Special Easter eats for your brunch-hopping needs

Beyond the religious significance of Easter Sunday, the brunches of Easter give us all a reason to get together for a massive meal. The unofficial Day of Feasting is just around the corner on Apr 21; if it's slipped your mind, here are nine places to host your Easter get-together.
 

Basilico


Regent Singapore’s award-winning restaurant Basilico boasts a menu of springtime favourites this Easter, including Oven-Baked New Zealand Lamb Carres and Cannellonis with Swiss Chard and Sicilian Ricotta. Cheese enthusiasts will feel at home here, with a cheese room of 50 regional Italian farm cheeses to complement your fresh pasta available at the brunch. The dessert table is a masterpiece by itself that follows the theme of an Easter tradition: Eggs and Bunnies. Expect to find yourself surrounded by tarts, shortbreads, tiramisus and scoops of gelato. $148 will entitle you to the feast and free flow of Nordaq water, soft drinks and fresh juices. 
 

Carousel


For an Easter brunch with a local twist, head down to Royal Plaza on Scotts' Carousel, where you can indulge in a medley of Easter specials that have been given the Singaporean kick. Dig into our national treasure that is the Chili Crab, served with a side of Hot Cross Mantous in commemoration of the occasion. Besides the array of fiery, chilli-specked local delights, traditional Easter dishes will also be available, spanning oven-roasted baby lamb to light simnel cakes. Driving home the nostalgia factor is a life-sized Easter Bunny, manning the Kacang Puteh cart full of old-school snacks. This quirky Easter spread will set you back $68.
 

Grand Marquee


It's an animal-themed buffet at Hotel Fort Canning’s Grand Marquee, priced at $108 per person. The family-friendly spread consists of foods even the pickiest eaters will welcome, such as homemade margherita pizzas, fish fingers, cocktail sausages, tomato sauce spaghetti and french fries. Those with a palate for the classier things in life can go for the New Zealand Green-lipped Mussels, Tiger Prawns and Pacific White Clams at the Seafood section, or a Pan-seared Saltbrush Leg of Lamb with Mint Chimichurri. The dessert selection is a pleasing array of light confectionaries in the form of festive cookies and chocolate Easter eggs.
 

Marriott Cafe


Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel's Marriott Cafe promises to take guests on a scintillating Easter culinary adventure, with its sumptuous, lavish Easter lunch buffet featuring both the classics and some novel creations. Prepare for a feast of over 80 top-notch delicacies, including the freshest seafood on ice, charcuterie and cheese and grilled seafood. It might be a good idea to plan your culinary route ahead of time, as dessert boasts over 25 varieties. The creme de la creme of it all: A towering Orange Chocolate Fountain for your indulgent dipping. From $98 a person, your dining experience is as limitless as the stomach allows.
 

Melt Cafe


Inspired by the peculiar tale of Alice in Wonderland, Melt Cafe at Mandarin Oriental is inviting one and all to the grandest garden party. An unimaginably exhaustive menu awaits: Check out The White Queen section for a gourmet selection of cheeses, and The Red Queen BBQ for a fierce line-up of various grilled meats, including Wagyu Beef Tomahawk). At $168 per person, it's a mad price tag for the mad spread; but one that will be worth every cent.
 

Native Kitchen


Newly opened and tropical-themed Native Kitchen will be hosting Easter communal-style. The four-course semi-buffet focuses on premium flavours from the land and the sea, with a seafood platter of steamed prawns, King crab, mussels and salmon gravlax, as well as a BBQ board of sliders and jumbo satay skewers. Work your way to the grand finale of a 6-tiered chocolate fountain to seal the Easter deal. The buffet is priced from $78, and a mere top-up of $28 entitles you to a free flow of alcohol.
 

Sky22


At $78 per head, it's a continuous flow of freshly shucked oysters, poached lobsters, king crabs, prawns, mussels and scallops at Courtyard by Marriott’s Sky22. Other festive highlights include Grilled Lamb Chops with Mango Chutney, Slow-roasted Sirloin in Port Wine Sauce, and even Asian delights along the lines of Sambal Grilled Prawns and Kung Pao Squid. Dessert is all about pastries and cakes, with a promising mix of cream puffs, chocolate tart and chia seed carrot cakes, to name a few.
 

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore


Over the entire weekend, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore family are celebrating Easter with themed Afternoon Teas, brunches and a whimsical Chocolate Buffet. At The Courtyard's Eggs and Bunnies Chocolate Buffet, priced at $50 per person, savour unique chocolate dishes such as a Baked Ocean Trout with Ivory White Chocolate Quiche, or the Valrhona chocolate tasting table. Looking for a classy afternoon tea instead? Opt for the Easter Afternoon Tea and enjoy a multi-tiered delight while a live harpist plucks at strings in the background, for $55.

Three Easter brunches are also available—’Buona Pasqua’ semi-buffet lunch at Town Restaurant ($118) featuring roasted Kurobuta pork chops and Slow-Cooked Lamb Shank; Easter Edition Sunday Brunch at The Clifford Pier ($138) offering a spread across 16 stations that include a Whole Confit Salmon with Traditional Condiments; and the ‘La Famille’ Brunch at La Brasserie ($128), serving up hearty eats like the Provencal Herb-Crusted Rack of Lambs before ending with Mini Tarts, Cakes and Puddings.
 

Zafferano


Head chef Emanuele Faggi brings an avalanche of Italian delicacies to the table once again. The lavish Easter menu emcompasses an extensive antipasti list of live oysters, creamed cod, pasqualina, scallops, mussels and a selection of cold cuts, and mains of handcrafted pasta and a carving stations for the carnivorous. Zafferano’s Easter dessert bar is a spectacular spread of traditional and contemporary Italian desserts and pastries. Prices begin at $108, and include a free flow of Spumante, house wine, beer, juices, soft drinks, coffee or tea.