Christmas is the season for festive feasting, but it’s not always easy to conjure up a table during the frantic end-of-year period. Thanks to new resto booking app and website, Quandoo, you won’t find yourself without a table. With a tap of the finger you can snag seats at all the shiok restaurants on the island – whether your gourmet go-to is a Michelin-starred fine diner, buzzy French bistro or brunch café – there’s over 1000 deliciously diverse eateries to choose from. They also have a loyalty scheme, where every 1000 points gives you $15 cash back to your bank account. Here’s a sample to whet your appetite…
1. Bistro du Vin
Book for: A romantic Christmas Eve dinner
Say oui to raising a glass of French bubbly at this bustling bistro, that captures the chic Parisian dining scene. Think hearty, rustic classics like pan-seared foie gras with warm onion marmalade and spice bread; duck leg confit, pommery mustard mash and mesclun salad and Grand Marnier soufflé with vanilla ice cream. Savourez La France!
Book for: Making an end of year impression at The Chef’s table
This elegant, intimate Keong Saik restaurant is offering a special menu throughout November and December, inspired by seasonal flavours. Book the classy Chef’s Table for eight and your party will savour a close-up view of the culinary team in action. On the menu is 72-hour short rib, Yorkshire pudding, horseradish and burnt onion and Cure Christmas pudding paired with Connemara whiskey ice cream. Please, cure us!
3. Open Farm Community
Book for: Brunch with the kids
Let the kids run wild at Open Farm’s green outdoor space, and enjoy a lazy pre-Christmas brunch. Adults will love the unusual flavours on offer including 63 degree eggs in the shell served with toasted sourdough, fresh ricotta cheese, baked beans, stir fried chilli beef rib eye and spring onions or the cured ocean trout savoury crepe served with Mexican tarragon cream cheese, rough guacamole and quail eggs. Most little one’s will eat up the buttermilk pancake with mascarpone ice cream, homemade granola and mixed berry sauce.
4. La Strada
Book for: An Italian Christmas feast
No Xmas plans yet? Celebrate with family or orphaned expat pals at this cosy Italian ristorante. Served up on 24-25 December, their Christmas menu includes moreish antipasto to share, signature carbonara with shaved black truffles, Maine lobster tagliolini aglio olio; a selection of mouth-watering meats and fish and a dessert plate to clash spoons over including pannetone, cannoli and chocolate cassata.
Book for: An Austrian feast with friends
Gather a group and tuck into a rib-sticking Habsburg Empire feast at this inviting café-restaurant-bar at the refurbed Capitol Theatre. Kaiserhaus offers a hearty mix of European flavours including tender braised beef goulash in spicy, sweet paprika gravy, drizzled with crème fraiche and served with bread dumplings; Austria’s national dish, the wiener schnitzel and of course, traditional Viennese apple strudel with warm vanilla sauce. No-one will go home hungry!