The craze for the weekend brunch is back — bigger and better. What used to be something as ‘atas’ as a bubbly brunch has how been elevated with creative themes and locally inspired dishes. So if you’re thinking just the usual eggs Florentine, artisanal patisseries and the Sunday roast, you’ve yet to discover what KL has to offer just recently.

The emergence of themed brunches has given this typical Sunday affair a more upbeat tempo — diners will not only enjoy delicious made-to-order food but also bask in the camaraderie of music, performances as well as the merriment of being around family and friends. These brunches give you a reason to celebrate the simplest things in life — from birthdays and anniversary to even something as simple as friendship.

Here’s six reasons to get yourself a table and toast to gratitude at these tried and tasted weekend brunches in KL.

1
RETOX Sunday Brunch

What is it?

W Kuala Lumpur’s signature weekend brunch takes place in Flock, the all-day dining restaurant that carries a farm-to-table concept. The atmosphere is upbeat and celebratory with music, performances and special acts with occasional thematics to keep diners entertained. The all-you-can-eat feast is loaded with an abundance of sweet and savoury options — so pace yourself. Executive Chef Richard Miller also brings a rustic touch to the dining experience with comforting flavours from his homeland, Australia with interesting salad mixes, healthy dishes, delicious roasts and his signature Foie Gras Chawanmushi. Come here to fuel up after your workout or simply to stuff yourself silly with fellow foodie friends.

What to eat?

Head straight to the cheese counter to sample locally-made cheeses by Milky Whey, served with locally-grown fig jam by Mutiara Figs — pair that with some flaky spring onion croissants. Order chef’s signature Foie Gras Chawanmushi that’s a comforting starter for your brunch. Skip the Eggs Benedict if you’re a small eater and opt for the lavish cold seafood spread to enjoy freshly shucked oysters, scallops and beautifully brined Alaskan king crabs; served with an assortment of sauces. Head over to the live carving station for some roasted beef and barbecued slipper lobster — get a dollop of wagyu beef rendang to spice things up.

If you’re a sweet-tooth, you’ll enjoy the decadent dessert counter that’s ladened with cakes, tarts and Flock’s signature dim sum chocolates that are shaped like har gaw and siew mai. Hop over to the ice cream pushcart to get some liquid nitrogen sorbet — we love the passion fruit and raspberry ones — for a refreshing ending to your buffet brunch.

When is it?

RETOX happens twice a month and is served from 12.00pm to 3.00pm.

 

RM198+ per person / RM298+ per person (with alcoholic drinks)

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ATAS Sunday Brunch

What is it?

ATAS Modern Malaysian Eatery at The Ruma takes you down memory lane with nostalgic Malaysian flavours and childhood food. Crossing all cultural references, everything from Indian snacks like poori to Hainanese French toast will be served in this semi-buffet style brunch. Executive Chef Tyson Gee pays homage to local produce and crowd-pleasing recipes through his experience working in Malaysia — bringing a new culinary twist to traditional local flavours. This is where you should be bringing visiting friends who want to try modern Malaysian food, brunch-style.

What to eat?

Start with the Puffed Poori that is filled with mildly spiced potato masala, muruku and yoghurt — creating a balance of textures and flavours. Another savoury element is the Sticky Rice, which is an homage to the Malay pulut panggang. Shaped like an ice cream, fluffy steamed glutinous rice is marinated with smoky salted mackerel and grated coconut for extra earthiness. For something more filling, order the Chicken Rice Ball which is an Asian take on an arancini ball; served with complementary condiments of ginger and vinegar chilli sauce.

The mains are made a la minute. Order the Slow Cooked Young Banana Curry that goes perfectly with the Jasmine Rice Salad — a simple version of nasi kerabu. The Corn-fed Chicken comes in two versions — breast is glazed and roasted, served with a chicken liver pate; leg is deep-fried and topped with sambal and daun selom.

When is it?

ATAS Sunday Brunch happens every 2nd Sunday of the month and is served from 12.00pm to 3.00pm.

 

RM160nett per person

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3
Sunday Roast

What is it?

The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur Sunday Roast has been a weekly affair at The Library since its opening in 2013. The weekend brunch is a humble feast that centres around good food and drinks, serenaded with live jazz music. The spread is an amalgamation of European and Asian flavours complemented with a selection of fine champagne, cognac, armagnac, cocktails and more. It is the perfect place for an adult-only feast, paired with clinking classes and lots of laughter — the elegant setting is great to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays.

What to eat?

Start off with champagne and a selection of seafood from poached lobster, oysters, raw sashimi and shrimp. In between the cold and warm starters, order its a la carte offerings ranging from pasta and fish dishes to hearty soup of the week. And of course a Sunday Roast wouldn’t be perfect without the carvery. Sample the leg of lamb (prepared medium rare) and roast beef rib, both served with a luscious shallot gravy. Side dishes of roasted veggies, potato and the quintessential Yorkshire puddings make up for a wholesome meal. For desserts, you’ll be delighted to try some of the most Instagrammable spread of mini cakes, chocolate pops and more.

When is it?

The Sunday Roast at The Library in The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur takes place every Sunday from 12.00pm to 3.00pm.

 

RM198nett per person / RM398nett per person (free flow champagne, wine and beer)

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4
Sunday Bubbly Brunch

What is it?

Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur brings you a classic bubbly brunch with a twist. What’s unique about its brunch at Curate is the introduction of Malaysian flavours as well as an apparent nod to Southern American cuisine thanks to Executive Chef Junious who hails from Virginia in the southern part of the USA. Guests will be able to enjoy rustic Ikan Bakar as well as a more exotic umai (Bornean-style fish ceviche), to the must-have Chicken & Waffles. Best of all, you’ll be able to enjoy a free flow of cocktails crafted specially by Ashish Sharma from award-winning and new entry in Asia’s 50 Best Bars, Bar Trigona.

What to eat?

Dive straight to the mezze table for a nice Mediterranean starter comprising delicious dips (hummus, baba ghanoush and beetroot hummus), flatbreads and appetising salads. While you’re still on appetisers, pick up some local artisanal cheeses served with Tualang honey and preserves. Then move to the Southern American section to grab yourself some Chicken & Waffles as well as the addictive Mac & Cheese. We’d also highly recommend the cold seafood bar where you can enjoy freshly shucked oysters, slipper lobsters and marrons. Finish off with a indulgent spread of dessert ranging from local kueh, cakes, macarons, ice cream, waffles and more — a haven especially for kids. Don’t forget to pace yourself in between specialty cocktails that are crafted only for the weekend brunch.

When is it?

Sunday Bubbly Brunch takes place every Sunday from 12.00pm to 3.00pm.

 

RM210nett per person (half price for kids) / RM348nett per person (free flow cocktails and wine) / RM488 nett per person (free flow champagne)

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5
Entier Sunday Brunch

What is it?

Breakfast in Entier is an intimate affair that’s served in a long platter. For brunch, it is a more elevated experience with truly exquisite offerings like salt crusted Anxin chicken, duck head pate and Maine lobster served with Japanese rice risotto. The farm-to-table concept is also a highlight at Entier, which is headed by Chef Masashi Horiuchi. Its latest brunch menu focuses on caviar and waffle, highlighting a locally produced tropical caviar from Tanjung Malim, Perak.

What to eat?

There are plenty to choose from when it comes to having a weekend brunch at Entier, especially if you’re up to try something ‘new’. Start with the Chicken Feet Soup & Waffle, a great conversation-starting dish comprising chicken broth, liver pate, chicken breast and French waffle; as well as the handmade truffle semolina noodles. For mains, order the crowd-pleasing Flank Beef Tartar & Waffle or the Lobster & Waffle — both are perfect sharing dish. If you’re coming in a big group, the weekend roast section offers something for everyone — Chicken, Lamb Rack, Duck and Cote de Boeuf served with a bevy of complementing side dishes.

When is it?

Weekend Brunch at Entier happens every Saturday and Sunday, served from 12.00pm to 4.00pm.

 

A la carte dishes starts from RM28 to RM390.

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Sunday Jazz Brunch

What is it?

Sunday Jazz Brunch at The Brasserie is a nod to The St Regis’ long-established relationship with jazz culture. Inspired by the vibrant French marches, diners will be able to walk from one section to another, looking for the best the Sunday brunch has to offer. At the same time, you’ll be serenaded by  harmonious tunes. Pick some plump Fine de Claire oysters and the Alaskan king crab legs, or head straight to the a la carte menu for some delicious dishes with a hint of Basque influences thanks to its Executive Chef Pedro Samper.

What to eat?

The menu is diverse. Start with the comforting eggs Benedict and move on to the cold seafood for some freshly shucked oysters, shrimps and crabs. Before anything heavy, have at least one portion of the pan-seared foie gras. There’s also plenty to graze at the cheese table that comes with a cheese curler for its aged parmesan and an assortment of cheeses that are paired beautifully with both sweet and tangy preserves, nuts and fruits. Over at the mains counter, try the Fish Blanquette as well as different types of cured salmon. Finish off with some local fruits including the exotic buah salak, rambutan and langsat.

When is it?

The Sunday Jazz Brunch at The Brasserie takes place every week from 12.00pm to 3.00pm.

 

RM280+ per person / RM455+ per person (free flow alcoholic drinks)

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Martin Teo
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Martin loves traveling the world to see ancient ruins and classical architecture. He enjoys the culinary experience of various cities but (still) refuses to eat anything insect-like. On a daily basis, he finds time hitting the gym to compensate for the amount of food he needs to eat just to write an article.