Weekend afternoons are precious pockets of time where you can lie back, relax, and pretend for a moment or two that the Monday is still eons away. Spend your time wisely, and while away an afternoon or two with brunch or high tea (your pick!) at these five great spots.
Have brunch at...
Brotzeit at The Star Vista
Spiegeleier mit Speck, or Bacon and Eggs, is one of the traditional Bavarian brunch favourites served at Brotzeit's new Sunday brunch.
Brunch gets a German twist at Star Vista's Brotzeit, which now serves Sunday brunch featuring traditional Bavarian breakfast favourites like Käseomelette (melted cheese omelette), Bauernomelette (Farmer Omelette) and Rührei mit Lachs (Scrambled eggs with Smoked Salmon). If you're feeling health-conscious, the Fitness Frühstück (Fitness Breakfast), featuring all the goodness of muesli and yoghurt with fresh food, and multigrain bread makes for a substantial meal without the guilt.
Availability: Sundays only, 9am - noon
Brotzeit, The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, The Star Vista, #02-11, +65 6694 3652
Da Paolo BistroBar
One of the highlights on Da Paolo BistroBar's new brunch menu is the Baked Gorgonzola Eggs, which features a spinach and soft centre egg-filled bowl made with overlapping slices of picnic ham.
If German brunch items don't strike your fancy, your familiar favourites are only a 5-minute walk away at Rochester Park. Da Paolo BistroBar's Sunday brunch menu serves essentials such as Eggs Benedict, Meat Lover's Omelette, as well as a generous Breakfast Steak with tender sliced pieces of ribeye on the Simply Breakfast menu, and also offers hearty mains like Wagyu Beef Burger and Crab Tagliatelle for the truly ravenous. With every order of a main or an item from the Simply Breakfast menu entitles you to two hours of free flow champagne (Louis Roederer Premiere Brut Reims) for S$70 or prosecco (Tenuta Setten DOC Treviso) for S$40 and a complimentary coffee, tea or soft drink. Alternatively, take your pick from an array of brunch-friendly fruity cocktails.
Availability: Sundays only, 11am - 3pm
Da Paolo BistroBar, 3 Rochester Park, +65 6774 5537
Have high tea at...
Pan Pacific Orchard
Unwind at Pan Pacific Orchard's Lobby Lounge, which now offers a gourmet high tea set with tapas and desserts.
Pan Pacific Orchard's newly refurbished Lobby Lounge now offers a new gourmet high tea buffet, featuring a spread of tapas and desserts. On the weekends, guests get to tuck into the hotel's signature Plates of Pleasures, as well as Swiss Cottage Melting Raclette and Spanish-Bred Iberian-Cured Ham at the two live stations. From now till 30 March 2013, one adult dines for free with every two paying adults.
Availability: Daily, 2 - 5pm; S$28 for weekdays, and S$38 for weekends
Pan Pacific Orchard, +65 6831 6685, www.panpacific.com/orchard
Brasserie Les Saveurs at St. Regis Singapore
The ultra-luxe St. Regis Afternoon Tea set now comes with local treats, pastries, sushi, and two live station for freshly-made crepes and waffles.
No other afternoon tea in Singapore does refinement quite like St. Regis Singapore's Brasserie Les Saveurs, and the impressive spread now sees new additions to its existing scones and desserts offerings. Local treats like Nonya Kueh, assorted pastries, sushi, gourmet cheeses and cold cuts are now available, and guests can now enjoy fresh crepes and waffles made a la minute, prepared by chefs at the live stations.
Availability: Daily except for Sundays, 3-5pm; S$56 for weekdays, and S$66 for weekends
Brasserie Les Saveurs, St. Regis Singapore, +65 6506 6866, email@example.com
WOOBAR at W Singapore
WOOBAR's high-tea experience Drop The T² features treats served in a decorative bird cage -- just like what you'd expect from a brand like W Singapore.
WOOBAR takes home the prize of enjoying some of the most glamorous views -- the lounge overlooks the marina and its docked yachts -- and it's the perfect location to enjoy its new high-tea experience Drop The T², that comes paired with a selection of Dilmah's teas, including the highly exclusive exotic tea blend Dilmah Seasonal Flush. True to the funky W brand, food comes served in a decorative bird cage, and some desserts are deliberately flavoured the exact opposite of what's expected of them. In other words, don't be too shocked when you find yourself biting into a savoury foie gras "chocolate tart", or a sweet marshmallow-filled "Char Siu Bun".
Availability: Daily, 3 - 5pm; S$58 for two, S$98 for two with half a bottle of champagne
WOOBAR, W Singapore, +65 6808 7258, firstname.lastname@example.org