From authentic old school delights to modern Singaporean cuisine, here are all the National Day dining menus and cocktail specials you need in your life right now.
If there’s one thing that unites the nation, it’s food. From hunting down new restaurants to hanging out at many supper spots, this bustling city sees no shortage of options. Hell, we’d even queue for hours at our favourite hawker centres for a solid meal. Paying homage to the local culinary scene, these restaurants have put together special National Day dining menus (and deals!) that are too good to miss. This year, many have taken it up a notch by bringing lesser-known names to the table and also adding their own spin on classic dishes.
[Drinks] Lau Pa Sat and Nyonya Breakfast cocktails at Komyuniti
If you’ve been to Lau Pa Sat, you’ll know the distinct aroma of smoky satay and freshly brewed (and pulled!) kopi. Komyuniti takes all of that and turns it into the eponymous Lau Pa Sat, a rye whiskey-based creation featuring satay liqueur, charred pineapple oil, kopi-infused vermouth and smoke.
Love Peranakan cuisine? Try the coconutty booze that calls to mind the flavours of your favourite kuehs. Enter Nyonya Breakfast, a Scotch whisky potion with coconut liqueur, Nyonya kaya, and topped with an ondeh-ondeh blossom.
When: 5 to 11 August
Cost: $16 each (comes with a complimentary side of Singapore Sling jelly)
Komyuniti, 366 Orchard Road Level 10, Yotel, Singapore 238904
[Food] A scrumptious four-course spread plus fireworks at The Sampan
Our idea of a great night out is simple. Just tick the basics like amazing food, unique drinks and sweet, sweet vibes and we’ll be there. The Sampan has it all, and then some. A new kid on the buzzing Boat Quay stretch, this restaurant and bar is strategically located by the Singapore River so you can watch the fireworks while devouring on Pan-Asian dishes.
The four-course menu does fusion right by combining the best elements of iconic local fare. Case in point: dishes like lemak chilli chicken kueh pie tee, rendang chwee kueh, duck satay lilit, lamb shank tulang merah and pulut hitam pudding have already caught our attention.
When: 22 July – 27 August 2019
Cost: $54++ per adult (four-course set menu); a la carte menu for kids is available
The Sampan, 63 Boat Quay, Singapore 049851
[Food] Go loco for local hawker delights at Parkroyal on Pickering
The theme is luxe meets local at Lime as the restaurant dishes out fancy twists tno our hawker faves. Think Alaskan king crab meat char kway teow, lobster roti jala, Hokkien noodles with baby lobster and steamed oysters paired with Thai, chili, mala or sambal belachan dips. Atas much? Traditionalists, hold your horses, local dishes like Hainanese chicken rice, fried carrot cake, bak kut teh with pork ribs, chicken satay and chilli crab are also in the mix. Don’t leave without trying lesser-known desserts like pong piah (Hokkien biscuits), orh nee (a Teochew dessert made with yam paste and gingko nuts), an assortment of Nonya kuehs and of course, the beloved ice kacang. Talk about choice paralysis. Psst… groups of four or more adults enjoy 15% off the total bill.
When: 5 August – 1 September 2019,
Cost: $68++ per adult, $34 per child (Sunday – Thursday); $78++ per adult, $39 per child (Friday – Saturday); includes free flow of teh tarik, chilled coconut water and other local beverages. Child prices apply to ages 4 – 12 years old.
Lime Restaurant at Parkroyal on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289
[Food] Satay, seafood and barbeque specials by the river at The Fullerton Hotel
The Fullerton Hotel is firing up the grill and throwing a massive soiree by the river. Expect a kaleidoscope of local grill favourites, including sambal stingray, barbecued king prawns and the star of the show – fragrant, tender and perfectly charred chicken, beef, mutton and pork satay by local satay connoisseurs, Chims’ Satay. Ahh… we can already imagine the heavenly smells. That’s not all – make a res on Friday or Saturday to enjoy a seafood medley of grilled king prawn, mud crab, salmon medallion and squid. Hainanese chicken rice, laksa, char kway teow, beef rendang and Chef Chan’s signature salted egg yolk lobster (available on Fridays and Saturdays) are also available. Oh, and you have to add a glass of house beer, wine or Singapore Sling ($10 nett per glass) to complete the meal!
When: 1 – 11 August 2019, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Cost: $59++ per adult, $30++ per child (local and international buffet on Sunday to Thursday); $85++ per adult, $43++ per child (local and international buffet with seafood and barbecue specials on Friday to Saturday; inclusive of the signature salted egg yolk lobster); child prices apply to ages 6 – 11 years old.
Town Restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
[Drinks] Roaring City at Mo Bar
There’s no better time to call out Mo Bar’s fan-favourite, Singapore-inspired cocktail. Toast to the nation’s birthday (and the stellar fireworks view) with Roaring City. Expect a sparkling pineapple tepache and vermouth jelly concoction, served atop a colourful Peranakan tile.
When: Available on the regular menu all year, discounted price below
Cost: $20 (U.P. $24) from 6 pm to 10 pm on 20 July, 27 July, 3 August, and 9 August (comes with a complimentary welcome drink and lobster roll)
Mo Bar, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 5 Raffles Ave, Level 4, Singapore 039797
[Drinks] National Treasure at Mitzo
What does ‘national treasure’ mean to you? History buffs might say the Singapore Stone (it’s a thing, look it up!), nature lovers might say our national flower (we love the orchid too), but tippleholics will turn to Mitzo’s National Treasure. Refreshing and creamy all at once, this drink has chamomile-infused whisky, dry curaçao, cream, egg white, cranberry soda and more in the intriguing mix.
When: Now till 31 August
Mitzo, Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Rd, Level 4, Singapore 238857
[Food] A special five-course National Day menu at Mitzo
Count on mod-Cantonese restaurant, Mitzo, to bring us the most intriguing contemporary twists to classics. The five-course menu highlights must-try dishes like scallop spring roll, spicy chicken otah stuffed with lotus root, prawn with red yeast mayo, abalone bak kut teh and cheese baked chilli lobster. End your meal with longevity tea served with sesame ball or the National Treasure ($21++), a refreshing cocktail specially prepared for Singapore’s bicentennial (available from 15 July to 31 August).
When: 1 – 31 August 2019, all day
Cost: $88++ per person
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar, Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Rd, Level 4, 238857
[Food] National Day mystery menu at Nox – Dine in the Dark
Can’t decide what to eat this National Day? Nox is making things easier for you. Travel through a four-course mystery set menu featuring 14 dishes inspired by local flavours. Yup, that’s all the info you get. Pictures of the menu items will be shown to you after the tasting but you’ll have to play the guessing game each course. Before you dine in the dark, kick it off at the lounge area with amuse bouche and a National Day-inspired cocktail or mocktail.
When: 9 August, 2019, 6pm – 10pm
Cost: $128++ per person
Nox – Dine in the Dark, 269 Beach Road, Singapore 199546
[Food] Chicken rice burgers at Potato Head and Three Buns
Potato Head and Three Buns are bringing back the highly raved about, ‘chick in rice’ burger ($19++) – yes, it’s chicken rice reimagined into a burger. Revisit the familiar flavours through sous vide chicken breast covered in ginger and garlic, and slow-roasted chicken thigh confit topped with a spicy combo of chilli sauce and ginger jam (‘cos what’s chicken rice without the chilli, right?), and what seems like a cucumber and scallion coleslaw with creamy ginger mayo to balance the heat. We recommend ordering the chick in rice set ($27++) which comes with a pot of chicken broth and a side of five-spiced fries, drizzled with anise mayo, toasted sesame seeds and pickled chillies. Both locations are also extending their operating hours during the long weekend, so feel free to drop by for supper.
When: 1 August – 12 August 2019; 11am – 1am (Potato Head Singapore); 10am – 12midnight (Three Buns Quayside); available until sold out
Cost: A la carte menu items from $19++
[Food] Beloved seafood dishes made local at The Halia’s long brunch weekend
If you’re all about brunch (even if it means getting up bright and early during a long weekend), chances are that you’ve been to The Halia. Tuck into seafood dishes like the chilli crab cottage pie ($24++), a classic cottage pie with a local twist of spicy chilli crab; or an Asian-inspired fish and chips ($28++) with sides like curried pea puree, seaweed fries and ginger flower sambal aioli. Stay for the tropical trifle ($10++), a refreshing and fragrant dessert layered with coconut custard, guava jelly and cardamom chantilly.
When: 9 August – 12 August 2019; 10am – 5pm
Cost: A la carte menu items from $24++
The Halia long brunch weekend, 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden Singapore Botanic Garden, Singapore 259569
[Food] Chilli crabmeat pasta and sago pudding with gula melaka at Lawry’s The Prime Rib
Thought you could only get a tender slab of steak and legendary sides at Lawry’s? Think again. This year, they’ve introduced a special four-course menu with a choice of Singapore’s favourite chilli crabmeat linguine pasta, and a local dessert, sago pudding with gula melaka and Häagen-Dazs ice-cream. Of course, you could also opt for the signature roasted USDA prime rib of beef but aren’t we all about the local love, this August?
When: 1 August – 31 August 2019; all day
Cost: $119 per adult; $199 per 2 adults (four-course set menu), Includes a glass of champagne; $39 per child for ages 12 and below (kid’s three-course set menu)
Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore, 333A Orchard Road, #04-01/31, Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897
[Drinks] Paradise Pop and Smooth Criminal at Bar Canary
Our fave rooftop hang along Somerset has conjured up some alcoholic bubble tea concoctions to cheer on Singapore’s birthday. Yes, it’s the future and you’re getting tapioca pearls in your booze. Yay or nay?
If you’re game, Paradise Pop is an Osmanthus sencha tea that’s been spiked with gin and topped with lychee pearls, while Smooth Criminal sees lavender and earl grey tea mixed up with fresh milk and Frangelico liqueur for a hazelnutty finish, complete with sweet caramel jelly.
When: Available till 31 August
Cost: $17 each
Bar Canary, 270 Orchard Rd, 4th floor, Singapore 238857
[Food] A culinary heritage buffet at Swissôtel Merchant Court
If you’re looking for iconic local dishes in one seating, look no further than Ellenborough Market Café at Swissôtel Merchant Court. A culinary heritage buffet is exactly what you’ll get here. Open for lunch and dinner, the rotational menu includes everything from your traditional chicken rice, fried carrot cake, and Nyonya laksa to less-known dishes like bak kut teh (tender pork rib soup), stir-fried Hokkien mee and satay bee hoon; and Peranakan delights such as kueh pie tee (mini pastry shells filled with shredded turnip, prawn and egg), Nyonya chap chye (a vegetable stew), ayam buah keluak (chicken braised in a thick, spicy tamarind gravy).
We also love that there are DIY fruit rojak and ice kacang stations to customise the dish according to your liking (pile on the gula melaka!). End your meal on a sweet note with local dishes like chendol mousse cake, apam balik (similar to the ones we found at the Geylang Bazaar), and the creamy durian pengat.
When: 1 August – 31 August 2019; lunch: 12pm-2.30pm; dinner: 6.30pm-10pm
Cost: $52++ per adult for lunch; $68++ per adult for dinner; half price per child for ages 6 – 12 years old
Ellenborough Market Café at Swissôtel Merchant Court, level one, 20 Merchant Road, Singapore 058281
[Drinks] Singapore Sling, Singapore Fling, and Berry Bellini at Ce La Vi
While the SkyBar does the Singapore Sling old-school style, the Club Lounge takes it into slushy territory with the Singapore Fling. Another summery concoction to accompany the skyline view, the Berry Bellini takes prosecco up a tropical notch.
When: Available on the regular menu all year
Cost: Singapore Sling ($23), Berry Bellini ($23), and Singapore Fling ($40 for two)
Ce La Vi, 1 Bayfront Avenue Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3, 018971
[Food] All-day buffets at Royal Plaza on Scotts
Wow, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts has really taken our favourite pastime to heart. The halal restaurant has got you covered from breakfast to dinner with a lineup of local delights like kaya and butter toast with soft boiled eggs and a live kopi C and teh terik station (for breakfast), rojak, oyster omelette and laksa (for high tea), and chilli crab with mantou and BBQ sambal stingray (for lunch and dinner). And for dessert, indulge in chendol gateau, gula melaka creme brulee and local-inspired ice-cream flavours like kaya toast, chendol and milk tea. You know where to find us *wink*.
When: 7 August – 11 August 2019; breakfast: 6.30am –10am; lunch: 12pm – 2pm; high tea: 3.30pm – 5.30pm; dinner: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Cost: Prices vary on selected days; breakfast: $32++ per adult and $20++ per child; lunch: from $58++ per adult and from $36++ per child; high tea: from $42++ per adult and from $27++ per child; dinner: from $80++ per adult and from $46++ per child. Child prices apply to ages 4 – 11 years old.
Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts, 25 Scotts Road, Singapore 228220
[Drinks] SummerSop at Artemis Grill
Who knew soursop and rose syrup was the trick to creating a tipple in our national colours? And Artemis Grill’s SummerSop makes happy hour even more exciting with a hat-tip to the bubble tea craze – heads up to all the boba addicts!
When: On the menu until further notice
Artemis Grill, 138 Market St, #40-01 CapitaGreen, Singapore 048946
[Drinks] Rojak Milk Punch and Robbery At The Museum at Smoke & Mirrors
PSA: The newly launched Rojak gin is now all the rage. Smoke & Mirrors might just be the first to make a National Day spin on this locally-inspired flavour with the Rojak Milk Punch, which throws in spiced pechuga, milk, ginger torch aroma, and even a side of peanuts for maximum rojak effect.
In other news, the Singapore Sling is now Robbery At The Museum, a rendition concocted with house-made cherry bitters, fermented pineapple, and a fizzy foam of aquafaba and soda water for a zestful take on this classic. Sip on this as you catch the spectacular pyro show from the amazing location of this bar!
When: Available till 31 August
Cost: $22 each
Smoke & Mirrors, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, #06-01 National Gallery Singapore, 178957
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[Food] Ding Dong collabs with ex-Masterchef contestants for a nostalgic eight-hands dinner
Remember when Zander Ng won the very first season of Masterchef Singapore? He, along with fellow ex-contestants, Genevieve Lee (runner-up) and Aaron Wong (finalist), are joining hands with Ding Dong’s head chef, Miller Mai for a special collab. Aptly named, ‘Home Truly’, the eight-hands dinner menu is inspired by their favourite childhood eats in Singapore – peppered with the Masterchef touch, of course. The menu has unassuming dishes like Sanshui chicken, otah-otah, roasted duck, chilli crab and kuih pie tee, mini bao with rendang beef cheeks and scotch egg with nouc cham (a Vietnamese dipping sauce) – but one look at that picture above and we just know that we’re in for a visual and culinary treat!
When: 2 and 3 August 2019; 6pm – 11pm
Cost: $100++ per person; additional $45++ with wine pairing
Ding Dong; 115 Amoy Street, Singapore 069935
Words by Nicole Nithiyah and Amelia Ang.