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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