About Checkers Brasserie’s Sunday Brunch
Located at the lobby of Hilton Hotel Singapore, Checkers Brasserie hosts a weekly Sunday Brunch Buffet designed around freshly prepared-to-order dishes at live cooking stations. With a revamped menu revolving around a selection of Eggs Specialties and Gourmet Bites, which can be ordered an unlimited number of times, Checkers Brasserie hopes to allow diners more time to mingle and socialise instead of waiting for food from the buffet line.
Ambience at Checkers Brasserie evokes the rustic, countryside feel, with wooden panelling and summer colours. Layout is spacious, with the glass panels at the side letting in natural light and framing the greenery of the garden outside. While ambient light is sufficient, I noticed the corners of Checkers Brasserie tends to be darker. The main showpiece is the well thought out display of the buffet spread, laid out in logical sequence.
Service at Checkers Brasserie is efficient, friendly, and professional. Staff seem more than happy to assist, and orders don’t take too long to fulfill. Finished plates are cleared quickly. I noticed that most of the senior staff are very familiar with the food and drinks available, though not everyone in the rank and file is able to answer queries.
For the Sunday Brunch Buffet at Checkers Brasserie, staff recommend placing orders for the Eggs Specialities first, before heading to start on the appetizers. There is a good selection of Breads to begin, as well as a nice variety of Antipasto. The Antipasto is extremely good, using very fresh ingredients, and the natural taste shines through. Don’t fill up too much on the Bread and Antipasto though.
The Eggs Specialties are the highlight on the Sunday Brunch Buffet menu at Checkers Brasserie, with a choice of 6 different styles of eggs, prepared in international styles. You don’t have to wait at the counter, just place your order and staff will serve it to your table when ready. You can order as many rounds of the Eggs Specialities as you wish.
The Italian style Eggs consist of a semi poached, semi scrambled egg in a bed of spicy tomato salsa. The spiciness is very evident from the first spoonful, and continues the delightful burn as you attack the dish. Definitely not for the faint of heart, or those spicy-adverse!
The Modern style eggs are served in a mini cauldron, with a free range egg precisely cooked at 45 degrees celsius, on a bed of savoury chanterelle mushrooms and mushroom gravy. This was quite a stand out dish for me, really excellent combinaion of flavours. Pair this with crisp bread for maximum satisfaction.
Staff at Checkers Brasserie recommend ordering the Gourmet Bites from the Sunday Brunch Buffet menu while you’re in the middle of consuming the Eggs Specialities. Named for the small serving size, there are 8 different Gourmet Bites to savour, and like the Eggs Specialities, you can order as many rounds of the Gourmet Bites as you wish.
The Beef Bourguignon consists of tender, slow braised beef cheeks on a bed of bacon, mushrooms, onions, and truffle oil infused polenta, with a red wine sauce. I felt this was probably the best of the Gourmet Bites, just loved the tender meat and aromatic flavour profile of the dish.
The lovely Beef Burger has a wagyu beef tongue patty covered in a blanket of sliced ham, with a slice of coulommiers cheese to complete the flavour. I thought it looks cute, with the blanket of ham keeping the beef patty cozy. It’s a little too big to fit into 1 mouthful, but the flavour of each ingredient does complement each other, though I felt the burger buns could have been slightly smaller.
Ala-carte desserts include the Crepe Nutella, Pancakes Blueberries And Maple Syrup and Belgian Waffles With Strawberries And Blueberries. Of the 3 desserts, I felt the better one was the Crepe Nutella, the texture was well executed and the fillings was generous. The Pancakes was decent, but not outstanding.
Checkers Brasserie Sunday Brunch Buffet is only available on Sunday from 11.45am – 3pm. Items on this menu can be specially ordered ala-carte on other days. Prices start at SGD $80 per person, for a free flow of the regular buffet, Eggs Specialities, Gourmet Bites and smoothies / water / juices / coffee / tea. For free flow of wines or cocktails, add additional SGD $18. The luxurious Champagne Brunch starts at SGD $128.
Checkers Brasserie Address
581 Orchard Road
#01 Hilton Hotel Singapore
Daily: 6am – 11pm
Sunday Brunch: 11.45am – 3pm
Ivan’s ratings for the Exquisite Sunday Brunch
Ambience & Setting: 9
Food & Beverage: 8
Value for Money: 8
Expected costs: SGD $100 ++ per person.
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