10 places to dine like a true Singaporean this National Day
There are daily-themed dinner buffets here from 7-31 August (6.30-10.30pm, $56++ to $69++), with a range of hawker favourites such as Chilli Crabs, Sambal Stingray, as well as live noodle stations.
Don’t miss the complimentary servings of Curry Fish Head (Sunday to Wednesday) and Baked Kung Pow Lobsters (Thursday to Saturday).
On National Day itself, the restaurant is hosting a National Day Singapore High Tea Buffet and Heritage Buffet with International Selections. Spend an idyllic afternoon indulging in a spread of gourmet delicacies at the high tea (12-3.30pm, $40++), with local favourites such as Signature Laksa, Singapore Chilli Crab with Mantou, and Traditional Popiah and Kueh Pie Tee.
If you prefer dinner (6.30-10.30pm, $52++), join in for the live screening of the National Day Parade, with a buffet selection that includes Freshly Shucked Oysters and Herb-roasted US Prime Rib.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square; www.fullertonhotels.com/the-fullerton-hotel/celebrate-national-day-at-the-fullerton-hotel.html
If you don’t feel like heading out during this National Day period, why not gather a few friends and host a party at home?
foodpanda is celebrating our country’s diverse culinary offerings with a month-long foodie fiesta. Every week sees a different series of 1-for-1 offerings from their vendors. Indulge in a range of spicy curries, vibrant seafood dishes, noodles and Peranakan delights – just to name a few.
The week of 7 August highlights Seafood Specialities, Local Delights take centrestage in the week of 14 August, it’s time for some Noodle Revelry in the week of 21 August and you’ll taste Peranakan Perfection during the week starting from 28 August.
It’s a whole day of festivities here! CÉ LA VI Restaurant’s five-course modern-Asian National Day Menu ($198++ on National Day, $168++ from 5-8 & 10-13 August) features dishes like Lobster, Pomelo Mille Feuille, Grilled Black Cod with Clams & Chiang Mai Sausage and Grilled Rangers Valley ‘Black Market’ Ribeye.
Finish with a local touch by opting for the Kaya & Burnt Butter Toast crafted with premium Namelaka honey and lemon sorbet.
Have a whole lot of fun at CÉ LA VI Club Lounge’s annual Majulah National Day Fiesta. You’ll get to sample local dishes such as Ayam Lilit with tomato sambal, as well as CÉ LA VI’s take on local favourites, like the Rojak Salad with sweet, sour, and spicy fruits, and crushed peanuts, and the Crab Meat Nasi Goreng with poached eggs and a pop of calamansi.
There will also be nostalgic ‘Live Station’ games like Pick-up Sticks and Old Maid cards. Enjoy all this to the thumping beats provided by the live DJs. You’ll also enjoy two Singapore Slings for just $40++, for the whole month of August.
SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue; http://sg.celavi.com
Just for the month of August, this cafe that’s home to the iconic feline will be introducing few dishes with a local twist.
Two special pastas pay homage to Singapore’s birthday – Shrimply The Best ($17), consists of spaghetti tossed in hae bee hiam (spicy dried shrimp) sambal (spice mix), chopped garlic, chilli and tender chunks of teriyaki chicken thigh, while One Nation with Kitty ($17), is a spin on Mac & Cheese, with macaroni baked together with cheddar as well as sweet-savoury chicken bak kwa, served with a side of refreshing Mesclun salad.
What’s a birthday celebration without cake? Kitty’s Love for SGP ($15.50) is a stunning red velvet lava cake topped with strawberry froyo soft serve; accompanied with fresh strawberries and raspberries.
You may also order either pasta with a slice of cake as a National Day Set ($26). And, if you dine in, don’t forget to grab a photo with its Hello Kitty figurine, set against a National Day-themed photo wall featuring Tiny Green in an Orchid-filled garden.
Arrival Hall Central #01-22, Terminal 3, Singapore Changi Airport; www.hellokittyorchidgarden.com
This beautiful rooftop restaurant is a great spot for catching the National Day fireworks. And, just for that one night, executive chef Fernando Arevalo has created an exclusive one-evening-only menu featuring sharing platters.
In additional to the restaurant’s seasonal menu, there are four new dishes – Whole Roasted Organic Chicken with Crème Fraîche & Mashed Potatoes ($62), Barbequed Spicy Pork Presa with Cherry Tomato Relish ($68), Grilled Lobster with Mushroom Sabayon & Snow Pea Salad ($78), and Chargrilled Wagyu Striploin with Chianti Mustard & Chimichurri ($172).
Artemis will be open for pre-dinner drinks from 4.30pm, and you can enjoy the restaurant’s new gin & tonic programme, where bar manager Rico Deang has created deliciously paired gins and tonics, using a variety of exotic fruits and herbs to highlight the flavours. All G&T cocktails are priced at $22 each.
This is a quintessentially British gastro bar but it’s introducing tipples and bites that celebrate Singapore.
From 1-12 August, you’ll get to enjoy a local favourite here – the classic Singapore Sling ($19++). It also gives a childhood favourite drink, bandung, an alcoholic kick, with the Bandung Sour ($19++), which features spiced rum, rose syrup, calamansi juice and evaporated milk.
Before you drink, line your tummy with the Chilli Baby Crab & Mantou Buns ($16++), featuring a beautiful sweet and savoury balance of flavours, or the Kueh Dadar & Vanilla Ice-Cream ($14++), a local delicacy featuring sweet, grated coconut stuffed in pandan flavoured pancakes that will definitely hit the spot for those with a sweet tooth.
Take a walk down memory lane and spend a nostalgic afternoon at this venue’s Flavours of Singapore afternoon tea.
You’ll enjoy dishes such as nasi lemak cornet with crispy anchovies and sambal jam or ayam satay encased in a tart shell and drizzled with tantalising peanut gravy. If you want to enjoy lighter bites, try the chocolate almond kueh pie tee, pandan ice jelly with coconut emulsion or pineapple coconut sable layered with a succulent coconut water jelly.
Then wash it all down with a special green tea blend developed in conjunction with TWG, finished with notes of Asian spices.
Until 31 August, 3-5pm daily, extra seating on weekends and public holidays: 12.30-2.30pm, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square; www.mandarinoriental.com/singapore/marina-bay/fine-dining/lounges/axis-bar-and-lounge
Feast on a scrumptious spread of old-school Singaporean dishes with an Italian interpretation. Monti’s Singapura Festino transforms the restaurant into an area housing food stalls similar to local hawker stalls.
Dishes on offer include Iberico Pork Satay, Chicken Rice Arancini with Chicken Floss & House Made Chili Sauce, Beef Rendang Sliders, Laksa Risotto with Coconut Powder, and Rojak Burrito with Sweet Sauce & Toasted Peanuts.
In addition to wines from Italy and France, they’ll also be serving cocktails with a local touch, such as Dino Rock (Milo powder, bourbon, Baileys, Milo-infused syrup, milk) and Bando (rose-infused evaporated milk, Baileys, spiced rum, rose water bitters, rose syrup).
And if the food somehow doesn’t entice you enough, the prices sure will – every item is sold for $10 nett each.
5-8 August, 3-11pm, 82 Collyer Quay, The Fullerton Pavilion; www.monti.sg
It’s hard to find a fruit Singaporeans love more than the durian so celebrate the king of fruits this National Day at Conrad Centennial Singapore.
Oscar’s Local Delights 2017 introduces durians for the first time as part of its dessert buffet spread. Try fresh whole durians opened a la minute, Durian Pengat with Gula Melaka (durian mousse with palm sugar), or catch the chefs in action at the Durian Pancake station.
There are other desserts here too, including Bubur Cha Cha Panacotta and Pisang Mas Tartlet.
But before you get to dessert, sample local delights such as Kambing Soup, Dry Bak Kut Teh, Oyster Omelette, Mee Siam and Kam Heong Crab. Or indulge in a selection of Cantonese roast from duck, char siew, crispy pork belly to whole suckling pig.
Until 26 August, lobby level, Conrad Centennial Singapore, Two Temasek Boulevard; www.connoisseur.sg/local-delights/
This glass penthouse located at the 45th floor of the Singapore Land Tower consists of three venues – Sear (a Brooklyn-inspired steakhouse), Angie’s (and oyster and craft beer bar) and Empire (a lounge).
It’s also an ideal location to catch the National Day fireworks, while you eat, drink and party as you enjoy the special deals.
Sear is offering a decadent three-course dinner (6-9pm, early bird tickets at $52++, regular tickets at $65++) with menu highlights such as Wagyu Tri Tip served with charred corn, baby root vegetables, parsnip puree, bordelaise sauce, and a Dark Chocolate L’Orange Chocolate Mousse with Orange Cremeaux, beautifully designed atop the Singapore flag.
Dinner guests will be granted access to Angie’s viewing platform and complimentary entry into Empire Lounge.
Lose yourself in seafood galore at Angie’s, thanks to its ‘All You Can Eat & Drink’ seafood buffet (6-9pm, $95++ early bird, $115++ regular pricing), featuring naked oysters as well as pots of mussels & clams. You’ll also enjoy complimentary entry into the late-night party at Empire, featuring live DJ and drink promotions.
And, at Empire, imbibe in the classic Singapore Sling, which will be offered at a 52% discount in honour of our nation’s birthday. Early bird tickets into Empire are priced at $30 nett including two drinks and regular cover charge is $40 nett including two drinks.
50 Raffles Place, Singapore Land Tower, Level 45; www.fiftyrafflesplace.com