It’s the time of the year where you get decked out in red and white, sing songs about our little red dot, and renew your vows with every hawker dish you grew up eating.
For the intrepid foodie, we recommend checking out these restaurants that are dishing up clever spins to well-loved Singaporean classics this National Day.
Singaporeans love their supper and chef-owner Jeremmy Chiam of Le Binchotan is no exception. For Le Binchotan’s National Day celebration this year, he is serving up a fun supper special with an elevated take on familiar Singaporean hawker icons, available for the month of August.
His version of hokkien mee ($18) is based on a rich, flavourful French bisque-style broth, accompanied by a piquant, fiery housemade sambal belachan.
His version of satay, meanwhile, features Iberico pork collar ($17) marinated in an aromatic mix of gula melaka, garlic, lime, nutmeg and turmeric.
Pair these with a cold bubur cha cha cocktail ($16) of housemade taro infused vodka, pandan, coconut and housemade tapioca jelly chunks.
Available now till 31 August; 6pm onwards for cocktails, 9.30pm onwards for food.
#01-04, 115 Amoy Street. Tel: 6224 1045
Feast on Italian favourites with a uniquely Singaporean twist this National Day at Latteria Mozzarella Bar.
Its special National Day brunch menu boasts Singaporean-inspired creations such as panzerotti reimagined as a curry puff and generously filled with chilli crab in a moreish sweet spicy gravy; chicken satay with peanuts and tomato stew, onion and cucumber salad and plancha risotto that’s inspired by the ketupat.
There is also the bucatini tossed with mixed seafood in a flavour-packed aromatic laksa sauce.
Give your taste buds a sweet respite with the deconstructed ice kacang, here presented as a granita with evaporated milk and toppings such as red bean and grass jelly. Or opt for the teh tarik panna cotta with gula melaka, a creamy tea-based pudding drizzled with palm sugar.
This coming Sunday (12 August) will also feature the same brunch menu, from 12pm to 2.30pm.
Priced from $48 and $78 per person (with free-flow of Terre Gaie Prosecco, Pinot Grigio or Merlot-Cabernet Montelvini). Select items are available on à la carte menu for both lunch and dinner from till 12th August.
40 Duxton Hill. Tel: 6866 1988
Kopi lovers can expect Kopiko (from $16), a rich espresso-based concoction with reduced dark beer infused with a dash of star anise, clover and cinnamon spice topped with honeyed beer foam, served with a side of housemade kaya toast.
For something a little sweeter, try the Gulamerah Sling (from $16) inspired by the bandung drink, spiked with freshly squeezed lemon juice. The soy milk-based cocktail Mr Bean (from $16), meanwhile, is a rather unusual pairing with whisky, grass jelly and pandan.
Toast up and fill your bellies with the likes of Orh Luak oyster omelette (from $9), a whole salt-baked French oyster.
Or feast on the white “laksa” (from $42) featuring butter poached lobster, delicate Japanese sōmen noodles and a white sauce of laksa rempah and coconut foam, topped with zesty pineapple salsa.
Available till 11 August, for both lunch and dinner.
#01-26/27 Marina One, The Heart, 5 Straits View. Tel: 6284 2637
Over at Conrad Singapore, meanwhile, chef Alex Siah is all set to present three new signature Peranakan dishes for Singapore’s 53rd birthday. Created in collaboration with award-winning Singaporean chef Shermay Lee, of Shermay’s Singapore Fine Foods.
Giving the traditional buah keluak a modern twist, Shermay puts it in a burger with a mini juicy patty of beef.
Or try the stewed ginger pork belly with steamed buns, more affectionately known kong bak bao, that are bursting with umami flavours of oyster, soy sauce, caramel, cinnamon and star anise.
While the traditional Peranakan pie tie consists of vegetables and prawns, this version will feature mouthwatering Nonya chicken curry with a rich creamy coconut gravy.
These dishes are part of the current line up at Conrad’s buffet restaurant Oscar’s for the month of August 2018. Prices start from $59 per person.
Lobby Level Conrad Centennial Singapore, 2 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6432 7481/63
Over at Hotel Fort Canning, the only conservation hotel in Singapore to be situated within a heritage park, expect gourmet twists on local favourites with the likes of lobster nasi lemak and giant beef rib rendang (from $28).
The lobster nasi lemark is served with crispy fried chicken, spice-marinated fish, fried egg and coconut rice, along with housemade achar at the side. The giant beef rib rendang features beef rib cooked to tender fork-pulling perfection bathed in a mouthwatering rendang sauce, with fried egg and papadum on the side.
While the lobster nasi lemak will be added to the ala carte menu after August, the giant beef rib rendang will only be available till the end of the month. Wash it all down with a few toasts of Singapore Sling (from $18), available one for one for the month of August.
11 Canning Walk. Tel: 6799 8809