Diwali, also known as Deepavali and the Festival of Lights will take place next week on Nov 4, Thursday. A traditional celebration that marks the triumph of good over evil, it sees Hindu families transforming their homes into beacons of light, performing pooja (prayers) to deities, exchanging gifts, and of course, partaking in hearty feasts.
Dining out may be restricted to two pax due to the pandemic, but there’s no reason not to celebrate with a great dining experience with a loved one — especially with these restaurants and hotels dishing out sumptuous festive spreads, from delectable buffet offerings to delightful set menus. Here are some places you can check out.
Mod Indian dishes are the focus at new restaurant Firangi Superstar, nestled at Craig Road. And here’s what you can look forward to on the festive menu of enticing options.
Start with The Runner Duck, a foie gras torchon that’s given an Asian touch with a green apple chutney and spiced with chat masala. The Prized Pincers are also a crowd pleasure that sees crab cutlets doused in a rich masala sauce and topped with caviar. A rich crab rasam on the side will wash it all down.
For mains, there is the grand Rolls Rolley Sire, a Rangers Valley Côte de Boeuf. And if you’re going for vegetarian options, you’re well covered, too.
For lunch, the Diwali menu will be available for a la carte orders, while diners heading there for dinner can go for the set menu, priced at $185++ per person.
And in the spirit of Diwali, Firangi Superstar will also be donating 10 per cent of proceeds from lunch and dinner sales from the week (1 – 6 November) to Solar Buddy, an organisation dedicated to raising global awareness and designing solar light solutions to children living in energy poverty.
Available from Nov 1 to 6, 2021. Visit its website for reservations or more information.
Grand Hyatt Singapore’s halal-certified buffet restaurant StraitsKitchen has a series of delightful eats lined up.
For the occasion, there are the usual favourites from its Malay, Peranakan and Chinese kitchens, but you’ll also get to tuck into South and North Indian specialties, including those from live stations. Top recommendations from the chef are Bengali Machi Curry (Bengali-style fish curry) and his signature Hyderabad Nalli Dhum Biryani. You can also look forward to a curation of Indian sweets.
Vegetarian specials, like Tawa Kabab (vegetarian patties served alongside a sweet and sour sauce), Rajma Kaju Anaar Chaat (cashew nut and pomegranate), and Paneer Bharwan Ananas Kebab (tandoori-baked cottage cheese with pineapples) are also on the menu.
Available from Nov 3 to 7, 2021. $65++ (adult) and $32++ (child) for lunch, and $75++ (adult) and $42++ (child) for dinner, both inclusive of a free-flow of selected fruit juices. Visit its website for reservations or more information.
If it’s a luxurious experience you’re after, there’s no place to head to like the stately and historic Tiffin Room at Raffles Hotel Singapore. It has unveiled a Diwali Experience menu, concocted by award-winning Chef Kuldeep Negi, that woos diners with authentic North Indian flavours and aromas.
To kick things off, there’s the classic Golgappa Shots, an appetiser of crispy bread stuffed with mint, mango, sweet tamarind and yoghurt. This is followed by the Tandoori Lobster, accompanied by onion fritters and mint chutney.
The tantalising main courses are all presented beautifully in the restaurant’s iconic tiffin box. You’ll find dishes liike Nariyali Gosht Chaap (juicy lamb chops with rich coconut and piquant mustard seed curry), and Doi Mach (barramundi with yogurt and spices). There’s also the aromatic Kheema Pulao, comprising basmati rice perfumed with rose water and saffron.
There’s no Diwali feast without sweets, and you can look forward to specialty creations, as well as the traditional Petha Kheer with Mango Rabdi, comprising ash gourd with mango in a silky milk and saffron cream pudding. Or bring home the special gift box ($58++) of handmade mithai, crafted with premium ingredients including fruits, nuts and spices.
Available from now till Nov 7, 2021. $98++ per guest (non-vegetarian) and $88++ (vegetarian), available for both lunch and dinner. Call 65 6412 1816 or email email@example.com for reservations or more information.
W Singapore’s The Kitchen Table invites you to ‘Eat Spice & Curry On’ for the Festival of Lights this year, with two specially designed three-course menus that nod to Northern Indian cuisine.
The hotel’s chef Ashok Kumar Solanki gives classic Deepavali dishes his own reimagined spin, with plates like Handi Rogan Josh (lamb shank in spicy onion tomato sauce), which you can soak up with pillowy assorted naan.
Contemporary influences meet traditional flavours with the Malai Murgh Tikka, which is coated with Indian spices and melted cheese. And those with a sweet tooth won’t want to miss out on the Chukandar Halwa, which sees shredded beetroot, milk and nuts given a tangy hit with orange zest.
Toast to the celebrations with Patiala Flight ($35++), with a choice of either whiskey, rum or vodka-based drinks.
Available from Nov 1 to 14, 2021, 6pm to 9.30pm. $50++ per person (non-vegetarian) and $45++ per person (vegetarian). Call 6808 7268 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations or more information.
The Line buffet restaurant’s Festival of Lights Buffet will line your bellies with mouth-watering a la carte selections of festive staples like Chettinad Fish, Nalli Rogan Josh, Awadhi Murgh Briyani, and Masala Chai Classic Creme Brulee.
Prefer a dining experience served in courses? The Taste of India comes available as a four-course lunch or six-course dinner, with highlights like Spice-crusted Pink Snapper with Masala Potato served with Saffron Nuts Pilaf, and Salted Cumin Chocolate and Cardamom Brulee.
To sweeten the deal, the hotel also has Indian-inspired High Tea To Go set available for delivery or takeaway.
Available from Nov 1 to 7, 2021. The Festival of Lights buffet starts from $68++ for lunch ( only start on Thurs, Nov 4) and from $78++ for dinner (available daily). The Taste of India set menu is at $68++ for a four-course lunch, and $98++ for a six-course dinner. Visit its website for reservations or more information.