‘Tis the season for stuffing your face with good food. With Christmas dinner planning underway, here are some alternatives to the good ol’ classic turkey and ham.

Laksa Roast Chicken and Charsiew Ham from Antoinette

It doesn’t have to be National Day to show a little patriotism. French patisserie, Antoinette, injects some Singapura flavour into their Christmas takeaways. The Laksa Roast Chicken (S$55 for 1.3kg) is marinated with a thick rempah and the Glazed Charsiew Ham (S$60 for 1kg) for a dose of sweet and savoury. Both come with fragrant pineapple pilaf rice and achar salad.

30 Penhas Road, Singapore 208188 and 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-28 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596. Pre-order at +65 62933121/62355109 or events@sugardaddy.com.sg


Roasted Pandan Scent Turkey with Kaya Nibbles from Goodwood Park Hotel

We can’t enough of pandan in our food so why stop when it comes to Christmas? Goodwood Park Hotel’s rendition of the classic fowl is made better with pandan and homemade chilli sauce. The accompaniment of kaya mantou also means you won’t have to think about getting desserts after.

22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221. Order five days in advance at +65 7301867 from 10am to 6pm daily or email festive@goodwoodparkhotel.com


Oven-baked Fish from Tablescape 

This is one for the pescatarians. Done Acqua Pazza, Tablescape’s Oven Baked Fish is cooked with garlic, capers, white wine, cherry tomatoes and black olives for an Italian Christmas dinner. You’ll also be one of the few hosts with a plated whole fish for the centrepiece to your meal.

10 Coleman Street, Level 3 Grand Park City Hall, Singapore 179809. Order five days in advance at Park Hotel Group. Delivery is available for S$50 or pick it up directly at the restaurant.


Mexican Oxtail Stew and U.S Braised beef short ribs with Coffee and Ancho Chile from Comida Mexicana

Surprise everyone when you spice things up by bringing Mexican dishes to the table. Stewed for five hours in a dark chocolate mole sauce made with fruit, chilli pepper, nuts and spices, the oxtail (S$68 per kg), flown in from USA, is the perfect antidote to a cooler, rainy December. Also on the menu is the South American counterpart to coffee ribs; USA beef short ribs are braised in Chile ancho, a kind of Mexican chilli, and coffee for three hours (S$70 per kg).

404 East Coast Road, Singapore 428998. Call +65 6440 8030 to place an order.


Truffle-Infused Deboned Roast Turkey from Da Paolo 

Not too dissimilar to the regular roast turkey, this interpretation from Da Paolo is for those who don’t want too big of a shake-up. Infused with truffle, a millennial favourite, the fowl is stuff with chestnuts, mushrooms and a whole Cotechino Italian pork sausage (S$225 for a group of 10 to 12). The best part: it’s deboned so you can slice it right through.

Order online at their website.

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