Easter parade of yummy treats

Chocolate Easter eggs in the iconic uniform of Shangri-La front line staff are created by executive pastry chef Herve Potus and his team to pay tribute to the hotel’s staff during the Easter season. -- FILE PHOTO: SHANGRI LA HOTEL 
Chocolate Easter eggs in the iconic uniform of Shangri-La front line staff are created by executive pastry chef Herve Potus and his team to pay tribute to the hotel’s staff during the Easter season. -- FILE PHOTO: SHANGRI LA HOTEL 
The Tipsy Beer Chicken is served at Spathe Public House at 8 Mohamed Sultan Road for those who need a drink on Easter. -- FILE PHOTO: SPATHE PUBLIC HOUSE
Savour more than 80 items at the Easter Vintage Champagne Brunch at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia. -- FILE PHOTO: RITZ-CARLTON MILLENNIA
Ku Dê Ta Restaurant Easter Cookies. -- FILE PHOTO: KU Dê TA
Easter Weekend at Carlton Hotel's Cafe Mosaic. -- PHOTO: CARLTON HOTEL

Wondering where to go for a good meal this long Easter weekend? Take your pick from the champagne brunches, afternoon tea buffets and kids' Easter egg hunts listed here.

Cafe Mosaic's Easter Weekend High Tea lays out an international spread, with the likes of seafood on ice such as oysters, tiger prawns and mussels; sashimi; meaty mains such as slow-roasted leg of lamb with rosemary jus, pork scaloppini, braised supreme soya chicken, and roast beef with shallots and onion sauce; a DIY rojak station; scones, tea sandwiches, siew mai and putu mayam; and Easter-themed desserts, including hot cross buns, bunny chocolate tartlets, chocolate eggs, pumpkin pudding with melted marshmallows, Easter carrot cake and a macarons tree. An Easter egg painting competition and gingerbread bunny decorating activities will charm the kids.

Where: Carlton Hotel, 75 Bras Basah Road MRT: Bras Basah When: Sun, noon - 4pm; children's activities 12.30 - 2.30pm Price: $65++ an adult, $33++ a child aged five - 12 years Tel: 6311-8195 Info: E-mail cafe.mosaic@carltonhotel.sg

Shop, dine and hunt for Easter eggs at Alkaff Mansion. The Easter brunch features Italian dishes such as bresaola carpaccio with honey and ricotta cheese, and octopus salad with saffron potatoes and Sardinian gnocchetti sardi in Campidanese sauce; roast beef, lamb stew and oven-baked sea bass; antipasti and salad selections; and traditional Italian Easter Almond Dove Cake. Besides the food, the first Marketplace at Alkaff Mansion, a collaboration with Pickjunction, will feature independent merchants selling products ranging from handcrafted accessories to eyewear. A bouncy castle and an Easter egg hunt in the mansion grounds will keep kids entertained.

Where: 10 Telok Blangah Green MRT: Telok Blangah When: Sun, 11.30am - 3.30pm Price: $138++ an adult, inclusive of a free flow of prosecco, white & red wines; $58++ a child aged five - 12 Tel: 6510-3068 Info: www.alkaff.com.sg

At 10 Scotts, the signature Afternoon Tea (seatings at 11.30am - 2.30pm and 3 - 6pm, $63++ a person without alcohol, $93++ a person with alcoholic beverages) takes on a springtime flavour, with extended seating timings, Easter treats and a specially created iced tea. Have an alfresco celebration at Oasis' poolside Easter BBQ Brunch (noon - 4pm, $88++ an adult, $58++ a child aged seven to 12), with a wide selection of all-you-can-eat, freshly grilled meat and seafood prepared a la minute on an open charcoal-fired grill, plus free-flowing premium alcoholic drinks. Children get their own buffet line, plus fun activities such as face painting and egg deco craft.

Where: 10 Scotts Road MRT: Orchard When: Sun Tel: 6732-1234 Info: www.singapore.grand.hyattrestaurants.com

Senso's Easter & Asparagus Sunday Brunch pays homage to the festival and the season with traditional Italian Easter dishes: white asparagus; Easter Bread; roasted lamb shoulder with rosemary; grilled prawns with basil, garlic and spicy tomato sauce; penne with rabbit ragout, lemon and thyme; asparagus soup with crispy pancetta; and more. The buffet includes Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta sparkling wine, Italian wines and beers.

Where: 21 Club Street MRT: Telok Ayer When: Sun, 11.30am - 2.30pm Price: $148++ a person Tel: 6224-3534 Info: www.senso.sg

Executive chef Andrew Tharm has created new dishes for Azur restaurant's Easter brunch. They include Crowne Roasted Baby Australian Lamb with dukkah spices, served with vegetable succotash and mint chimichurri sauce; baked salmon en croute with cepes espuma; and savoury spinach and croissant pudding. Other highlights include choucroute en garnie, braised rice vermicelli with pork trotter, sauteed Thai asparagus with romaine hearts, a seafood bar and desserts such as banana clafoutis with vanilla sauce, pomegranate gelee with sour plum, hot cross buns and chocolate eggs. Children have their own buffet line, plus a movie screening and balloon sculpting to entertain them.

Where: 75 Airport Boulevard, Terminal 3 MRT: Changi Airport When: Sun, 12.30 - 3.30pm Price: $62++ a person Tel: 6823-5354 Info: www.crowneplazadining.com

Have a cosy meal with chef Chiaki Watanabe's four-course Easter menu: asparagus with poached eggs; grilled lamb loin with rice salad and balsamic sauce; chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream; and coffee or tea.
Where: Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, 02-01 MRT: Orchard When: Saturday & Sunday, lunch & dinner Price: $50++ a person Tel: 6636-2951 Info: www.arossa.com.sg

For Easter Day brunch, 7Adam offers Astoria 9.5 Pink Cold Wine (usual price $80++) at a special promotional price of $65++ a bottle or $12++ a glass. Egg decorating and colouring will occupy the kids while parents relax over brunch dishes such as mini Wagyu sliders, bacon quiche lorraine, sticky date pudding and more.

Where: 7 Adam Park MRT: Botanic Gardens When: Sun, 11am - 3pm Price: A la carte food items from $14++ Tel: 6467-0777 Info: www.7adam.com

New for Easter this year, Antoinette's Pina Colada Easter Egg conceals layers of velvety caramel mousse, salted caramel, coconut bavarois, crunchy almond nougatine, Malibu-soaked sponge and Tahitian vanilla- poached pineapple inside an artfully textured chocolate shell.

Where: 30 Penhas Road, tel: 6293-3121; Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, 02-33/34, tel: 6836-9527; 390 Orchard Road, Palais Renaissance, B1-08/09/10C, tel: 6735-6392 When: Till Sunday Price: Petite size serving one person, $11+; grande size serving four to six persons, $55+; three days advance notice required Info: www.antoinette.com.sg

Savour more than 80 items at the Easter Vintage Champagne Brunch (seatings at 11am - 1pm and 1.30 - 3.30pm, $172++ an adult, $86++ a child aged six to 12, $43++ a child aged three to five), including eight types of oysters shucked to order, plus other fresh seafood; scrambled organic eggs with porcini, asparagus, truffles, mascarpone, parsley and red wine gravy; foie gras prepared a la minute; meats such as slow-roasted Mayura Station wagyu leg, roasted lamb rack with green herb crust, and hickory-smoked barbequed pork rib; European charcuterie items and 50 farmhouse cheeses; desserts such as ricotta mousse with poached apricot and lavender, caramel chocolate tart, and coconut chiffon with lemon curd; and free-flow Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Blanc 2006 and Moet & Chandon NV Rose, house wines and selected cocktails. Children can go on an Easter egg hunt led by an Easter Bunny, with balloon sculpting and face painting. The Chihuly Lounge's Easter Spring Afternoon Tea Buffet (2.30 - 5pm, $60++ an adult, $30++ a child) features creations crafted by executive pastry chef Terence Pang, such as cherry sakura eclairs; hibiscus mousse with pomegranate; rose tart with raspberry; savoury bites such as beef pastrami with herb flowers pesto in mini croissant, and scallop sashimi with spring tulips and pea shoot salad; chocolate eggs and hot cross buns; and coffee and fine teas.

Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue MRT: Promenade When: Sunday Tel: 6434-5288 Info: rc.sinrz.restaurantreservations@ritzcarlton.com

Executive pastry chef Herve Potus' Easter goodies are being sold at The Line Shop until the end of April. Expect items such as the Shangri-La Fashion Collection, with Easter eggs decorated in the hotel's iconic bellman, chef, life guard, housekeeping, engineer and The Line's service staff uniforms ($26+ each); chocolate bunnies and animals (from $12+); hot cross buns ($2.50+ each); and a treat-laden hamper ($138+). On Easter Sunday, there will be three different buffets. The Line's Easter Sunday Brunch buffet ($128++ an adult, $64++ a child) features dishes such as roasted beef prime rib; foie gras terrine with roasted figs; Colorado lamb rack with herb crust; a white chocolate dessert fountain, plus free-flow soft drinks and chilled juices (additional $40++ for free-flow champagne, wines and beer). Enjoy Mediterranean flavours at The Waterfall's brunch spread (from $128++ an adult, $64++ a child), with premium seafood on ice, devilled eggs and roasted stuffed veal brisket, plus optional Taittinger Champagne and herb-inspired cocktails for an additional fee. Rose Veranda's buffet afternoon high tea (from $72++ an adult, $36++ a child) includes fresh seafood on ice, hot items such as lobster bisque and roasted rib eye, and sweets such as chocolate Easter eggs, macarons and hot cross buns. Junior guests stand a chance to win a grand prize at the Easter Egg Hunt in the gardens, from 1.45pm to 2pm.

Where: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road MRT: Orchard When: Sunday Tel: 6213-4398 Info: E-mail dining.sls@shangri-la.com

The Chocolate Indulgence Brunch lives up to its name with an extensive dessert spread featuring White Chocolate Raspberry Cake; Blackout Mud Cake; Espresso Pots de Creme; Spicy Chocolate Shots; chocolate fondue with fruits; and assorted pralines. Savoury highlights include omelettes, French toast, smoked salmon benedict and other egg preparations; a salami and salad bar; sushi items; claypot chicken rice; roasts such as pork belly with chilli apple sauce, and slow-roasted wagyu rump; and artisanal cheeses.

Where: One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place, 62-01 MRT: Raffles Place When: Sunday, noon - 2.30pm Price: $110++ an adult, $45++ a child Tel: 6438-0410 Info: www.1-altitude.com

Easter Sunday brunch at Balzac features a four-course menu plus two buffet counters of freshly shucked oysters and charcuterie such as homemade duck rillettes and saucisson sec. Courses include classic egg cocotte with truffle emulsion and French brioche, and signature lobster bisque with sauteed organic Qwehli prawns. For mains, choose from three variations of la cocotte du partage,
a slow-cooked dish for two to four diners to share: poulet Francais saute forestiere, sauteed free-range French chicken with potato, lardons and onion; roti d'agneau epaule, roasted lamb shoulder with coco beans; and moules marinieres, blue-lip mussels with garlic, shallots, white wine and parsley, served with pommes frites.

Where: Rendezvous Gallery, 9 Bras Basah Road, 01-01 MRT: Bras Basah When: Sunday, 11am - 3pm Price: 98++ a person, inclusive of coffee or tea; $118++ a person inclusive of free-flow sparkling wine & draught beer Tel: 6336-0797 Info: www.balzacbrasserie.com

Executive pastry chef Ryan Witcher and his team bring back their homemade large chocolate Easter eggs ($48 each), filled with caramelised milk chocolate mini Easter eggs and decorated with new designs featuring hand-painted chocolate bumble bees, Easter bunny race cars and other artistic flourishes. SweetSpot also offers mini chocolate Easter eggs ($12 each), Easter bunny cakes ($4 each) and hot cross buns ($4 each).

Where: Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3, Hotel Lobby MRT: Bayfront When: Until Sunday, 7am - 10pm daily Tel: 6688-8588 Info: www.MarinaBaySands.com/SweetSpot

Cedele's Easter offerings include hot cross buns (from $1.50 each) in four flavours; chocolate nest cupcakes ($3.80 each) with dark chocolate cake and ganache and candy eggs; Midnight Chocolate and Raspberry Thumbprint cookies ($1.60 each); Hummingbird Cake ($55 for a whole cake, $7 a slice), banana cake with pineapple, cream cheese frosting, dark chocolate and pecans; and Easter Sandwich Special ($9.50), a spinach bun with honey paprika chicken and avocado slices.

Where: Raffles City, 252 North Bridge Road, 03-28, tel: 6337-8017; Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road, 03-14, tel: 6732-8520; Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, 01-01/02, tel: 6836-1426; go to website for full list of outlets & contact details When: Till April 25 Info: cedeledepot.com

Sentosa The Movenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa captures the imagination of Roald Dahl's classic tale with the Charlie And The Swiss Chocolate Factory buffet brunch. The international spread includes fresh seafood such as freshly shucked oysters, slipper lobsters, scallops and mussels; cheese, cold cuts and meat carving stations; Easter- themed desserts; diverse chocolate delights such as a chocolate fondue fountain, chocolate Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, and a giant chocolate bar weighing more than 100kg. Activities such as cookie decorating and colouring will keep children entertained.

Where: Sentosa, 23 Beach View MRT: HarbourFront When: Sunday, 11am - 3pm Price: $78++ a person Tel: 8292-1044 Info: E-mail Hotel.Sentosa.restaurant@movenpick.com

Spring awakens with The Knolls restaurant's Mediterranean Easter Brunch buffet spread. Highlights include freshly shucked oysters from Cadoret, one of France's oldest oyster farms; seasonal Alaskan black cod and other prime seafood; salt-baked chicken made with corn-fed free-range French poultry, and other gourmet meats; innovative desserts; and fun activities for children. During the brunch, guests will embark on a search for the three "peacock eggs" hidden on the grounds of Capella Singapore, to win prizes including a one-night stay in a One-Bedroom Garden Villa, dinner for two at Cassia restaurant, and a 90-minute signature massage at Auriga spa. Also, see the hotel's Facebook page for details of an online Easter Egg hunt whose winner will enjoy two complimentary seats at the Easter Brunch.

Where: 1 The Knolls, Sentosa MRT: HarbourFront When: Sunday, from 12.30pm Price: $228++ an adult inclusive of free-flow wine & champagne; $188++ an adult, inclusive of free-flow soft drinks & juices only; $118++ a child aged seven - 12; $78++ a child aged four - six Tel: 6591-5046 Info: E-mail knolls.singapore@capellahotels.com

The Easter weekend brunch menu features favourites such as Eggs Benedict; wild mushroom omelette; crispy chicken leg with Belgian waffles and Mornay sauce; classic croque madame; and homemade salt beef sandwich on ciabatta. New on the brunch roster is chef-partner Claudio Sandri's Tipsy Beer Chicken (advance order advised), a whole chicken roasted vertically on a can of beer, in three flavours: Singapore Chick (Tiger Beer), Irish Chick (Guinness) and Dutch Chick (Heineken). From Good Friday to Easter Sunday, Spathe is running an Easter egg painting competition. The most creative egg submitted on Spathe's Facebook or posted on Instagram tagged with #SpathePublicHouse wins a $100 dining voucher. The winner will be announced the following week via Facebook.

Where: 8 Mohamed Sultan Road, 01-01 MRT: Dhoby Ghaut When: Till Sunday, 11am - 11pm (Friday), 10am - 11pm (Sat & Sun) Price: Brunch a la carte items from $7++ upwards Tel: 6735-1035 Info: www.spathepublichouse.com or www.facebook.com/spathe.sg

An Easter four-course menu at this Italian restaurant includes Emilian rustic vegetable cream soup; linguine alla carrettier a con tonno fresco e pachino, which is Sicilian linguine with fresh sliced tuna and cherry tomatoes; agnello alla Calabrese, Calabrian pistachio-crusted lamb rack with sundried tomatoes; and, for dessert, a traditional Easter cake with chantilly cream.

Where: Capital Tower, 168 Robinson Road, 01-08 MRT: Tanjong Pagar When: Saturday, lunch, 11.30am - 2.30pm (weekdays); dinner, 6.30 - 10.30pm (Mon - Sat) Price: $78++ a person Tel: 6423-0464 Info: www.amarone.sg

For Easter weekend only, Ku De Ta's new Modern Asian brunch will be extended with a special dessert table of iconic Easter treats: raisin hot cross buns, Easter egg cookies (above), chocolate Easter eggs and coconut angel food cake. The Kids A La Carte Weekend Brunch Menu ensures small eaters will not be left out, with choices include pasta carbonara, mini sliders and tomato pizza (all items $16++), plus a menu they can colour in.

Where: Marina Bay Sands, North Sky Park, L57-01 MRT: Bayfront When: Till Sunday Price: $98++ a person, inclusive of juices, coffees, teas & soft drinks, $58++ a child aged eight - 12 Tel: 6688-7688 Info: http://kudeta.com/singapore

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