It is unbearably sunny in April, but we are far from allowing the erratic weather to get our spirits and/or stomachs down.

Since the days seem longer, we are ready for longer (and more) meals to amp up our month. This month’s selection takes advantage of the long, hot, and dry days we have been recently blessed with. Here are our picks for weekday boozy brunches, eggscellent dishes that can’t be beaten, and culinary celebrations for all.

Get Down to Brunching with PORTA

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Nothing seems to signal the start of a good weekend like a hearty brunch replete with bottomless mimosas. If you are around Robertson Quay this weekend, make a stop by PORTA Fine Food & Import Company to check out the refreshed menu by newly appointed Executive Chef Alex Phan, a culinary moniker serving up screen time on Channel 8. His new signatures, such as the Wild Mushroom Orecchiette, will be a creamy, indulgent hit with vegetarian friends, especially with their Sweet Potato & Kale as a side dish. For those who prefer breakfast staples, do not miss their Avocado Toast, a zesty rendition with rocket salad, vinaigrette dressing, and fresh sourdough.

In honour of the best women in our lives, PORTA will be offering a fantastic deal for under $40 come Mother’s day. Each brunch set will come with a choice of one main from their new brunch menu, accompanied with free-flow of fresh Fine de Claire Oysters, salad bar, and a selection of desserts. To top it off, the first glass of Prosecco starts at $10. Alcohol, oysters, and time with her children — already sounds like a great Mother’s Day hamper to us.

Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch
When? 13 May, 12pm to 4pm 
$38 onwards per person, $19 onwards for child (5 to 11 years old)
1 Unity Street, Level 1, Park Hotel Clarke Quay, Singapore 237983

Watch Burgers (Not Boys) With 25 Degree’s Bae Watch Burger

Bae Watch Burger

Combining iconic flavours from ocean and prairie, 25 Degree’s newest burger creation, Bae Watch, is poised to take over Instagram feeds with its gravity-defying gourmet composition. Starting with crusty sourdough buns, the generously stacked filling continues with their classic juicy US Angus beef patty, golden calamari, tobiko lemon dill sauce, and their innovative Crabmeat Sriracha Aioli with mentaiko.

In addition to rewarding your tastebuds, every order paired with Peroni Nastro Azzurro will give you a chance to win tickets to Peroni Sunset Cinema at Tanjong Beach, Sentosa, during the first week of May. They have also taken over #baewatch with their appealing photo wall right outside of the diner, so be sure to turn up for the right type of bae watching.

When? Now till 30 Apr
25 Degrees Burgers & Liquor Bar, 200 Middle Rd, Singapore 188980

OLLELLA Delights with Dim Sum Choux

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Why choose between dessert and dim sum? OLLELLA combines the best of both worlds in their newest artisan choux range, featuring blended French pastry with Asian classic flavours.

At the savoury corner, we have Chicken Char Siew with Yam, Radish Cake with XO Sauce, and the perennial favourite, Exploding Salted Yolk. Each pastry is shaped like a little golden globe with flavours reminiscent of Hong Kong’s old-school dim sum trolleys. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the Flowy Gula Melaka Ondeh-Ondeh or Refreshing Mango Pomelo Sago; once again proving that the best things come tiny, sweet, and undeniably Asian.

When? Now till otherwise specified
Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya Basement 2 Food Hall, #B208-4

At Crack, Eggs Are a Girl’s Best Friend

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It is time we embrace the ubiquitous egg and to do that, look no further than Crack. Their concise, quirky menu puts the yolky superstar to work by innovating dishes around it, served fast-casual style. Started in early 2017 by lawyer-turned-chef Lynette Zheng, the Instagram-worthy food truck will be at Timbre+ until May.

Highlights include the Cracking Good Egg Sandwich, featuring their seductive egg slice, slow-cooked to retain a creamy, fluffy tamago bite. Resting on a bed of house-made breakfast sausage patty and doused with chipotle mayo for a zesty finish, this burger hushes most cholesterol concerns. For the true egg enthusiast, treat yourself to double servings of their Otah Scotch Egg: finger food reworked into an ingenious Asian mainstay, with fragrant otah paste encasing locally farmed AA Grade eggs.

When? Now till otherwise specified
Timbre+, 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent, #01-33, Singapore 139957

Monti Marks Their 1st Year with La Gastronomia Italiana

Spiced Red Wine Poached Pear

Located on the waterfront of Singapore’s majestic Marina Bay and inside the grand spherical Fullerton Pavilion, Monti is one of the hottest date spots in the country. This April, the restaurant will be celebrating their first-year anniversary with an exclusive three-course lunch menu helmed by Head Chef Felix Chong.

Kick off the meal with Monti’s signature Pan Seared Hokkaido Scallop, followed by our personal favourite: the 48 Hours Sous Vide Beef Short Ribs, a melty beef slab with truffle pommes puree, lightly-fried asparagus and Brussel sprouts, all served over Barolo wine sauce. There is also a vegetarian menu option with the memorable Acquerello Risotto finished with truffle and porcini mushrooms. Both menu options will wrap with the Red Wine Poached Pear paired with house-made vanilla gelato to showcase a truly perfect tarty, crunchy ending.

Monti’s 1st Anniversario Lunch
When? Now till 30 Apr, 12pm to 3pm
$48 onwards per person for a three-course menu
One-for-one deal: One dines free with every paying adult

Monti’s 1st Anniversario Dinner
When? 27 Apr, 8 pm to 11 pm
$128 onwards per person for a six-course menu
Monti at 1-Pavilion, Collyer Quay, Singapore 049327

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