WHOEVER said Sundays were rest days clearly have never been to Manhattan’s adults-only cocktail brunch. The affair, run by Singapore’s reigning best bar, is a closed-door wonderland of free-flow cocktails, spirits, and good food, which checks all the boxes for what we need to get out of bed on Sunday. Since its inception, the brunch blows the run-of-the-mill eggs benedict and latte combination one can expect from a weekend brunch out of the water, but because this marks the bar’s fifth year anniversary, Manhattan has launched an overhaul of the experience with brand new trimmings.
We went, we ate, we got a wee bit tipsy, all on your behalf to report what’s so good about the brunch’s reinvention.
A DIY Gin & Tonic and Bloody Mary cart
The signature Bloody Mary station at the brunch gets a new sibling — a gin & tonic cart with a DIY garnish station. Choose from a selection of gins primarily sourced from Asia to go with a splash of tonic, then head over to the whiskey room to choose from a rainbow of garnishes for your G&T that range from dried citrus, housemade honey to bak kwa. We highly recommend the Archipelago gin from the Philippines, which has distinctive notes of pineapple and mango. If you’re going to do daytime drinking, you might as well gird your liver with something refreshing.
More live stations to love
The signature live stations in the brunch are still in place. You can enjoy freshly carved slabs of wagyu, roasted lamb and the like, but for something sweeter, Manhattan has debuted a live crepes suzette station in its rickhouse. Go there and watch these syrupy triangles flambéed with Grand Marnier before they get stacked, piping hot on your plate. You’ll definitely be back for seconds and thirds.
We’ll let you in on a small secret — head over to the milkshake station to ask for a scoop of vanilla ice cream to top the hot dessert. It’s by request only, but that cold serve really takes the treat to the next level.
Unleash your inner child and make your own boozy milkshake at the DIY station. Choose from either a rum or whiskey base, and load it up with flavourings and toppings of your choice. Sure, it’s caloric, but also glorious since you’re already sinning on Sunday. Don’t forget to chase this down with some morsels from the brunch’s dessert area. The chunky chocolate chip cookies are a must. Just hit the gym doubly hard come Monday.
The Manhattan Adults-only Sunday Cocktail Brunch is priced at S$158 per person with free-flow cocktails, wines and beers, or S$195 per person with free-flow that includes champagne. It takes place every Sunday from 12 to 3pm. Call +65 6725 3377 or email [email protected] to make reservations.
IMAGES: Manhattan; Regent Hotel
A version of this story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia.