Local Delights: 4 Places to Dine and Party This National Day

by Portfolio Magazine
01 Aug 2019

The nation turns 54 this year, which means that to the rest of the world, we’re still a young 'un. We celebrate Singapore’s National Day in youthful spirits to dine out in the heart of the city.

Somewhere in the world, there’s a saying that 54 is the new 30. And that’s a prime excuse for going out to spend the night with a good serving of steak frites plus copious amounts of gin & tonic or double-barreled aged whisky, because we’ve transitioned into “grown up” drinks. 

Hence in the spirit of patriotic celebration in lieu of the nation’s 54th anniversary of our independence, the skyscrapers have opened up, allowing you to dine sky high with an overview of the Marina Bay and beyond. 


Perched on the 70th level of the Swiss Stamford Hotel, SKAI practically gives you a view of the heavens with its floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a dining space that is larger-than-life. Specially curated for National Day until 3rd August, the Special Fireworks Menu is designed by Executive Chef Paul Hallett.

Starting with seasonal oysters, the fresh molluscs are topped with wasabi, smoked bonito and caviar. Diners can also opt for the prawn sashimi, accompanied with shiso, soba noodles and osetra caviar. With a reputation for contemporary grill dining, SKAI’s offering for its main highlight is an Australian Wylarah Wagyu beef, a delectable cut with all the right amounts of marbling.

SKAI also offers a stylised four-course vegetarian menu, with burrata, coconut and tarragon-infused pea soup, and roasted eggplant. Both menus are finished off with a Caramelised Cheesecake for dessert.

Menu: $129; with wine pairing at an additional $59.



If you’re planning to kick the long weekend off early, begin with a locally-inspired afternoon tea session at Anti:Dote. Delicately housed in boxed tiers, the delectables range from five-spice duck rillette sandwiches to gula melaka-flavored scones, including a basket of chili crab and foie gras baos. 

Menu: $52.



For one of the best views of the Marina Bay illuminated in dazzling fireworks, Bar Rouge is hosting the second edition of its National Day countdown party. Towering above the Singapore skyline on the 71st floor of the Swissôtel the Stamford, Bar Rouge is setting up with a fully decked DJ set and a snacks and cocktail bar. 

The food spread is a throwback of local snacks and confectionery including ice-cream sandwiches in rainbow bread, and cocktails comprising the likes of “Milo Dinosaur” and the classic Singapore Sling.



CLOVE celebrates with a bountiful feast, offering a rich collective of Singapore’s favourites in a special buffet spread for the month of August. Housed under a glass canopy in the residence of the Swissôtel the Stamford, the dining space is well illuminated both day and night for all-day dining.

Spread over lunch and dinner sessions, guests can expect local dishes including laksa, fish curry, CLOVE’s lamb rendang, and many more. 

Menu: Lunch at $55++ (Monday to Saturday), $108++ (Sunday); Dinner at $65++ (Monday to Thursday), $95++ (Friday and Saturday).