[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]he Knolls at Capella may not be a typical place you’d traipse to on a busy weekday. But it is a wonderful spot for relaxing Sunday brunches where free-flow Taittinger champagne, wines and cocktails can be had. You may choose to dine on the terrace facing the reflecting pools and the sea, or in the cooler indoor dining area.

The Knolls also offers a la carte dishes for lunch and dinner, such as this appetiser of smoked haddock with piquillo coulis and zucchini salad, drizzled with lemon vinaigrette.

The spread may not be as massive as those available at some other city hotels but the kitchen team does turn out dishes using high-quality ingredients. At the cold appetiser section, you will get wholesome salads like tomato caprese, grilled calamari salad and tuna nicoise salad, alongside platters of Italian and Spanish charcuterie.

The outdoor live stations focus on barbecue-style mains, including fall-off-the-bones baked ribs coated with sticky barbecue marinade, and grilled grain mustard-crusted rib-eye. Like other guests, we’re drawn to the sizzling sausages and lamb chops, which the chefs fire up in a huge pan. As if that is not enough, the waitress brings plated dishes such as roasted pigeon to our table for us to sample. These rotating dishes may include Mediterranean fish beignet (deep-fried fish in batter) with aioli sauce, flavoured with kaffir lime and saffron, and other savoury items.

Diners get to enjoy friendly and obliging service at The Knolls.

The selection of desserts is equally impressive. There’s an elegant display of mini cakes such as orange baba and matcha dome, alongside macarons, kueh and pralines. Meanwhile, a cheese trolley makes its rounds so that we can take our pick. Roving musicians keep these brunch sessions lively by going from table to table to serenade diners. If you want to get away from crowded spots, this is a great place to go for an intimate meal coupled with excellent service.

Capella Singapore, Sentosa Island, S(098297)
T: 6591-5046

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All tastings conducted incognito with esteemed members of G’s Food Panel.