Thursday, 6 August 2020

7 restaurants for a National Day feast in Singapore

Singapore is celebrating its 55th year of independence on August anddespite the circumstances, has much to be thankful for. The country is a relatively new metropolis with a stable governmentand it has come a long way from its fishing village past in just a few decadesIt’s a business and culture powerhouse punching well above its weight, and many glittering developments and attractions have sprung up on its tiny landmass – not to mention world-class food and beverage establishments.  

You can celebrate the country’s colourful history and incredible journey by indulging in its national past-time – we’re talking about eating of course – at one of its many sterling restaurants. Here are seven of them to feast and be merry at.

Zafferano tagliolini
House-made tagliolini with fresh Hokkaido sea urchin

1. Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge

National Day in Singapore is synonymous with fireworks – the glorious display set against a sparkling city skyline at the end of the parade is a highlight for many. If you want a frontrow seat to the best show in town, book a four-course dinner (S$298++) at the Terrace Lounge, which will only accommodate 20 covers. The full-length windows will offer an unobstructed view of the spectacular fireworks at the Marina Waterfront. Not to be outdone is the food, which will include orange-cured foie grashouse-made tagliolini with fresh Hokkaido sea urchina choice of either silver cod or Wagyu striploin as main, as well as dessert. 

Call 6509 1488 or email for reservations.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck 
CUT by Wolfgang Puck features a comfortably modern dining room designed by hospitality designer Tony Chi

2. CUT by Wolfgang Puck

Master chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck’s first Asian outpost is celebrating Singapore with a three-course lunch menu (S$45++). Choose two of your favourites from the a la cartofferings, which feature fancy spins on local classicsThere’s beef hor fun tossed up with USDA prime beefsilken mapo tofu with minced beef and Szechuan peppercornas well as ikan bakar coated in sambal belachan with calamansiAs a treat, you’ll also receive a complimentary recipe book featuring original recipes of dishes from the one-off special menu.  

Call +65 6688 8517 for reservations.

Yan National Day Dim Sum - Steamed Hainanese Chicken with Sticky Rice wrapped in Lotus Leaf
Steamed Hainanese chicken with sticky rice in lotus leaf

3. Yàn

Local flavours take centre stage in Yàn’s month-long National Day offerings (from 1 to 31 August). The special dim sum lunch dishes include the steamed xiao long bao with white pepper soup that is reminiscent of a hot bowl of bak kut teh. There’s also the deep-fried sambal crayfish roll inspired by Singaporeans’ love for seafood and the local chilli pastessteamed Hainanese chicken with sticky rice in lotus leaf served with the quintessential chicken rice condiments; and pan-fried Singapore chilli crab meat bun. Do note, though, that Yàn is closed on 8 August and open only for dinner on 9 August. 

Call +65 6384 5585 or email for reservations.

W Singapore – Sentosa Cove’s Singa Sunday Feast
W Singapore – Sentosa Cove’s Singa Sunday Feast

4. The Kitchen Table at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove

If you want to party it up on National DayW Singapore – Sentosa Cove’s Singa Sunday Feast on 9 August comes with bottomless bubbly (S$168++) or free-flow cocktails (S$148++). Non-alcoholic beverage options are also available (S$128++). Pair your tipples with local and international dishes (included in the price), such as bak kut teh; sobrasada-stuffed calamari with squid ink and bonito flakes; black Angus ribeye; Kühlbarra barramundi  fillet with clams, shellfish and basilSingapore chilli craband grilled stingray cooked in banana leaf, topped with sambal lemons. Round off the meal with some saffron milk cake or the always-delightful ice kachang. 

Click here for reservations.

SKAI Restaurant
SKAI offers an unparalleled view of the Padang


At SKAI’s Morning Tea on 9 August (S$50 per adult), you get to enjoy sweeping views of the Padang and catch glimpses of the parade and ceremony segment below, while nibbling on moreish delicacies that are a creative toast to local favourites. Expect intriguing treats such as the kueh pie tee crafted with king crab, braised turnip and corianderpandan kaya toast cookie sandwich; Nescafe 3-in-1 cream puff; burnt egg tart;and a pandan chiffon coconut sablé. 

Call+65 6431 6156 or email for reservations. 

Mott 32 poached garoupa
Poached garoupa fish fillet in Szechuan pepper broth

6. Mott 32

For a meal that celebrates quality ingredients and time-honoured recipes in a sophisticated environment, try Mott 32’s special National Day set lunch menu (S$55++) that’s available over the first two weekends in August. Dishes to sample include the barbecue pluma Iberico pork with yellow mountain honey; and fierypoached garoupa fish fillet in Szechuan pepper brothEnd the meal on a sweet note with thesweetened guava soup witsago and pomelo the restaurant’s creative take on the classic Cantonese mango dessert with crunchy guava pieces and pomelo pulp for contrasting textures. 

Call +65 6688 9922 or for reservations. 

Xperience Restaurant Sofitel So Singapore hotel
Xperience features an open-kitchen restaurant and vibrant furnishing

7. Xperience at SO/Singapore

Executive chef Hong Dingzhao is serving up fusion meal that blends local and European influencesLocal produce is the hero of thOhSo-Local four-course set menu (S$55++). First, there’s the locally grown garden salad with citrus fruit, feta cheese and balsamic; crab timbale with Dijon and curry scented cream and cauliflower puree; seabass served with XO cream, locally grown bok choy and mash; and finally a banana split topped with “goreng pisang”, gula melaka sauce and vanilla and ondeh ondeh ice cream. Wash down the meal with free-flow Tiger Sling, Kaya Martini, Tiger beer, house wines and Prosecco for an additional S$55++ per person. 

Visit for reservations. 

SEE ALSO: 6 fancy set lunch menus to try in Singapore

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