[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]he wildly popular Vintage Champagne brunch at Colony is the most spectacular Sunday champagne brunch in town, and it is usually packed with both expats and locals. Before diving into the buffet, take a walk around the different stations – you’ll wish you didn’t have dinner the night before.
One of the most popular stations is the ice bar, laden with an oceanic feast of Alaskan king crab, lobster, langoustine, yabby and prawn. Just next to these crustaceans, there are at least five types of oysters from France, Ireland and Canada to tuck into. Have these freshly shucked bivalves with shallot vinaigrette, cocktail sauce, cognac sauce, or a simple squeeze of lemon.
Beckoning diners is the assortment of sushi, sashimi and homemade gravlax. A host of cold cuts like air-dried wagyu beef, black forest ham, salami, mortadella, Iberico ham, chorizo, veal pastrami and pancetta is displayed on a glass shelf – along with appetisers like foie gras parfait with red wine jelly, and fig with manchego and Iberico ham.
The live stations are the showstoppers here. Check out the eggs Benedict (with lobster) and foie gras stations if you want to indulge, but do save room for the stellar cast of Chinese roasts such as crackling pork belly, soya sauce chicken, roast duck and char siew – all perfectly executed and as good as those served at high-end Cantonese restaurants. There are also Western roasts, such as beef tomahawk and pork knuckle, to sink your teeth into.
The Indian spread showcases robust flavours of dum biryani, masala fried fish, butter chicken and rogan josh that go well with warm naan. Just a few steps away is the noodle station, which dishes out heartwarming wonton noodles, beef brisket noodles and boldly flavoured Colony laksa with lobster. The wok section fires up lipsmacking local flavours like salted egg yolk prawns, steamed fish with assam nonya sauce, and braised vermicelli with crustaceans.
The mind-boggling range of hard and soft cheeses from Europe – including rare ones from Provence, Cantal and Touraine in France – are all attractively presented, and clearly labelled so you won’t get confused. For sweet treats, there’s a dazzling range of desserts including cakes, tarts, pastries, miniature desserts in jars, ice cream, chocolate truffles, local kueh and macarons. Plus a live station dishing out crepe suzette and churros.
Faultless, highly efficient service makes our experience here memorable. And of course, what is a brunch without bubbly? The meal includes unlimited servings of Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Blanc 2008, Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Rose 2008, as well as selected cocktails.
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