Dining spots for every dad out there
Fit for a king
Unlike mums, dads are a complex bunch — they can be quiet, brooding, sarcastic, comical, and we hate to admit it but even unexpectedly witty at times. It's probably because they walk in their own way as the top dog of the household, hardly interrupted or influenced by what the rest of the world has to say. As such, they probably wouldn't have noticed or minded the fact that Mother's Day always receives more attention and press coverage prior to the big day.
But we hope to shake things up a little and fix that. Here's to the unsung heroes who carried us over their shoulders, taught us how to ride a bike, courageously killed the roaches in the house, and paid the family bills for decades. Now it's your turn to pick up the meal tab for the first man in your life, as we recognise that with every dad comes a different individual — so pick your food jaunts accordingly, based on his set of quirks.
THE DAD WHO'S SECRETLY A BADASS
Interests include: Red meat, hot wheels, and vintage leather jackets
Oxwell & Co
Here comes a Sunday feast your dad will never forget — the eccentrically English Oxwell & Co at Ann Siang Hill is about to roll out the ultimate roast for the whole family to dig into. Must-order items are their Westholme beef, Spatchcock chicken, and mushroom, leek and spinach pie. Daddy dearest will also enjoy a free pint on the house. And who says real men can't have a sweet tooth? If yours does, order him their warm toffee sponge cake topped with vanilla ice cream.
5 Ann Siang Rd, Tel: 6438 3984
The Knolls at Capella
Paying tribute to the bike scene from the famed highway 66 in America, The Knolls at Capella Singapore offers an all-day brunch for dads with a masculine twist — think barbecued meats, succulent ribs on the grill, iced cold beers, plus a chance to ride on Harley Davidson bikes. If Dad is in need of a haircut, a special barber shop pop-up will also be available for a spiffy daddy-makeover. Your mum will definitely thank you for it.
1 The Knolls Capella Singapore, Tel: 6591 5046
THE DAD WHO'S DOWNRIGHT TRADITIONAL
Interests include: Chess, antique furniture, and that Mandarin radio station you're always switching off
Man Fu Yuan
It doesn't matter if you still can't hold your chopsticks the right way — it's all about him this weekend. Gather the whole fam, including your grandparents, and head down to Man Fu Yuan at InterContinental Singapore. Their Father's Day exclusive menu comprises of dishes like a tea smoked duck of five different tea varieties, double boiled chicken soup with abalone, and a Teochew steamed garoupa. Sounds very much like a reunion dinner part deux.
InterContinental Singapore, Tel: 6338 7600
The Clifford Pier
If he loves his hawker food, he'll certainly be impressed by The Clifford Pier's nostalgic Dim Sum Brunch. Served on traditional trolleys straight to the table, all-time favourites like steamed siew mai with crab roe and steamed lotus buns will be sure to hit the spot. Once Pops has had his fill of dim sum, he can head over to the hawker stations that serve up local delights like yong tau foo and chilli-crab gravy with crispy mantou.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Tel: 6597 5266
THE DAD WHO BELIEVES IN SELF-INDULGENCE
Interests include: Skincare, expensive haircuts, and high tea sessions
If your old man is a staunch tea drinker, take him out to TWG Tea so he can sip on their prized Grand Golden Yin Zhen, served in fine teacups and trays for an exquisite experience. He'll also be able to indulge in their delicious patisseries and macarons. If you guys are feeling hungry, order their Dignitary Brunch set, which comes with a hot drink, your choice of a main, and warm scones served with TWG Tea jelly and whipped cream.
#02-21 Ion Orchard, Tel: 6735 1837
The Landing Point
Looking for a spectacular view that will rake in the likes on his Facebook profile? Nothing beats an afternoon soiree at The Landing Point. Their afternoon tea offers a selection of savoury and sweet treats, like hot scones piped with clotted cream and berry jam as well as smoked salmon on pastry thins, topped off with a generous serving of caviar. Favourite child now? We think so.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Tel: 6597 5277