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Kempinski Sunday Brunch Review – 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung

Kempinski Sunday Brunch Review – 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung

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15 Stamford by Alvin Leung is a bistro and grill restaurant located in Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, that is led by Michelin-star HK-Canadian chef Alvin Leung. Every Sunday, the restaurant serves Sunday Brunch, which consists of 6 course semi-buffet. Semi because 3 courses have limited servings, and 3 courses have unlimited servings.

I’ve heard so many great reviews about food at Capitol Kempinski, and I got really curious and wanted to try it. We finally went for the Sunday Brunch and here is my experience.

Kempinski Sunday Brunch Review - Self Portrait

Price

  • Six-course at $138++ per adult and $69++ per child (aged between 6 and 12 y.o.)
  • With sparkling wine beverage +$48 
  • With champagne beverage +$68 
  • With vintage beverage +$118 

Booking & Voucher Collection

We booked our brunch during Black Friday sale where the price was heavily discounted. Because it was a sale, we had to make pre-payment in full, and collect the physical voucher at the hotel.

To be honest, I find the voucher collection to be a hassle because we needed to reserve a timeslot to collect the voucher, then go down personally to collect the voucher. After that, we must call in to make a dining reservation, and lastly we must remember to bring the voucher during the actual day of dining. It’ll be good if they do away with voucher collection and just use name or email address for verification.

Making Reservation

Reservation can be done online or through phone. For us, we decided to do so via phone. Within a day or two, I received an SMS regarding the confirmation of my booking date and time.

On the day of our brunch, I received a call from the restaurant. It was a call with a pre-recorded voice message, asking me to press 1 to confirm my reservation.

6-Course Brunch Menu

Some of the courses in Kempinski Sunday Brunch Menu changes weekly, so do expect the unexpected. The courses that are fixed in the menu are Seafood Platter, Appetisers, Large Plates and Cheese Wagon. The other courses that change weekly are Pass Around and Dessert Platter.

Even though there is a Sunday Brunch menu on the website, it is not necessary the menu that you’ll get when you visit. The only menu you can rely on is the printed menu on the restaurant’s table.

Here’s the printed menu during my visit:

Kempinski Sunday Brunch Review - 15 Stamford - Menu (1)
Kempinski Sunday Brunch Review - 15 Stamford - Menu (2)

Course 1: Pass Around

Pass Around consists of bite-sized snacks with unlimited servings. Despite being listed as Course 1, instead of being served all at once, the snacks were served one by one throughout the entire brunch. I don’t mind though, I don’t want to be too full at the beginning of the brunch.

The menu of Pass Around changes weekly. During our visit, there were Brunt Potato Broth, Braised Beef Short Rib, Black Cod and Torched Salmon Trout. My favorite is the salmon, but I also enjoy short rib and potato broth. I was hoping they’d serve foie gras but unfortunate that didn’t happen.

Kempinski Sunday Brunch Review - Pass Around (1) Salmon Trout
Torched Salmon Trout
Kempinski Sunday Brunch Review - Pass Around (3) Beef Short Rib
Braised Beef Short Rib
Kempinski Sunday Brunch Review - Pass Around (2) Potato Broth
Brunt Potato Broth
Kempinski Sunday Brunch Review - Pass Around (4) Black Cod
Black Cod

Course 2: Seafood Platter

The Seafood Platter consists of lobster, oysters, tiger prawns, mussels and cured salmon. My favorite is definitely the lobster, which is extremely fresh. I also love the cured salmon. The tiger prawn was too tough.

I am more of a crustaceans person and I usually avoid mollusks. But, since I’m paying a lot for this brunch, I decided to eat everything on the plate. Well, I can’t believe I write this but I find the oysters and mussels to be quite soft, fresh and pretty delectable!

Kempinski Sunday Brunch Review - Seafood Platter
Seafood Platter

Course 3: Appetisers

The Appetisers actually consists of 2 dish: Charcuterie Board and Potato Salad.

The Charcuterie Board consists of 4 types of ham, namely Jamon Iberico De Bellota, Beef Bresaola, Iberian Chorizo and Salami. Our favorite is Jamon Iberico. If only this is an unlimited serving, we would definitely request for more Jamon Iberico.

Kempinski Sunday Brunch Review - Charcuterie Board
Charcuterie Board
Kempinski Sunday Brunch Review - Charcuterie Board
Close-up view of the hams

Potato Salad is enjoyable. The potato still has the skin intact but it’s quite soft and chewable. We feel that the portion of the salad is quite big.

Kempinski Sunday Brunch Review - Potato Salad
Potato Salad

Course 4: Large Plates

This is the part of Sunday Brunch which requires prior research, because one person can only choose one dish out of the 5 available options: Chilean Sea Bass, Black Angus Beef Rib Eye, 15 Stamford Laksa, Rotisserie Chicken, and Lamb Breast Char Siew. We were asked for our choices at the beginning of the brunch.

My hubby decided to go with Lamb Breast Char Siew. The char siew sauce was sweet and enjoyable. The meat was aplenty. To be honest, it taste almost like a pork rib in my opinion!

Kempinski Sunday Brunch Review - Large Plates - Lamb Breast Char Siew
Lamb Breast Char Siew

Meanwhile, I decided to go with Black Angus Beef Rib Eye. I wasn’t asked about my preferred doneness, and I was served a medium to medium-well steak, which is nicely charred on the outside but soft on the inside. I don’t mind being served a medium steak, but I wonder what if some people can’t take medium steak but are served one. Anyway, I LOVE the steak! Every bite is a joy, but that’s probably because I’m a meat lover.

Kempinski Sunday Brunch Review - Large Plates - Black Angus Beef Rib Eye
Black Angus Beef Rib Eye

Course 5: Cheese Wagon

I think this course should be called “Cheese Platter” instead because there was no wagon involved. After finishing our large plates, we were served a cheese platter with various cheese as well as dried fruits. I love the soft cheese, but I don’t really enjoy the hard cheese.

On the menu, Cheese Wagon is supposed to be the last course, but we were served cheese before dessert, so I’ll just list Cheese Wagon as Course 5. To be clear, I prefer to eat cheese before dessert, so this arrangement is fine for me.

Kempinski Sunday Brunch Review - Cheese Wagon
Cheese Wagon

Course 6: Dessert Platter

Finally, it was dessert time. All of the desserts were served in one platter. There were 7 dishes: Azuki Bean Mousse Cake, Matcha Tiramisu, Pistachio Financier, Mixed Nut Tart, Coconut Sago Jelly, Gula Melaka Cheese Cake, Calamansi Sorbet.

My hubby loves the mixed nut tart (cos he loves nuts). For me, nothing screams wow. The calamansi sorbet is too sour for me, the jelly and tiramisu are enjoyable, the cheese cake is the creamy type and not the solid type (pardon my lack of food-related vocabulary). I’m also not a fan of the mousse cake and financier.

Kempinski Sunday Brunch Review - Dessert Platter
Dessert Platter

Beverages

As mentioned in the “Price” section, customers can pay additional cost for alcohols ($48+ onwards). Alternatively, you can also order drink from their beverage menu. The drink menu includes cocktails, beers, mocktails, coffees, teas, soft drinks, sodas, juices and mineral waters. Plain water is complimentary.

Conclusion: Is It Worth It?

In my subjective opinion, this Sunday Brunch is worth it especially if you’re celebrating a special occasion.

I am not a food expert and I am not a high-spender. But I enjoy the Sunday Brunch a lot and I would consider going back if there is a sale again in the future.

Address & Operating Hours

Address: 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906

Sunday Brunch Operating Hours: Sunday 12 noon to 3pm

FYI, I paid for meals reviewed in this article.

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