3 Free-Flow Brunches Beyond the Pale
September 5, 2014
Asian restaurants have taken the concept of brunch way beyond eggs Benedict and Bloody Marys. These three showstoppers go the extra distance for the most decadent Sunday morning imaginable.
Published on Sep 5, 2014
Saigon dwellers convene here for goodbyes, welcomes and ensuring that Sunday slides smoothly into Monday. Greasing the wheels is free-flow Veuve Cliquot and other libations. Start at the vast seafood bar for shellfish raw or chilled or broiled. Then: the roast carving station. Palate cleanser? Perfectly parboiled beef pho—or a dip in the chocolate fountain. Just keep smiling, the roving band will keep playing, and the waiters will keep pouring. InterContinental Asiana Saigon, Corner of Le Duan and Hai Ba Trung; +84 8 3520 9999; ihg.com; book ahead.
This, refreshingly creative-but-not-crazy Japanese brunch is all-you-can-order à la carte, accompanied by all-you-can-drink sake and wine. It's a refined binge-fest of a lengthy sashimi-to-hot pot menu filled with Hokkaido scallops and Canadian snow crab, served in a recently renovated den of serenity. The charcoal-grilled Wagyu beef with mushrooms and foie gras soy sauce truly impresses. The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, 259 Soi Sukhumvit 19; +66 2 207 8000; kissobangkok.com.
Singapore has figured out the non-hotel brunch, and what a revelation! A culinary theater in the round, Catalunya is in a circular glass building affording panoramic views from Marina Bay. But turn attention inward, lest you miss the show-stopping presentation of the suckling pig. This being a Spanish restaurant, dozens of other pork varieties clamor for your attention. Bull's head-adorned walls and DJ-spun tunes round out the vibe. Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay; +65 6534 0886; catalunya.sg.