Singapore has now moved into the much-vaunted Phase 3 of its staggered reopening — and just in time for New Year's Eve, at that. To mark the occasion, we've picked several places that make for the perfect backdrop to herald the new year.
If you'd rather not brave the crowds, we've also selected some places where you can have a sumptuous New Year's Eve dinner delivered to your home. It is, after all, the company of one's friends and family that really matters — though a Michelin-starred meal and some artisanal cocktails surely count for something.
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Zafferano's homemade tagliolini with Alaskan king crab and sudachi
Ordinarily, Zafferano's perch on the 43rd level of Ocean Financial Centre makes it a prime spot to catch the annual fireworks — though the lack of pyrotechnics this year does little to dampen the appeal of the Italian bar and restaurant.
For New Year's Eve, Zafferano is serving up a five-course countdown dinner available any time from 5:30pm till late. Highlights of the menu include an elegant Siclian red prawn crudo, homemade taglioni served with Alaskan king crab, and a heavenly A5 Miyazaki wagyu beef striploin.
For elevated Cantonese classics, look no further than Mott 32, whose decadent Jazz Age interiors make for the perfect setting to ring in the new year.
They've got an equally indulgent one-night-only dinner menu planned for New Year's Eve, one that's replete with salted egg baked lobster, poached garoupa fillet with Szechuan pepper broth, and of course, a generous array of dim sum staples given the Mott 32 treatment — think minced Angus beef buns and Iberico pork Shanghainese soup dumplings.
Courtesy of Riviera Forlino
Inspired by La Belle Epoque — France's glided, lavish Golden Age — the eight-course dinner comes laden with all the bells and whistles of an extravagant New Year's Eve dinner, and then some.
Expect to see fresh mediterranean red prawns served with Kaluga Queen caviar, grass-fed Angus beef ravioli — laced with Comte cheese cream that's been aged for 18 months, and accented with French winter black truffles —as well as executive chef Rémy Carmignani's beloved lobster bouillabaisse.
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Who says takeaway meals have to be pedestrian? Buona Terra offers gourmands a Michelin-starred experience that they can savour in the comfort of their own homes. Just place your order at least a day in advance and let the food come to you.
The five-course meal features an uncomplicated but not insipid spread of rustic Italian dishes. They include charcoal grilled sea perch in a homely broth, cold angel hair pasta laden with sea urchin and caviar, and slow cooked wagyu short ribs with polenta and a sauce made of Kampot pepper, which is said to be one of the world's most prized types of peppers.
Courtesy of Barbary Coast
The dual concept bar might be better known for its chic dive bar aesthetic (it is named, after all, for San Francisco's bustling harbours and red-light districts in the 19th century) but Barbary Coast also serves up a mean charcuterie board with the cocktails to match.
Their aptly-named Party Packs come with a charcuterie board loaded with homemade butter, artisanal bread and a generous selection of meats and cheeses. It comes accompanied with a bottle of Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve, toothsome fruit tarts and some kitschy — but suitably festive — party poppers. Our tip? Order a bottle (or two) of Barbary Coast's signature cocktails to complete the libations. We recommend Scarlet, a bracing mixture of Remy Martin Cognac, absinthe and clarified raspberry extract.
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