Christmas shopping, holiday feasts and pretty lights: As the festive season rolls around, Singapore converges on the Orchard Road shopping belt.
Whilst you are in the area, do pop by Palais Renaissance for exclusive dining specials and hearty eats. There’s something for every palate at Palais.
If you love Japanese food, there’s Sushi Kimura and Ishinomaki Grill & Sake Bar to try. Looking for a good restaurant to host your year-end get togethers? Check out Jing Hua Xiao Chi and PS.Cafe. For a break from all that rich Christmas fare, Frunatic and Wholesome Savour offers up healthy meals. And then round it off with drinks from The Writing Club, or bring some home for your New Year parties at Artisan Cellars.
With so many options on offer, we’ve picked out eight to try at Palais this Christmas:
Ishinomaki Grill & Sake Bar’s Sashimi Miyagi sashimi platter
What: This sashimi platter is composed of eight different kinds of premium sashimi, which features seasonal catches. During this season, customers can expect the fish to get delectably fattier as they retain more fat to keep warm during the winter.
All fish are flown in fresh twice a week, and are highly subject to stock. Diners should call in advance to confirm availability.
Wash this down with: Winter sakes are good, but dependent on the diner’s individual taste profile. Be sure to ask the helpful staff for recommendations. These can go from $24 for a small bottle, to $75 to $100 for a larger bottle. Otherwise, sparkling sakes are a good addition to any festive feast, and go for a reasonable price point – prices are available upon request.
Where: Ishinomaki Grill & Sake Bar, #B1-02 to 03 Palais Renaissance. Tel: 6737 1065
Sushi Kimura’s kegani rice
What: Chef Tomoo Kimura’s special rice cooked with kegani meat, uni and ikura. The uni is freshly flown in from Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market. This dish is part of chef Kimura’s omakase menu, and needs to be specially pre-ordered four working days in advance. Only available for a limited period of time.
Cost: Omakase with Kegani rice is from $450, a la carte is $400. A minimum order of 4 to 6 pax is required.
Wash this down with: Kokuryu Daigingo sake ($58 for 180ml and $230 for a bottle), from Fukui Prefecture, has a clean finish that gives a refreshing contrast to the creaminess of the uni. It’s also fruity on the palate, matching the sweet flavour of the uni and crab meat perfectly.
Where: Sushi Kumura, #01-07 Palais Renaissance. Tel: 6734 3520
Jing Hua Xiao Chi’s pan-fried guotie
What: Iconic handcrafted guotie (dumplings) stuffed with seafood and pork, wrapped in Jing Hua Xiao Chi’s unique open-ended style that is passed down from the Hans. This is best eaten dipped in vinegar, the restaurant’s homemade chilli, and thin slices of ginger.
Cost: $7.20 for six pieces, $10.50 for 10 pieces
Wash this down with: A mug of refreshing draft Sapporo ($9)
Where: Jing Hua Xiao Chi, B1-04 to 05. Tel: 6737 8231
PS.Cafe’s spiced duck leg confit
What: Spiced duck leg confit with figs, star anise, white carrot puree and a cherry-orange relish. This is dish part of their Christmas specials—check in store for more of the special menu.
Wash this down with: Pirramimma ‘Stock’s Hill’ Shiraz ($18 per glass, $89 for a bottle)
Where: PS.Cafe, #02-09A Palais Renaissance. Tel: 9834 8232
Frunatic’s high fibre raw rice salad
What: A wholesome combination of wild and brown rice, fresh mushrooms, tomatoes, avocadoes, red bell peppers and pine nuts that contains a good amount of antioxidants and zinc to aid digestion and prevent over-eating. Perfect for counter-acting all those decadent Christmas feasts!
Cost: $108 per omakase set
Wash this down with: Enzyme Sparkling Champagne ($8)
Where: Frunatic, B1-06 Palais Renaissance, Tel: 6736 0288
Wholesome Savour’s signature portobello mushroom burger
What: A 100 per cent natural vegan burger with a whole portobello mushroom stuffed with Tahini paste, season mesclun mixed salad, tomatoes, walnuts, sunflower seeds, beetroots and bell peppers. Add a drizzle of traditional Dijon mustard and a dash of cayenne pepper between fluffy gluten-free buns, and you’ve got all the the fixings for a healthy, low-calorie treat packed with antixoidants, vitamins and minerals.
Wash this down with: Passion Fruit Isotonic ($5)
Where: Wholesome Savour, B1-06A Palais Renaissance, Tel: 6736 0288
The Writing Club’s Old Fashioned
What: A traditional Old Fashioned cocktail made with Bulliet bourbon and rye, and Vallein Tercinier Napoleon cognac.
Wash this down with: Bespoke versions of the one you just had. Choose from over 600 whiskies with varying taste profiles, and the friendly bartenders at The Writing Club will custom-make cocktails to please your palate.
Where: The Writing Club, #02-10 Palais Renaissance; Tel: 9362 8626
Artisan Cellars’ Billiot Brut rosé grand cru
What: A blend of 4 to 8 per cent Bouzy Rouge red wine vinified in wood for one year (picture left). Rosé wines from this label are fruity, highly vinous and expressive – must try for champagne collectors and amateurs alike.
Cost: $83 per 750ml bottle
Wash this down with: A bottle of Billot’s 2012 Brut Millésime grand cru ($95 per 750 ml bottle) that is markedly more nuanced with more structure and depth. This vintage from 2012 is considered by many to be one of the great vintages of recent years.
Where: Artisan Cellars, B1-01 Palais Renaissance. Tel: 6838 0373
All prices reflected may be subject to service charge and prevailing GST.
Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871 (beside Royal Thai Embassy). Tel: 6737 6992
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