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 Salon, Hotel Fort Canning
Hotel Fort Canning is topping last year’s chili crab turkey with a satay roast turkey as the centrepiece of its Christmas buffets. Looks like we’re looking at another turkey dinner winner, folks! The Salon (pictured top) will also be serving up smoky hunks of roasted herb-crusted milk-fed lamb chumps, slow glazed maple honey mustard gammon ham, and of course, log cakes, stollen and Cinnamon-spiced Pumpkin Tarts as part of the buffet. But the true highlight is definitely Christmas Day Brunch at HFC Grand Marquee where in addition to a fab feast, there’ll be tons of activities to keep the kids entertained including a bouncy castle, face painting, art and craft, cupcake decorating, and a dedicated play zone complete with movie screenings, toys and slides. Santa Claus will even be making the rounds ahead of schedule to hand out festive treats!
When: 24 December, 6pm – 10.30pm; 25 December, 12pm – 3pm
Where: Hotel Fort Canning, 1 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881
Cost: Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet: Adult $108++, kids 4 to 12 years $54++
Christmas Day Brunch Buffet: Adult $128++, kids 4 to 12 years $64++, free for kids under 4
Alley on 25, Andaz Singapore
Celebrate Christmas with a view at Alley on 25. Whet your appetite with a fab view of the bay while you dine on prime rib roast beef, slow-roasted lamb shoulder, sustainable seafood bouillabaisse and go back for seconds (or thirds) of sustainable seafood. To wash down the scrumptious meal, why not opt for free-flow egg nog, mulled wine and delamotte champagne, while the kids get hopped up on desserts like Christmas pudding and the seasonal-special Christmas mint pandan chiffon cake complete with a mint mousse.
When: 24-25 December
Where: Alley on 25, 5 Fraser St, Andaz Singapore, Singapore 189354
Cost: Free-flow drinks $158*, free-flow non-alcoholic drinks only $108*, kids aged 6 to 12 years $54*
One-Ninety Restaurant, Four Seasons Hotel
If the full buffet is looking a little heavy, then semi-buffet is sooo the way to go if you love a top-notch spread, but don’t want to massively over indulge on your mains. We recently tried the newly revamped menu (and kids’ play room!) ourselves and it got a resounding thumbs up from the whole fam for food quality, choice and service. These guys could be the nicest restaurant and playroom staff in town. Its special festive offerings look set to impress with highlights including oven-roasted organic turkey with chestnut stuffing, a buffet spread of imported cheeses from France and Italy, and more delish appetizers than you can shake a stick at. Leave room for the dessert table mind: with delights such as mango cheesecake, red velvet and hazelnut royaltine cake, German stollen and festive fruit cake at the dessert table, you’re going to want to try it all! All of this while the kids are supervised in a room stuffed with toys, dressup, crafts, movie-screening and a bouncy castle. Win, win.
When: Semi-buffet: 4-30 December 2018, 12pm-2.30pm
Where: One-Ninety Restaurant, Four Seasons Hotel, 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646
Cost: Semi-buffet lunch: $58 per adult, $29 per child; Christmas Eve Semi-Buffet Dinner: From $128 per adult and $66 per child; Christmas Day Brunch Buffet: unlimited Prosecco and wine: From $198 per adult and $98 per child; Christmas Day Semi-Buffet Dinner: From $88 per adult and $44 per child
The Carvery, Park Hotel Alexandra
The Carvery’s Forest Feast really is bringing the magic this Christmas with its earthy delights. We tried the spread on your behalf (you’re welcome!) and here’s what you’ve got to look forward to in this sumptuous line-up: roasted pork knuckle, whiskey-aged US Angus beef prime ribs, spit-roasted chicken with truffle, beef wellington and a trad roasted tom turkey. We’ll be honest, we can’t pick faves, but we will give a shout-out to the creamy purple mashed potato and raspberry and lychee trifle. Top it all off with a glass (or two) of prosecco and the angelic sounds of Christmas carollers and the whole fam will be jolly for sure.
When: 24-25 December
Where: The Carvery, 323 Alexandra Rd, Singapore 159972
Cost: Christmas Eve Dinner: $128++ per person inclusive of free flow prosecco, wine and beer, $98++ per person inclusive of one glass of prosecco, kids $48++ inclusive of free flow juices and soft drinks;
Christmas Day: $128++ per person inclusive of free flow prosecco, wine and beer, $88++ per person inclusive of one glass of prosecco, kids $48++ inclusive of free flow juices and soft drinks
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 Cantonese-inspired soy-braised turkey and breaded turkey rillettes ‘Cheong Fun’ in true Chinese takeaway-style. Whatever you plump for, come hungry – we gave this one a try and literally had to be rolled home such was the magnificent feast.
When: 22 – 31 December
Where: Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
Cost: Gordon Grill set menu: from $78++, Gordon Grill brunch buffet (inclusive of champagne): $188++ ($88++ for kids), Coffee Lounge lunch buffet: $55++ ($35++ for kids), Coffee Lounge dinner buffet: $95++ ($55++ for kids)
Conrad Centennial Singapore
From 1 December 2018, the Conrad Centennial Singapore is putting on quite the spread: King Crab Salad, whole roast turkey, oven roasted US prime ribs and Indonesian style crab rendang along with other festive dishes at Oscar’s, Xmas-themed tea sets at the Lobby Lounge, and an Oriental Christmas from the a la carte buffet at Golden Peony. Trot on over for Christmas for freshly grilled festive meat as well as lots of jolly fun happening in the Kids Christmas Corner where your little elves will be kept happy (while you quietly sip that G&T). Prices vary for Christmas eve, Christmas day, brunch, lunch and dinner.
When: 1 – 22, 26 – 30 December, 23 – 25 December
Where: Conrad Centennial Singapore, 2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982;
Cost: Christmas Brunch: free flow Laurent Perrier rosé champagne, premium wine pairing, craft beers and craft G&T Bar $248++, free flow Laurent Perrier champagne, house wines, craft beers and G&T bar $218++, free flow soft drinks and juices $178++; kids aged 6-12 years $89++, kids aged 3-5 years $44.50++
Porta, Park Hotel Clarke Quay
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 sous vide scallops and French onion soup with cheese toast sprinkled with avruga caviar. And that’s just for starters! Next up is a choice between the roasted beef brisket with red wine sauce, baked golden Atlantic Halibut confit with lemon butter sauce. Come hungry for this gastro feast! Or pop by the Cocobolo at the pool for a sunset-soaked dinner of turkey, lamb rack, pork belly and seafood. Hot tip: Try Porta’s take on a Singapore Sling – it’s deliciously refreshing (and rather easy to drink!).
When: 24 – 25, 30 – 31 December, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Where: Park Hotel Clarke Quay, 1 Unity St, Singapore 237983
Cost: Porta four-course Festive Menu $64++, Cocobolo: adults $82++, kids $41++
Ellenborough Market Café, Swissotel
Keen to try something different this Christmas? The Festive Feast at Ellenborough Market Café has all the staples from Traditional Country Pâté, Honey Glazed Bone-In Champagne Ham with Port Wine Sauce and braised short beef ribs. But its turkey this season is Asian-inspired and seasoned with a fragrant spicy “Kam Heong” sauce prepared with dried shrimps, curry powder, shallots and garlic. To sweeten the deal, fill up on ivory valrhona yule log with pandan roulade, white sesame mousse and azuki red bean for dessert!
When: 3-31 December
Where: Ellenborough Market Café, 20 Merchant Road, Singapore 058281
Cost: Lunch: adults $58++, kids $29++, Dinner: adults $78++, kids $39++
Epicurean Festive Set Dinner at Blue Potato, Swissotel
Fancy a sit down dinner with all of the classics and less of the frills? Blue Potato has just the festive set dinner. Start the meal with fresh crab louie salad, duck rillette and micro greens, pumpkin bisque and cappuccino foam with roasted walnuts. Then tuck into roasted turkey breast with chestnut stuffing served or grilled grain-fed tenderloin with lyonnaise herb potatoes and baby root vegetables. Can’t forget the sweet caramel yule log with fresh berries and vanilla ice cream to round off this festive feast.
When: 22-31 December 2018
Where: Blue Potato, Swissotel, 20 Merchant Rd, Singapore 178882
Beach Road Kitchen, JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
We popped by Beach Road Kitchen for Thanksgiving for slow-roasted turkey and beef, so we know the Christmas specials will be just as top notch. Come hungry for the festive spread of more than 100 selections including a whole enclave stocked with seafood, freshly shucked oysters, a salmon station and a vertical salad bar. There will be a specially-prepared Porchetta Roast Pork, as well as festive desserts like berries mousse cake, tropezienne and pumpkin cheese cake, on top of the crepe station and soft serve ice cream.
When: 24 and 25 December
Where: JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, 30 Beach Road, Singapore 189763
Cost: Christmas Eve Lunch Adult $68++, child: $34++, Christmas Eve Dinner Adult: $198++, Child: $78++; Christmas Lunch: adult $198++, child: $78++, Christmas Dinner: adult: $108++, child: $54++
We can’t miss out our ultimate family fine-dining fave Flutes. Tuck into delicious festive set menus starring shark bay crab, black winter truffle and sharing platter of meats including free range turkey and roasted rangers valley striploin. And of course, to round off this fabulous feast, no Christmas meal would be complete without a dessert platter of Christmas log cake and sherry trifle.
When: 24 and 25 December
Where: Flutes, 93 Stamford Road, #01-02, Singapore 178897
Cost: Christmas Eve Dinner, $128++, Christmas Day Menu, $108++
The Marmalade Pantry
On top of its festive set menus, The Marmalade Pantry has created a feast of comfort foods starting with vanilla butternut soup with ricotta cheese ravioli. Choose from a trad turkey breast with traditional stuffing, sherry dressing and mesclun salad, an indulgent beef tri-tip with lemon garlic potatoes and sautéed button mushrooms or a healthy charred cauliflower and bulgur wheat salad, and baked crayfish with herb butter. For dessert, the special in-house menu is serving up a golden crème brûlee or the classic puff pastry St Honoré.
When: 24-25 December
Where: The Marmalade Pantry
Cost: Christmas 3-Course Set Menu: lunch $48, dinner: $52
Picotin Express is bringing the magic to this year’s Christmas celebrations. Its weekends are chock full of fam-friendly activities like movie screenings, free games, popcorn and candy at its Joo Chiat outlet along with an affordable Christmas fare of pan-seared fois grais and turkey breast. Or head over to the Bukit Timah branch for a round or two of mini golf before lunch with performances by Singapore’s award-winning magician Tommillusions to wow the whole fam.
When: 15, 16, 23 December
Where: 15 December: 382 Joo Chiat Road; 16, 23 December: 60 Fairways Dr, Singapore 286966
Cost: Ala carte
Mitzo Restaurant and Bar, Grand Park Orchard
For a Christmas with a Canto-twist, head to Mitzo and indulge in treats like roasted pork served with bun and oyster and carrot broth with fish maw soup. We’re already licking our chops for the tender Stir-fried wagyu beef with asparagus in honey pepper, baked champagne cod fish and savoury braised abalone rice. Pop in on the weekends for oyster dishes to spice up the menu.
When: 22, 23, 25 December
Where: Mitzo, Grand Park Orchard, Level 4 Grand Park, 270 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238857
The White Rabbit
Dive into a European wonderland for a fancy Christmas brunch at The White Rabbit. Picture dining on European cuisine with G&T in hand within a restored 1930s chapel on Dempsey Hill, or in the lush garden. There will be two seatings for you to grab your fill of smoked fish parfait with ikura and caviar, foie gras parfait, roasted turkey breast, lobster, and iberico pork collar. And don’t forget to grab some Christmas tree brownies and Christmas cookies to sweeten the deal.
When: 25 December
Where: The White Rabbit, 39C Harding Rd, Singapore 249541
Cost: First seating (10am-10.30am): free flow soft drinks, juices and one Bluecoat gin and tonic or Champagne $98++, Child (5-12 years old) $55++; Second seating (12.30-1.30pm): free flow soft drinks, juices and one Bluecoat gin and tonic or Champagne 118++, Child (5-12 years old) $55++
Sky22, Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena
Courtyard is rolling out a real array of yuletide goodies this December with a semi-buffet happening all December. Get your Christmas meal before the rush with highlights like pan-fried duck breast with sour cherry sauce, seabass papillote with potato and green peas along with grilled lamb cutlets. You’ll still have delicious desserts like chocolate fudge log cake, cinnamon and apple crumble and pumpkin pie to round off the meal. Or book early for the Christmas meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, featuring hearty carvings of classic roasted whole turkey with chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce, roasted lamb leg with onion jus and Asian-twists like grilled seabass in sambal sauce. We’re happy to report that we ate and enjoyed every single morsel already.
When: 24-25 December
Where: Sky22, Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena
Cost: Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet: $68++, free-flow of beer & soft drinks $96++, house pour red & white wines, Prosecco & soft drinks $106++, kids aged 6 to 12 years $34++;
Christmas Day Lunch Buffet: $56++, beer & soft drinks $84++, house pour red & white wines, Prosecco & soft drinks $94++, kids aged 6 to 12 years $28++
Blue Jasmine, Park Hotel Farrer Park
We’re going Thai this Christmas at Blue Jasmine! The buffet is stocked with an assortment of seafood on ice including fresh prawn and black mussels, tom yum mushroom and Thai fish cakes, sugarcane prawns and fragrant deep-fried pandan chicken. Alongside the iconic southern Thai massaman red chicken curry and Blue Jasmine’s signature fried squid will be Christmas classics like roast turkey and roast beef, marinated E-sarn style and served with a house-made smoked chili sauce and glutinous rice. Dessert will be assorted nyonya kuehs, Blue Jasmine’s Thai chendol topped with jackfruit, fresh berries, and house-made red rubies plus the classic Christmas log cake. That’s what we call Christmas spice and everything nice!
When: 21–25 December, 6.30 –10pm
Where: The Blue Jasmine, 10 Farrer Park Station Road, Level 5, Park Hotel Farrer Park, 217564
Cost: Adult $65++, kids aged 6 to 12 years old 32.50++, free for kids 5 years and below
If you’re not one of the lucky ducks jetting off to a German Xmas market this year, you can still celebrate Christmas the German way with Brotzeit’s new Christmas menu. Grab a sharing platter for you and the fam with treats like turkey schnitzel stuffed with raclette cheese, venison and veal sausages and boney-baked Christmas ham. Or go for a single-serving main of beef cheek with truffle sauce, duck confit or pork belly roulade. We popped along to Brotzeit ourselves to try out the sharing platters and all we can say is: come hungry. Brotzeit will also be offering complimentary mulled wine shooters featuring alcoholic red and white wine and non-alcoholic apple and berry flavoured mulled wine for the kiddos. Prost!
When: 15 November 2018 – 2 January 2019
Where: Brotzeit, various locations
Cost: a la carte options available
Town Restaurant, Fullerton Hotel
Enjoy a grand and traditional Christmas Champagne Brunch at Town with charcuterie stations serving up a smorgasbord of both Asian and Western delicacies ranging from classic favourites like pastas, roasts, crustaceans, eggs and foie gras served à la minute, a huge cheese selection and range of desserts, and the star player of the season: the nasi lamak turkey. Little ones will have plenty to keep them busy with in dedicated Children’s room complete with bouncy castle. And let’s just take a moment to talk about the gin parlour and Bloody Mary station…
When: 24-25 December 2018, 12.30pm-4pm (last pour of drinks at 3.30pm)
Where: Town Restaurant, Fullerton Hotel
Cost: $260 per adult and S$125 per child (S$50* for every second child); S$328 per adult with house pour champagne, wines and cocktails
Barnacles by the Sea, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
Grab your swimmers for a seaside brunch at Barnacles by the Sea. One of our fave Sunday brunches is celebrating the holiday season on top of its fresh seafood, prime ribs and caviar. Be sure to drop by the dessert table for festive treats of brandy cheesecake, cinnamon and chocolate pots de crème. Expect the usual to keep the kids happy including magic shows, balloon sculpting and complimentary access to the resort’s swimming pool, children’s splash pad and water slides.
When: 25 December, 12-3pm
Where: Barnacles by the Sea, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa, Singapore 098970
Cost: Adult: $198++ Child: $68++
Cable Car Sky Dining at Faber Peak
Escape into the enchanted forest at Dusk Restaurant and Bar and Arbora Hilltop Dining for spectacular hilltop views. But if you’re looking for something more magical this Christmas then hop aboard the stardust cabin of the Cable Car Sky Dining to be transported above the forest while dining on roasted turkey breast or roasted Chilean seabass fillet and a sweet treat of hazelnut praline and red wine poached pear.
When: 1-30 December
Where: Faber Peak, 109 Mount Faber Rd, Singapore 099203
Cost: $298++ per couple
Ditch the kids for a romantic dinner in the sky. You’ll feel just like royalty admiring Singapore from above as the in-flight host serves up the lavish four course dinner within the garden cabin on the Singapore Flyer. Choose from a western, oriental and vegetarian menu and tuck into festive treats like roasted quail, lamb loin in amaretti crust and Christmas log cake.
When: 22 December 2018 to 1 January 2019, 7pm and 8.30pm
Where: Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803
Cost: For 2 pax: $380+ (22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 or 30 December), $440+ (on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day); for up to 10 diners: from $2,200+
Buffets all booked out? Enjoy a sit-down meal by the riverside at The Sampan at Boat Quay. This three course menu features a choice of three starters, two mains and a dessert including turkey ballotine, honey baked salmon and whisky soaked Christmas pudding. All of the festivities with none of the fuss!
When: 17-29 December
Where: The Sampan, Boat Quay
Cost: $59++ per person
Top image credit: Hotel Fort Canning
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