We can’t say it enough: 2021 has been another rollercoaster ride. Many of us started the year hopeful that the coronavirus pandemic would fade away and that travel would be easier—albeit, not like the pre-pandemic times. Yet the ever-mutating virus and the rise of new variants saw us going through two Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) restrictions, and we had to say goodbye to more dining establishments we’ve patronised for so long. And yes, we are still crying over the closure of Casa Tartufo at the end of the month.
That said, we’ve also seen glimmers of hope that we’ll be able to overcome this situation and be able to live normally even with the virus. The government ramped up the vaccinations in the country, and although the infection rates shot up, most of us had minor symptoms. Never mind the gazillion requirements and expensive PCR tests needed to travel—some of us were able to travel to France, Germany, South Korea and Malaysia through the Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL).
After everything we’ve been through, we all deserve to close 2021 on a good note and welcome 2022 in hopes that we’ll finally transition from pandemic to endemic. So, let us toast to that with a glass of Champagne and a lavish feast curated by some of the island’s top chefs.
1. Kinki Restaurant & Bar
While there are no lavish fireworks at the bay this year, you will still get a panoramic vista of Marina Bay here while tucking into the culinary team’s modern Japanese fare and unique cocktails. The best way to go about your meal is to start at the al fresco bar for pre-prandial drinks imbued with Asian influences. We recommend the Geisha-Rita, the bartender’s unique take on the classic margarita, which is made with Ocho Blanco tequila, Nigori umeshu, Cointreau, lime juice and freshly cracked pepper.
Afterwards, head to the main dining room and feast on their six-course set dinner menu. It features reimagined Japanese classics—Hamachi carpaccio and grilled spicy corn doused in an acerbic ponzu sauce and chilli flakes; sashimi and sushi featuring the freshest catch of the day, crowned with black truffles; and sea bream clear soup studded with carrots, white radish and tofu. The meal ends with a refreshing slice of Japanese melon and palate-tingling yuzu ice cream. Available on December 31 only. Book here.
Tatler Tip: Alternatively, you can stay at the rooftop bar for drinks and bites when you choose the Rooftop Bar Set. The party set for five comes with two bottles of Moët & Chandon Brut, a choice of spirit by the bottle, and seven creative cocktails. These are paired with snack platters such as the popular deep-fried Kinki wings, ebi fries and Cassaca Nachos. Available on December 31 only.