Friday, November 18, 2011
KU DÉ TA Weekend Brunch Buffet
The power of location. At KU DÉ TA, the view from the 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands is simply unbeatable. Up there, 200m in the sky, everything takes on a majestic aura as you survey the city below. And now you can have a lazy brunch here stretching from 9am to 3pm on the weekends.
The setting of the restaurant is quite cosy, and almost feels like someone's home (well, someone's rather posh home). I love the long wooden table upon which they lay out the savoury goodies. It just says, "Let's feast!"
You can also start with desserts. And you should, because desserts here are probably the best things they do. Chocolate chip meringues, canelés, strawberry mousse, tiramisu, strawberry marshmallows...
...mini cakes, creme brulee, bread butter pudding, cupcakes, pound cakes, biscotti and so forth!
But of course, for me, cheese counts as dessert too. They come with the usual dried fruit and nuts. Croissants and danishes lie close by.
Next to the cheeses, you'll find the cold cuts, including some very nice parma ham and melon!
Little rolls and crisp mini baguettes with butter and jam.
A DIY soba station (obviously well-ravaged). And yes, salads if you must.
But these are just the little things you can amuse yourself with as you wait for your a la minute orders. I like that most of the dishes here are made that way, and not sitting in buffet warmers.
And there's plenty on the menu to try. The dishes are meant to be shared, but ironically, that does not mean huge portions. In fact, they encourage you to try many little things.
Coffin Bay Oysters with citrus mignonette, tosazu jelly. Free-flow oysters = win, for many seafood-crazed locals. These were a little on the briny side, but really fresh.
What's brunch without eggs? You can choose Eggs Benedict, with paris ham or manuka-smoked salmon (I love the mushrooms). Or two eggs done as you like, with applewood-smoked bacon, duck and potato hash, plus garlicky beef sausage. The eggs baked in claypot with shakshuka sauce were sold out - I wonder what that would have been like.
Pan-roasted foie gras & green mango pickle. Oh yes, foie gras for breakfast. Personally I didn't think it needed any garnish or the puffed rice cracker below.
Next time, I'd love to try the grilled yellowfin tuna steak, and the kaffir lime marinated tiger prawn skewers.
Chicken-fried Steak & Eggs. There is no chicken in here. It's a beef steak fillet coated with herbed and spiced batter, and deep-fried as you would chicken. OK, this is one dish that comes in a huge portion, so one order should feed quite a few!
Executive chef Dan Segall likes to play around with Asian food, so you'll find Japanese or Chinese influenced dishes on the menu. Left: braised Australian Black Angus beef in house-blend curry (thick and rich but not enough spicy heat for me). Centre: 'Forty flavour' fried rice (now this was quite spicy, oddly enough). Right: assorted vegetable tempura (part of the several vegetarian options).
Soba (from the DIY station) in a broth that's pretty strong on mirin, and definitely not watered down.
Waffles - plain version with maple syrup, or "inspired" - could be with chocolate or even beef sausage!
Pity there's no ice cream to go with the waffles, but you do get smoothies!
Cherry Choco Smoothie - chocolate and cherries go so well together.
Lychee Coco Smoothie - now this one I like! Lychee, coconut milk and yoghurt. There are also kiwi pineapple smoothies, mango banana smoothies, Oreo shakes, mocha vanilla shakes. The buffet also includes various tea and coffee selections, soft drinks and juices.
It's a great place to bring the family. Kids under 6 eat free!
After brunch, it's nice to take a stroll on the observation deck (which normally requires the S$20 Skypark charge).
The six hour brunch starts from S$68++ for adults, and S$38++ for kids aged 6-12. You can choose the cocktail or champagne version, for a bit more.
Given that the festive season is coming, surcharges will apply for those holiday weekends: Christmas Brunches (24th and 25th Dec, 10am to 3pm) and New Year’s Day Brunch (1st Jan, 10am to 3pm).
- KU DÉ TA Brunch S$68++ (Xmas and New Year S$98++)
includes complimentary flow of juices, coffees, teas, smoothies, milkshakes and soft drinks
*child (6-12 years): S$38++ (Xmas and New Year S$58++)
- KU DÉ TA Cocktail Brunch S$128++ (Xmas and New Year $158++)
includes complimentary flow of KU DÉ TA cocktails, sangria, draft beers, juices, coffees, teas, smoothies, milkshakes and soft drinks)
- KU DÉ TA Champagne Brunch S$178++ (Xmas and New Year $208++)
includes complimentary flow of Louis Roederer Brut Premier, selection of white rose & red wines, KU DÉ TA cocktails, sangria, draft beers, juices, coffees, teas, smoothies, milkshakes and soft drinks)
There will be extra festive items on top of the usual brunch items to celebrate Christmas and the new year. *subject to changes
Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce
Honey Glazed Ham
Roast Striploin of Beef
New Year’s Day Brunch
Chicken liver Parfait
Whiskey marinated salmon
Five spice roasted duck with braised red cabbage
KU DÉ TA
1 Bayfront Avenue,
Marina Bay Sands
Tel: +65 6688-7688
Many thanks to Pei Rong from KU DÉ TA for inviting and hosting us!
Posted 10:49 PM