Celebrate that one-day in a year that’s dedicated to the main-man of the family.
Remember the famous quote “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”? Take a cue for this Father’s Day (17 June) and invite your Pa – and the brood – for a dining experience to show your affection and appreciation. From hotel buffet spreads featuring international and local delicacies, to meat and fried chicken hotspots, here are 8 recommended restaurants in SG with special deals and menus that will make the day for the head honcho of the family.
Take your dad to a new “home” – a charming black and white bungalow at Fort Canning that was once the residence of the Chief Central Fire Station on Hill Street. Sit indoors or go alfresco and dine on 2- to 7-course menus (from $48++) that serve up fusion dishes with a French-Japanese twist such as Japanese (A4) Wagyu Beef with Seasonal Vegetables and Steamed Garoupa with Coco Bean and Basil Foam. And just for Sunday (17 June), Dad gets a special treat: Complimentary wine or draft beer with its lunch and dinner set menus (from $78).
21 Lewin Terrace Singapore 179290, 6333 9905, http://lewinterrace.com.sg
Chef Jamie Oliver has five kids so he knows just how hard being a family man can be. Hence, the Father’s Day Roasted Meat Plank ($108): 1-kilogramme of char-grilled, bone-in rib-eye steak and crispy roasted pork belly, served alongside sides such as mashed potato, Caesar salad and cheesy polenta chips as a yummy reward. Available only at the VivoCity outlet from 15 to 17 June, it’s hearty enough for everyone, not just the daddy of the family. Or, get him the Father’s Day Grill Special ($46.95) from the Forum The Shopping Mall outlet – roasted baby chicken marinaded in Piri-piri sauce that comes with sweet potato nachos. Either way, it’s bound to keep all meat-loving dads “belly-happy” for the whole day.
1 Harbourfront Walk, VivoCity, #01-165/166/167, 098585, 6733 5500;
583 Orchard Road, Forum The Shopping Mall, #01-01/04, 6655 7676; www.jamieoliver.com/italian/singapore
Available from 8 to 17 June, the Fathers’ Day set menus (from $98 per person for 10 course; $108 per person for six course) include signature dishes like Yàn Peking Duck, roast crispy suckling pig (served 3 ways), braised mee pok (Chinese flat egg noodles) with fresh mushroom and homemade XO sauce (condiment made from dried scallops, squids, shrimps and chillies) and house special pork ribs with black olives. Luxurious dishes like braised 4-head whole abalone with noodles in supreme oyster sauce and shark cartilage broth with homemade wanton (Chinese dumplings with meat fillings) as well as sweetened bird’s nest with water chestnut and egg white can also be found in these menus.
1 St Andrew’s Rd, National Gallery Singapore, #05-02, 6384 5585, www.yan.com.sg
For something a little extra special, head to Le Binchotan at Amoy Street from 11 June to 16 June. Chef-owner Jeremmy Chiam rolls out a creative three-course meal ($45) with signature favourites and a conceptualised main course inspired by his own father’s favourite dish. And if your dad is a whisky lover, he is in luck as the spirit can be had as part of the menu.
Start with edible charcoal with short ribs, garlic yoghurt and shichimi (Japanese spice), followed by a main course of braised kurobuta pork ribs. End the meal with smoked chocolate with yoghurt and blueberry – paired with 17-year-old Balvenie whisky, a nice tipple to be had at an additional $40 per person. Do note: Entrance to the resto is via Gemmill Lane.
115 Amoy St, #01-04, 6224 1045, https://lebinchotan.sg
Treat Pops like royalty at Marriott Café’s Father’s Day – The King’s Lunch Buffet, on 17 June. The smorgasbord offers 80 dishes including the finest crustaceans, seafood on grill, charcuterie, premium cheese, rillettes, premium meats, desserts and other international cuisine.
“His majesty” can have his pick of ocean catch: from freshly shucked oysters to Boston lobsters, snow crab legs to crayfish. Over at the western fare front, there are plenty of hearty meats: Roast prime beef rib; roast leg of lamb; bourbon and honey glazed ham; crispy pork saddle with prunes and pancetta; Sicilian lamb shank with gremolata, and more. And if his royal self hankers for local delicacies, there’s a host of dishes such as Singapore chilli crab, honey pork ribs, roast duck, crispy roast pork belly and laksa (spicy noodle soup) to choose from.
Priced at $78 (inclusive of free flow of mocktails and juices) and $88 (free flow of the beverages mentioned plus beer), it’s a ransom-worthy buffet that requires yours (and your pa’s) due attention.
320 Orchard Rd, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 6735 5800, www.marriott.com
Keep your 12.30 to 3.30pm slot free on 17 June. Here’s why: Racines at Sofitel Singapore City Centre will feature its Magnifique Sunday Family Brunch (from $108) during this timing.
Have your old man and the family savour French, international and refined local Chinese delicacies, while viewing live action stations featuring Maine lobsters, foie gras, and a grand seafood display with fresh abalone and premium cuts of lamb. Dive into a range of seafood such as fresh Lobster Thermidor topped with flambé crustacean, freshly shucked seasonal oysters and caviar served with classic condiments and crème fraîche.
If that’s not enough, other brunch highlights include pan-fried foie gras served with apricot compote and crispy rice puff, Wagyu beef skewers, herb-roasted Black Angus ribs, and Singapore-style stir-fried slipper lobster served with chilli crab sauce. Plus: Fathers who dine here will receive a complimentary upgrade to the Champagne package of the brunch worth $60.
9 Wallich St, Sofitel Singapore City Centre, 078885, 6428 5000, www.sofitel-singapore-citycentre.com/gastronomy/racines
Bring your pa to the table of restaurateur John Kunkel’s first international outpost from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m – the Southern-style cooking specialist resto is offering its “All-You-Can-Eat” special with its signature Lewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken just for Father’s Day.
A must-try for the elder statesman: Bottomless servings of succulent chicken brined in a 100-year-old secret recipe for 27 hours and fried to perfection. Pair this classic American dish with free flowing Full Steam Ahead beer ($40), a light and refreshing brew, and elevate the celebration with new classic American dishes from the à la carte menu. A fave is the Louisiana-born Jambalaya ($46), a rice-based dish brimming with spiced grains cooked in a rich lobster stock and simmered with fresh seafood and fennel chicken sausage.
2 Bayfront Ave, #B1-07, Galleria Level The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 6688 9959, www.marinabaysands.com
Go super-Asian at the lavish lunch and dinner buffets ($52 and $68, respectively) at this hotel restaurant. The popular buffet comprises Peranakan, local and international favourites whipped up by award-winning Executive Chef Louis Tay and his team.
Well known for offering Peranakan classics, dare your Dad to taste its boldly flavoured dishes such as sambal (oriental hot relish) prawns, chicken ngoh hiang (Chinese meat rolls), ayam buah keluak (chicken braised in tamarind gravy), babi pongteh (braised pork belly with fermented soy bean sauce) and Nyonya chap chye (vegetables in savoury stew).
For the less adventurous fathers, there’s also a plethora of seafood dishes available. Try salmon and tuna sashimi (Japanese-style thin slices of fresh meat or fish), breaded crab claw, stir-fried clam with Thai basil, braised crab bee hoon (rice vermicelli) and the quintessential Singapore chilli crab with mantou (Chinese steamed or fried bun). If meat is more his thing, have him make a beeline for the carving station which features roasted herb marinated pork rib with tangy apple cinnamon sauce.
Round off the buffet with green tea bread and butter pudding, refreshing herbal jelly with honey, peanut cream, green bean with sago and ah balling (glutinous rice dumplings served in a sweet soup). The cherry atop this food bounty? Fathers will also receive a complimentary glass of Tiger Beer or Guinness Stout when they dine here on 16 and 17 June.
20 Merchant Rd, Swissotel Merchant Court, 058281, 6239 1847/1848, www.swissotel.com/hotels/singapore-merchant-court
By Leanne Liew, additional reporting by Chris Ong, June 12, 2018.
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