(Melicacy’s Top Pick; August 2013) A La Carte Sunday Brunch at Checkers Brasserie, Hilton Singapore

Eggs with Wagyu corned beef hash

Endless rounds of egg specialties that take inspiration from around the globe, and delectable gourmet bites that you can order as many rounds as you can devour –this is the kind of brunch that will leave an indelible impression.

Checkers Brasserie at Hilton Singapore has come up with a new a la carte buffet concept, presenting an extensive menu of thoughtfully crafted dishes that are freshly prepared upon order, in addition to the dazzling array at the buffet spread.

What say you about a la carte buffets? Simply order and wait for food to be served to your table. Diners can spend more time mingling and bonding, less time picking from the buffet line and waste no time waiting at the usual live stations in buffet restaurants. With the combination of an a la carte menu and self-service buffet stations, there won’t be a point of time where diners will be deprived of food.

A complimentary amuse-bouche platter – consisting of chilled corn soup, mussels with coconut cream, prawn with mango salsa, tuna tartar with ebiko and fruit salad – was served shortly after we were seated.

American: Sizzling eggs on a hot plate with double apple-wood smoked bacon

The menu comprises both breakfast and lunch dishes, ranging from competent to scrumptious in my books. Going beyond the old-time egg favourites – scrambled, sunny side-up, over easy and Benedict – the inventive egg creations will dazzle your palates.

Modern: Free range eggs cooked at 45°C, served with chanterelle mushroom gravy and crispy bread

Cooked at a precise temperature of 45°C, the egg is consistently soft and light of consistency.

French: Poached eggs and foie gras laced with truffle hollandaise

This deliciously photogenic dish captures your attention visually and nasally. Unquestionably a personal favourite, four elements I absolutely adore in general are placed on a same dish –egg, foie gras, truffle, hollandaise. I would gladly order multiple servings for the joys of pure indulgence.

Italian: Poached eggs in Devil tomato sauce

Globe-trotting without having to leave the dining table, we taste egg-dominated dishes manipulated to portray various countries such as France, Italy, Japan, America and England.

Japanese: Slow cooked soft boiled egg with unagi (Japanese eel) and rice

The kitchen crew at Hilton Singapore display versatility and expertise, regardless of cuisine.

Utterly smitten with the unagi and the faultless soft-boiled egg that’s poached in sake wine, we couldn’t help but leave the Japanese rice untouched so as to leave space for tastier carbohydrates.

Wagyu beef served with potato rosti and red wine sauce

Moving on from egg-orientated breakfast items to the protein-dominating lunch items, gourmet bites include the wagyu beef served with potato rosti and red wine sauce, angel-hair pasta with truffles, boneless leg of lamb with tandoori spices, and the orange-scented roasted duck breast with butternut squash puree to name a few.

Baby Lobster Thermidor

A delightful French dish comprising a creamy mixture of cooked lobster meat and egg yolks stuffed back into the lobster shell, the Baby Lobster Thermidor warrants repeat orders.

Foie gras dumplings with shimeiji mushrooms and black truffle oil

My eyes glint with excitement at the mere mention of foie gras. Foie gras dumplings, anyone?

Pan-seared scallops with English peas espuma, chorizo and peppers

With unlimited orders of such exquisite items prepared a la minute, Checkers Brasserie deserves a title for the most value-for-money Sunday Brunch.

Broiled Chilean sea bass with crispy noodles and salad

The broiled Chilean sea bass is a showstopper. Executed to do massive justice to the fish, it is seared to a slightly crisp caramelisation on the outside with flesh that remains inordinately tender and flaky underneath.

Belgian Waffles with Panna Cotta Gelato and Berries

To add a touch of sweetness to the brunch affair, order the pancakes, Belgian waffles or crepes.

In addition to the a la carte menu, diners can delight in the spread of antipasti, charcuterie, seafood on ice, and cheeses, as well as desserts while waiting for their orders to be served.

The noteworthy charcuterie spread features Iberico ham and homemade terrines.

Also not to be missed is their wide assortment of cheeses.

The mouth-watering array of desserts will make you wish you had a second stomach!

Best known for its American cheesecake ever since its introduction in 1970s, you won’t want to leave Hilton Singapore without taking a bite (or a slice, or two slices). Grab it from the buffet spread!

Those with a sweet tooth will be bedazzled by the range of TortaPistocchi chocolate treats and macaroons amongst other sweet treats.

Magic shows and balloon sculpting will keep the kids entertained throughout the Sunday brunch.

Also included in the buffet are coffee, tea, milkshakes and fresh juices.

This Sunday Brunch experience is praiseworthy in terms of quality of food, variety, atmosphere and service.

A La Carte Sunday Brunch
Checkers Brasserie
Lobby, Hilton Singapore
Sundays: 12noon – 3pm
Adult: $80++ (inclusive of smoothies, juices, coffee and tea); additional $18++ for free flow of wines and Bloody Mary/ additional $48++ for free flow champagne
Child: $40++

For reservations, book online at Chope for instant confirmation anytime of the day and any day of the week.

Hilton Singapore
581 Orchard Road
Singapore 238883