“The Art of Sundays” Champagne Brunch at InterContinental Singapore

The Art of Sundays Champagne Brunch at InterContinental Singapore‘s Lobby Lounge is served every Sunday from 11.30 am to 3 pm, great for those who are looking to end their weekend on a high note.

VC Champagne being poured at Intercontinental Singapore during "The Art of Sundays" Champagne Brunch
Free flow of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne
(served for a limited period in Magnum bottles)

This is a long overdue review as I was invited for a tasting just before my week-long Christmas holiday in Hong Kong, hence there’s a cute Gingerbread House with Santa in many of my pictures.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne & Orange juice-based cocktail. InterContinental Singapore. Sunday Champagne Brunch

For $158++ per person, guests are offered unlimited Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne in addition to bespoke cocktails by a dedicated mixologist, Pink Elephant Sparkling Rose, wine, soft drinks and Irish Coffee.

A berrylicious cocktail at InterContinental Singapore's Sunday Champagne Brunch
A berrylicious alcoholic cocktail

The non-alcoholic option, priced at $128++, comes with free flow of soft drinks and juices.

Soothing jazz music to relax to while sipping Champagne. InterContinental Singapore. Sunday Champagne Brunch

The price for children aged three to 12 years is $58++ per child. Hopefully, they’ll be so enthralled by the soothing tunes of the piano and the syrupy vocals of the singer to let you eat in peace.

Chilled Seafood on the line at The Art of Sundays Champagne Brunch at InterContinental Singapore
Chilled Seafood: Alaskan King Crab, Mussels & Marrons

Champagne Brunch is one of my favourite weekend indulgences (albeit sparingly) because of the alluring spread of food and the price tag. As many Singaporeans love to eat seafood, the variety offered in the chilled seafood section is often of great importance to local diners. The Art of Sundays Champagne Brunch offered Alaskan King Crab, Mussels, Marrons, Boston Lobster, Tiger Prawns and Scallops spread out on two chilled seafood counters.

Oysters at the Champagne Brunch at InterContinental Singapore
Oysters

My favourite part of the chilled seafood spread is the oyster counter. Like most of the items on the line, the selection changes with the season. During our visit, there were oysters from the US, Canada and France (Fine de Claire).

Pot Steamed Mussels Station - Champagne Brunch at InterContinental Singapore
Pot Steamed Mussels
(the shy chef ran away when I was taking a photo)
 

If you prefer your shellfish to be cooked, there’s a “Pot Steamed” Mussels station.

Pot Steamed Mussels at InterContinental Singapore's Champagne Brunch
“Pot Steamed” Mussels in Sauce à la Mirepoix
 

I love Moules Mariniere (traditional French dish of Mussels steamed in White Wine) so I enjoyed the “Pot Steamed” Mussels in Sauce à la Mirepoix (a buttery and wine-infused stock) very much. With just a little more wine, this would be a Must-Try in my book! 

Assorted Sushi - Champagne Brunch at InterContinental Singapore
Assorted Sushi
 

The Japanese counters are amongst my favourite areas on a buffet line because the dishes offered tend to be lighter and seemingly healthier.

Sashimi Counter - Champagne Brunch at InterContinental Singapore
Sashimi Counter

I gave Sushi a miss and made a beeline for the Sashimi counter for a low-carb start to the meal.

Cha Soba, Somen & Zaru Soba - Champagne Brunch at InterContinental Singapore
Cha Soba, Somen & Zaru Soba (clockwise from top)
 

I love carbs, especially when they come in the form of noodles so I couldn’t resist the three types of noodles that were laid out before me. However, I mixed all three varieties into a bowl as form of portion control.

Some of the appetizers - Champagne Brunch - Intercontinental Singapore
Some of the appetizers

There was a pretty wide variety of appetizers but as I’d been eating a lot during that period, I tried very hard (and failed pretty badly) to restrain myself at this buffet.

Marinated Olives, Vegetables & Salad. Champagne Brunch. InterContinental Singapore
Marinated Olives, Vegetables & Salad

There were temptations at just about every corner. I could never resist marinated olives, artichoke hearts, grilled aubergines and feta-stuffed tomatoes.

Olives at InterContinental Singapore's Champagne Brunch
Olive Section

A tiny piece of Heaven on Earth for olive lovers. I loved the Anchovy-stuffed Olive, Green Manzanilla, Kalamata, Pistou, Sicilian Nocellara and Vinci Olives for their rich flavours and firm textures. This section is a Must-Try for olive lovers.

Salad Station. Champagne Brunch. InterContinental Singapore
Salad Station

Toss your own salad at this Salad Station, which was located next to the marinated vegetables and olives station.

More salads & Duck Rillette. Champagne Brunch. InterContinental Singapore
More salads & Duck Rillette

The next table held heartier salads, which included a prawn salad, Salade Niçoise with blocks of Salmon and a loaf-like mound of Duck Rillette.

Cured meats, cheese & soup counter. Champagne Brunch. InterContinental Singapore.
Soup, Cured Meats & Cheese Counter

This has to be my favourite section of the buffet as I love cured meats, cheese and soup. They were serving Wild Forest Mushroom Soup and Chicken Consomme that day, which weren’t particularly outstanding.

My Favourite Cured Meats at InterContinental Singapore's Sunday Champagne Brunch
My favourite cured meats from the line
Clockwise from top left: Jamon Serrano, Coppa Ham, Smoked Pork Flat Pancetta & Rosett

These were my favourite cured meats from the buffet line. I generally prefer richer tasting cured meats with more fats because the fat adds moisture to the meat and makes the thin slices seem to melt on your tongue when eating them.

My meaty platter at InterContinental Singapore's The Art of Sundays Champagne Brunch

This is my platter of Cured Meat, Smoked Duck and Roasted Pork Belly with Caramelized Apple. The Roasted Pork Belly was fairly moist with a crisp crackling but I wished the apple was more caramelized for a smoky flavour.

InterContinental Singapore's Peranakan-Inspired Canapes during The Art of Sundays Champagne Brunch
Peranakan-Inspired Tapas
Beef Cheek Rendang on Rice Cracker, Homemade Seafood Otah Otah,
Chicken & Beef Satay and Braised Itek Sio in Mantou
 

In keeping with InterContinental Singapore’s Peranakan heritage, Peranakan-Inspired Tapas is served at this Champagne Brunch. I loved the tender and flavourful Beef Cheek Rendang on Rice Cracker. The succulent Braised Itek Sio (Nonya Braised Duck with Tamarind & Coriander) served in a Fried Mantou (Chinese Bun) was excellent too. These two items are a Must-Try!

Chef checking on the hot food. Sunday Champagne Brunch at InterContinental Singapore

The cured meats, bread, soup and cheese counter ran parallel to the hot food section. I usually give the hot food section in the buffet line a miss in favour of the live stations.

Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon. Sunday Champagne Brunch. InterContinental Singapore
Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon “Live” Station

I prefer dishes from “live” stations because they are prepared a la minute. I especially love it if there’s one serving dishes such as Eggs Benedict on Toasted English Muffins!

Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon & Caviar - The Art of Sundays Champagne Brunch at InterContinental Singapore
Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon & topped with Caviar
served on a Toasted English Muffin
 

The Eggs Benedict served at The Art of Sundays Champagne Brunch are given a touch of luxe with a generous dollop of caviar on top.

Runny egg yolk oozing out. Eggs Benedict. Sunday Champagne Brunch at InterContinental Singapore

Not one for a messy plate, I usually prefer to cut a corner of the poached egg so that the yolk flows out more slowly onto the fluffy toasted English Muffin that lay beneath. This was lusciously savoury with a creamy touch. Definitely a Must-Try!

Pan-Fried Foie Gras & Beef Carving Station. Sunday Champagne Brunch, InterContinental Singapore
Pan-Fried Foie Gras & Beef Carving Station
 
 

The Pan-Fried Foie Gras and Beef Carving Station was located next to the Eggs Benedict Station.

Pan-Fried Foie Gras with Toasted Brioche & Caramelized Onions. Sunday Champagne Brunch. InterContinental Singapore
Pan-Fried Foie Gras with Toasted Brioche & Caramelized Onions

 

How could we resist Pan-Fried Foie Gras? The Pan-fried Foie Gras had a lovely crisp browned surface that imparted a smoky flavour and broke open to reveal a rich and creamy core. Served with sweet and smoky Caramelized Onions on toasted buttery Brioche, this is also a Must-Try!

Australian Beef Striploin. Champagne Brunch at InterContinental Singapore
Australian Beef Striploin
served with gravy, Bearnaise Sauce & 5 types of mustard

 

I’m usually not a fan of beef from the carving station as they tend to be on the dry side. The Beef Striploin was a little dry but that was helped by the gravy and gourmet mustards. I’m more of a Ribeye person than a Striploin person because I like my beef to have a little more fat and flavour.

Chef adding some White Truffle Oil to the pasta. Sunday Champagne Brunch. InterContinental Singapore
Chef adding some White Truffle Oil to the pan at the Pasta Station

Pasta is one of my favourite comfort food so we had to try the 2 types of pasta that were served.

Lobster Cheese Ravioli. Sunday Champagne Brunch. InterContinental Singapore
Lobster Cheese Ravioli

 

I’m generally not a fan of tomato-based sauces so I wasn’t too hot on this pasta dish. Perhaps we should have ordered the cream-based, truffle oil infused pasta that the Chef was prepping when we stopped by.

Chilli Crab Linguine. Sunday Champagne Brunch. InterContinental Singapore
Chilli Crab Linguine

The Chilli Crab Linguine is a specialty here. Although I’m Singaporean, I’ve never been a fan of Chilli Crab (an unofficial “national dish”) because I hate the taste of tomato ketchup in my food. It was for the very same reason that I voted against Jumbo and for Gordon Ramsay‘s version of Chilli Crab (no ketchup, yay!). This might appeal to Chilli Crab fans as the flavour comes pretty close to the real deal, only this time there’s pasta instead of Mantou.

Cheese Selection at InterContinental Singapore's Sunday Champagne Brunch
Cheese Section

The Cheese section is one of my favourite parts of the buffet line too. I absolutely love cheese especially the soft ones.

SFF's Cheese Platter at The Art of Sundays Champagne Brunch. InterContinental Singapore
Clockwise from top: Camembert, Morbier, Saint Nectaire
& Bleu d’Auvergne 

I was getting pretty full so I picked a few favourites. I was first introduced to Morbier many years ago as a student on a language immersion programme in the Franche-Comte region of France.  A semi-soft cheese with a layer of ash in the middle, Morbier is mildly flavoured so I started with it before moving onto the fattier and softer cheese. The Saint Nectaire had a slightly nutty and fruity flavour which I thought tasted pretty good with cranberries. I generally prefer to eat cheese on their own but sometimes dried fruits, nuts and celery sticks are in order. I love softer cheese such as Camembert and Bleu d’Auvergne because they have a creamy texture and fuller flavour.

Part of the dessert spread at InterContinental Singapore's Sunday Champagne Brunch

This is just part of the dessert spread on the buffet line.

Chocolate Fountain & more desserts. Sunday Champagne Brunch at InterContinental Singapore

Complete with a Chocolate Fountain and an assortment of goodies on sticks waiting to be dipped into hot chocolate, this should be fairly popular with kids.

Straits Peranakan Nyonya Kueh. Sunday Champagne Brunch. InterContinental Singapore
Straits Peranakan Nonya Kueh

If you’re into traditional Nonya Kueh, there’s a small selection available on the buffet line. If you look closely enough, you’ll see a traditional Peranakan-style Tingkat (Tiffin Carrier) behind the kuehs.

Floating Island on Sarawak Pineapple & Ginger Coulis. InterContinental Singapore Champagne Brunch.
Floating Island on Sarawak Pineapple & Ginger Coulis
 

These bowls caught my eye because from far, they reminded me of Chinese Longevity Buns. The traditional French dessert, îles flottantes, has been given a tropical interpretation with the use of sweet and spicy Sarawak Pineapple and Ginger Coulis.

Deulcey Blonde Chocolate Tart & Chocolate Pavé. Sunday Champagne Brunch. InterContinental Singapore
Deulcey Blonde Chocolate Tart & Chocolate Pavé
 

In addition to a variety of cakes and cookies, these items should please those who really have a sweet tooth.

Exotic Panacotta Basil & Mint, Premium White Wine Jelly and Chocolate & Cognac. InterContinental Singapore. Sunday Champagne Brunch
Exotic Panacotta Basil & Mint. Premium White Wine Jelly
Chocolate & Cognac
 

These were my favourite items from the dessert line as I do not have much of a sweet tooth and love chocolate. I loved the light Exotic Panacotta Basil & Mint,  the fruitiness of the Premium White Wine Jelly and rich creaminess of the Chocolate & Cognac.

Fresh Fruits. Sunday Brunch. InterContinental Singapore
Fresh Fruits

If desserts aren’t your cup of tea, there’s a selection of fresh fruits for the health conscious.

The Art of Sundays Champagne Brunch also offers tableside preparation of Crêpes Suzette, one of my favourite desserts!

Crepe Suzette at InterContinental Singapore's The Art of Sundays Champagne Brunch
Crêpes Suzette

The soft, thin crepes in a buttery, orange juice, Brandy and Grand Marnier sauce were divine. Topped with blueberries, chopped strawberries and vanilla ice cream (that melted really quickly), this was my favourite dessert for the afternoon. Definitely a Must-Try!

Diners who have opted for the alcoholic version will be offered Irish Coffee, prepared tableside.

Baileys Irish Cream Coffee. InterContinental Singapore. Sunday Champagne Brunch
Baileys Irish Cream Coffee

Whilst I loved the alcoholic notes and the creamy notes in this drink, I thought that the coffee base was made from beans that were roasted a little too dark for my taste and was thus a little bitter. Even the sugar that was added in the preparation didn’t do much to mitigate the bitterness of the coffee. You might like to ask for more sugar at the side so you can add more if required.

Lobby Lounge
InterContinental Singapore,
80 Middle Road, 
Singapore 188966.
Telephone: +65 6825-1008
Reserve Online: https://www.facebook.com/ICSingapore
 
‘The Art of Sundays’ Champagne Brunch is served from 11.30 am to 3 pm every Sunday.
 
PS: Thank you, InterContinental Singapore, for the kind hospitality and for lovely Gingerbread House with my name on it! 
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2 Responses to ““The Art of Sundays” Champagne Brunch at InterContinental Singapore”

  1. Looks pretty darn good. I’m staring at the pan-fried foie gras man!

    • Oh yes, it’s pretty darn good! I loved the cured meats, sashimi, olives, marinated veggies, cheese, Pan-fried Foie Gras, Eggs Benedict, Chocolate & Cognac and Crêpes Suzette! Developed massive cravings while writing this post. :P

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