Oscar’s at Conrad Centennial Singapore has recently revamped its Sunday brunch with new sections interspersed with old favorites for a special weekend experience. Certain sections have been expanded with others streamlined. There are also new stations to keep diners coming back. 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, crabs, lobsters, prawns and even 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.
There is a also a sushi counter with a number of sashimi available. Do look out for the salmon belly with its especially succulent flesh. Apart from this, there are also a number of creatively made sushi rolls for those who prefer to take in a bit of carbs during the buffet.
Carving Station – Roast London Duck, Crackling Pig, Roast Beef and Lamb Leg
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 well as the suckling pig (now called crackling pig) but there are now 2 new items in the carvery. These are the roast beef as well as the lamb leg.
Cheese & Charcuterie
I personally would head straight to the mains but I found the enhanced charcuterie board hard to ignore. If you prefer to start your meal with light bites, you won’t be disappointed here with choices such as pepperoni, salami, ham and some pretty rare types of cheese.
I really like the healthy section that Oscar’s offered in the past but this has since been minimized into a relatively modest salad counter. I suppose most diners who would come for a buffet won’t necessarily seek out to eat healthy. The types of salads they have now are still quite premium. I noted the kale salad which is topped with flower petals and pomegranates. Knowing how expensive kale is in Singapore, this is one salad to try if getting your money’s worth is what you are after (rather than the health benefits!).
An array of beverages are made available for free including Thai iced tea, Pu-er tea (in iced form), sugarcane juice and even a calamansi-infused tea. Selected fresh fruit shakes can also be ordered but these are chargeable.
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. The good thing here is that diners don’t have to wait for their items to be cooked. They can simply deposit a clipper containing their table number and have their food delivered to them once ready.
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. The congee bar also has new contemporary congees, like Singapore Laksa Congee and Crustacean’s Bisque, Coriander and Lobster Congee.
Another new addition is the Basque-inspired Pintxos section, again another option for light bites before proceeding to the mains.
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.
Oscar’s has a knack for creating tarts, something I’ve observed from my previous visit. I loved the Lychee Rose Vanilla Tart as well as the Apple Tart. There is also a variety of small cakes to indulge those with a sweet tooth.
Oscar’s Sunday Brunch is held every Sunday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
SGD 108++ Includes iced tea bar
SGD 188++ Includes iced tea bar and Henriot Brut NV champagne
SGD 208++ Includes iced tea bar, Henriot Rose Brut NV champagne and Henriot Blanc de Blancs champagne
SGD 54++ per child (6 to 12 years old)
Conrad Centennial Singapore, Lobby level
2 Temasek Boulevard Singapore 038982
Tel: +65 6432 7481