To most, Singapore is not as much a destination as a means-to-a destination. None-the-less, you can fit one epic hotel brunch into that lay-over. Just make sure you have a rest day to recover before your onward flight.
Named #1 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars in 2017, the moody lighting and grand hotel lounge setting will transplant you to New York City. You go to the Regent Singapore’s Manhattan brunch for the cocktails, not the food, (though the food is also fantastic!). Expect freshly shucked American oysters, lobsters from Maine, bagels baked that morning, and whisky braised beef short ribs. Compared to most family-friendly brunch options in Singapore, it’s an adult-only zone, so you can kick back and sip your martini in peace.
When: Sundays 11:30am – 3:30pm
What’s the damage: £128 per person includes unlimited food from the brunch buffet, and free-flow cocktails, wine, beer and Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne
Where: Level 2, Regent Singapore, a Four Seasons Hotel, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore, 249715
For reservations: +65 6725 3377
With the energy of a buzzing brasserie, Ash & Elm has all your weekend brunch favourites; a charcuterie spread, cheese room, wood-fired oven for authentic pizzas, and an open charcoal-grill for a prime piece of meat. The Bloody Mary cart comes to your table, getting you off to a great start before the champagne starts flowing. There’s a kids room too, so they’ll be taken care of, and out of your way!
When: Sundays 12noon – 3:00pm
What’s the damage: £90 per person includes unlimited food from the brunch buffet, and free-flow Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, wines, beers and Bloody Marys
Where: Ash & Elm, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966
For reservations:+65 6338 7600
In the heart of the financial district, Kinki’s rooftop is usually pumping with the after-work crowd. Popular for its spectacular rooftop view over Marina Bay Sands, it’s a great spot to take some Singapore holiday snaps. It’s not cheap, but with a menu of premium sushi and sashimi, their brunch price is very good value for money compared to what you’d pay for the equivalent in London.
When: Saturdays 12noon – 3pm
What’s the damage: £38 per person for unlimited sushi, sashimi, mains and desserts, plus an optional £16.50 top-up for free-flow beer, or £23 for free-flow prosecco, sake and Korean shochu
Where: 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 Customs House Singapore 049323
For reservations: +65 6533 3471
In the hipster alleys around Arab Street, you’ll find this little Southern Fried Chicken ‘n’ whiskey soul bar tucked on a corner. Of a night, you’ll be drawn into this dive by the sound of the blues, local musicians often frequent for a jam. But of a weekend, the sun is hot, and the hungover party crowd come to recover, eat brunch, and look oh-so-casually fabulous.
Eat fried chicken and waffles, with a side of mac and cheese. Wash it down with bottomless mimosas, (that’s champagne and orange juice to us).
When: Saturdays and Sundays 11am – 5pm (last orders: 4.45pm)
What’s the damage: There is no set price, but the average main costs £12, and you can top-up £18 for bottomless mimosa cocktails throughout your meal
Where: 17 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199329
For reservations: +65 6295 0017