With the F1 race this weekend, many people will actually be avoiding the Esplanade-City Hall area due to the crowds (and cars) there.
A good place to go to this F1 weekend is actually the Botanical Gardens, which houses a few restaurants and bistros such as the Au Jardin restaurant from Les Amis.
The restaurant is located in the charming EJH Corner House near to the carpark of the Botanical Gardens.
Completed in the early 20th century, this colonial house was the residence to many Assistant Directors of the Botanical Gardens during the colonial era.
You will be welcomed at the front door and brought up to the 2nd floor of the house where the main restaurant is. Today we are having their Sunday Brunch (S$78++ per person), and is recommended that you reserve early for a seat next to the windows (don't worry, you will all be seated in air-con comfort).
At the centre of the hall is the buffet spread with lot's of minature appetizers. Even though this is a buffet, but the service staff still helps diners to choose and pick what they want.
There is a heated hot appetizer station at the side table too.
Always starts a brunch with a Soup of the Day (from the buffet) to warm your stomach before making your way down the buffet list.
Smoked Ham and bacon, Foie Gras terrine with hazelnut waffle, scallops cerviche.
Vegetable tart, Salmon Gravlax, Fricassee of asparagus with smoked bacon, Prawn with basil "en papillote", Farm mushrooms with parsley. The prawn with basil "en papillote" is one of my favourite here. Crispy and delicious. The vegetable tart was equally good too.
Parma ham with melon, more of my favourite Prawn with basil "en papillote" and Foie Gras terrine with hazelnut waffle, vegetable tart and Duck rillette. Au Jardin must have specially selected their rock melon as each piece was as sweet as it could get. The parma hamw as also of high quality. I am also equally impressed by the duck rillette too.
During the buffet, each diner has a choice of eggs done in a style they like. Here we have the Egg Cocotte served in Le Creuset mini iron pot.
And here, the Egg Benedict with muffin. I prefer the latter for the runny egg yolk which was absorbed by the muffin underneath.
Still could not get enough of the appetizer, so went for a final serving.
The mains for the brunch (Each diner allowed to choose only 1 main) which we had selected were this fish dish of Gunard, shaved artichoke, parmesan, balsamic and parsley oil.
I thoroughly enjoyed my Lobster with angel hair pasta, which was the 2nd main we shared.
By the time dessert was served, we were already very full. There were only 2 desserts to choose from: Pain perdu with vanilla ice cream
and the Seasonal fruits and berries with sorbet. I prefer the former as I am someone who likes chocolates and vanilla.
Ended the brunch with Les Mignardises which goes well with their...
Coffee and tea (included in the buffet).
One of the better Sunday brunch in Singapore, at a beautiful location.
Au Jardin Les Amis
1 Cluny Road
EJH Corner House,
Singapore Botanic Gardens