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The Best Brunches From All Over The World

From New York to London, brunch is a big deal.

Though the concept of blending together breakfast and lunch – coined as ‘brunch’ – first came about in the 19th century England, it only became commonplace in the 1930s when American eateries began serving it.

Fifteen decades later and the meal’s not only become an integral part of our dining culture, but an art form for chefs. These days, you’ll find buffets crammed with sweets, savouries and live cooking stations; set menus serving piled-high plates; and a la carte offerings with champagne package add-ons.

Among the most extravagant brunches around the world, these are our favourites.

Soleil at The Mulia

So impressive it took home Architectural Digest’s award for most luxurious brunch in 2016, Sunday brunch at Soleil is a lavish feast of Mediterranean and pan-Asian cuisine. Housed within one of Bali’s most renowned resorts, The Mulia, its dining room is beach-facing with an elegant gold, white and beige décor.

Against floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the pool and sea or under a parasol in the open-air garden, pick your package – one with juices, coffees, and teas or, for more of an indulgence, the other with free-flowing New World wine and strong cocktails.

If you’ve gone with the latter, order the Arancia Piccante Martini. A spicy chilli-infused take on the Orange-Tini, it’s got just the right amount of kick appropriate for a weekend morning.

Then, it’s onto the food. And, with both a buffet and an a la carte menu to choose from, there’s lots of it. From salads to spring rolls; pancakes to pastas; and omelettes to oysters – you won’t know where to start.

The Mulia, Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Nusa Dua, Bali

Sunday Market Journey at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

Sometimes an overseas restaurant can be judged by whether or not it’s frequented by locals too. Based off that then, the three eateries at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel – Spice Market, Madison, and Aqua – are big winners.

Lucky too that they’ve devised an incredibly easy way for patrons to sample them all in only one sitting: with their famous Sunday Brunch Market Journey.

Dishing up highlights from each restaurant – think fresh seafood, gourmet salads, carved meats, and a medley of Japanese, Indian, Italian, Chinese and Thai – the food is top notch. But, the fact there’s a corner dedicated entirely to Foie Gras should give you an indication of how true that is.

And, if you’ve still got room for more, decadent cakes, warm crepes and velvety ice cream will be calling your name. Select from bottomless sparkling wine or vintage champagne add-ons.

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, 155 Ratchadamri Road, Bangkok

Saké Restaurant and Bar Double Bay

With Double Bay one of Sydney’s ‘it’ spots to brunch, the expectation for a quality one here is high. Luckily, Saké Restaurant and Bar, nestled on leafy Cross Street in the swanky suburb, brings all that and more with its Champagne Lunch held every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm.

There’s a set menu or a la carte ordering with a minimum spend. If you’ve gone with the former, look forward to miso caramelised skewers of toothfish, teriyaki glazed chicken, and plenty of other prettily-presented courses before a grand finale of bite-size desserts.

Otherwise, if you’re customising your own meal, choose from cold and hot starters like tuna tofu ceviche and crispy brussel sprouts, mains such as tempura snapper and Berkshire pork cutlet, and sides of sushi rolls.

Suffice to say, you’ll have more than enough food to keep you grazing throughout the entire two-hour package of unlimited Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart Blanc De Blancs, or Dom Perignon you can tack on. Both Melbourne, read our dedicated guide here, and for Perth, read here.

Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay, 33 Cross Street, Sydney

Les Enfants Perdus

Trust the Parisians to have a Sunday brunch running until 4pm. It’s called Le Brunch and you’ll find it at fine-dining restaurant Les Enfants Perdus near Canal Saint-Martin. And, with a Michelin-starred chef at the helm, it’s a good one.

Arrive hungry because, with delicious treats like olive and cheese muffins, minced mushrooms in soy sauce and sesame oil, thin slices of smoked duck breast, and the French speciality dish raviole de Royan, there’s no way you won’t want to taste everything.

Fortunately, though, the waiters give you loads of time to nibble at your own leisure so the odds you’ll be able to are in your favour.

Being French, they’ve of course got a lengthy list of wines from whites to reds to rosés. Given you’ll likely be sitting for a couple hours as you digest, go with a bottle.

9 Rue Des Récollets Paris

Glenmere Mansion

Just over an hour drive from Manhattan in Upstate New York’s Hudson Valley, five-star boutique hotel Glenmere Mansion hosts a refined three-course brunch every Sunday. The note on its menu requesting diners refrain from mobile conversations while inside should illustrate just how classy an affair it is.

Not to worry, though – the beautiful hilltop mansion and the sprawling estate it’s set on should provide you and your dining companions with enough fodder to chat about.

Featuring local produce prepared using world-class French techniques, the brunch’s menu is loaded with quirky twists on classics. Among them, the farm egg omelette cooked with salty olives and creamy goats cheese and the wild mushroom crepes sprinkled with parmesan and served with roasted cauliflower are must-orders.

Wrap up the experience with rich German chocolate cake or warm apple crumble. Drink-wise, they’ve got apertifs to enjoy before you dig in and expertly-made cocktails for during.

634 Pine Hill Road, Chester, New York

Le Vallauris

A stark contrast from the sleek new establishments cropping up around California’s chic town of Palm Springs, Le Vallauris has been plating up traditional European fare since 1974. And though its lunches and dinners are impressive, its three-course Sunday brunch is of note.

Under the shady trees on its large patio, its set menu will start you off your choice of limestone lettuce leaves tossed with walnuts or Belgian endives sprinkled with Stilton cheese before moving you on to your main. For that, expect gourmet options like Lake Superior white fish, sautéed calf’s liver, and glazed Atlantic salmon.

As for drinks, they’ve got coffee or tea plus half a bottle of sparkling, red or white wine. Unfortunately, if you’re visiting anytime from July to early September, you’ll find the restaurant closed as it’s low season.

385 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, California

Published 09 February, 2018