Here in Singapore, we love our food, and for good reason. From spruced up local dishes to swish high tea and everything in between, there’s a dining experience to suit every taste and wallet size. So, if you’re wondering where to eat this National Day long weekend, celebrate Singapore on a plate by tucking into classic favourites and revamped versions of traditional dishes. Even better, many places are celebrating all month long, so if you don’t make it out over the long weekend, you can still join in the culinary celebrations! Yippee!
Anti:Dote, Fairmont Singapore
Get your afternoon tea fix, Singapore style! Forget cucumber sandwiches: we’re talking homemade baos delicately filled with foie gras and chilli crab, as well as 24-hour braised abalone at Anti:dote. Sweet tooth? Tuck into Malay ondeh-ondeh crafted with Italian mascarpone, coconut rum and black sugar. ‘Scuse us while we wipe away the drool…
When: Throughout August
Where: 80 Bras Basah Road, Level 1 Fairmont Singapore, Singapore 189560
Cost: $52 per adult and $25 per child.
SKAI, Swissôtel The Stamford
Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the National Day proceedings from the dizzying heights of the 70th floor at SKAI. The aptly named Special Fireworks Menu features seafood, meat and vegetarian yumminess, such as oysters topped with wasabi, quail yakitori and an Australian Wylarah Wagyu. It’s all topped off with a nom-worthy caramelised cheesecake from the award-winning pastry team. But hurry – this one’s only available until 3 August.
When: Until 3 August
Where: 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882
Cost: $129pp (wine pairing is an extra $59)
Edge, Pan Pacific
Pay homage to the nation by filling your stomach with Singaporean delights! At Edge, you can look forward to a full-on buffet feast, with dishes including pan-fried carrot cake with chai po, seafood hokkien noodles with sambal, peppery bak kut teh, white-pepper crabs and much more. Just one nugget of advice: go hungry.
When: 2–11 August 2019, 6:30pm–10:30pm
Where: Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595
Cost: $92 per adult, $46 per child. Includes unlimited servings of orange juice, teh tarik, bandung, coffee and tea.
Lime, Parkroyal on Pickering
Pace yourself for four hours of feasting at Lime Restaurant with its Loco Local offering! Featuring fancy interpretations of some of Singapore’s most-loved dishes, you can expect crab char kway teow, lobster roti jala, steamed oysters, chicken satay, fried carrot cake and, naturally, the chilli crab! Top things off with a trip to the dessert station, where you’ll find ice kacang, pong piah and many more sweet treats on tap.
When: 5 August–1 September
Where: 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289
Cost: Enjoy 15% savings on the buffet bill with four or more paying adults. $68 per adult (Sun–Thu); $78 per adult (Fri–Sat). Includes free flow of Teh Tarik, chilled coconut water and a selection of local beverages. $34 per child (Sun–Thu); $39 per child (Fri–Sat). Child prices applicable for ages 4–12.
Mr Stork, Andaz Singapore
Once the kiddies are all tucked up in bed and the babysitter’s settled in, head out to party the night away at Mr Stork! Grab your mates and bag yourselves a VIP standing table package to celebrate 9 August in style (just be sure to get your reservation in beforehand!) at the rooftop bar. You’ll get to take in the fireworks and enjoy a host of live music. Up to 10 of you will get a table as well as a snack platter featuring locally-inspired bar grub such as chicken rice risotto balls, salted egg calamari and chicken satay, as well as some drinks (see below) to wash it all down with. Chin chin!
When: 9th August, 5–8.30pm
Where: Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street Level 39, Singapore 189354
Cost: $500, to include a standing table, snack platter and either two full-sized bottles of house spirits (750ml), four bottles of house wines or two bottles of Delamotte Magnum Champagne.
The Salon, Hotel Fort Canning
It’s the ultimate comfort food and one of Singapore’s most famous dishes… chicken rice! The perennial fave gets a spicy makeover at Fort Canning’s The Salon with the Singapura Chick’n Rice Set, available for lunch and dinner. Expect a slow-baked then deep-fried chicken drumstick amped up with a blend of spices – including turmeric, lemongrass, ginger and chilli – that can all be found in the Spice Garden at Fort Canning Park. Expect the usual sidekicks of flavour-boosted jasmine rice, chicken soup, tofu, greens and homemade chilli dip.
When: Throughout August
Where: The Salon, Hotel Fort Canning, 11 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881
Cost: Singapura Chick’n Rice Set ($18)
Jamie’s Italian, Forum at Orchard & VivoCity
Recharge your batteries at the famed family-friendly restaurant with all-day Asian-inspired Italian specials to mark the nation’s birthday. Jamie’s Italian twists on local dishes include chicken rice risotto, lamb kheema pizza and rendang beef cheeks. There’s even a birthday cocktail and its non-alcoholic mocktail cousin to sit alongside your nosh. Salute indeed!
When: All day, until 11 August
Where: Forum at Orchard, 583 Orchard Road, #01-01/04, Singapore 238884; VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-165/167, Singapore 098585
Breadtalk, various locations
What’s a party without baked goods? BreadTalk is joining in Singapore’s 54th birthday celebrations with a finger-lickin’ range of buns and pastries inspired by local ingredients. There’s a laksa bowl, a red striped croissant called the Singa Twirl, a chilli crab puff – even a merlion-themed morsel complete with a pork floss mane!
Various locations, prices vary. While stocks last.
D9 Cakery, Hilton Singapore
On Saturdays from August through to October, D9 Cakery at Hilton Singapore will be dishing up a plethora of treats at its D9 Saturday High Tea Buffet. Show your love for Singapore by chowing down on cooked-to-order nasi lemak and hokkien mee, gourmet pasta, fresh seafood and hawker-style roasted meat (crispy roast duck, anyone?). Our fave part? The Singapore-inspired desserts, including a Singapore Sling gateaux and a soya bean curd tart in patriotic colours. Positively nom-worthy.
When: Every Saturday from August through to October.
Where: Lobby Level, Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883
Cost: From $48 per person with free flow of coffee and TWG teas.
Mitzo, Grand Park Orchard
If you’re a massive foodie and three courses just won’t cut it, this five-course National Day Set Menu at Mitzo, Grand Park Orchard’s modern Cantonese restaurant, might be right up your street. We’re already drooling at the thought of the crunchy scallop spring roll, the pimped-up abalone bak kut teh and the cheese-baked chilli lobster. Braised veggies, sea bass with noodles and a longevity tea round off the proceedings, while we’ll be washing it all down with a National Treasure, the specially created cocktail that includes chamomile-infused whisky, grapefruit bitters, cream, lime and cranberry soda. Yum.
When: Throughout August
Where: 270 Orchard Road, Grand Park Orchard Level 4, Singapore 238857
Cost: $88 per person for set menu; National Treasure cocktail $21
Resorts World, Sentosa
Get into the red and white spirit by heading over to Sentosa and enjoying locally-inspired menus at Resorts World. There are heaps of $54 National Day dining deals to be had, so you’re sure to find something to suit the whole family.
When: Until 31 August 2019
Where: Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
GrillFest, Siloso Beach, Sentosa
Un-grill-ievable! If you’re a fan of juicy meats grilled to perfection over open flames, then head to Siloso Beach on Sentosa for GrillFest. There promises to be more than 130 F&B options across a one-kilometre stretch of the beach, allowing you to tuck into gorgeous grub while taking in the sea views. Roaming performers and a family-friendly movie by the beach at 8pm each day also score top parenting points from us.
When: 2–4 August and 9–12 August, 4–11pm
Where: Siloso Beach, Sentosa Island, Singapore
Morganfield’s, various locations
We love it for its ribs and, this National Day, we’re loving Morganfield’s even more for celebrating one of our fave Singapore eats… satay! Lip-smackingly tender and smoky, the pork belly satay ($12.90) is paired with homemade sauce for you to dip the night away!
When: Until 18 August
Where: The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green #02-23, Singapore 138617; Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, #01-645/646, Singapore 038983; VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-51A, Singapore 098585; Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, #11-03/04, Singapore 238896
Toast Box, various locations
Let the good times roll this August – it is the nation’s birthday after all! Pop down to your local Toast Box and tuck into roll cakes that celebrate local flavours, like the Kaya Coco Roll and Kopi Gao Gao Roll. Available in outlets islandwide at $2.20 per slice or $4.30 for a set with a slice of cake and medium-sized cup of hot kopi or teh, we’ll be getting our fix long after the last firework fizzles out.
When: Until 31 August
Where: Various locations
Carousel, Royal Plaza on Scotts
If Singapore’s national pastime is eating, then what better occasion to partake than the National Day long weekend? Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea, Carousel has a line-up of treats to get you feeling as patriotic as ever. There’s traditional kaya toast and soft boiled eggs for breakfast, barbecue stingray and chilli crab with mantous for lunch and dinner, and other fab fare for high tea. Don’t even get us started on the sweet treats…
When: Available 7–11 August
Where: Royal Plaza on Scotts, 25 Scotts Road, Singapore 228220
Cost: Breakfast: 7–11 August, $32 per adult and $20 per child (child price for 4-11 years). Lunch: 7–8 August, $58 per adult and $36 per child; 9–11 August $68 per adult and $43 per child. High tea: 7–8 August $42 per adult and $27 per child. 9–11 August $48 per adult and $32 per child. Dinner: 7 and 11 August $80 per adult and $46 per child; 8–10 August $88 per adult and $49 per child.
Little Damage, Wheelock Place
Bringing a taste of sunny LA to our shores for the first time, soft-serve brand Little Damage is now in Singapore! And the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Just in time for the nation’s 54th birthday, the experts in all things delicious have created special red waffle cones ($2) topped with white chocolate soft-serve and shimmery silver star sprinkles. Perfect for your tummy AND your Insta feed!
When: The red cones are in-store from 5–11 August.
Where: 501 Orchard Rd, #B1-05A Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880
Top image: courtesy of Edge
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