Make this Yuletide season a celebration to remember with a treasure trove of joyful feasts, splendid Christmas gifts and ideas, complete with dazzling treats that will add the perfect touch of magic to your celebrations.
The Carvery, Park Hotel Alexandra
Address: 323 Alexandra Road, Level 7, Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore 159972
Tel: +65 6828 8880
Celebrate the festive season in ultimate decadence at The Carvery, Park Hotel Alexandra where diners can indulge in hearty meat buffet perfect for the holiday. Taking inspiration from produce found in proverbial Black Forest, Executive Chef Robert Chan and team have come up with some pretty incredible dishes for this Christmas.
Highlights include US Black Angus Beef Ribeye / Prime Rib (weekend only), Crown Roast of Pork with Herbs and Mustard, Spit-Roasted Chicken with Tarragon (available for takeaway), Roasted Tom Turkey, Spicy Maple Pecan Crusted Trout, Buttered Brussel Sprouts and Carrots, range of Gourmet Sausages, Forest Mushroom Flatbread, German Potato Pancakes, Baked Apples with Walnut Stuffing and Black Forest Trifle.
Round up your festive celebrations and be enthralled by the soaring vocals of merry carollers who will be performing on Christmas Eve dinner (7pm to 7:45pm) and on Christmas Day brunch (12:15 pm to 1pm) and dinner (7pm to 7:45pm).
Black Forest Christmas Feast at The Carvery, Park Hotel Alexandra
Availability: 12 December 2017 to 1 January 2017
Price: Mon to Fri ($45) – Lunch, ($48) – Dinner; Sat and Sun ($58) – Lunch, ($68) – Dinner / Christmas Eve ($52) – Lunch; ($88) – Dinner / Christmas Day ($78) – Brunch and Dinner / New Year Eve ($52) – Lunch; ($108) – Dinner / New Year Day ($78) – Brunch and Dinner
Address: 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297
Tel: +65 6377 8888
Capella Singapore offers exquisite dining options and different culinary experiences that one can choose from to celebrate an occasion with your family or to impress your special one. Christmas is a season for all, and can be celebrated across all types of cuisine.
Revel in Christmas splendour over a festive Mediterranean-inspired meal at The Knolls, usher in the tradition with an oriental twist at Cassia, or spread the holiday cheers with a charming cocktail at Bob’s Bar.
Capella Christmas Dining Options
Christmas Dining at The Knolls: Three-Course menu from $78 (24 & 25 December 2016)
Capella Festive Afternoon Tea: $39.90 (1 to 30 December 2016)
Christmas Dining at Cassia: Oriental menu from $88 (24 & 25 December 2016)
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Address: 22 Orange Grove Rd, Singapore 258350
Tel: +65 6737 3644
Enjoy the sparkle of the festive season with ‘A Crackling Christmas‘ a curated selection of feasts, takeaways and celebrations prepared by the masterchefs at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.
From log cakes to savoury roasts, guests may select from a range of takeway festive treats and handcrafted confectionaries from The Line Shop from 1 to 26 December 2016, 11:00am to 8:00pm daily. Highlights include Roasted Turkey and Traditional Beef Wellington with Mushrooms and Foie Gras, as well as exciting new log cakes – flavours include Candied Chestnut and Mango Passionfruit.
Shangri-La Hotel Christmas Dining Options
The Line: Christmas Buffet from $72 (24 & 25 December 2016)
Shang Palace: 7-course Festive menu from $158 (24 & 25 December 2016)
The Waterfall: 6-course Dinner menu from $98 (24 & 25 December 2016) / Brunch buffet at $88 (25 December 2016)
Goodwood Park Hotel
Address: 22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221
Tel: +65 6737 7411
Delight your loved ones with a galore of holiday treats available at the Deli at Goodwood Park Hotel from 1 to 26 December 2016. Take your pick from a variety of yuletide offerings such as the new ‘Wu Xi’ turkey ($218 for 8 to 10 persons), all-time favourite Slow roasted Ibérico Pork Belly ($320 for 6 to 8 persons) and popular Peranakan appetiser, Turkey ‘Kueh Pie Tee’ ($18 for 10 pieces, $32 for 20 pieces).
For those with sweet tooth, satiate your craving with this year’s new addition, Merry Mosaic cakes ($48 for 500g) – a combination of 16 cake ‘squares’ of six different flavours – Mango mousse, Raspberry earl grey, Carrot cake, Coconut, Green tea and Cheesecake and individually crowned with Christmassy decorations; Whiskey Profiteroles Chocolate Tart ($48 for 600g) – a decadent dessert inspired by the croquembouche with choux pastry profiteroles filled with whiskey custard on a chocolate sponge base surrounded by an ‘Oreo’ crust; and an upgrade from the signature D21 Durian Christmas Log Cake now comes with ‘Mao Shan Wang’ ($62 for 500g).
Goodwood Park Hotel Christmas Dining Options
Gordon Grill: 3-course menu from $68
Coffee Lounge: Taiwan Porridge A La Carte Buffet with Festive Dessert Buffet from $48
L’Espresso: English Afternoon Tea from $48
Oxwell & Co.
Address: 5 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069688
Tel: +65 6438 3984
Every year for Christmas, this quintessentially English gastro-bar Oxwell & Co. serves up a seasonal festive menu that features English classics with an Asian twist. I’m talking appetizers like a Smoked Salmon Gravlax, Smocked Bacon & Toast or the Turkey and Pigs Cheek Terrine. As for main courses, the restaurant boasts an interesting take on turkey with its Turkey Roast with Chestnut Stuffing enclosed in a slice of bacon and topped with some curry-infused gravy. Other equally festive options include a Roast Fillet of Beef with Brown Butter and Stuffed Belly of Dingley Dell Pork.
Last but not least, for desserts, sweeten your meal up with some boozy Sticky Toffee Pudding and Mince Pie with Brandy Creme Anglaise. To top it all off, I promise the Winter’s Cup – a concoction of Pimm’s, rum, lemonade, fruits and a touch of spices – will make sure you’ll be having a warm and giggly Christmas!
*Photography & Words by Davina
Caffe B @ Marina Bay Sands
Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, B1-15 & 01-83, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
Tel: +65 6887 3311
As you would expect, there’s no lack of Christmas spirit in MBS, and Italian-Japanese restaurant Caffe B has also launched its 5-course Christmas Menu. At $148++, you’ll start off with a Duck Liver Terrine Crocante, followed by one of my favourites of the meal – the Sakura Denbu Risotto plated like a maki roll.
Other items include a fresh Poached Lemon Sole & True Cream and a Duo of Lamb Loin. Finally, the dessert – White Forest Verrine Style – was another well-received item, balancing a sour cherry compote with matcha Chantilly.
For a more casual setting, the bar on Level 1 will also be serving up a Christmas Bar Menu at $68++ for 2 pax, which will include a Smoked Salmon and Tomato Salsa (another one of my favourites), Roasted Young Tom Turkey Breast & Roasted Striploin of Beef and finally a Vanilla Gelato Casatta infused with Brandy, bringing your meal to a sweet and festive end.
*Photography & Words by Davina
District 10 Bar & Grill @ Suntec City
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard #01-514/515 Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 6822 2886
If you’re one of those who aren’t a fan of turkey, you could always go for a nice steak instead. Christmas only comes once a year, so why not go all out with a 1.7kg portion of 200-day grain fed Black Angus Tomahawk ($180++) and a boozy Bourbon Flamed Cheese ($24++), both of which are flamed right in front of you!
Other items that are on the year-round menu include some creative appetizers, like the Fried Soft Shell Crab with Chili Crab Sauce ($20++), Papadum with Foie Gras and Mango Chutney ($26++) and Portobello Mushrooms stuffed with Crabmeat and Prawn topped with Gorgonzola sauce and Flying Fish Roe ($28++), the latter being my favorite item of the meal! For you carb lovers, you can also opt for the Homemade Lobster Ravioli in Light Butter Sage sauce and Black Truffle ($38++) for a warm, hearty meal.
*Photography & Words by Davina
District 10 Bar & Restaurant, UE Square
Address: 81 Clemenceau Ave, #01-15/16/17 , UE Square Shopping Mall, Singapore 239917
Good news for cheese lovers! Due to high demand for the Cheese Wheel at the flagship outlet at UE Square, the promotion will be extended till the end of the year with the addition of new two pasta dishes – Linguine with Mixed Seafood in Spicy Tomato Basil Sauce ($28++) and Spaghetti with Smoked Salmon in Light Cream Sauce ($28++). The pastas are first prepared in the kitchen, then heated up just before tossing in the massive wheel of Grana Padano right before your eyes.
Also, a hearty Mixed Grill Platter ($58++) comprising Ribeye Steak, Weisswurt Sausages, Grilled Pork Chops and Rosemary Chicken served with Mesclun Salad and Natural Cut Fries will also be available as part of the special festive menu from 24 to 26 December 2016. There is also an additional option to add a Live Boston Lobster for $39++.
Other recommended dishes good for sharing include Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, Rocket Lettuce and 24 Month Old Shaved Parmesan Cheese ($18++), Over Baked Eggplant Alla Parmigiana Style ($17++) and District 10 Pizza ($19++).
Complete your meal on a sweet note with Traditional Italian Tiramisu ($14++).
*Photography & Content by Geraldine
Discover a fresh, light and healthier way to celebrate the happiest time of the year with Sakae Sushi’s dazzling range of festive platters and combo sets. The distinct dishes of Japan such as sashimi and sushi are healthy and light – makes a perfect pre-dinner nibble before the actual dinner follows.
Starters such as the Agemono Platter ($45 for 3 to 4 pax) comes with Mussel Mentai Yaki, Saba Shio, Tori Karaage, Yakitori, Pumpkin Croquette, Kakiage; and the Carpaccio Platter ($80 for 3 to 4 pax) featuring fresh slices of Aka ebi, ika, tai, hamachi and salmon sashimi with onions and topped with yuzu sauce will certainly get you started.
A healthy Japanese-style Seafood Quinoa Platter ($80 for 5 to 6 pax) gets the superfood tag with ingredients like quinoa, sakura ebi, crab meat, suremi ika teriyaki, saba nitsuke and tamanegi dressing is low in fat and a good source of protein and vitamins.
Christmas doesn’t have to be a heavy meal – Add a taste of Asia to your party with these irresistible, easy-to-pick-up sushi platters – Classic Sushi Platter ($65 for Serves 3 to 4 pax); Best of Both Sushi Platter ($65 for 3 to 4 pax); Ocean Fresh Sushi Platter ($80 for 3 to 4 pax), which saves you the painstaking cleaning up.
Get the best value and save more when you purchase Sakae Sushi Festive Sets in combinations. Receive a $25 return voucher with any purchase of a Festive Platter or Combo.
If you are having family and friends over this Christmas and need a little help at home with the menu, Bakerzin has a delightful range of festive roasts, log cakes and pastries available for takeaway that promises to delight all this Yuletide season. Highlights include the traditional Roast Cajun Capon, Pineapple Glazed Gammon Ham, classic Yule Love Chocolate Log cake, and a range of savoury gourmet pies.
End off the feast on a sweet note with new additions like the Chocolate Stump De Noel – a twist on traditional classic, made with light chiffon sponge; and the Croquembouche – stacked up like a pretty and beautiful Christmas tree with 27 butterscotch coated choux puffs, comes in two flavours, Coffee Cream and French Vanilla custard.
Festive dine-in is available from 1 December 2016 to 1 January 2017 at all Bakerzin outlets.
Old Seng Choong
Address: 171 Kampong Ampat, KA Foodlink #05-04, Singapore 368330
Tel: +65 6282 0220
This Christmas, Old Seng Choong introduces its first log cake to yule them all! Technically speaking, it’s not a log cake but a Christmas stump cake.
Resembling a tree stump, expect to see chocolate devil sponge cake and hazelnut buttercream layers with a middle tier of traditional rum ball cake. The richness of the buttercream is perfectly complemented by the heady nuances of Myers’s Rum.
The exterior of the cake is covered with chocolate buttercream and the top of the stump features a green, leafy vine and cutesy figurines of Santa and reindeer.
This eye-catching Christmas bake is a must-have on the table centre this year!
Old Seng Choong Christmas Bakes
The Christmas Stump – $62 (1.2kg) comes with a box of 4 Jolly Rum Balls FREE
Jolly Rum Balls – $12 (a box of 4)
Santa’s Log Cake – $52 (1kg)
Cat and the Fiddle
Christmas this year is a Happy, Merry and Boozy affair handcrafted with love by award-winning patissier Daniel Tay.
Composed of pillowy soft brandy-infused chocolate sponge cake topped with premium chocolate mousse, luscious dark chocolate shavings and glittery gold dust sprinkles, this Black Forest cake is the perfect naughty treat for Christmas.
Retailing online at $49.90, your Christmas dessert is just a few clicks away.
La Petite Boutique x Laurent Bernard Chocolatier
La Petite Boutique
Address: 4 Kensington Park Rd, Singapore 557256
Nothing shouts Christmas without some cheese platters and log cakes lying somewhere on that party table! No worries though, since La Petite Boutique and Laurent Bernard have got you covered with their artisan cheeses and log cakes! Cheese wise, you can try out special items such as the Truffle Brie (one of the best cheeses I’ve had in a very long time btw!) and the Tomme de Brebis au Piment d’Espelette.
Laurent Bernard Chocolatier
Address: The Pier at Robertson Quay, Mohammad Sultan Road, #01-11 Singapore 239013
As for the indulgent log cakes, you have decadent flavors such as the Black Forest Log Cake (with cherries soaked in Kirsch for 2 years!) and the Pure Chocolate Log Cake. For lighter flavours, you can choose the Eden Log Cake, a combination of raspberry and coconut mousse or the Exotique Log Cake, which is layers of mango, coconut and passion fruit goodness.
*Photography & Words by Davina
Address 1: Pasarbella @ The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore287994
Address 2: 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-72, Raffles City Shopping Mall, Singapore 179103
Local confectionary Bonheur Patisserie that specialises in character macarons and designer cakes will definitely add cheer to your dessert table.
In the spirit of giving this season, you can take home or gift your friends Bonheur Patisserie’s beautifully made Christmas Macarons ($40 a set for 8), traditional Fruit Cake (1kg – $40 whole cake / 400gm – $18 per loaf), and Cranberry White Chocolate Cake Loaf (350gm – $18 per loaf).
Order online via http://bonheurpatisserie.oddle.me/
Polar Puffs & Cakes
Tel: +65 6269 5877
It’s no secret that Singaporeans love Polar Puffs & Cakes, especially delectable puff pastries like the Curry Puffs, Chicken Pies, and signature moist Sugar rolls are everybody’s perennial favourites. Besides great pastries, Polar Puffs & Cakes offers a wide range of cakes in sizes for all occasions.
No Christmas party is ever complete without Christmas cakes and sweet treats. Sweeten your celebration with Polar Puffs & Cakes party pack ($70 per box) that includes Green Tea Puffs, Chocolate Rolls, Fruit Cakes and Chocolate Muffins; or pick up some delightful log cakes such as Opera Christmas Love ($41.80 regular / $51.80 large) – a French style chocolate log layered with chocolate ganache and coffee buttercream; or the Yuzu White Christmas ($41.80 regular / $51.80 large) – a sweet and tangy vanilla sponge with collagen infused yuzu cream topped with white chocolate curls.
Turn your dessert table to a healthier Christmas with Polar Puffs & Cakes range of lesser sugar cakes. The traditional favourites like the Mixed Mango Fruit ($32, with 70% lesser sugar), the Black Forest ($28, with 35% lesser sugar), the Chocolate Truffle ($30.90, with 30% lesser sugar) now have less sugar but are as sweet as the real deal.