BEST FOR SINGAPORE FOOD
#1 Carousel

Royal Plaza on Scotts, 25 Scotts Road, Tel: 6589 7799, Email: carousel@royalplaza.com.sg

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Indulge in a high tea buffet this month, as Carousel celebrates SG50 and the Singapore Food Festival by including 50 local delicacies in their spread. Some of these local favourites include char kway teow, prawn noodles, roti prata and Singapore rojak. Even the desserts available are treats that Singaporeans will love and are familiar with; these include pandan kaya cake, burbur cha cha, steamed kueh tutu and ice kachang. The buffet will rotate between two menus and will definitely put you in a national day celebratory mood!
Prices: $42++ per adult and $27++ per child
When: July 17 to August 10

#2 The Clifford Pier at The Fullerton Bay Hotel
80 Collyer Quay, www.fullertonbayhotel.com

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This year, to celebrate SG50, The Clifford Pier has collaborated with local F&B personality Shermay Lee to bring her specially curated menu to the restaurant for all to enjoy.The menu will include dishes from Mrs Lee Chin Koon, Mrs Leong Yee Soo and Mrs Ellice Handy, three extremely established ladies of the food industry. If you enjoy Singapore and Peranakan food, this menu of eight dishes will be right up your alley. Some of the dishes to try include the babi chin with white rice and nonya achar, peranakan popiah and chicken almond-cashew curry served with nasi kuning.
When: August 1 to 31, 2015

#3 Melt – The World Cafe
5 Raffles Ave, Marina Square, Tel: 6885 3500, Email: mosin-dining@mohg.com

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Durian lovers in particular, will love this buffet as a D24 durian corner will be set up for all to get their fill of the king of fruit. In addition to its regular buffet spread, the restaurant will also be serving up popular local hawker dishes such as katong laksa, popiah, hokkien prawn noodles and claypot bak kut teh.
Prices: From $98 per person
When: August 9, 2015

BEST FOR ASIAN FOOD
#4 Cherry Garden
5 Raffles Ave, Marina Square, Tel: 6885 3500, Email: mosin-dining@mohg.com

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For those craving traditional Cantonese fare this National Day, Cherry Garden would be the ideal place to go. Feast on the seven-course set dinner menu with specialities including peking duck, steamed fillet of cod fish, braised sliced abalone and also homemade organic black bean pudding topped with Japanese sesame cream. 
Price: $108 person (for a minimum of 2 people)
When: August 8 and 9, 2015

#5 Ichiban Sushi & Ichiban Boshi
All outlets, www.ichibansushi.com.sg/en/

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Sushi lovers will be ecstatic to know that Ichiban Sushi and Ichiban Boshi has now included SG50-themed creations in their menu. These creations are made to commemorate Singapore’s birthday and are also aptly named and styled to pay tribute to the nation. Some of the must-try creations include the chilli crab jubilee roll, flossy kamo — a chicken floss and smoked duck sushi, Singapura nigri and red dot maki.
Prices: From $2.40
When: Now to August 17, 2015

#6 Hua Ting Restaurant
Orchard Hotel Singapore, 442 Orchard Road, Tel: 6739 6666, Email: huating.ohs@millenniumhotels.com

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Celebrate SG50 with this reasonably priced 6-course set lunch for just $50. Speciality dishes that will be served include sauteed fresh prawn with passion fruit sauce, marinated duck wing with spicy pepper sauce and fresh tomato marinated with sour plum and braised assorted seafood in whole mini pumpkin.
Prices: $50 per person
When: Throughout the year

BEST FOR A HEARTY MEAL
#7 PastaMania

PastaMania outlets, http://www.pastamania.com.sg

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This year, the popular pasta chain PastaMania celebrates SG50 with a special localised menu. Top picks include the special fusion pasta dishes flavoured with spicy chilli crab, salted egg soft-shelled crab, ‘Hei bi hiam’ (spicy dried shrimps) Barramundi and also Prawn sambal-pura that sound oh-so tantalising. Even the appetisers get a local twist; must-tries include the prawn salad stuffed tau pok and desserts like goreng pisang gelato and sago manis gelato.
Price: From $6.50
When: Now to August 2015

#8 Catalunya
The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay, Tel: 6534 0886, Email: reservation@catalunya.sg

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Not that we’re complaining but it certainly seems like the chilli crabs are an ongoing foodie trend for the restaurants this year. Spanish restaurant Catalunya’s celebratory SG50 set consists of the Jubilee cocktail and the txangurro chilli crab tapas which is essentially a Spanish-style casserole done with a spicy Singapore-inspired twist.
Prices: $50++
When: Now to August 9, 2015

#9 BWB
Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road #11-03/04, Tel: 6634 0423

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In celebration of the nation’s birthday, BWB is presenting two American-style treats with local twists. If you are in the mood for something rich and filling, try the tiger prawn otak otak burger a burger with an otak otak patty made from whole tiger prawns and premium mackerel, streaky bacon, a sunny side up egg, lettuce, cheese and curry aioli sauce. If you are looking for something that will complement your drinks, do opt to try the restaurant’s chilli crab wings, which are fried deboned chicken wings stuffed with crabmeat.
Prices: From $17.50++ per person
When: Now to August 31, 2015

#10 Raffles Grill
1 Beach Road, 189673, Tel: 6412 1816, Email: dining@raffles.com

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Fancy some French cuisine this August? Raffles Grill will be your top pick! The restaurant has come up with the Elizabethan Grill Tribute Tasting Menu to celebrate the nation’s birthday. The five-course menu will include dishes such as a smoked eel and foie gras starter, and the dover sole fillet bonne femme, which is a traditional French dish of fish cooked in fish stock with white wine, fresh mushrooms and cream. If you’re feeling up for dessert after a satisfying meal, try The Slingapore a cake named and made after the Singapore sling. Think light, fluffy lime sponge cake with pineapple mousse, the Singapore Sling marmalade and cherry jelly.
Prices: $238++ per person
When: Now to August 2015

#11 Caffe B
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, B1-15 & 01-83, Tel: 6887 3311

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Caffe B will celebrate the nation’s birthday with a five-course menu and cocktails. The national day menu includes dishes such as the little red dot, which is a tomato and miso soup and pasta Singapura, a seafood pasta featuring Paccheri tube-shaped pasta, mussels, Japanese eggplant, cherry tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella. Another must-try is the very aptly named the lion’s share, which is essentially a thick slice of rib-eye eye beef topped with pommery mustard sauce. End the night with the lion’s roar a rye whisky, or a glass of sweet, fruity mocktail named Sunny Island.
Prices: $50++ per person
When: August 2 to 9, 2015, drinks will be available for a longer period of time, from August 1 to 31, 2015

#12 Swensen’s 
Swensen’s outlets, www.swensens.com.sg

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If you’re a fan of fusion dishes, you’ll definitely want to head down to Swensen’s during the SG50 weekend. This year, Swensen’s SG50 menu will put a twist on their classic dishes and present a combination both classic and Singapore flavour. The three dishes in the menu include Kicap Manis glazed grey mullet, which is available only until August 10, ‘you had me at laksa penne’ which will be available throughout August and also the popular banana chicken, which will be available throughout September.
Price: From $14.90
When: Now to September 30

BEST FOR CAKES & DESSERTS
#13 Bloomsbury Bakers

Block 30 Bendemeer Road, Tel: 6299 3450, orders@bloomsburybakers.com

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with the newest Singapore-inspired cakes and tarts from Bloomsbury Bakers. Made with locally inspired flavours, these desserts not only look extremely pretty while catering to Singaporean tastebuds as well. The three new desserts are chendol cheesecake, orh nee (cantonese yam paste dessert) cake and pulut hitam tart.
Prices: From $6
When: End of July 2015, for a limited time only

#14 Axis Bar and Lounge
Mandarin Oriental Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square

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Here’s another treat for all durian lovers: Axis Bar and Lounge will be presenting a durian-inspired afternoon tea experience as part of the SG50 Singapore food trail. Before you dig into the durian goodies, try the lemongrass barley jello and savoury canapes such as fried carrot cake and beef rendang pot pie. After that, indulge in three tiers of desserts which include D24 durian tea cake, durian creme brulee, durian scones and gula Melaka durian souffle roll.
Price: $42++ per person
When: August 1 to 31, 2015

#15 Joe & Dough
Joe & Dough outlets, www.joeanddough.com

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This August, Joe & Dough cafe presents a new SG50 menu that carries a local touch as they combine Singapore flavours and ingredients with the cafe’s signature western-style breads and patisseries. The menu will include specials such as soy sauce chicken and achar sandwicha panini sandwich with Cantonese style soy sauce chicken and fresh coriander and tomato slices. If you’re looking for a sweet treat, try the flourless chocolate coconut cake that is inspired by the local malay dessert Kuih Kosui. Diners who are looking for a snack or a light refreshment can also try the durian profiteroles (basically Mao Shan Wang durian puffs) and sip on a nice cup of Bandung cafe latte.
Prices: From $4.80
When: August 1 to 31, 2015

#16 Starbucks
Starbucks outlets, www.starbucks.com.sg

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There’s something for the Starbucks lovers out there too! As Starbucks joins in the SG50 celebrations to honour our nation’s growth, you will be able to enjoy the birthday frappuccino — a cold treat made with vanilla creme with dashes of hazelnut and panna cotta, topped with raspberry whipped cream. If you’re really in the SG50 mood, you can also choose to purchase a Singapore skyline tumbler (above) and keep it as a fond rememberance of this special occasion.
Prices: From $5 for the frappuccino, $25.90 for the Singapore skyline tumbler
When: Now to August 11, 3pm to 7pm

BEST FOR BOOZE & FIREWORKS!
#17 Kinki Restaurant + Bar

70 Collyer Quay, Tel: 6533 3471, Email: enquiry@kinki.com.sg

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Want to catch the National Day Fireworks this year but not sure where to go? Well, Kinki Rooftop Bar will be the perfect place to sit back, enjoy a few cups of drinks and wait for the spectacular display to start. Sip on a glass of champagne or your favourite cocktail as DJs spin hits throughout the night. The bar’s jubilee package will allow six diners to enjoy a bottle of Moet & Chandon Brut and a bottle of Belvedere or Glenmorangie 10 years. Diners can also choose to have their meal in the restaurant before heading up for drinks.
Price: $500 for the Jubilee Package
When: August 9, 2015

BEST FOR AUGUST BABIES
#18 The Marmalade Pantry

ION Orchard, Tel: 6734 2700 and Oasia Hotel, Tel: 6664 0348

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Marmalade Pantry’s SG50 promotion will be a treat for all August babies! Every August baby will get to dine free in the restaurant when they are accompanied by one paying adult. The promotion will allow the diner to pick dishes from the ‘Pasta & Risotto’ and ‘Meat & Fish’ section of the menu. Some of the signature dishes include spicy crabmeat pasta, lobster barley risotto, miso lobster and pan-seared salmon with sweet potato noodles perfect for the seafood-loving August baby.
Price: August baby will have to flash ID upon ordering
When: August 1 to 31, 2015

Already in the SG50 celebration mood? Here are 7 limited edition SG50 goodies you would want to get for yourself and beauty products that are getting a SG50 spin to it!