Get Boozy at Manhattan Bar’s New Sunday Cocktail Brunch Launching Aug 10

There’s no doubt that ‘sleeping in’ and ‘brunch’ comes to mind when the weekend approaches. Combine the two and you’ve got Manhattan Bar’s new Weekend Cocktail Brunch, with free flow handcrafted cocktails as the kicker.

Five buffet-style food stations take over the bar: salads and cold cuts, oysters, seafood, cheese, and (yes, even) bagels, as well as a range of a la carte breakfast and hot plates, ending with a line of mouthwatering desserts by pastry chef Lorenzo Sollecito.

Manhattan Bar’s Sunday Cocktail Brunch

Manhattan Bar - Mini-bagel station with a creative repertoire of toppings and housemade cream cheese smears - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Oyster station at Manhattan Bar’s Weekend Cocktail Brunch

Manhattan Bar - Slurp up our seasonal selection of deliciously rich American Oysters - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Available every Sunday from tomorrow, guests will be able to indulge in a lavish spread of unlimited craft cocktails by head bartender, Ricky Paiva, beers, wines, as well as gastronomic pleasures by Chef Nicholas Trosien. There’s something you need to know about this chef—his presence in the kitchen guarantees you one helluva meal, eliminating all thoughts that bar food are merely deep-fried grub.

An exemplary dish is the smoked foie gras served with pearl barley, drunken Napoleon cherries (one of best around) and battered tobacco onion rings. Every ingredient on the plate plays a role in rounding the dish—there’s no space for novelty. A range of crunchy, smooth and creamy textures graces the palate, while layers of flavors; sweet, buttery, with a hint of spice) excites the taste buds.

Smoked foie gras at Manhattan Bar’s Sunday Cocktail Brunch

Manhattan Bar - Smoked Foie Gras - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Meanwhile, breakfast items such as bacon and egg consists of a crusted soft boiled egg, smoked slab bacon, pickles and frisee are great to start with, and of course, freshly baked hand-rolled bagels. While obviously not as good as the ones in New York (we’ve got our climate to blame for that), these babies are the next best thing (in Singapore) to the ones we’ve had in The Big Apple, accompanied by a selection of smears like smoked salmon, blueberry cheese, and blue cheese cream, with toppings such as grilled asparagus and bell peppers. A little more premium than the usual ham, egg and cheese bagel you get in New York, but hey, who’s complaining?

Over at the cheese station (that takes over the ingredients room, or rather, Paiva’s playground) is a curated seasonal variety of artisan American cheese and freshly baked bread. Our favorites include the Purple Moon cheddar that gets its distinctive color from being soaked in Cabernet, a more playful gourmet version of the traditional port wine cheddar—we love its crunchy and creamy texture. Another rare find is Humboldt Fog, an organic goat milk cheese with a crumbly paper-thin rind that hides a smooth and creamy interior with a zesty hint of spice.

Cheese station at Manhattan Bar’s Sunday Cocktail Brunch

Manhattan Bar - Artisan American cheeses in the Ingredients Room - Review by Gourmet Adventures

While the food is perpetually delicious, it is after all, a bar—and booze is the name of the game. Specially crafted for the Sunday Cocktail Brunch are six cocktails to toast to the weekend. We reckon starting with the Bartender’s Breakfast of tea-infused Aylesbury Duck vodka and green Chartreuse, finished with fresh lemon, fresh cream, honey and seltzer water—vanilla aromas with a subtly sweet and creamy mouthfeel that’s light and refreshing.

Bartender’s Breakfast cocktail at Manhattan Bar’s Sunday Cocktail Brunch

Manhattan Bar - Bartender's Breakfast - Review by Gourmet Adventures

When you’ve stomached some of Chef Trosien’s delectable dishes, summon on an Old Cuban, a rum-based concoction using Plantation Original, topped up with champagne and finished off with Angostura, fresh lime and mint. Heads up: this one’s a secret killer.

There’s also a Bloody Mary station where one can select your poison of choice: gin, tequila or vodka. The fun ensues then after in the rickhouse, transformed into a ‘build-your-own’ station with a selection of cocktail garnishes of your preference—there’s even bacon and bak kwa.

‘Build-your-own’ Bloody Marys station at Manhattan Bar’s Sunday Cocktail Brunch

Manhattan Bar - Build your own Bloody Mary with our Bloody Mary Cart - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Taking over the main bar is the dessert line where one will be spoilt for choice with desserts including unique alcoholic creations; chocolate bacon lollipops, B52 cocktail, bourbon crème brulee and snickers bar bonbons.

It’s about time you enjoyed the finer things in life.

Sunday Cocktail Brunch. $150 with free flow craft cocktails, beers and wines; $195 with additional free flow Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne; every Sun 11:30am-3:30pm. Manhattan Bar, 2/F Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Rd., 6725-3377.

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