Lavish Sunday Festive Cocktail Brunch at Manhattan
Enjoying my Bellini
The concept of an adults-only Brunch is very refreshing to me and I could not wait to try Manhattan’s recently launched Weekend Cocktail Brunch What got me really excited were the festive offerings that the culinary team had introduced to the already lavish spread for the month of December.
Bartenders working their magic
Dining at Manhattan is a luxurious feast for the senses where taste, presentation, service and setting combine beautifully and effortlessly. It provides a theatrical experience where diners can watch the bartenders work their magic at the open bar. The setting is very swanky and chic and immediately transports one back to New York in the 1920s.
Flowing bowl Cocktail
Upon arrival at Manhattan, my hubby and I were greeted amicably by the restaurant manager and the wait staff. We were also served a glass of welcome Flowing Bowl cocktail which was a revitalising concoction of Sipsmith Summer Cup, Fords Gin, fresh lemon, East Imperial Mombasa Ginger beer and fresh berries.
Silver dollar pancake
Helmed by US Chef, Nicholas Trosien, the brunch buffet features four categories including the Breakfast, Food Stations, Hot Plates and Desserts. We started our gastronomic journey with the breakfast items – silver dollar pancake (home-made pancake with caramelised banana and vanilla rum butter) and bacon and egg (soft boiled fried-egg chicory salad and cornichon).
Bacon and egg
They were served in petite portions which was excellent as there were many delectable items to try. The pancakes were smooth, fluffy and soft and banana and vanilla rum butter complemented them perfectly. The bacon and egg was exquisitely presented with a crispy crust and when I sunk my teeth in it, it culminated in an explosion of creamy and savoury flavours.
We proceeded to the salad and cold cut station where we helped ourselves to an unending array of seasonal greens, smoked salmon, beef pastrami and black forest ham.
Honey glazed ham and roasted turkey
To enhance the festive spirit, roasted turkey and honey glazed ham were added to the spread. There was also a bagel section where fans of bagels can customise their bagel by selecting the toppings and house made cream smears from the extensive selection.
Prawn cocktail and octopus salad
My favourite station was the seafood station offering an extravagant range of oceanic delights including maine lobster, shrimp cocktail and octopus salad.
Oyster aficionados can look forward to succulent and freshly shucked oysters from the oyster station.
The cheese station
The cheese station captivated me with a dazzling selection of artisanal American cheeses, freshly baked pretzel breads and condiments.
The Bloody Mary station
Another main highlight of the brunch buffet was the Bloody Mary station where you can watch the bartender create your cocktail. You get to select either Gin or Vodka to go with it.
Condiments to spice up your Bloody Mary
There is also a room where you can select your choice of condiments to accompany the cocktail such as quail eggs, celery and bak kwa (Chinese style dried barbecued pork).
In addition to the Bloody Mary and the Flowing Bowl cocktails, you can also select from an interesting repertoire including La Bonne Vie, Ward Eight, Marketing-Fresh Bellini, Holiday Warmer and more.
There were three items under the hot plate section namely the pan-seared scallop, smoked foie gras and prime ribs. I love the smoked foie gras which was so tender and delicious that it melted instantly in my mouth. The sweet potato hash topping was tasty and crispy and provided a delightful contrast to the smooth texture of the foie gras.
Smoked foie gras
The pan seared scallop was superbly executed and tasted awesome with the sweet pea purée and glazed baby carrots.
The prime ribs were juicy and irresistible and paired well with the au jus-pickled mustard seed-bread crostini.
The dessert section was equally impressive. I was completely spellbound by the heavenly assortment which exhibited the Pastry team’s culinary mastery. My taste buds were treated to the exquisite flavours of the pecan pie, chocolate bacon lollipop and caramel popcorn.
Assorted Christmas cupcakes
The Christmas selection including the assorted Christmas cupcakes, key lime pie, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, chesnut and anejo rum crème brûlée and crunchy vanilla, blinis with acid cream and chocolate caviar were decadently divine, ending my epicurean odyssey on a sensational note.
(L-R) Manhattan's Manager, Tomas Stoila, Manhattan's Head Chef, Nicholas Trosien and Executive Sous Chef, Angelo Ciccone
The vivacious Manhattan team
The lovely team at Manhattan
Overall, Manhattan’s brunch buffet was fantastic. It provided a very unique experience which probably can’t be replicated anywhere else. The buffet priced at $150++ per person (with free flow of wines, beers and cocktails) and $195 (with additional free flow of Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne) was a little steep, but the experience makes it worthwhile. Service was impeccable, food was fabulous, not forgetting the amazing specialty cocktails. Great for an afternoon of indulgence and to spoil yourself rotten. Private rooms are also available at a minimum spending of $1000 and above.
The private room
Manhattan is located at level 2, The Regent Singapore Hotel, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715. For reservations, please call 6725 3377.
The beautiful interior