Before the modern descent of avocado toasts and eggs Benedicts, there was the Sunday roast which, we daresay, is the original brunch food. Compared to a full-fledged steak dinner, Sunday roasts are more informal occasions for the entire family or a group of friends.
This quintessentially British dish is, as its name suggests, best enjoyed over a languid Sunday afternoon. You’ll want to take time savouring a very indulgent plate of roast beef stacked up with all the trimmings (aka heaps of peas, potatoes and Yorkshire puddings with a tureen of rich gravy).
It’s not a particularly common brunch set-up to be found around Singapore. But, if you’ve got a weekend to spare, take some time to explore these restaurants for authentic and creative expressions of Britain’s favourite meal.
This 56-year-old steakhouse is probably the closest you can get to an authentic British roast experience in Singapore. For weekend lunches, the colonial-style restaurant presents their signature slow-roasted US prime beef rib-eye on a trolley. The roast is served tableside, together with golden-brown Yorkshire pudding, silky mashed potatoes and gravy. This is a set-course affair, so diners will have a choice of appetisers, soups and desserts to enjoy alongside their mains. Wine pairings are also available.
Sunday roasts really doesn’t have to be limited to weekend lunches. Lawry’s speciality, roast beef and creamed spinach, is always on the menu. This old-school American restaurant pulls out all the stops when it comes to tableside theatrics. 21-day aged USDA prime rib is roasted on beds of rock salt to keep the meat tender and well-seasoned all over. It is then presented in Lawry’s signature silver carts, to be carved and plated by chefs a la minute. Be sure to get their equally Instagram-worthy Spinning Bowl Salad and a couple of Yorkshire puddings on the side.
This open-air microbrewery makes Sunday roasts a more casual brunch affair with live bands and lots of craft beer. The brunch menu offers an array of meats such as roast chicken, pork belly, rib-eye and grilled lamb fresh off the rotisserie. If you can’t decide what to get — and we get it, it’s difficult — go for the sharing platter with a choice of any, or all, the roasts available.
Butcher Boy offers an Asian fusion twist to this classic combo. The restaurant offers roast beef, lamb rump and Chinese-style roast pork belly for Sunday brunch. There are also Asian-inspired sides to go with your mains, such as Sichuan-spiced Brussel sprouts and mash of miso and carrot. If you’re hungry for more, try the black curry cauliflower or whipped burrata with shiso pesto. Amp up brunch affair with large-format cocktails or free-flow house pours.
The English House offers an elevated take on Sunday roast with a four-course set menu. There’s a wide range of appetisers to start with such as foie gras parfaits and prawn cocktails. For mains, diners can choose roast rib of Black Angus Molly Parkin, roast chicken with pigs in blanket or pork belly with apple sauce. All roasts come with a side of braised red cabbage, swede puree, peas and roast potatoes.