The highly anticipated and widely celebrated festive holiday is back again this year. I had the privilege of attending a private and very fancy tea party at the Goodwood Park Hotel, and was given special access to the preview of the Goodwood Park presidential suite and that’s where the tea party was held.
The Rose Marie Suite offers the grandeur and charm of an aristocratic mansion. It boasts with their spacious lounge, leather-panelled study, lavish bedroom with a walk-in closet, bathroom with sauna, pantry and a grand dining room with its own rooftop garden, all serviced by a private lift.
We were told that a night’s stay at this suite would cost approximately SGD $5,000 and this is definitely one of the best luxurious deluxe hotel suite in Singapore. I was just going to slip into the bathroom to grab a bathrobe and pretend that I’m a guest while the others look around. It later occurred to me that I was just having too much imagination. Maybe I would stay for one night next time 🙂
We were introduced to the sumptuous Christmas treats at Goodwood Park and its looking like its going to be a biggie this year with a new selection of takeaway treats that range from savoury and sweet showstoppers to classic signature items that will bring joy to any party.
The team of stellar chefs at Goodwood Park have came out with creative new highlights such as the Steamed baked turkey stuffed with fresh chestnuts, ham and vegetables served with yam rice; and Mustard crusted U.S. Kurobuta pork rack with smoked gravy, pickled cabbage-apples and potato gratin. Delectable sweet treats can be found in the Jivara chocolate, passionfruit and mango log cake; Salted caramel nuts cake; Petite hazelnut Christmas tree and Push pop cake collection of Chocolate raspberry and Vanilla strawberry.
Created by Executive Chef Foo Jong Kwang, this unique Asian-style turkey is a winning combination of tender meat stuffed with freshly peeled whole chestnuts, black mushrooms, bamboo shoots, carrots and spring onions. The dish is redolent with comforting and robust tastes from the oyster sauce-braised vegetables and fragrant ‘jin hua’ ham – a cured speciality ham from Zhejiang. The two-hour steam bake process ensures ultimate succulence and retention of flavours. It is coated with glistening gravy made from drippings and served with homemade yam rice.
This gorgeous centrepiece features a crown of eye-catching ‘rocks’ made of dark chocolate sponge cake and white chocolate ‘crisps’. Beneath lies layers of Jivara chocolate with passionfruit mousse, passionfruit jelly, almond sponge, mango cheese cake and a digestive biscuit base.
This sturdy serving of caramel pound cake layered with creamy salted caramel and almonds is generously coated with a nutty milk chocolate glaze, decorated with whole almonds and dainty dark chocolate squares.
Inspired by the ‘religieuse’ – a confection made from choux pastry cases piped with cream and stacked to resemble a nun’s habit, this miniature delight is made with three hazelnut cream filled cases. To recreate a ‘snow-capped’ look, a layer of white chocolate glazed marzipan are used.
Reminiscent of childhood times are these adorable push pop cakes that will no doubt entertain the young ones and adults alike. There are two flavours – Chocolate raspberry (as featured) and Vanilla strawberry available. They are great for personalised gifting as guests can write their names on the cheerful packaging stickers.
A classic crumble cake is paired with meringue topped with fresh blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.
Other noteworthy gourmet treats not featured here include the Whole roast duck with barbecue sauce and plum sauce ($68 for four to six persons) and the Boneless gammon ham with vanilla-pineapple sauce ($177 for 12 to 15 persons), will be available from 1 to 26 December 2014.
Advance orders of three working days are required and you can visit the Deli from 9am to 9pm daily to place your takeaway orders. Alternatively, you may call the Christmas Call Centre at (65) 6730 1867 / 1868 from 10am to 6pm daily, or you can email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit festivepromotions.goodwoodparkhotel.com from 1 December 2014 to place online orders. Last order date is 19 December 2014, 12pm.
The hotel’s stalwart dining establishments comprising Gordon Grill, Coffee Lounge, L’Espresso and Min Jiang will also present Christmas and New Year set menus and lavish buffet spreads.
- Homemade Pork and Duck Rillette (Available in Christmas Day Brunch Buffet at L’Espresso and Gordon Grill).
- Tartar of Salmon Trout, Avocado and Sea Urchin with Lime-Shoyu Dressing (Available in Festive Set Lunch at Gordon Grill).
- Cold Capellini Pasta with Langoustine, Farm Caviar and Truffle Vinaigrette (Available in Festive Set Lunch at Gordon Grill).
- Marinated King Crab with Avocado, Compressed Pear and Iced Virgin Mary (Available in Christmas Eve and Day Set Dinner at Gordon Grill).
- Organic Hen Eggs, Smoked Potato Foam, Chorizo and Shallots (Available in Christmas Eve and Day Set Dinner at Gordon Grill).
- Highland Greens and Lettuce with House Dressings and Condiments (Available in Christmas Day Brunch Buffet at L’Espresso and Gordon Grill).
An alternative take on the popular Asian speciality, the turkey ‘ngoh hiang’ is the perfect party food as it is easily served as small bites. Besides chopped turkey breast, yam, water chestnut, carrots and prawns, Canadian streaky bacon; which imparts a festive touch and lovely smoked flavour is also added. These handmade crispy rolls pair impeccably with sweet sauce.
A perennial favourite, this 1-kg treat promises lashings of creamy durian goodness within layers of vanilla sponge.
Promotional set lunch and dinner, Buffet lunch and dinner, Afternoon tea buffet, Christmas Eve and Day brunch and dinner buffet, New Year Eve and Day buffet are available at the Goodwood Park Hotel‘s Restaurants.
Goodwood Park Hotel also offers you a chance to build the retreat of your dreams with their exclusive Festive Retreat Package at $325++ include one night stay at the deluxe room with buffet breakfast for two, $50 nett worth of F&B credit per room per night for a la carte dining at Min Jiang, with a minimum spend of $120++ excluding beverages, plus other additional perks.
More details on the Goodwood Christmas Cheer 2014 special offers and promotions can be found on the Goodwood Park Hotel official website.
GOODWOOD PARK HOTEL
Address: 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221