How will you be celebrating our nation’s 52nd birthday? If you haven’t decided, fret not. Check out our hot list for a unique meal with a view!

Forlino

This lovely Italian restaurant goes Singaporean with three exclusive menus—weekday set lunch ($52), daily set dinner ($148) and National Day semi-buffet dinner ($280)—in honour of Singapore’s 52nd birthday. The set lunch is available from now till 9 August while the set dinner is valid till 8 August. Expect creative dishes with both Italian and Singaporean flavours like grilled chicken satay with chicken rice risotto, balsamic soy sauce and peanut sauce; and salted egg white chocolate sformato (Italian savoury soufflé) with mascarpone cream, salted egg lava and vanilla gelato.

Forlino offers a great view of the bay with its floor-to-ceiling windows.

View of the bay from Forlino

The semi-buffet dinner, available only on 9 August, offers a spread of similarly inspired appetisers and desserts with three mains to choose from—Italian seabass ‘Acqua Pazza’ (seabass poached with lightly herbed sauce); bak kut teh using braised Miyazaki wagyu short ribs; and Ratte potato gratin with black truffle.

One Fullerton, #02-06, One Fullerton Road. Tel: 6690 7564

Monti

Monti will be rolling out a National Day set menu showcasing locally-inspired Italian dishes as well as zesty handcrafted cocktails. Select from a five- (from $120) or six-course (from $150) dinner featuring dishes like chilli crab agnolotti with spicy chilli crab sauce, curry leaf and Sawakani (Japanese fresh water crab); and pumpkin tortellini with taleggio fondue, parmesan crisp, walnut and black truffle. Sip on the specially created Kampong Boy cocktail comprising lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, passionfruit, grapefruit, rum, triple sec and tequila, while enjoying the fireworks display from Monti’s rooftop.

Monti's view of MBS

View of Marina Bay Sands from Monti

82 Collyer Quay. Tel: 6535 0724

1-Altitude

It’s festivities galore for the family at 1-Altitude Gallery and Bar from 5pm on National Day. Toast a specially created whisky-based cocktail, aptly named Red Dot 52—comprising spiced orange syrup, vanilla liquor, apricot jam, fresh lemon juice and egg white—while the young ‘uns shake up their Vanda Miss Joaquim—a non-alcoholic drink made with a soda water base, red dragon fruit, mint leaves, mint syrup, fresh lemon and passionfruit juice—at the do-it-yourself booth.

The world's highest al fresco bar, 1-Altitude

The view from 1-Altitude rooftop bar

Dutch DJ Lindo Martinez will work the decks as you nosh on bar bites such as American buffalo wings and Margherita pizza while enjoying the fireworks from the world’s highest alfresco bar. The party continues after the parade with resident live band 1 Avenue and DJs X-Treme and Leonard T. Tickets start from $40 nett per person, inclusive of one standard housepour and one Red Dot 52 cocktail. Ladies enjoy complimentary entry after 9pm.

One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place. Tel: 6438 0410

LeVel33

Perched 33 floors above ground and boasting an impressive view of the bay, LeVel33 promises a bird’s eye view of the NDP fireworks. In honour of National Day, executive chef Jimi Tegerdine reinterprets several Singaporean classics to create the Singapore Platter ($50). Perfect for two to share, expect the likes of pan-seared coconut brioche with pandan jam, chicken rice arancini with pickled chilli mayo and beef hazelnut satay with soy. In keeping with the National Day spirit, indulge in LeVel33’s Singapore Sling ($25) or some champagne, while watching the fireworks display.

Unobstructed view of the bay from LeVel33

Panoramic view of Marina Bay from LeVel33

The promotion is on from now till 9 August.

#33-01 Marina Bay Financial Tower 1, 8 Marina Boulevard. Tel: 6843 3133

Zafferano

For one day only, Zafferano’s head chef Marco Guccio presents a specially crafted four-course dinner menu (from $128) comprising Hokkaido scallop tartare served with pomegranate jelly, fresh sea urchin and green peas; and homemade pumpkin and potato gnocchi with Rougie duck ragout in port wine sauce and topped with grated winter black truffle.

Zafferano's floor-to-ceiling windows offer a clear view of the bay

Zafferano’s dining space

Wine pairing (from $42) is also available. Opt for the exclusive outdoor dining at the Terrace Lounge for a meal under the stars and fireworks.

Level 43, Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay. Tel: 6509 1488

Me@OUE

Me@OUE’s executive chef Sam Chin and his team present a Singapore inspired feast featuring three cuisines—Chinese, French and Japanese—with pop up live roast stations, sushi counters and an assortment of canapes and sweet treats. Expect dishes like dry-rubbed wagyu tomahawk and prime rib, an unlimited flow of fresh Saint Vaast oysters and freshly made sushi. Partake in the merrymaking while watching the State Flag flypast and fireworks display from Me@OUE.

Last year's fireworks as seen from Me@OUE

View of the fireworks from Me@OUE

Prices start at $188 per adult, inclusive of free-flow alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Rooftop, OUE Bayfront, 50 Collyer Quay. Tel: 6634 4555

AquaMarine

This National Day, Marina Mandarin’s AquaMarine puts a spin on several of Singapore’s favourite dishes. Look forward to reinterpreted classics like chilli softshell crab and mini tandoori chicken sliders with mint jam. In addition to these highlights, diners can also enjoy AquaMarine’s existing buffet spread comprising fresh seafood, sushi and more. Opt to dine at the al fresco dining area, available on 9 August only, to catch the fireworks.

Marina Mandarin's AquaMarine offers a view of the NDP fireworks

AquaMarine in Marina Mandarin

Available during lunch and dinner till 9 August, prices start at $60 per adult.

Level 4 Marina Mandarin Singapore, 6 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6845 1000

Lantern

Ring in the birthday celebrations poolside with Lantern—The Fullerton Bay Hotel’s rooftop bar from as early as 7pm. Reserve a table by the pool and enjoy the fireworks while noshing on Lantern’s National Day platter ($52), comprising dishes like grilled chicken satay and mini wagyu beef sliders.

View from Lantern Rooftop Bar

Lantern Rooftop Bar

Reserve a table ($520) for up to six people, inclusive of one National Day Platter, two bottles of champagne or one bottle of spirits.

Rooftop, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay. Tel: 6597 5299


Cover: Fireworks from 1-Altitude