With phase two (heightened alert) placing curbs on dining in at food-and-beverage outlets, many restaurants are rolling out convenient and affordable options for diners to enjoy top-notch cuisine in the safety and comfort of their dining room. From nasi lemak and pasta to fresh seafood, baked goods and high tea, you’re spoilt for choice if you’re hoping to indulge in some good nosh to keep the monotony of staying home away. While you’re at it, why not create a restaurant-worthy atmosphere to jazz up the whole experience?
Swee Choon has been serving up delicious dishes of dim sum for over five decades. The restaurant occupies five ground-floor shophouses along Jalan Besar and has always attracted night owls with their late hours. The “WFH Survival Meal Package” arrives with eight signature cooked items – including siew mai, beancurd prawn rolls, chili oil dumplings and Portuguese egg tarts – and two cold drinks to enjoy alongside. In addition, they throw in two packets of frozen handmade dim sum to be heated up anytime. The package is available for $50 via delivery or self pick up.
For those looking for a luxurious afternoon escape, Tablescape is offering its Afternoon Tea Set (two pax) for both delivery and takeaway. And don’t worry, it’s no less fancy than actually being on location. The set arrives in sophisticated packaging that when lifted, reveals a three-storey tower. Each tier is adorned with delicately made cakes, tarts and light bites, including open face sandwiches with salmon and salmon roe and foie gras tartlets with nectarine and pistachio.
The restaurant is also known for its beloved roving bread trolley service from which you can select handmade European breads to accompany your meal. Now, it’s bringing the experience straight to your doorstep. The Bread and Butter Set includes a selection of five different types of artisanal breads (think onion bread and brioche) that are made daily, two fresh house-churned butters (Tablescape’s Signature Butter and house-made Lobster Butter), and truffle oil. They all arrive in perfectly packed sustainable paper bags within a recyclable canvas tote. Come mid-June, you can have these with extra treats: the set will be available with additional charcuterie, cheeses and condiments. There’s 10% off for self-collection and free delivery if you order two sets or more. Do order at least a day in advance.
3. Buona Terra
Who says you can’t enjoy a Michelin-starred experience in your own home? Chef Denis Lucchi has come up with an exclusive takeaway menu that includes favourites such as the Squid Ink Tonnarelli as well as the Signature Herb Crust Lamb Loin. Choose from an elegant five-course menu put together by chef Lucchi that highlights the best seasonal ingredients of the week, or pick your faves from the a la carte menu. Call ahead and pick up your order from the restaurant. There’s free delivery for orders above S$300.
This Franco-Belgian restaurant is offering a selection of mussels and bar bites in dinner sets designed for four. Bites include cheese croquettes and bitterballen, crisp fried balls made from a thick roux with beef. Three other restaurants under its restaurant group (as well as the catering arm) are also offering similar family sets. In addition to mussels, consider ordering Spanish cuisine from Sabio by The Sea, Mediterranean delights from Riviera Forlino and solid, affordable steaks from L’Entrecôte.
If you’re craving for some Mexican food, you can now have your fill of freshly made tacos, burritos, quesadillas and crispy chimichangas, sent to your home. Wash them down with the cocktails and beers available on its menu. We recommend the citrusy, herbaceous and floral Aviation Double cocktail that is best served with ice.
Known for its fragrant nasi lemak that is both flavourful and comforting, the restaurant is offering delivery and takeaway of some of its favourites. Choose from its bundle deals that are good for two, three or five people. You can also take your pick from options such as its signature French Poulet Leg Set that comes with aromatic coconut rice, juicy chicken leg, anchovies, peanuts, fried egg and sambal. Another top pick is the nasi lemak with fried fish, otah or chicken breast. The restaurant also offers dishes such as Iga Bakar (charcoal-grilled twice-cooked beef short rib in secret sauce, served with sambal hijau and sambal ulek) and Sambal Udang Petai (wok-fried prawns with petai beans and sambal tumis) that you can add on to your order. Free delivery for orders above S$100.
7. Nude Seafood
Expect the freshest catch at this joint – after all, its family business is Hai Sia Seafood, a third generation seafood wholesaler. You won’t go wrong with any of its delightful seafood-centric dishes that come with an Asian twist. Standouts include the red snapper with creamed spinach, layered potato, tobiko (fish roe), momiji oroshi (spicy grated daikon radish) and a shitake ragout; hickory-smoked salmon with black forbidden grains and cauliflower; and tiger prawns served with savoury sauce and house-made mantou. Go a la carte or go for its feast for two or four that comes with starters, main, side, dessert and non-alcoholic drinks. Free delivery for orders above S$80.
Get the American smokehouse barbecue experience in your own home with Meatsmith’s selection of classic American dishes. The Family Pack for four is an obvious choice, including juicy meats such as beef brisket, spiced pork ribs and Nashville chicken chop as well as cheeseburgers and chicken burgers. Dishes are served with Meatsmith Slaw and corn bread to cap the experience. Other sets offer equally hearty options such as fried buffalo wings, pork belly and sandwiches. Free delivery for orders above S$50.
This sake gastrobar offers a delicious umami-packed menu that’s based on seasonal ingredients and meant to pair perfectly with your choice of sake. Go for its signature Wagyu bowl that features perfectly charred slices of juicy beef on top of a bed of fluffy white rice, and elevate your choice with toppings such as foie gras, sea urchin and ikura (salmon roe). It also offers a selection of somen, small bites and sharing plates. Not to be missed are its Goma Goma Wings, which are crispy and sesame coated, paired with a yuzu wasabi mayo dip. Opt for delivery or go for kerbside pick up at least 30 minutes in advance. Free delivery for orders above S$100.
10. Da Paolo
This beloved café chain’s extensive takeaway menu runs the gamut from meal prep essentials and salads to pastas, pizzas and a cheese & charcuterie board. You can also shop from a selection of breads, seasonal products and gourmet groceries, such as fresh pastas and preservative-free sauces, wines and more. Pamper a friend with one of their care packages, such as a Work From Home Starter Kit with essentials to make your own pasta dish or a Tiramisu Gift Box that contains four different variations of its signature tiramisu. Orders can be made on the website at least two days in advance. You can collect on your selected day from any Da Paolo branch. Free delivery for orders above S$150.
This casual Italian restaurant under the ilLido Group is loved for its rustic wood-fired pizzas and handmade pasta. Now you can enjoy its authentic Italian flavours right at home. To get a taste of its full range, go for its bundle deals (good for two to eight people) that offer a selection of antipasti, pastas, pizzas, grilled mains and desserts. Standouts include the fluffy truffle pizza with generous portions of mushrooms, mascarpone, Tuscan pecorino and of course, truffle. Another great option is the strozzapreti with crab, tomato and mascarpone. And the nicely charred grilled octopus with Sardinian paella, fregola pasta, fava beans and cherry tomatoes is always a hit. If you’re a budding home chef, you can also get your hands on premium ingredients such as artisanal pastas, sauces and cured meats made in-house to whip up your own delicious feast.
12. Shangri-La Hotel
This upscale hotel’s signature restaurants are all geared up for takeaway. The highlights at international buffet restaurant The Line include Asian favourites such as wanton noodles and butter chicken as well as Western dishes such as the Wagyu beef burger. At Cantonese restaurant Shang Palace, expect comfort food such as roasted crispy pork belly or the braised ee fu noodles. Waterfall Ristorante Italiano is doing freshly made pizzas and hearty pasta dishes such as the casarecce pasta with lamb ragu. If you’re picking up your food, order 30 minutes in advance. Free delivery for orders above S$200.
Singapore’s most iconic hotel Raffles has repackaged the dining experiences from four of its restaurants into a grab-and-go service. 藝 yì by Jereme Leung is serving healthful dishes such as crunchy kale with shrimp paste, Hunan-style steamed cod fish and its dim sum selection, while Tiffin Room is making available its Lucknowi chicken biryani, lamb leg raan and other signatures.
Alternatively, order an Omaha prime beef tenderloin, local delights such as mee goreng and Hainanese chicken rice, or a healthy salmon bowl from the Grand Lobby. Wash it all down with bottled cocktails, whiskies and fine wines. All orders must be made at least 45 minutes prior, and collections take place at Raffles Boutique (enter via Seah Street).
Put together a sumptuous feast from the hotel’s signature eateries – Coffee Lounge, Min Jiang, Min Jiang at Dempsey and The Deli with their takeaway and delivery service. From Min Jiang, get the selection of dim sum as well as crowd favourites such as the beef cubes with asparagus and black pepper sauce or the sautéed prawns with dried red chilli. The Coffee Lounge’s famous Taiwan porridge comes bento-style during lunch and dinner. Round off your meal with mouth-watering durian pastries from The Deli.
15. JW Marriott
Sup on contemporary Japanese cuisine from Akira Back, which serves creative spins on traditional dishes such as the mushroom pizza, which comes with an umami-laden aioli, and sushi rolls with unexpected ingredients such as crispy pork belly and baked crab. And from modern Cantonese restaurant Madame Fan, take home signature dishes such as the jasmine tea smoked ribs and the stir-fried XO mooli (radish) cake. All orders must be made at least one hour before pickup. Collect them from each individual restaurant.
This article was originally published on 5 May 2020 and updated on 26 May 2021.