It’s that time of the year again when the nation is celebrated with a big bang. We’ve got the patriotic pennants displayed everywhere, nostalgic theme songs, marvellous fireworks, and the mandatory highlight in August — National Day inspired food.
All timed to coincide with National Day, these places are chockful of dining options to get into the national spirit. We round up the most standout of the lot, below.
If you want a photo-worthy patriotic dessert…
Red and white food on National Day? Groundbreaking. Jokes aside, Little Damage is serving up red waffles cones ($2, available from 5-11 Aug) paired with white chocolate soft-serve ice cream. Silver star sprinkles? Check. Vegan-friendly? Check. Gram’ worthy? Check, check, and check.
Price range: $7++
Address: Wheelock Place, #B1-05A, Singapore 238880
If you want a burger with local flavours…
Bringing their A-game to the table, Potato Head and Three Buns are giving us some insight as to what distinguishes the stellar from the mediocre. Stellar: a Western take on a much-loved local favourite dish. Behold, the Chick In Rice Burger. With a tender sous vide chicken breast dressed in ginger and garlic, the burger hits it home with their blend of chilli sauce, creamy ginger mayo, cucumbers and scallions!
Price range: $19++
Address: Potato Head Singapore and Three Buns Quayside
If you want to celebrate your Peranakan roots…
Hidden within Dempsey hill, Candlenut’s dishes are set to impress. With an acute focus on Perankan food, each of their creations is reminiscent of a Straits-Chinese cuisine with an updated modern twist. Think: wagyu beef rib rendang, blue swimmer crab curry and homemade kueh. Depending on the size of your appetite, their set menu and ala-carte dishes are perfect to celebrate the nation’s birthday… and the long weekend.
Price range: $88++ per person for lunch, $128++
per person for dinner
Address: Block 17A, Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676
Reservation: Book online
If you want to indulge in a high afternoon tea…
High tea has a reputation for being indulgent; none of the modesty of a typical meal, and all of the full-fledged lavish flavours to satisfy one’s sweet tooth. In lieu of Singapore’s birthday, Anti:Dote has curated a menu of afternoon treats inspired by quintessential deep-rooted flavours. Expect homemade baos given a luxe treatment with a foie gras and chilli crab filling, smoky braised abalone and even ondeh-ondeh filled with Italian mascarpone, coconut Malibu rum and black sugar.
Price range: $52++ per adult
Address: Fairmont Singapore, Level 1, Singapore 189560
Reservation: Dining.firstname.lastname@example.org, call 64316156
If you want to catch the NDP fireworks…
If you’re looking for dinner and a view of the fireworks, you’ve found it. The chefs behind Mr Stork, the rooftop bar at Andaz, created a special platter made with popular relishes — and dishes like Nasi Lemak arancini with quail egg and salted egg yolk calamari are those that pack a serious punch. Take in the fireworks display with live music and great food for Singapore’s birthday bash. The best of both worlds, amirite?
Price range: $15++
Address: Andaz, Level 39, Singapore 189354
Reservation: Call 64081234
If you binge-watched Yanxi Palace…
Apart from sating their crowd with northern and southern China cuisines, Paradise Dynasty is offering their dishes at 54% off. They have even rolled out a pan-fried Chilli Crab Bun; filled with succulent crab meat and housed in a soft bun with a crispy golden-brown bottom.
Price range: $10.80++
Address: ION Orchard, #04-07, Singapore 238801
Reservation: Call 65099660
If you just want local comfort food…
Topped with marinated spices such as galangal, lemongrass, dried chilli, ginger, garlic, and shallots, Le Binchotan’s modern take might just be your next favourite rendang dish. Their signature beef cheek rendang features Australian beef cheek, seasoned overnight in a paste of local spices — and slow-cooked heavily for that smoky, tender flavour. Mark your calendars for 9 August!
Price range: $28++
Address: 115 Amoy Street, #01-04, Singapore 069935
Reservation: Call 62241045
If you want satay with a river view…
What we want in a local buffet: perfect grills, sambal stingray, barbequed king prawns and smoke-kissed satays. Town Restaurant’s nightly buffet, Satay Soiree by the River, curated just for National Day promises all of this and more. Embracing hawker culture, this spot urges you to complete your nostalgic soiree with classic desserts such as Nonya kuehs and your very own DIY ice kachang.
Price range: $59+ per adult
Address: The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore 049178
Reservation: Diningemail@example.com, call 68778911
If you want a bowl of udon with local flavours…
For naysayers that claim there are too many Japanese food joints in Singapore — a concoction of bold local flavours, this laksa rendang udon deserves some attention and love. Gather your trusty squad as this establishment offers a 1-for-1 promotion on their Laksa Rendang Udon for a limited period only.