Sit back and read the post after you’ve pushed the play button. That, is the same live music we enjoyed while having our premium brunch buffet.
This Spring, Capella Singapore is bringing Easter celebration to a new height. For a 1-day only Easter special on 20 April 2014, their lush garden grounds is opened to everyone looking to enjoy a luxurious Mediterranean buffet spread at The Knolls, on top of the fun-filled family activities and games organised. In line with the festival celebrations, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt, the largest in Singapore, to win prizes including a 1-night stay in a 1-Bedroom Garden Villa. In the meantime, try your luck at the virtual Easter Egg Hunt on their Facebook page to win yourself a Easter Brunch Buffet for 2.
I love the exclusivity of the entire Capella Singapore space. I felt as if I was transported to a foreign country, on a resort holiday. You can opt to be seated indoors, or at the alfresco dining area, right by the pool overlooking the South China Sea. Go take a walk and get lost in the tranquility after the brunch buffet, just because.
Free flow of wine and champagne will be served at $228++ (of course, no, your child will not get the option for this). Otherwise, it is $188++/adult, $118++/child between 7-12 year-old, and $78++/child between 4-6 year old. All prices cover soft drinks, coffee, tea and mineral water.
When it comes to buffet, it is largely a seafood affair for me. Not only are the oysters freshly shucked here, they hail from various different spots in France, including Belon, known for their succulent oysters; Gillardeau, famed for their fleshy meat; and Pousse en Claire, renowned for being firm and sweet, amongst others.
The saltiness and richness overload bite-sized item, the Smoked Salmon Rilette with Caviar & Blinis was to die for. The blinis assisted in mellowing down the loudness of the flavours.
While we were taking photos of the beautifully-presented buffet line, I couldn’t help myself but barbaric-ly plucked out one of this Foie Gras Popsicles Dipped in Chocolate and popped it into my mouth. It was party in the mouth with what felt like the richness and saltiness of the foie gras terrine of sorts, and the sweetness of the chocolate coating. Brownie point added as proven that you don’t need to get back to your table to start your buffet.
Another item to shout about is its Lobster Flan with Truffle Prawn & Truffle Tuille. To put it simply, it was a shot of truffle – truffled lobster flan, truffled prawn and truffled tuille (the biscuit standing tall) – and needless to say, I fell head over heels for it because I am sucker for truffle. It was good texture too, smooth flan, with bites of the tender prawns and crisp tuille.
Cheese lovers, rejoice, as the cheese trolley contains more than 10 different types, ranging from soft to hard, including goat cheese like chèvre. Other types such as Saint Marcellin (soft, made from cow’s cheese), Aged Cheddar, Comté (my favourite) and even a pot of Melted Cheese. You have no idea how long we waited for the area to be cleared before we could take this photo. Diners were streaming in to clear slices and slices of cheese. We followed suit after this shot, of course. Biscuits, raisins, and dried fruits are accompaniments available as well.
Poor fellow, he appears to be in distress here, doesn’t he. But he really wasn’t. His live station, together with some 3 – 4 other stations, were located right at the entrance of the restaurant, in the open air as needed to be due to the nature of the food preparation.
The above Chef’s station was my favourite (yes, even more so than the grilled meat!) as he prepared the Homemade Beef Ravioli with Consommé & Truffle effortlessly. I like that it came in a small tasting portion – taking care of your stomach storage space well. Thanks to the freshly-grated black truffle (in front of your naked eyes), the evaporated smell smells of the same; sufficient to stun you, in a pleasant manner. Though the pasta dough may be slightly too thick, it was still acceptable so. The mildly-flavoured consommé makes it very comforting to have.
What you are seeing is just one of the fully-filled table of desserts. What you don’t see, is another table of more desserts sitting right next to it. If you are like a big portion of the population who has a separate stomach for desserts, then you are in for a sweet-ending treat, literally.
For me, their Macarons pass the standard of consistency and richness in ganache. The macaron shells were not overly crumbly. Chocolate, and Salted Caramel are some of the flavours offered.
Right where all the live stations are stands an Ice Cream Trolley! There will be 4 flavours of ice cream for your choosing, and it varies from week to week. Such a nostalgic kind of ice cream stand.
What you have just read are just what diners get on an ordinary weekend brunch buffet. Executive Chef David Nicolas Senia went on to showcase some of the special items that will be offered for Easter Brunch this 20 April. And I must say, these are some pretty substantial items that are worth your calories.
At $80/kg, what do you expect? The Alaskan Black Cod was really impressive. Meat was firm but falls gently apart with each bite.
Though each of the pieces I had of the Salt-baked Yellow Chicken was breast meat, they absolutely did not taste like one. It was so moist and tender, I daresay it is the best chicken I have ever had. They come in flavours like tomato and truffle. I can imagine myself digging into more of this if I were to head back.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Brunch Buffet at The Knolls @ Capella Singapore. Though it’s pricier than usual, it is still worth the money, especially if you are an oyster lover, cheese lover, seafood lover and grilled meat lover. Make a reservation for the buffet soon, lest you be turned away at the door.
Photos and Video by Kathleen.
Address: 1 The Knolls, Capella Singapore, Sentosa Island
Telephone: 6591 5046 / firstname.lastname@example.org (takes reservations)
Opening Hours: 12.30pm onwards for this brunch buffet
This was a media session. Thank you Sarah.