Time to honour your old man with a hearty meal to show your affection and appreciation.
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Although you are definitely already in your Dad’s heart, there’s no harm treating him to something sumptuous to make him feel all warm and fuzzy inside. After all, Dads don’t seem to get as much attention as Mums when it comes to such special occasions, but we think the often silent but steady head of the household should be celebrated for his love, support and sacrifice as well. Here’s a list of restaurants that are serving up some of the best brunches, lunches and dinners that will whet dad’s appetite, and maybe evoke a tear or two.
Photo: Joy Fang
Brooks Brothers — known for their impeccable shirts — and luxury steak house Ruth’s Chris Steak House are partnering for the first time to present a specially curated four-course dinner set for this special day. Why this partnership? It’s to celebrate their long-standing history as reputed American brands. The set comes with your choice of appetisers — either the restaurant’s signature sizzling Blue Crab Cake with generous portions of crab meat, the creamy Lobster Bisque with bits of lobster flesh or the light Caesar Salad. For entrées, you won’t go wrong (they are a steak house, after all) with their corn-fed steaks that are broiled in high heat to seal in its flavours. Go for the tender Midwestern Petite Filet steak (a good portion for the ladies) or the custom-aged USDA Prime Ribeye or New York cuts.
We tried the USDA Prime Ribeye, which came piping hot, topped with melting butter and served on a plate heated to high heat for Ruth’s trademark sizzle. It was divine. Juicy, flavourful and so soft that the flesh simply melted in your mouth, it was truly one of the best steaks we’ve ever eaten. If beef is not your thing, you could take your pick from Market Fresh Fish or Stuffed Chicken Breast. All entrées are served with a choice of side of creamed spinach, potatoes au gratin, lyonnaise potatoes, or grilled asparagus. End the meal sweetly with Ruth’s Mini Cheesecake with Fresh Berries. Also know as a New Orleans cheesecake (a cousin to its New York version), it is creamy and rich, yet light on the palate. Wash it down with coffee or tea.
How does Brooks Brothers come in? Well with every order of a set dinner, you will receive a Brooks Brothers souvenir set redeemable at Brooks Brothers stores at Paragon and Raffles City Shopping Centre. On top of that, you also get a complimentary gift from Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Dinner and presents? Where do we sign up?
About: Available throughout the month of June, from 5.30pm to 11pm daily, at $120++ per person. Ruth’s Chris Steak House is at 6 Raffles Boulevard, 4th Level, Marina Mandarin Hotel, 039594. Call 6336 9093 or visit www.ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/singapore or reservations.
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Does Dad love smoky, grilled meats on the barbecue? Bring him to Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, a restaurant known for its farm-fresh ingredients and classic Southern cooking. Its Father’s Day special is a Smoked Pork Ribs and Pabst Blue Ribbon draft beer set ($48++ for a full portion of ribs and a glass of beer). Grilled then smoked to perfection, the fork-tender meat glides off the bone with a glazed rim of charred bits, boasting rich and satisfying flavours.
Psst, keep Dad happy (but make sure he doesn’t drive) with two hours of free-flow draft beer (additional $40++).
About: Available on June 16 at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave, B1-07, 018972. For reservations, email or call 6688 9959.
Photo: Marina Bay Sands
Give your rugged, tough-guy dad a surprise by treating him to a posh champagne brunch that comes with a magnificent view too. A free-flow of Italian-American favourites await, such as LAVO’s signature one-pound meatball, fresh Irish oysters and charred octopus with fennel and red wine vinaigrette.
On top of the usual free-flow beverage choices, which include Veuve Clicquot champagne and Bloody Mary cocktails, LAVO will also be offering a selection of brand new bourbon cocktails such as Maker’s Manhattan for the occasion. All dads will also receive a chic bow tie gift (so get your dad to wear a shirt for the occasion).
About: Available on June 16 at LAVO Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave, L57, Hotel Tower 1, 018972. . $158++ per pax with free-flow alcohol or $98++ per pax (buffet only) for adults, and $48++ for children aged between 4 and 12. For reservations, call 6688 8591, or e-mail lavo.reservations@
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If your dad’s a meat lover, this platter of scrumptious grub will have him groaning with satisfaction. Jamie’s Italian’s Fantastic Father’s Day plank ($108++), which is only available at its Vivocity outlet, features hulking portions of meat. A 1kg slab of oven-roasted higher-welfare Australian Tomahawk takes centrestage, accompanied by sides of kurobuta sausages, Shepherd’s pie, and polenta chips. Make sure you knock back a refreshing pint of Tiger Beer (or make that two!) with pops, as the restaurant is having a special promotional price of $12++ per 500ml (U.P. $16.95++).
Over at its Forum outlet, Father’s Day a la carte specials include an appetiser of spicy & cheesy shrimp bruschetta ($18.95++) and an entrée of braised pork knuckles with late season tomatoes and creamy polenta ($38.95++). All dads dining at the Forum outlet also get a free serving of Trevor’s tiramisu (named after Jamie’s father) with every purchase of a main course — a cocktail that is an aromatic blend of freshly brewed premium coffee, fine brandy, coffee and orange liqueur, Italian mascarpone cream, and a sprinkle of fragrant orange zest.
About: The Fantastic Father’s Day plank is available on June 14 from 6pm to 10pm, and all day from June 15 to 16, at Jamie’s Italian VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-165/166/167, VivoCity, 098585, tel: 6733 5500. The a la carte specials are available from June 10 to 14, 6pm to 10pm, and all day from June 15 to 16, at Jamie’s Italian Forum, 583 Orchard Rd, #01-01/04, Forum Shopping Mall, 238884, call 6655 7676. For reservations, visit www.jamieoliver.com/italian/singapore/book or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Singapore
Another one for the carnivores, this Father’s Day set is inspired by the founders’ — father-son duo Wolfgang and Peter Zwiener — close relationship and love of food. It includes a fresh Tuna Tartar appetiser and hearty Potato Leek Soup to start, before you take your pick from either the Colorado Lamb Chop or USDA Prime Ribeye Steak, which are dry-aged in an onsite proprietary designed ageing room for 28 days on average.
The entrée will be accompanied by two classic steakhouse sides, with a choice of German Potatoes, Sautéed Mushrooms or Creamed Spinach. You’ll round up the meal with a creamy Tiramisu. Wine connoisseurs, listen up: There’s an extensive wine list at the restaurant featuring over 300 bottles that are suited to a range of tastes.
About: Available on June 16 at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Singapore, 1 Nanson Road, #02-01, InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, 238909. S$118 ++ per person. For reservations, call: 6887 5885.
Papa will be treated like a king at Cantonese restaurant Mitzo’s Enhanced Weekend Brunch, which will feature premium ingredients and exquisite tastes. The brunch will feature an exclusive dish for Father’s Day — a fresh Seabass topped with red yeast & garlic in soya sauce. You and Dad can also indulge in infinite servings of over 50 different types of Cantonese dim sum dishes, roasts, soups and desserts alongside other special dishes such as steamed bamboo clam with minced pork sauce, lobster with minced pork & soya milk congee, and stir-fried abalone with asparagus in X.O. sauce. Yum.
If you prefer a more traditional affair, there’s the 5-Course Menu that includes a delicious Duo of Appetizers, featuring the Seaweed-coasted Crispy Prawn and the Orange & Sesame Barbeque Pork. This is followed by a hearty broth of Miso “Bak Kut Teh”, a playful blend of miso, herbs and spices that will bring a smile to your dad’s face. Then, you have the Radish stuffed with Dried Scallop & King Oyster Mushroom with Sea Cucumber, and the Homemade Preserved Fish Fried Rice. Finishing the meal with the Dynasty Six-treasure Tea served with Walnut & Lotus Paste Cookie.
About: Available from June 15 to 16, from 11.30am to 2.30pm, at Mitzo, Level 4 Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road, 238857. Enhanced Weekend Brunch is $78++ per pax while the 5-Course Menu is $88++ per pax. For reservations and enquiries, email email@example.com or call 6603 8855.
Make brunching with Daddy more fun when you treat him to A “Lazy Breakfast” buffet at Alley on 25 at Andaz Singapore. Every father will receive a complimentary glass of its ‘Godfather’ cocktail, made from Great King Blended whisky and Amaretto, with a slice of orange. The spread includes a Continental station that comes with a variety of breads from Tiong Bahru bakery, gluten-free cereals, waffles, cold cuts and a selection of superfoods at the salad bar. In addition, a hot Western station includes a live egg counter that uses only cage-free chicken eggs from The Freedom Range Co.
You also get to select an item from an à la carte breakfast menu, featuring breakfast classics such as Eggs Benedict, Breakfast Burger, Smoked Salmon Bagel, Breakfast Quesadilla and Grilled Pastrami and Cheese sandwich. One glass not enough and you want to add on to the booze? Just top up S$35 for free-flow wines, draught beer and mojitos, or opt for the premium free-flow beverage package at $40, which comes with all that and additional prosecco and spritz as well. Sounds divine.
About: Available on June 16, 11.30am to 2.30pm at Alley on 25, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser St, Level 25, 189354. $39++ (additional $35 for free-flow wines, draught beer and mojitos, $40 for free-flow wines, draught beer, mojitos, prosecco and spritz) per adult and $19.50++ for kids from 6 to 12 years old. For reservations, visit andazsingapore.com or call 6408 1288.
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Not that you need a good deal to treat your dad, but why miss it when there’s one, right? All fathers get to enjoy 50 per cent off Plate’s Father’s Day Buffet Lunch as well as a complimentary glass of house wine or a bottle of house beer. Expect delicious fare such as fresh seafood, appetisers such as a Smoked Salmon and Cold Cut Platter and a Classic Nicoise Salad, and piping hot dishes such as a Double-boiled Chicken Ginseng Soup and Wine-stewed Beef with Russet Potatoes. There’s also Oven-roasted Cajun Chicken and a Grilled Pork Chorizo & Herb Sausage Platter along with a side of Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas.
Love your Singapore flavours? Don’t miss the Wok Fried Sin Chow Bee Hoon and Singapore Nyonya Curry Chicken. Complete the meal with sweet desserts such as Berry Crepes, Portuguese Egg Tarts, a chocolate fountain and assorted Nyonya Kuehs.
About: Available on June 16, from 12pm to 3pm at Plate, Level 3, Carlton City Hotel Singapore, 1 Gopeng Street, 078862. $48++ per adult and $24++ per child (7 to 12 years old). All prices include free-flow soda and juices. Call 6632 8922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Carousel is known for its mouthwatering local and international delicacies. We recommend the high tea session (they have lunch and dinner too), as you’d get really interesting bites such as Tau Kwa Pau (Tau Kwa stuffed with Minced Duck and served with Special Chilli Sauce), Yam Abacus Seeds (Suan Pan Zi), Singapore Laksa, Popiah from a live station and Oyster Omelette. Don’t forget to check out the Teh Tarik Live Station for an interesting experience!
If you want Dad to feel extra special, you can also take him to its dinner session, which includes these dishes — Singapore Chilli Crab with Golden Mantous and Oven-roasted Whole Skate Wing — and others not found in the lunch menu, such as Boiled Maine Lobster, Oyster and Alaskan King Crab Leg, BBQ Short Ribs with Roasted Vegetables, Oven-roasted Prime Ribs and Grilled Assorted Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce. Dads who are at the dinner session will also get a special treat — they will receive a pair of couple mugs, which will reveal a heartwarming message when the mug is filled with a hot drink. Sweet!
About: Available on June 16 at Carousel, Royal Plaza on Scotts, 25 Scotts Road, 228220. Lunch from 12pm to 2pm at $70++ (adult) and $43++ (child); high tea from 3.30pm to 5.30pm at $55++ (adult) and $32++ (child); dinner from 6.30pm to 9.30pm at $88++ (adult) and $49++ (child). Call 6219 3780 or email email@example.com for reservations.
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Nothing beats the taste of smoky, tender, juicy meat that is just slightly charred. So treat your father to a heavenly meal at Opus Bar & Grill, which is introducing a new one kilogram grill-smoked bone-in Australian Rosedale Ruby sirloin ($138++, serves two). Seasoned with its chef’s special marinade, the meat is masterfully grilled over an open-flame charcoal grill before being smoked to finish, giving it an alluring woodsy aroma. Served with fragrant dried rose petal salt, the steak is presented in a closed glass dome for an Instagram-worthy theatrical presentation as diners get a hit of the heady scents as the dome is lifted with a flourish.
In conjunction with Father’s Day, they are offering two complimentary side dishes and a special wine package (two-hour free flow of selected white and red wines at only $15 per person from Sundays to Thursdays, or 50 per cent off selected wine by the bottle on Fridays and Saturdays) with any order of the new cut for the month of June. What are you waiting for?
Available from June 1, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm daily, at Opus Bar & Grill, Lobby Level, Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Road, 238883. Complimentary side dishes and a special wine package available for the month of June. Visit hiltonsingaporerestaurants.com/opus, call 6730 3390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
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A special six-course set menu that marries Western and Asian flavours in an intricate fashion is what you’d get if you dine at Cantonese restaurant Hai Tien Lo. Specially created by Executive Chef Ben Zeng, its “Loving Father’s Menu” include a New Zealand Rack of Lamb in Fresh Mushroom Sauce, Baked Silver Sea Perch Fillet with Almond Flakes in Champagne Sauce as well as Wok-fried Lobster with Crispy Fermented Minced Garlic and Dried Chilli with Fish Noodles. Psst, dads get a complimentary glass of white wine.
You can also opt for its Weekend Dim Sum Buffet, which has an impressive selection of 50 dim sum creations and à la carte signatures. Must-try dishes include Poached Dumplings with Prawns in Szechuan Spicy Chilli Sauce, Deep-fried Soft Shell Crabs with Chilli Crab Meat Sauce and Wok-fried Pork Spare Ribs in Barbecue Sauce. Bonus: A complimentary serving of its highly addictive Deep-fried Mini Glutinous Rice Dumplings filled with Rum Chocolate and Baked Fresh Oysters with Cream Cheese Sauce for every diner.
About: The Father’s Day Set Menu is available from June 10 to 16, 11.30am to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 10.30pm, at Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Blvd, 039595. $138++ per person. Its Weekend Dim Sum Buffet is available on June 15 and 16, 11.30am to 2.30pm. $88++ per adult, $48++ per child. Call 6826 8240 or email email@example.com for reservations.
Photo: Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Here’s another buffet option that will leave your Dad groaning with satisfaction. He’d be stuffed silly with the selection available, which includes fresh seafood on ice such as Freshly Shucked Oysters; Boston Lobsters; Snow Crab Legs and Crayfish, and options from the Seafood Grill such as Lobster Thermidor; Oyster Florentine and Grilled Crayfish Chimichurri. If your dad loves a good slab of juicy and succulent meat, he’d adore the Grilled Rosemary Lamb Chops, crunchy and juicy Roast Pork Saddle with Prunes & Pancetta, Roast Prime Ribs of Beef, Sweet Bourbon & Honey Glazed Ham, and more.
Local offerings include Singapore Chilli Crab, X.O. Pork Fried Noodles, Chinese Roast Duck and Singapore Signature Laksa. Do leave room for dessert, as there’s an expansive array, such as Pandan Fudge, Coconut Green Tea Financiers, Pink Madeleines with White Chocolate Chantilly and Dark Cherry Custard Crumble.
About: Available on June 16, 12pm to 2.30pm, at Marriott Cafe, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Rd, 238865. $88++ or $98++ (inclusive of free flow of sparkling wine, red & white wine, beer & juices) for adults, and $44++ for children. Call 6831 4605 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Celebrating Dad is also about spending quality time with him as a family, so communal dining is a great way to strengthen bonds as you feast and chat over shared dishes. Cantonese restaurant Yàn has six- or nine-course sets that are perfect for just that. The nine-course set menu features dishes such as Yàn’s Signature Roast Crispy Suckling Pig served three ways, a nourishing Double-boiled Chicken Soup with Ginseng, a Steamed ‘Soon Hock’ Fish with Light Soya Sauce and a tasty Bi Feng Tang Prawn with Fragrant Garlic, Black Bean and Chilli, while the six-course menu includes a Yàn BBQ Platter of Roasted Duck, Crunchy Jellyfish Head, Roasted Pork Belly, and Barbecue Honey Pork, a toothsome Braised Hashima Broth with Crab Meat, a Steamed Sea Perch Fillet with Golden Mushroom and a Braised 6-Head Whole Abalone with Vegetables “Mee Pok” in Supreme Oyster Sauce.
Best of all, each table will receive one gift certificate worth $50 from gentlemen’s barbershop Truefitt & Hill (while stocks last) as well as a free bottle of red, so you can toast to your father’s love and devotion.
About: From June 1 to 16 (dine from June 1 to 12 and enjoy a 10 per cent discount on the Father’s Day set menus) during lunch (12pm to 2.30pm) and dinner (6pm to 10.30pm) at Yàn, #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, 178957. Set Menu A (nine courses) is $128++ per person for six to 10 diners, while Set Menu B (six-courses) is $88++ per person for four to six diners. Call 6384 5585 or email email@example.com for reservations.
If Dad prefers a more casual, laidback setting, make it a day out for the whole family by bringing him to Little Creatures, which is having fun activities for everyone in honour of the special day. There will be a terrarium/crop growing workshop for the kiddos from 10am to 3pm, where they then get to present Dad with a personalised planter that will surely put a smile on his face. The adults get to enjoy a live acoustic performance by musical duo Christo and Harley as they serenade chill out tunes from 3pm.
Don’t forget to treat Dad to a sumptuous breakfast from the eatery’s all-day breakfast menu which includes dishes such as the luxurious Eggs Benedict Lobster, a 200g Beef Striploin with egg and fries and the Little Creatures Breakfast that comes with the full works: Pork sausage, tomato, mushrooms, egg and smoked bacon with a side of Ciabatta. Of course a meal there would not be complete with sipping on one of the craft brews on tap (available 12pm to 6pm).
Don’t make Dad sweat it out at the barbecue. Take him to The Salon’s The Gourmet Grill buffet this Father’s Day and let the staff there do all the work for him as he enjoys an unlimited serving of hot sizzling meats cooked on a charcoal fire-grill. There’s the deliciously smoky Grilled Beef Striploin, Marinated Fresh Herbs Cajun Boneless Chicken Thigh, Chicken and Lamb Kebabs, Sambal Stingray wrapped in Banana Leaf, and five types of Gourmet Sausages.
Accompanying the hearty mains are sides such as Roasted Pumpkin with Manuka Honey, Oven-baked Potatoes with Condiments and Corn on the Cob. There’s also seafood-centric selections to make the meal more interesting, such as Spanish Mussels Paella, Poached Tasmanian Salmon Fillet with Hollandaise, and Sautéed Prawns with Chilli, Herbs and Lemon Butter.
Dad will wanna end the hearty meal with desserts such as Chocolate Malva Pudding, Mini Strawberry Mirror Cake, Tiramisu, Pecan Pie and Crème Brûlée. What’s more, the young ones will have a buffet spread of their own, with kid-friendly options such as Beef Spaghetti Bolognese, Breaded Fish Fingers, Chicken Nuggets and Chicken Cocktail Sausages. There’s also an activity station to keep them entertained — can all the parents say ‘yay!’?
Psst, you might want to walk it off by heading to the nearby Fort Canning Centre after lunch to check out a showcase commemorating Singapore’s Bicentennial. It’s a fascinating multi-sensory journey through Singapore’s 700-year history. The showcase is ticketed but free, and can be booked here on a first-come, first-served basis.
About: Available on June 16, 12pm to 3pm at The Salon, Hotel Fort Canning, 11 Canning Walk, 178881. $75++ for adults and $38++ for children (4 to 12 years old). Call 6799 8809 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
If you have a Citi or Standard Chartered credit or debit card, pencil in a meal at one of Paradise Group’s restaurants. The restaurant chain is honouring the man of the house with a range of celebratory dishes at its various restaurant concepts that would cost only $8.80 per dish for these credit card holders. There’s the Char-grilled Pork Ribs in Sweet Plum Sauce (U.P. $12) at Taste Paradise, the Diced Chicken wrapped in Chinese Crepe (regular, U.P. $22) at Paradise Teochew, the Roasted Irish Duck (regular, U.P. $18) at Canton Paradise, the Nagano Pork Collar (full portion, U.P. $19.80) at Beauty in The Pot, the Ebiko Prawn Paste (U.P. $13) at Paradise Hotpot and more.
About: Available from June 3 to 16 for dine in by Citi and Standard Chartered Credit or Debit Cardmembers and PGR members. Promotion is valid at all Paradise Group of restaurants except Seafood Paradise, Canton Paradise (Changi Airport T3, Marina Bay Sands, The Seletar Mall and Westgate), Paradise Classic (Resorts World Sentosa), Paradise Dynasty (Changi Airport T3), Le Shrimp Ramen and LeNu outlets. It’s valid all day, except at Canton Paradise (Alexandra Retail Centre) and Paradise Classic (Marina Bay Link Mall) outlet, where it’s available only during dinner from Mondays to Fridays, and all-day on Saturdays and Sundays.
By Joy Fang, May 2019
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