Bites: Best Places to Dine at this National Day

Fireworks at Zafferano this National Day
Enjoy the best views of the waterfront and the fireworks this National Day at these restaurants in Singapore. BY KIMBERLY TAN
Kinki Restaurant + Bar
Enjoy a bottomless brunch at Kinki Restaurant + Bar (Photo Credits: Kinki Restaurant + Bar)
Have a glorious Bottomless Brunch at Kinki Restaurant + Bar
(Photo credits by Kinki Restaurant + Bar).

Enjoy a weekend of feasting and partying this National Day weekend at Kinki Restaurant + Bar. Set against the Marina Bay waterfront, start the festivities with a Bottomless Brunch on 9 August from 12-3pm. These include boundless servings of fresh sashimi, and ingenious maki. From 6pm onwards, watch the glorious fireworks from the rooftop bar. For premium views, try the Rooftop package. Included in this package are one bottle of Belvedere, either a bottle of Monkey Shoulder or Hendrick’s Gin, one mixer jug, four cans of Redbull and a sharing platter. 

The following day, on 10 August, the party starts from 8pm onwards. A collaboration between Kinkilicious and Eatmeportart, the event will showcase DJs weelikeme and KiDG playing “Eatmepoptart Classics”. 

What: Bottomless Brunch from 12 to 3pm, Rooftop party from 6pm on 9 August, and Kinkilicious x Eatmepoptart party at 8pm on 10 August
When: 9 – 10 August 
Where: Kinki Restaurant + Bar, 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 Customs House, Singapore 049323
How to book: Make advance reservations by calling 6533 3471 or email enq_kinki@fareast.com.sg
How much: $58++ for the Bottomless Brunch, $500 nett for a Rooftop Party package (up to 6 pax)

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The Pelican
Have a delectable four-course meal this National Day at Pelican.
Enjoy a delectable four-course menu at the Pelican (Photos courtesy of the Pelican).

Try the Pelican‘s specially crafted four-course menu with Southeast Asian flavours. Start with a cured barramundi carpaccio, followed by the laksa fisherman pie. The latter is the Pelican’s signature pie with local flavours, pairing fresh seafood with a delightful laksa broth. End the meal with a coconut pandan panna cotta and fresh coconut pina colada for a refreshingly tropical touch. 

Continue the festivities with the Celebration Package, including a bottle of Roku gin, another of 12-year Old Pulteney, paired with truffle fries and chilli calamari. Otherwise for 9 August, take advantage of the special promotions for drinks. For example,  Lion Brewery costs $58++ for a bucket of five bottles and Sangria Lolea No. 1 or No. 2 at $19++ per glass and $80++ per bottle. 

What: Four-course menu and a Celebration Package
When: 9 August 2019, Friday, 5 pm till late
Where: 1 Fullerton Road, #01-01, One Fullerton, Singapore 049213
How to book: Make reservations here or here, or call them at 6438 0400, or email them at enq_pelican@fareast.com.sg
How much:
$98++ for four course dinner, $388++ for the Celebration Package for up to six pax) 

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PORTA Fine Food & Import Company
Try the unusual Bandung Parfait at Porta this National Day.

Local Executive Chef Alex Phan has created a special menu for the country’s bicentennial milestone and National Day at Porta. Begin your feast with the truffle rojak salad, where peanut crumbles mix with fresh jicama in a tamarind shrimp paste. 

Another dish is the reinterpreted Peking Duck, served like a salad. The duck breast is first sous-vide till its tender and then home-smoked, paired with a range of herbs, spices and sauces for maximum flavour. Other interesting dishes include the pork belly with salted egg yolk, the black pepper crab linquine, and the Char Siew ribeye steak. 

End the meal with a Bandung Parfait or a twist on the classic favourite, the Milo Dinosaur. This is a mix of Milo sponge cake and crumbles and house-made caramel condensed milk.

What: A special National Day menu, children below five enjoy a complimentary kids’ Dish of the Day
When: 8 & 9 August 2019,  from 11am – 3pm, and 6.30 to 10.30pm. 
Where: 1 Unity Street, Singapore 237983
How to book: Call 6593 8855, or email hello@porta.com.sg
How much: $58++ per adult/$28++ per child five to 11 years

Burger & Lobster
The Laksa Lobster at Burger & Lobster in Jewel Changi Airport, has limited servings per day.
The Laksa Lobster at Burger & Lobster in Jewel Changi Airport, has limited
servings per day.

Using whole, steamed lobsters from Nova Scotia, Canada, Burger & Lobster pays homage to one local favourite – laksa. Included in this dish is a mix of laksa leaves, ikan bilis and red chilli, lending plenty of Singaporean flavour to the coconut-based broth. Of course, this dish is served with tofu, bean sprouts and rice noodles. 

What: Laksa Lobster
When: Now till 10 August, Sundays to Thursdays, 10 – 12am. Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays, 9 – 1am. 
Where: 
#05-203, Jewel, 78 Airport Boulevard Singapore 819663
How to Book: Reservations aren’t allowed, so just walk in!
How Much: $70++, with limited servings per day.

L'Entrecôte The Steak and Fries Bistro
La Planche de Charcuteries et Fromages at L'Entrecôte at Customs House.
La Planche de Charcuteries et Fromages at L'Entrecôte at Customs House.

Every Saturday till National Day, diners at L’Entrecôte The Steak & Fries Bistro (Customs House) can party away with the National Day package. Aside from having front row seats to the fireworks, couples can enjoy a glass of Delamotte champagne, as well as a charcuterie and cheese platter.

Another option for those dining in groups is A Party Bundle, so they can snack on bar bites while enjoying a bottle of Tariquet or Chanson Bourgogne Pinot Noir.

What: A Fine Pair Evening  (for at least two guests) and A Party Bundle for two to three guests.
When: Now till 9 August on Saturday evenings
Where: 70 Collyer Quay, Customs House, #01-01, 049323
How to book: Call 6690 7565 or email customshouse@entrecote.sg
How much: Both packages will cost $150++.

Zafferano
Sous Vide and Pan-Fried Lamb, one of the gourmet treats you can enjoy this National Day (photo by Solostepstudio)
With amazing views of the fireworks and the Marina Bay area, feast on delectable mains like this sous vide and pan-fried lamb from Zafferano (Image courtesy of Solostepstudio).

For some of the best panoramic views of the fireworks, Zafferano on level 43 of Ocean Financial Centre is a great option. Try the special four-course National Day Table D’hôte menu.

Awaiting you is an Italian feast, starting with antipasti otpions that include fresh burratina cheese from Andria, fresh tomato basil oil and a gazpacho. Options for the first course is a linguine with a Canadian lobster tail in a spicy tomato sauce.

Next, for the second course, diners have a choice of lamb, fish and chicken. In particular, the lamb is sous-vide and pan-fried, paired with a roasted eggplant puree, sautéed bok choy and coffee powder. End off the meal with house-made tiramisu, macarons or panna cotta. As an aside, children aged eight and above are welcome in the restaurant. Younger children, meanwhile, can dine with their parents in a private room, with advance arrangement. 

What: National Day four-course meal and a drinks package consisting of free flow sparkling wine, beer and house wines
When: Dinner at 7pm on 9 August, and drinks on 27 July, 3 August and the actual day, from 7.30 to 9pm. 
Where: 10 Collyer Quay, Level 43, Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315
How much: National Day dinner – $128++ per person, or $98++ per person if you book early; access to Terrace Lounge with drinks package on 27 July and 3 August – $68++; 9 August $108++ for walk in guests and $98++ for reservations. 
How to Book: Reserve a table here, call 65091488, or email info@zafferano.sg.sparkling wine, beer, and house wines from 7.30pm to 9pm.

The Halia
Chilli Crab Cottage Pie

One of our most renowned local delights is the Chilli Crab. Thus, this National Day, Chef Ciarran from The Halia serves up a unique rendition of the savoury dish – the Chilli Crab Cottage Pie ($24++). 

The National Day special menu at The Halia celebrates our colonial heritage and the country’s bicentennial milestone. It includes highlights such as Fish and Chips ($28++) that is deliciously topped with curried pea purée and served alongside seaweed fries and gingerflower sambal aioli. Additionally, the menu ends on a sweet note with the refreshing Tropical Trifle ($10++) that mixes coconut custard, guava jelly and cardamom chantilly. 

What: National Day special menu 
When: 9 August to 12 August, from 10am to 5pm
Where: 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569
How much: From $24 
How to Book: Reserve a table here or call 8444 1148

Royal Plaza on Scotts
National Day
Chendol Gâteau

There’s no better way to start National Day then to indulge in the nation’s most classic dishes. From 7 to 11 August, award-winning restaurant, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts offers a series of creative twists on local favourites.

Inspired from one of Singapore’s favourites desserts, chendol, the pastry team at Carousel came up with the delightful Chendol Gâteau. It contains a fluffy gula melaka sponge layered with chendol and coconut chocolate mousse. Furthermore, it is topped with white chocolate coconut glaze and savoury popcorn that especially balances the sweetness between the two. If your sweet craving is still not satisfied, check out the Gula Melaka Crème Brulee imbued with a hint of deep, nutty caramel flavours. Ice-cream flavours such as Kaya toast, chendol and milk tea are available too.

Staycation deals

Moreover, once you have filled up your tummies, opt for a staycation at Royal Plaza on Scotts to relax and enjoy the long weekend. Book your room from now until 30 August (for stays from 1 to 31 August 2019) to enjoy an exclusive deal. Besides the Best Available Rate+$54 for rooms, the deal comes with a breakfast and high tea buffet for two at Carousel as well. Additionally, the rooms has a complimentary in-room minibar, Nespresso coffee and unlimited mobile data with pocket Wifi that will definitely make your stay a pleasant one.

What: Carousel’s National Day special menu, and exclusive staycation deal at Royal Plaza on Scotts
When: 7 to 11 August 
Where: 25 Scotts Road, Singapore 228220 
How much: Breakfast – $32++ per adult and $20++ per child. Lunch – $58++ per adult and $36++ per child (7 to 8 August) or $68++ per adult and $43++ per child (9 to 11 August). High tea – $42++ per adult and $27++ per child (7 to 8 August) or $48++ per adult and $32++ per child (9 to 11 August). Dinner – $80++ per adult and $46++ per child (7 and 11 August) or $88++ per adult and 49++ per child (8 to 10 August). Children is defined from four to 11 years old. Room rates start from $258++. 
How to Book: Reserve a table here or your staycation deal here. For enquiries, call 6737 7966 or email carousel@royalplaza.com.sg / roomres@royalplaza.com.sg

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