Located at the junction between Cook Street and Tras Street, Six Senses Maxwell exudes opulent European charms and splendour. It takes a short walk along the baroque-style hallway to get to Six Senses Brasserie (SSB), where one can finally settles for a weekend brunch in the beautiful wood-panelled restaurant.
For $68 per head, Six Senses Brasserie by Executive Chef Ian Mancais offers (1) a board of starters, (2) a main of your choice and (3) another long board of desserts. If you are into alcohol at any parts of the day, you can add $59 for free flow of wine or $88 for champagne.
To maintain your decorum, there is a Non-alcoholic Rosé Bellini ($12) to sip while you wait for brunch to be served. It is a pretty concoction of strawberry purée and lime juice with sparkling Bellini to prepare your palate for what is about to come.
“Graze with Our Grazing Boards” showcases seven starters:
1. bread with chicken liver parfait,
2. lean green salad that consists of literally dark green ingredients like broccoli, kale, asparagus, French beans topped with pumpkin seeds,
3. piccalilli relish that awakens your taste buds with a sour zest,
4. a fruit and vegetable salad,
5. crunchy garlic prawn with croutons soaked with sauce
6. guacamole, and
7. smoked salmon with sour cream.
As with how grazing boards go, each food choice will have a different appeal to everyone. I enjoyed the chicken liver parfait and garlic prawns for their robust flavours while I also find respite with the lean green salad to cleanse my palate in-between dishes.
If you like southern fried chicken, it will be hard to resist Chicken & Waffles. The meat is evenly cooked, tender and juicy with every bite. On the down side, the waffle is ‘cakey’ and tastes a tad dry and hard.
It is probably best to maximise the use of the semi-spiced maple syrup on the side. The chicken is delicious but I can hardly finish the waffle. The piccalilli relish reappears as a topping. It is a bit too sour for me.
The Eggs Benedict SSB Style is presented in two perfect mounds of poached eggs on sourdough bread layered with guacamole and spinach, with servings of smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce at the side.
It is like a coupling of Eggs Florentine and Eggs Royale (both descendants of Eggs Benedict), and SSB combines both of their good traits into one dish.
The sourdough absorbs the mixture of guacamole, spinach and egg yolk well. It is the next best replacement for English muffins. Overall, it is a very fulfilling brunch order. Safe and not sorry.
The Lobster Mac & Cheese is dry and bland. From the menu, it says that they use mild mustard cheese sauce and dehydrated lemon scented savoury crumble. I am not sure if I taste any of the following except for the mildness of the cheese sauce, which is not a lot to begin.
Similar to the starters, the “It’s A Piece Of Cake” dessert board looks like a mini buffet spread being placed right in front of me.
The individual-filled cone tastes like an ice cream cone sans the coldness. The pretty lemon stone is actually a thin layer of white chocolate encasing tangy lemon curd, a good combination of sour and sweet.
The exquisite tiny macaron is light and delicious. It would be hard to try other desserts if it were to be a regular-sized macaron that may over sensitise the tongue.
I want to do a special shout-out to the matcha mini tart. This has to be one of the best matcha tarts around. The rich filling encapsulates the authentic green tea taste without it being too sweet.
The selection includes cinnamon palmier and red velvet cake. It is certainly not just a piece of cake to come up with these creations.
If these sweets are not enough, there is a Hawker’s Ice Cream Tricycle parked within the restaurant. The house-made organic ice cream flavours include such prickly pear, vanilla cognac, white chocolate mint, corn, red bean and mandarin. It may be a completely different list of flavours when you come over on your own visit.
Despite it looking lush, the restaurant’s ambience is comfortable and homely. One can really take time to waft through brunch at the comfort of space and quiet. There are pockets of corners that allow your dining experience to be more private, be it for two or ten of your best buddies who need a weekend recharge.
The establishment is big on using sustainable and recyclable materials. Their wooden sharing boards are made from grown-in-the-city woods and not from deforestation areas. There is hardly any use of plastic in their hotel rooms and has gone ‘straw-less’ since 2011. They also practise zero food waste by collecting uneaten food two to three times a week and sending them to farmers to be used as compost. It will be great if more restaurants adopt these practices.
Six Senses Brasserie
2 Cook Street, Singapore 078857
tel: +65 6914 1400
The Weekender’s Brasserie Brunch opening hours:
10.30am – 3pm, Saturday and Sunday
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Written by Cheang Shwu Peng.