As 2018 comes to a close, a well-deserved party is in order. Here are some great places to head to for your next festive feast.
Whether you have in mind intimate settings with hearty roasts on the table or larger banquets and buffet spreads, we’ve got you covered.
Roasts for the roost
Lawry’s The Prime Rib
Six-course feasts await at Lawry’s. In their Whimsical Christmas Eve dinner menu (from $168) for instance, start with a lobster bisque with Alaskan prawn meat. Then slowly savour a yuletide appetiser platter featuring Hokkaido scallop with sea grapes and Avruga caviar; Japanese fried oyster with yuzu-wasabi espuma; and foie gras macaron with almond and chocolate soil. But leave room for the highlight of the meal, Lawry’s signature roasted USDA prime rib of beef, which comes in a 180g portion, served with mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, whipped cream radish and a choice of sides. On New Year’s Eve, enjoy one-day only special dishes such as the lobster with porcini ravioli in lobster bisque sauce or the pistachio crusted baby lamb rack with foie gras.
#04-01-31 Mandarin gallery, 333A Orchard Road. Tel: 6836 3333
Popular for their Sunday roasts for a while now, every Sunday in the month of December, enjoy Butcher Boy’s The Christmas Roast set ($35), with a choice of roast beef, roast lamb rump or roast pork belly with mash potatoes, 5-spice butternut squash, Szechuan brussel sprouts and Yorkshire pudding. Alternatively, opt for The Christmas Bird set ($78 for two persons), featuring a signature roast chicken with chestnut herb brioche stuffing and Christmas ham with teriyaki glaze.
31 Keong Saik Road. Tel: 6221 6833
At this microbrewery restaurant 33 levels high in the sky, executive chef Archan Chan serves up modern European plates. Befitting of the brewery locale, this Australian chef with Asian roots uses by-products from the beer-brewing process such as spent grains and adds more than a few beer-related touches to her dishes. Just one example is the quail starter, which is marinated with aromatics and LeVel33’s house-brewed stout.
In her 24-26 December Christmas menu, expect festive a la carte dishes such as IPA poached oyster, horse radish, tapioca and seaweed ($24); whole roasted quail in pine needle & malt, beetroot, chamomile and yeast ($36); and an 800g roasted whole wagyu beef rump with parsnip and cranberry cassis ($108, three-to-share). There is also the option of enjoying the dishes as a set menu (from $58 for two courses).
#33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre. 8 Marina Boulevard. Tel: 6834 3133
Oxwell & Co
If you’re up for something cosy and relaxed, the gastropub Oxwell & Co may be more your style. Dishing up modern British eats from a four-storey shophouse on Ann Siang Hill, Oxwell & Co’s Christmas Roast Menu (from $98) kicks off with a glass of Andreola Prosecco Verv Extra Dry, followed by snacks such as pork scratchings, a butternut squash soup, and starters the likes of salmon gravlax and chicken & pork liver pâté. For mains go for options such as a ballotine of turkey breast or a plate of Westholme bavette steak ($10 supplement). End the meal with a decadent sticky toffee pudding with rum & raisin ice cream.
5 Ann Siang Road. Tel: 6438 7036
The St. Regis Singapore
At Brasserie Les Saveurs, The St. Regis Singapore’s flagshop French restaurant, tuck into a lavish champagne brunch come Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (from $248), where you can enjoy fresh seafood, meats from the carving station such as roasted lamb leg with garlic and rosemary, desserts and more. At Christmas Eve dinner (from $318), get set for an all-out feast with luxurious offerings in the buffet spread such as pan-seared foie gras with pear william compote, pistachio, balsamic gastrique and brioche; as well as roasted duck breast with salardaise potato, asparagus and kenya beans and a sauce à l’Orange. On New Year’s eve, expect a five-course degustation menu ($258) featuring the likes of slow-cooked guinea fowl as well as scallops in XO sauce.
At La Brezza, Italian fare the likes of homemade pork tortellini and traditional panetonne feature in their Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners ($118), while in their New Year’s Eve dinner degustation menu ($168), expect to find dishes such as carnaroli risotto with Amalfi lemon, langoustine and Friarielli; and whisky and raisin bread pudding.
29 Tanglin Road. Tel: 6506 6888.
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
At Racines, Sofitel Singapore City Centre’s French-Chinese restaurant helmed by executive chef Jean-Charles Dubois, join in their Art de Noël buffets for Christmas eve dinner (from $158), Christmas Day brunch (from $168) and New Year’s Eve dinner (from $168). Apart from usual festive favourites such as honey-roasted ham and their their signature honey slow-roasted turkey or La Grand Fête, Racines will be bringing more of their Asian-influenced plates to the table via dishes such as kong bak bao braised pork belly with garlic aioli and Nonya-style slow-cooked turkey roulade.
9 Wallich Street. Tel: 6428 5000
W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
At W Singapore – Sentosa Cove’s all-day dining restaurant, the kitchen table, delectable buffet spreads on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (from $128) promise to suit every palate. Start from the salad bar, and work your way through to fresh seafood such as king crabs, half lobsters, prawns, oysters and sashimi. Or head straight for the large spread of cheeses, charcuterie and gourmet dishes such as turkey and chestnut velouté. For their New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day buffets (from $128), grill stations will be busy firing up lamb T-bone steaks, king prawns and Canadian lobsters, while Indian and local dishes will be added to the mix.
Over at SKIRT, a modern European grill restaurant with Asian touches, a December festive Grazing Around set menu (from $68 with a minimum dining party of two) features highlights such as Sri Lankan crab toast and challan duck breast.
21 Ocean Way. Tel: 6808 7288
This Christmas, treat the cheese lovers in your life to an unforgettable meal at the award-wining Basilico, where there will be a dedicated cheese room carrying over 50 Italian specialty cheeses. Other highlights from the Christmas Day Brunch (from $168 per person) include a live station dishing out pan-seared foie gras with caramelised amarena cherries; and hearty roasts such as the lavender-infused mustard marinated wagyu beef sirloin with truffle potatoes and chanterelles. Don’t miss the seafood bar offering poached lobsters, spiny lobsters, mussels and Alaskan king crabs.
1 Cuscaden Road. Tel: 6733 8888
The hotel’s restaurants including The Knolls (from $78 per person) and Cassia (from $98 per person) are offering a slew of celebratory feasts. The highlight, however, is the Candy Wonderland Christmas Brunch (from $208 per adult) happening on the 25 December, where the Grand Ballroom will be transformed into a Candy Wonderland. Festive dishes include foie gras custard with gingerbread crouton and port wine reduction; Christmas gammon ham with salad, caramelised walnut, endive and raspberry; and more. In addition to the sumptuous spread, the little ones can look forward to entertaining activities such as a magic show and gingerbread cookie decoration.
1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island. Tel: 6377 8888.