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Christmas 2015 Festive Dining and Gift Ideas

Christmas is just around the corner. With that in mind, I have created this collection guide to stir up your thoughts and take out the stress out of catering for a crowd with restaurant dining ideas, plus thoughtful Christmas gifts that are sure to impress your foodie friends and love ones.

Goodwood Park Hotel

Celebrate in style with Goodwood Park Hotel as the grande dame will make sure your party is one to remember. Festive dining is available at Goodwood Park HotelGordon Grill, Coffee Lounge and L’Espresso from as early as 1st December 2015 till 1st Jan 2o16. Takeaway highlights at the Deli also starts from 1st December till 26th December 2015.

This year’s new Goodwood Portuguese-Style Curry Turkey ($218 for 10 to 12 persons), is the masterpiece of Coffee Lounge’s Executive Chef Foo Jong Kwang, inspired by a favoured dish of the hotel’s late owner Mr Khoo Teck Puat. Other stellar savouries include the Slow Roasted Ibérico Pork Belly with crackling, pickled cabbage, apple sauce and pork jus ($320 for six to eight persons), Boneless Gammon Ham with vanilla-pineapple sauce ($208 for 12 – 15 persons) and the great pre-dinner snacks, Turkey ‘Kueh Pie Tee’ ($18 for 10 pieces, $32 for 20 pieces).

2015’s new log cake is the Manjari Chocolate and Cassis Mousse Log Cake ($76 for 1kg). All-time classic D24 Durian Christmas Log Cake ($69 for 1kg) and 2014 hot favourite Salted Caramel Nuts Cake ($42 for 500g), including Christmas combo specials are also available for takeaway for home parties.

For a more detailed coverage, head over to https://alainlicious.com/2015/11/25/goodwood-christmas-cheer-2015/

Alternatively, visit website www.goodwoodparkhotel.com.

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Cold Storage

From chocolates, cookies and log cakes, to seafood selection, roast meats and party platters, as well as booze and champagne bubbles – Cold Storage has it all covered for you.

Check out the new array of succulent turkey dishes such as the perfectly cured and smoked Turkey Breast with Bone-in ($61.99 for 2.2kg), hand-rubbed Herb Roasted Turkey ($59.99 for 3.6-4.5kg) and Honey Roasted Turkey ($59.99 for 3.6-4.5kg).

Crowd-pleasing platters like the Western or Asian Style Wraps Platter ($29.99 for 20pcs), Antipasto Party Platter ($24.99 for 900g) and the Luxury Party Platter ($29.99 for 900g) are great ideas to bring to a home or office party.

More details can be found on https://alainlicious.com/2015/11/17/my-favourite-christmas-with-cold-storage/ 

For the full range of Christmas offerings, grab a copy of Cold Storage Christmas Catalogue 2015 at any Cold Storage island-wide, or visit online at www.coldstorage.com.sg.

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Morganfields Singapore

From now till 31st December 2015, you can enjoy a Christmas feast at the comfort of your own home with just a click away. Phone orders and dine in option are also available at the two Morganfields‘ outlets – Suntec City and The Star Vista.

Savour a basket of popcorn pork, sliced pork bratwurst and beer candied bacon – Pork Trio ($15.90), paired with a huge pint of of frosty cold beer like the Santa’s Big Mug ($25.90) is the best way to start your holiday meal.

Get your hands dirty at Morganfields signature dish – the Sticky Bones ($29.90 for half slab, $45.90 for full slab) which comes in two seasonal flavours – Christmas Hazelnut Sticky Bones and Christmas Cranberry Sticky Bones. And for those for wants a bit of everything, go for the Morgan’s Christmas Feast ($149.90). The sharing platter includes half slab of Christmas Hazelnut Sticky Bones, half slab of Christmas Cranberry Sticky Bones, Crackling Pork Roast (400g), Sausages (3pcs), Gammon Ham Slices (200g), Turkey Breast Ham Slices (200g), and comes with six additional sides of Potato Gratin, Roasted Cauliflower, Glazed Carrots, Garden Salad, Corn on Cob and Corn Bread.

More details can be found on https://alainlicious.com/2015/11/27/morganfields-christmas-feast-2015/, alternatively visit Morganfields Singapore.

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Salt Tapas & Bar

With the arrival of a new executive chef whom joined Salt Tapas & Bar sometime in August last year, the modern tapas bar at Raffles City have seen more exciting and tasty creations to its refreshed menu. Head Chef Ronald Li recently introduced new small plates, as well as a new section on the menu – named “Mains to Share”, is specially designed for communal dining and the dishes can serve up to four people for sharing.

In addition to the new menu, diners can look forward to the “Share The Love” festive special on 24th and 25th December from 6pm, showcasing three impressive sharing dishes and a sweet platter. Highlights include the Apple Wood Smoked Ribeye ($85), Lobster Thermidor ($105), and Grilled Spatchcock with Burnt Corn Salsa and Shiso Teriyaki Sauce ($65). Each dish comes with complimentary sides of Brusell Sprouts with Beurre Monte and Pomme Neuf.

For dessert, the Jingle Sweet Platter ($25) is Chef Ronald’s take on the classic Lychee Martini cocktail which tasted like one made by a professional bartender, but in a log cake form, and accompanied with Buckwheat Churros with Chocolate Sauce.

Make a reservation early at Salt Tapas & Bar to enjoy a bottle of Mumm Champange at $100 all night long on the eve and on Christmas.

More details about Salt Tapas & Bar at http://salttapas.com/

IMG_7209Harry’s Singapore

Singapore’s stalwart bar and restaurant chain Harry’s has lined up 25 days of enticing offers and deals this festive season and for the first time, guests can dine amid a Harry’s Spigeltent specially set up just for the occasion.

From 1st to 25th December, look forward to Harry’s daily specials such as complimentary small plates, 1-for-1 deals on Harry’s premium lager, house wines, Harry’s signature wings including discounted prices on selected food and desserts, as well as exclusive rewards for Harry’s SG App members.

Guests can indulge in a unique and magical dining experience with Harry’s at the Festive Market in Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay, from 27 November to 27 December 2015, between 4pm to 11pm daily.

Harry’s home and office party packs (Festive picks $500, Santa’s Party $800) for groups of 30 to 40 person include perennial favourites like Harry’s signature wings, Jalepeno Steak Sliders, and more. Complimentary home baked Pineapple glazed honey baked ham with apple Jam and chicken gravy will be given for every order of either party packs.

For full list of Harry’s outlets, please download the Harry’s SG App or visit www.harrys.com.sg

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The Carvery at Park Hotel Alexandra

Tuck in a hearty feast fit for all seasons this Christmas with The Carvery at Park Hotel Alexandra. This is the first time that Park Hotel Alexandra is celebrating the yulitide cheer and The Carvery is all set to impress with a stunning line-up of festive meats and dishes which reflect the tastes of Christmas in Britain, Germany, France and America.

Starting from 11th December to 31 December, look out for rotating special highlights like Spiced Orange Roasted Duck, Coffee Roasted Baby Back Ribs, Lamb Legs with Herb Provence, Roast Turkey, range of Gourmet Sausages, Buttered Brussel Sprouts and Carrots, Cider Baked Beetroots, Wood-fired Roasted Chestnut, Apple and Brandied Prune Trifle and Christmas Rum Pudding with Toffee Sauce.

Prices start from $45 per adult for weekday festive lunch, $48 per adult for weekend (Sat & Sun) lunch. Festive dinner is priced at $58 per adult from Sunday to Thursday, and $68 for Friday and Saturday. On Christmas eve and Christmas Day including the eve of New Year and New Year’s Day, guests will be welcomed by festive tunes by merry carollers, live band and countdown celebrations.

Prices start from $52 for Christmas Eve Lunch, $88 for dinner with a glass of champagne or $138 for dinner with bottomless tipple. On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day itself, Brunch and Dinner is served at $78 per adult and $128 include free flow of wine., beer and champagne. For New Year’s Eve, Lunch is $52 per adult and Dinner at $138 or $168 – inclusive of three alcoholic drinks or unlimited tipple respectively.

Contact The Carvery for reservations (recommended) at Tel: +65 6828 8880 or visit http://www.parkhotelgroup.com/alexandra for more information.

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Bistro Du Vin

The Les Amis Group casual French eatery – Bistro Du Vin (BDV) offers a menu of classical French cuisine and delivers a truly authentic dining experience, nothing less than a typical and similar establishment in France.

Celebrate the holiday meal with a decadent dinner of French classics, prepared from traditional recipes with the freshest ingredients possible. You get quality dishes from the BDV kitchen – the French eatery emphasis is always on keeping flavours true to the real thing. Expect an array of delectable classics like Rillette de Saumon (Salmon rillettes with crème fraiche and toast $18), Poulet Jaune Braisé (Braised yellow spring chicken with garlic and crush potatoes $28), Longe de Chevreuil a la truffe (Herb-crusted venison loin with parsnip puree and black truffle jus $45) and more.

These Christmas specials, in addition to the set menus and a la carte menu are available for both lunches and dinners from 24th December to 31st December 2015. Click the link below for the BDV Christmas and New Year Menu.

http://www.bistroduvin.com.sg/menu/christmas-new-year/

For more information on Bistro Du Vin visit http://www.bistroduvin.com.sg/

Casa Verde

For those looking for a homey Italian dining within the lush greenery of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Singapore Botanic Gardens, Casa Verde (under Les Amis Group) is the best place to have breakfast after a stroll in the park.

The dog friendly trattoria provides families and singles alike a tranquil escape from the busy city, however the trattoria can get quite busy at the weekends. So if you’re a people watcher, Casa Verde is a great place to go for a casual meal and hang out with the dogs.

Casa Verde is launching a special festive menu at S$85 nett per person – available from 21st December to 31st December 2015. Click the link below for Casa Verde Christmas menu.

http://www.casaverde.com.sg/menu

For more information, visit http://www.casaverde.com.sg/

Casa Verde Signature Breakfast

Cedele Singapore

If you’re a huge fan of delicious healthy food and wholesome ingredients, you should not miss out the festive offerings at Cedele this Christmas. In continual to Cedele‘s 18th Anniversary celebration, the bakery chain introduces a delicious array of Christmas Delights for their loyal and discerning customers.

Some of the Christmas menu highlights include the perfectly moist Rosemary Christmas Turkey (S$148) roasted with rosemary herbs, savoury baked pastry Lobster & Crab Quiche (S$60) and a vegetarian friendly Grilled Portobello Mushroom Rice Salad (S$55), as well as trays and platters like Black Forest Ham & Cheese Tray (S$128), Sausage Platter with Sauerkraut (S$40) and Slider Platter (12pcs for S$50).

On the sweeter note, festive cookies and log cakes are certainly the choice desserts at every Christmas party. Choose the light, soft and delicately moist Pink Lady Tiramisu Cake (S$68), a locally inspired Coconut Paradise Logcake (S$52) or the antioxidant-rich and gluten-free Flourless Chocolate Logcake (S$52) that will surely satisfy your Christmas craving.

More details about Cedele festive offerings at the below link.

http://cedelemarket.com.sg/sg/webstore/subcategory/66

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Sophisca Singapore

With the persistence on no boundaries, limitations in rich taste and style, Sophisca has created thousands kinds of fun, interesting and creative products such as the shape crafted candy, cotton candy, lollipops, chocolates, health nuts.

Along with creative line of products, Sophisca aims to customize their products, with its very own DIY custom packaging innovation such as the candy bouquets. Sophisca has it’s very own exclusive research & development team and manufacturing plant in Taiwan.

This Christmas, Sophisca has launched an array of new festive gift packs and quirkiest products. Some of the pre-assembled Christmas packs filled with candies, cookies and chewies comes in gorgeous presentation like Santa, Snowman, Sophisca lamb, Christmas Socking and more.

Visit the outlet at ION Orchard and Changi Airport Terminal 3 to find out what other surprises Sophisca have in store for you.

http://www.sophisca.sg

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