In Singapore, as in many other parts of the world, Easter is becoming like Christmas – a festive day which many join in the spirit of celebration regardless of race or religion. Supermarkets and bakeries have started selling hot cross buns, Easter eggs and other Easter-themed merchandise. Restaurants offer Easter brunch and buffet and organise Easter eggs hunt. This year, Easter Sunday is on 1 April 2018. We have put together a list of places for Easter brunch and buffet in Singapore to help you plan for the festive meal with the family.
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat presented the Singapore Budget for the 2018 financial year on Monday, 19 February 2018. Not too surprisingly, a range of tax increases was announced (see the Budget in Brief). The sweetener is that every adult Singaporean will get a Singapore Bonus of between $100 to $300. The bad news for those who eat out a lot in Singapore is that Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be raised to 9% from 7%. The good news is that the GST increase will only take place sometime from 2021 to 2025. However, if you are already lamenting paying 7% GST on top of the restaurant menu prices plus 10% service charge, you may want to start keeping a list of Singapore restaurants with no GST. We share our list of restaurants and cafes that do not add GST to the menu prices.
Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is probably the most celebrated festival in Singapore. Chinese New Year in Singapore 2018 promises a host of events and activities. What to Do & Where to Eat during the festive holidays are questions we ask because of the surfeit of options, not for lack of choices. You can join the crowd at River Hongbao 2018 – 首页 at The Float @ Marina Bay from 14 to 24 February 2018 (see ST Article) or go and admire the Chinatown Street light-up (from 7pm, till 16 March 2018 at Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge) featuring handmade sculptured lanterns of dogs, flowers and greetings including contemporary designs of students of Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
We highlight a few other things to see and do this Chinese New Year in Singapore 2018 and of course where to eat during the festive season.
What is romance? The Oxford English Dictionary definition of romance is “a quality or feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life“. So we guess that a romantic restaurant must be one which is something a bit different from your usual eating places and one with a certain element of charm. While the food is important, the best romantic restaurants must also provide great service and details such as interior decorations, tableware, lighting and noise levels, or in short ambience, are crucial for that romantic experience. Of course, all experience is subjective. Some people find rollercoaster rides romantic. So here is the totally subjective list of The Ordinary Patrons’ favourite romantic restaurants – TOP Romantic Restaurants in Singapore.
COMO Cuisine offers a special set dinner menu for two (SGD180++ per couple)
COMO Cuisine offers a special set dinner menu for two (SGD180++ per couple) featuring a selection of flavourful and delicious dishes such as Smoked Oyster & Sambal Matah and Ocean Trout Sashimi. Each menu includes one complimentary glass of Taittinger Brut Reserve Champagne per person.
A vegetarian option and à la carte menu are also available on Valentine’s Day.
Take this further, continue to strengthen each other – on the mat. For an additional SGD198 per couple, you may attend a private class for Pilates or Yoga at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape Singapore. Valid for Valentine’s Day diners at COMO Cuisine.
Block 18A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249677
Tel: 1800 304 6688 | Email: email@example.com
The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar
Impress your Valentine with the exceptional set dinner menu (SGD128++ per person) at The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar, featuring an assortment of signature and special one-off dishes such as the Egg Caviar and Beef Tenderloin in Housemade Sriracha Emulsion, Spinach, Sesame and Mushroom Seasoning.
Each menu includes one complimentary glass of Taittinger Brut Reserve Champagne or one “White Lady” cocktail.
Block 17D Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676
Tel: 1800 304 5588 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
$38 Valentine’s Day Dinner at ETTO
ETTO has a Valentine’s day set dinner on 14th February only for $38++ per person. See Menu.
6 Handy Road, #01-01
Tel: +65 9185 8116
Celebrate Love this February at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport have a room package for stays in February from $320++ per room per night and it includes:
- A 4-course dinner for two (valued at $88++ per person) per booking per stay
- Buffet breakfast for two at Azur (valued at $35++ per person).
For reservations: changiairport.crowneplaza.com
75 Airport Boulevard
‘In the Mood for Love’ at PARKROYAL on Pickering
Stay in love this Valentine’s Day with a suite staycation deal
Cuddle up with your other half as you check yourselves in to the award-winning PARKROYAL on Pickering this Valentine’s Day for a luxurious, romantic mini-getaway in the city.
Specially curated for Valentine’s Day, the eco chic hotel’s ‘In the Mood for Love’ package comes with complimentary daily breakfast at the light-filled Lime Restaurant, a dinner buffet for two, a rejuvenating couple’s massage at the resident St. Gregory spa and a complimentary upgrade from a Deluxe Room to a Junior Suite.
Package inclusive of:
Complimentary room upgrade from a Deluxe Room to Junior Suite
Daily buffet breakfast for two at LIME
One buffet dinner for two at LIME per stay
A 60-minute massage for you and your partner at St. Gregory per stay – your choice of
Indonesian, Balinese, Japanese Shiatsu or Aromatic Body Bliss Massage
Package Price $520++ per night
Available for booking from now to 14 February 2018
Stay Period validity between 9 and 14 February 2018
Book now: https://www.parkroyalhotels.com/en/hotels-resorts/singapore/pickering/stay/offers/in-the-mood-for-love.html
Valentine’s Celebration at Hilton Singapore
From 10 to 14 February 2018, revel in the season of love with a romantic evening of curated set menus at Hilton Singapore’s award-winning restaurants; il Cielo rooftop Italian restaurant and Opus Bar & Grill.
Sky Dining at il Cielo Rooftop Italian Restaurant | Level 24
Impress your date with expansive scenic city views accompanied with a romantic semi-alfresco dinner handcrafted by il Cielo Chef Yohhei Sasaki, incorporating seasonal Italian and Japanese ingredients perfected with his unique Japanese flair.
6-course Dinner from $138++, with a glass of Champagne; highlighting
- Signature Kinmedai (golden-eye snapper) carpaccio with seaweed tuile, Madeira wine dressing, pink grapefruit snow
- Braised Hokkaido snow beef A5 neck with tardivo radicchio and white polenta purée
Romantic Valentine’s Dinner at Opus Bar & Grill | Lobby Level
Be welcomed by the searing flames from the unmissable open-flame charcoal grill as the Chefs diligently prepare the curated evening’s menu to promise an unforgettable night.
3-course Dinner from $88++, with a glass of Champagne; highlighting
- West Holme wagyu beef marble score 6 with Maine lobster tail, herbed potato gratin, asparagus and black truffle sauce
- Glacier 51 tooth fish fillet with Maine lobster tail, white clams, coco beans and crustacean bisque
The Ordinary Patrons | Real Dining Experience of Ordinary People
an independent Singapore food blog
According to a Straits Times article on 21 Jan 2018, the Singapore government has reportedly commissioned 50 or so influencers to promote the Budget process. It is said that “… each influencer could be paid up to $100 at the end of the campaign.” We are not influential and therefore have no chance of earning that kind of money but that does not mean we cannot have some designs on spending it. Here are some ideas on what to eat for $100 in Singapore.