Private dining room overlooking the Chao Phraya River at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Six of the best brunches around the world

A leisurely brunch is one of the joys of the weekend, whether it’s an extended breakfast with bloody Marys, or a relaxed three-course meal with bottomless fizz. Here’s our pick of six of the best brunches at Mandarin Oriental hotels around the world and what makes them so special

Patio dining at Camelia at Mandarin Oriental, Paris

Modern patisserie at Camélia

Chef Thierry Marx has infused the Sunday brunch menu at Camélia with his modern, French-Asian style. The elegant three-course experience comes with a glass of Champagne and guests can choose savoury starters from the buffet and a hot main course, but it’s the delectable sweet treats from the patisserie counter that really steal the show. Highlights include the delightful tarte clementine-cannelle with its golden citrus pastry and cinnamon biscuit, topped with clementine marmalade and a zesty cream.

Torched langoustines plated up at Lord Jim's restaurant

World buffet at Lord Jim’s

Come the weekend at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, guests can go on an entertaining, gastronomic tour of the world via the brunch buffet at Lord Jim’s. The lively restaurant serves a huge array of dishes from across the continents, with everything from sushi and sashimi and fresh pasta, to carved meats and flaming crêpes Suzette, prepared with a flourish at the live stations around the dining room.

Fish dish at Tasca, Dubai

Portuguese tasting menu at Tasca

Superstar Portuguese chef, José Avillez, brings a little Mediterranean sunshine to Dubai with his restaurant, Tasca. Brunch is on offer every Friday, and the best seats in the house are on the terrace, which looks out over the shimmering blue sea of the Arabian Gulf. Guests are treated to a full brunch tasting menu of Portuguese delights, from freshly baked bread with smoked butter and marinated seafood and shellfish, to classic, rich Portuguese custard tarts, all accompanied by a jug of refreshing sangria.

MO Bar at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Cocktails and tunes at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

There’s a cool, late-night vibe to the late-morning offering at this hip drinking spot. MO Bar at The Landmark’s Belvedere Weekend Brunch menu includes free-flowing cocktails, from classics such as a bloody Mary or espresso martini, to signature, modern concoctions like the MO Rickey – a mix of Belvedere vodka, chamomile honey water, cucumber and lemon. The food is fresh and organic, with vibrant salads, home smoked salmon, grilled prime steaks and some wickedly good tater tots with blue cheese and bacon. This is all served to a soundtrack laid down by the in-house DJs who take to the decks from 12.30pm. And for those who want to continue the fun there’s an after-brunch menu of free flowing Champagne, wines and spirits that will see you through until 7pm.

Dim sum at Cherry Garden restaurant, Singapore

Dim sum at Cherry Garden

When it comes to the brunch offering at modern Cantonese restaurant, Cherry Garden, at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, the focus is on dainty and delicious dim sum. An extensive selection of small but perfectly formed morsels is on offer every weekend, and guests can choose as many dishes as they like from the menu. Must-try plates include the steamed crystal dumplings with a rich mushroom and black truffle filling and zingy crispy wasabi-aioli prawns with fresh mango and tobiko fish roe.

Selection of sweet dishes at Blanc restaurant, Barcelona

Free flowing cava at Blanc

It’s not hard to see why the brunch experience at Blanc, in Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona, is rated as one of the best in the world. The modern dining space is stunning in its design, set under a vast glass atrium, and serves exceptional food, which comes courtesy of Michelin-starred chef Carme Ruscalleda. The meal starts with a bloody or virgin Mary, before the Spanish sparkling wine starts to flow. And cava is the perfect accompaniment for the restaurant’s speciality rice dishes, such as tender Iberian pork rice or seasonal seafood paella.

A woman surrounded by sweet treats at The Mandarin Cake Shop, Taipei

What to try at the world’s best patisseries

Embark on a flavourful journey around the world and satisfy your sweet tooth with these international desserts at MO hotels