BEST OF THE BRUNCHES
The most lavish brunches in Jakarta, Bali, Singapore and Hong Kong to deliciously amp up your weekends.
Throughout the world Sunday brunch is one of the most highly anticipated culinary events in the weekly gastronomic diary. With a choice ranging from lavish speciality brunches and brunches designed specifically for families to the most hedonistic offerings featuring cocktails, fine wines and champagne, many of the best hotels and restaurants offer an array of impressive dining experiences that platform the talents of their chefs and promote the delights and merits of their restaurants. While Sunday brunch is the undisputed king, extended weekend and weekday brunch menus have become increasingly popular with an assortment of delicious dishes designed to fill every niche.
The brunch concept dates back to the large group hunts of the aristocracy and in particular the upper-class British tradition of fox hunting. On crisp and cold winters' mornings throughout Britain the gentry would gather between roustings to share a decadent early lunch complete with an array of cold meats, egg dishes and alcohol.
The first reference to brunch was seen in the 1895 Hunter's Weekly article, Brunch: A Plea written by Guy Beringer in which he suggested the need for a meal that would combine the best of breakfast and the traditional Sunday lunch into a single, extended dining experience designed to make life brighter for Saturday-night carousers. “Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting.” Beringer wrote, “It's talk-compelling, it puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings…. and sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.”
By the 1920s, the concept had reached the USA and Chicago's famous Pump Room in the Ambassador Hotel in particular. With the glitzy endorsement of the social elite like John Barrymore and Clark Gable and a rapidly growing middle class eager to flaunt its wealth and status, it evolved into a decadent dining experience. Today, almost a century on, the ubiquitous Sunday brunch continues its march to dominance with trendsetting chefs and restaurateurs tempting the discerning diner with a multitude of delicious and beautifully presented morsels, champagnes and wines.
So, whatever you fancy, be it grilled lobster, Tuscan steak and free-range eggs, a slice of roast beef or a leisurely flute of champagne with à la minute eggs Benedict, freshly shucked oysters drizzled in lemon juice or a slice or two of smoked Scottish salmon from the extravagant buffet, the weekend somehow doesn't seem complete without a leisurely laid-back Sunday brunch with family or friends.