Mum’s the word: 10 restaurants to indulge mummy dearest this Mother’s Day
We’re a month away from Mother’s Day, but it’s never too soon to start making reservations. Or take advantage of early bird offers. You’re welcome.
On a day dedicated to celebrating motherhood and the influence of mothers in our lives, there is little else to do but take Mum out for a special treat. From classic Chinese banquets (great for a multiple-generational Mother’s Day feast) to an indulgent brunch with a stellar view, and even a girls’ night out with retro tunes and plenty of wine, these are experiences to delight every kind of mother – even those who insist they don’t need celebrating.
Sometimes, all the celebration you need is a hearty plate of pasta and a glass of wine – two things that are perennially good at the ever-chic Bar Cicheti tucked away along Jiak Chuan Road. But given that it’s a truly special occasion, treat Mum to the pasta bar’s Feed Me option at S$68 or S$88 per person, comprising a chef’s selection of antipasti, four pastas and a dessert for the table to share. Wine pairings from their excellent list of off-the-beaten track labels are available at a S$58 supplement. On May 12, mothers get a free chocolate tart and 20 per cent off any bottle of wine or champagne.
COFFEE LOUNGE AT GOODWOOD PARK HOTEL
The warming comforts of a hot bowl of porridge are a great way to convey your affections for Mum. At the Coffee Lounge’s popular Taiwan Porridge A La Carte Buffet (S$62.80 per adult, S$37.80 per child between six and 11 years old), families can enjoy a meal of more than 30 a la carte options like braised pork belly with dark soy sauce, sambal kangkong, and fried omelette with preserved turnip, alongside unlimited portions of rice and sweet potato porridge. And when you’re duly sated, turn your attention to the glorious spread of D24 durian pastries, including a ‘live’ pancake station that dishes out warm crepes filled with durian puree, and other pungent treats like D24 pandan lapis coconut cake and D24 puffs. The family that feasts on durians together waft home in a cloud of the scent of durian together.
From May 1 until May 19, Chinese restaurant Diamond Kitchen will be purveying a special Mother’s Day promotion that sees five new set menus (ranging from S$288 for up to five people, to S$888 for up to 10 diners) featuring enticing new dishes. These include aromatic homemade yam balls with otah and crispy fried potato slices with salted egg yolk. There’s also the Five-Step Duck Rice that involves three days of cooking to yield a unique “pancake” of shredded roasted duck and glutinous rice served with a sweet chilli sauce. If these dishes sound as tempting to you as they do to us, then you’ll appreciate the fact that they’re also available a la carte. Pre-order the Mother’s Day set menus from now until April 30, and receive a 30 per cent early bird discount.
HAI TIEN LO
Time-honoured favourites anoint the pair of six-course Mother’s Day menus at Hai Tien Lo. The Loving Mothers’ Menu goes for S$118 per person, while the Memorable Mothers’ Menu costs S$168 per person. Available from May 6 to May 12 at lunch and dinner, the sets include the likes of braised imperial swiftlet’s nest with shredded chicken and dried scallops in supreme stock, and steamed lobster with minced garlic. Alternatively, go all out at the Weekend Dim Sum Buffet (S$88) on May 11 and May 12, where you can nosh on unlimited servings of more than 50 offerings such as the popular steamed charcoal barbecue pork buns with black truffles, and pan-fried rice rolls with XO chilli sauce. On Mother’s Day weekend, diners at the Dim Sum Buffet will receive a complimentary serving of egg tart with imperial swiftlet’s nest, and tiger prawns with minced pork and sweet preserved vegetables.
PORTA FINE FOOD & IMPORT COMPANY
Classic brunch favourites are up for grabs at Porta Fine Food & Import Company’s Mother’s Day Brunch on May 12, between 12pm and 4pm. For an affordable S$39 per adult and S$19 per child, you get unlimited servings of things like Fine de Claire oysters, Eggs Benedict, pancakes with peanut butter crumble, and French toast served with berries and vanilla ice cream. House wines are priced at 50 per cent off from the second glass onwards, which deserving mothers can enjoy while their young brood is entertained by balloon sculptors and a playroom filled with rocking horses and a caterpillar tunnel.
This light-filled restaurant set on the 70th floor of Swissotel The Stamford is serving a three-course Mother’s Day menu (S$49) on May 5 and May 12. Expect the likes of asparagus with Iberico ham and ponzu, seared yellowfin tuna with pak choy and mussel dressing, and lamb loin with smoked eggplant and broccoli. For sweet-toothed mums, the meal will end on a particularly sugary note thanks to a dessert buffet of cakes, desserts and a chocolate fountain.
SPRMRKT’s Mother’s Day Family-style Brunch (S$300, serves three to five people) lets you share a meal and have a little fun as a family. The hearty spread includes dishes like Himalayan salt-crusted sea bass, roast chicken, salmon and spinach pasta, and Brussels sprouts with sriracha mayo, pomegranate and grilled corn. Wash it all down with the bottle of Chateau Beaulieu, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rose, which comes with the meal, before getting down to decorating one of SPRMRKT’s popular chiffon cakes. Available on May 12 at SPRMRKT’s STPI and Cluny Court locations from 10am to 4pm.
THE WHITE RABBIT
On a perfect Mother’s Day, young tykes disappear down The Rabbit Hole – the adjacent bar that houses a bouncy castle and fairy floss by day – while mums graze peacefully on The White Rabbit’s indulgent Mother’s Day Buffet (from S$98 per adult and S$58 per child between five and 12 years old). The spread includes fresh oysters and lobsters, eggs cooked a la minute, Angus prime rib, slow-roasted wagyu rump, truffle potato salad, and a delicious assortment of desserts like strawberry jelly and vanilla custard.
To make mums feel extra special, this elegant Cantonese restaurant located in the National Gallery is incorporating especially nourishing ingredients to their seven- and nine-course Mother’s Day menus. Think anti-oxidant-rich black Ningxia wolfberries, wild cordyceps to strengthen the immune system, pearl powder to counter “heatiness”, and maca (a Peruvian plant) to reduce blood pressure. These are parlayed into dishes like steamed sea perch with cordyceps, mandarin peel and garlic, and chilled peach resin with osmanthus and pearl powder. Available at lunch and dinner, from May 3 until May 12. Prices range from S$88 per person to S$128 per person.
LADIES NIGHT OUT AT ZAFFERANO
If Mum’s idea of a good time is grooving to some retro tunes and downing a glass or five of vino, then head to Zafferano’s Terrace Lounge on May 9. The S$78 package for a mother-and-daughter pair includes a free-flow of Spumante and house red and white wines from 6pm until 9pm. When you get peckish, order from the bar menu of delicious bites like breaded and deep-fried oysters served with oregano mayo, and classic Italian-style pizzas baked in a stone oven.