Ah that old chestnut of the “The Best Brunch in Singapore,” so many choices, so many favourites, so many “Bests”. Regular readers and friends will know that my tried and true favourite for the range of food and generally the best brunch to be had, is Mezza9 at The Hyatt. Over three years of brunching there I still rate it as the best for the overall combination. However, nipping at its heels, and edging it out in one category, is The Knolls at Capella.
The category it edges out in is the overall view and ambience, or to sum it up, the best outdoor brunch. As opposed to Mezza9 which is the mezzanine level and therefore without its own windows, The Knolls is bright and airy and even has the option of outdoor seating. If you happen to snag a day when the weather is cooler (relatively speaking) but it’s not tipping rain, then sitting outside at The Knolls, with a view over the top of the pool, the greenery beyond and then the Bay of Singapore, life doesn’t get much better.
The Mediterranean inspired brunch at The Knolls offers a fairly diverse selection of food from antipasto, sashimi, oysters and prawns for starters, as well as neat little amuse bouches that are exquisitely presented and heartily devoured. Salads are also good, healthy and fresh as you would expect.
The real treats though come with the mains. The carvery is always top notch, you’ll usually find a lamb, veal or beef of some description being carved for your enjoyment alongside a salt baked sea bream or something similar. Accompaniments include baked potatoes (although they’re not up to the standards of my “British Baked Potato Expert” friends), stir fried greens, corn and carrots.
There are often other excellent dishes like their mushroom risotto (my all time favourite risotto and although I’m not a huge fan of truffle, when it’s proper shaved black truffle on top of my freshly stirred risotto that’s oozing with mushroom creaminess, I can’t say no). On my last visit to The Knolls the risotto was nowhere to be seen so I asked one of our lovely servers who simply went and asked the kitchen to prepare my very own bowl with no fuss at all. Now that’s good service. Whilst we’re on the topic of service, I must commend the staff and particularly Yuki, the affable Maitre d’, for being on top of his game and keeping a very serious brunch crowd happy in the face of an awkward situation on my last visit. It’s a long story but suffice to say the man is good at his job.
Now it would be a mistake to have left no room for either dessert, or if a savoury course is more your thing, then the cheese selection. Both are attention grabbing, not to mention delicious. The desserts are drop dead gorgeous, but the cheese is the winner for me.
The very smiley cheese man (I’m sorry to say I’ve forgotten his name, but let’s call him Steve) will put together a selection of your choosing so there’s no mucking about with individual plates and overlaps in choices. It’s the perfect way to then enjoy a glass of the red wine on offer.
Some time during your visit you’ll also be treated to the super friendly band that performs every week. The cheery quartet play a range of foot tapping tunes that you can happily sing along to if the mood takes you (our highlight was Sweet Caroline on our last visit 😉 ) The band moves around the room during brunch but will happily steer clear of you if you give off the right vibe too.
If you’re thinking about options for Christmas then I would definitely recommend a booking with Capella. Although technically the brunch is not in The Knolls restaurant, the Mediterranean buffet is prepared with even more love and attention than is normally reserved for the weekly brunch at The Knolls. On our visit for Christmas last year the buffet extended from outside the Grand Ballroom to The Gallery and out onto the terrace where the carvery station, live risotto preparation and freshly cooked ravioli could all be cooked to order. At $228++ the Christmas brunch is not cheap but you’ll find outstanding quality and value for money, and if you’re partial to Taittinger, either blanc or rose, you’ll most probably get your money’s worth. The usual Sunday Brunch price is $178++ per person inclusive of free flow Champagne and wine. If you do wish to book I suggest you do so quickly.
The Knolls at Capella
1 The Knolls, Sentosa, Singapore, 098297
phone +65 6591 5000