We’ve been frantic little elves prepping for Christmas, from hunting down and ornamenting the perfect Christmas tree, to taking the kids to sit on Santa’s knee and making cute DIY Christmas craft. Come Christmas day one place you won’t find us is slaving over a hot stove. We’re all about glamming up and getting into the yuletide spirit with a full on feast with all the trimmings (and a few glasses of bubbly). We’re no stranger to the epic Sunday brunch Singapore dining scene, so have hand selected our fave Christmas offerings island-wide from full 5 star seafood and roast turkey shindigs to the more relaxed resto affairs. Sadly St Nick doesn’t drop lunch down the chimney, so best beat the crowd and book early…
The Ritz Carlton
We had such an incredible time at the Ritz Carlton Christmas brunch extravaganza last year that we’ve made a standing booking. The set up must be seen to be believed, with the entire grand ballroom level being transformed into kiddie Christmas wonderland with a bouncy castle, rides (think polar express and sideshow games) and a photo booth. You’ll barely see your kids all day as they careen from face and hand painting, to the magic show and then to say hi to Santa! The divine children’s spread is a miniature version of the adult buffet, but with more kid-friendly selections like simple pasta, hot dogs and assorted meats and treats. And don’t even get us started on the fabulousness that you will enjoy (relatively un-hindered by the little people) as you work your way through the outstanding nosh including freshly shucked oysters, seafood delights, trad beef wellington and gammon ham with glazed chestnuts. The free-flow Möet only adds to the merriment. Save room dessert and cheese. Six stars!
Where: 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799; www.ritzcarlton.com
When: 25 Dec 2016 12pm – 3pm.
Cost: Möet & Chandon, wine and beer $228++, kids 6-12yrs $114++, kids 3-5yrs $57++.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
We love brunch anytime of the year at the iconic Fullerton Hotel Singapore, with it’s old world charm (it used to be the post office) and sought after location. To say it caters to kids would be an understatement with it’s dedicated kids corner with face painting sessions, entertainment, and, wait for it… SLIDES. And let us tell you that the nosh is absolutely top shelf with all the bases covered from silken sashimi, to off-the-boat fresh seafood and the obligatory roast festive meat selection. And this Christmas, three culinary establishments (Town, Jade and Courtyard) have joined forces to produce an extra-spesh menu. Our tip: You can feel comfortable sitting out by the riverside thanks to the water misting fans. And don’t miss the vocal stylings of the carollers.
Where: 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore, 049178; www.fullertonhotels.com
When: 25 Dec 2016 lunch 12.30pm – 4pm and dinner 6.30pm – 10.30pm.
Cost: Free-flow champagne, wine and cocktails brunch $310, dinner $168, no alcohol brunch $250, dinner $168, kids brunch $115, dinner $99.
mezza9 at the Grand Hyatt Singapore
We’re on a first name basis with the excellent peeps at mezza9 mainly because the decadent spread is world class. You’ll find us loading up on fine cured meats at the artisan charcuterie, and well, everything at the well-stocked crustacean bar. And the selection of festive eats will not disappoint with highlights including the butterball turkey rubbed with orange and spices and slowly spit roasted over jarrah hard wood. That, and the grass fed lamb rack with lemon and garlic. We’re salivating just writing this! And in the kids’ corner you’ll find sure-fire winners like wagyu beef sliders with Monterey jack cheese and sustainable fish fingers. The whole family will be stuffed like Santa come home time. Ho ho ho!
Where: Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211; www.singapore.grand.hyattrestaurants.com
When: 25 Dec 2016 11.30am – 3pm.
Cost: Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut champagne, wines, beers $248++, soft drinks only $188++, kids 5-12 yrs $128++.
The W Singapore
For purveyors of relaxed tropical style and funky tunes, the W Singapore Christmas brunch will hit the spot. Snap up a spot in the strikingly designed yet casual dining room, or in the exotic outdoors and let the good times roll. You’ll be spoilt for choice with a smorgasboard of traditional meats and eats plus a noteworthy selection of local and BBQ delights. The dessert table is one of the best we’ve seen, with fun Christmassy delights like the croquembouche holiday tree and the kid-magnet matcha chocolate fountain. This is one brunch that will have the whole family feeling the good vibes. And did we mention that the bubbly of choice is Tattinger? Done, we’re sold.
Where: The W Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore, 098374; www.wsingaporesentosacove.com
When: Sun 12:30pm or 4pm.
Cost: Champagne, wine and cocktails $198++; wine and cocktails, $98++; kids 4-12 $48++ (if you book by 30 Nov).
The Westin Singapore
Just quietly, we’re massive fans of the year ‘round Westin Singapore champas brunch, with it’s nutritionally balanced kids’ seasonal tastes menu, but it’s Christmas, so we’re willing to let loose just this once… And boy do the crew at the Westin Singapore know how to put on a lavish spread. We’re talking perfectly prepped whole roasted baby lamb, a properly festive leg of ham stuffed with turkey and roasted peppers, and mod whole baked salmon with curry scallops. And never fear, the usual stellar array of seafood will be on show accompanied by a bottomless glass of tipple. Must-try desserts include port-poached pears, whiskey & chestnut yule Log and to-die-for chocolates. Santa is in da house.
Where: The Westin Singapore, Level 32, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore, 018961; www.thewestinsingapore.com
When: Dec 25 2016, 12 – 3 pm.
Cost: Free-flow champagne, wine, beer, or soft drink $158++, one glass of champagne $88, Kids 4-12 yrs $44++.
The White Rabbit
We can’t think of a more fitting setting for a stunning white Christmas than beneath the soaring beams of the old church building that is The White Rabbit. Head Chef Benjamin Tan is a genius in the kitchen and has fine-tuned a hearty yet chic Christmas menu. Think succulent quail with warm autumn chestnuts, rich duck breast and a slew of traditional yuletide roasts. The pasta with shaved winter truffles and Blackmore wagyu rib meat is guaranteed to blow your mind. Make sure indulge in a petite plate of dessert (the hazelnut orange cake and tiramisu trifle sound simply divine). Let your elves outside to the rabbit hole post lunch for a run about while you savour a signature gin cocktail.
Where: 39C Harding Road Singapore, 249541; www.thewhiterabbit.com.sg
When: 25 Dec 2016, first seating (10am-12pm, 10.15am-12.15pm, 10.30am-12.30pm) and second seating (12.30pm-2.30pm, 12.45pm- 2.45pm, 1pm-3pm, 1.15pm-3.15pm).
Cost: first seating $98++, second seating $118++, kids (6-12yrs) kids 6-12yrs $49++. Adults served a Plymouth gin & tonic or Bellini.
The Carvery at Park Hotel Alexandra
Park Hotel Alexandra welcomes foodies to its pre-eminent restaurant, The Carvery, with its stunning line-up of Christmas meats and dishes reminiscent of traditional British feasts. This family-style meal, available for Christmas day brunch and dinner, is a wonderful addition to its already stellar line-up of premium roasts. Don’t miss the standout crown roast of pork with herbs and mustard or the juicy US Black Angus prime beef. For dessert we simply can’t go past the signature black forest trifle with it’s indulgent layers of sponge, mousse, brandy drenched cherries, whipped cream and custard topped with shards of chocolate. Enjoy a jolly libation or two while soaking in the dulcet tones of the Christmas carollers.
Where: The Carvery, 323 Alexandra Rd, Singapore 159972; www.parkhotelgroup.com
When: 25 Dec 2016 brunch 11.30am – 2.30pm and dinner 6.30pm – 10.30pm.
Cost: free flow champagne, wine and beer $128++, one glass of champagne $78++ and $42 soft drinks only.
Faber Peak Singapore
Here’s a unique twist to Christmas dining: hop aboard a cable car at Singapore’s only hilltop destination and soar to culinary heights with the resto’s exquisite Dining on Cloud 9 three-course festive menu. Highlights include a main course of braised Shoyu flavoured US beef short ribs or pistachio encrusted cod fillet, and a dessert of ivory chocolate raspberry cream bombe. Sup on a lovely sparkling cocktail to top off a stellar lunch. While this refined dining experience is arguably best suited to families with t(w)eens, little ones are catered for with a dedicated kids’ menu. It has the wow factor!
Where: Faber Peak, 109 Mount Faber Road, Faber Peak, Singapore 099203; www.faberpeaksingapore.com
When: 25 Dec 2016.
Cost: $288 for two.
If you’re lucky enough to have experienced the Supercharged Sunday Brunch, you’re already onboard with how ah-mazing Oscar’s at Conrad Centennial Singapore really is. The Christmas day extravaganza promises to be every bit as spesh. You owe it to yourselves to go hard at the seafood station; and we just know we’re speaking your language when we say Boston lobster, king crab and London roast duck and suckling pig. No? How about a dash of nitrogen ice cream? Turn it up with meats like whole turkey with spicy cranberry jus and twice-cooked pork belly with Argentinian spices. Don’t mind if we do. Psst: Santa will be making a fly-in visit to take pics with your little elves and there will be a kids’ corner with sketch art and magic performances.
Where: Conrad Centennial Singapore, 2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982; www.conradhotels3.hilton.com
When: 25 Dec 2016, 12.30pm – 3pm and 6pm – 10pm.
Cost: Laurent Perrier Champagne, wine, beer and cocktails $218++ (lunch) $198+ (dinner), no booze $158++ (lunch) and $138 (dinner), kids $79++ (lunch) $69++ dinner.
For a casual, hearty meal, Jamie’s Italian rustic style dishes will be an absolute hit with the whole fam. Kick off your Xmas day right with a glass of Prosecco as you glide through the doors. Then settle-in for a luxe three-course lunch or dinner with starters like smoked salmon salad and celeriac and truffle soup, and sumptuous mains such as Jamie’s wild mushroom pappardelle and pan fried sea bass with white wine and steamed mussels. End with the decadent tiramisu pavlova with smashed hazelnuts or the tangy lemon tart topped with whipped cream, pomegranate and fresh mint. So much yum. You’ll feel all warm and fuzzy knowing that you’re giving back this Christmas too with donations from the proceeds of all kids’ meals going to the Singapore Children’s Society. And teach your kids the joy of giving by dropping a present for a child in need at the toy-banks at both outlets from 15 November.
Where: Jamie’s Italian, locations in Vivocity and Forum the Shopping Mall; www.jamieoliver.com/italian/singapore
When: 25 Dec 2016 lunch 12pm – 4pm and dinner 5pm – 10pm.
Cost: lunch $49.90++ and dinner $65.90++.
If a buffet of more than 60 treats including doast Australian beef prime ribs, roast turkey and desserts including the English trifle glasses sounds good to you, then head en masse to the Marriott Cafe. This luxe venue is set to delight diners with all-time faves like mouth-watering roast carvings (honey glazed ham and pork saddle with prune and pancetta stuffing) to seafood – think freshly shucked oysters, gratinated prawns and lobster spicy catalana style. We went a little starry-eyed at the list of desserts; the station’s luscious treats include drunken berry panna cotta, gingerbread boys and girls, Stollen and steamed plum pudding with brandy sauce.
Where: Marriott Café, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza, 320 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238865; www.singaporemarriott.com
When: 25 Dec 2016 lunch and dinner.
Cost: free-flow sparkling wine, beer and wine, $118++ (lunch) $138++ (dinner), kids $58++ (lunch), $60++ (dinner).
For festive fare with local flair, head to Plaza Brasserie at PARKROYAL on Beach Road. The Christmas feast features live stations dedicated to juicy roasted meats. Check out the impressive spread including seafood paella infused with saffron, a unique Christmas curry, rosemary marble potatoes and brussel sprouts with bacon. It’s a quality wallet friendly option. Our tip: Look out for the promotion deal for two and 15% discount card promotions from NZ, DBS, HSBC, OCBC, Maybank, POSB and UOB banks.
Where: Plaza Brasserie, 7500 Beach Road, PARKROYAL on Beach Road, Singapore 199591; www.parkroyalhotels.com
When: 25 Dec 2016 lunch 12pm – 2.30pm and dinner 6pm – 10pm.
Cost: Adults from $48 and kids (4-12 years) from $29.
Your little ones will be stuffed to the brim and ready to flop on the couch for that all-important Christmas arvo nap. You can slope off to bed too. To all a good night…
top image: mezza9 at the Grand Hyatt Singapore