Last Updated on 26/04/2023 by iEat&Eat Team
As it should be, brunch has become an institution. It’s hard to beat the joy of waking up a bit later on weekends and searching for the ideal brunch location where you can savour both breakfast and lunch dishes. From classic eggs on toast to fluffy ricotta pancakes or even a hearty bowl of pasta, these Singaporean spots are worth checking out to energize your leisurely weekends with a delicious late breakfast and a cup or two of coffee.
1. Café Kitsuné
Website | 13 Stamford Rd, #01-11, Singapore 178905
Maison Kitsuné’s celebrated café is more than just a pretty sight for Instagram with its distinctive fox-shaped sable cookies. The coffeehouse is renowned for its strong brews and brunch-worthy sandwiches and quiches. Indulge in a chicken katsu sandwich ($15) layered with caramelized onion or the sundried tomato quiche ($13). For a truly satisfying experience, we suggest trying the egg sandwich ($13), where the combination of jammy eggs and flavorful egg mayo is a surefire hit. Don’t forget to sip on single-origin coffees from South America, roasted in Café Kitsuné’s roastery in Okayama, Japan. And no meal is complete without Maison Kitsuné’s world-famous dessert – try the Singaporean chilli chocolate tart ($12).
2. Da Paolo Dempsey Restaurant and Bar
Website | #01-13 Dempsey Rd, Blk 8, Singapore 247696 | +65 6261 3128
Indulging in a hearty Italian feast while brunching under a preserved olive tree is an unparalleled experience. During summertime, robust flavours abound, with starters like creamy burrata from Puglia served with fresh tomatoes and fig jam, or spicy Italian shakshouka ($29). Following the Scarpa family’s tradition, fresh handmade pasta is an absolute must. Opt for the irresistible Ravioli di Magro ($27) with sage-infused brown butter, the Gnocchi al Gorgonzola ($29), or the mouth-watering slipper lobster risotto ($37). For cheese lovers, there’s a Naples-style pizza with eight kinds of cheese ($37) that combines savoury, creamy, and slightly funky flavours in perfect harmony. Finish off your boozy afternoon affair with new Italian summer-inspired cocktails such as the refreshing Bridge Of Sighs ($24) made with prosecco and blood orange or simply a classic, stiff Negroni in hand – live the sweet life.
3. Café Natsu
Website | 182 Clemenceau Ave, Singapore 239923 | +65 9827 7860
Located on the ground floor of the Crane Joo Chiat, a breathtaking 1920s Peranakan heritage building, Café Natsu offers a glass panel view of bustling Joo Chiat Road. Lucky diners who secure open-aired windowsill seats can catch a glimpse of the charming pastel-coloured Koon Seng shophouses.
For breakfast, don’t miss out on the eggs Benedict, available as a classic benny ($28) with glazed ham or a Florentine ($30) with spanner crab. Expect Japanese-inspired touches such as wasabi spinach and miso hollandaise. The menu at Café Natsu also features a range of impressive sandos, including egg mayo ($22) and chicken katsu ($29). However, the real star of the show is the wagyu sando ($30), featuring beef short rib sandwiched between soft, crustless bread.
4. Adults-only cocktail brunch
Website | 29 Tanglin Road, The St. Regis Singapore, Lobby Level, Singapore 247912 | +65 6506 6859
Astor Bar’s boozy brunch extravaganza ($155) pays tribute to The St. Regis’ American heritage, and it’s captured our attention with its opulent five-course brunch menu and free-flow signature cocktails. The feast kicks off with a seafood platter on ice, featuring Alaskan king crab legs, freshly-shucked oysters, and shrimp, followed by delectable starters such as crab cakes and tuna tartare, as well as egg speciality dishes. The lineup also includes mains such as a Boston lobster roll or a foie gras beef burger. The cocktails are a highlight of this boozy brunch, showcasing post-prohibition drinks such as the Red Snapper, the original Bloody Mary, or the Tong Wars, a refreshingly spicy blend featuring Chinese plum vodka.
Website | 1 Fullerton Rd, #01-02/03, Singapore 049213 | +65 6708 9288
Although named “Jypsy,” which may evoke carefree and wanderlust vibes, the menu at this restaurant presents a rather sophisticated dining experience. Jypsy is a concept by P.S Cafe, so it’s no wonder that their food is as aesthetically pleasing as it is delicious. The restaurant is famous for its signature dishes such as salmon tacos and a nest of fries, which are beautifully crafted to resemble a Japanese kakiage tempura dish. The menu is a blend of small and large plates, ideal for groups who want to sample a variety of dishes.
Punch captivates your senses even before you taste the food. The mostly white furniture with touches of marble and wood in the interior design makes it an Instagram-worthy spot, and the open courtyard at the back of the house provides a dose of Vitamin D, wooden benches, greenery, and a peek into the kitchen. The café’s braised pork belly bowl ($13) is a standout, with fork-tender meat that can compete with any grandmother’s recipe. The star of the show, however, is the spicy tuna poké ($15): marinated maguro, shredded nori, and avocado cubes sit atop furikake-seasoned sushi rice.
7. Bearded Bella
Website | 8 Craig Rd, Singapore 089668 | +65 9880 0775
Bearded Bella, a café inspired by Melbourne, offers classic brunch dishes such as avocado toast ($17) with quinoa, feta, and pomegranate sprinkled on top, as well as spiced scramble ($18), where silky scrambled eggs are crowned with mushrooms and crispy kale. If you’re seeking a cup of coffee, you’ve come to the right spot. Co-owner Regina Tay, a National Barista Championship Winner, roasts the beans on-site in small batches.
8. Hello Arigato, Joo Chiat
Website | 314 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427565 | +65 8889 5657
At this establishment, the sandwiches are freshly made to order with two thick slices of shokupan (Hokkaido milk bread) and filled with savoury ingredients such as teriyaki-glazed chicken and Australian wagyu striploin. The must-try dish is the classic wagyu sando ($40) – the ultimate cream of the crop with its generous slab of wagyu. As only a limited number of portions are available daily, be sure to head down for brunch or an early lunch if this sandwich has piqued your interest. As a unique item on the Joo Chiat menu, you can also enjoy the HCG sando ($16), which showcases har cheong gai (shrimp paste chicken) marinated for 48 hours.
9. Open Farm Community
Website | 130E Minden Rd, Singapore 248819 | +65 6471 0306
While some restaurants bring fresh herbs and organic produce directly to the table, others create dining areas right in the middle of an edible garden. Open Farm Community is located amidst lush greenery and plots of blooming herbs. Take a seat on the alfresco deck, one of the few outdoor spots where we don’t mind sitting. On weekends, you can enjoy a special brunch menu that includes a unique dish like Red Dot Baked Eggs ($28), featuring charcoal you tiao with bolognese baked eggs, and a soft-shell crab sandwich ($32).
Website | 1 Vista Exchange Green, #01-46 The Star Vista, Singapore 138617 | +65 8043 8398
Taking inspiration from the vibrant café culture in Australia, the owners of Dewgather aimed to bring a similar vibe to Singapore. The spacious 120-seater location at The Star Vista offers classic café dishes with Asian influences. Swordfish linguine ($27) is flavoured with a fragrant herb sauce, while the waffle and chicken dish ($20) is enhanced with kimchi and pickled daikon.