Singapore is turning 50 and the birthday celebrations have begun in earnest. Businesses around the island have been spreading the cheer with their own spin to the golden jubilee and none have been more enthusiastic than those in the F&B; industry, after all we are a food paradise.
From specially concocted dishes infused with local flavours to SG50-inspired discounts and designs, Insideintroduces some who are ever ready to help you get into the spirit of SG50.
When it comes to food, Singapore offers nothing if not variety. In honour of our nation’s 50 th , some eateries have come up with Singapore-centric menus to let local tastes take pride of place.
What: local-inspired fusion dishes
When: one dish a month for the whole of 2015
Since the beginning of the year, Swensen’s has been introducing one new dish a month that incorporates local flavours as part of its SG50 menu. For this month only, you can savour Beef Rendang Baked Rice (S$13.90). The traditional Malay stew of beef and spicy sauce is given a fusion treatment. Served on a bed of baked rice with melted cheese and egg, the dish is topped with crispy prawn crackers. To ensure that the tender beef slices retain their juiciness, the chef prepares them separately from the thick gravy that packs a punch. Each mouthful pays homage to Singapore’s favourite stew.
Up ahead, Lobster Roll in Chilli Crab Sauce is what you can look forward to in April. Riding on the popularity of the Lobster Roll that has been popping up in menus island-wide, Swensen’s version marries the local must-have, chilli crab, and the New England specialty to create a truly original taste. Chunks of succulent lobster meat in sweet chilli crab sauce are stuffed into a fluffy-white hotdog bun, giving you a handy way to enjoy the local creation!
Where: TWG Tea Salon
What: Singapore flavoured tea
When: from now
TWG Tea is re-launching the specially created Singapore Breakfast Tea in time for you to drink to 50 years of nation building. The trademark tea is the result of TWG Tea’s desire to come up with a blend that represents the Lion City and all its passions, convergence of cultures and heritage. The result is a natural mélange of green tea, black tea, rich vanilla and rare spices that yields a complex aroma with a sweet, lingering aftertaste, mirroring Singapore’s diversity. Singapore Breakfast Tea is also very versatile, much like the country itself. It can be enjoyed with or without milk, and tastes equally wonderful with both sweet and savoury foods.
50 is such a lovely number that it is easy to give out discounts that play on the figure. Here are some places that have gotten a head start on SG50 deals.
Where: Tang Music Box
What: Golden Jubilee Hours
When: 2 – 5pm daily from 20 February till end of year
Karaoke joint, Tang Music Box, has a Golden Jubilee Hours deal that gives you good reason to sing and shout with joy. From now till the end of the year, when you go between two and five in the afternoon, you only need to pay a flat rate of S$11.50 per person to sing to your heart’s content for two hours. Since the deal takes into account when you book the room, you can come in at five and stay till seven in the evening. The room comes with your choice of a free drink priced at S$6 and under as well. This is a big discount from the usual S$50 per person that you would have to spend. During these golden hours, you can also enjoy one-for-one deals on drinks.
Where: Crazy Elephant
What: 20 per cent off
When: now till National Day
Because National Day this year falls on Monday, Crazy Elephant, Singapore’s foremost rock and roll bar that features live bands, is offering a special Monday promotion. Those born in the year 1965 or on 9 August can get a 20 per cent discount on their drinks from nine at night after Happy Hour. This covers Crazy Elephant’s extensive drinks list which includes beers, cider, whisky, cognac, liqueurs, wines, champagne, rum, tequila, vodka, gin, cocktails, mocktails and juices. So, you will be spoilt for choice as you toast to the nation. On-going promotions, tobacco and merchandise are, however, not part of this deal.
The year of the golden jubilee of Singapore is indeed as good a reason as any for great fanfare. So, grab the golden opportunity with these delectable deals and discounts and get the celebration going.
Dine with us:Crazy Elephant
Tang Music Box
TWG Tea Salon & Boutique
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