Want to have brunch with bunnies? Peter Cottontail is hopping down the brunchy trail. Reserve now to get the jump on these Easter spreads.
Your dream: an elegant Easter Sunday brunch. Then, head to Edge at Pan Pacific for plenty of bubbly, a gourmet buffet, traditional egg hunt, face painting and, of course, the Easter bunny. Choose from Boston lobster, Fine de Claire oysters and Hay Smoked Whole Baby Lamb, hot cross buns, a chocolate fountain and more. Sunday, March 27, 12 p.m. to 4p.m.; $208 for buffet and free-flow drinks, $89 for kids 6 to 11 years (7 Raffles Blvd, www.panpacific.com)
For Those Who Like Options
Swissotel The Stamford has three ways to experience Easter. Brunch at Equinox Restaurant is a full buffet with options like fresh sashimi and foie gras, while Cafe Swiss’s buffet includes Boston lobster and baked salmon Wellington. Both restaurants have entertainment for the kids: an egg hunt, Easter bunny, magic show and balloon sculpting. Meanwhile, the casual Lobby Court will offer special Easter desserts like hot cross buns and mini duo eggs. Equinox Brunch, March 27, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., $188 for free flow, $89 kids 6–12; Swiss Cafe, March 27, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., $118 for free flow, $35 kids 6–12. (2 Stamford Rd, www.swissotel.com/hotels/singapore-stamford)
For Family Fun
Want an Easter brunch with a side of whimsy? Dress up as Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman, and go to Hotel Fort Canning. Its superhero-themed party features outdoor family games, a piñata fiesta and an Easter egg hunt. Hit the buffet (with a special kids spread) in the new Grand Marquee restaurant. The first 10 families dressed up stand a chance to win prizes! March 27; $88 for adults, add $40 for free flow, $44 for kids 4–12. (11 Canning Walk, http://hfcsingapore.com)
The Best Brunch Place You’ve Never Heard Of
Tucked in lush Bukit Timah, The Dunearn – the only NUSS Guild House open to the public – is worth the trip. First things first: NUSS stands for the National University of Singapore Society, a club for NUS graduates and friends. But unless you’re interested in joining NUSS (and membership does have its privileges – read more: www.nuss.org.sg/benefits.html), you can’t actually hang out in its facilities, including clubhouses in Kent Ridge, Suntec City and Bukit Timah. Scratch that! You can dine at The Dunearn, its sole open-to-the-public restaurant on the first floor of the lovely, historic Bukit Timah Guild House. It’s ideal for brunch, if you’re exploring the nearby Botanic Gardens or checking out vibrant Bukit Timah (see above). The mostly Western menu is constantly changing – this spring, the offerings center around mushrooms. Also enjoy twists on classics like Truffle Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon or French Banana Toast with carmelised bananas, walnuts, Mascarpone cheese and – wait for it – vanilla ice cream. On cooler days or around sunset, The Dunearn’s family-friendly garden terrace is a welcome respite from the hectic city. Looking for an Easter brunch away from the crowds? Reserve here.
You can access this hidden gem by car, MRT or on foot. Find handy directions here: www.pathwaze.org/guides/nussbt-gardens (from the Botanic Gardens) and www.pathwaze.org/guides/nussbt-mainroad (from Bukit Timah Road). (1F Cluny Rd, www.nuss.org.sg/bukit-timah/126/28)
By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder. March 2016