PUBLISHED July 27th, 2017 09:13 am | UPDATED July 31st, 2017 12:26 pm
Singapore is a foodie nation through and through, so what better way to celebrate the country’s 52nd birthday (happening on 9 August) than to wine and dine with the best food and drinks possible? This month, grab your flags, put on your reds and whites, and proceed to stuff your face with glorious local and international delicacies from one of these 9 excellent restaurants – because to not do so would be simply un-Singaporean.
the kitchen table
An ethnic melting pot of intense flavours awaits at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove’s the kitchen table, where a glorious Sunday brunch aptly named “Lion Remix” promises a bottomless array of XO-sauce Chai Tau Kway, Rojak, Popiah, and other hearty hawker delights. At $168++, you’ll also get an endless supply of bubbly, house reds and whites, cocktails, and beers to toast to Singapore’s birthday. After which, put on your sexiest swim wear for the Pool Vibes Only party (think face painting and sunset yoga) happening at the hotel’s giant outdoor pool, WET – it’s free for all brunch goers.
Alternatively, make your way down for the restaurant’s contemporary Pera-Makan feast inspired by the amazing cuisine of the Straits-Chinese later in the month, which pays homage to all things local with dishes such as Ayam Tempra, Sambal Udang Petai, and Babi Assam. And don’t forget the unique bite-sized kuehs.
Lion Remix: Sunday, 6 August 2017, 12.30pm – 3pm
Pool Vibes Only: Sunday, 6 August 2017, 2pm – 8pm
Pera-Makan: 21 to 31 August 2017 (Mon-Thu only), 6pm – 10pm
Where: the kitchen table, W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374
Lion Remix is priced from $128++ per adult, $48++ per child aged 4 to 6, and $68++ per child aged 7 to 12. Kids under 4 dine for free. Pera-Makan is priced at $68++ per person. For reservations, please call +65 6808 7268 or email to [email protected].
On the big day, Marriott Cafe will be presenting a glorious selection of specially-Singaporean delights, mod-Sin dishes, and international favourites to mark the festivities. Lunch highlights include the tantalising Chilli Crab Sauce with Fried Mantou Bun, Laksa, Seafood Paella, Oysters, Black Angus Sirloin and more, while the High-Tea crowd can look forward to the likes of fresh Oyster Omelette, Hokkien Mee, and Nasi Lemak, along with Baked Char Siew puffs, Baked Pizza, and a selection of Durian desserts. Dinner is where all the action (and what we reckon to be the best dishes) takes place, with BBQ Sambal Sting Ray, Chilli Crab, Pork Saddle with Pancetta and Prune Stuffing, Braised Beef Cheeks, and a whole lot more.
Incidentally, from August up to September, enjoy an exclusive Bubbly Dinner promotion at just $228++ for four adults, inclusive of a bottle of Sparkling Wine. Simply quote “MC228” while making the reservation, valid for a max of eight persons and only for the first 50 confirmed reservations.
When: Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 12pm – 2.30pm, 3pm – 5.30pm, 6.30pm – 10pm
Where: Marriott Cafe, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238865
Lunch is priced from $78++ per adult, $38++ per child. High tea is priced at $48++ per adult, $30++ per child. Dinner is priced at $80++ per adult, $40++ per child. For reservations, please call +65 6831 4605 or click here.
The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill
How does a delectable four-course seafood-focused dinner ($90++ or 118++), available on two Saturdays before and during the big day itself, sound? Celebrate the nation’s birthday and enjoy the fireworks alongside exquisite dishes like Scallop Tartare with wasabi and ikura, Baked Garlic Prawns in a savoury cheese crust, your choice of Woodfire Grill NY Steak or a brilliantly roasted Barramundi Fillet with beluga lentils, and a Frangipane Pear Tart for dessert.
Don’t miss out as the celebration continues onto The Pelican Deck and its unobstructed panoramic view of the fireworks. Look no further than a value-for-money Deck Package ($520 nett) for up to six, which includes two bottles of Joseph Perrier Brut Champagne, one bottle of Belvedere Vodka or Glenmorangie The Original, as well as a scrumptious Fried Seafood Platter of beer-battered snapper, calamari, oyster, prawns, and Old Bay Fries!
National Day Preview Dinner: 29 July, 5 August 2017
National Day Dinner: 9 August 2017
Where: The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill, 1 Fullerton Rd, #01-01 One Fullerton, Singapore 049213
The National Day Preview Dinner is priced at $90++ per person. The National Day Dinner is priced at $118++ per person (add $20++ for a glass of Cava). For reservations, please call +65 6438 0400 or email [email protected].
Kinki Rooftop Bar
National Day at Kinki Rooftop Bar is a whole day affair – kick off with Chef Kinki’s Bottomless Brunch, a free-flow selection of over 43 Japanese-inspired items from the restaurant’s a la carte menu. Yellowtail, salmon, scallop, prawn; you name it, they have it in sushi, maki, sashimi form and more. The Snow Crab & Century Egg Tofu, along with the Vegetable Tempura are crowd favourites, perfect for going along with the endless sake, shochu, prosecco, and beer for a decadent public holiday afternoon. When evening comes, gather your party crew and herald in the patriotic atmosphere and gorgeous fireworks with a Rooftop Package, available at $520++ for six persons and including a bottle of Belvedere, Monkey Shoulder, and two standard mixers. Want to decide on the day itself? A cover charge of $25 applies for walk ins, inclusive of a complimentary Carlsberg or selected housepour spirits.
When: Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 12pm – late
Where: Kinki Rooftop Bar, 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 Customs House, Singapore 049323
Kinki’s Bottomless Brunch is priced at $52++. For reservations, please call +65 6533 3471 or email to [email protected].
Italian restaurant Monti is arguably where you’ll get some of the most breathtaking views of the National Day fireworks, and of course, a special celebratory menu of either five- or six-courses and two glasses of champagne, available in the week leading up to the big birthday itself. Creations include the zesty Chilli Crab Agnolotti made with curry leaf, chilli crab sauce, and Japanese sawakani. There’s also the limited edition cocktail, the Kampong Boy ($24), with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, passionfruit, rum, triple sec, and tequila to help you appreciate Singapore’s cultural diversity. Vegetarian? A menu just for you guys sees dishes such as Pumpkin Tortelli with Taleggio Fondue and Vegetarian Parcel with Asparagus. After dinner, march up to the rooftop for an unobstructed view of the firework extravaganza, where the space will be converted into a bar. Packages start from $800++ minimum spending for four people, available exclusively on National Day.
National Day Preview Menu: 1 to 8 August 2017
National Day Menu: 9 August 2017
Where: Monti, 82 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049213
National Day Preview Menu is priced from $120++. National Day Menu is priced from $188++. For reservations, please call +65 6535 0724 or email to [email protected].
Hard Rock Cafe Singapore
You might have eaten satay plenty of times, but surely you haven’t had it as a burger before. Make your way down to any Hard Rock Cafe outlets any day of the month and feast on the National Day Rockin Combo at $52++, boasting a mouth-watering premium beef patty dripping with an Asian peanut sauce, cucumber slices, red onions, and chopped peanuts wrapped in a toasted bun. You’ll even get a limited edition Classic Singapore tee and an icy glass of Coca Cola – all as you’re surrounded by Hard Rock’s iconic cool vibes, signature decor, and old-school Rock ‘n’ roll. Not a bad way to celebrate National Day, right?
When: Entire month of August 2017
For reservations, please call +65 6235 5232 (Cuscaden) or +65 6795 7454 (Sentosa).
The Lobby Lounge
For tea and delicious confectionaries, make your way to InterContinental Singapore’s The Lobby Lounge for an indulgent three-tiered Classic Afternoon Tea: Straits Heritage, featuring Pastry Chef Ben Goh’s modern take on iconic Straits Chinese dishes. Think along the lines of Ayam Buah Keluak Crostini – tender chicken braised in tamarind and buah keluak nut paste -, Kurobuta Pork Ngo Hiang, and Otak Quiche. Priced at an affordable $78++ for two persons, you can also look forward to a selection of seven sweets, including the Banana Genoa Tart (luscious caramelised banana, coconut cream, and sponge cake layered in a vanilla tart shell), Chendol Agar Jelly, Pulut Hitam Chiffon Cake, quintessential Ang Ku Kueh, and of course, a selection of premium loose-leaf teas and coffees of your choice.
When: 7 August to 19 November 2017, 2pm to 5pm
Where: The Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Rd, Singapore 188966
The Classic Afternoon Tea: Straits Heritage is priced at $78++ for two persons (add $30++ for two flutes of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne or Singapore-inspired cocktails). For reservations, please visit TheLobbyLounge.sg, call +65 6825 1008, or email to [email protected].
Modern European delicacies meet sky-high fireworks at Equinox Restaurant, the pinnacle of the tallest hotel in Singapore. An exquisite five-course menu is available on both National Day and a week before on 29 July, which sees dishes such as Scallop Sashimi topped with caviar, Asparagus with buttermilk curd and chestnut mushrooms, an Angus Beef Rib dressed with pea velouté, and a beautiful Caramelised Banana on light sponge and coconut sorbet, as well as a complimentary glass of Heritage cocktail or mocktail. Plus, there’s an excellent wine pairing option available. At such a height, you can prepare for a spectacular panoramic view of the nighttime fireworks, to say the least. Top up a small sum for premium window seats – you won’t regret it.
National Day Prelude Fireworks Dinner: 29 August 2017
National Day Fireworks Dinner: 9 August 2017
Where: Equinox, Swissotel The Stamford, 80 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189560
National Day Prelude Dinner is priced at $168++ per person (add $40++ for window seat). National Day Dinner is priced at $178++ per person (add $50++ for window seat). Add $48++ for 3-glass wine-pairing and $68++ for 5 glasses. For reservations, please call +65 6837 3322 or email to [email protected].
Edge, the buffet restaurant that’s known for its stunning theatrical and interactive dining experiences, has curated a special National Day Heritage Buffet that again showcases a wide range of local ethnic flavours – with a premium twist. Think everything from Otak Otak Fried Rice with Silver Fish and Wagyu Beef Cheek Rendang to Salted Egg Yolk Chicken and Gula Melaka Cake. That’s not all, though. Other popular highlights include the White Salmon Tandoori and Malabar Prawns, alongside one of the city’s most extensive range of seafood on ice, fresh grills, and carvings!
When: 28 to 30 July, 4 to 9 August 2017, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Where: Edge, L3 Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039595
Priced at $88++ per adult, $44++ per child aged 6 to 11. For reservations please call +65 6826 8240 or email to [email protected].
Bonus: Spectacular Fireworks at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway
We’re not talking about food per se, but we thought we’d share this with you anyway. Indulge in a fabulous one night stay with Hotel Jen Orchardgateway’s Spectacular Fireworks Package, limited to just 10 premium rooms per night on 29 July (National Day preview) and 9 August from just $350 onwards. This is your opportunity to avoid the maddening crowds and celebrate with your loved ones and friends in the comfort of a stunning room, panoramic views of the National Day fireworks included!
When: 29 July, 9 August 2017
Where: Hotel Jen Orchardgateway, 277 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238858
Reservations available now till 8 August 2017. Call +65 6708 8888 or email to [email protected].
Top Image: Monti at Fullerton Pavillion