The Best Christmas Food To Feast On In Singapore For 2019
Christmas is the season of giving and feasting. You won’t have trouble with the latter, as the island’s top chefs have crafted sumptuous buffet spreads and set menus, replete with holiday essentials like turkeys, honey-glazed ham, and more. So, prepare your appetites and get started with these restaurants.
1/14 Adrift by David Myers
How about an inspired Californian-Japanese fare to begin the season of eating? Chef David Myers and his team have created three omakase menus that showcase their expertise in cooking up wood-fired meats.
Taste it in the seven-course meal with highlights such as the Queensland rump cap with radicchio, pickled onion and sesame, as well as the wood-fired prawn with head sauce and lardo. Opt for the eight-course menu for standouts including scallop with kohlrabi, wasabi and sunflower; king crab chawanmushi with Szechuan spices and garden herbs; and slipper lobster with cauliflower and hazelnut.
For a truly indulgent meal, go for the 11-course menu for luxe dishes such as Iberico pork loin with fennel and burnt apple, and Wagyu striploin accented with onion, mustard and soy. The menus are available from December 16 to 30.
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2/14 Alley on 25
Andaz Singapore is throwing an ugly sweater Christmas buffet party on December 24 (dinner) and December 25 (lunch). You’re more than welcome to come dressed in your tackiest outfit (the ugliest sweater will win a prize) and feast on a medley of heavenly roasts and grill selections, decadent desserts as well as Christmas-inspired tipples.
Make your way to the meat station first, home to impeccably grilled prime roast beef and slow-roasted lamb shoulder, as well as Christmas classics like roasted turkey and glazed kurobuta ham. As easy as it is to indulge here, don’t forget other sections like the seafood counter, brimming with ocean treasures—oysters, Australian mussels and tiger prawns, included.
Dessert is another delicious affair, with sugary treats including the Christmas morello cherry pandan chiffon cake with tart cherry mousse. It will feel more like a holiday feast with a couple of servings of warm mulled wine.
Alley on 25 | Andaz Singapore, Level 25, 5 Fraser Street, Singapore, S(189354) | 6408 1234 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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3/14 Ocean Restaurant
There’s no restaurant more romantic than Ocean Restaurant; it’s something to consider when you’re planning to take your partner out for Christmas. Head to Sentosa and you’ll be rewarded with three- and six-course menus for lunch and dinner, respectively.
Lunch features exquisite creations—risotto topped with onsen egg, bacon emulsion and Iberico pork; slow-cooked Iberico Secreto with onions presented in different ways; and the classic Paris Brest with vanilla ice cream and hazelnut praline.
Come for dinner for more tantalising creations. Included in the repertoire are the Hokkaido scallops decorated with textures of cauliflower and apple sauce cream; and the French yellow chicken accompanied by silken potato, caramelised tubers. For the finishing touches, it’s drizzled with winter truffle jus. The menus are available from December 1 to January 1.
4/14 Beach Road Kitchen
You’re in for a jolly treat at this buffet restaurant, as the culinary team has pulled out all the stops to craft a Christmas spread with over 100 selections. From the festive roasts, the standout is the slow-roasted turkey; the poultry has been marinated in a concoction of herbs and spices for 12 hours before it’s slow-roasted to ensure the flavours are infused into the flesh. It’s served with your traditional cranberry sauce and signature gravy.
Making the spread extra special is the honey-glazed gammon bone-in ham, coated with honey extract from honeycomb for a naturally sweet taste. Both dishes are complemented with prime ocean catches and a bevy of toothsome desserts. Don’t forget the free-flow tipples—choices include champagne, wines, beers and cocktails. The Christmas buffet is available for lunch and dinner from December 1 to 23 and December 26 to 30.
It’s good to wake up on Christmas Day knowing there’s a bountiful feast waiting for you at Mezza9. The culinary team’s brunch features a glorious spread catering to every palate—whether it’s Thai, Japanese, local or Western.
Love your seafood? Head over to the sustainable crustacean on ice for wild king prawns, Maine lobster, blue crabs and a variety of oysters that taste like they’ve just been pulled from the waters. Or, better yet, toss in the freshly prepared Japanese sashimi and nigiri, crowned with Indonesian yellowfin tuna, Norwegian Atlantic salmon and Australian yellowtail kingfish.
Buffets won’t be complete without the carving station; other than the usual kurobuta ham and tom turkey, dig into the roasted Mottainai lamb shoulder, roasted pork crown and Australian Angus dry-aged bone-in ribeye—accompanied with their usual trimmings.
6/14 Lime Restaurant
It’s never too early to celebrate Christmas, especially at this buffet restaurant, which has rolled out its festive spread since November 25 and will be on until January 1. This means you get to indulge in mouth-watering creations such as the turkey mesak merah; it’s an interesting take on the typical turkey where the bird is marinated in tomato paste, red chilli and spices, and roasted for a succulent and spicy finish.
Don’t stop there when you have the grilled beef sirloin infused with cognac and served with peppercorn cream sauce; squid ink linguine coated with chilli crab sauce, and Dong Po pork belly with crispy mantou on the repertoire.
7/14 Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore
Surf and turf is the theme of the restaurant’s six-course menu, available for dinner on Christmas eve and lunch on Christmas day. Both menus offer different dishes, in case you want to celebrate here on both occasions.
Come for dinner and delight in the likes of Boston lobster bisque bobbing with flakes of fresh lobster claw; broiled Atlantic lobster made more indulgent with wild salmon roe, and deftly cooked kurobuta pork collar. Dessert is an enticing Sakura crémeux with mango-pear coulis and glazed chocolate mousse praline dome—topped with Haagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream.
Lunch is made more tempting with boneless rolled lamb leg, given an extra crunch with a generous coating of crushed pistachios, and the classic turkey prime combo, to name a few. End the meal with the sugary ispahan rose lychee dome cake and the traditional Christmas bread, panettone.
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8/14 Wakanui Grill Dining
Meat lovers will find it easy to choose this restaurant for festive eating from December 23 to 31. The culinary team will make it worth your while with a sumptuous menu that, naturally, features the all-time favourite Wakanui spring lamb chop, raised in the beautiful pastures of New Zealand and aged to achieve its full-on meaty flavours when grilled.
Here’s the thing: chef does seafood really well, too, as you’ll taste in the hair crab tartare beautifully paired with an assemblage of avocado, horseradish, carrot mousse and cucumber; and Hokkaido scallop chowder decorated with potato, Chinese cabbage and celery.
As for entrees, you’ve got three choices: the Ocean beef ribeye, Canterbury grass-fed fillet, both cooked to your preferred doneness, or fish and scallop Wellington. It’s the chef’s reinvention of the puff pastry dish stuffed with white fish, scallop paste, grilled mushrooms and choron (tomato-spiked béarnaise) sauce.
9/14 Olivia Restaurant & Lounge
You'd better book fast if you want to celebrate Christmas at one of the hottest restaurant openings (and Best Service 2019/20 awardee) this year. El Bulli alum Alain Devahive has crafted a sumptuous Spanish menu that takes cues from his time at Ferran Adria’s award-winning restaurant.
It’s never been more obvious than with the starter of spherical olives that pop in the mouth to reveal delectably complex flavours. Up next are fresh-off-the-ocean oysters doused in a citrusy sauce; jamon Iberico and tomato atop crusty bread; and a Catalan classic, croquettes stuffed with mushroom and truffles.
Thankfully, these come in bite sizes, so you’ll have more than enough space to devour the stewed lobster and artichokes, cooked Menorca style; roasted Christmas duck presented with seasonal fruits and nuts; and crispy and juicy suckling pig belly paired with sweet roasted pineapple.
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10/14 The Carvery
As the restaurant name implies, you’ll be savouring delicious roasts here especially during the Christmas season. From December 2 to 30, the culinary team has upped the spread with delightful new additions to the lunch and dinner offerings, including the lip-smacking Angus prime beef ribs.
Executive chef Ian Hioe elevates the time-honoured beef recipe by using top-quality beef from Australia, infused with Tanqueray 10 gin and aged for 21 days to impart the meat with subtle citrusy notes. Another winner, the spit-roasted chicken is brined for 24 hours in a spiced bath, marinated with sweet orange and aged balsamic reduction, and cooked pver a spitfire.
The Carvery | Level 7 Park Hotel Alexandra 323, Alexandra Road, S(159972) | 6828 8880 | Book here
Dining at this restaurant on the 33rd level of MBFC Tower 1 means you have the perfect backdrop of the Marina Bay skyline as you tuck into head chef Archan Chan three-course dinner menu, served from December 24 to 26. She has given the Christmas dishes a modern reworking by tapping into her expertise of using beer in her cooking.
This means you get to tuck into creations like the flavourful honey roasted ham glazed with Level33’s home-brewed IPA; beef Wellington with stout jus; and panettone accompanied by a rich sauce made with Bock beer.
Chef Chan has also prepared à la carte items for sharing. Don’t be shy and just order the 1.2kg ribeye steak, or the Christmas seafood platter comprising fresh scallops, crayfish, salmon and local oysters. Toast to the occasion, too, by ordering the special brut beer, created using the same yeast that Barons de Rothschild uses in their champagne.
Level33 | 33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre, Tower 1, Marina Boulevard, S(1018981) | 6834 3133 | email@example.com
12/14 Patara Fine Thai Cuisine
It’s normal to crave for something different when you’ve had too much serving of roast turkey or honey-glazed ham. If you find yourself in this tight spot, restart your palate with the lively flavours of Thai cuisine.
The amuse bouche of pineapple with homemade chilli jam is already a dazzler; it only gets better with the piquant spicy salmon ceviche, made with mint leaves, shallots, spring onions and Thai parsley, and the comforting smoked fish soup with seabass fillet and burnt shallots.
Need more spice in your life? The grilled codfish spiced up with Thai herbs, betel nut leave and shimeji mushrooms will do just that. If not, you can always go for the braised pork belly bathed in a rich and creamy northern curry with quail eggs. The menu is available until December 25.
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13/14 Vineyard at HortPark
For a simple yet delicious holiday meal, you can’t go wrong with this restaurant set within the lush HortPark. The meal commences with thin slivers of Hamachi seethed in a combo of passionfruit, sriracha, nori, citrus and oil, and followed by a hearty crustacean bisque adorned with butter-poached crayfish and seafood mousseline.
The servings are rightly portioned that you can indulge a bit more with the mains. Other than the US prime grade tenderloin and the pan-seared duck breast, there’s also the locally-farmed and pan-seared barramundi bedecked with chorizo clams, baby spinach and vine tomato. Don’t skip the dessert, Bombe Alaska, artfully presented with lemon sable and meringue. The menu is available until December 25.
14/14 The Orchard Cafe
Amp up your Christmas eve dinner celebration with an eclectic spread of seafood extravaganza on ice, Japanese delights, celebratory roasts, as well as enticing Christmas desserts at this newly-renovated restaurant.
There’s much to savour, starting from the ocean treasures of freshly-shucked Irish and Canadian oysters, chilled tiger prawns, Spanish black mussels and cherry clams. Walk around the expansive space, but do make sure you make a stop at the carving station to find beautifully roasted whole turkey and bone-in honey baked gammon ham.
The revelry continues until brunch on Christmas Day, where you’ll find more highlights including herb-marinated prime rib, Australian lamb rack and baby spring chicken. Includes bottomless champagne, beer and DIY Bloody Mary.