They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Although you are definitely already in your Dad’s heart, there’s no harm treating him to something sumptuous to make him feel all warm and fuzzy inside. After all, Dads don’t seem to get as much attention as Mums when it comes to such special occasions, but we think the often silent but steady head of the household should be celebrated for his love, support and sacrifice as well.
Here’s a list of restaurants that are serving up some of the best brunches, lunches and dinners that will whet dad’s appetite, and maybe evoke a tear or two.
1. Ruth’s Chris Steak House
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Brooks Brothers — known for their impeccable shirts — and luxury steak house Ruth’s Chris Steak House are partnering for the first time to present a specially curated four-course dinner set for this special day. Why this partnership? It’s to celebrate their long-standing history as reputed American brands. The set comes with your choice of appetisers — either the restaurant’s signature sizzling Blue Crab Cake with generous portions of crab meat, the creamy Lobster Bisque with bits of lobster flesh or the light Caesar Salad. For entrées, you won’t go wrong (they are a steak house, after all) with their corn-fed steaks that are broiled in high heat to seal in its flavours. Go for the tender Midwestern Petite Filet steak (a good portion for the ladies) or the custom-aged USDA Prime Ribeye or New York cuts.
We tried the USDA Prime Ribeye, which came piping hot, topped with melting butter and served on a plate heated to high heat for Ruth’s trademark sizzle. It was divine. Juicy, flavourful and so soft that the flesh simply melted in your mouth, it was truly one of the best steaks we’ve ever eaten. If beef is not your thing, you could take your pick from Market Fresh Fish or Stuffed Chicken Breast.
All entrées are served with a choice of side of creamed spinach, potatoes au gratin, lyonnaise potatoes, or grilled asparagus. End the meal sweetly with Ruth’s Mini Cheesecake with Fresh Berries. Also know as a New Orleans cheesecake (a cousin to its New York version), it is creamy and rich, yet light on the palate. Wash it down with coffee or tea.
How does Brooks Brothers come in? Well with every order of a set dinner, you will receive a Brooks Brothers souvenir set redeemable at Brooks Brothers stores at Paragon and Raffles City Shopping Centre. On top of that, you also get a complimentary gift from Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Dinner and presents? Where do we sign up?
About: Available throughout the month of June, from 5.30pm to 11pm daily, at S$120++ per person. Ruth’s Chris Steak House is at 6 Raffles Boulevard, 4th Level, Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore 039594. Call 6336 9093 or visit their website.
2. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
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Does Dad love smoky, grilled meats on the barbecue? Bring him to Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, a restaurant known for its farm-fresh ingredients and classic Southern cooking. Its Father’s Day special is a Smoked Pork Ribs and Pabst Blue Ribbon draft beer set (S$48++ for a full portion of ribs and a glass of beer). Grilled then smoked to perfection, the fork-tender meat glides off the bone with a glazed rim of charred bits, boasting rich and satisfying flavours.
Psst, keep Dad happy (but make sure he doesn’t drive) with two hours of free-flow draft beer (additional S$40++).
About: Available on June 16 at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave, B1-07, Singapore 018972. For reservations, email YardBird.Reservations@marinabaysands.com or call 6688 9959.
3. LAVO Singapore
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Give your rugged, tough-guy dad a surprise by treating him to a posh champagne brunch that comes with a magnificent view too. A free-flow of Italian-American favourites await, such as LAVO’s signature one-pound meatball, fresh Irish oysters and charred octopus with fennel and red wine vinaigrette.
On top of the usual free-flow beverage choices, which include Veuve Clicquot champagne and Bloody Mary cocktails, LAVO will also be offering a selection of brand new bourbon cocktails such as Maker’s Manhattan for the occasion. All dads will also receive a chic bow tie gift (so get your dad to wear a shirt for the occasion).
About: Available on June 16 at LAVO Singapore. S$158++ per pax with free-flow alcohol or S$98++ per pax (buffet only) for adults, and S$48++ for children aged between 4 and 12. For reservations, call 6688 8591, or email@example.com.
4. Jamie’s Italian
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If your dad’s a meat lover, this platter of scrumptious grub will have him groaning with satisfaction. Jamie’s Italian’s Fantastic Father’s Day plank ($108++), which is only available at its Vivocity outlet, features hulking portions of meat. A 1kg slab of oven-roasted higher-welfare Australian Tomahawk takes centrestage, accompanied by sides of kurobuta sausages, Shepherd’s pie, and polenta chips. Make sure you knock back a refreshing pint of Tiger Beer (or make that two!) with pops, as the restaurant is having a special promotional price of $12++ per 500ml (U.P. $16.95++).
Over at its Forum outlet, Father’s Day a la carte specials include an appetiser of spicy & cheesy shrimp bruschetta ($18.95++) and an entrée of braised pork knuckles with late season tomatoes and creamy polenta ($38.95++). All dads dining at the Forum outlet also get a free serving of Trevor’s tiramisu (named after Jamie’s father) with every purchase of a main course — a cocktail that is an aromatic blend of freshly brewed premium coffee, fine brandy, coffee and orange liqueur, Italian mascarpone cream, and a sprinkle of fragrant orange zest.
About: The Fantastic Father’s Day plank is available on June 14 from 6pm to 10pm, and all day from June 15 to 16, at Jamie’s Italian VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-165/166/167, VivoCity, Singapore 098585, tel: 6733 5500. The a la carte specials are available from June 10 to 14, 6pm to 10pm, and all day from June 15 to 16, at Jamie’s Italian Forum, 583 Orchard Rd, #01-01/04, Forum Shopping Mall, Singapore 238884, call 6655 7676. For reservations, visit https://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/singapore/book or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Singapore
Photo: Wolfgang's Steakhouse Singapore
Another one for the carnivores, this Father’s Day set is inspired by the founders’ — father-son duo Wolfgang and Peter Zwiener — close relationship and love of food. It includes a fresh Tuna Tartar appetiser and hearty Potato Leek Soup to start, before you take your pick from either the Colorado Lamb Chop or USDA Prime Ribeye Steak, which are dry-aged in an onsite proprietary designed ageing room for 28 days on average.
The entrée will be accompanied by two classic steakhouse sides, with a choice of German Potatoes, Sautéed Mushrooms or Creamed Spinach. You’ll round up the meal with a creamy Tiramisu. Wine connoisseurs, listen up: There’s an extensive wine list at the restaurant featuring over 300 bottles that are suited to a range of tastes.
About: Available on June 16 at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Singapore, 1 Nanson Road, #02-01, InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, Singapore 238909. S$118 ++ per person. For reservations, call: 6887 5885.
Papa will be treated like a king at Cantonese restaurant Mitzo’s Enhanced Weekend Brunch, which will feature premium ingredients and exquisite tastes. The brunch will feature an exclusive dish for Father’s Day — a fresh Seabass topped with red yeast & garlic in soya sauce. You and Dad can also indulge in infinite servings of over 50 different types of Cantonese dim sum dishes, roasts, soups and desserts alongside other special dishes such as steamed bamboo clam with minced pork sauce, lobster with minced pork & soya milk congee, and stir-fried abalone with asparagus in X.O. sauce. Yum.
If you prefer a more traditional affair, there’s the 5-Course Menu that includes a delicious Duo of Appetizers, featuring the Seaweed-coasted Crispy Prawn and the Orange & Sesame Barbeque Pork. This is followed by a hearty broth of Miso “Bak Kut Teh”, a playful blend of miso, herbs and spices that will bring a smile to your dad’s face.
Then, you have the Radish stuffed with Dried Scallop & King Oyster Mushroom with Sea Cucumber, and the Homemade Preserved Fish Fried Rice. Finishing the meal with the Dynasty Six-treasure Tea served with Walnut & Lotus Paste Cookie.
About: Available from June 15 to 16, from 11.30am to 2.30pm, at Mitzo, Level 4 Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857. Enhanced Weekend Brunch is S$78++ per pax while the 5-Course Menu is $88++ per pax. For reservations and enquiries, email email@example.com or call 6603 8855.