The Best Restaurants to Celebrate Easter Sunday in 2020
UPDATE: Due to the circuit breaker measures imposed by the government on April 3 to combat the spread of coronavirus, these Easter events have been cancelled.
After fasting or avoiding meat during Lenten Season, it’s only right to celebrate with a lavish spread at these restaurants come Easter Sunday (April 12). You’re surely in for a delicious treat as the chefs have amped up their offerings with an exclusive feast that includes one-off specials.
With the threat of the novel coronavirus hanging over our heads, it's worth noting that these establishments have put in place stringent safety measures, such as temperature checks, declaration forms and enough spacing between tables, to give you peace of mind while dining with the family.
No one does an Easter party quite like the Italians, as showcased in chef Emanuele Faggi’s Easter Weekend by the Bay bottomless brunch. Available on April 11 and 12 (11.30am to 2.30pm) is the chef’s Colapranzo menu with a notable upgrade: the addition of a lamb carving station.
Why don’t you save that for last and take advantage of the eat-all-you-can dishes? From the appetisers, you’ve got the classic beef tartare, given a modern reworking with the use of quality Mayura beef, as well as the flavoursome panzanella di tonno, assembled with a generous portion of fresh tuna slices atop buttered Tuscan bread.
There are nonna-approved mains, too, including the drool-worthy smoky maple pork belly, best eaten with the accompanying fig jam and citrus vinaigrette. Brunch comes with free-flow wines and house-pour beers.
2/9 W Singapore
There’s something for everyone at the hotel's amped-up Easter brunch spread on April 12 (12.30pm to 3pm). Eat to your heart’s content with dishes like tandoori lobster, crispy suckling pig with apple bourbon sauce, and chilled local crab at the various stations. Pair these with bottomless bubbly.
The Kitchen Table | W Singapore—Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, S(098374) | 6808 7268 | email@example.com
3/9 Bread Street Kitchen
For something different, executive chef Oscar Montelongo and his team have dedicated the Easter menu to the brunch staple: eggs benedict. From April 10 to 12 (11am to 3pm), savour it in three delicious variations, starting with the Mexican-style huevos rancheros, comprising runny poached egg accompanied by spicy 'nduja sausage, crab meat and homemade ranchero sauce.
It's possible to have it burger-style when you opt for the naughty eggs benedict. The poached egg comes with melted cheese, crisp bacon and dry-aged patty. It's elevated with creamy hollandaise sauce spiked with paprika, and sandwiched between two buttery brioche buns.
Last but not least is the Asian eggs benedict, featuring poached eggs jazzed up with shredded barbecued pulled pork, pork floss and kimchi. Comes with your choice of sides: chips, onion rings or mixed green salad.
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Have a simple yet hearty Easter celebration on April 12 (12pm), courtesy of chef-owner Beppe de Vito. His five-course menu is a showcase of Italy’s bountiful harvest this spring.
Take his appetiser of Hokkaido scallop crudo, topped with black truffle shavings, sweet peas and bergamot. For mains, it’s a choice between the beautifully herb-crusted lamb filet decorated with green asparagus, black garlic and onion jus, or the Chilean sea bass, accompanied by white asparagus, onions and chilli.
Don’t skip the dessert, an addictive Colomba molten cake beautified with Toritto almonds, strawberries and tonka bean.
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5/9 Beach Road Kitchen
Those in need of a pick-me-up come Easter Sunday (12pm to 3pm) can head over to this buffet restaurant for its glorious feast. And the first thing that will grab your attention is the seafood tower, brimming with the freshest marine creatures: Alaskan king crabs, freshly shucked oysters, and poached Maine lobsters.
Take it easy on the seafood, though, for there's much to savour at the other sections. For example, at the charcoal grill live station, you have meaty favourites like roasted Tomahawk and grilled Iberico pork. In keeping with the theme, the chefs also prepared a repertoire of egg dishes: eggs benedict, scotch eggs and pavlova egg nest.
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6/9 Lawry's The Prime Rib Singapore
If you've been fasting during the Lenten week, you can reward yourself on Easter Sunday with some good 'ol meat and more at this popular steakhouse. Since it's a family affair, the chefs have prepared set meals for adults and kids for lunch and dinner.
Grown-ups will commence with the signature spinning bowl salad, a delectable ensemble of crunchy Romaine and iceberg lettuce, shredded beets, baby spinach, chopped eggs and croutons. Are you a steak lover? If so, your main course should be the USDA prime rib beef served the classic American way—with mashed potatoes and whipped cream horseradish.
Want something different? Fret not for you also have the red snapper done tempura-style and served with Thai mayonnaise; oven-baked rosemary hen accompanied by an Easter boiled egg; and pan-seared Nagano pork cubes soaked in a creamy truffle sauce.
Children are also in for a delicious surprise, in the form of chicken nuggets with homemade French fries; seafood pasta in tomato sauce; and fish & chips.
What about celebrating Easter in a different way? Since you've already booked April 12 for a Sunday brunch, start the revelry early with executive chef Paul Hallett and executive pastry Ming Choong's lavish high team menu. It's available from April 1 to 10 (3pm to 5pm). Sit by the window and delight in the stellar vista while tucking into their signature sweets and savouries.
What's on the menu? For savouries, you have a lobster roll with a gooey egg yolk gel; Loch Fyne smoked salmon sandwich elevated with trout roe and lemon zest; and sauteed mushroom quiche encased in a flaky pastry and topped with caramelised mushrooms.
Leave space for sweets such as Arabica coffee choux, an indulgent creation of Arabica coffee cream perched on a pillowy choux puff, and citrus cheese carrot cake. The latter is your source of a sugar rush with its citrine-flavoured cream cheese and creamed carrot studded with pecans and raisins.
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Staying home more often in Singapore might have you pining for the beach. Come Easter Sunday, recreate the experience at this al fresco restaurant, with the help of its cool beach house vibes and Singapore river view. The lunch theme (12pm to 4pm) is Greek, so you have inspired drinks like the Greek mojito, crafted with Metaxa, fresh mint, brown sugar and lime; Mythos beers and Masthika and Metaxa spirits.
The menu is presented counter-style, allowing you to easily dig into highlights like Greek salad, hummus with a side of bruschetta, and zucchini fritters. Take note: these are just appetisers. It gets more filling when you opt for the Greek version of the ratatouille, topped with feta cheese, and the roast spit lamb, arguably the pièce de resistance of the feast.
Summerlong | 60 Robertson Quay, 01-04, S(238252) | firstname.lastname@example.org
9/9 db Bistro & Oyster Bar
Too busy for an Easter Sunday brunch? How about dinner at celebrity chef Daniel Boulud's outpost in Singapore? It's already spring so the dishes are crafted using in-season ingredients. Such are the chilled spring pea soup enhanced with smoked bacon slices and rich creme fraiche; flavoursome white asparagus salad and soft shell crab tempura showered with the traditional French sauce gribiche.
Two diners can share the whole roasted dover sole, decorated with cauliflower done in different ways and sauce “grenobloise”. Better yet, savour the mouthwatering Pyrenees lamb, delicately roasted and served with spring vegetables.
Coincidentally, the restaurant also celebrates its 20th anniversary so the db Bistro original burger is available for lunch at half the price.