The Knolls for Best Outdoor Brunch

knolls ravioli 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.

knolls outsideThe 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.

knolls prawnThe 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.

knolls roastThe 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.

knolls mushroom risottoThere 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.

the knolls dessert displayNow 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.

knolls cheeseThe 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.

knolls bandSome 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

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  1. for xmas brunch i am tossing between Mezza9 and Town, and leaning towards Town cos of the slightly better atmosphere — lots of light and outdoor seating options. theyre calling it the “Festive Sunday Champagne Brunch” and serving Perrier Jouet Grand Brut instead of Moet which also helps. what do you think ? still go w Mezza ? at 169++ pricing is not bad. mum’s a big seafood fan btw.

    The Knolls looks gorgeous but 228++ is a bit steep so will prob give their xmas one a miss but def do the normal champers brunch next time !

  2. Oh h, decisions, decisions, decisions 😉 I think I’m with you for atmosphere at Town on such a special day. You could also consider Clifford at Fullerton Bay. The spread isn’t as decadent but the room is lovely, although seafood still better at Town. Definitely try The Knolls another time though, it’s wonderful. Hard to fault in fact.
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  3. Such a timely review, this has helped me so much to plan our first Christmas in Singapore, thank you! Out of curiosity, have you ever had the brunch at Raffles and if so, is it any good? That was my other option for Christmas =)

    • Hey map 🙂 glad to help clarify the serious business of planning brunches, especially at Christmas! I haven’t been to Raffles. I understand the carvery and cheese is excellent, seafood apparently not as good as others. Hope that helps 🙂
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      • Serious business it is! I started with a list of about 7 places and have diligently researched what each spread is like and more importantly, which champagne will be free flowing 😉 Probably not the most productive day….but at least a decision has been made, Capella it is. You had me at cheese really, I can’t wait to meet Steve haha!!

        • excellent map. A bit jealous I must say 🙂 We have decided to go to the opposite end of the spectrum this year, we’re bbq’ing at Pasir Ris! Of course the Champagne will still be free flowing though 😉
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  4. Very partial to a nice brunch in Singapore as you know. This looks like a great option to try next time.
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