Posted on Mon, 25 Jul 2011
Patriotic Eating In Singapore
Such excitement and festivities! The buntings and banners are fast coming up, people are flying their red and whites, and the town council has already put up a brand new billboard with larger-than-life pictures of my MPs smiling benevolently down on us residents of the Marine Parade GRC, with the words “Happy National Day’ splashed gaily across. Every time I drive past with my Kate Spade resting snugly on the passenger seat, I just want to stand up and say “V the citizens of Singapore….!” So, sisters in Singers, what are you doing this upcoming National Day? Catch the fireworks and do what we do best – eat well! Here’s a listing for what we like….
• Have dinner at Equinox Restaurant (30 July, and 9 August, 6.30pm – 10.30pm) on the 73rd floor of Swissotel Stamford. Set dinner at $150++/$180++ with extra $20++ for a window seat.
• Watch the parade over sundowners at Introbar (9 August, 3.00pm – 1.00am). Happy Hour from 3.00pm – 9.00pm.
• For a closer view, head to Kinki at Customs House. On 9 August, a special 5 course menu at $138++ with dishes like Sushi Platter of Chilli Taraba Kani Aburi Sushi and Pepper Beef Sushi, and Cinnamon Curry-Scented Pan Seared Hokkaido Scallops. From 1-13 August, they are also offering special Singapore-inspired a la carte dishes like Chilli Taraba Kani Aburi Sushi ($22, a spin on our chilli crab) and Tempura Milo Ice Cream & Red Bean ($8).
• San Sui Sumiyaki Bar at One Fullerton is offering a set dinner menu 6-9 August at $46 per person for minimum two people. Dishes include dried stingray and dried puffer fish, tuna, chicken, eggplant sumiyaki and sushi moriawase.
• You may not get the view but you’re close to the action at Sol Tasca, just round the corner from the merlion and under the bridge. It’s got a great deal 6-9 August: for $46, you get a jug of sangria and five tapas dishes including meatballs in sherry tomato sauce; bacalao croqueta; pimento, manchego cheese and serrano jamon on toast; etc.
• Over at Brussel Sprouts at Playground@Big Splash, mussels get a local spin 8-14 Aug. How about mussels Bak Kut The – the shellfish in the traditional old-time classic Chinese soup served with fries and rice, or Wanton Noodles Revisited, with angel hair pasta, lobster broth and prawns & mussel dumplings?
• Here’s something more authentic. Concorde Hotel Singapore’s Spices restaurant, which has always been strong on local cuisine, is serving up a Singapore Flavours buffet lunch at S$21.50++ on weekdays throughout August. Local classics feature, like Oyster Omelette, Ayam Buah Keluak, Nonya Laksa and Apong Bok Kuah topped with durian or banana sauce. Kids below 12 pay $13++.
• More local fare but this time in a historic setting. Goodwood Park Hotel’s local afternoon tea has always been quite a hit with the tai tais. National Day is good reason to go and feast with nationalistic fervour. Better yet, buy their brand new Merlion Durian Pralines - milk chocolate in the shape of the merlion filled with D24 pulp. Eat with pride and know that 10% of its proceeds go to the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. $46 for 20 delectable merlions, available at the Deli from 1-9 August!
- Sounds yummy!