts, diners over at Ash & Elm will also be able to enjoy unlimited orders from the special Tasting Platters menu which integrates the different components of breakfast into a la minute dishes.
Ever since its opening late in 2015, Ash & Elm has been one of my go-to places for modern European cuisine (especially since I got a Gourmet Collection membership earlier this year which gives up to 25% discount on F&B expenditure here). While I have been to Sunday Brunch over here on separate occasions, I am thrilled to hear that Chef Philippe has once again reinvented the menu to feature 11 a la minute dishes that showcases classic breakfast ingredients like bacon, eggs and milk just to name a few.
Sunday Champagne Brunch over at Ash & Elm is a luxurious affair and you can tell from the moment you walk in - you will face a variety of fresh seafood on ice and this included French oysters, Boston lobsters, crabs, mussels, clams and prawns when I visited. No buffet spread is complete in Singapore without fresh sashimi so you will find that too at the side of the restaurant.
I have also taken a liking to caviar since my Suites Class flight on Singapore Airlines from Auckland to Singapore and was thrilled to see that the Sunday Brunch here includes unlimited servings from the Caviar Bar. I also appreciated the fact that a mother of pearl spoon was utilised instead of a metal one here.
The Charcuterie and Cheese Room is not to be missed at Ash & Elm and honestly, this is the most impressive one I have ever been to in Singapore. While I have been to this room on multiple occasions (sometimes during breakfast when I stay over at the InterContinental Singapore), the spread is most impressive during Sunday Brunch. There were easily fifteen different kinds of cheeses on the side (which is nowhere near the 40 different kinds that the Raffles Hotel Singapore stocks at the Bar & Billiard Room) and I would expect this to be rather exciting for cheese-lovers.
I personally just skip the cheese and go straight to the charcuterie where an endless supply of jamón ibérico ham and duck rillettes await. The chorizo and pastrami are also worth trying if you do like your cold cuts. Pace yourself and do not go too crazy here because you definitely want to save space for what is to come - remember Sunday Brunch is an all-afternoon affair which can typically serve as dinner as well!
Most people would probably skip the bread section in a Sunday Brunch but hey you are here to enjoy yourself - I highly recommend the mini baguettes as well as the flatbreads from the wood-fired oven.
One of the sections that diners at Ash & Elm often miss is right next to the open kitchen where you will be able to find a selection of canapés and juices (in the morning) in the refrigerated shelves. While I personally did not try any of the items there, most of them looked really interesting like the quail egg above!
Of course, part of the focus in every Sunday Champagne Brunch is well, the Champagne itself. For the full Champagne Brunch experience, opt for the S$138++ package which comes with unlimited Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut Champagne, DIY Bloody Mary Cocktails, House Wines, Soft Drinks, Juices, Coffee and Tea. Perrier-Jouet is one of my favourite Champagnes to drink - you will definitely notice the distinctive bouquet with the Grand Brut! I also love how the 1500ml Magnum bottles are used here as opposed to the regular 750ml ones because they are just that much more impressive when brought around the table.
Ever since I have had that amazing oyster from NAMI (after a long hiatus due to a personal choice), I have been dreaming of having another one and so I could not resist getting one from the seafood section over here at Ash & Elm. While I was tempted to get more after a couple, I decided to save some stomach space for what is to come - I wanted to have enough room for the tasting platters!
Diners can also enjoy a Bloody Mary that is made table-side - in fact, you can even try to make it yourself (with guidance of course) if you ask nicely! I am personally not a fan of Bloody Mary since the tomato juice puts me off but hey there must be a reason why people love this drink right?
The star of the Sunday Brunch experience at Ash & Elm (apart from the Champagne of course) has got to be the various tasting portions that you can order - Chef Philippe has designed most of these dishes using ingredients that are typically found in breakfast (some of the are more apparent and some are not). I really enjoyed the Truffle Risotto with Parmesan and Natural Jus as well as the Braised Beef Short Ribs with Carrot, Mushrooms and Pearl Onions. There are 11 items on the menu and you can definitely go for second (or third) helpings if you are still feeling hungry after your first.
You should always leave room for desserts when you dine at Ash & Elm - if you remember, the Afternoon Tea: Au Jardin experience at the Lobby Lounge is designed by Pastry Chef Ben Goh and some of the creations that you see here at the Sunday Brunch is created by him as well.
While the spread over at the Ash & Elm's Sunday Brunch is as extensive as some other hotels offering a similar experience, you do benefit from a more superior quality and a comparatively lower price-tag - honestly S$138++ for free-flowing Champagne is great value if you do drink (like me!). If you are staying in the hotel, you may also be eligible for 20% off your dining bill so make sure you plan those stays wisely to take advantage of this excellent offer.
This was an invited media-tasting session, though all views expressed are my own.