Manhattan at the Regent – Singapore

I’ve been let down by many hotel brunches as they are usually nothing out of the ordinary and (as much as I love them) full of screaming children with families. “Where can I find an adult only affair with good brunch grub?” I bemoaned, only to have Manhattan at the Regent Singapore answer my cries.

If you haven’t heard about the Manhattan, it is a speakeasy type hotel bar within the Regent Singapore. And they are known for their stellar cocktails, making almost everything themselves (they have an apothecary and a barrel room to age spirits). And more importantly, they have brunch every Sunday for ADULTS ONLY. At $150 a person, the buffet brunch comes with free flow cocktails, wine and beer. $45 can be added for champagne, but why would you want champagne when you have the cocktails at Manhattan? Unfortunately, I was so busy drinking them, I didn’t photograph them… 😦

The brunch itself, is a sensory experience on its own with its many stations nestled in all corners of the bar, including the apothecary and barrel room. You may start off with your own DIY Bloody Mary before getting your money’s worth at the seafood and crustacean counter like every typical Singaporean at a buffet.

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Left: Bloody Mary DIY Station, Oysters on the half shell, Snow Crabs, scallops and lobster tails,  and Three different types of ceviche

Near the bar, you would find the salad and cold cuts counter. And what’s a brunch in “Manhattan” without some good ol’bagels? With four different types of cream cheeses, mind you. I particularly liked the sun dried tomato one. The magnificent cheese counter you see is located in the apothecary room with a range of biscuits, water crackers and corn bread available. Manhattan also brings in only American cheeses, and they are actually quite potent.

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Left: Bagels and salad, cold cuts and cheese counter

What Manhattan lacks is an a la minute counter, but the items are available from the kitchen. The foie gras was probably one of the best I’ve had with its berry sauce, barley pearls and fried onions. The pulled pork burger was a little on the spicy side due to the paprika dusted buns and the NY Strip… well kind of let me down as the sauce drowned out the taste of the meat. It actually reminded me of Hainanese pork chop….

Foie Gras, Pulled Pork Burger, NY Strip

Foie Gras, Pulled Pork Burger, NY Strip

Anyway on to the most important part

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Dessert Counter, Oreo Cheesecake, Fried Egg on Bacon and Silver Dollar Pancakes

Check out the dessert counter! It comes with a huge array of goodies such as chocolate covered bacon, monkey bread, key lime pie and more. The Oreo Cheesecake was exceptionally cute in its presentation, in my opinion.

All in all, the buffet spread at the Manhattan is satisfactory but if you’re the type who drinks more than you eat, take advantage of the free-flow of cocktails and go to town this Sunday.

T’was a good Sunday indeed.

Visit www.regenthotels.com/en/Singapore/Cuisine/Manhattan

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