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Where to treat mum to a feast this weekend

SINGAPORE — While a home-cooked meal would be ideal, impressing mum with food would require some major effort for the majority of us plebeian home cooks. Which is why it’s never a bad thing to splurge a little on an indulgent meal out. Good thing is, we’ve never been more spoilt for choice where Mother’s Day menus are concerned. Whether she prefers to brunch, or relish in a well-thought-out set lunch or dinner, here are a few worthy considerations ...

SINGAPORE — While a home-cooked meal would be ideal, impressing mum with food would require some major effort for the majority of us plebeian home cooks. Which is why it’s never a bad thing to splurge a little on an indulgent meal out. Good thing is, though, we’ve never been more spoilt for choice where Mother’s Day menus are concerned. Whether she prefers to brunch, or relish in a well-thought-out set lunch or dinner, the choices are as varied as they are scrumptious. Here are a few worthy considerations. And, given some of these restaurants’ ability to cater to a relatively large crowd, there’s probably a table for mum and you.

BEST OF BRUNCH:

PASTA LIKE MAMA 
MADE IT AT ZAFFERANO

If you call now, you might still be able to secure a table at this early Mother’s Day brunch. On top of a classic line-up of brunch specials, Chef Marco will be debuting a pasta dish close to his heart. The fileja alla calabrese features hand-rolled screws of pasta, just like how he had learnt to make from his mother and grandmother. Prepared with fresh tomatoes, basil and extra virgin olive oil, this modest Southern Italian pasta dish is steeped deep in family tradition (available in sharing portions at an additional S$38 for two to three pax and S$58 for four to six pax). It complements the champagne brunch menu (S$98 with drinks, including free flow of Mumm Champagne), which starts off with five different anti-pasti served at the table — from fresh burrata to freshly-shucked oysters to baby lobster flambe. Handmade pasta and pizzas aside, the main course is a choice between a roasted chicken leg with stewed bell peppers and an oven-baked snapper stuffed with lemon, thyme and rosemary. Only available today, noon to 3pm. Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay Level 43. Call 6509 1488.

HALF PRICE FOR MUM AT ADRIFT BY DAVID MYERS

The best deals are the simplest ones, and it doesn’t get any more straightforward than a 50 per cent discount for Adrift’s Sunday brunch buffet (U.P. S$88) for all mothers. And it’s a great way for her to see how the young and hip like to while their Sundays away. The showcase of dishes prepared using fresh Californian produce with an Asian spin includes a line of chilled seafood, salads, pastries and cheeses, as well as brunch favourites such as the restaurant’s take on the Eggs Benedict, ricotta pancakes and the classic steak & egg. Not forgetting the selection of desserts such as a chocolate hazelnut cake and coconut parfait. Available tomorrow, noon to 3pm. Marina Bay Sands, Hotel Lobby Tower 2. Call 6688 5657.

BRUNCH TROLLEY TREATS AT COCOTTE

On top of its assortment of French family-style dishes, the restaurant is rolling out a crepe trolley featuring creamy seafood and spring vegetables, a crepe filled with egg, ham and gruyere cheese, and one with wild mushrooms. Brunch favourites include its signature roast chicken, ham and brie baguettes and classic quiches, while diners can choose from a sweet assortment of bourdaloue tarts, dark chocolate gateaus and caramel ganache-filled Paris-Brests to finish. The brunch is priced at S$89++ per person. You can also choose to pamper mum with a free flow of rose, prosecco and wines (S$139++ per person). For Mother’s Day only, Cocotte has also put together a floral kit that allows your table to easily design, assemble and present Mum with a family-made bouquet. Available tomorrow, noon to 3pm. 2 Dickson Road. Call 6298 1188.

A TRUE SICILIAN EXPERIENCE AT GATTOPARDO

If mum loves to cook, she will love watching a 6kg octopus, which has been simply blanched to retain its natural flavours, sliced and served tableside. While brunch at the restaurant is not a weekly affair, the team does use occasions such as this to feature signature dishes and new creations. The former includes the Sicilian-native chef’s tart made with potato, egg and melted cheese; as well as a dish of pasta with brown organic lentils and extra virgin olive oil — a dish his mother would prepare for special occasions. Other specialities are salt-baked sea bass and freshly made ravioli. The Mother’s Day Brunch Day Out is priced at S$78++ per person, and also features roast beef, sausage and ricotta quiche, and fregola (like little beads of pasta). Available tomorrow, 11.30am to 3pm. 34/36 Tras Street. Call 6338 5498.

A ‘MOM-STROUS’ LUNCH BUFFET AT LIME

If you think three hours is too short for buffets, this invitation at ParkRoyal on Pickering’s signature restaurant includes another hour to explore the international repertoire. Which means mum can take her time with the selection of hamachi, salmon and yellow fin tuna, served with avocado salsa and salmon roe, at the ceviche station. The carvery station features roasted wagyu topside, leg of lamb and traditional German schnitzel. There’s also the foie gras live station where the kitchen will be firing up a duo of flambeed options, one with rhubarb relish and another with a sweet- sour berry compote. And if you missed breakfast, there’s the lobster Eggs Benedict with a sous-vide egg over toasted English muffin to dig into. If she prefers her lobster with more familiar flavours, its signature Nyonya laksa with lobster claws should do the trick. Prices start at S$108 per person. Available tomorrow, 12.30pm to 4.30pm. 3 Upper Pickering Street. Call 6809 8899.

DAY OR NIGHT:

EXQUISITE CANTONESE SET MENUS AT SUMMER PAVILION

For an authentic celebration of the cuisine, these specially crafted sets of five to seven courses include highlights such as braised king scallop with stuffed eggplant, double-boiled sea whelk soup with fish maw and chicken served in a whole coconut, sauteed Iberico pork, and poached rice with lobster. Available for lunch and dinner today and tomorrow (there are two seatings for Sunday lunch). Prices start at S$68. The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue. Call 6434 5286.

FLOWERS FOR MUM AT RANG MAHAL

These inspired menus feature floral decoration as well as edible flowers for a meal that is also a feast for the eyes. Think a comforting blend of almond pumpkin soup with marigold flowers, followed by appetisers such as grilled aubergine with tamarind garlic peanut crush and crispy brown rice pancake and chilli garlic sauce served with lightly-battered zucchini flower for the vegetarian option. Meat-eaters can opt for the oven-roasted honey-marinated chicken breast in place of the aubergine. Mains include a wholesome red pepper terrine with edible lilies, or the grilled chilli curry leaf lobster for the non-vegetarian. Priced at S$108++ per person for the vegetarian menu and S$118++ for the non-vegetarian menu. Available tomorrow for lunch and dinner. Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Blvd Level 3. Call 6333 1788.

SUPER DINNER AT THE KNOLLS

Show mum you’re thinking of her health with Capella’s semi-buffet dinner featuring Superfoods. Dinner begins with a buffet of greens and superfoods in dishes such as a Mediterranean quinoa salad, tomato tartare, cold avocado soup with cucumber and radish, and house-made salmon gravlax. Main courses are also prepared with immune-boosting ingredients, such as beetroot risotto, pan-seared seabass with Mediterranean vegetables, slow-cooked chicken leg in olive oil and gluten-free penne a la arrabbiata. This Superfood Medley (S$98++ per person) is available tomorrow, 6pm to 10:30pm. Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island. Call 6591 5046.

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