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Black chicken rice, satay Iberico pork and more: What to eat this National Day

Making last-minute dining plans this long weekend? These restaurants and bars have launched specially-curated menus in celebration of Singapore’s 55th birthday.

Black chicken rice, satay Iberico pork and more: What to eat this National Day

Black Chicken Rice. (Photo: Mimi at The Riverhouse)

This year’s National Day celebration may be a muted affair, but we can always celebrate by engaging in what is Singapore’s unofficial national sport – eating to our hearts' content. If you’ve yet to make any dining plans for this long weekend, check out our suggestions below.


If you’re starting the night with light bites and drinks, 1864, located at Sofitel Singapore City Centre, is putting forth an array of festive savoury tapas with a Singaporean spin, paying homage to local delicacies. On the menu are Laksa Salmon on Blinis, Chicken Rice Crisp with Slow-cooked Chicken, Chilli Crab Meat in Pie Tee Shell and Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce and Kong Bak Pau (S$5.50 each).

Available from now till Aug 31


Pluma Iberico served with Satay sauce. (Photo: The Alkaff Mansion)

Housed in an early 20th century colonial bungalow, The Alkaff Mansion is a multi-lifestyle destination comprising Basque restaurant UNA, pintxos (small snacks) bar TXA and Wildseed Cafe. 

National Day offerings at Alkaff Mansion include Singapore-inspired pintxos such as Tiger Prawn with Chilli Crab Sauce on Mantou, Beef Rendang Tart, Sambal Chilli Sauce Octopus Salpicon and Pluma Skewer with Peanut Sauce (S$5.50 each). Other highlights include the Hokkien Mee Fideua with Tiger Prawns and Clams (S$52) and Pluma Iberico served with Satay sauce (S$42).

Available from now till Aug 10


Black Chicken Rice. (Photo: Mimi at The Riverhouse)

This National Day, modern Chinese restaurant Mimi at The Riverhouse, tucked away on the second floor of the Clarke Quay building, is serving up a unique spin on the beloved chicken rice. The restaurant’s Hainanese Black Chicken Rice (S$17) is made using chewy Arborio rice cooked in squid ink, then paired with healthy black chicken meat and homemade chilli. Other options include Flambe Dry Bak Kut Teh, Kurobota Pork Char Siew and Crispy Cereal Prawns (S$55 for two main dishes and two glasses of Singapore Sling).

Available from now till Aug 9

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Racines at Sofitel Singapore City Centre has launched a National Day Set Lunch and Dinner. (Photo: Racines)

Racines at Sofitel Singapore City Centre is also getting in on the festivities. The restaurant has launched a National Day Set Lunch and Dinner. For lunch (from S$32++ per pax), opt for the Boiled Fish Soup or Chilli Crab in Pie Tee Shell as your appetiser. Headlining the mains is a choice of either Kong Bak Pau or Nyonya Assam Fish served with Fragrant Rice. To round off the meal, choose from two locally-inspired desserts: Mango Sago or Chendol.

Racines’s National Day Set Dinner (S$55 per pax) is a four-course selection of French and Asian delights. Savour familiar Asian delicacies such as Marinated Crab Meat, Double-boiled Black Chicken Soup, Boiled Fish Bouillon served with sliced locally-farmed barramundi and mee sua alongside the all-time favourite dessert, Chendol.  

Available from now till Aug 31


While dining at SKAI, enjoy the view of the city skyline. (Photo: SKAI)

Delight in a special dining experience at SKAI, located on the 70th floor of Swissotel The Stamford. The restaurant has launched two exclusive menus for the occasion. Kick off the celebrations with the Morning Tea Menu (S$50++ per pax; S$25+ per child), available from 9.30am to 11am. 

Start with savoury treats such as SKAI’s take on the local favourite Kueh Pie Tee, crafted with King crab, braised turnip and coriander. Sweet treats include Madagascar Vanilla Scones served with Devonshire clotted cream and drizzled with strawberry and orange marmalade, and a traditional Pandan Kaya Toast Cookies Sandwich.

The Dinner Set Menu (S$188++ per pax, S$128++ per child) sets the stage for a scenic dining experience amidst the view of the city skyline as fireworks set off. The highlight of the evening is the mains, which showcase Chef Paul Halett’s extensive knowledge of meats, butchery and seafood. 

Using the highest quality produce, options include the Wylarah, Wagyu, Australiaa 170g strip loin accompanied by asparagus and black truffle or fresh Alaskan Black Cod served with octopus, chorizo fregola, fennel, tomato. For vegetarian guests, there’s the Asparagus with truffle polenta, green pea and macadamia.

Available on Aug 9

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