If not for wobbly eggs and the smell of freshly baked bread, you'd find us curled up like hermits at home all weekend. We highlight the newest brunch menus worth rising early for.
Our favourite spot for lugging oysters gets an eggy boost with the launch of brand new brunch items served bright and sunny on Sunday afternoons. The fried egg with a goopy orzo risotto with nubs of octopus and Tete de Moine cheese ($14/$24) is a warming hangover cure, and creamy Devilled Eggs ($6) topped with explosive ikura a very welcome deviation from the egg Benedicts you'll find elsewhere.
And because seafood is Humpback's strong suit, don't hesitate to fork out $39 for the lush and chunky lobster roll, or order a few rounds of direct-from-Washington oysters ($3). Hair-of-the-dog options are aplenty, too, but you'll want to get ticking on the DIY Bloody Mary, which puts add-ins like wasabi, miso powder, dashi, bacon, and even capers at your disposal.
On weekends, Three Buns' meat-and-bun combos morph into more breakfast-friendly options. Wubenz is a spicy stack of rye bread, smoked cheese, Sriracha-spiked Russian dressing and 96-hour-cooked salt beef ($18), and if you're a chip butty aficionado, push the side of tater tots into the brioche buns propped up by Dingley Dell Cumberland sausages ($19).
Local gets a nod with coconut rice pancakes topped with ba kwa and maple syrup ($12), while gula Melaka is drizzled on a tumble of quinoa, chia, buckwheat grains, flax seeds and berries. The Folks' notably potent cocktails also get the day-drinking treatment: Ketel One goes into its Bloody Mary ($22), and the Mary A Go Go ($22) is a wake-me-up potion of Cimarron Blanco tequila, citrus, chilli syrup and ikan bilis. Just what the hangover ordered.
The city's newest all-you-can-eat buffet brunch ($128) on a Sunday is a nett price deal, so your mood won't come crashing down when signing for the bill in a boozy haze. J65 at Hotel Jen puts on a Sunday spread of oysters on ice, tuna sashimi cleaved out of a whole fish, five types of smoked salmon and Sunday roasts. And all of this is served to tunes by a DJ to make full use of the happy high that free flow champagne, wine, beer and cocktails will impart onto you.
This café and wine retailer plucks breakfasts from all over the world for the launch of its brunch menu. Grilled haloumi is draped over smashed avocado, a house-made dukkah and spritzes of lime ($18) in an ode to Cyprus, while the South American version of the morning meal comes in the form of pulled pork on a tortilla, flavoured with a peanut slaw and avocado ($18).
And because of Merchant's proudly Aussie roots, you'll find bacon and egg rolls ($12), BLTs ($8.50) and BLATs ($10) on the menu. This is one brunch you'll want to rise before noon for – it's launched a deal that allows you to add $48 to any order of a main course for the week's all-you-can-drink champagne, picked out of Merchants' 40-strong portfolio of winemakers.
Assembly Coffee gets a sibling café in the Coronation neigbourhood. Atlas Coffeehouse is owners Daphne Goh and Lionel Ang realisation of a goal to serve more hot food than Assembly's tiny kitchen can handle. Atlas only opened its doors in mid-January, but dishes like creamy mushrooms on sourdough ($12) with the option to add a sunny side ($2) or scrambled eggs ($3), and glazed salmon and a fried egg with crisped edges on soba noodles ($17) are their early stars. Assembly's ever-popular waffles ($12-$14) are also on the menu here, and Atlas has also introduced pancakes topped with caramelised bananas or honeycomb ice cream ($18) to its desserts menu – more sweets are on the way, including a pavlova topped with lemon curd and berry compote.
If you plan on being productive after a meal like that, the coffee programme's ($3.50-$4.50) worth buying into. Two Degrees South has designed different blends for them with Land's chocolate and nutty flavours coming in as a safe bet, and Air a lighter Ethiopian roast with welcome acidity. Sea is a rotational assortment of seasonal single-origins.
Time and Flow Champagne bar made its debut at the basement of Scott's Square as a space for sipping on bubbly, but changes that script with the launch of its champagne brunch and high tea menu. Eighty-eight bucks on any day in the week buys you 90 minutes to knock back as many glasses of Duval-Leroy and champagne cocktails. To mitigate alcohol's effects, you get an Irish oyster, a warm grain and veg salad, then a long platter of savoury and sweet nibbles with Japanese ingredients like oba leaf, unagi and Miyazaki tartare on a log of champagne vinegar-spiked Japonica rice.
Serving from Feb 21
Chef Drew Nocente channels his own brunch inclinations for 5th Quarter's new Sunday buffet. Held over two seatings from 11.30am to 4pm, brunch sees the kitchen issue out as-many-as-you-can-handle servings of meat dishes such as pork hash, housemade sausages, chorizo and charcuterie, all accompanied by fried or poached eggs. The price ($60) also includes limited servings of caviar-topped oysters and grilled prawns spiked with chilli and garlic – but free flow cava is available for a $45 top-up.