Oscar’s at Conrad Centennial Singapore has recently revamped its Sunday brunch with new sections interspersed with old favorites for a special weekend experience. For one, there are notably more sections now and the buffet can be seen extending well into the outdoor areas with stations that allow certain dishes to be cooked on the spot. I was recently invited over to Oscar’s to check out the recharged brunch offerings.
As always, you will find a seafood bar – a mainstay in the best Sunday brunches in Singapore – containing lots of ocean delights such as freshly shucked oysters from various regions, snow crabs, lobsters, clams, prawns and even Chilean half shell scallops. I especially loved the crab which tasted very sweet. The variety of oysters may at first overwhelm but try one of each and you’ll discover varying degrees of sharpness in flavors. I personally preferred the Irish oysters.
Apart from this, you get a wonderful variety at the sushi counter with no less than 6 types of sashimi. Personally, this is one benchmark I use to judge the quality of a buffet. 2 types is the norm. Some Sunday brunches go up to 5. Oscar’s is the only place where I see 6. Other places usually offer only 1 between swordfish, Hamachi and snapper so it was a pleasant surprise to see them all here.
Carving Station – Roast London Duck & Lechon de Leche (Suckling Pig)
The carving station has long been one of the highlight of Oscar’s brunches and they continue to play on their strengths. The famous roast London duck (where the ducks are imported from Ireland) is still here as before but this is now supplemented with a different kind of suckling pig – Filipino style lechon de leche with really crispy skin. What makes this suckling pig different from what is usually offered here in Singapore is the stuffing. The lechon comes stuffed with lemongrass for an added fragrance.
Cheese & Charcuterie
I personally would head straight to the mains but if you need something to go along with your aperitifs, there’s a nice charcuterie and cheese counter with light bites such as pepperoni, salami, ham and pretty rare cheese from Ireland, France, Italy, Spain and the UK.
This is not my first time at Oscar’s. One of the things that struck me when I first had Sunday brunch in the said venue last year was the amount of healthy options they offered. They’ve retained that with the revamp and diners can continue to expect healthy ingredients such as lotus root, quinoa and avocado on refreshing dressings such as citrus, mint and even Manuka honey!
Fresh juices are not usually seen even in Sunday brunches but Oscar’s prepares a number of healthy shakes featuring superfoods such as lychee, whey protein, pomegranate seeds and avocado for the discerning eater.
BBQ Station – Lobsters and Beef
While I do love the hot dishes in the spread, nothing beats freshly cooked meats and seafood. Outside, the new BBQ Grill section allows cooking of fresh lobsters and prime cuts of beef over charcoal.
I don’t usually go for carbs when having a buffet but if you’re craving for some staples, the staff behind the noodle bar can whip up laksa, beef noodles and even some traditional fish ball noodles for a quick fix of hearty local food. Alternatively, the organic pasta station allows for three different types of pasta including penne, fusilli and strozzapretti) with various sauces.
It is usually the case that diners stuff themselves like mad in a buffet especially when the mains are so good. As a tip, I would advise leaving some stomach space for the sweet endings.
I really loved the flaky crust of the traditional rum Gateau Basque served with vanilla sauce, a specialty from the southwest of France.
Gin & Tonic
Pricing for the Sunday brunch at Oscar’s come in three tiers. You can opt to have unlimited gin & tonics from the bar (along with beer and wines) for an extra S$30++, a recent inclusion that may have been inspired from the lobby lounge’s highly popular gin happy hour. Otherwise, you can top it by another notch and have yourself some Laurent Perrier champagne and even Hitachino Nest craft beers.
Oscar’s Sunday Brunch is held every Sunday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
SGD 98++ Includes free flow of coffee and tea
SGD 128++ Includes free flow of sparkling, house wines, draft beers and craft Gin & Tonic Bar
SGD 168++ Includes free flow of champagne, premium wines, bottled Hitachino Nest craft beers and craft Gin & Tonic Bar
SGD 49++ per child (6 to 12 years old)
Conrad Centennial Singapore, Lobby level
2 Temasek Boulevard Singapore 038982
Tel: +65 6432 7481