Singapore’s 57th National Day on Aug 9 is less than two weeks away and we hope you’re ready to celebrate it in true Singaporean fashion — around a dining table with friends, family and lots of good food.
It also happens to be the time of the year that eateries pay homage to our favourite local dishes and Asian flavours. In our list, we’ve rounded up a selection of sweet and savoury options — from restaurants to dessert spots — that will excite your taste buds.
1. Paradise Dynasty
VivoCity, 02-128, 1 HarbourFront Walk
Nearest MRT station: HarbourFront
Open: Monday to Friday (11am to 10pm), Saturday and Sunday (10.30am to 10pm)
This National Day, Paradise Dynasty has created two Singapore-inspired dishes that prominently feature local flavours. Both are available until Aug 31.
The first is wok-fried rice cake with crabmeat in chilli sauce (S$15.80). The rice cakes are fried with chunks of crabmeat before being doused in fragrant chilli sauce.
The second dish is laksa xiao long bao — pork and laksa dumplings (S$9.80 for five pieces). Pork in spicy laksa broth is encased in its handmade dumpling skin, offering a savoury and spicy combination.
Enjoy a 20 per cent discount on these dishes if you are a Paradise Group member, or pay with a Citi or Maybank credit or debit card.
Tampines Mall, 03-30, 4 Tampines Central 5
Nearest MRT station: Tampines
Open: Monday to Sunday (11.30am to 10.30pm)
A household name in Singapore, Swensen’s has more than 20 stores across the country. Fans of this halal-certified Western restaurant chain can look forward to a selection of chilli crab specials. These include the chilli soft-shell crab burger (S$17.90), chilli crab pasta (S$14.90), chilli crab baked rice (S$15.90), and chilli crab pizza (S$17.90). All are available until Aug 30.
Moreover, you can enjoy these dishes from the comfort of your home with its SG57 set — chilli crab pasta, chilli soft-shell crab burger, chilli crab pizza, three portions of the soup of the day, and three soft drinks (S$57) — that’s great for sharing with the family.
3. Menya Kokoro
Suntec City, 03-313, 3 Temasek Boulevard
Nearest MRT station: Promenade
Open: Monday to Thursday (11am to 3pm, 5pm to 9pm), Friday (11am to 3pm, 5pm to 9.30pm), Saturday (11am to 9.30pm), Sunday (11am to 9pm)
To honour Singapore’s food heritage on its 57th birthday, Menya Kokoro, a Japanese noodle restaurant chain, has created two local twists to its mazesoba (mixed noodles).
These are the soft-shell crab kani mazesoba (S$23.80 for a full crab, S$18.80 for half a crab) and uma-kara laksa mazesoba — with crispy battered prawns, sakura ebi tempura crumbs, minced meat, sliced inari (tofu) skin, onsen egg, and a special blend of sambal chilli (S$16.80). They are available until Sept 30 for dine-in and takeaways.
From Aug 8 to 11 and 15 to 18 (5pm to 9pm), diners can enjoy their second bowl of the National Day specials at 50 per cent off at all Menya Kokoro stores. This deal is, however, applicable for dine-in only.
4. Kinki Restaurant + Bar
Customs House, 02-02, 70 Collyer Quay
Nearest MRT station: Raffles Place
Open: Restaurant — Monday to Saturday (12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10.30pm), Rooftop Bar — Monday to Saturday (5pm to 12am)
Kinki Restaurant + Bar is a modern Japanese restaurant and bar overlooking Marina Bay, offering spectacular views of Singapore’s skyline. Decked in neon lights and walls splashed with art murals, the eatery is memorialising the occasion with a National Day rooftop package (from S$588 per table of up to six persons). This includes a bottle of Roku gin, and a choice between Belvedere vodka or Chita whisky and mixers (soft drinks and juices). This is available only on Aug 9.
The package also includes a platter of sesame-marinated and deep-fried Kinki wings (five pieces), ebi fry (deep-fried breaded prawns — seven pieces), and cassava nachos (cassava chips, tomato miso beef, guacamole, and creme fraiche — a type of cultured cream).
5. TWG Tea Salon & Boutique
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, B1-122/125, 2 Bayfront Avenue
Nearest MRT station: Bayfront
Open: Monday to Sunday (10am to 9.30pm)
To celebrate the nation’s birthday, TWG Tea Salon & Boutique is paying tribute to Singapore’s culinary cuisine by reimagining the ever-popular chicken rice. There will be special menu items available from Aug 6 to 12 when diners can order either a National Day-exclusive main course and tea (S$40) or a total package of a main course, tea and dessert (S$50).
The main course for this set is tender poached chicken breast roll with rice crisps served with Singapore Surprise Tea leaves, steamed Shanghai greens, achar pickles, sesame oil chicken jus, and fragrant pandan ginger rice pilaf.
Look out for Singapore-inspired beverages such as the Singapore Surprise Tea — a twist on TWG’s signature creamy creme brulee dessert on a tea-infused crust dotted with wild strawberries (S$11 per pot) — and Weekend in Singapore, a black tea with tart red fruits, and fragrant hints of anise and caramel (S$11 per pot).
6. Butter Studio
147 Jalan Besar
Nearest MRT station: Jalan Besar
Open: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday (11am to 8pm), Friday and Saturday (11am to 9pm)
No celebration is complete without dessert and Butter Studio is here with a sweet deal. Available until Aug 15, it’s selling a collection of cakes and cookies.
These include the “Our Singapore” National Day cake (S$57); SG57 National Day cupcakes — tropical ondeh, classic vanilla and red velvet (S$28 for six pieces); and an “Our Home” SG57 bake box, comprising a variety of pastries (S$27).
More information on its National Day collection is available on its website.
7. Rive Gauche
Ion Orchard, B4-71, 2 Orchard Turn
Nearest MRT station: Orchard
Open: Monday to Sunday (11am to 8.30pm)
Rive Gauche is a French-inspired bakery that’s been baking classic French pastries and cakes since 1993.
To mark Singapore’s 57th birthday, Rive Gauche has released the Singapore Splendour cake (S$57). It’s made of fluffy red velvet sponge and fragrant peanut butter mix, and is large enough for eight servings.
At present, there’s a 20 per cent discount on the cake and it’s available at all Rive Gauche stores until Sept 30.
8. Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beers
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 01-80, 2 Bayfront Avenue
Nearest MRT station: Bayfront
Open: Monday to Friday (12pm to 11pm), Saturday and Sunday (11am to 11pm)
Known for its huge burgers and decadent milkshakes, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beers has unveiled its latest creation for National Day. It’s the National Day CrazyShake (S$23) that consists of bandung (rose syrup with milk) shake, a vanilla-frosted rim, red-and-white star sprinkles, a crescent-shaped icing cookie, a slice of red-and-white cake, whipped cream, and a cherry on top. It’s available from Aug 8 to 14.
Black Tap is also featuring a prawn paste chicken sandwich (S$24) — crispy prawn paste chicken, cincalok aioli (fermented shrimp and emulsified oil with garlic), cucumber slaw, tobiko (fish roe) — that’s available from Aug 1 to 31.
After eating your fill of scrumptious food, tap into the GrabCar 6 service — which can take up to six passengers — to zip you and your companions off to your next destination. It’s offering 10 per cent off rides (capped at S$4), valid from Friday to Sunday between 5.30pm and 12am, until Aug 31. Redemptions are limited.
That’s not all: A challenge awaits. When you complete four GrabCar 6 rides from Aug 1 to 14, you can redeem a free set of 4Fingers wingettes and drumettes (18 pieces) worth S$34.20, while stocks last.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, B2-56A, 8 Bayfront Avenue
Nearest MRT station: Bayfront
Open: Monday to Thursday, and Sunday (11am to 10pm), Friday and Saturday (11am to 11pm)
Italian gourmet chocolate and gelato confectionery Venchi has built a respectable reputation for its high-quality chocolates and gelatos. Recently, it released a new flavour — red berries sorbet (S$8 for small, S$10 for regular and S$12 for large).
As part of National Day celebrations, it’s giving 10 per cent off any purchase of this refreshing, zesty flavour from Aug 1 to 9.
10. db Bistro & Oyster Bar by Daniel Boulud
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, B1-48, 2 Bayfront Avenue
Nearest MRT station: Bayfront
Open: Monday to Thursday, and Sunday (12pm to 9pm), Friday and Saturday (12pm to 9.30pm)
db Bistro & Oyster Bar by Daniel Boulud serves French cuisine with American influences. Its owner, celebrity chef Daniel Boulud, has received many accolades for his culinary skills and success.
This August, diners can look forward to a special sweet treat to end their meal with — signature baked Alaska (S$20). It’s a dessert that’s worth whipping out your phone for, as it gets flambeed with Malibu rum. The core is filled with coconut, pineapple and lime ice cream, surrounded by a layer of banana cake and toasted meringue.
The signature baked Alaska will be available from Aug 1 to 31.
After dinner’s wound down, the GrabCar Premium service is on hand to provide you with a comfortable ride home. It’s offering 10 per cent off rides (capped at S$4), valid from Friday to Sunday between 5.30pm and 12am, until Aug 31. Redemptions are limited.
11. Domino’s Pizza
574 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, 01-1827
Nearest MRT station: Ang Mo Kio
Open: Monday to Sunday (10.30am to 11pm)
Pizza chain Domino’s Pizza is offering a handful of National Day deals from now until Aug 14. You can order a side of golden roasted chicken drummets or chocolate lava cake for just S$5.70 each when you buy two regular pizzas at S$22.
If you’re organising a larger party, go for the Awesome Foursome add-on (cinnamon bread, mozzarella cheese sticks, chicken drummets, and popcorn chicken) at S$15.70 when you order the S$22 deal.
12. Long John Silver’s
Jurong Point, 03-09/10/11, 1 Jurong West Central 2
Nearest MRT station: Boon Lay
Open: Monday to Sunday (7.30am to 10pm)
Long John Silver’s is taking on laksa for National Day this year, as it introduces a fish laksa wrap (S$8.90) and a chicken laksa wrap (S$8.50) for the occasion.
Both wraps consist of butterhead lettuce, tomato slices, hard-boiled eggs, laksa mayonnaise, and chicken or fish in a tortilla wrap. Both wraps are served with fries and lemonade. Available daily from 11am, you can get them until Sept 13.
13. Canadian Pizza
83 Kampong Bahru Road
Nearest MRT station: Outram Park
Open: Monday (10am to 10.15pm), Tuesday to Sunday (10am to 2.30am)
Canadian Pizza has revealed a National Day special set (S$57) that’s available until Aug 31. It includes two medium pizzas with split toppings (one with butter chicken and kecap manis — Indonesian sweet soy sauce — and the other with ikan bilis and chilli crab); pandan coconut cookies; kopi O gao (strong black coffee with sugar) cookies; and two 1.5L Coca-Cola bottles.
The pizza chain is also offering a National Day kids’ bundle (S$12), which features a six-inch personal pan pizza, four pieces of chicken nuggets, a Milo drink, and two Milo dinosaur collectibles.
14. Old Chang Kee
Tiong Bahru Plaza, B1-119, 302 Tiong Bahru Road
Nearest MRT station: Tiong Bahru
Open: Monday to Saturday (7am to 10pm), Sunday (10am to 10pm)
Known for its wide selection of on-the-go fried snacks, Old Chang Kee is featuring a National Day creation of chilli crab sauce with fried mantou — or fried buns (S$4 a cup). Each cup contains four pieces of mantou with chilli crab sauce, with the option of paying a dollar for extra sauce.
It will be available at all outlets and via delivery until Aug 31.
15. Texas Chicken
Nex, 04-18/19/20, 23 Serangoon Central
Nearest MRT station: Serangoon
Open: Monday to Sunday (8am to 10pm)
For the fourth year running, Texas Chicken is bringing back its salted egg series just in time for National Day.
This year, it’s introducing a salted egg wrap that’s stuffed with spicy chicken tenders, tomatoes, red onions, lettuce, cheese, salted egg crumbs, and salted egg sauce (from S$8.80).
Texas Chicken is also offering a special eight-piece National Day bundle (S$58.80) that includes four pieces each of salted egg chicken, original or spicy chicken, chicken tenders, and honey butter biscuits. It also comes with four regular Sjora mango peach drinks and two large mashed potatoes. The salted egg wrap and National Day bundle are available until Sept 7.
The fried chicken chain is also running a unique campaign this year. Customers can submit complaints to its microsite, where it will select the top three saltiest gripes, which will then be translated into secret codes.
Customers can use these codes for their next order and receive free food or drink items. Submissions end on Aug 11, with more details about the campaign available on the microsite and its social media channels.