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Men are notoriously hard to buy presents for, what more for dads. But as they say, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and nothing says “I love and appreciate you" more than a slap-up meal at any one of these fine establishments – several even have special themes for added fun. Ultimately though, it’s the fantastic company that will make the day memorable. Well, that and you spoiling him silly for a change.
For dads whose idea of a perfect meal includes a slab of steak
Surf and turf par excellence are Skirt’s signature offerings although W Singapore – Sentosa Cove’s steakhouse is also known for being incredible value for money (dad would certainly approve). Up-market yet unpretentious, this convivial restaurant will impress your dad with the quality of its Argentinian, Australian and American beef fired Latin-style on a Parrilla grill. The freshest sustainably sourced seafood also share La Parilla and this almost primal style of cooking shows off the fine produce at its best. Round off the meal with the restaurant’s signature sides for sharing which range from classic accompaniments to Asian inflected dishes.
21 Ocean Way
Tel: +65 68087278
For the dad who dreams of visiting Italy
Widely regarded as one of the best buffets in Singapore, award-winning Basilico in Regent Hotel serves up a luxurious Father’s Day Italian brunch buffet that can only be described as molto delizioso. A Michelin Recommended restaurant, the dining experience begins at the seafood bar where a decadent selection of the freshest catch start brunch off on the right note. Live stations dish out freshly cooked specialties like the mouthwatering Chef’s Ravioli filled with Braised Rabbit. If your dad’s love for cheese extends beyond cheesy jokes, he’ll appreciate the comprehensive spread of over 50 kinds of Italian farm cheeses. The dessert spread is suitably indulgent with Italian favourites like Traditional Italian Trifle and homemade gelati.
Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel
1 Cuscaden Rd
Tel: +65 6725 3232
3. The Line
For the dad who’d like to spend his day indulging
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore pulls out all the stops for Father’s Day, catering to an array of tastes at its various f&b outlets. Perfect for the dad who doesn’t like making decisions when it comes to affairs of the belly, or wants to enjoy a day of indulgence. If your dad is partial to bubbly and some healthy competition, The Line’s Gamer-themed Sunday Champagne Brunch is sure to please. Feast on superb spread of premium seafood and carnivore-friendly choices from the live carving station in between duelling with dad at arcade games.
Moving on for seconds, the Waterfall finds inspiration in the cinematic classic, The Godfather and tempts with a cornucopia of hearty Italian specialties prepared specially for its Father’s Day weekend brunch. Shang Palace thrills with haute Chinese menus featuring appropriately celebratory highlights like Braised Fresh Abalone, Barbecued Whole Suckling Pig, and Double-boiled Bird’s Nest Soup with Fresh Ginseng.
Dad gets to get stuck into some DIY of the delicious sort with NAMI’s Do-It-Yourself Temaki Set Menu that comes with a carafe of house sake and dessert for up to four diners. Besides the seafood temaki, the set also includes Tuna, Salmon and Yellowtail Sashimi; Tempura Shrimp, Ikura and Tobiko.
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
22 Orange Grove Road
Tel: +65 6737 3644
4. Min Jiang
For the old-school dad who values the timeless appeal of a Chinese dinner
Min Jiang in Goodwood Park Hotel won’t disappoint having been an institution for family dinners for three decades and then some. Its Father’s Day crafted set menus are chock full of the delicate Cantonese and punchy Sichuan flavours that have solidified the restaurant’s reputation. From course dinner standbys like Deep Fried Sea Perch Fillet with Mango in Spicy Lime Sauce, to the very precious Braised Sliced Abalone with Sea Cucumber and Broccoli in Abalone Sauce, there’s a set menu to suit your family’s tastes and size. Dim Sum buffets are also available.
Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road
Tel: +65 6737 7411
5. Black Cow restaurant
For the one who taught you how to appreciate the simple things in life
Steer your dad to Black Cow, an establishment where nothing less than A4 graded marbled beef imported from Japan grace its shabu shabu, sukiyaki and other unique dishes. The only restaurant in Singapore to serve Kanto-style Sukiyaki, this coolly minimalist restaurant in the heart of South Beach Avenue takes pride in the meticulous precision with which every meal is prepared with and believes that no detail is too small to be attended. You can also kampai your dad with Jyondai, the king of sakes which is only one from the wide collection sake available here or ask the expert bartender to help pair your meal with the right drink.
South Beach Avenue
26 Beach Road
Tel: +65 6386 6720
6. The Courtyard
For the art enthusiast who has always encouraged you to be creative
Dads come in all shapes, sizes and interests, so if your dad has arty leanings or is of the whimsical persuasion, he will adore having the afternoon tea inspired by Yayoi Kusama at Fullerton Hotel’s The Courtyard. Debuting as the first major exhibition of the eccentric Japanese artist’s work opens at the National Gallery Singapore, ponder on the specially created sweets inspired by Kusuma’s iconic polka dots while noshing on the finger sandwiches, bite-sized pastries, assorted caked and freshly baked scones so essential to an afternoon tea. Treat dad to a flute of champagne for an extra S$20, all the better to appreciate the artistry of the patisserie.
The Fullerton Hotel
1 Fullerton Square
Tel: +65 6733 8388