Sunday brunch at The Capella Singapore is always a luxurious treat. The Knolls offers a small but well-curated brunch buffet - it's clearly quality over quantity.
I love the meats here - the grilled items and charcuterie are so satisfying!
There's also sashimi, sushi, cold seafood and of course oysters.
Oysters from Ireland, Canada, France, and the U.S., all freshly shucked and plump on the half shell.
To help commemorate Singapore's 50th birthday, they have come up with some "fusion" creations - a spin on local favourites. Normally when we her fusion, we shirk away with doubt and skepticism. But some of these dishes actually work pretty well.
Witness "Chilled Mee Siam" using capellini in mee siam gravy; Maki Roll of Chicken Rice (this one actually works) and Chili Crab Kueh Pie Tee.
There's also Foie Gras Terrine in Rojak, Popiah with Crispy Roast Chicken, and freshly made light chiffon Durian Cake. The Roti John and Otah Bun drizzled with a sweetish cheese aren't really a hit but heck, there's lots of interesting bread rolls along with Beurre d'Isigny (just about the best butter ever; yes, I like it better than Echire).
This buffet will also feature barbecue satay like Pork Belly, Wagyu Beef, Chicken Wings, Chinese Sausage, and Seared Swordfish with Sambal Chili.
Kueh Pie Tee stuffed to the brim with Chilli Crab! Best way to eat chili crab - already shelled!
I also liked the Oysters with local condiments and sauce - ginger, scallions, soy - much like what they do with bamboo and razor clams.
There are a few local desserts too: a pandan creme brulee (right) and a most addictive banana sago gula melaka concoction topped with coconut cream, cookie bits and coconut flakes.
To top it all off, they've also dedicated a cocktail, The Red Island, which symbolises our multifaceted, ethnically diverse nation. Drawing influences from the Chinese bingtanghulu, the cocktail comes with a skewer of blueberries coated with brown sugar. The pandan evokes memories of Malay cuisine and plantations. Gold dust represents the Indian community, and the red wine glass is a nod to the Eurasians.
The Knolls will also be decked out with vintage photos. But honestly, the biggest attraction is kicking back with a great view of the pool and South China Sea, and enjoying the sun.
Details of the National Day Sunday Brunch (one day only)
Date: Sunday, 9 August 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Venue: The Knolls Restaurant
$288++ per adult, includes free flowing vintage Taittinger Champagne, seasonal boutique wines, specialty cocktails, and international beers
$228++ per adult, includes free flowing Taittinger Champagne, wines, specialty cocktails, and international beers
$188++ per adult, includes free flowing soft beverages and fresh juices
$118++ per child ages 7 to 12 years, includes free flowing soft drinks and fresh juices
$78++ per child ages 4 to 6 years, includes free flowing soft drinks and fresh juices
1 The Knolls
Many thanks to Capella Singapore for the preview of the brunch!
Photos taken using the Canon 7D Mark II kindly loaned by Canon Singapore