Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Sensational Spanish Sunday Brunch At Catalunya Singapore

Waiting to enter the restaurant

Launched in August 2012, Catalunya Singapore is a contemporary Spanish restaurant located at The Fullerton Pavilion, a beautiful floating glass-encased dome structure floating atop the waters of Marina Bay with an observation deck on its roof. The ambience is elegant and romantic and diners can marvel at the panoramic view of the city and the Marina Bay Sands while enjoying a meal with their loved ones.

Captivated by the charming ambience

Helmed by Executive Chef, Alain Devahive Tolosa, Catalunya Singapore’s menu is a serendipitous blend of traditional northeastern Spanish cuisine and modern preparation methods. Chef Alain who has spent a decade honing his culinary skills in the kitchens elBulli Restaurant and elBulli Catering and several Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe created a unique menu that showcases his creativity, dedication and culinary finesse.

Hubby enjoying his food.

Following the success of Sunday Brunch with Passion at Catalunya in Hong Kong, Catalunya Singapore launched the same concept, bringing the brunch experience to greater heights. Sunday Brunch with Passion at Catalunya is s sizzling and sensational affair. It’s all about wholesome food, Spanish entertainment and excellent showmanship. You’ll be dazzled by the lively atmosphere and amicable restaurant staff the minute you step into the restaurant. True to Spanish culture, Sunday Brunch at Catalunya is a passionate dining experience where one can indulge in Catalan classics at the food stations.

Sardines salpicon

There is something to look forward to every hour, therefore diners are encouraged to stay for the entire feast starting from 12.30pm to 4pm. Being a food lover, I was elated at the opportunity to indulge in fine Spanish cuisine for four hours. The spectacular view, charming ambience and vibrant atmosphere made the whole experience a special one. Service was immaculate and the amicable restaurant staff made me feel at home throughout the meal.

Appetising pickles

For a start, my taste buds were teased with a stunning selection of Spanish cured meats, cheeses, breads, salads, seafood and stews presented at the different food stations. 

Assorted cheeses

Tantalising charcuterie (cold cuts)

Estrellados (Scrambled egg with bed of potato) with mushrooms

From 12.30pm to 1.30pm, diners can indulge in breakfast items prepared à la minute. Some of the popular highlights include omelette, estrellados (fried or scrambled egg on a bed of potatoes) with your choice of choice of paletilla, chorizo, mushrooms or sobrassada (raw cured sausage from Balearic islands made with ground pork, paprika and salt and other spices). For something more substantial, you can go for the bikini sandwich with Iberian ham, cheese and truffle or mallorquin (with Spanish red sausage).

Staff jiving to the beat of the music while serving Spanish suckling pig

Spanish suckling pig is ready to be served.

From 1.30pm to 2.30pm, the restaurant staff jived to the rhythmic beat of Spanish music while bringing in main dishes such as suckling pig, paella, lamb shoulder and salt crusted whole fish. The whole atmosphere livened up and it felt like a party. I enjoyed the salt crusted fish but found the suckling pig and lamb shoulder a little too overwhelming as I am not particularly inclined towards meat dishes. The paella (a rice dish with seafood) was extremely satisfying and left me craving for more.

Coconut cream with lemon marshmallow and raspberry

At about 3pm, the team of dynamic chefs presented the gorgeous selection of desserts including pineapple cream with passion fruit jelly, banana nutella cognac with caramel, hazelnut and cherry, milk chocolate with flue-tin and rock salt, triple chocolate cake, strawberry mousse, yuzu cream with sesame, chocolate cake with raspberry and almonds, coconut cream with lemon marshmallow and raspberry, mixed berries cheesecake, mille-feuille, mixed fruits and churros (Spanish doughnuts) with chocolate cream.

Churros (Spanish doughnuts)

Berries cheesecake

My favourite was the rich and deliciously decadent triple chocolate cake. Every mouthful was gratifying and bursting with flavour, leaving me drowned in sweet sensations.

Triple chocolate cake

Catalunya Singapore is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 12noon to 2am. On Sundays, it is open from 12.30pm to 2am. Catalunya Sundays - Brunch with Passion starts at 12.30pm and ends at 4.30pm and is priced at $98++ per person. For an additional $48++, you'll get to enjoy free flow of cocktails, cava, white wine, red wine, coffee and tea, The restaurant is located at The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049327. 

For reservations, call 6534 0886 or email reservation@catalunya.sg

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