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New open­ings and menus to sink your teeth into: Ash & Elm, Butcher Boy, The Pal­mary and more

The snazzy New York-style brasserie at

In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Sin­ga­pore has al­ways been a re­lax­ing spot for leisurely meals, with its soar­ing ceil­ings and con­tem­po­rary, stylish grey-toned decor. Its forte lies in beef and flat breads, and good value pric­ing, par­tic­u­larly for a ho­tel restau­rant. For this, it is grad­u­ally gain­ing a loyal fol­low­ing for din­ner. But its Sun­day brunch is still a lit­tle of a best-kept se­cret that de­serves more at­ten­tion.

In its sun­light-in­fused din­ing room, the Sun­day repast is an in­dul­gent af­fair with free-flow­ing Per­rier Jouët cham­pagne and house wines ($138) and the unique of­fer­ing of at least five types of caviar on the buf­fet spread. En­hanc­ing this is its Bloody Mary DIY bar where you can mix your own vegetable-laden cock­tail. But not ev­ery­one is a Bloody Mary devo­tee. No wor­ries, you can still eat smart: pour your­self a glass of nicely chilled vodka and en­joy it slowly with the caviar. Other de­light­ful buf­fet items in­clude pe­tite serv­ings of starters, seafood on ice, hot dishes, good roasts and baked whole salmon, as well as a lovely dessert spread with crepes or waf­fles made on the spot.

Another touch of fi­nesse here are the 11 a la minute free-flow items that come as part of the brunch buf­fet, com­pris­ing four meat and four seafood dishes, and three veg­e­tar­ian op­tions. Have the very ten­der and sweet char­grilled Iberico pork loin pata ne­gra with parsnip purée; the umamiladen, caramelised beef short ribs slow-cooked in a red wine sauce; and the gen­er­ously por­tioned, mod­er­ately firm-cooked duck foie gras on toasted brioche with spiced ap­ple mar­malade. The baked seabass with hol­landaise sauce is a juicy, tangy bite, and the mush­room and mas­car­pone ravi­oli is de­light­fully hearty and full-flavoured. Cham­pagne cuts through all th­ese nicely.

If you’d rather not do the full al­co­holic works, opt for the

$98 pric­ing which gets you the full spread of food with

Bloody Mary and non-al­co­holic drinks. —SEW

Level 1 In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Sin­ga­pore,

80 Mid­dle Road. Tel: 6825 1061; ashan­delm.sg

WORDS CHAR­LENE CHOW & SIM EE WAUN

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