Friday, Aug 22, 2014Friday, Aug 22, 2014
TheBigStory
 

17 Singapore restaurants for fireworks feasting to welcome New Year

If you would like to dine out and welcome the New Year, book soon at one of these 17 restaurants

Published on Dec 22, 2013 9:00 AM
 

It is not too late to make reservations if you want to dine out and usher in the New Year over food, merriment and fireworks.

A SundayLife! check with 30 restaurants that have a view of the fireworks at Marina Bay and Sentosa found that while at least eight are already fully booked, many others are still accepting reservations.

Restaurateurs say that bookings for New Year's Eve dinners have been streaming in since the middle of the year.

Those which are full include Italian restaurant Dolce Vita at the Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Spanish restaurant Catalunya at The Fullerton Pavilion, micro-brewery and restaurant Level 33 at Marina Bay Financial Centre and Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant at One Fullerton.

Nouvelle French restaurant Jaan at Swissotel The Stamford has a waiting list of diners who are keen to dine there on New Year's Eve.

But there are still other popular restaurants that have room. These include SuperTree by IndoChine at Gardens by the Bay, Stellar at 1-Altitude at One Raffles Place, and Equinox Restaurant at Swissotel The Stamford. All are between 70 and 80 per cent full as of last Friday evening.

Options such as dining in a capsule at the Singapore Flyer and in a cable car that departs from Mount Faber are still available, but with limited places.

But if you cannot commit to a dining venue at the moment, there is no need to get antsy.

Some restaurants will be setting aside seats for walk-in diners.

Faber Bistro at Mount Faber, for example, will be saving its entire 42-seat alfresco area for walk-in diners.

Dinner prices have mainly remained unchanged from last year, although a handful of restaurants and hotels have adjusted prices upwards by 5 to 10 per cent to combat inflation and the rising cost of ingredients, they say.

SundayLife! lists 17 restaurants where you can dine and soak in the fireworks on the last day of the year.

rltan@sph.com.sg

euniceq@sph.com.sg

>>Last Call For Takeaways


EUROPEAN

ITALIAN

ZAFFERANO

What: Feast on Italian at Zafferano. Menu highlights include ventresca di tonno, asparagi and rafano e porcini, which is tuna belly with asparagus, horseradish and porcini mushrooms; and il mailino da latte Iberico in tre cotture, which is trio of Iberico suckling pig, crispy belly, braised shoulder and rib roast, served with cream of beetroot and sweet garlic potatoes.

Where: Ocean Financial Centre, Level 43, 10 Collyer Quay

When: From 6.30pm

Price: $240++ a person, $310++ a person with a bottle of Mumm Cordon Rouge for every two people

Info: Call 6509-1488 or e-mail info@zafferano.sg

MODERN EUROPEAN

BOATHOUSE

What: Dress in black and gold and indulge in a sumptuous buffet spread, including a seafood platter. Appetisers include assorted canapes, charcuterie, salads, Fin de Clair oysters and other types of seafood. Main courses run the gamut from pasta and crispy pork belly to baked salmon and live carving stations, which serve roast leg of lamb and US Prime Angus striploin. Desserts include cheesecake. 

Where: 3 Fullerton Road, The Waterboat House, 03-01

When: 7 to 10pm for dinner, countdown party goes on till late

Price: $188++ a person

Info: Call 6538-9038, e-mail reservations@boathouse.com.sg or go to www.boathouse.com.sg

EQUINOX

What: Equinox Restaurant features two eight-course menus, one for vegetarians. The vegetarian dinner includes vegetable terrine; mushroom consomme with dumplings and root vegetable; cauliflower and black truffle tortellini with parsley emulsion; and hazelnut praline Genoa cake with pistachio sea salt soil and Caribbean sorbet.

If you prefer meat and seafood, opt for the other menu, which features scallop ceviche; ox tail consomme with ox cheek, girolle mushrooms and root vegetable; and lobster tortellini with parsley emulsion.

Where: Swissotel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road

When: From 7pm, last seating at 9.30pm

Price: $408++ a person, includes a glass of Dom Perignon champagne

Info: Call 6837-3322 or e-mail reservations@equinoxcomplex.com

STELLAR AT 1-ALTITUDE

What: Celebrate with a carnival-themed party at 1-Altitude. Start the night with dinner at Stellar, which features a choice of wood-fired king prawn with cold capellini, sakura ebi, soft-poached quail egg and black truffle or wagyu tataki with ginger flower. For mains, choose between US prime rib with roast cauliflower and bone marrow custard or John Dory fillet with mushroom broth. Dessert is called Fireworks, a deconstructed baked Alaska with champagne flambe.

Where: One Raffles Place, Level 61, 62 and 63

When: 6 to 8.30pm (first seating), 9pm to countdown (second seating) Price: Stellar: $168++ (first seating), $282++ (second seating); 1-Altitude Gallery & Bar: $68 nett (cover charge includes two drinks from 6 to 9pm and after midnight), $200++ (free flow from 9pm to midnight); minimum spending of $200++ a person for table bookings

Info: Call 6438-0410 or go to www.1-altitude.com

THE LANDING POINT

What: Limited seats are available so make your reservations for a close-up view of the fireworks. For a light snack, order the snack platter ($65 nett), which includes lamb shoulder samosas, mini wagyu short rib burgers and crab cakes with chilli aioli and satay with peanut sauce. The lounge's resident deejay will spin from 9pm till late.

Where: The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay

When: From 6.30pm

Price: A table for two is priced at $280 nett with a bottle of champagne

Info: Call 6597-5292 or e-mail festive@fullertonbayhotel.com

ASIAN

SKY ON 57

What: Get a bird's eye view of the New Year's Eve festivities from chef Justin Quek's Sky on 57 restaurant. Choose a seven- or eight-course menu featuring his signature foie gras xiaolongbao; Maine lobster with braised vermicelli in superior broth; and Santa Barbara sea urchin with spanner crab, green apple gelee, pickled celery and Oscietra Caviar. Join the Terrace Countdown Party at Sky on 57 with nine dishes and a bottle of magnum-sized champagne.

Where: Sands SkyPark, Tower 1, Level 57, Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands

When: 6pm till late

Price: $328++ (seven courses), $388++ (eight courses), $988++ for a group of five (Terrace Countdown Party menu)

Info: Call 6688-8857 or go to marinabaysands.com/skyon57

KINKI

What: Seats are filling up fast at Japanese restaurant Kinki, which features a five- course dinner menu for New Year's Eve. Appetisers include seasonal sashimi and pan-seared foie gras. For the main course, choose either miso beef tenderloin with sauteed mushrooms and sweet aka miso, or crispy skin white cod with confit potato and red chilli in saffron broth. For dessert, indulge in Hokkaido pumpkin cheese cake with crispy sweet potato roll and spiced crumble. The rooftop party package includes two Moet & Chandon Brut champagne bottles, one bottle of Belvedere vodka and eight shooters.

Where: 70 Collyer Quay, 02-02, Customs House

When: 6 to 11pm (dine-in at restaurant), 6pm to 3am (rooftop party)

Price: $168++ a person (five-course menu), $650++ (rooftop package for eight)

Info: Call 6533-3471 or e-mail enquiry@kinki.com.sg

TONG LE PRIVATE DINING

What: Indulge in a decadent dinner at Tong Le. Menu highlights include southern bluefin tuna topped with Kaluga Queen Caviar; double-boiled cave bird's nest with sea whelk and Japanese garlic in chicken consomme; and Australian lobster prepared in two ways - steamed with vintage hua diao wine and baked with salted egg yolk and lime sauce.

Where: 60 Collyer Quay, OUE Tower, levels 8 and 10

When: Friday to Jan 2, 11.30am to 3pm, 6 to 11pm (Mondays to Saturdays, closed on Sundays); on New Year's Eve, diners can stay at the restaurant to view the fireworks

Price: $280++ a person

Info: Call 6634-3233 or e-mail tong-le@tunglok.com

SUPERTREE BY INDOCHINE

What: Have an Asian-inspired New Year's Eve meal with baby spinach rice paper roll with blue swimmer crab meat and XO sauce and Asian pancakes with French tarama and ebiko. For the main course, options include braised grass-fed Australian shortribs on red curry panang and betel leaf tempura or holy basil tiger prawns and squid. Both main courses are served with Chiangmai organic brown rice. The restaurant's ala carte menu is also available, with items such as the SuperTree platter ($80), seafood platter ($105) and crispy lychee with Kurobuta pork loin and bacon ($22).

Where: SuperTree Grove, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive

When: 10am till late

Price: $280++ a person, includes free flow wine, beer and soft drinks

Info: Call 6694-8489

Those who prefer Supertree by Indochine’s a la carte menu can order dishes such as the SuperTree platter ($80) and crispy lychee with Kurobuta pork loin and bacon ($22).

INTERNATIONAL

DINING IN THE SKY

THE SINGAPORE FLYER

What: Tuck into a four-course meal in a Singapore Flyer capsule as you soak in the views of the city. The meal starts with foie gras and caramelised fruit, followed by a cream of wild forest mushroom soup. Diners then have a choice of main course - duck confit, salmon fillet or Australian wagyu beef. The meal ends with a selection of dessert. Book one day in advance.

Where: 30 Raffles Avenue

When: 8.30am to 8.30pm (last Sky Dining flight, bookings accepted up to Dec 30, noon). Normal flights until 12.30am (last flight) on New Year's Eve

Price: $329++ a couple (shared capsule) Info: Call 6333-3311 or go to www.singaporeflyer.com

The Moet & Chandon New Year's Eve Countdown Champagne Flights are sold out.

SKY DINING IN A CABLE CAR

What: Dine sky-high in a cosy cable car as you ring in the New Year. Sky Dining starts at 6pm, but if you want to view the fireworks from the cable cars, book the Champagne Countdown Cabins instead as they start from 11pm.

The festive menu includes a lobster medallion heirloom tomato salad, and chargrilled beef tenderloin with crispy prawn katafi, creamy vegetables and ratte potato. Those who book the Champagne Countdown Cabins receive party packs, champagne and chocolate.

Where: Ticketing counters at 109 Mount Faber Road, Sentosa Imbiah Lookout and HarbourFront Tower TwoWhen: Champagne Countdown Cabin from 11pm (on New Year's Eve only)

Price: $578 nett (private cabins for six people), $888 nett (Swarovski-encrusted VIP Jewelled Countdown cabin for four people)

Info: Call 6377-9688 or e-mail customerservice@mountfaber.com.sg

THE PELICAN

What: Ring in the new year with a four- course set dinner that includes a complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne. For starters, the dinner features buttered poached lobster with fresh confit tomatoes and asparagus, and chestnut soup with seared scallops and caviar.

For the main course, choose between quinoa crusted cod with pumpkin puree or twice-cooked pork belly with soy beans and parsnip mashed potato. Complete the meal with a sea salt chocolate caramel tart topped with raspberry.

Continue the party at the alfresco verandah. The New Year's Eve Party package is for a table of eight people and includes two bottles of Veuve Clicquot champagne and one Belvedere or Glenmorangie bottle.

Where: One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, 01-01

When: From 6pm

Price: $168++ (four-course menu), $650++ (party package for eight people)

Info: Call 6438-0400 or e-mail enquiry@thepelican.com.sg

SPUDS & APRONS

What: Party on Mount Faber at Spuds & Aprons with its special set menu. Highlights include hamachi carpaccio, citrus snow crab salad with yuzu dressing and salmon roe; pan-fried foie gras with pineapple compote, mini brioche and Sichuan pepper sauce; and slow-roasted fillet of beef with marrow crust and shoyu braised tendon with grilled porcini mushrooms, and rosemary bread dumpling.

Diners can order only the set menu, there are no a la carte items available on New Year's Eve.

Where: 109 Mount Faber Road

When: 6pm to 2am

Price: $165++ a person

Info: Call 6377-9688 or e-mail customerservice@mountfaber.com.sg

FABER BISTRO

What: While indoor seating is fully booked for Faber Bistro, it accepts walk-ins on New Year's Eve for tables in the alfresco area. Highlights from the a la carte menu include grilled spring chicken with mashed potato, onion marmalade and rosemary jus ($18), pan-fried salmon steak with garden vegetables and tomato salsa ($22) and Bistro Club with turkey breast, bacon, fried egg, guacamole, salad and fries ($12).

Where: 101 Mount Faber Road

When: 11 to 2am

Info: Call 6377-9688 or e-mail customerservice@mountfaber.com.sg

COOK & BREW

What: Drink to the New Year at Cook & Brew's New Year's Eve Party. At $128++ a person, guests can enjoy free flow champagne, wine, beer and cocktails.

Where: The Westin Singapore, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Level 33

When: 8pm to 1am

Info: Call 6922-6948 or e-mail cookandbrew.singapore@westin.com

SEASONAL TASTES

What: Herald a year of bounty with a sumptuous buffet dinner at Seasonal Tastes. The spread features a variety of sushi and sashimi, Alaskan crab legs, king prawns, and light smoked lobsters.

Hot items include lamb biryani rice with golden raisin & cashew nuts; Indian marinated whole spit roast lamb; red paprika and sesame oil marinated chicken skewers; and homemade tomato, spinach and squid ink tagliatelle. Save space for desserts such as ice cream and chocolate fondue.

Where: The Westin Singapore, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Level 32

When: 6 to 8.30pm (first seating), 8.30pm to 12.30am (second seating)

Price: First seating at $98++ with a glass of champagne, free flow soft drinks and juices (adult), $49++ (child aged four to 12); second seating at $188++ includes free flow champagne, wine, beer and cocktails (adult), $94++ (child aged four to 12)

Info: Call 6922-6968 or e-mail seasonaltastes.singapore@westin.com

SEAFOOD

OYSTER BAR

What: Tuck into a special set dinner at Oyster Bar which features highlights such as foie gras terrine with caramelised peach, sour cherry and croutons and Alaskan king crab leg with lime cream, yuzu jelly, herb salad and edible flowers.

The a la carte menu will not be available on New Year's Eve, but diners can still order oysters and drinks.

Where: Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, 01-01

When: 6pm till late

Price: $148++ a person

Info: Call 6534-5534

Videos