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Singapore’s first adults-only cocktail brunch gets an Asian makeover — and a boozy milkshake cart

We don’t care how old you are, there’s something immensely satisfying about tucking into a milkshake loaded with toppings and laced with booze — unless you’re lactose intolerant, but that’s beside the point. What makes that situation even better is when that boozy milkshake is just one sweet spot amidst a whole host of other indulgent treats that comprise Manhattan’s latest iteration of its famed adults-only Sunday cocktail brunch, the first that launched in Singapore.

In celebration of its five year anniversary and the announcement of its new head bartender, Sophia Kang, Singapore’s best bar has decided to overhaul its signature weekend affair. The gastronomical fete now has an Asian touch and some new elements that give us more of a reason to pop by Manhattan (as if we don’t already have enough).

A DIY Gin & Tonic and Bloody Mary cart

The gin and tonic cart. (Photo credit: Regent Singapore)
The gin and tonic cart. (Photo credit: Regent Singapore)
The Bloody Mary station. (Photo credit: Regent Singapore)
The Bloody Mary station. (Photo credit: Regent Singapore)

Fans of the Manhattan Sunday brunch will be pleased to know that its classic Bloody Mary station will get a new sibling — a gin & tonic cart with a DIY garnish station. Choose from a selection of gins primarily sourced from Asia to go with a splash of tonic, then head over to the whiskey room to choose from a rainbow of garnishes for your G&T that range from dried citrus, housemade honies to bak kwa. We highly recommend the Archipelago gin from the Philippines, which has distinctive notes of pineapple and mango. If you’re going to do daytime drinking, you might as well gird your liver with something refreshing.

More live stations to love

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The Cutting Board. (Photo credit: Regent Singapore)

The signature live stations in the brunch are still in place. You can enjoy freshly carved slabs of wagyu, roasted lamb and the like, but for something sweeter, Manhattan has debuted a live crepes suzette station in its rickhouse. Go there and watch these syrupy triangles flambéed with Grand Marnier before they get stacked, piping hot on your plate. You’ll definitely be back for seconds and thirds.

We’ll let you in on a small secret — head over to the milkshake station to ask for a scoop of vanilla ice cream to top the hot dessert. It’s by request only, but that cold serve really takes the treat to the next level.

Boozy milkshakes

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Boozy milkshakes abound. (Photo credit: Regent Singapore)

Unleash your inner child and make your own boozy milkshake at the DIY station. Choose from either a rum or whiskey base, and load it up with flavourings and toppings of your choice. Sure, it’s caloric, but also glorious since you’re already sinning on Sunday. Don’t forget to chase this down with some morsels from the brunch’s dessert area. The chunky chocolate chip cookies are a must.

The Manhattan Adults-only Sunday Cocktail Brunch is priced at S$158 per person with free-flow cocktails, wines and beers, or S$195 per person with free-flow that includes champagne. It takes place every Sunday from 12 to 3pm. Call +65 6725 3377 or email manhattan@regentsingapore.com.sg to make reservations.

Regent Singapore Level 2, 1 Cuscaden Rd, Singapore 249715
Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.