Singapore is known to be a foodie destination and what better way to celebrate her birthday than to indulge in these National Day menus
If there’s one thing that unites the nation, it’s food. From hunting down new restaurants to hanging out at 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 of local food. Despite the Covid sh*itstorm, the show must go on and these restaurants have put together special National Day dining menus that are too good to miss. This year, many have taken it up a notch by adding their own spin on classic dishes, too. The best part? You can enjoy them in the comfort of home.
Best National Day dining specials
Although the National Day celebrations are on a smaller scale this year, you still can keep the annual tradition alive with Tablescape’s takeaway-exclusive Sofa Menu. Each set highlights must-try bites like the signature beef burger, the umami-rich Pizza Di Scarola (which is more pie than pizza) and foie gras terrine. And hey, of course there’ll be local flavours. Enter the chilli crab mousse: An innovative recipe that elevates the iconic Singapore dish with European techniques. A tantalising ode, we must say.
Tablescape, available for delivery and takeaway from 8 – 9 August. Place your order one day in advance.
Leave your diets at the door and indulge like a true-blue Singapore. This National Day dining lunch menu for two calls attention to the restaurant’s signature dishes like Shanghainese hot and sour dumpling soup, poached garoupa fish fillet in Szechuan pepper broth, and barbecue pluma Iberico pork with yellow mountain honey. Cool off from the fiery feast with a Cantonese-style mango dessert reimagined with refreshing guava and pomelo pulp.
Mott 32, B1-42 to 44, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 01895. Available on 1 – 2 August and 8 – 9 August.
Ce La Vi
Yay! The rooftop bar is opening its glitzy doors with its inaugural edition of Sky High Hawker during the long National Day weekend. As a tribute to the robust culinary scene in Singapore, this dining experience will showcase one-off specials from popular local chefs and hawkers such as Janice Wong of 2am:dessertbar, Douglas Ng of Fishball Story, Malcolm Lee of Candlenut and more. To top it off, sip on Peranakan-inspired cocktails while basking in the city’s glorious skyline.
Ce La Vi, L57, Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Hotel Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971. Available from 7 – 10 August.
Grand Park Orchard
You can count on Grand Park Orchard’s mod-Cantonese restaurant Mitzo to bring us the most intriguing contemporary twists to classics. This year, the Together As One set features dishes like stir-fried wagyu beef with black pepper and red wine, strawberry sweet and sour pork, and crispy duck roll and fish skin. End your feast with a special cocktail by Bar Canary that’s aptly named Kampung Spirit. It’s an eight treasure tea that’s been spiked with tequila and apple whiskey.
Grand Park Orchard, available for delivery and takeaway from 30 July – 31 August.
MO Bar is a must-visit if you’re hankering for a deluge of Southeast Asian-inspired cocktails. Our suggestion? Toast to the nation’s birthday with the uniquely Singaporean cocktail, Lantern. Concocted with the expertise of Vijay Mudaliar of Native, this aromatic drink is a mix of chilli-infused Paper Lantern gin, ginger, citrus and chicken broth, topped with a chicken rice crisp. Yup, it’s a brilliant beverage adaptation of the ubiquitous chicken rice dish. And as part of the celebrations, you can pair two signature cocktails with the luxurious seafood delight, which comprises half portions of fresh lobster, snow crab and four prawns.
MO Bar, L4, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039797. Available on 9 August.
Age-old recipes take centre stage at Kin. For National Day, the menu will feature a storied dish, Hokkien mee, for a limited time. Following an original recipe dating back to the 1900s, the Hokkien mee is cooked in a flavourful stock made of dried anchovy, scallop, prawn, cuttlefish, pork bones and prawn shells, before it’s tossed with pork lard, sua lor prawns, pork slices and liver, mussels, squid and chye sim. Sound delish, no?
Kin, 31 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089845. Available from 3 – 15 August.
Cut by Wolfgang Puck
Come National Day, the award-winning steakhouse will put out elevated versions of local classics as part of its three-course lunch menu. Diners can pick and choose two entrees from the a la carte menu, which includes beef hor fun that uses USDA prime beef, ikan bakar slathered in sambal belacan, and silken mapo tofu with minced beef. Complete your feast with Nyonya bubur cha cha, a comforting dessert of sweet potato and taro in coconut milk.
Cut by Wolfgang Puck, #B1-71, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956. Available on 9 August.
Self-proclaimed as the “home of sticky bones”, Morganfield’s combines two lip-smacking, finger-lickin’ dishes into one gut-busting meal as part of its National Day dining specials. Presenting fork-tender pork ribs coated in a heady satay spice rub. That’s not all – dip the ribs in the house-made peanut sauce while you savour smoky-sweet charred bits. The flame-grilled pork belly skewers have gotten our attention too! So if you have a soft spot for satay, you know where to go.
Morganfield’s, multiple locations including Orchard Central and VivoCity. Available for dine-in, takeaway and delivery from 3 – 30 August.
So Sofitel Singapore
Xperience Restaurant at So Sofitel Singapore whips up an exquisite four-course menu using locally sourced ingredients. Whet your appetite with a garden salad of citrus fruit, feta and balsamic, sea bass with locally grown bak choy and mashed potato, and truffle wild mushroom polenta with grilled paneer cheese, just to name a few. Wash it all down with locally-flavoured cocktails, including the Kaya Martini and the Tiger Sling (enjoy the second drink for only $5.50!). You can also bring the festivities home with the takeaway menu, which includes dishes like laksa ‘bouillabaisse’ aka spicy seafood stew, gado gado salad and homemade banana and gula melaka loaf.
So Sofitel Singapore, 35 Robinson Road, Singapore 068876. Four-course set menu is available from 8 – 10 August, local-inspired cocktails are available from 6 – 13 August and takeaway and delivery set is available from 8 – 10 August.
Zafferano is pulling out all the stops for this special weekend. The line-up includes a National Day champagne brunch and a tempting four-course dinner. For the former, toast to the weekend with a Singapore Sling alongside Italian classics like cold cuts, pizzas, pastas and free-flow champagnes and wines. The latter presents you with a selection of canapes, house-made tagliolini with fresh Hokkaido sea urchin, a choice of main course (wagyu striploin or silver cod) and dessert in the form of semifreddo.
Zafferano, L43, Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049315. Champagne brunch is available from 8 – 9 August and the four-course dinner is only available on 9 August.
This one is for vegetarians who don’t want to miss out on the fun! Known for its meatless fare, Elemen is doling out a National Day-inspired set called ‘Local-Licious’. It offers eight creative dishes including Cream of Shroom Kut Teh, a fusion dish of mushroom soup and bak kut teh; kaya creme brulee, an upgraded version of the classic coconut jam; and Taste of Singapore Trio, a combination of nasi lemak, chicken rice and nasi biryani presented in the form of sushi.
Elemen, multiple locations including Millenia Walk, Great World City and Paya Lebar Quarter. Available from 7 July – 31 August.
Goodwood Park Hotel
The hotel is celebrating its 120-year legacy and Singapore’s 55th birthday with a trio of takeaway treats. The National Day Celebratory Set Menu features highlights from various establishments: Pork shepherd’s pie from L’Espresso, three skewers of chicken satay from Coffee Lounge, chilled angel hair pasta with king crab from Gordon Grill, and deep-fried sea perch with spicy lemongrass from Min Jiang. Continue the celebration by snacking on yam chips, crispy kang kong with cheese and sour cream, or salted egg yolk lotus root chips from the snacks bundle. Or dip your nose in sweet frosting with the Happy 55 Sweet Treats box that comes with 18 petit pastries embellished in hues of red and white.
Goodwood Park Hotel, available for takeaway and delivery from 31 July – 10 August. All orders must be placed five days in advance.
The microbrewery is celebrating Singapore’s birthday with a National Day platter that offers familiar flavours with a twist. Case in point: Hainanese chicken sliders, salted egg and sweet potato fries, char siu skewers, and stingray croquettes with sambal aioli. And, of course, don’t forget to snag the special edition can of Brut Beer, which is fermented using champagne yeast.
Level 33, #33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 8 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018981. Available for dine-in, takeaway and delivery from 1 – 9 August.