From authentic old school delights to modern Singaporean cuisine, these restaurants will be serving up mouthwatering food this National Day.
If there’s one thing that unites this nation, it’s food. From hunting down new restos to hanging out at the many supper spots, this bustling city sees no shortage of options. Paying homage to the local culinary scene, these restaurants have put together National Day fares featuring menus (and deals!) that are too good to miss.
Oscar’s at Conrad Centennial Singapore
We all know Oscar’s as that sumptuous buffet that churns out a constant supply of amazing dishes. The Caesar salad station is massive and the freshly shucked oysters have diners going back time and time again. As if the selection wasn’t already insane enough, Oscar’s has added three new dishes just for National Day and truth be told, it’s incredibly enticing. Fusing contemporary concepts with classic Peranakan ingredients and techniques, Chef Alex and Chef Shermay Lee have created a buah keluak beef burger, kong bak bao (stewed ginger pork belly with steamed buns) and nyonya chicken curry pie tee (pictured top). Here’s a pro tip: Go for the Sunday brunch. You won’t regret.
Price: National Day menu will run from the 3- 31 August. Sunday brunch (12.30-3.30) menu prices range from $98++ to $178++ for adults and $49++ for kids. Lunch (Mon to Sat): $59++ for adults and $29.50++ for kids. Dinner ranges from $78++ (Sun-Thu) to $88++(Fri-Sat) for adults and $39++ and $44++ for kids respectively
Oscar’s, 2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982
Fact: Singaporeans love supper. But you know what else we love? A good plate of Hokkien mee. At Le Binchotan, chef-owner Jeremmy Chiam pays tribute to this iconic dish by giving it a refined twist. The flavour is enhanced with his very own French-style seafood stock that’s simmered for 10 hours with a medley of goodness including dried Japanese scallops and pork belly. Other than this heavenly plate of noodles, you can also enjoy Chinese satay-inspired skewers of Iberico pork collars marinated in gula melaka and other spices, grilled over binchotan and basted in French butter. Such decadent food is sure to make you thirsty and thankfully, there’s the bubur cha cha. A must try, this cocktail contains taro-infused vodka which adds a kick to a concoction of coconut and pandan, brimming with chewy, brightly coloured housemade tapioca jelly chunks.
Price: National day menu will be available only from 27 July to 31 August. Special prices apply.
Le Binchotan, 115 Amoy Street, #01-04 Entrance via, Gemmill Ln, Singapore 069935
One thing’s for sure, this casual yet chic restaurant serves up sublime Thai cuisine. But this National Day, it will be shifting its focus to a local menu (which is Halal by the way) and we think it sounds amazing. Transport yourself to local paradise as you indulge in an array of food including traditional nasi lemak and Singapore chilli crab meat with golden mantou and chicken satay. But that’s not all, Blue Jasmine will still have a selection of Thai food. You might want to save some space for dessert too! The refreshing cheng teng is perfect for combating the relentless heat.
Price: National Day Buffet is available on 9 – 11 August 2018 from 6.30pm – 10pm at $53 nett per diner. Children aged 6 to 12 years old will enjoy half the price at $26.50 nett, while children aged 5 years and below dine for free.
Blue Jasmine, 10 Farrer Park Station Road, Level 5, Park Hotel Farrer Park, Singapore 217564
Ce La Vi
We keep finding ourselves back at Ce La Vi. And this National Day, their special menu has us wishing for the 9th of August. Combining both modern and traditional Asian influence, diners can relish the ambience (and the fireworks!) while savouring appetisers such as turmeric chicken soup with poached quail egg or cold smoked black cod served with grilled scallion dressing and yuzu espuma.
If the starters somehow fail to impress you, the mains will certainly knock your socks off. Think braised Iberico pork in coconut panang curry and nyonya spiced rack of lamb with roasted chili jam. Ce La Vi always manages to take things to the next level and from the 9-12 August from 12noon to 9pm, diners can partake in a live satay grill that will feature an assortment of lamb, chicken, pork and beef satay. Don‘t forget to pamper yourself by pairing your food with the exquisite wines handpicked by Mathias Camilleri, the first Master Sommelier in Singapore.
Price: A-la-carte prices apply. For the live satay grill, six pieces of chicken, pork, beef or lamb satay at S$24 and a combination platter of eight pieces at S$30. Guests can choose to pair the menu with a wine pairing or premium wine pairing option available at S$168++ and S$228++ respectively.
Ce La Vi, 1 Bayfront Avenue Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, Singapore 018971
If you’re looking to dine with a view, look no further than Zafferano. This Italian restaurant will be serving up a luxurious four-course set dinner to celebrate the nation’s birthday. With mains such as saffron risotto and oven-baked black cod, you can rest assured it will exceed your expectations. What’s more? At level 43, this sophisticated enclave makes for the perfect vantage point to view the dazzling fireworks. Looking to take your experience up a notch? Snag yourself a ticket and head over to the sensational al fresco terrace lounge. There will also be free-flow of house prosecco, red and white wines, and beers.
Price: The National Day 4-course set dinner is available at $148++ per person for tables with 1 to 3 guests, and $128++ per person for tables with 4 or more guests, and wine-pairing supplement at $52++ per person, on 9 August. Tickets to the terrace lounge are available at $98++ per person for standing, and from 6pm to 9pm, at $108++ per person with guaranteed seating.
Zafferano, 10 Collyer Quay Level 43, Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315
Although known for comfort Italian food and its cosy ambience, Caffe Fernet has spiced up its menu for National Day and we aren’t complaining. As part of the special menu, you can dive straight into a plethora of starters, from hamachi crudo (pineapple, cucumber and sesame) to crispy soft shell crabs. The mains definitely don’t lose to the starters – choose from either a grilled chicken piccata or a Singaporean inspired braised beef short rib rendang. Do make room for dessert where you’ll be in for a real treat with local sweets. Oh, and did we mention? It’s free flow drinks, all night.
Price: It will be a ticketed entry and guests will have to purchase their tickets online via this link. Tickets are priced from $100 nett per pax to $130 nett per pax (not inclusive of booking fee and processing fee). This special menu will be available on 9 August, from 5.30pm to 9pm.
Caffe Fernet, 70 Collyer Quay, Customs House #01-05, Singapore 049323
Stuffing yourself to the brim might not always be the wisest option, but when you’re at Plate, it’s perfectly understandable, especially at the National Day buffet. Invoke feelings of nostalgia as you dig into local favourites like Singapore chilli crab and black pepper crab. Continue your gourmet journey with a medley of mouthwatering Singaporean dishes including laksa, Singapore fried kway teow and bak kut teh. Relive your childhood with crowd favourites such as potong ice cream, durian pengat and ice kachang. In line with the theme, the lil’ ones will take home goodie bags with retro toys as well.
Price: $53 nett for adults, $26.50 nett for children between 7 and 12 while children below 7 years dine for free. The National Day Buffet will be available at Plate on 9 August 2018, 6.30pm to 10pm.
Plate, 1 Gopeng St, Singapore 078862
Looking to kick off its first National Day celebration with a bang, The Spot is taking local dishes up a notch. That means you’ll get to savour a wicked portion of oyster omelette served using French oysters and get this – ikura and sago pearls. For the laksa fans out there, don’t miss out on the white ‘laksa’. A mix between assam and nyonya styles, this dish adds luxury points by using butter poached boston lobster. Mixologist Drazen Alingasa pulled no punches with the drinks and you can find creative concoctions such as Mr Bean – a take on Singapore’s ever so popular soy milk and grass jelly combination, only this time it’s spiked with a little grouse whiskey and lifted with a little pandan.
Price: As per menu. The Spot’s national day menu will be available from 6-11 August from 11.30am onwards for both lunch and dinner
The Spot, 5 Straits View, Marina One, #01-26/27, Singapore 018935
Stellar at 1-Altitude
For a view of the National Day fireworks, there’s really no better place than Singapore’s highest dining destination. Located on the 62nd and 63rd floor, your unparalleled view of the nation’s birthday celebrations might only be bested by the delectable six course ‘constellations’ menu that Chef Christopher Millar has to offer. This gastronomic journey will feature dishes such as the steamed sea urchin custard with Iberico cracker and Sturia vintage caviar. Feeling a little more adventurous? You can also opt for the eight-course ‘chef omakase experience’ where you will be treated to an array of dishes with the best ingredients of the day from Stellar farms. To sweeten the deal, diners will also receive complimentary access to the 1-Altitude rooftop bar where you will be bedazzled by the awe-inspiring fireworks. Don’t forget to grab a little Singapura – a cocktail that’s a patriotic concoction of all things good.
Price: The ‘constellation’ menu goes for $140++ per pax and the ‘chef omakase experience’ goes for $190++ per pax.
Stellar at 1-Altitude, Level 62, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
Singapore wouldn’t be what is it without its various ethnic groups. This National Day, Folklore and Chef Damian D’Silva pay tribute to our culturally rich society by offering rotating set lunches for the month of August. The best part? Every week features a different cuisine. Indulge in never before served dishes such as braised pork trotters with mooi choi for Chinese week and dry goat curry with briyani and dhalcha for Indian week. We say, at $30++ for two pax, you should be heading there every week!
Price: $30++ for two pax for weekday lunch only from 30 July to 31 August.
Folklore, 700 Beach Rd, Singapore 199598
Set amongst the tranquility of Botanic Gardens, Botanico took inspiration from its lush surroundings to create an exclusive menu which features ingredients that were part of Singapore’s early history such as coconut, assam and ginger. Expect to see main dishes such as stockyard Wagyu petite tender which use asam gelugor to highlight the accompanying tamarind sauce, charred leek flowers and potato terrine. If you’re wondering about ginger, you’ll discover it in an interesting place. Yes, we’re talking about the ice cream in the decadent lemongrass panna cotta.
On National Day itself, you can look forward to an exclusive brunch menu which will see dishes influenced by Botanico’s Asian-European style. Think Iberico ‘chee cheong fun’ in cannelloni stuffed with barbecued pork belly, glazed with ginger soy and pickled cucumber as well as the red bass XO conchiglie.
Price: This exclusive menu is available a-la-carte from 1 to 9 August. The National Day Exclusive Communal Brunch Menu will be priced $53++ per person, only for brunch on the 9 August
The casual baby brother of Botanico, Bee’s Knees will also be buzzing with local delicacies. From the hearty laksa tiger prawn pasta to the savoury beef rendang pizza, you’re definitely in for a treat! Looking to satisfy that sweet tooth? Go for the pandan waffles plated with coconut gratings, fresh banana, gula melaka syrup and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. No menu will be complete without its fair share of alcoholic indulgence. Bee’s Knees’ local take on cocktails such as chendol colada will leave you rejuvenated. Oh, and of course, the drink is generously served with must-have strings of green rice flour jelly.
As usual, Cantonese restaurant Yan has a special National Day something for us. This year, you’ll get the chance to enjoy dim sum inspired by Singapore’s street fare. Hunker down for an afternoon of bonding and revel in creative dishes including steamed xiao long bao in laksa stock and pan-fried chilli crab meat bun.
Price: As per a-la-carte menu, available for lunch, 12pm to 2:30pm from 1 to 31 August 2018
Yan, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957
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