It’s never too early to start thinking about how to NOT spend Christmas Day slaving over a hot stove and being faced with a mountain of washing up, so we’re already turning our minds to the best festive feasts for families in Singapore. You know, the ones where we can glam up and get in a yuletide mood while the kids have a blast in the supervised on-site playroom! And as we’re no strangers to the epic Singapore Sunday brunch scene (all done in the name of research, of course) we’ve handpicked our fave Christmas menus from full five-star seafood feasts to roast turkey shindigs (chili crab turkey anyone?), as well as the more relaxed affairs. Our hot tip for a shiny, merry Xmas? Book quick before all the best seats are snapped up – and check back regularly as we’ll be updating whenever deets of new feasts roll in…
The Carvery at Park Hotel Alexandra
Park Hotel Alexandra (pictured top) has gone all Spanish on us this Christmas with a sumptuous line-up of delectable delights such as Iberico pork belly porchetta stuffed with chorizo and apple, spit-roasted chicken with orange and rosemary, red mullet fish with mojo verde, squid and olive salad, Sukalki beef ragu, and a turron trifle. Ole! For the more trad-Christmas feasters amongst you, you’ll still find the stalwart festive feast faves including roast turkey, brussel sprouts, parsnips and 28-day dry aged US Black Angus prime rib. Oh, and a whole Spanish suckling pig! (Vegetarians: look away). All washed down with a large glass of sangria and the angelic sounds of Christmas carollers.
Where: The Carvery, 323 Alexandra Rd, Singapore 159972
Cost: Christmas Buffet Brunch: $128++ per person inclusive of free flow sangria, wine and beer, $88++ per person inclusive of one glass of sangria (kids: $48++ inclusive of free flow juices and soft drinks)
Pan Pacific Singapore
The whole fam should arrive hungry at Pan Pacific’s award-winning restaurant The Edge for Christmas Day Brunch that includes an array of traditional (and not-so-traditional) offerings. Pile your plates high with roasted turkey, glazed champagne ham, whole roasted Moroccan spiced baby lamb, crackling crispy pork belly and premium tajima beef, then move on to araguani passion ginger brownies, chocolate match morella cherry log cake and locally inspired chendol log cake. Wear stretchy clothes.
Where: The Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595
Cost: Christmas Brunch: From $208++ inclusive of free flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne, selected wine, beer and cocktails and free flow soft drinks or $158++ per person inclusive of free flow fruit juices, soft drinks, tea and coffee ($79++ for kids aged six to 11 years).
Can’t decide whether to eat out for lunch or dinner? Jamie’s Italian has prepared three-course offerings for both. We’ve had a taste of this mouth-watering menu ourselves and we can safely say, expect a rich porcini mushroom soup with black truffle, slow-cooked pork belly and Italian flash-grilled striploin. Or save space for a dinner of free-range chicken liver pâté with sage and aged Parmesan, and for an extra $5++, enjoy a dry-aged chargrilled sirloin steak, served with truffle butter and portobello mushrooms. Wrap up the meal with Jamie’s Black Forest panna cotta or pick the indulgent Christmas sundae heaped with panettone ice cream and amarena cherries to satisfy the kids. We say the mulled wine served with ice puts the perfect tropical spin on Christmas, and topped off with a view of the waterfront gives you the perfect Christmas meal.
Where: Jamie’s Italian VivoCity and Jamie’s Italian Forum
Cost: Lunch: $49.90 ++ per person, Dinner: $65.90++ per person, each menu is inclusive of a complimentary glass of Prosecco or Berry blast mocktail
Goodwood Park Hotel
Make this Christmas a memorable one by celebrating the festivities in the iconic heritage hotel that is Goodwood Park. Gordon Grill is laying on both a five-course set menu of festive fare or a full-on-loosen-your-pant-buttons international buffet complete with champers on Xmas Day (the dessert trolley: oh my!). Or if top throttle gluttony is not your thing, then try the more casual Coffee Lounge for a Christmas Day Dinner with a local flavour twist. New gourmet offerings this year (on top of the traditional Christmas dinners) include the Asian inspired 12 Treasures Turkey and Around the World in ‘Turkey’ Days – a huge all-turkey feast. Whatever you plump for, come hungry!
Where: Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, 228221
Cost: Gordon Grill set menu: $138++ per person, Gordon Grill brunch buffet (inclusive of champagne): $168++ per person ($78++ for kids), Coffee Lounge Christmas Day dinner: $68++ per person.
With a beautiful setting (it’s in the National Museum of Singapore), first-class staff and food that literally melts in your mouth, we’ve long had a foodie love affair with Flutes, and we know the festive celebrations here always come up trumps. This year all the Xmas stops have been pulled out with a festive set menu that includes an appetiser (Spencer Gulf Prawns), soup (back to where Xmas all began for this one: Jerusalem artichoke with smoked Woodbridge salmon), a shared platter of meats for main (free range turkey, roasted Iberico crackling pork belly, Ranger Valley wagyu sirloin plus all the trad trimmings), and a delectable dessert platter (Xmas baked Alaska, sherry trifle and Valrhona chocolate log) to share (or hog to yourself). Signing up right about… now. Hot tip: once you’re literally rolling off your seat with overindulgence, take a post-meal stroll through the gorgeously green Fort Canning Park, just behind the restaurant).
Where: Flutes, 93 Stamford Road, The National Museum of Singapore, 178897
Cost: Christmas set menu: $108++ per person. Children’s menu and cost TBC.
Having tried and tested the Ritz-Carlton Christmas brunch extravaganza in previous years, we’re excited to hear tales that Pastry Chef, Benjamin Siwek, has been whipping up a storm preparing handcrafted speciality log cakes in flavours including green tea, sea salt caramel and rose with lychee for the festive season. We can’t wait for a taste of each and every one of them while partaking in the divine Vintage Champagne Christmas Brunch over at Colony! But if you fancy the kind of family-friendly brunch that involves a side order of magic shows, face painting, games, rides, a live band and an appearance by Santa to keep the kids happy (ie, out of your hair) then the Christmas Family Buffet Brunch in the Grand Ballroom is exactly where you need to be. Free-flow Moet, plates piled high with freshly shucked oysters, beef Wellington, gammon ham and all the trimmings seal the deal.
Where: Ritz-Carlton, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799
Cost: Colony Vintage Champagne Brunch: $428 ++ per person inclusive of free flow Dom Perignon or $198++ per person inclusive of Moet & Chandon champagne (kids aged 6-12: $99++, aged 3-5: $49.50++)
The Westin Singapore
If a lavish spread is the merry name of your Xmas game, then The Westin Singapore is laying on a veritable feast with its Christmas Day Dinner Buffet, where you’ll find gastro delights including truffle honey-glazed Christmas ham, rolled & roasted turkey, BBQ St Louis pork ribs and a serious array of fresh and delish seafood offerings. There’ll also be some fantastic local delights on offer to mix up the usual festive fare: the Signature Singapore chilli crab and Canton baked spring chicken look amazing! Oh, and don’t get us started on the desserts (Maracaibo chocolate whiskey chestnut Yule log anyone?)
Where: The Westin Singapore, Level 32, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore, 018961
Cost: Christmas Day Dinner Buffet: $98++ per person inclusive of a glass of Prosecco, beer, wine, soft drink or juice (kids aged 4-12 years: $49++)
Christmas is all about sharing, so we love The Summerhouse Communal Style Christmas Dinner that’s being laid on for a sumptuous Xmas feast. Appetisers include a choice of Blue Swimmer crab, freshly shucked oysters, oven roasted beetroot, pan-fried foie gras, and endives with almond salad, while the Festive Table will be laden with delights such as stuffed turkey, smoked striploin, roasted leg of lamb, whole baked snapper and more trimmings than you can shake a stick at. Leave room for dessert though: Rum soaked gingerbread fruitcake with Christmas pudding ice cream and a selection of cookies are on the menu.
Where: The Summerhouse, 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387
Cost: 3-course set menu: $58 per person
Conrad Centennial Singapore
From 27 November 2017, the Conrad Centennial Singapore is putting on quite the spread: lavish log cakes and Christmas roasts, traditional festive buffets at Oscar’s, Xmas-themed tea sets at the Lobby Lounge, and an Oriental Christmas from the a la carte buffet at Golden Peony, plus a special Christmas Pudding Gin & Tonic (yes please!). There’ll also be some jolly fun happening in the Kids Christmas Corner to keep your little elves happy (while you quietly sip that G&T).
Where: Conrad Centennial Singapore, 2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982;
Cost: Christmas Brunch: $218++ per person inclusive of free flow Laurent Perrier champagne, house wines, craft beers and G&T corner, $168++ per person inclusive of free flow soft drinks and juices (kids aged 6-12 years: $84++, kids aged 3-5 years: $42++)
For a cosy Christmas with a festive menu favouring a less traditional route, head over to Park Hotel Clarke Quay, where Porta is serving up cognac-scented lobster bisque and gravlax of Norwegian salmon topped with marinated fennel and avruga caviar. And that’s just for starters! We recently tried the menu on your behalf (you’re welcome) and couldn’t get enough of the charcuterie platter, suckling pig, and succulent steak served with pepper sauce and thick cut fries. Come hungry for this gastro feast: the Festive Epicurean Treasures menu is a winner for sure. Hot tip: Try Porta’s take on a Singapore Sling – it’s deliciously refreshing (and rather easy to drink!).
Where: Porta Fine Food & Import Company, 1 Unity St, Singapore 237983
Cost: A la carte options or three-course Festive Menu at $60++ per person
Hotel Fort Canning
When a chili crab turkey landed at HoneyKids HQ recently courtesy of Hotel Fort Canning, we were all clambering to try this festive food with a Singapore twist. The verdict? From the speed at which it was gobbled down, it was definitely a turkey dinner winner! Tuck into this and the other festive selections at The Salon’s Christmas Day Lunch Buffet for a delicious Xmas day the whole fam will love.
Where: Hotel Fort Canning, 1 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881
Cost: Christmas Day Lunch Buffet: $118++ per person (kids aged 5-11 years: $59++)
Top image credit: The Carvery at Park Hotel
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