If you’re attending today’s National Day Parade at the floating platform at Marina Bay, chances are you’re already all geared up for the day ahead. Red and white garb? Check. Reservations for a National Day-inspired lunch or early dinner right before? Check. Post-parade bar-hopping plans — before it’s back to the grind tomorrow? Triple check. With these key elements in place, all that’s left is to wait for the event to kick off at 5.20pm and revel in the festivities. And, of course, to get your smartphone cameras ready for the spectacular fireworks display at the end.
For the rest of us who weren’t (and have never been) fortunate enough to snag tickets to the live show, today’s schedule probably involves watching the parade on television, or scrambling to find an uncrowded vantage point where we can catch the fireworks.
Another activity we suggest? Planning for the weekend ahead, since it’s already midweek. Several restaurants around town have rolled out brand new dishes ranging from rabbit to langoustine and wagyu beef, so you can consider your dining options sorted.
Langoustine & Lardo by Pollen
The dish: This surf and turf concoction features silky smooth and sweet langoustines (which have been torched for a slightly smokey flavour) atop a mix of homemade smoked ricotta, zucchini, and melt-in-the-mouth slivers of lardo di Colonnata from Tuscanny — pork fat that has been cured underground for up to eight months with herbs such as rosemary. Hazelnuts and quinoa add crunch to the assortment of ingredients. This dish is part of Pollen’s special tasting menu, launched in conjunction with the restaurant’s fifth anniversary.
The place: Set amidst lush greenery and colourful flowers within the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, Pollen is one beautiful venue to dine at. The restaurant focuses on Mediterranean fare prepared using classic French techniques. Its anniversary menu is available from 17 to 21 August, after which it’ll be turned into the eatery’s seasonal dinner tasting menu.
Price: S$155++ for a five-course dinner and S$75++ for a three-course lunch, both of which come with drink pairings. After 21 August, this will be offered at S$155++ for food only, with a top-up option of S$55 for beverage pairings.
Pollen, Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-09, Singapore 018953, +65 6604 9988
Steamed wagyu beef on rice by Keyaki
The dish: If your idea of comfort food is a massive serving of gyudon (Japanese beef bowl), consider this luxurious upgrade instead. Steamed slices of Amakusa Kuroushi (Amakusa Black Cattle) wagyu beef are draped over rice, before being cooked in a bamboo steamer till tender and juicy. Obtained from cows that are reared in the region of Amakusa, the wagyu is known for its fine marbling and buttery flavour. This dish is part of an upcoming wagyu beef menu available from 10 August to 20 September for lunch and dinner.
Price: S$170 – S$190 for a six-course set menu.
Keyaki, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595, +65 6826 8240
Rabbit by Skirt
The dish: This new addition on Skirt’s recently refreshed menu features rabbit prepared in four different ways — pan-fried, as a ballotine (where the meat is rolled up and stuffed), as a puff pastry filled with foie gras, and fried in a buttermilk coating.
The place: A popular spot for steak, Skirt is an upscale restaurant located within W Singapore – Sentosa Cove. Its revamped menu highlights sustainably sourced seafood and prime cuts of meat, seared on its in-house Parrilla grill.
Skirt, W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374, +65 6808 7278