Where to Celebrate Eat Outside Day in Singapore
Here’s a fun fact for you: Eat Outside Day is celebrated annually on 31 August. This uncanny and unique holiday may not be big in Asia, but the Americans and Europeans make an effort to pack a meal and dine out; enjoying a wonderful time with Mother Nature, enjoying the last few warm summer days before the weather turns colder.
Alas, whilst summer lasts perpetually all year round in Singapore, it still makes for a great occasion to grab a meal with friends and family while basking amidst beautiful foliage. We’ve rounded up 9 places to get a great meal at an outdoor patio for this year’s Eat Outside Day!
Botanico at The Garage is a garden restaurant and bar situated within Singapore’s Botanic Gardens. Serving up the restaurant’s very own rendition of European-Asian cuisine, every item on the menu promises to tell a botanical story, giving rise to emotion and sparks of imagination with every taste. From the restaurant’s brunch menu is a modern take on the classic breakfast staple - rice rolls - Iberico Chee Cheong Fun. Perfectly rolled cannelloni are stuffed with barbecued pork belly and glazed with ginger soy. Give the Red Bass a go - pan fried Mauritian farmed red bass are crusted with Nori before being placed on a bed of couscous and grilled savoy cabbage. Finish off the meal with a refreshing Lemongrass Panna Cotta served with ginger ice cream, Granny Smith apples and lemon meringue as you gaze into the beautiful green garden that surrounds the restaurant.
Address: 50 Cluny Park Road, The Garage, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 257488
Saturday-Sunday: 11am-3pm, 6pm-11.30pm
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Source: Boufe Cafe
A blend of boutique and cafe, Boufe Cafe prides itself on serving up fancy cafe dishes that are #foodporn worthy; both for your tastebuds and the ‘gram. Opt for the Phoenix Park outlet, which allows for outdoor seating in its beautiful patio surrounded by lush foliage. Boufe offers an all-day breakfast menu with the likes of its Brioche French Toast, served with fresh berries, chantilly cream and a caramelised banana. If you’re hungry for something meaty and toothsome, opt for Steaks Are High, which sees Australian oyster blade beef served with homemade onion rings, hashbrown and a side of roquette leaves.
Address: 308 Tanglin Road, #01-01, Phoenix Park, Singapore 247974
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Source: Canopy Garden Dining
Who says you can dine amongst greenery only in town? Canopy Garden Dining offers diners a tranquil dining experience in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park II. While your time away as you listen to the birds chirping, leaves rustling or the sound of cicadas while enjoying a great meal. If you’re fishin’ for a delicious yet peculiar dish, the Salmon in Broth is right up your alley. A pan seared salmon fillet is placed on a bed of mashed potatoes and vegetable broth, made up with a medley of leek, lettuce, green peas and bacon.
A cafe wouldn’t be complete without an eggs benedict dish! Here at Canopy Garden Dining, the restaurant has revisited traditional roots with its Eggs Benedict Classic. Featuring poached eggs and carved honey baked ham on toasted english muffins, it is topped with signature homemade hollandaise sauce and served with sauteed mushrooms and field greens on the side.
Address: 1382 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Bishan Park 2, Singapore 569931
Saturday & PH: 8am-11pm
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Another restaurant found in the heartlands of Singapore is GRUB. Run by 4 young local entrepreneurs, the restaurant is located within Bishan Park 1 and serves up fun and wholesome dishes. The restaurant prides itself on sourcing locally whenever possible, ensuring that their dishes reflect the essence of the nation. The restaurant offers diners the option to build your own lunch on weekdays (excluding public holidays), with a choice of a main course and appetisers, finger foods, drinks and desserts at an affordable price.
If you’re looking to get a quick brunch run, opt for the English Breakfast Plate. Garlic ciabatta, scrambled eggs, pork patty, grilled tomatoes and baked beans make up the classic ingredients for a quintessential English breakfast get-up. Tapping on the mala trend, GRUB has a Mala Xiang Guo Burger that packs a lot of heat. Toasted beetroot buns sandwich a smorgasbord of ingredients such as spicy szechuan peppercorns, sliced pork, chilli oil, crispy luncheon meat and lotus root slices. Spicy food lovers will have a blast here!
Address: 510 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Bishan Park 1, Singapore 569983
Saturday-Sunday & PH: 9am-10pm
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Source: Riders Cafe
Known to be one of the best brunch spots in Singapore, Riders Cafe has been serving up its version of contemporary European dishes since 2007. Situated in the old headquarters of the Bukit Timah Saddle Club, diners get to enjoy views whereby colonial architecture meets pristine greenery. The cafe has a wide variety of breakfast dishes, which are served from 8am to 3pm.
Enjoy the likes of Homemade Rosti and Breakfast Sausage or even the unique Sweet Corn Fritters and Smoked Salmon. Diners can also get their pasta fix from the slew of different pasta dishes available, such as Spaghetti in Meatballs and Sunday Gravy, or the Linguine in Portobello Truffle Alfredo. Craving something meaty? The Riders Burger, which features 200gm of Angus beef, American cheddar and an in-house burger sauce will do the trick!
Address: 51 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286965
Tuesday-Thursday, Sunday: 8am-9pm
Friday & Saturday: 8am-10pm
Closed on Mondays
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If you’re an adventurous cafe hopper, you might’ve been to Spruce. Tucked away at the former Bukit Timah Fire Station along the Rail Corridor, the red and white Spruce building gives a pop of colour amidst the evergreen lush surroundings. The restaurant serves up a plethora of classic Western favourites such as an assortment of burgers, mains with the likes of Baby Jan Back Ribs and Sous Vide Beef Short Ribs.
Spice up your meal with your meal pals, have a go and see who has the highest heat tolerance with the Spruce Spicy Wings. Choose from 4 different heat levels, Angel Wings, Sassy Jerry Wings, Spruce Hot Wings and DEVIL’s Wings, play a game with your group of friends or family and make the loser do a forfeit by eating the DEVIL’s Wings! If you’re a fan of local music talents, drop by from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm to 10.30pm to enjoy live music while you wine and dine to your heart's content.
Address: 260 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #01-01, Singapore 588190
Sunday & PH: 9am-12.30am
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7. The Halia
Source: The Halia
Nestled within the Ginger Garden in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the recently anointed UNESCO World Heritage Site, is The Halia. This Halal-certified restaurant serves up Modern European cuisine with Asian influences. Enjoy dishes such as the Blackmore Wagyu Carpaccio, which sees mala spiced bamboo shoots, pickled ginger and wasabi served with cuts of marbled Wagyu beef, showing off the perfect blend of Eastern and Western flavours in a dish. If you’re craving something more local, the Halia’s Singapore-style Chilli Crab Spaghettini would be your best bet!
Address: 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden, Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569
Friday & Eve of PH: 9am-10pm
Sunday & PH: 10am-9.30pm
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UNA has relocated from One Rochester to its current location at The Alkaff Mansion. Nestled in the centre of all things green, this Spanish restaurant serves up a gastronomical experience to its diners through the wide variety of Basque inspired dishes and popular favourites. No Spanish meal is complete without an order of paella. This Valecian rice dish is served in four different styles at UNA, Paella De Marisco (seafood), Arroz Negro (seafood with squid ink), Paella de Carne (oxtail) and Paella de Chorizo Y Habitas (Spanish chorizo), so there’s definitely something for everyone. UNA also has a slew of tapas, also known as ‘small plates’, where diners can order and share amongst big groups, embracing the beauty of communal dining.
Address: 10 Telok Blangah Green, Singapore 109178
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
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You may not know but the Seletar Aerospace Park has its fair share of lush greenery amidst its many aviation planes. Located at the Seletar Aerospace Park is Wildseed Cafe at The Summer House, which gets its fair share of panoramic green landscapes and majestic aircrafts, making it a must visit for aviation-enthusiasts.
Offering a plethora of patisseries and cafe grub for diners to chillax and unwind in comfort, the cafe’s highly recommended weekend brunch items include the Sesame Chicken Pita and Wildseed Garden Arrabiata amongst many others. The meal does not end there! Wildseed Cafe has a whole menu section dedicated to summer coolers, such as the Tropicana Smoothie or Avocado Shake that’ll quench your thirst and keep you cool in the sweltering heat.
Address: 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387
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Brimming with excitement yet?
Wine and dine at this Eat Outside Day! If you’re looking to expand your options, check out our comprehensive list of restaurants where you can dine al fresco. Treat yourself and enjoy panoramic views of lush greenery while you feel the slight cool summer breeze amidst the tepid warmth of our tropical climate!