The Place I walked past Colony at Ritz Carlton Singapore once previously and I knew I have to be back. Previously known as Greenhouse for many years, Colony is a brand new concept which plays on the concept of the colonial heritage history of Singapore from its variety of food to the decor. With a high glass ceiling and natural pearl interior, it was hard for me not to fall in love with the nice burst of natural sunlight in the day. I can only imagine how magical the whole restaurant transitions from day to twilight. Great first impression aside, I was all ready to kickstart the Sunday Vintage Champagne Brunch buffet.
Colony is part of our list of 8 Sunday Brunch Buffets in Singapore you should not miss.
The Food You have to come on an empty stomach, that has always been my rule when it comes to brunch buffets. This is especially important if you are coming to Colony, which awed me with one of the most widespread brunch buffet I tried recently.
Priced at $188++ per person, here’s my take on 5 reasons why it is worth this price tag:
1. Eight different conservatory kitchens
Taking a tour of all the eight stations took me some time, so you can imagine how overwhelmed I was just by gawking at the sumptuous spread. Start with The Ice Bar, with highlights such as King Crab legs, half shell Scallops, black Mussels and six different varieties of Oysters. The oysters were so fresh I swear.
During this festive period, don’t miss out on The Grill & Rotisserie section where I tried the Beef Wellington, grilled Foie Gras and Christmas must haves such as roasted Turkey with cranberry sauce and Honey baked Ham with pineapple raisin sauce. One unique highlight at this station for the Sunday Brunch is the Lobster Bisque soup, which was so rich and tasty that I had to risk sacrificing other food by having two servings of it. You have to try it.
The Wok is also one of my favourite station where I spotted local delighst such as Salted Egg Yolk Prawns and Black Pepper Crab.
For Indian food lovers, there is a wide array of Indian delights at The Tandor such as Roti Prata, assorted Naans and Lasooni Lamb Steak.
Moving on to The Steam Basket station, you can expect Asian noodles, soups and Dim Sum. My top pick here it to go for the Colony Laksa with homemade lobster ball, one of the better Laksa I had in a local buffet. The tip is to ask for a smaller serving so that you can leave some space for others. The Hand-pulled Noodles with Braised Beef Brisket is another worthy choice.
For health junkies, you will be excited by The Fruit Stall, which has a whole assortment of whole fruits and fresh pressed jucies to choose from. Don’t be shy to customise your own jucie as well, just pick your fruits and the friendly staff will make your juice. Something I don’t quite understand is the lack of fresh juice options as part of the buffet spread in Singapore, so I was pleasantly surprised that Colony is an exception on this front.
The dessert spread is nothing short of amazing as well. The Patisserie boasts Artisan Chocolates and Ice Cream flavours such as Gula Melaka and Milk Tea, while The Bakery has various cakes and muffins selections.
2. Free flow Vintage Champagne
Unlimited Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Blanc 2006 and Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé 2004, house pour red/white wines, draft beer and soft drinks. Need we say more?
3. Unlimited cocktail station
4. The beautiful colony theme space and natural light
Needless to say, we all enjoy dining in a nice space where we can feel at ease amidst all the eating. With a strong colonial theme which plays on the colonial heritage of Singapore to present day, from the vintage couch seats to the postcards around Colony, every corner of the restaurant speaks character. If you like a bright setting, request for the tables right smack in the middle of the restaurant, which the natural light at play at its best from the glass ceiling.
5. Consistent quality of the buffet spread
Let’s admit it, it is difficult to maintain quality control and consistency in any buffet, let alone a buffet as widespread as Colony. I managed to sample bits and pieces from each station (I’m not a giant panda, pardon my limited capacity) and suffice to say, I was surprised by how consistently good the quality is across the stations with some notable highlights.
If you like Eggs Benedict, don’t miss out on the live eggs station which will dish out any style you feel like having.
Rants We don’t want to kid ourselves that a Champagne Brunch treat is an everyday affair. This may not be worthwhile if you are not a big drinker.
Will I Return Again? The best Champagne brunch buffet of the year? We are tempted to award this to Colony.
Taste bud: 4.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 5/5
Overall Experience: 4.5/5
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue
Tel: +65 6434 5288
Daily 6:30 am to 10:30 am
Monday to Saturday 12 pm to 2:30 pm
Monday to Saturday 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Daily 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Vintage Champagne Brunch
Sunday 12 pm to 3:30 pm
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