5 decadent buffet brunches in Singapore and what to wear to them

Updated on September 1 2016

Singaporeans have elevated brunch to an art form, making it the best way to spend a leisurely weekend afternoon. If you’re going to be modest and go for a nice, à la carte brunch, kudos to you, but nothing really beats a good, decadent buffet where you can sample everything from Western to Asian fare (not to mention some much needed bubbles).

But what we often find perplexing is the abundant bodycon dresses and sky-high heels we see at many brunches. After all, if the focus is on the food (fresh seafood, fresh pasta and that dessert spread await) you don’t want to be fighting your own clothing for space to eat and breathe.

To give you a little brunch and beauty inspiration, we’ve put together five brunch-ready, super-stylish outfits to wear to your next weekend meal (we’ve also got a few suggestions for those here too). From a quirky ruffled tops to a roomy baby doll frock and comfy sneakers, these outfits will let you enjoy your meal while still standing out in the crowd — for all the right reasons.


The Knolls

Unwind and recharge over Sunday brunch at Capella Singapore’s The Knolls restaurant, a stylish space dressed in wood and overlooking verdant greenery. The brunch features scrumptious Mediterranean food, tapas, seafood and special highlights such as seafood bouillabaisse and truffle risotto. There is also a wide range of desserts including green tea chocolate cake and lime and coconut crème brûlée.

If you’re in the mood for a drink or two, opt for the restaurant’s Vintage option, which comes with a free flow of Vintage Taittinger Champagne, French boutique wines, beers and cocktails.

The Knolls, Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297, +65 6591 5046, www.capellahotels.com/singapore


Glam girl

If you’re planning to hit the champagne at brunch (as you should), turn up in a dramatic floor-length dress, with a fancy purse and some statement heels so that everyone remembers your outfit instead of your antics. Remember to top off the look with some reflective sunglasses so that you’re not easily recognised.

Get the look: Elie Saab embroidered cotton tulle gown ($6,073), Linda Farrow gold toned mirror aviators ($1,084), Dolce & Gabbana crystal embellished printed patent leather clutch ($5,025), Gucci embellished metallic leather sandals ($1,579)



Feast like a king (or queen) at Lime restaurant’s Super Lunch Sunday, which offers a mouthwatering spread of local and international delights spanning seafood, sushi, laksa and Indian food. Meat lovers are also in for a treat, with protein-packed dishes such as roasted wagyu topside and leg of lamb from the Grand Carvery station.

For some added indulgence, complete your meal with unlimited servings of house pour wines, beer or a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck champagne — all available with a top up fee. The restaurant also sends out a Sangria trolley at 1pm, so you can pamper yourself silly with tipple.

Lime, Parkroyal on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289, +65 6809 8899, www.parkroyalhotels.com


Babe at the buffet

Brunch station queues got you down? Slick your hair back in a ponytail and race tot he front of the line in a roomy-yet-stylish baby doll dress (the high waistline also hides the overeating so feel free to indulge) and comfortable sneakers. Go for a cross body bag and sling it across for easier movement when you’re on the go.

Get the look: Caroline Constas off-shoulder gingham baby doll dress ($509), Jennifer Behr gold bee hair tie ($130) and Medusa gold hair tie ($217), Givenchy mini Pandora in bright pink ($1,439), Valentino embroidered butterfly sneakers ($965)


Town Restaurant

Round off a hectic week with a sumptuous meal at this riverside restaurant’s Sunday Champagne Brunch, an extravagant buffet of succulent roasts, fresh seafood and Western, Asian and Japanese cuisine. Classic brunch staples such as Eggs Benedict, pancakes, sausages and bacon are also available — perfect for late risers who haven’t had breakfast.

Other tantalising highlights include braised beef short rib, roasted duck and seared foie gras with apple compote (which is prepared à la minute), along with decadent desserts such as strawberry shortcake, apricot tart and ice cream. The brunch comes with a free flow of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Town Restaurant, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178, +65 6877 8911 / 8912, www.fullertonhotels.com


Camouflage queen

Hide the fact that you’re planning to indulge for the afternoon with a huge statement bag that not only distracts from your main aim, but also hides any bulge you might pick up along the way. Match it with a backless jumpsuit and bright coloured earrings to grab attention for your fashion (and not any flab).

Get the look: Zimmermann sakura embroidered cotton and linen jumpsuit ($587), Oscar de la Renta floral motif resin earrings ($477), Anya Hindmarch assorted stickers leather tote ($2,817), Miu Miu suede and satin platform sandals ($840)


Ash & Elm

Following months of refurbishment, this chic restaurant now sports a sexy wood-clad facade and inviting earth-toned interiors. It has also rolled out a new Sunday brunch menu spanning charcuterie, cheese, seafood, meats and caviar, not to mention a Bloody Mary bar.

Highlights include brunch staples such as Eggs Benedict and Eggs Cocotte, and hearty dishes such as chargrilled Iberico pork loin, confit duck leg and Boston lobster risotto — all prepared à la minute and served piping hot. Bring your appetite, and remember to wear something comfortable so you can enjoy yourself with abandon.

Ash & Elm, Level 1, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966, +65 6825 1008, www.ihg.com/intercontinental


Sixties chick

If you’re worried about being overexposed while you’re enjoying the buffet, opt for an extremely flamboyant, ruffled top that draws the attention away from your abdomen area. Also, have a little fun with your outfit by giving it a sixties/seventies vibe, pairing that ruffled top with high-waisted flare jeans, velvet platforms, a (fashionable) fanny pack and some dainty necklaces.

Get the look: Vika Gazinskaya cotton satin ruffled top ($1,706), Victoria Victoria Beckham high-waisted patchwork wide leg trousers ($489), Stephen Webster + Tracey Emin 18-karat gold “Love” necklace ($2,281), Tiffany & Co 18-karat rose gold diamond “Smile” necklace ($2,123), Gucci suede and canvas Dionysus belt bag ($1,508), Saint Laurent velvet platform sandals ($1,034)


The Kitchen Table

This breezy restaurant at W Singapore — Sentosa Cove has introduced Sunday Remix 2.0, a refreshed brunch menu. Expect delectable dishes such as chilli crab, grilled meats, seafood and sashimi, as well as nutritious offerings such as salads and fresh juices, all guaranteed to satisfy and get you ready to tackle the week ahead.

To make your brunch extra memorable, the restaurant offers various top-up options. Get the Bubbly Remix, which includes a free flow of champagne, house wines, cocktails and complementary access to the hotel’s luxuriant swimming pool.

The Kitchen Table, W Singapore — Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 09837, +65 6808 7268, www.wsingaporesentosacove.com


Peplum princess

Why shouldn’t you wear a wide brimmed straw hat to lunch? Get that beachy vibe paired with a peplum dress (with a ruffle that’s also great at hiding any expanding waistlines), as well as a pair of gorgeous and classy satin mules. Complete the look with an unexpected grey velvet quilted cross body bag.

Get the look: Delpozo printed peplum cotton dress ($1,815) Bottega Veneta watersnake-trimmed quilted velvet shoulder bag ($1,773), Eugenia Kim wide brim grosgrain-trimmed hat ($470), No. 21 knotted satin mules ($574)