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You know how the saying goes, “What you do the first day of the New Year will be what you do for most of the year”? We couldn’t agree more. There is no better reason to wine, dine and indulge yourself. Kickstart 2019 with the best, booziest and most decadent meals Singapore has to offer. Gather round your friends and family, and raise a toast to a merry year ahead.
This may not be a buffet packed with over the top eats and unlimited drinks, but Syun at Resorts WorldSentosa impresses with quality ingredients to ensure a very decadent New Year’s lunch. Head Chef Hal Yamashita presents a seven-course set menu which is an homage to traditional Japanese dishes enjoyed during the New Year celebrations. Expect decadent offerings like the charcoal grilled Kagoshima beef with shallot dressing and fresh wasabi, and his popular signature, the sea urchin rolled with wagyu beef.
You could opt to pair each course with sake, and his pairings are cleverly thought out and include Hal Yamashita’s own brand of sake, to other fine varieties like the Hakurakusei Junmai Sake. A meal within Syun’s zen-like confines are just what you need to begin the year with. Priced at $228++ per person, with $88++ for additional sake pairing. Available for lunch and dinner on Jan 1.
Syun is at #02-135 & 135A Festive Walk, Resorts World Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098138, tel: 6577 6867 / 6577 6688.
Photo: Resorts World Sentosa
On New Year’s Day, we can’t think of a better place to be sipping unlimited pours of champagne than Brasserie Le Saveurs’ luxurious confines. ‘R’ de Ruinart Brut NV Champagne will flow throughout, but the drinking can begin an hour earlier as brunch-goers enjoy a complimentary hour of apéritifs served at Astor Bar (11am to 12pm). Begin with pass-around hors d’oeuvres like the salmon gravlax mousse with roe in charcoal cones and move onto a display of cold seafood like the freshly shucked Fine De Claire oysters and Boston lobsters.
There will be sushi, sashimi, charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, a carvery and live stations of pan-seared duck foie gras with pear william compote, pistachio, balsamic and brioche. You must save room for desserts, which include chocolate choux puffs, a chestnut mont blanc log cake and stollen. Priced at $228++ per person, from 11am to 3pm on Jan 1.
Brasserie Le Saveur is at Lobby Level, The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911, tel: 6506 6860. For more information, visit here.
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Often lauded as one of the city’s best Champagne brunches, The Ritz-Carlton’s Colony is the place to be for brunch on Jan 1. Their vintage champagne brunch promises bottomless pours of champagne ($188++ if you opt for Barons de Rothschild Champagne Ritz Reserve, or $388++ if only Bollinger La Grande Année will do), a festive cocktail and a variety of decadent eats. Not your average buffet, this spread includes luxurious fare like a lobster eggs benedict with butter brioche, a baked halibut with herb crumb and orange mayonnaise, half shell scallops with mentaiko remoulade; and a foie gras flambé with kirsch-infused morello cherry and ginger crumble.
All the usual buffet stations, like an ice bar with seafood such as freshly shucked oysters, gourmet cheese and charcuterie, ultra-fresh salads and so much more, are there for you to feast on.
Colony is at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799, tel: 6434-5288. For more information, visit here.
Photo: The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
Over at La Brezza, brunch is a relaxed affair to nurse those NYE hangovers at. Their free-flow Chilli Padi Mary cocktail delivers the desired punch, and will put you in the mood for the delicious food on offer. A three-tiered silver stand brimming with poached boston lobster, freshly shucked oysters and poached prawns are served at your table, while nibbles like arancini, mozzarella fritta, croquette and fritella (Italian fried dough) are passed around. The main event at the barbeque lunch are the grills — expect tiger prawns, calamari, Wagyu striploin and lamb rack all cooked to perfection and right before your eyes.
There is also a carvery station with roast turkey and gammon ham on offer, along with all the necessary trimmings. For dessert, there are traditional sweets from the northern and southern regions of Italy. Available on Jan 1, for $98++ per person, from 12pm to 3pm.
LaBrezza is at Level 2, The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911, tel: 6506 6884. For more information, visit here.
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New Year’s Day should be spent with family, and at Mandarin Oriental Singapore’s Melt Cafe, the little ones are well taken care of to ensure a good time is had by all. A roving magician will have them squealing at their tricks, and a special kids corner called Little Fan Land will be equipped with colouring books, video games and kid-friendly movies. There’s enough to eat for them with Melt’s dizzying array of food, and the desserts are to-die-for. Food and drinks will keep the grown ups entertained, and if the unlimited pours of Ruinart Blanc De Blancs champagne don’t put you in the mood, there is a salad bar, a selection of cold cuts and gourmet cheese.
Live carving stations, Indian food with an actual tandoor for breads and kebabs, and luxe offerings like the pan roasted wagyu prime ribs with roasted root vegetables and red wine jus. Plus, so much more. Priced at $118++ onwards per adult, and $178 to $218++ gets you all-you-can-drink bubbly, wines and beer.
Melt Cafe is at Mandarin Oriental Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039797, tel: 6885 3500.
Photo: Mandarin Oriental Singapore
The Regent Singapore’s Tea Lounge is serving an afternoon tea fit for royalty. It’s a princess themed buffet spread, served against the backdrop of a glittering castle decor. Decadent nibbles include beetroot marinated queen scallop tartar with chilled saffron angel hair and caviar; and kurobuta organic honey glazed gammon ham with marsala wine sauce. Sweet treats include a pumpkin mousse mille feuille and princess breakfast macarons. There will also be a a caviar station with all the condiments, a carvery and a selection of local favourites such as lobster laksa with rice noodles and XO sauce.
Begin by sipping on cups of a custom blend tea for Disney by Tealeaves — the Princess Breakfast tea is a rooibos blend with flavours of Madagascan vanilla bean and ripe strawberries. With tea out of the way, continue to enjoy the feast with unlimited pours of Prosecco ($123) or NV Duval-Leroy Fleur de Champagne ($143). Available for two sittings on Jan 1 at 12pm and 3pm, it’s $83 per adult and $41.50 per child without alcohol.
Tea Lounge is at lobby level, Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715, tel: 6725 3246.
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Pan Pacific’s Edge has for long been one of the city’s favourite all-you-can-eat spots, and it should be no different on New Year’s Day. The brunch is paired with all-you-can-drink servings of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, select red and white wines, cocktails and beers to ensure your spirits are ‘high’ as you navigate the selections that include the roasted treasures duck with chorizo and chestnuts and grilled sweet paprika red snapper fillet alongside the stunning display of seafood on ice.
Desserts are always a top draw at this buffet, and on New Year’s day, expect to feast on the strawberry saint honore and a banana dulcey entremet (a banana-chocolate layered cake). Priced at $188++ per person, available on Jan 1, from noon to 3.30pm.
Edge is at Level 3, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595, tel: 6336 8111.
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The Shangri-La Hotel’s Japanese restaurant, Nami, is an elegant space for a New Year lunch, and the jaw-dropping views from the 24th floor will put anyone in a celebratory mood. If you are not in the mood for excesses and prize quality above all, their ceremonial set lunch ($150++) menu is just what you need. At lunch, dishes from a typical ‘Osechi Ryori’ (Japanese, New Year cuisine) are what you can expect. The seven-course lunch menu includes delicacies like the Japanese Ozoni soup – an umami-laden clear dashi broth served with mochi rice cakes (which is traditionally savoured on the first day of the year).
There is also grilled A5 Miyazaki beef, steamed snapper with turnips, Hokkaido scallops and ginger rice. To pair, select from their menu of premium Japanese sake. A bottle could set you back anything from $90, going up to $500 for 360ml of the prized Bon Chogin from Japan’s Fukui prefecture.
Nami Restaurant and Bar is at Tower Wing, Level 24, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350, tel: 6213 4398.
Photo: Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Contemporary Cantonese restaurant Mitzo presents an ‘enhanced’ New Year’s Day brunch, where classic Cantonese dishes are reinvented in a menu that ensures the year will begin on a delicious note. The New Year enhanced brunch menu features premium fare like a Lobster claw stuffed with shrimp paste and sesame mayonnaise, or if you want a different take to it, a Lobster claw stuffed with shrimp paste, pink ginger & spring onion. If you have not tried them before, use this opportunity to feast on Mitzo’s signature dishes such as the special barbecued pork, the stir-fried wagyu beef, the shrimp and pork dumpling, the braised black pepper vermicelli with roasted pork and the Hokkaido milk cheese tart.
Naturally, brunch is a boozy affair and a top-up of $60++ allows you access to unlimited pours of cocktails such as the Bourbon-based Oriental Julep (among others), champagne, wines and beer. Priced at $78++ (food only) per person, available on Dec 29 and 30, and Jan 1, from 11.30am to 2.30pm.
Mitzo is at Level 4, Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857, tel: 6603 8855 . For more information, visit here.
Photo: Grand Park Orchard
For a New Year’s feast in a slice of paradise, book yourself in for a champagne brunch at The Knolls at Capella Singapore. Enjoy gorgeous ocean vistas and views of the hotel’s cascading pools as you tuck into an enhanced brunch selection that includes fresh seafood, a variety of gourmet meats and handcrafted desserts, and à la minute delicacies from the live gourmet station.
Naturally, champagne will be flowing. Treat yourselves to free flow Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé NV Champagne, wines and beer for $178++ per person. Buffet-only prices begin at $128++ per adult. Don’t leave the kids at home, as they will have colouring kits and jigsaw puzzles handed out to them during lunch.
Plus, a live band will be playing for everyone’s merriment. Available on Jan 1 from 12.30 to 3pm.
The Knolls is at Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297. tel: 6591 5046.
Photo: Capella Singapore