Decadent log cakes, juicy turkey and sweet bubbly – it’s time for festive feasting with friends and family!
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Mandarin Oriental Singapore’s Melt Café takes a classic approach to Christmas with their festive meats.
Expect dishes like maple and cinnamon glazed gammon ham, crispy duck leg confit with puy lentils and traditional roasted Christmas turkey stuffed with apple and chestnut.
Desserts-wise, Melt Café offers an assortment of éclairs, macarons and Christmas fruit cakes. Try the matcha soufflé mascarpone yule log, which consists of a matcha soufflé roll, matcha mascarpone anglaise, roasted sweet potato cream and sable Breton. Prices start at $108 per person for brunch.
From traditional Christmas classics to new Asian-inspired treats, there’s something for every palate at Pan Pacific Singapore.
Cantonese restaurant Hai Tien Lo serves up a specially curated six-course Winter Solstice menu ($108 per pax) from now until 22 December. Expect delicacies like fragrant duck confit with executive chef Lai Tong Ping’s speciality red wine sauce; stewed noodles with crispy barbecued pork belly and glutinous rice balls; and steamed sea perch fillet with seasonal greens.
Find festive favourites like foie gras torchon, Christmas cured meat platters and glazed champagne ham at buffet restaurant Edge. Cheese lovers will appreciate the Farmer’s Cheese Theatre boasting over 30 artisanal French cheeses. Add Morello cherry crème brulee, whisky chestnut Tanariva chocolate verrine and other delectable sweets, and you’ve got all the makings of a perfect Christmas feast. Prices start from $58 per adult.
Head down to Pacific Marketplace to get your hands on their newly launched Asian festive goodies for your larder. Think Peranakan roasted turkey, served with turmeric rice (nasi kunyit) and pickled vegetables ($168 and chendol log cake ($68)—purchase them as a bundle for $268 and they’ll even throw in some Nonya popiah made with minced turkey. Pacific Marketplace is also debuting a smorgasbord of new goodies this year, but at the top of our list are two log cakes ($68): chocolate matcha Morello cherry and the Araguani Framboise, a chocolate-raspberry confection.
Christmas takes a fairytale twist at InterContinental Singapore with a charming Enchanted Woods theme.
On the culinary front, offerings are equally enthralling with lavish feasts at Ash & Elm for both Christmas and New Year. Highlights from the festive menu (from $38; from $128 for Christmas Eve dinner) include the fork-tender braised beef cheek with mulled wine sauce and roasted tom yum turkey with chestnuts. From the brunch selection (from $98), indulge in caviar and fresh seafood on ice along with roasted quail with polenta and port, and honey baked ham.
But the best bits are the ones you can take home—such as the gorgeous roasted Kagoshima kurobuta bara ($148) from the festive takeaway menu. For delicious stocking fillers, we recommend the delightful TimTam-inspired chocolate sandwich biscuits ($38 for box of 12) available in pistachio amaretto cherry, raspberry gingerbread, mont blanc, chocolate peppermint flavours.
Monti at 1-Pavilion celebrates the festive season with a luxurious spread.
Expect starters like Alaskan king crab, Fine de Claire oysters and tuna tataki. For something more substantial, there’s spaghetti with blue swimmer crab and wagyu beef Bolognese tagliatelle. From the carving station comes ballotine of turkey with cranberry sauce, oven-baked salt-crusted seabass with salsa verde and charcoal grilled octopus. The dessert station offers a sweet end to a decadent meal with assorted treats like mince pies, rum-soaked gingerbread and pistachio financiers. Prices start from $55 per child and $110 per adult for the Christmas Jazz Brunch on 24 and 25 December.
Expect oysters galore prepared five different ways and a creamy Boston lobster risotto that is served piping hot in a whole parmesan wheel. Of course, the roasted turkey with cinnamon and orange is a showstopper. Roasted till golden brown and glistening from the cinnamon and orange glaze, the turkey is juicy but not overpowered by cinnamon and orange flavours.
Another highlight is the slow-cooked wagyu beef brisket that simply melts in the mouth. It is served with smoked onion purée and crispy wild rice. From $60 per adult and $30 per child for lunch.
Park Hotel Alexandra’s The Carvery takes the Spanish route this Christmas with Spanish-inspired dishes and meats. Expect dishes like Iberico pork belly porchetta stuffed with chorizo and apple, oregano, onions and apples, then roasted to a crisp, and spit-roasted chicken with orange and rosemary. The latter is one of the highlights; it is brined for 24 hours and scented with white peppercorns, bay leaves and thyme before its skin is lined with a generous layer of orange butter and rosemary.
Desserts-wise, try the Turron Trifle, a twist to The Carvery’s signature trifle. Layers of vanilla sponge cake and hazelnut custard spiked with cognac and triple sec are then slathered with salted butterscotch sauce and topped with Kirsch whipped cream, crunchy chocolate feuilletine and some Spanish nougat. Prices begin at $45 per adult and $25 per child for lunch.
Enjoy a Christmas tok panjang (Peranakan for feast) with the festive menu from Baba Chews Bar and Eatery. Savour classic Christmas dishes influenced by Peranakan flavours like turkey breast assam curry, a creamy curry baked with 2kg of turkey breast; and crackling pork belly panggang marinated with satay sauce, cooked sous vide and then slow-baked for a lovely crackling.
End on a sweet note with desserts like the gorgeous chendol log cake, comprising a gula melaka mousse surrounding layers of red beans, pandan jelly, coconut cream and grated coconut. Or try the koko pisang, which consists of a base layer made of crispy rich chocolate biscuits topped with sweet chocolate mousse and banana confit. Prices start from $38 per person for weekend brunch and $48 per person for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day brunch.
Christmas is not complete without a juicy roasted bird and Four Seasons Hotel Singapore’s turkey is a good bet. Stuffed with chestnuts and prepared with a secret recipe for over 18 hours, the bird is served with homemade bread.
Alternatively, the hotel also offers a variety of other meats like Westholme grass-fed ribeye and roasted leg of lamb. For sweets, choose from a wide range of festive treats like chocolate yule log cake and Christmas fruit cake. Prices start at $188 per adult for buffet brunch on Christmas Eve.
This was first published in Wine & Dine’s December 2017 issue – The Festive Issue ‘Christmas Specials’.