It’s time to haul home your Christmas tree, get your Christmas day champagne brunch booked, and bring the kids to sit on Santa’s knee. We LOVE this time of the year! Except when it comes to food. We’re always too late, too disorganised and too sozzled (silly season style) to source all the necessary gourmet goodies in time. We’re talking Christmas hampers, traditional plum puddings (with the obligatory brandy butter), cakes, stollen, gingerbread people and more. So to save you from our past fate of circumnavigating the island on the traditional Xmas fare, we’ve done the research to bring you the best places to order your festive essentials.
For luxe Christmas hampers and second-to-none delicatessen cold cuts, cheeses and dips, you can’t go past The Providore (pictured top). The Cheese delight hamper with boutique crackers, wooden board and quince, truffle honey and other pastes is perfect for the die-hard cheese lover ($150). And do sit down and sample an antipasti platter while you’re there – you’ve earned it with all that hard shopping. One thing’s for certain, we’ll be picking up a bottle of our fave bubbly, Billecart Salmon ($110.10) to celebrate in true style.
The Providore, Mandarin Gallery, Raffles Place, Tangs, The Warehouse at Tan Boon Liat, Pasarbella; www.theprovidore.com
Dean & Deluca Singapore
Bring a little New York SoHo chic to your Xmas with any one of the outstanding hampers on offer at Dean & Deluca Singapore. If you’re anything like us you’ll probably already be there ordering your ready-to-eat feast for the big day. We’re thinking the Dean & Deluca Food Lover’s Hamper will see us through Christmas (and well into the New Year) with high end artisanal goodies like amica alfredo’s potato chips black truffle, acacia truffle honey, apricot mustard and even a detox box for a tasty cleanse ($168). For happy kiddos snap up the macadamia chocolate log with red velvet sponge ($88), and keep some creamy rum-soaked raisin log cake ($88) for yourself.
DEAN & DELUCA Singapore, Orchard Central, HillV2 and Far East Square; www.deandeluca.com.sg
Jones the Grocer
Jones the Grocer has shipped in moist Christmas cake this year and we can’t wait to try a slice (or two). It also has neatly bundled packages of festive treats including macaroons, mince pies, and a gingerbread house. You’ll also want to pay a little visit to their dedicated cheese room for that post-lunch platter, we reckon.
Jones the Grocer, Block 9 #01-12 Dempsey Road, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 247697, Great World City, #01-66/67, 1 Kim Seng Promenade; www.jonesthegrocer.com
Order a Mandy’s Christmas pudding (1kg, $40) from The Fishwives and what you’ll get is more than just a ridiculously rich, moist, plummy dessert. You’ll reap the rewards of years of fine-tuning in the kitchen by a properly British born baker. Pop one of her gluten-free Christmas cakes into your cart while you’re at it (750g, $42) and some brandy butter on the side (200g, $10). The traditional Breramilano Italian panettone will also be winging its way to our pantry this year (1kg, $56).
The Fishwives, #01-04A Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760; www.the-fishwives.com
Baker & Cook
The bastion of all baked goodies has a full range of Christmas desserts including trad fruit cake ($48), indulgent fruit mince tarts ($23), classic German stollen ($25), kiddie-fave gingerbread cookies ($6.50) and delish Christmas biscotti ($9.50). And why not have the lovely B&C peeps whip up a personalised Christmas hamper for the foodie in your family? We’re all primed for a festive feast. And don’t forget to stock up on its delish ready-sliced bread, now available in selected Cold Storage outlets!
Baker & Cook at Chip Bee Gardens, Bugis, Opera Estate, Clementi Arcade, Holiday Inn Express, and Namly Estate; www.bakerandcook.biz
Oh Deli’s gourmet Christmas fare is bound to get you feeling jolly. We know you’ll want to stock up on Aussie brand Phillippa’s to-die-for range of baked goodies including authentic spiced plum pudding (400g, $54.90), Christmas cake with unwaxed candied peel and Australian dried apricots (700g, $54.90), buttery short-crust organic fruit mince pies (six for $26.90) and glazed gingerbread biscuits (from $11.90). For the friend who has everything, gift a wicker basket filled with festive treats and vino (hampers range from $165 – $500), wrapped with card for your convenience!
Oh Deli, 421 East Coast Rd, Singapore 429008, www.ohdeli.com.sg
Harrods in Takashimaya
When only the best will do, head straight to Harrods. In the basement of Takashimaya you will find a golden stack of luxury Christmas puddings consisting of cherries, nuts and other fruits soaked in French cognac, Thatchers cider, and brandy. Fancy.
Takashimaya, Basement 2, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872; www.takashimaya.com.sg
Da Paolo Gastronomia
We must admit we’re regulars at Da Paolo in Chip Bee Gardens all year ‘round for its artisanal breads, pre-made meals and sauces. The Christmas sweet offerings are arguably the best on the island – think a merry Christmas cookie stacked tree ($58) and Italian hazelnut cornflakes festive wreath ($35.90), a range of cute cookie cupcakes including a Santa’s stuck and Snowman cupcakes ($4.50 each) and a very good looking hazelnut and fudge chocolate log cake ($98). Ooh, and the Christmas Edition Speculoos Tiramisu ($125) is looking like the perfect sinful treat to round off any Christmas feast. Check out its affordable yet decadent hampers too for that last minute tasteful gift.
Da Paolo, Various locations; www.dapaolo.com.sg/gastronomia
While clearly the focus is on meat at The Butcher, being a supplier of fine eats, also has a respectable range of premium cakes and Christmas goodies. Load up on iced chocolate truffle logs ($45.80), dipping crackers ($6.50) and why not pick up some fruit sauces ($7.90 a jar), put on the Michael Bublé carols and have an afternoon baking with the kids?
The Butcher, Holland Village, Parkway Parade, River Valley and Suntec City Mall; www.thebutcher.com.sg
Marks & Spencer
British household name Marks & Spencer’s food is always top notch. When we need a crumpet fix or mince pies, we head here. And with it’s fab cafe in Wheelock Place, to say you can rely on Marks and Sparks for Christmas would be an understatement. It’s classic Christmas top iced holly cake is not only ridiculously delicious, but reasonably priced too ($35.90). We’ll be stocking up on the Marc De Champagne truffles ($16.90), how cute does the record your own message tin with gingerbread biscuits sound? ($49.90).
Marks & Spencer, 10 stores in Singapore but the biggest is at 501 Orchard Road
#01-01 Wheelock Place, Singapore, 238880; www.marksandspencer.com/sg
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
There’s a reason people flock to the Fullerton Hotel Singapore for Christmas brunch. The quality and range of sinful desserts are mind blowing. Thank your lucky stars that the takeaway range is almost as extensive with crowd-pleasers like the yuletide Christmas log cakes ($69), darling Christmas chocolates, gingerbread house (from $60), mini mince fruit pies ($15) and a solid range of Christmas hampers brimful of festive treats and a souvenir Fullerton Merlion plush (from $20).
1 Fullerton Square, Singapore, 049178; www.shop.fullertonhotel.com
Cold Storage has a huge selection of Christmas baked goodies, and even has options for those with food allergies. In stock this silly season you’ll find meat platters, puds, Christmas cakes, mince pies, panettone and stollen from English, German and Italian brands including Matthew Walker, Waitrose, Whittings, Walkers and Glenfiddich (whisky cake anyone?). Our kids are also quite taken with the mini Bauli panettone mignon. Keep it in mind for those last-minute purchases…
Cold Storage stores islandwide; www.coldstorage.com.sg
Photography (top image): The Providore
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