Still wondering where to take mum next weekend? Our list of new restaurants probably has you covered, but if you’re looking for something more, you’ll find these options fitting.
If you’re looking for something traditional, you’ll find the beautiful Min Jiang at Dempsey a great place for a full Chinese banquet affair. We also get that you may have little ones running around. If you want peace of mind enjoying brunch, check out our child-friendly options. Otherwise, we have indulgent options (read: only for mums) in mind too.
Modern Chinese restaurant Min Jiang now has a new home in the lush surroundings of Dempsey. Unlike the usual dark wood and Chinoiserie-heavy banquet halls, Min Jiang offers a contemporary dining setting with light-filled interiors and rattan furnishings. Chef Goh Chee Kong offers creative and elegant takes on dim sum, with dumplings shaped like small animals or naturally dyed in vibrant colours. The menu also has traditional dishes such as wood-fired Peking duck and braised soups.
At The Peranakan, chef Raymond Khoo whips up dishes from recipes passed down over three family generations. The restaurant is almost kitschy, dressed head-to-toe in Straits Chinese decorations. But food is flavourful and homely, far from becoming a tourist trap destination despite its Orchard Road locale. If you’re bringing a party down, be sure to request for the tok panjang table from newly-opened museum The Peranakan Gallery next door. The long table sees an elaborate set-up of fine Nyonya ceramics, Chinese porcelain and Waterford crystalware, making for an authentic dining experience.
The Shangri-La Group presents the best of its Chinese cuisine at its casual diner Shang Social. The 88-seater restaurant at Jewel Changi Airport is complete with private dining rooms and chef table experiences for more formal dining experiences. It is also joined by the Shang Social MRKT for more casual bites and shopping and the Bar with unique Asian-inspired cocktails. Must-orders here include the Whole Boneless Chicken filled with Fried Glutinous Rice (a masterful dish from Shang Palace) and the Mapo Tofu.
Instead of the usual dinners, bring Mum along for brunch at modern European restaurant The White Rabbit. The gorgeous restaurant, housed in a colonial church, goes for buffet stations with fresh oysters, Angus prime rib and salads. Diners are also offered a choice of mains, such as slow-roasted Wagyu rump or Ora King salmon confit. The White Rabbit will be setting up bouncy castles and candy floss stations for the young ones so that everyone can enjoy a spot of tea, or champagne, in peace. There are two seatings available at 10am for early birds and 12.30pm for late risers.
For Mother’s Day brunch, Porta is pulling up all the stops with free flow Fine de Clair oysters, salad bars, appetisers and desserts. Diners can choose to accompany the buffet with other hearty brunch items such as pancakes, French toast or eggs benedict. Porta will also be putting up a specially-decorated kids playroom to keep children entertained during brunch. Best of all, kids younger than 5 years old eat for free.
Keep things simple at Bar Cicheti with fresh, handmade pasta and a bottle, or two, of fine wine. The restaurant’s new Spring pasta menu highlights the best seasonal produce paired with floral-forward wines. Go for the ‘Feed Me’ option for a fuss-free dinner. The kitchen team will plan out a menu of four pasta dishes and a dessert on your behalf. Find out more from our review.
The 48-seater restaurant, conceptualised by local faces, Ming Tan of Park Bench Deli and former New Ubin Seafood’s Jeremy Cheok, is designed to feel like a dining room at a luxury home, peppered with Art Deco designs and Asian accents. So, the menu tends towards fun, comfort food. Be sure to get a table at the back with sumptuous sofas and couches for a cosy dining experience. Must-orders here include Chicken in a Biscuit, Seafood Pappardelle and their refined take on the classic s’mores. Find out more from our review.