August 9 is a special day for Singaporeans, it’s National Day, a chance to show your pride in your home and to celebrate with friends and family. This year sees Singapore celebrate its 52nd birthday and, the theme of the National Day parade is ‘One Nation’, a reminder to all Singaporeans that no matter their origins or background, they are one people and one nation. The focal point of the celebrations is the marina and a world class firework display, as well as the full force of the air force flying overhead! There are numerous ways to celebrate National Day as Singapore’s innovative food and drink operators join in the fun, here are some options…
ICE CREAM NATIONAL DAY
Ice Cream Sundays takes over the Gallery & Co Bar at the National Gallery Singapore, where its location facing the Padang and Marina Bay make for the perfect spot for checking out the fireworks and celebrations. Delicious food and drink will be available all day and a special National Day, all-day happy hour with special drinks prices will encourage you to make the most of your day. Expect a cool crowd, a vibrant atmosphere and live musical performances from Marc Wilson before a series of DJs, including Hakim, Funk Bast*rd, Toppings, Johan Lavoo and Satrio, drop a soundtrack that incorporates house, disco, funk and hip hop.
CÉ LA VI
There are few spots in Singapore that offer the view that CÉ LA VI does. Located on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, the iconic location is ideal for checking out the celebrations below and the fireworks display. CÉ LA VI head chef Joey Sergentakis has created a special National Day Menu and a special day to night Majulah National Day fiesta of festivities. The restaurant presents a five-course Modern-Asian National Day menu, while the Club offers a family friendly BBQ including live stations, and games like pick up sticks, old maid cards and face painting. The elevated location offers a stunning view across the marina, perfect for the birthday celebrations and fireworks.
What better way to enjoy National Day celebrations in Singapore than from the elevated view offered by the world’s highest urban craft brewery, LeVeL33? Enjoy a front row seat for the fireworks as Singapore turns 52 and take advantage of a special National Day menu from Executive Chef Jimi Tegerdine as he reinterprets a series of local signature dishes especially for the day. Executive Chef Jimi Tegerdine turns his culinary talent to a range of local signature dishes, creating the Singapore Platter. The Platter features a range of delectable twists on some of your favourites; pan seared coconut brioche with pandam jam is inspired by kaya toast and there are delicious classic such as black vinegar roast pork and chicken rice Arancini with pickled chili mayo. Chef Jimi has also paid homage to some hawker favourites such as cereal prawns with lemongrass emulsion and beef hazelnut satay with soy. The Singapore Platter is priced at S$50++ and offers the perfect sharing experience for two people.
OXWELL & CO
Ann Siang’s British gastro bar Oxwell & Co offers a Singapore inspired drink a d food menu to celebrate National Day. From August 1, the stylish watering hole invites all to take part in national Day festivities and what better tipple to savour when wishing the City State a happy 52nd birthday is the Singapore Sling. The gin based cocktail is arguably Singapore’s most famous drink. Oxwell & Co also delivers a take on the coffee shop favourite, the Badung. Introducing the boozier Badung Sour, which features spiced rum, rose syrup, calamansi juice and evaporated milk. It’s not just about the booze, however, there are a range of nibbles to complement the Singapore inspired refreshments; the chilli baby crab and mantou buns promise to be popular and for those with a sweet tooth, look out for the Kueh Dadar and vanilla ice cream.