With National Day around the corner, it’s time to make to plans on how you’re going to commemorate your patriotic feelings. What better way is there than to revel in the local flavours of Singapore, and eat, drink and be merry at the same time?
Tap your favourite foodie friends on the shoulder or make a family day out of it — ring in the country’s 54th National Day by feasting on good eats. Singaporean restaurants and bars have specially prepared local-themed fusion dishes and drinks in celebration of the big day, and they’re promising some pretty bold flavours that are sure to make fireworks in your mouth (and belly)!
*Specials will be available until August 31 at all Cold Stone Creamery outlets
Cold Stone Creamery, known for their chunky and rich ice cream combinations in their signature waffle bowls, are going all out with their offerings in celebration of National Day — they’re resurrecting their nasi lemak and chendol ice cream flavours.
The chendol flavour will come with a scoop of coconut ice cream topped with read beans, green jellies, atap seeds, laced with gula melaka.
They’re making the nasi lemak flavour extra special and extra spicy this year, and it should be nothing short of fabulous with its sambal ikan bilis, peanuts, crispy rice puffs, cucumber chunks, and coconut ice cream, all for $8.50 a cup. If you want it in a pandan waffle bowl for extra oomph, add $1.90.
Cold Stone Creamery outlets:
Operating Hours: 11am – 10pm daily
*Specials will be available until August 31 at Bar Canary
If you’ve joined the bubble tea craze and can’t get enough of the stuff, you’re in luck! Bar Canary, the rooftop bar of Grand Park Orchard, is offering alcoholic bubble tea concoctions for $17 that pay tribute to Singapore’s beloved “national drink”.
Try the refreshing Paradise Pop, a mix of osmanthus sencha tea, gin, and lychee pearls. For a richer taste, Smooth Criminal might just be up your alley, with a sensual combination of lavender and Earl Grey tea with whisky, angostura bitters, caramel, fresh milk, frangelico liqueur, and caramel jelly.
*Specials will be available from August 9-11 at Potato Head Singapore and August 9-12 at Three Buns Quayside
Who doesn’t love chicken rice?! But before you say you’re sick of it, it’s coming back to you in an all new and evolved way — in a burger. Potato Head Singapore is releasing their Chicken In Rice burg for $19. A set meal goes for $27, and it comes with some spicy chicken broth and five-spiced fries with anise mayo and pickled chillies.
The Chicken In Rice burg is a chicken burger that’s extra fancy and tasty, with sous vide chicken breast covered in ginger and garlic, slow-roasted spiced chicken thigh confit, ginger jam, cucumber slices, chilli sauce and ginger mayo. Delicious!
Potato Head Singapore / 36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore / +65 6327 1939
*Specials will be available from August 3-11 at Tablescape
Tablescape at the Grand Park City Hall will be commemorating Singapore’s 54th birthday by launching a five-course menu for $48 per person, with locally-inspired dishes refined into delicacies such as chilli crab mousse in a mini charcoal ice cream cone, chicken rice arancini served with dark soy, ginger, and garlic chilli sauce, laksa sea bass, and pandan soufflé with gula melaka ice cream.
Tablescape / Level 3, 10 Coleman Street, Singapore 179809 / +65 6432 5566
*Specials available until August 31 at all Elemen outlets
Vegans and vegetarians, you have not been forgotten in the celebration planning! The wholesome and sustainable meat-free restaurant is launching an eight-course “Local-licious” menu at $38.80 per person, offering plant-based goodies like salted egg popiah, mantou with spicy chilli sauce, chicken rice-style risotto, min jiang kueh crepe cake, bandung sorbet, soy milk with gula melaka, and “shroom kut teh”, their own unique take on bak kut teh with you tiao and mushrooms.
Harbourfront Centre address / 1 Maritime Square #02-85, Singapore 099253 / +65 6904 9568 / 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM daily
Greatworld City address / 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #01-122, Singapore 237994 / +65 6235 6613 / 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM daily
Millenia Walk address / 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-75 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596 / +65 6238 0511 / 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM daily
Paya Lebar Quarter address / 10 Paya Lebar Road, #03-13 Paya Lebar Quarter, Singapore 409057 / +65 6503 2533 / 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM daily
Say happy birthday to Singapore with a bellyful of locally-inspired fusion dishes and drinks that will surely leave you satisfied (and patriotic!). /TISG