A good meal is one of the best ways to honour the most special lady in your life — your mum. On fun-filled Sentosa island, there is a plethora of restaurants that suits almost every kind of mum. From gourmet dining aficionados to calorie-watchers, from mothers who enjoy cocktails on a beach to those who have a taste for fine wine, there is something on the island for every mum. Go on, book her in for one of these treats.
FOR BEACH-LOVING MUM
Life is better at sea. Tanjong Beach Club has for years been a beach lover’s favourite food haunt and for good reason. You could begin the day by sipping cocktails with mum while perched on one of their comfy beachside daybeds, then retreat into their restaurant to tuck into some hearty eats. Their thick-cut truffle fries dusted with parmesan ($15) are among the best on the island, and their hearty lobster bun with avocado and a side of fries ($38) is a decadent sandwich that can easily be shared. End your meal with a walk along Sentosa’s pristine Tanjong beach.
Occupying newer digs along Sentosa’s sun-kissed Siloso beach, Ola Beach Club is a Hawaiian-themed entertainment concept encompassing a restaurant and bar, as well as a water sports program (if mum is an adventure seeker, give these a try). Food-wise, you will find quintessentially Hawaiian-inspired dishes that exude flavours of the popular Pacific holiday destination. Their Ahi Poke Bowl ($20) is a hearty starter, though it can be a meal in itself, with wholesome choices of various tropical fruits, grains and other toppings and marinades. There is also the Saimin Salad ($15), a cold noodle salad featuring Japanese somen and fried fishcake. Wash it down with some of Ola’s tropical-inspired drinks, such as the Uliuli Tiki ($22), a gorgeous turquoise-hued drink made with Blue Curaçao liqueur, vodka, homemade vanilla passion fruit puree and coconut froth.
FOR HEALTH-CONSCIOUS MUMS
Sentosa may be dedicated to fun and indulgence, but the island paradise boasts a number of restaurants that promise a delicious yet healthy meal. If your mum is a nutrition obsessive, these are our recommendations for you. Tangerine at ESPA in Resorts World Sentosa has a menu designed by acclaimed Thai chef Ian Kittichai. The flavours here are strong, thanks to the use of aromatic Thai herbs grown in their own little herb garden; the restaurant aims to promote holistic living, adopting a farm-to-table ethos and using good-for-you ingredients that rework classics into “spa cuisine”. We enjoyed the pretty, guilt-free plates and the fact that there is full transparency regarding nutritional information. Their dinner-only tasting menu ($98++, paired with herbal teas) is a worthy treat for mums. The best dishes are the punchy Asian bouillabaisse with Hokkaido scallops, sea bass and baby kailan; and the seared beef short ribs with a spiced quinoa salad, shimeji mushrooms and a green peppercorn jus.
The Garden restaurant at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa’s So SPA is another top choice for its calorie-conscious fare, with a construct-your-own salad being their signature offering. Choose a base of greens and add on other items like vegetables, grains, legumes, fruits, nuts, cheese and proteins. There are premium ingredients such as Kalamata olives, alfalfa sprouts, endives, pine nuts, buffalo cheese, homemade smoked salmon and wasabi miso-glazed Chilean sea bass to make up your meal. The menu also caters to those who have dietary restrictions, with a range of gluten- and dairy-free, as well as low-salt and high-fibre dishes. Since both eateries are housed within spa environments, mum’s special day could also include a pre-meal massage.
FOR VINO AND COCKTAIL-LOVING MUMS
Whether your mum is a discerning wine drinker, or just someone who enjoys the occasional celebratory cocktail, W Singapore – Sentosa Cove’s WOOBAR has got her covered. First off, the vibe is upbeat and spunky and will put mum right in the mood to celebrate. Their exhaustive wine list has several varietals to choose from, and their list of cocktails range from the refreshing Saigon ‘75 ($22) where chilli-infused vodka is mixed with basil, ginger and citrus; to the quintessential Singapore Slingshot ($26) where you can sample WOOBAR’s very own house-brewed gin, with benedictine, grenadine, bitters, cherry popsicle and triple sec finished with pineapple juice.
Want to drink with a view? Capella Singapore’s al fresco terrace venue, Bob’s Bar, is our pick. Mum will be torn between gazing out and admiring the South China Sea, taking selfies with the hotel’s resident peacocks, or sipping on one of their tropical cocktails. The Makuahine ($20), which means Mother in Hawaiian and pronounced as mah-koo-ah-hee-neh, is one of their special cocktails for Mother’s Day. They use a mix of top quality Navegante Capella Rum mixed with fresh lemon juice, Jagermeister, Ginger syrup and Peychaud’s Bitters. Cheers!
FOR THE GOURMAND MUM
Sentosa has no dearth of restaurants that cater to the discerning palates of lovers of fine food. Their celebrity chef restaurants are second to none, particularly because the only restaurant in Singapore that has been anointed with three Michelin stars is at Resorts World Sentosa. Joël Robuchon restaurant serves the very best of French haute cuisine, with degustation menus that are customised to your appetite ($298 onwards), paired with wines from over 1,000 premium labels. Mum will definitely be in for a treat with everything from their decadent mashed potatoes, to the dessert trolley and the sublime dish of imperial caviar on asparagus and tomato jelly.
For more Michelin-worthy meals, make reservations at CURATE; Resident chef Benjamin Halat’s promise inventive creations which challenge, tease and cajole your senses – executed from a foundation of deep knowledge, inspired by a boundless curiosity about the world. Benjamin Halat curates the best of the culinary arts and nature to bring you a truly unforgettable dining experience. At CURATE, which is dedicated to showcasing the Michelin Star experience prices begin at an accessible $158 per person, Chef Halat will also be cooking alongside visiting overseas guest chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants in the popular quarterly editions of the Art at Curate dining series. Over at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, SKIRT is a bit of an underrated fine dining gem. They serve some of the best steaks in our opinion, and their parrilla-grilled prime cuts of meat and fresh sustainably sourced seafood will definitely impress mum.
FOR MUMS WHO LOVE A SPOT OF TEA
Enjoy a delightful floral-inspired dessert buffet at Latest Recipe, Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa curated by award-winning Pastry Chef, Edwin Leow. Mums with a sweet tooth will be delighted by exclusive Mother’s Day treats such as the Rose Bouquet with Lemongrass Lollipops, Bergamot-infused Mousseline with Orange Crumble, Floral Garden Meringue, Raspberry Pistachio Dome, Caramelised Yuzu White Chocolate Sable, Mango Coconut Gateau, Chocolate Pot de Cream with Ivory Chantilly, Hazelnut Financier with Summer Berry Compote and not forgetting signature Le Méridien éclairs! Do not miss out on the fairytale-inspired sugar showpiece rose encased in a delicate glass dome! The Mom-entous Éclair de Fleur Mother’s Day Dining Buffet is only available on 13th May 2017 at $80++ per adult, $40++ per child aged four to 11 years old. Children aged four years old and below dine for free!
If mum just wants a sweet afternoon snack, opt for the full-sized eclairs available in classic flavours of Chocolate Gold and Vanilla, as well as locally-inspired flavours of Raspberry Coconut and Pandan Kaya. These delicately crafted eclairs are available at $10++ for four flavours or two flavours with a cup of coffee or TWG tea.
For afternoon tea worthy of a tai tai, check out WOOBAR at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove which has a themed tea offering called “Drop The T²”. Customers are served a swinging three-tiered birdcage that includes everything from Chorizo Madeleines and Pulled BBQ Beef on Brioche Crout to fancy Mango ‘Sushi’ (with crushed Pink Peppercorns no less) and Rocky Road ice cream bars filled with marshmallows, crispies and nuts. There are 15 sweet and savoury options, and at $65 per cage ($75 on weekends and public holidays) — it’s incredibly good value as it’s more than enough for two to share and you’re getting top quality ingredients and VIP surrounds.