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Bid 2021 adieu with an extravagant meal at these restaurants, with majestic city views to boot

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.

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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.

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2. Super Loco Customs House

Eat, drink and be merry. If that is how you want the last day of the year to go, Super Loco at Customs House starts you off with four hours of free-flow drinks. Take your pick from the galore of pours—from the frozen lime margaritas, prosecco to the restaurant’s own beer brews.

Drinks are complemented by the four-course dinner, and you can’t ask for a better starter than the sweet and briny Irish premium oysters crowned with habanero caviar. This is enough to where your appetite for the delectable Mexican feast to come, comprising Iberico pork taquitos drenched with chipotle mole, and perfectly grilled Black Angus ribeye with flavoursome ranchero salsa. Save room for dessert—sweet tooths will love the Dulce de Higos, a cheese panna cotta in a pool of blood orange coulis, pistachio crumble and honeycomb. Available on December 31, 5pm to 10.30pm. Book here.

Tatler Tip: If you can’t get seats at Super Loco Customs House, you may want to consider booking the Robertson Quay outlet, which will transform into a Mexican carnival by the riverside this New Year's eve.

Super Loco Customs House | 70 Collyer Quay, 01-04 Customs House, S(049323) | 3158 2799

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3. Spago Dining Room

You can’t bet better views of the city skyline than at Spago, perched on the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands. Let this be your beautiful backdrop as you countdown to 2022, while, of course, tucking into executive chef Greg Bess’ four-course menu.

Choose between two seatings (6pm and 8.30pm) and dig into modern Californian bites, including comforting chestnut soup; creamy farro risotto topped with roasted quail and black truffles; and homemade agnolotti with celery root and black truffles. The menu comes with optional wine pairing. Available on December 31. Book here. 

Tatler Tip: You can also welcome the New Year at Spago Bar and Lounge, which offers creative cocktails, fine wines and delicious bites. Munch on their popular offerings such as Japanese fried chicken karaage and beef sliders, and wash them down with Adios Nino. This smoky tipple is a good mix of Maker’s Mark, Amaretto, Aperol and burnt orange peel.

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4. Level33

If you can’t get enough of the CBD’s spectacular panorama, you can always head to Level33 which is offering special NYE menus for two different seatings. Come at 5pm and tuck into a four-course set that stars Hokkaido scallops and deliciously cooked grass-fed Angus striploin. You’ll be one of the first diners to try the steak as it has just been introduced to the menu. Enjoy this with a complimentary glass of Champagne or Level33’s own brut beer.

The 8pm seating is a more lavish four-course set, as you get to indulge in Fremantle octopus served with fermented kimchi aioli; Wagyu tri-tip steak which has been dry-aged in-house. It also comes with the same complimentary drinks. Book here. 

Tatler Tip: Forget about time, and reserve your table all evening. This option comes with a six-course meal, featuring fresh oysters, housemade chawanmushi imbued with beer dashi, and 50-days-grain-fed Wagyu sirloin steak. It comes with a complimentary glass of Champagne or Brut Beer. 

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5. Lavo Italian Restaurant And Rooftop Bar

A hop and a skip away from Spago Dining Room is Lavo, the modern Italian restaurant that gives you a different (but still spectacular) angle of the glittering Marina Bay. It might be hard to peel your eyes off the vista, but that will change once you’re served the indulgent dinner menu.

Whet the appetite with the palatable heirloom tomato salad decorated with yellowfin tuna tataki, before indulging even more with the mains—a choice of pan-seared monkfish and Maine lobster in XO sauce, fava beans and roasted mushrooms, or grilled ribeye bone marrow enriched with custard, fried oyster and caper veal jus. The last course is a dessert platter laden with baked Manjari chocolate and vanilla passionfruit parfait. Book here.

Tatler Tip: Dress to impress. The restaurant doesn’t accept guests who are wearing shorts, sports attire, singlets or clothes with offensive prints.

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