It's time for us to celebrate all things Singapore – it is, after all, our nation’s 54th year of independence. Restaurants across the island are celebrating the best of local flavours. From locally inspired pintxos to an exclusive eight-hands dinner, these special National Day menus have been rated five stars (and a moon).
August 2 to 12
The grand Alkaff Mansion is home to Txa Pintxo Bar. It prides itself as Singapore’s only dedicated pintxos bar, serving small bar snacks that are reminiscent of Basque Country. For National Day, Spanish and Singaporean flavours are reimagined in the form of satay pintxos ($4) with wagyu beef, and seared Hokkaido scallop with curry sauce ($8). Of course, Singaporeans love anything with salted egg yolk – so you can find it alongside patatas bravas ($12). Wash it all down with a bandung mocktail ($8.50) or chendol cocktail ($12.50).
August 1 to 31
Regional street food gets a makeover with Fat Chap’s celebratory menu. Medanese-born head chef Selamat Susanto taps into his travels across Southeast Asia to bring you dishes like maggie goreng served with seafood and satay ($12.90), and wonton mee served with chicken bak kut the soup ($14.90). The best of Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia come together in his special tri-nation menu. Desserts are just as exciting; the king of fruit is used in the shortcake ($14), served with homemade durian ice cream and cempedak brulee.
August 5 to 11
Our ubiquitous street food gets a modern update at 15 Stamford. The six-course menu ($108) features signatures like the laksa with jasmine tea-infused quail eggs and homemade dried shrimp floss, as well as chargrilled pork ribs marinated with herbal bak kut teh spices for over 8 hours. Classics like satay, chicken rice, and chendol also make an appearance on the dinner table, allowing you to sample the best of local cuisine – both old and new.
August 1 to 11
The Fullerton Hotel celebrates the best of local food at its Soiree by the River buffet. The Town Restaurant, overlooking the Singapore River, pays tribute to the colourful food scene that once lined the bay. Every night sees barbecued favourites like sambal stingray, king prawns, and satay from popular homegrown brand Chim’s Satay making an appearance. Weekends feature grilled lobsters topped with – you guessed it – salted egg sauce, chilli padi and curry leaves.
August 1 to 31
Get over that afternoon slump with Anti:dote’s selection of Singapore-inspired tea treats. Nibble on baos stuffed with chilli crab and foie gras, or sample sandwiches filled with lobster and achar. Those with a sweet tooth can look forward to desserts like the gula Melaka tart, mascarpone ondeh ondeh with Coconut Malibu rum, and pineapple tart with ginger compote and almond sablé. Prices start from $52.
August 1 to 31
This cosy French bistro is joining in the festivities with two special dishes. The fried flower fritter ($19) is, quite literally, a bouquet you can eat – with banana flowers, hummingbird flower petals, turmeric leaves, kaffir lim, and moringa tied snuggly together with a light garam masala-scented tempura batter. Meat-lovers can look forward to Summer Hill’s reinterpretation of the Hainanese pork chop, which is hearty enough to serve two. Pork is swapped for panko-crusted milk-fed veal chop ($75), and served with a tomato and caramelised onion vinaigrette, duck fat roasted baby potatoes and spring vegetables.
August 8 to 22
Stand up for Singapore and toast to another year of independence with Tiger Beer’s red dragon fruit lager – its colours of red and white makes it the perfect drink for Singapore’s birthday. Made with the flavours of the tropical dragon fruit in mind, this beer is the brand’s second seasonal brew that boasts fruity notes and a fruity finish. It's best paired with the zi char-inspired burgers from Wok In Burger, the spinoff burger joint by Michelin-plated Keng Eng Kee Seafood. Prices start from $13.
Enjoy a feast – for your eyes and tummy – with this Michelin-starred restaurant. Its location by the Singapore River will allow you to enjoy the spectacular fireworks display while enjoying modern Italian plates. On August 9, their National Day menu ($154) will include abalone with chard and shallots; tagliolini with scampi and saffron; and the Miyazaki pork with rhubarb and grapes.