Alright, we kid.
But, for real, we’ve sussed out some of the most pampering dining deals in Singapore for mom’s special day this 2019.
And to all the moms out there, happy Mother’s Day!
If your mum loves her English cuisine, treat her to a lovely Sunday roast lunch, which comes with delicious appetisers such as Provencal Snails, Green Pea & Melted Curry Butter, a soup of Lobster Bisque, Wild Mushroom Velouté, or Soupe Du Jour, and a choice of a substantial main. Fish lovers will love the Fresh Catch Fillet with Seaweed Rice, Baby Spinach & Lemon White Wine Sauce which is light and refreshing, while those who have a hearty appetite can go for a succulent Slow Roasted U.S. Prime Beef Rib Eye On Wagon (220g per serving) paired with Yorkshire Pudding, Silky Mash, Garden Vegetables and Own Jus Gravy, or Grilled Lamb Chop and Pork Loin with Potato Gratin, Mustard Cabbage and Balsamic Glaze.
Delight your mum’s sweet tooth with desserts that include the signature Gordon Sherry Trifle. For a less casual affair, you can also try its dinner set, which has appetisers of Heirloom Tomatoes, Bocconcini, Balsamic Jelly & Tomato Consommé, and King Scallop, Parma Ham, Leek & Creamy Onion Sauce. Choose from mains such as the Wagyu Beef Striploin served with Black Truffle Jus, or Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon served with Lemon Dill Sauce, both which are served with complimentary sides of German White Asparagus and Broccolini. The Mont Blanc Choux Pastries with Chantilly Cream and Chocolate ends the meal on a sweet high.
Mum more of a simple Chinese cuisine kinda girl? Goodwood Park’s popular Taiwan Porridge A La Carte Buffet will hit the spot. Mum can make unlimited orders from a list of more than 30 options, such as the savoury Braised Pork Belly with Dark Soy Sauce, Stir-Fried Kang Kong with Sambal, and Fried Omelette with Chye Poh (preserved vegetables). When paired with a hearty sweet potato porridge, it’s a comforting meal for all ages. Bonus? The buffet comes with a dessert buffet that’s heaped with D24 Durian offerings. There’s a ‘live’ pancake station that you can fill with a luxurious D24 durian filling, as well as the new D24 Pandan Lapis Coconut Cake and D24 Chendol Pudding, not to mention the D24 Mousse Cake and D24 Puff. If mum’s a durian lover, this will make you her favourite daughter.
4, 5, 11 and 12 May
22 Scotts Rd, Goodwood Park Hotel, 228221
Because we’re a lover of Asian cuisine, this one got us pretty excited. Fat Chap is presenting a communal table spread or Kembul Bujana, a common Indonesian practice to party over a feast. An impressive, Instagram-worthy lush platter of Nasi Tumpeng (a Southeast Asian cone-shaped rice dish with side dishes) awaits — with coconut scented butterfly pea rice, roasted kampong chicken, grilled whole fish, tempeh, perkedel and sambal prawns. It’s also served with sides of prawn crackers, caramelised silverfish and peanuts, egg ribbons and a variety of vegetables cooked two ways. End the meal with a refreshing shaved ice dessert with fresh coconut and rose syrup – traditionally named Es Kopyor.
Before the meal, mum can also glean some tips from a live cooking demonstration by Medanese head chef Selamat Susanto. He will be showcasing a simple kampong chicken marinade recipe and demonstrating how to prepare perkedel or potato cake at home. Mum will thank you for this.
For reservations, call 6836 5994 or email here.
3 Temasek Blvd, Suntec City East Wing #01-643, 038983
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Charm your music-lover mum with a jazzy brunch that pairs a delectable spread with live breezy tunes from local duo, Iwee and Emmeline. First, the meal: Start with a toast of cava and an array of treasures from land and sea such as Pacific Oysters, Grain Cous Cous Salad, Sautéed Spring Bay Mussels, house favourite Beef Carpaccio and Organic Egg & Spinach Frittata. Then, your mum will be spoilt for choice with the endless rounds of canapes, such as Lime Cured Salmon Eclair, Chestnut Soup, Hokkaido Scallop and Foie Gras with pink ginger strawberry compote.
Choose from a list of solid mains such as Roasted Pork Belly, Pan-fried Barramundi, Roasted Whole Chicken or Wagyu Beef Cheeks before ending the meal sweetly with dessert options such as a Warmed Valrhona Chocolate Tart, Green Tea Financier, Strawberry and Rhubarb Shortcake, Osmanthus Jelly and a refreshing White Peach Sorbet. For the perfect weekend wind-down, enjoy a bottomless bubbly brunch with just an additional $8++ per diner. Consider us sold.
For reservations, call 6824 2637, or email here.
5 Straits View, Marina One #01-26/27, 018935
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (first seating), or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (second seating)
$98++ per pax (includes a complimentary glass of cava). Additional $8++ for bottomless cava.
For a classic brunch, look no further than Porta. Pamper mum with favourites from their brunch menu such as the Porta Breakfast – an indulgent fare of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grilled
tomato, hash browns and brioche, the Smoked Salmon Croissant with mascarpone cheese, and the Breakfast Burg, a hearty vegetarian burger of portobello mushroom, baby spinach, tomato and sunny side up, served with crispy fries on the side. Those with a sweet tooth will love the French Toast, a thick slice of brioche topped with refreshing seasonal berries and vanilla ice cream.
Best of all, the brunch menu comes with a sumptuous spread of free-flowing Fine de Claire oysters, an extensive salad bar, savoury appetisers, and sweet treats, such as the Strawberry and Cream Cake, Chocolate Tartlet, Macaroons, and many more. Another bonus: All house wines are available at 50 percent off starting from the second glass. There will also be tons of family entertainment from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, such as balloon sculpting and a Design a Heart session for the little ones to craft sweet mementos for mummy. A specially-decorated kids’ playroom filled with rocking horses and a fun caterpillar tunnel will keep the young ones engaged. Mum will be bursting with satisfaction, we promise.
For reservations, call 6593 8855, or email here.
1 Unity Street Level 1, Park Hotel Clarke Quay, 237983
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
$39++ per adult, and $19++ per child (5-11 years old). Those younger than 5 years old enjoy a complimentary Kid’s Dish of the Day.
Is your mum a fan of pretty, delicate things? Then she’d love this offering from TWG Tea. Its Mother’s Day Set Menu comes with a delectable Boston lobster spaghetti sautéed with garlic, espelette chilli, paprika and olive oil, accompanied by shimeji mushrooms and garlic flower tempura, and topped with Gyokuro Samurai tea leaves. Dessert is an alluring strawberry pistachio nut tart with mille-feuille cream and Silver Moon Tea infused strawberry jam, topped with a strawberry tuile and accompanied by a scoop of rhubarb sorbet.
The meal, of course, would not be complete without a cuppa tea — pair with either the Breakfast Queen Tea, a vivacious blend of green teas delicately balanced by notes of sweet lemon and a hint of noble rose; or the Sweet Romance Tea, a sweet blend of decaffeinated black tea and red berries beautifully accented with notes of raw vanilla bean.
6 to 12 May
$45 per pax for a set (cocktail or mocktail available for an additional $10)
We all know mums place family above everything else, so she’d love a family-style communal meal with dishes that will charm all ages. SPRMRKT’s brunch dishes for sharing include the Signature Brussels sprouts with sriracha mayonnaise, pomegranate and grilled corn, the Himalayan pink salt-crusted sea bass with anchovy and capers tomato sauce, the Herb and spices rubbed roasted chicken with jus and a Salmon and Spinach pasta with pink sauce. Rounding up the meal is a bottle of Chateau Beaulieu, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rose. For extra fun, there’s an optional hands-on activity of decorating SPRMRKT’s famous chiffon cake. Alternatively, you can pre-order the chef’s special creation, Pear and Elderflower Chiffon Cake, which is a gorgeous creation that requires orders to be made at least three days in advance.
41 Robertson Quay, 238236 or 501 Bukit Timah Rd, #02-13 Cluny Court, 259760
$300 nett for 3-5 pax, additional $130++ if you want the Pear and Elderflower Chiffon Cake
For mums who love surprises, we recommend treating them to a meal at hip smart casual joint Bar Cicheti. Not only will their fresh, handmade pastas win your mum’s heart, we love the ‘Feed Me’ option (choose from the S$68 or S$88 option) which comprises a feast that is made up of one antipasti, four pastas and one dessert – all to share and entrusted entirely to chef Aun and his team. That means you don’t know what you’re getting — until it’s placed in front of you. How fun! You can indicate any dietary restrictions or preferences at the start and there are also vegetarian options available. Each mum will also get a free chocolate tart, and each booking made for Mother’s Day will enjoy 20 percent off any bottle of bubbly or wine.
For reservations, call 6789 9801 or email here.
10 Jiak Chuan Rd, 089264
$68 or $88, add $58 for wine pairing.
A gastronomic feast will be served at Plate, and best of all, all mums get to enjoy half off its Mother’s Day Buffet Lunch. Of course, there’s the usual fresh seafood, cold cuts and light bites and salads to start off the meal. But beloved local culinary fare takes centre stage at this spread, so mum can indulge in highlights such as the Singapore Chilli Crab and Black Pepper Crab, Poached Chicken with Ginger Sauce, Singapore Laksa, and Black Vinegar Pork Trotters. There’s also fresh servings of Kueh Pie Tie, Popiah and Chwee Kueh at the chef’s station, as well as a carving station that will house savoury fares such as the Steamed Whole Salmon with Salted Bean Sauce and assorted roast meats. The dessert table will have an array of treats, such as the Signature Muah Chee and homemade Bubur Cha Cha.
For reservations, call 6632 8922 or email here.
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Level 3, Carlton City Hotel Singapore, 1 Gopeng St, 078862
$58++ per adult, $29++ per child (7-12 years old). All prices include free-flow soda and juices.
Hooray, mums get to dine for free at Sky22’s Mother’s Day celebrations. This scrumptious brunch buffet has both international and Asian fare, and will thrill mums of all palates. Always popular is the Seafood-on-Ice counter featuring freshly-shucked oysters, king crabs, poached lobsters, scallops and more. Comforting soups include Cream of Mushroom and Bak Kut Teh, while appetisers include the Smoked Salmon with Sour Cream and Chives and Prosciutto with Melon and Arugula. But save space for the Western hot mains such as Braised Lamb Shank with Shallots and Gremolata, Slow-roasted Sirloin with Port Wine Sauce, Pan-seared Sea Bass with Creamed Spinach and BBQ Pork Ribs in Bourbon Sauce. Asian signatures are not to be missed, such as the Seafood Fried Carrot Cake, Assam Laksa, Singapore Chilli Crab with Mantou Bun, Beef Rendang, Penang Wok-fried Kway Teow and Penang Laksa at the live noodle station.
Don’t forget decadent confections such as the Victoria Sponge with Raspberry and Rose Buttercream, Cranberry and Rose Buttermilk Scones with Chantilly Cream and Strawberry Jam, assorted nyonya kueh and Durian Cheese Cake to make it a satisfying meal. Best of all, mum will be given a personalised card with a photograph for a meaningful keepsake.
For reservations, 6378 2040 or email here.
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
99 Irrawaddy Rd, 329568
$78++ per adult, $39++ per child (6-12 years old). Price is inclusive of free-flow juices, coffee and tea. (Add $38++ per person for free-flow prosecco, house pour red and white wines and beer.)
Peranakan cuisine is known for its exquisite and rich flavour profile, with dishes carefully prepared with a myriad of spices to deliver a punch. Not only will this buffet spread promise to be a gastronomic treat, it will also make the beloved matriarch in our families feel homely and warm. Don’t miss this chance to taste some of Chef Jeffrey Tan’s offerings — his passion for Peranakan cuisine is his best-kept secret and dishes are usually only prepared upon special request. First whet your palate with the Ayam Sambal Timun, Nyonya Achar, and Gado Gado, before tucking into unlimited servings of Ayam Buah Keluak, Sambal Kimchang Udang, Nyonya Chap Chai, Cincalok Omelette, and Nyonya Otak Otak. Other must-tries include made-to-order items such as Nyonya Laksa and Peranakan-style Popiah. Make sure you end the meal with some Nyonya Kueh Kueh and warm your tummy with a hearty bowl of Bubur Pulut Hitam to conclude on a sweet note.
For those who also want some international options to balance out the meal, don’t fret. There’re western appetisers and mains such as the Roasted Buttermilk Herb-crusted Leg of Lamb, Crispy Whole Duck Confit with Kawi and Orange Salsa Verde, Pan-seared Fish Fillet with Lemon Schnelle Hollandaise and French Wine Beef and Vegetable Root Stew. The little ones are not left out — they get their own dedicated buffet that includes Spaghetti with Meat Balls, Fish Fingers, Nuggets and French Fries. A kids’ play zone will also be available to keep them entertained.
For reservations, call 6799 8809 or email here.
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
11 Canning Walk, 178881
$75++ per adult, $38++ per child (4-12 years old).
By Pinky Chng, May 2017 / Updated by Melodi Ghui, April 2019