Clever Ways to Enjoy Your Favourite Restaurants During the Coronavirus Crisis
This story was updated on April 7, 2020
There's no denying these are hard times for everybody, as we rally to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). But it's been especially hard on the restaurant industry, as many businesses witness a significant drop in the number of customers over the last few months. Measures to ensure better public safety have been put in place, and that includes temperature checks, declaration forms and one-metre spacing between tables at restaurants.
It will likely get tougher before it gets better, but thankfully, our community of dedicated F&B professionals are not simply going to settle with waiting it out. More are in fact introducing innovative ways to bring the restaurant experience—or at least a taste of it—to the customer's home.
Here's a quick look at offers you can take advantage of right now.
We will be updating this list regularly, so be sure to return for the latest list.
1/27 Il Lido Group
Chef-restaurateur Beppe De Vito admits that the Il Lido Group has offered catering services before, but this is the first time they’re making these available from all its restaurants—Art, Amo and Braci. And, not only will the culinary teams work closely with customers to craft the ideal menu, customers can choose to combine signature dishes from each restaurant. For catering, you can choose to serve canapés, buffet with live stations or a simple sit down dinner. There’s also an option to include a wine pairing menu.
2/27 Violet Oon Singapore
Nyonya Petit Feast Delivery
Staying home doesn’t have to mean you can't splurge a little. And if you're craving authentic Peranakan fare, the sort you enjoy at Violet Oon, note that they just launched their Petit Feast service that includes island-wide delivery.
The offering was inspired by the Tok Panjang traditional feast that's often celebrated in Peranakan households. Choose from three menus, comprising signature dishes, such as dry laksa, babi pong tay, chap chye and beef rendang. These are prepared fresh upon order and delivered right to your home or office. For same-day delivery, customers are advised to place orders before 10.30am (lunch) and 4pm (dinner). One set is enough for four to six people.
(Related: Violet Oon’s ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Dumpling Recipe)
3/27 Brasserie Gavroche
Brasserie favourites for takeaway
As the chef-owner of an independent restaurant, Frederic Collin understands first-hand the repercussions of covid-19 on small businesses. Which is why he introduced the takeaway option, so you don’t need to leave the comfort of your home to enjoy the joie de vivre of Parisian dining.
Choose from a repertoire of dishes from the dine-in menu, made with recipes passed down from his grandfather—from the baked pork terrine with duck liver to the steak frites with béarnaise sauce and fries. If you're picking up your order, you’ll enjoy 10 per cent off your total bill. Bulk orders are also welcome, just inform the restaurant of your preferred pick-up time in advance.
Brasserie Gavroche | 66 Tras Street, S(079005) | 6225 8266 | firstname.lastname@example.org
(Related: French Chef Éric Fréchon On Keeping The Magic Alive After 20 Years At Le Bristol Paris)
4/27 Oso Ristorante
12-course menu for pick-up
It's possible to have a professionally cooked Italian feast at home, with the help of chef-owner Diego Chiarini. His latest offering is a 12-course menu comprising Italian dishes he has selected from the restaurant's a la carte menu, served in the traditional family sharing style.
You've got the likes of crispy mortadella ham layered with smoked eggplant pulp and pistachio; Wagyu beef tenderloin served with green salad and beetroot dressing; and angel hair pasta with slow-cooked pork ragout, white wine and fennel seeds. Just call the restaurant to place an order; opt for takeaway and receive 20 per cent off the total bill.
(Related: Pairing Prestige Cuvée With Fine Italian Fare)
5/27 Salted & Hung
Meaty favourites for pick-up
Fans of this restaurant will be glad to know that selected dishes from the a la carte menu are now available for pick-up. All you need to do is order at least an hour in advance, so the kitchen team has enough time to whip up your lunch or dinner.
There's a lot to savour from the menu, divided into different sections: charcuterie, small plates, josper-cooked dishes, sides and desserts. Stand-outs include the indulgent Wagyu pastrami sandwich with mustard and pickles, and lamb char siew from the josper section. From the small plates, you can have salt and pepper tripe and kangaroo meat accompanied by beetroot and celeriac. Same-day orders are available for pick-up only, but will soon be available for island-wide delivery. Stay tuned.
Tough Times Tickets
Even with heightened safety mandates in place, diners might still prefer to stay home until the situation improves. Restaurants, though, need to operate to ensure their survival. As such, this simple initiative by one of Tatler Dining Singapore’s Top 20 restaurants is a fuss-free way for fans and foodies to plan ahead. A limited number of tickets for the eight-course dinner are available at the price of a six-course menu ($188++ per ticket), which would need to be utilised within a year from the date of purchase.
7/27 Les Amis
Le Poulet Rôti
Granted the best dishes are best savoured at the restaurant. But this isn’t stopping one of Singapore’s most celebrated destinations for fine French fare from offering “a simple luxury to enjoy in the comfort of your home”. We’re talking about an entire free-range French chicken, prepared and oven-roasted by Chef Sebastien Lepinoy, that comes with chicken jus and a side of white asparagus from Provence. Available for a limited time, exclusively for takeaway.
8/27 Alma by Juan Amador
Takeaway lunchbox sets
Limited to 50 sets per day, these gourmet lunch fixes are a great way to savour a taste of this Michelin-starred restaurant. Available every Tuesday to Thursday, from March 31, the menu features an Angus Beef Burger on Tuesday, a Country Sourdough Sandwich on Wednesday and the classic Rye Sourdough Reuben Sandwich on Thursday. Every order is made with freshly-baked bread from Woodlands Sourdough Bakery, and comes with a side of chips and a salad.
Also worth noting is the fact that 10 per cent of revenue of every order of the lunchbox set will be donated to the National University Hospital, where Chef Haikal Johari was treated following his motorbike accident back in October 2015. What's more, the restaurant has committed to delivering 50 lunchboxes to NUH twice a week, for the period of eight weeks.
Alma by Juan Amador | Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221 | 6735 9937 | email@example.com
9/27 Vianney Massot Restaurant
L’Agneau de lait takeaway set
The unique offer features the leg of the exceptional milk-fed lamb from the Pyrenees mountains where it's reared until 15kg in weight. It is slow roasted and served alongside fragrant pilaf rice. The set comes with with a basket of freshly made mini croissant and baguette, and is good for four to five people. You also add to your order an additional tarte aux fraises and a bottle of red wine. A delivery fee applies and advance order of one day is required.
10/27 Caffe Cicheti
BUILD YOUR OWN ITALIAN FEAST
Curate your four-course meal of coastal Italian faves even while social distancing, and pick from the trattoria’s extensive menu. Antipasti is always important and one option is the humble panzanella, an ensemble of tomatoes, Japanese cucumbers and Spanish onions—topped with crunchy croutons.
Naturally, the feast continues on with pasta, of which you’ve got the pesto tossed with basil leaves, almonds, pine nuts and parmigiana, and Iberico pork. The secondi is rubbed with fermented garlic and a five-spice mix for an intensely juicy finish, complemented with sides of sliced granny smith apples and zesty kale salad.
Caffe Cicheti | 26 Beach Road, B1-21 South Beach Tower, S(189768) | 6384 1878 | firstname.lastname@example.org
(Related: 5 Reasons to Visit Caffe Cicheti)
11/27 Pasta Bar
‘Bake Yourself’ Lasagna Trays
Available for pick-up or delivery is the culinary team’s pre-cooked lasagna trays that can feed up to six people. Choose from a variety of freshly-made pastas such as hand-cut tagliatelle and rigatoni, which can be combined with delicious sauces; among which are 24-hour beef ragu, pasta ‘Genovese’ and San Marzano tomato and basil. Make it a complete meal by adding options like salami platter, burrata, and a bottle of wine from the restaurant’s beverage list.
Pasta Bar | 55 Keong Saik, Unit 01-05, S(089158) | 6222 0627 | email@example.com
(Related: Review: Pasta Bar Is A Worthy Addition To Singapore’s Dining Scene)
12/27 Shang Palace
Shangri-la Signatures to go
Staying home but craving Shang Palace's signature delights, such as its barbecued Iberico pork loin that's glazed with honey sauce? Or perhaps you're considering the possibility of swinging by for its wok-fried diced beef fillet with crispy lotus root? Well, not only is a specially curated menu of its best-selling dishes now available for takeaway, a selection of Italian favourites from Waterfall Ristorante Italiano, as well as an international offering from The Line, are now available to go.
What's more, all self pick-up orders are entitled to a 20 per cent discount. Guest can either call 6213 4398 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to place their order; an online link will be available this Saturday (April 4) for guests to place their orders online. Orders are to be collected at Shophouse, so guests will not need to visit the different restaurants to collect their orders. Click here for to see the menus.
Takeaway and delivery specials
If you didn't already know, this award-winning restaurant chain has been offering its specialty modern Putian dishes, such as Fujian Heng Hwa Bee Hoon and its signature sweet and sour pork with lychees at lowered prices for takeaway since February. It's extended delivery menu also boasts nourishing traditional soups like the Bian Rou Soup and Double-boiled Lotus Seed Soup; they are also available as part of individual set meals, paired with either bee hoon, lor me or cabbage rice, via Deliveroo, Foodpanda and Grab.
PUTIEN Kitchener Road | 127 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208514 | 6295 6358
14/27 Burnt Ends
Hot favourites, such as its Steak Sando, pulled-pork sandwich and peri-peri chicken, are now available for self-pick-up or delivery islandwide. Can't decide what to have? There are also set meals for two or 10, which could include steak frites, Jamaican chicken wings, beef marmalade, fennel with orange and burrata, king crab leg, and flat iron steak, with berry tart and chocolate to finish.
15/27 Cheek Bistro
Creative Bistro fare to go
While option to have meals delivered to your home will be available soon, fans can have their fix of waffle with chicken liver or ricotta; Japanese eggplant with chickpeas, za'atar and caramelised soy; Iberico pork collar with caramelized fennel and baby turnips; and fish and chips; among other favourites to go. Call the restaurant direct for orders for pick-up.
Peranakan classics for pick-up
Prefer to savour this Michelin-starred Peranakan favourites, such as the tender babi buah keluak made with Borrowdale free-range pork and its Snake River Farm Kurobuta pork neck satay, at home? Simply call to place you order for lunch or dinner. You can even include an order of steamed white rice and a jar of sambal belachan if you want to keep it all fuss-free.
And don't forget that you can also order an 800g block of its famed kueh salat; its rendition of the classic two-tiered Peranakan dessert featuring an aromatic layer of pandan coconut custard atop a bed of fragrant coconut glutinous rice streaked with fresh blue pea flower extract. But note that orders for this must be placed 48 hours in advance.
17/27 Punjab Grill
Bento box deals
Curated specially for fuss-free enjoyment of authentic and reinvented dishes from the Punjab province, customers can choose from a menu of "classic" and "extravaganza" bento box sets. The former includes vegetable and non-veg combo lunch and dinner sets that come with rice, curry, dal and bread. The latter is a a selection of biryani lunch and dinner sets that include chef choice of kebabs and dal. Currently only available for takeaway.
Snack packs and catering packs
Delicious offerings on the à la carte menu, including burgers, beef and pork ribs, as well as sides and salads are now available for islandwide delivery. More than that, the culinary team have curated sharing packs and catering packs if you're ordering for the family.
For the sharing packs, you have "Meals for 2" that comes with two kinds of appetisers and your choices of mains—MeatSmith cheeseburger, chicken sandwich or fried chicken sandwich. Perfect for sharing are the catering packs, with options like Feed the Pack, comprising house-smoked sausage, double-smoked beef ribs and Nashville chicken chop.
MeatSmith | 21 Campbell Lane, S(209894) | 9625 9056 | email@example.com
19/27 Live Twice and Humpback
These establishments under the Jigger & Pony group have combined their offerings in one single takeaway menu. From the bar, you have the team's Japanese-inspired bar snacks: pork katsu sando, chicken karaage, and ebi and corn sando.
These are ideal as appetisers, so you'll have enough space for Humpback's mains such as the crispy pork belly accented with wild berries and pommery mustard sauce, and the bucatini carbonara topped with fried egg, prosciutti ham and trumpet mushrooms. Love your seafood? Order the quintessential lobster roll that comes with a heap of French fries, or the seafood sausage.
Humpback | 18-20 Bukit Pasoh Road, S(089834) | 9772 9896 | firstname.lastname@example.org
20/27 Hashida Sushi
Futomaki Deluxe takeaway
It’s another month before we get to dine at chef Kenjiro ‘Hatch’ Hashida’s sushi restaurant. For now, you can satiate your cravings with this newly-launched takeaway sushi rolls, crafted with premium ingredients like seasonal vegetables. For every six rolls ordered, you get one complimentary roll. Available for takeaway.
À la carte dishes for delivery
The culinary team has curated an à la carte menu, comprising mains and desserts that can be delivered to your home. Filling options include beef Wellington, or Australian beef tenderloin coated in mushroom duxelles and wrapped in crisp puff pastry; and cottage pie studded with braised minced beef, tomatoes and peas.
Save space for desserts; if you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll dig the Valrhona chocolate tart. But for something light and citrusy, have the lemon meringue tart.
22/27 Ola Cocina Del Mar
Build your own Spanish feast at home with the help of chef Daniel Chavez. His takeaway menu consists of tapas staples such as gazpacho (cold tomato and cucumber soup), patatas bravas as well as crispy calamari and fish, with dried chilli and garlic mayo on the side.
Don’t miss out on the signature paellas, too; Verduras is chock-full of spring vegetables, chickpeas, zucchini and garlic mayo, while Pollo has meaty chunks of marinated chicken, Spanish pork chorizo, zucchini and garlic mayo.
23/27 Butcher Boy
Baos and buns for pick-up and delivery
Popular favourites such as duck katsu sando with yuzu mayo; Peking pork bao with hoisin and cucumber; and warm chilli crab wrapped in mantou buns are now available for takeaway and delivery. Make it a complete meal by tossing in a few mains, with choices like the Butcher Boy bacon and cheeseburger with skinny fries and US beef short rib pastrami.
Butcher Boy | 31 Keong Saik Road, S(089138) | 6221 6833 | Order here
24/27 The Nomads
Central Asian Fare Delivered
The new addition to Singapore’s vibrant dining scene specialises in creative, elevated adaptations of Central Asian foods—a reimagination of The Silk Road’s gastronomic trail via dishes from as far away as Kazakhstan. It is now also offering a humble selection of bentos featuring a taste of its unique menu, available for pick-up or delivery. These plov sets (spiced basmati rice with either a mix of vegetables, chicken or Wagyu beef cheeks) come with creamy hummus mash with fried chickpeas and pickled cucumbers. Consider adding an order of its Kazakhstan-style bread, which is sold with a serving of seaweed butter. Pick-up is only available from its sister restaurant Slated Plum at Suntec City; call or WhatsApp the team to order or make an enquiry.
The Nomads | 70 Telok Ayer St, #01-01, Singapore 048462 | 6977 7057
Delish Fusion Fare To Go
It seems too good to be true, but this wining local brand championing uniquely inspired cuisine has an entire site dedicated to takeaways and delivery item. The menus found on MorselsDaBao include set lunches and dinners, it’s signature noodle dishes and classics such as charred poached octopus with squid ink pearl rice risotto and salted egg sauce; and Duroc pulled-pork pasta in habanero pesto with sour cream. Even the restaurant’s popular tacos (on Thursdays) can be delivered. You can even add a bottle of wine to your order.
26/27 One-Ninety at the Four Seasons
GOURMET TO GO
Enjoy from Chef de cuisine Kamarl John's elegant showcase of fresh market flavours and signature creations in the comfort of home, from his famed salad of avocado and mixed baby cress to the rustic Provencal snapper bouillabaisse; or if you can't decide, have any of its local heirloom recipes, such as the seafood laksa and Iberico sweet and sour pork. There are also flexi two- and three-course menus if you want to make it a complete meal.
Gourmet To Go is available daily from 10.30am until 9.30pm. Orders need to be placed a minimum of two hours in advance of preferred collection/delivery time for processing. Islandwide delivery is available for orders above $250.
Inspired Flavours of Sri Lanka To Go
The launch of Sri Lankan restaurant Kotuwa by award-winning chef Rishi Naleendra (Cloudstreet and Cheek Bistro) is likely delayed until the third quarter of the year, but from Friday onwards foodies can savour a taste of things to come. This is a specially curated menu of rotti and snacks, meat and seafood dishes, curries and sambols. Kottu rotti, for example, is one of Sri Lanka's most loved street dishes featuring chopped up rotti cooked with vegetables and gravy; have it with chicken or meat-free (baby jackfruit and vegetables). There are also beef rolls and crab cutlets (using blue swimmer crab) and malu pan (soft milk bun filled with spiced fish brandade. Speaking of seafood specials, there's are crispy fried calamari tossed in chilli butter and a rich coconut curry of prawns with tamarind. Meatier options choose between a chicken, lamb or "black pork" curry—the lattermost is actually pork braised in blackened Sri Lankan spices. The achcharu of the day is spicy pickled lychee. Daily takeaway or delivery will be available for lunch and dinner (11.30am to 9.30pm) from April 10.
Kotuwa | www.kotuwa.com.sg | 6513 7868 | Whatsapp 8921 2381