Brunch radar: Vintage champagne buffet at Colony
Cream of the crop
High-tea at the Ritz-Carlton is as much an institution as their legendary bi-annual SuperBrunch, arguably the most decadent and extravagant buffet on the dining scene. But Colony, their newly opened restaurant, is fast becoming the talk of the town.
Taking over the space where Greenhouse used to be, the elegant restaurant features an eclectic mix of furniture set against hundreds of old maps and postcards that hark to the glory days of British colonial rule, one that saw bustling trade routes in the East Indies heaving with all manner of spices and precious goods.
Come Sundays, the restaurant plays host to a vintage champagne brunch featuring a complimentary flow of Moët & Chandon's 2006 Grand Vintage Blanc and 2004 Vintage Rosé. Before you start with the bubbly, line your stomach with an array of food offerings from eight different conservatory kitchens spread across the restaurant.
As with other hotel buffets, the spread is a veritable smorgasbord spanning multiple cuisines from East and West. However, it's the little details that make all the difference. Tsarkaya oysters, so named after the Russian Tsars who simply couldn't get enough of it, headline the international oyster spread, while the roasted suckling pig is of Iberico ilk, no less. There is also a spread of 30 cheeses, paired with honey dripping from a block of honeycomb, that makes for the perfect pre-dessert interlude. Closer to home, the humble Singapore-style laksa is topped with large, chewy lobster balls. For dessert, you can't go wrong with crêpe suzette prepared à la minute, of course.
If you've knocked back one too many glasses of champagne, head to the juice station and repent with your own customised mix of fruit and vegetables. Just don't be that guy who called for logan juice (#TrueStory).
Available from 12.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. on Sundays. Colony. Level 3, Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. 7 Raffles Avenue. Tel: 6434 5288