Brunches that will chase away any blues
FOR some, the perfect way to ward off looming Monday blues is to brunch the weekend away.
After all, there is nothing like a lazy Sunday of food, music and champagne to chase away the impending gloom.
Brunches have become quite a phenomenon here - they are served almost everywhere, and an increasing number of diners are willing to shell out top dollar for an afternoon of indulgence.
Here are some places worth considering.
FOR MUSIC LOVERS
Sundays at Catalunya ($98 per person. Additional $48 for unlimited cava and a selection of cocktails)
12.30pm to 4pm Reservations: 6534-0886
This is not a quiet venue - the music is blaring, people are chatting away, and everyone looks relaxed and entertained.
As you might expect, there is a lot of Spanish food.
The cheese selection and the egg dishes are great, but leave room for the suckling pig and any of the pork dishes.
And be sure you are back at your table for the presentation of the flaming salt-crusted whole fish.
Servers and chefs dance their way into the restaurant (the week I was there, they did it to Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams).
The Brunch Beats at Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Singapore ($158 with free-flow Veuve Clicquot champagne, red and white wines, cocktails, beers and soft drinks)
Sundays, noon to 3pm
You get music (from Dutch DJ/producer Lindo Martinez), a trendy crowd and a gorgeous display of food. The service is great and everyone's smiling.
It's competent and there is enough variety, but the winner is the dessert station.
You should be able to find something you like, whether it's kueh dadar or gelato.
I love the avocado gelato, which has the right blend of creaminess and sweetness. The Frozey Dozey - frozen yoghurt concoctions paired with a bunch of superfoods - is another must-try.
If you are not into desserts, the seafood selection is huge and the tandoori dishes are good.
Edge at Pan Pacific Singapore's Champagne Brunch ($158 with unlimited Veuve Clicquot champagne, Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, beers and cocktails)
Sundays, noon to 4pm
This brunch spread is probably one of the largest in town. It's family-friendly, so there will be some noisy, boisterous kids around, but they shouldn't prove to be a nuisance.
There are so many selections to choose from. I always head for the seafood, and it never disappoints.
The carvery is another counter to visit. Ask for the wagyu.
The dessert station is also a popular spot, and I like the gluten-free red velvet cake.
Sunday Brunch at mezza9, Grand Hyatt Singapore ($138 with free-flow Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut champagne, premium red and white wines, beers, mojitos and Bloody Marys)
Sundays, 11.30am to 3pm
If you want a grown-up brunch, this is it.
The place is lively and subdued at the same time. The people are elegant and the laughter is muted, even when they are enjoying the antics of the tableside magician.
The joy of eating at mezza9 lies in the variety of cuisines available.
Japanese, Chinese and Thai - they're all good.
And having the food prepared right in front of you can be quite an experience.
FOR NATURE LOVERS
Brunch at Grub (a la carte prices)
Weekends and public holidays, 9am to 4pm
Grub - located on the Sin Ming Avenue side of the Pond Gardens in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park - is the ideal place for a laid-back, relaxed brunch.
The greenery is likely to put you in a mellow mood. You can also go for a jog first.
You order a la carte, so there is no need to gorge to get your money's worth. The brunch menu does not stray too much from the regular one.
You must try the mentaiko fries ($9) simply because they are tasty and easy to eat. And brunch gets even better with a good French toast ($12). The churros ($9) are another popular option.
And since you are in a park, a cold drink seems vital. I liked the yuzu mint soda ($4.50).