7 Restaurants And Bars You Can Support During COVID-19

It has been a month since the reopening of F&B outlets in Phase Two, and Singaporeans being social creatures are easing into the new normal of dining out. Apart from reduced group size and a slew of safety and hygiene practices, these popular F&B destinations have taken earnest steps to ensure that their customers can dine with peace of mind. Kudos to the chefs for introducing new creations without sacrificing familiar favourites (nothing like the power of comfort food).

Da Paolo Dempsey Restaurant & Bar

Located in the lush tropical oasis of Dempsey Hill, Da Paolo Dempsey Restaurant & Bar exudes a welcoming summer holiday vibe that will stir wistful memories of  your last holiday in Italy. The best of of the country’s produce is on display here from live pasta and pizza stations to a retail haven and cocktail bar offering Italian bitters and vermouth based concoctions. Kick-start your meal with the Gran Antipasto, comprising a selelction of cold cuts and cheeses served with toast, fruits and nuts, or go for the ever popular Babaganoush Dip, which is delightfully smoky and full of flavour. Naples style wood-fired pizzas are its forte and we recommend the Spilinga, featuring spicy salame calabrese, Nduja, mascarpone, kale and percorino; and the 8 Cheese pizza, boasting eight different cheeses, smoked date cream, truffled honey and cracked black pepper. Another Da Paolo’s signature is the Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia, a comforting dish prepared with homemade cuttlefish ink sauce and studded with fresh cuttlefish pieces. Stuffed? Make a mental note to return for the Ossobucco Milanese, perfectly cooked braised veal shank with bone marrow served with saffron risotto and Parmigiano Reggiano. Complete the hearty meal with the signature Tiramisu or a scoop of their gelatos. (The pistachio is a perennial favourite.)

Aside from mandatory SafeEntry QR code registration, temperature-taking and safe distancing guidelines, guests are encouraged to make reservations. Cleaning is done after every seating and at hourly intervals.

Da Paolo’s scrumptious offerings are available via delivery or takeaway. Or head over to Da Paolo Gastronomia’s online shop, which offers a wide selection of food products, from breads, meal prep essentials, ready-to-bake pizza, to wines and gourmet groceries.

The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens 

Another restaurant set in a lush environment is The Halia, located at Singapore Botanic Gardens. The air-conditioned restaurant also features ample outdoors space where you can enjoy a meal consisting of Chilli Crab Spaghettini, cooked in a spicy, sweet, and tangy chili crab sauce, and the Oven Baked Halibut Paper Bag Halibut, featuring a hearty fillet of halibut cooked in flavourful soy and ginger broth, served along with sesame Japanese rice, wakame, and truffle aioli. Miss The Halia’s local favourites? The Fried Kway Teow, studded with juicy tiger prawns and halal chicken Chinese sausage; and the fragrant Seafood Sambal Fried Rice, served with chicken satay and topped with a fried egg, remain on the menu.

Apart from SafeEntry QR code registration, you can find wall-mounted sanitisers at several points around the restaurant. Frontline employers wear face shields while the menu has been updated to remove communal and sharing dishes. Tables and chairs are wiped down with sanitisers after each group of dine-in customers leaves, and restrooms and high-touch areas and surfaces are cleaned hourly. Eco-friendly disposable cups, cutleries and straws are available upon request. Reservations and keeping dining to no more than one and a half hours are encouraged.

Delivery and takeaway option are available daily from 10.30am – 8.30pm, and orders can be placed via thehalia.com or +65 8798 0180.

The Old Man Singapore 

Cocktail lovers have one more reason to head back to The Old Man Singapore, ranked No. 38 on The World’s 50 Best Bars 2019 and No. 22 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020. Its new menu builds on the “v1’ menu, which is inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s libations of choice. Try the old-fashioned inspired amber lager, created in collaboration with The 1925 Brewing Co. Titled “Best Of The Old Man v2”,  or Winner Take Nothing, a refreshing creation composed of Campari, baby carrot sous-vide suze, tarragon, blackened carrot bug, soda and dill. A cocktail that packs a serious punch is The Torrents of Spring, which is inspired by Hemingway’s 1926 novel and features glutinous rice cooked mezcal, grain wild turkey whiskey, amaro nonino, clarified William pear, pom-beet shrub and charcoal. For Whom The Bell Tolls, named after Hemingway’s 1940 novel, is an easy cocktail to drink, comprising cocoa nibs sous-vide Batavia arrack, sour strawberry, rotovap burnt butter Appleton rum and avocado burst.

Apart from the new cocktail creations, The Old Man Singapore recently collaborated with The 1925 Brewing Co. to launch The Undefeated (330ml) – a unique beer inspired by the Old Fashioned cocktail. Brewed with oak that is infused with wild turkey bourbon, this medium bodied beer starts off on a refreshing note, offering a mix of citrus and fruity flavours before smoothing out with subtle hints of wood caramel and vanilla notes.

Among The Old Man Singapore’s clean practices and social distancing measures includes limiting the number of people in the venue to no more than 20 persons at any given time. Physical menus have been replaced with a QR code menu for easy access via smartphones.

Customers can also order the bar’s bottled cocktails for delivery and takeaway. Selected cocktails are available in 500ml bottle formats. Orders can be placed at info@theoldmansg.com three hours in advance of the preferred pick-up time.

Harry’s

Starting out as an intimate jazz bar, Harry’s has grown to be Singapore’s largest chain of bars and dining establishments. Enjoy scrumptious Small Plates featuring irresistible local flavours that go perfectly with ice-cold beer (Laksa Popcorn Chicken anyone?) The much talked about chicken wings come in three different flavours – Harry’s Signature, Sriracha Buffalo, and Soy-Glazed.

What’s a trip to Harry without trying the beers and beer cocktails? Down the Harry’s Beach Party, where Carlsberg Lager brings together gin, vodka, rum and a refreshing mix of peach, amaretto and cranberry or the Bank Breaker, crafted with whisky, Midori and soda. For an Asian kick, there’s Bandung Cino, which takes the idea of the local rose drink and elevates it with cream and vodka.

Harry’s has also launched a “Don’t Worry, Be Harry’s” campaign, highlighting a 49-step safety checklist in partnership with Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention services. Acrylic Sneeze Guards are installed at all cashier points and high touch point areas are disinfected throughout each outlet every 30 minutes. All on-duty employees undergo temperature screening twice a day and are required to wear surgical masks and hand gloves at all times.

Access Harry’s offerings for takeaway and delivery via http://harrys.com.sg/.

Summerlong

Located by the Robertson Quay riverfront, Summerlong celebrates Greek and Mediterranean flavours. Park yourself on one of the comfy lounge sofas in the alfresco area for a waterfront view while tucking into the Imam Bayildi, prepared with stuffed eggplant with garlic, tomatoes, and soft feta cheese. Another highlight is the Grilled Lamb Chop, where the lamb chops are lightly seasoned with oregano, rosemary, garlic, salt and cooked over a charcoal-grill.

For desserts, the Honey Parfait with green apple compote, forest fruit and raspberry; and the Havla Cake, a semolina-based, vegan cake served with mascarpone, pistachio and caramel, are delicious options. To complement the food, try Greek-inspired cocktails like the Greek Mojito, which swaps out rum for Metaxa, a fine Greek spirit which has been in production since 1888.

In addition to safety measures such as mandatory SafeEntry registration and temperature-taking, staff are also required to wash their hands every 30 minutes while physical contact between each other is restricted.

For a slice of the Mediterranean at home, order via https://summerlong.oddle.me/en_SG/ or call +65 8799 9000.

Fat Prince

A vibrant modern Middle Eastern restaurant located on Peck Seah Street, Fat Prince offers a creative and modern take on Middle Eastern cuisine and a unique “koktail” programme.  Expect contemporary kebabs alongside mezze and larger sharing dishes from the kitchen’s custom-made earth oven. Savour the The Menemen, a comforting dish of broken eggs with spiced tomato, labneh (a creamy, yogurt cheese) and toasted pita, served with a choice of lamb or haloumi or opt for the Pit Roasted Lamb, served with zhoug, olive, dukkah, rocket and fried garlic. A fiery Middle Eastern answer to pesto, zhoug is a perfect condiment for any flame-kissed dish.

The “koktail” programme at Fat Prince showcases artisanal, innovative concoctions that incorporate Middle Eastern flavours. Sparkling options include Morning Star, made with aperol, prosecco, grapefruit, ginger beer; and Royal Blossom, concocted using G’vine Floraison Gin, chamomile and Burma tonic.

Mandatory SafeEntry registration, temperature-taking, and safe distancing guidelines are in place while hand-santisers are placed at various points in the restaurant.

For those who are want to throw a party at home, Fat Prince is offering a House Party experience without the fuss of cooking and cleaning. Perfect for six, The House Party menu includes Fat Prince’s signatures such as the Cashew Hummus and Ottoman Pork, as well as plenty of booze for the ultimate soiree. To set the mood, pillar candles, candelabra decorations, frankincense oil burners and a specially-curated song playlist are part of the package. Orders can be placed via https://www.fatprincesg.com/house-party two days in advance.

Saint Pierre

Helmed by Chef-Owner Emmanuel Stroobant, Saint Pierre is a contemporary French restaurant with a history dating back to 2000. Located at One Fullerton, the two Michelin-starred restaurant offers diners one of the best views the city has to offer, with floor-to-ceiling panorama of the Marina Bay waterfront.  Definitely a top choice when it comes to a birthday or anniversary celebration. Guided by Emmanuel’s philosophical approach to simplicity and quality of produce, Saint Pierre features a degustation menu that changes accordingly to the ingredient availability and seasonality.

Each diner is offered a personal sanitation kit, which contains a bottle of hand-sanitiser, a hand towel, and an anti-bacterial wipe. In addition to temperature-taking and periodic sanitation of the restaurant and menu, seating is also limited to seven tables to comply with safety distancing measures.

To cater to customers who prefer to dine at home during this time, Saint Pierre presents Virtual Saint Pierre, an omakase menu in the form of a premium bento box that will be personally delivered to your homes. Together with the meal, a link to a virtual room on Zoom will be provided to diners for a virtual get-together with friends and families. Chef Emmanuel will also make a digital appearance to interact with guests and introduce them to the menu’s selection. A minimum of 15 people is required for Virtual Saint Pierre, with a maximum of 30. For reservations,  email info@saintpierre.com.sg or call +65 6438 0887. A minimum five-day advance notice is required.