Father's Day feasts: Leave restaurants to the eager crowds, order in instead
This Father's Day comes with the good news that we can eat out, albeit in groups of no more than five. But as restaurants recalibrate, why not share a satisfying meal at home instead?
So Father’s Day is ‘round the corner and dining-in now on the cards. But Phase 2 happened like a rainbow appearing out from the clouds, except you’re too busy driving through a storm and there’s no way to reach for your phone to take pictures of it.
That’s kind of where restaurants are at when it comes to the news that they can re-open their doors to diners in a matter of days. And while we collectively rejoice in the freedom (restricted though it may be) to dine out again, perhaps heading out for a celebratory meal isn’t the safest course of action, especially with elderly folks in tow.
So this Father’s Day, we are advocating calm amid good spirits, and ordering a feast from these restaurants to enjoy at home.
When you order from this popular Italian bistro, Dad doesn’t just get a robust feast, he also gets a S$60 grooming voucher from hip barbershop We Need A Hero.
Amo’s Father’s Day packages let you choose from its regular menu for a special price. For instance, the Quattro (S$215 for four people) comprises a selection of two antipasti, a pasta, a pizza, two mains and two desserts. There are also packages for six (S$295) and eight (S$375). For a bottle of Italian sparkling, white or red wine, add S$50.
Order (amorestaurant.sg/fathersday) 24 hours in advance; delivery is free
CHUI HUAY LIM TEOCHEW CUISINE
Dads who love the austere flavours of Teochew classics will appreciate the set menus (from S$168 for four to six people) from Chui Huay Lim and Zui Yuxuan Teochew Cuisine (order.zui-teochewcuisine.com/en_SG).
Highlights of the menus include braised duck with bean curd, steamed pomfret, and wok-fried kway teow with diced kai lan and preserved radish. Of course, no Teochew meal is complete without a heart-stopping bowl of yam paste with pumpkin and gingko nuts.
Available from now to June 21
Culina Bistro’s (culina.com.sg/bistro/menu-1) Dad’s Ultimate BBQ Spread (S$150) is precisely the kind of meat-fuelled meal that hot-blooded males are supposed to love. Good for a family of four, it comes with a quartet each of beef sausages and lamb kofta, eight jerk chicken wings, 300g of smoked brisket and 300g of spiced Kurobuta pork loin.
These are served alongside condiments like caramelised onions, chimichurri, cucumber relish and barbecue sauce. The bevy of sides includes potato salad, watermelon, chilli and mint salad, and smoky bacon-braised beans. And then there’s a banana pudding drenched in coffee butterscotch and fresh whipped cream. Best to make Dad’s bed for a post-meal nap too.
Pre-order at least 24 hours in advance by calling 6854 6169
JIANG NAN CHUN
Classic Cantonese cuisine is always the order of the day at this Michelin-starred restaurant (https://bit.ly/FSTOGO).
For Father’s Day, the Classic Menu (S$388, feeds five to six) brings together all-time favourites such as honey glazed pork collar char siew, crispy pork belly, hot and sour soup with lobster and steamed soon hock with superior sauce.
There’s also a Signatures Menu (S$468, feeds five to six) that comes with Jiang Nan Chun’s piece de resistance, the mesquite-wood roasted Peking Duck and a nourishing double-boiled abalone soup. Both menus come with sauteed greens, Nonya kueh and a limited edition 500g Father’s Day Manjari Salted Caramel Crunch Cake.
Order at least 48 hours ahead
It’s no surprise that the Father’s Day Weekend Roast For Two at this craft brewery-restaurant is all about the ale. At S$68, the meal offers great value and comprises corn-fed chicken marinated with American Pale Ale and spices like paprika and mustard before it is roasted sitting on an open can of the same ale.
The baked can of beer is later parlayed to the accompanying sauce. The chook comes with Yorkshire puddings, carrots, potatoes, green beans and two LeVeL33 beers of your choice. Extra beers go at a special price of S$5.90 per can.
Pre-order (shop-level33.company.site) for Father’s Day weekend
There may not be lavish brunch buffets to spoil Dad at this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring some of that fun home. Manhattan’s Boozy Brunch (S$348 for two to three people, with free delivery), replete with Bloody Mary or Bloody Snapper mixes and a choice of 700ml of Widges Dry Gin or T&T Vodka, promises a happy adults-only afternoon.
Line your bellies with assorted bagels with cream cheese schmears, cold cuts, Alaskan king crab claws, Boston lobsters, whiskey-infused roast beef tenderloin and Cajun-roasted lamb racks, before toasting to the fact that you’re lucky enough to spend the occasion together at home. Order (bit.ly/2N3xcpq) at least two days in advance.
Available only on weekends
NOURI X SWEE CHOON TIM SUM RESTAURANT
Manjimup black truffle har gao, sweetcorn and jalapeno chutney pau, and extra crispy mee sua kueh with chilli and sweet potato mayo? Not quite what you’d expect from dim sum stalwart Swee Choon Tim Sum, but this isn’t any ordinary day.
Just for Father’s Day, the generations-old family restaurant has teamed up with Michelin-starred Nouri to reinterpret the country’s favourite Cantonese classics with distinctively Western ingredients and cooking techniques. Limited portions are available for lunch and dinner from June 19 till June 21, with prices starting at S$38 per person.
Nothing says family like a good old popiah feast with fresh, handmade wheat skins, crunchy stewed jicama and all the painstakingly wrought fillings. Po’s (order.po.com.sg/en_SG) options (starting from S$63 for a platter of six popiah) come with or without freshly picked flower crab.
While you’re at it, get a serving of the lovely Paper Spring Chicken (S$58, serves two to three), marinated in Shaoxing wine and sesame oil, and stuffed with a scrumptious filling of glutinous rice with conpoy, dried prawns, Chinese sausages and mushrooms. Wines and beers go for 30 per cent off with takeaway and delivery orders now.
Choose from an Eastern or Western (sofitel-singapore-citycentre.com/offers/fathers-day-feast/?#/) Father’s Day Feast (S$88, good for four people) when you order from Sofitel Singapore City Centre’s Racines.
The Eastern Feast features the likes of a baked soy halibut with bonito sauce and braised duck leg confit with Chinese mushrooms, while the Western feast comes with classics like braised Angus beef cheeks in red wine and a classic lobster bisque.
If Dad likes his beer, get your set with four craft beers for S$108. Bonus: You’ll get four complimentary cans of Tiger Beer with that. There’s also a Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch cake for S$30 (500g) if you order two days in advance.
Available from now until June 21
It doesn’t get more exquisite than a five-course Father’s Day bento box (S$150) from fine dining restaurant Saint Pierre (saintpierre.com.sg/main).
The menu showcases chef-owner Emmanuel Stroobant’s Belgian heritage with dishes like Royal Belgian caviar with Hokkaido scallops and yuzu; guinea fowl with Iberico ham and pineapple; and veal with Atlantic lobster and kabocha pumpkin. A beer pairing bundle can be had for an added S$38. Available on June 20 and June 21.
To order, call 6438 0887 or email info [at] saintpierre.com.sg ()
Somehow, breakfast in bed is typically associated with Mother’s Day, yet surely Dad deserves a lie-in too? Here’s the chance to make breakfast in bed happen for your old man with So France Bistro’s (so-france.sg/product-category/hamper) Father’s Day Breakfast Pack (S$85).
There are plenty of pastries to go around, including four mini pain au chocolat, mini croissants, a freshly baked baguette, peach jam from Juliette Serraille, shortbread, chocolate-coated orangettes, and 50ml bottles of Cognac chollet XO and Armagnac 1987.
Available only on June 21
A heartier breakfast option comes from SPRMRKT (sprmrkt.com.sg), which opened its Dempsey outlet just as the Circuit Breaker hit.
The selection of Father’s Day Epic Breakfast Bagels includes the Ultimate Breakfast Bagel (S$16), with scrambled eggs, avocado cream cheese, onions, capers and smoked salmon or beef pastrami; a steak and cheese bagel (S$20); and buttermilk fried chicken bagel (S$15). Make it a family affair with bagel bundles that feed four (S$86) and come with a selection of fresh fruit sodas.
To order, WhatsApp or call 8129 8166, or email contactus [at] sprmrkt.com.sg ()
What’s not to love about a pristine bento of chirashi, topped with shore-fresh minced fatty tuna, marinated salmon roe, scallops, sea urchin and plenty more?
This Japanese kappo restaurant is also offering a roasted beef chirashi with horseradish sauce if Dad prefers his chirashi meaty. Chef Taro’s Father’s Day Sets of mixed seafood or roasted beef chirashi costs S$174.20 and includes two bottles of Japanese beer.
Pre-order (takayama.oddle.me/en_SG) for June 20 and 21 and enjoy 10 per cent off
True indulgence usually comes wrapped in butter. Or in this case, aged in unsalted butter for 90 days. Yet more indulgent is the fact that there are only 20 portions of the Binchotan-grilled butter-aged Kumamoto “Kokuou” A5 black wagyu ribeye (S$168 for 200g) available on Father’s Day (vue.oddle.me/en_SG).
The first 12 orders will receive a set of miniature Glenfiddich 12, 15 and 18 years bottles (200ml) and a voucher for two Glenfiddich 12 years drinks (for redemption when dine-in resumes). If you don’t manage to snag one of those 20 portions, VUE has a special Black Angus cheeseburger (S$28) for the occasion as well.
Available from June 19 to June 21, from 11am to 8.30pm. Pre-orders available now