The year 2020 has been a challenging year for Singapore as it continues to fight the global outbreak of Covid-19. However, even in the midst of a pandemic, there are still many reasons to celebrate the country’s 55th anniversary as an independent republic, and what better way to celebrate the occasion than by indulging in local cuisine with friends and family? From exquisite four-course dinners to chicken rice inspired cocktails, here are some of the most delicious ways to enjoy National Day this year.
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An elevated take on hawker centre must-haves, LeVeL33’s new National Day Platter ($55++) includes two Hainanese chicken sliders, four generous skewers of glazed Ibèrico pork char siu, stingray croquettes, salted egg fries and sweet potato fries. While dine-in is available, we think this platter is the perfect accompaniment for watching the National Day Parade from home.
Orders can be made via WhatsApp on 8511 4613or online at level33.com.sg.
This National Day, indulge in an à la carte array of dim sum for dine-in during lunch, or partake in the beloved Cantonese tea-time custom at home with your loved ones with the Taste of Home share pack ($55 nett). Dine-in highlights include the steamed xiao long bao with white pepper soup ($5.80++ for 4 pieces) and the deep-fried sambal crayfish roll ($12++ for 4 pieces), while the Taste of Home share pack, which is available for both self-collection and delivery, includes Yàn’s rendition of local dishes such as sautéed kway teow with shrimp, fishcake, Chinese sausage and soya chicken.
Yàn’s National Day highlights are available from Aug 1 to 31, with the exception of Aug 8 and 9 due to restricted access at the National Gallery Singapore. The dine-in menu is available only during lunch hours.
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To celebrate Singapore’s 55th birthday, Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge has created a series of indulgent dining specials, which are only available on the 8th and 9th of August. The weekend line-up includes a hearty National Day Champagne Brunch (from $118++ per person) on both days, and an exquisite four-course National Day Dinner (from $198++ per person) on Sunday. As part of the brunch menu you will receive a Singapore Sling on arrival and a selection of perennial Italian favourites will be served to the table. The brunch is accompanied by unlimited pours of sparkling wine, as well as house red and white wines. The special National Day dinner includes an assortment of canapes, house-made tagliolini with fresh Hokkaido sea urchin and a choice of charcoal grilled Sanchoku wagyu striploin or silver cod. To finish, a Miyazaki mango semifreddo, lemon and Hokkaido milk panna cotta will be served.
For more information or to make a reservation you can visit zafferano.sg.
As National Day is being celebrated with a nationwide broadcast from 10 different venues all across the island this year, Tablescape have created a special National Day Sofa Menu (from $61.20), which is available exclusively over National Day weekend (Aug 8 and 9). The set, which can easily feed two, includes a range of sweet and savoury treats, all of which are easy to eat while you sit on the couch and watch the celebrations. Highlights include the mini beef burger, chilli crab mousse with crisp rice crackers and praline éclair.
To view the full menu or to place an order visit the Tablescape website.
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The Mandarin Oriental’s MO BAR is offering an exclusive National Day promotion on Aug 9, from 6 pm to 9 pm, featuring two signature cocktails and a curated seafood dish ($48++ per person). Guests can choose any two cocktails from MO BAR’s current Volume 2 menu, which draws inspiration from nomadic foragers with curated drinks inspired by Southeast Asia. In honour of Singapore’s birthday, we recommend the Lantern, a unique take on the country’s iconic chicken rice dish created in collaboration with Vijay Mudaliar of Native. This aromatic cocktail is made with chilli-infused Paper Lantern Gin, cucumber, ginger, citrus and chicken broth, garnished with a chicken rice crisp. The cocktails are paired with the indulgent Seafood Delight, featuring half portions of fresh lobster, snow crab and four prawns.
To find out more or to reserve a table visit the MO Bar website.
Summerlong is paying tribute to some of the country’s local dishes with a Mediterranean twist. Their National Day menu, which is available on the Aug 9 and 10, includes Nasi Lemak Soul-Vlaki ($18++), with turmeric fried fish with coconut milk pilaf, pickled cucumber, goddess anchovy cream, sambal sauce, and peanuts, and Crispy Soft Shell Crab with Orzo Pasta ($31++), featuring orzo pasta with chilli crab sauce, crispy soft shell crab, kashkaval cheese, and herbs. To help wash everything down, be sure to order the Summer Sling ($18++), prepared with Aperol, pineapple, lime, Pimms, grenadine, Cointreau, and soda.
To find out more or make a reservations visit summerlongsg.com.
The Line, Shangri-La Hotel
This year, The Line has added five more dishes to its National Day all-you-can-eat a la carte buffet menu (from $58++). Guests can look forward to indulging in unlimited servings of Peranakan Ngoh Hiang, Black Pepper Crab, Salted Egg Prawns with Chicken Floss, Beef Rendang, and Chicken Tandoori, along with their favourite international and seafood-on-ice selections. Guests can also choose to tuck into a durian feast (available as an add-on option for a supplement of $45++ during the a la carte buffet dinner) with selections of the premium Mao Shan Wang, the robust Little Golden Phoenix, the sweeter Red Prawn, and Little Swallow on offer.
The a la carte buffet menu is available from the July 31 to Aug 10. The add-on of unlimited servings of fresh durian is enjoyable at the alfresco dining area for dinner only. For dining reservations call 6213 4398 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CÉ LA VI
As a tribute to Singapore’s vibrant culinary scene, CÉ LA VI is bringing together some of the country’s most loved chefs and hawkers with the launch of their new monthly series, Sky High Hawker. Launching on National Day weekend (7th, 8th, 9th and 10th of August), the four-day celebration will showcase a selection of dishes presented by Chef Malcolm Lee of Candlenut, Chef LG Han of Labyrinth and Miss Vanda, Darren Teo and Henry Yap of 51 Noodle House and Alan Choong of Prawnaholic to name a few. Chefs will showcase their signature dish along with a special one-off curation for this occasion, priced at $10 to $20 per dish. Dishes include the spicy Crispy Har Cheong Chicken Wings with Sambal Belacan, Peranakan-style Buah Keluak Burger alongside desserts such as the Traditional Gula Melaka Putu Piring with Coconut Shavings, Pandan Tuile and Caramel Sauce and Pulut Serawa MSW Durian.
To find out more or to make a reservation you can call 6508 2188 or email at email@example.com. Complimentary entry will be given with mandatory table reservation and there is no age restriction. Kids are also welcome.
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For the month of August and as a nod to the country’s birthday, PAZZION Café has introduced two new dishes utilising one of Singapore’s favourite seafood offerings – crab – and a special nonya kueh-inspired mocktail. The Sambal Cream Crab Croissant ($18) comes in the form of a flaky and buttery croissant overflowing with succulent fresh crabmeat chunks and velvety scrambled eggs cooked in mild spicy sambal cream sauce, while the Black Pepper Crab Pasta ($18) features al dente linguine filled with chunky pieces of fresh crabmeat tossed in a fragrantly sweet savoury home-made black pepper sauce. The Rasa Singapore mocktail ($5.50) is a beautiful four-layered concoction with Gula Melaka syrup as its base, followed by a layer of fresh milk and coconut milk, a third layer of freshly prepared pandan juice, and lastly, topped with a dollop of milk foam to complete the uniquely Singapore Peranakan drink.
To find out more visit the PAZZION Café website.