With less than a week to go to National Day on Aug 9, why not celebrate (responsibly and safely!) with some of the best dining deals in town? Or make it a dinner and show with the Asian Civilisations Museum and National Art Gallery’s special exhibitions? 

DINING

National Day feast

Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge

Aug 8 & 9

Collyer Quay

Celebrate National Day at Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge, with its National Day Champagne Brunch on Aug 8 and 9, and a four-course dinner on Aug 9. For the brunch, guests will enjoy a wide selection of Italian favourites, accompanied by unlimited pours of champagne, sparkling wine, as well as house red and white wines. The spread includes 10 starters and four main courses and dessert. Brunch is priced at $118++ (and $148++ for champagne).

For the National Day dinner, the menu includes an assortment of canapes, orange-cured foie gras, housemade tagliolini with fresh Hokkaido sea urchin, charcoal-grilled Sanchoku wagyu striploin with Jerusalem artichoke cream and blue foot mushrooms, and silver cod with Swiss chard; dessert includes a Miyazaki mango semifreddo, lemon and Hokkaido milk panna cotta.

The dinner is priced at $298++ per person for a table with a view of the National Day fireworks at the Marina Waterfront (limited to 20 seats); or at $198++ person, with a special early bird price of $148++ per person. Tables are limited so be sure to reserve ahead. Contact +65 6509 1488 or [email protected] 

Local favourites

Yàn at National Gallery Singapore

Until Aug 31

To mark the nation’s 55th birthday, Cantonese restaurant Yàn rolls out special dim sum delights that draw inspiration from some of Singapore’s well-loved dishes. From now until Aug 31 (excluding Aug 8 and 9), Yàn offers (for lunch dine-in, ala carte) classic and well-loved dishes like the steamed Xiao Long Bao with White Pepper Soup ($5.80++ for four pieces), and Deep-fried Sambal Crayfish Roll ($12++ for four pieces).

There is also Steamed Hainanese Chicken with Sticky Rice wrapped in Lotus Leaf ($4++ per piece), Panfried Singapore Chilli Crab Meat Bun ($12++ for four pieces) and much more. Or, check out the “Taste of Home” share pack ($55 nett; usual price $65 nett) offers five courses of light refreshments, perfect for cosy gatherings to commemorate the festivities in the comfort of home; available for delivery and takeaway.

The five courses include Sautéed Kway Teow with Shrimp, Fishcake, and Chinese sausage; and a selection of the National Day dim sum specials. Order online at https://www.yan. com.sg/estore/ or call +65 6384 5585 / WhatsApp at +65 9769 4283. 

Indulge your senses

LeVel33, MBFC Tower 1

Get a taste of the high life with LeVel33’s National Day Platter. Featuring the restaurant’s take on hawker centre must-haves, the platter comprises two Hainanese Chicken sliders, four skewers of Glazed Ibèrico Pork Char Siu, Stingray Croquettes, Salted Egg Fries and Sweet Potato Fries — every item perfectly designed to be easy to hold and even easier to eat as you watch the broadcast of the National Day Parade.

Priced at $55++ per platter (serves two). Need liquid accompaniment? Add the special edition cans of LeVeL33’s unique Brut Beer for $9.90+ or a glass from $12.90++. Available for dine-in (2.30pm to 10.30pm), takeaway and delivery. Orders can be made via WhatsApp to +65 8511 4613 or via https://www. level33.com.sg/ 

 

ART

Celebrate the Majulah! spirit

Asian Civilisations Museum

https://www.nhb.gov.sg/acm

In celebration of Singapore’s 55th Birthday, the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) will be offering a myriad of online programmes — accessible anywhere you are!

Rediscover our rich cross-cultural art and heritage through ACM’s masterpieces, and traverse the fascinating themes of Trade, Faith and Belief, and Materials and Design with self-guided tours, as well as instructions for DIY crafts at home, conversations, and interactive stories.

Online-accessible highlights include National Day classics with the Lorong Boys, live pre-registered portrait illustration, National Day themed self-guided trail, education and online activities including puzzles, quizzes and more.

The ACM has also created a digital twin of its newest permanent galleries: Fashion & Textiles, Jewellery and Ceramics, where one can explore the galleries digitally via mobile or desktop, or even from a Virtual Reality headset. 

Spirit of a nation

National Gallery Singapore

To commemorate Singapore’s 55th year of independence and our spirit of resilience in a challenging year, National Gallery Singapore will launch a series of onsite and online initiatives for the public to mark National Day together, at the Gallery or from home.

The initiatives aim to support Singaporeans and celebrate compassion and kindness amidst adversity, through art.

From 24 July to 30 August 2020, the Gallery’s façade will be illuminated in the national colours of red and white as part of a joint effort by agencies and institutions under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth: the Arts House Limited, Esplanade — Theatres on the Bay, National Gallery Singapore and National Heritage Board (NHB).

The exterior of the Gallery’s central veiled canopy facing the Padang will also feature rotating projections of 60 artworks by artists in Singapore, following the Gallery’s open call which invited artists to submit original artworks inspired by the National Collection. And to sweeten the deal, in August, visitors will enjoy free admission to all exhibitions.

From August 1, Singaporeans and Permanent Residents can also redeem a free one-year Gallery Insider membership (worth up to $120 in value), which includes perks such as unlimited and priority access to all exhibitions, and discounts on dining and shopping, with the National Day Parade e-discount coupon, available via the NDP2020 website.

And if you would like to experience art from the comfort of your own home, the Gallery also presents Gallery At Home; where the public can also participate in a series of exciting activities and live programmes made available online.