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The best brunch spots in Singapore

Dig into plates of pancakes, eggs Benny, crispy bacon and other brunch and breakfast favourites at these cafés

Written by
Time Out Singapore editors
,
Fabian Loo
&
Pailin Boonlong
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Brunch is an institution – as it should be. There's nothing better than waking up slightly later on the weekends and hunting down the perfect brunch spot where you can order both breakfast and lunch items. Whether it's regular eggs on toast, ricotta pancakes or a bowl of pasta, hit up these spots in Singapore to fuel your lazy weekend with late breakfast meals and a cup (or two) of coffee.

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Café Natsu is on the ground floor of Crane Joo Chiat, a stunning 1920s Peranakan heritage building. One glass panel overlooks bustling Joo Chiat Road, while those lucky enough to clinch a table at the open-aired windowsill seats will get a glimpse of the pastel-coloured Koon Seng shophouses. 

Try the eggs Benedict here, either as a classic benny ($28) with glazed ham or done as a Florentine ($30) with spanner crab. Obvious Japanese influences come into play with wasabi spinach and miso hollandaise. We’re also huge fans of sandos, and the menu at Café Natsu doesn’t disappoint with options like egg mayo ($22) and chicken katsu ($29). The standout, true to form, is the wagyu sando ($30) – beef short rib sandwiched between soft, crustless bread.

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Despite having the name “Jypsy”, which immediately offers an impression of a carefree, vagabond life, the menu reads fairly sophisticated. It’s a restaurant concept by P.S Cafe so no surprise that their food is equal parts photogenic and tasty. They're known for signature dishes like salmon tacos and a nest of fries, that’s artistically created to look like a Japanese kakiage dish of tempura. But it’s a mixture of small and big plates here, perfect for a larger group to try a little bit of everything. 

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Punch
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  • Raffles Place

Punch appeals to your senses even before the food arrives. Its interiors of mostly white furniture with dashes of marble and wood are built for Instagram, while the open courtyard at the back of house offers a boost of Vitamin D, wooden benches, greenery and a glimpse into the kitchen. The café does a mean braised pork belly bowl ($13), fork-tender enough to rival any grandma’s rendition. The crown jewel, however, is the spicy tuna poké ($15): marinated maguro, shredded nori and cubes of avocado tumble atop furikake-seasoned sushi rice.

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Melbourne-inspired café Bearded Bella serves brunch staples like avocado toast ($17) sprinkled with quinoa, feta and pomegranate as well as spiced scramble ($18), silky scrambled eggs topped with mushrooms and crispy kale. If it’s a cuppa you’re looking for, you’re at the right place. Co-owner Regina Tay is a National Barista Championship Winner and roasts the beans in-house in small batches.

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Tucked away in a quaint corner of Jalan Riang is Babba, a dual-concept casual diner with a Peranakan focus by the same people behind The Brewing Ground. You’ll find that the interiors are kept simple with soft white walls contrasted with turquoise accents, wood earthy tones, and hanging plants to induce a sense of home-like approachability. For brunch, try the rendang burger ($24) or dry laksa pasta ($26) for a satisfying meal with Perankan influences.

 

 

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The sandwiches here are all freshly breaded and prepared, with two thick slices of shokupan (Hokkaido milk bread) and packed with savoury fillings like teriyaki-glazed chicken and Australian wagyu striploin. Order the classic wagyu sando ($40) – the obvious crème de la crème with its generous slab of wagyu. There are only limited portions of this daily, so if this has caught your eye, make sure to head down either for brunch or an early lunch. As a special item on the Joo Chiat menu, you can also order a HCG sando ($16), featuring har cheong gai (shrimp paste chicken) that’s left to marinate for 48 hours.

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While some restaurants bring the farm to the table, with freshly harvested herbs and organic produce, others set up dining spaces directly within an edible garden. Nestled among verdant green and plots of blooming herbs lies Open Farm Community. Grab a seat at the alfresco deck (one of the few places we actually don’t mind sitting outdoors). There's a special weekend brunch menu with the likes of a Red Dot Baked Eggs ($28), a unique dish featuring charcoal you tiao with bolognese baked eggs, and a soft shell crab sammy ($32). 

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Adults-only Cocktail Brunch available every first Saturday of the month 

The monthly boozy brunch affair ($148) by Astor Bar raises a toast to the American heritage of St Regis. First, lay the tummy with an indulgent five-course spread, which starts with a seafood platter on ice, and options of crab cake and tuna tartare. Must-have eggs are worked into specialty dishes to present dishes of tagliatelle with soft-boiled orbs and truffle-scented eggs en cocotte. Then dig into greasy mains of wagyu beef burger, fried chicken, or fish and chips – perfect accompaniments to the free-flowing cocktails inspired by old New York. Work your way through the list of signature tipples: Chilli Padi Mary that packs a fiercer, fiery kick; the spice-forward Tong Wars; the smooth and floral Violet Martini; and more. 

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Inspired by the buzzy Australian café scene, the owners of Dewgather sought to recreate their own buzzy coffee spot back in Singapore. The roomy 120-seater space at The Star Vista serves up classic café grub tinged with Asian influences. Swordfish linguine ($27) comes perfumed with a herb-scented sauce, while waffle and chicken ($20) is finished with kimchi and pickled daikon.

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Brunch With Friends available every Sunday from noon to 3pm

Casa Restaurant is smoking up the usual brunch menu with its weekend-only menu designed to be shared among friends. For $198, work your way through four courses, with a seasonal menu that switches up according to what is available. It might start with snacks, some vegetable-forward dishes, before moving on to large-format meats imbued with charred and flavour. Desserts and free-flow Champagne ensure that the meal ends on a sweet note. 

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  • Italian
  • Raffles Place

The charming waterfront diner, located along Robertson Quay, has a menu dedicated to Italy’s greatest hits. Brunch, naturally, gets an Italian spin, too. Early risers on weekends can sample hearty brunch plates from the La Mattina menu, with options of smashed avocado toast ($18), açai superfood bowl ($16), and more. Come Fridays and weekends, the brunch menu expands to include hearty plates of pasta and wood-fired pizza, complete with wine and cocktails to while the day away. 

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Fancy some magic to go with your coffee? Over at C Cafe, co-founders Ashley Cho and Nicholas Wong might walk up to diners and dazzle them with mind-boggling card tricks. It's a space where magic tricks and hearty grub can co-exist – two of Ashley’s passion. Sip on brews of flat whites ($6.50), or honey lattes ($7) – all made using a Brazil-Ethiopia blend from homegrown roaster Compound Coffee Co. Then, chow down on waffles with fried chicken thigh ($18); or the Breakfast of Champions ($24) with trimmings of pork sausage, bacon, poached eggs, grilled tomatoes, and more.

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Weekend brunch available every Saturday and Sunday, 11.30am to 2.30pm

This sexy steakhouse at Raffles Singapore is more than just a nighttime date spot. Come weekends, the swanky restaurant feels airy and bright, thanks to the sunlight streaming through the windows. Chow down smoked salmon eggs Benedict ($25) and salted caramel French toast ($19). Of course, it isn’t a trip to a steakhouse without some prime cuts; Butcher’s Block offers Australian tenderloin wagyu ($68/100g), and the chef’s prime wagyu selection ($480) for sheer indulgence.

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Don’t let the plain-looking interior fool you, the menu at Daizu Cafe is is filled with colour and excitement. It fuses Japan flavours and Western cooking techniques, resulting in unique brunch plates of lemon miso eggs Benedict ($24), garlic butter sakura ebi pasta ($16), truffle mentaiko bruschetta ($14), and more. Choose to grab a seat at its alfresco deck, or climb up to the cosy second storey space – both offering prime picture-taking spots for that quintessential #flatlay shot.

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Yes, there is more to Park Bench Deli than its sloppy sandwiches. Following a revamp of the space, and menu, the menu now sees the addition of breakfast plates: lemon ricotta hotcakes ($20) have a cloud-like texture, and the aptly named breakfast sandwich ($15) comes with spam and omelette between fluffy sliced white bread.

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Weekend Seafood Shack is available every Saturday and Sunday, noon to 3pm

Switch up your Sunday roast with fresh catch from the sea at Catfish. The curated Sunday Seafood Shack menu features a spicy fish taco ($12), blanched with pickled red cabbage. Fish burger ($22) sees a buttermilk-fried leatherjacket sandwiched betters brioche buns, or stick with the classic fish and chips ($36) served with edamame and jalepeno tartar. 

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Perhaps a signal of flagging café food standards of late, this hot Neil Road joint appoints itself a 'gastro-café' to highlight its flavour-forward leanings. And The Populus definitely lives up to its tag. The rice and grain bowls ($18-$24) – they’re topped with all manner of vegetables and meats like pulled pork, teriyaki salmon and truffle-scented seared wagyu – are Instagram favourites that taste as hearty as they photograph. As is the server-recommended seafood linguine ($22), with al dente spools of bisque-coated pasta next to nubs of crabmeat and scallops. 

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Keong Saik Road may be synonymous with alcohol, but it’s sure able to cook up a fine cup of coffee. At Kafe Utu, you’ll be transported to Africa the moment you step foot into the coffeehouse due to its wood and leather furnishing, as well as African-inspired paintings and portraits. The specialty house blend is called “Ubuntu” – a combination of coffee beans from Uganda, Mexico, and Brazil – whereby you could have it black ($4.50) or with some Hokkaido milk ($6). What’s a coffeehouse without any food? The ones here are really to impress. Try the Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($18), which is accompanied by homemade sauces of Congo Bongo, Fresh Mango Chilli Marmalade and House Chilli. 

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Located right smack in the middle of Serangoon and Kovan MRT stations, Amber Ember may be the first to bring this slice of Australian gastronomy to our sunny shores. Splashed out in shades of dusty pink and warm neutrals, the Instagrammable café offers four jaffle options ($11-$13) with its signature purple sweet potato mash. What the heck is a jaffle you ask? According to the Australians it's named after the jaffle iron invented in 1949 and is basically a toasted sandwich. 

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From the custom DIY furniture to the charmingly inexperienced pair of owners as they fumble to put together your order, Brawn & Brains’ unpretentiousness – closeted away in a hard-to-spot nook at Geylang’s old badminton hall – oozes an infectious quality. Cramped yet cozy, enjoy good, lovingly-brewed coffee (an organic, single-origin from Brazil, $3.50-$4) and a homey and fragrant grapefruit yoghurt pound cake ($3.50/slice), alongside reliable brunch plates. 

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At The Lokal, most dishes sport familiar-to-locals ingredients, but with restaurant-level finesse and more forgiving prices. The blackboards detailing the day's specials are always worth considering before you pick from the menu. For a light lunch, go for options like the toasted banana bread ($15) with housemade yoghurt, or the avocado and ricotta toast ($20). 

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If you manage to nab seats in this perpetually packed café, order the eggs Benedict ($20) for wobbly poached eggs with molten centres that ooze when broken into, charred bacon streaked only on the fatty edges, and soft brioche buns that bring together the whole affair. For a meatier dish, get your hands dirty with the 40 Hands Cubanos ($20). Fall-apart mojo pork, honey-smoked ham, melted cheese and piquant jalapeños are tucked into baguette halves. Of course, don't leave without trying one of its famed tau sar pau ($2.50) or red bean bun. 

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  • Raffles Place

Lush greens, elegant furnishings and magnificent views of Marina Bay greet you as you step into this magical new CBD escape that is PS.Cafe One Fullerton. It has something for everyone, be it coffee and cake, business lunches, relaxing dinners, or post-work cocktails. Unwind in the bright and airy indoor area, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows. Cosy up at the intimate bar lounge or head to the open-air terrace for some cool bay breeze.

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  • Rochor

Pop art posters, pre-loved trinkets, an indie music soundtrack, metal fixtures, and lots and lots of wood hang around this hipster space, bordered on one end by a built-as-vintage brick wall. Snack on special sides of zucchini fritters ($15) and lobster salad nachos ($16), best paired with plates of lamb shakshouka ($25), mushroom and bacon toastie, and other non-derivative brunch creations.  

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  • Bedok

Yes, it’s all about the beans at Dutch Colony Coffee Co. But you’ll want to balance out the caffeine with this quaint Siglap café’s breakfast and brunch menu. There are hearty platters with scrambled eggs, sausages and turkey bacon ($19), and a salted egg prawn pasta ($18). If the breakfast is enough to get you out of bed nice and early, the coffee will do an even better job. Dutch Colony expertly pours its brews (from $6) – you can choose either manual pour-over or by machine.

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