With the most dynamic aerial performance expected at this year’s National Day parade, you’ll want front row seats.
But for those of us who did not snag tickets to the show, here are five great spots to catch all the action, along with some choice bites and top drops of course.
Take your National day celebration a notch higher at 1-Altitude, Singapore’s highest dining destination. Catch the spectacular National Day aerial displays and fireworks in their full glory while enjoying chef Christopher Millar’s signature six-course ‘Constellations’ menu (from $140). The menu includes steamed sea urchin custard with Iberico cracker and Sturia vintage caviar; and crispy skinned baby Japanese amadai (tilefish) with tarama beurre noisette. Or splash out with the eight-course ‘Chef’s Omakase Experience’ (from $190) featuring the best ingredients of the day such as Tajima wagyu, kampot green peppercorns and lavendar sorrel from Stellar’s herb garden.
Dining at Stellar also grants you free access to the iconic 1-Altitude roof top bar on the 63rd floor. Dutch DJ Lindo Martinez will be spinning at the decks before resident acoustic band One Avenue takes the floor. Toast to our nation’s birthday with the Little Singapura (from $180), a fruity, tangy concoction of fresh raspberries, bourbon, rhubarb, lemon juice and egg white available only on 9 August. Cover charge for the bar all night is at $53 inclusive of 2 drinks.
Level 62, 1 Raffles Place. Tel: 6438 0410
Celebrate National Day with family and friends at The Pelican Seafood Bar and Grill, which is situated just across the water from the celebrations. Go the whole nine yards and check out the exclusive celebration package ($500), which is inclusive of one fried seafood platter, two bottles of Joseph Perrier Royale Brut Champagne, and a choice of a bottle of Polish Belvedere Vodka or Scottish Single Malt Glenmorangie whisky.
For something a little more modest, go for the four-course dinner (from $110 per person) with grilled scallops topped with creamy sea urchin mayo and chives, baked tiger prawns, and a choice of applewood grilled steak or pan seared barramundi. End off with a tangy sweet frangipane pear tart topped with almond flakes. Available on 9 August 2018 from 5pm till late.
#01-01 One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road. Tel: 6438 0400
The world’s highest urban craft brewery, LeVeL33 is serving up two delicious options to help ring in the festivities. First up is the Singapore Platter (from $53, available from now till 9 August), which showcases chilli soft shell brewery sliders and grilled whole quail with ginger flower alongside reinvented hawker classics such as spent grain cereal local mussels, laksa prawn cocktail and kaya doughnuts.
On the big day itself, enjoy chef’s selection of local delights (from $65 per person). The sharing menu includes hiramasa kingfish cured with sweet ginger dressing pandan oil served raw, chilli crab linguine, grilled Black Angus steak with sambal sauce, and raw and smoked heirloom tomatoes burrata. End the meal off on a sweet note with rich coconut panna cotta made using beer, malt granita and mangosteen.
What’s a craft brewery without a little tipple? Sip on a refreshing Singapore Sling (from $23) with a potent pour of gin and a colourful blend of cherry brandy, Cointreau, Benedictine, grenadine, angostura bitters, pineapple and lime juice.
#33-01 Marina Boulevard, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1. Tel: 6834 3133
Situated at the crossroads of the cultural districts of Kampong Glam, Little India and Bras Basah Bugis, Andaz Singapore welcomes you to dig in this National Day with its suite of F&B options. Located on level 38, steakhouse 665°F provides a full view of the bay and the fireworks with its floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
Chef Josephine Loke has curated a five-course dinner for a minimum of two (from $168 per person) comprising chicken rice arancini, premium halal-certified grilled meats including the stand-out Moroccan-spiced ras el hanout (Moroccan spice blend) lamb leg, and sustainably sourced mains such as pastrami-spiced black onyx ribeye fillet on the menu.
Over at Mr Stork, the rooftop bar of Andaz Singapore, party lovers can party the night away with live music from Cosa Nostra, a DJ and saxophonist duo, and a sumptuous feast ($168 per person). From 6 to 10pm , party-goers will enjoy a free-flow of champagne, wines, Andaz pale ale and a special National Day cocktail alongside a buffet of comfort food like fresh shawarma and hot dogs from pop-up food stations. Oh and a bird’s eye view of the fireworks, of course.
Level 38, 5 Fraser Street. Tel: 6408 1234
Perched along the scenic Marina Bay waterfront, contemporary Mexican restaurant Super Loco Customs House is the place where you and your amigos can get in on the action without fighting the crowd. This National Day, they are throwing a Viva Singapore party with a free flow of food and drinks (from $120 per person). On the menu are canapes such as beetroot and mescal cured salmon with crispy caper and tacos such as achiote marinated lamb, mint and red onion.
Don’t miss the Miss Joaquim cocktail ($22), available both for the day and throughout the month of August. Inspired by Singapore’s national flower, the cocktail combines homemade coconut jelly, chia seeds and vanilla-infused agave with Mount Gay dark rum and Cointreau, for a refreshing tropical drink.
#01-04, 70 Collyer Quay. Tel: 6532 2090