We’ve been as hard at work as Santa’s elves, tracking down all of the Christmas and New Year dining deals in Singapore’s leading hotels and distilling them into the following list of highlights. Whether you’re planning a gourmet celebration at home or you’d prefer to take the easy route and book a brunch, lunch or dinner, we’ve got Christmas covered.
In addition to set lunch and dinner menus all month, The Knolls at Capella Singapore is holding special festivities on Christmas Eve (lunch, $98; dinner, $158 or $68 for kids) and Christmas Day (brunch, $198 with free flow wine and Champagne, $68 for kids), including carolers, Santa Claus and “Santarina”, and activities for young ones. For guests who prefer a more romantic Christmas, Cassia will offer Oriental set menus, including dinner on 24 December (from $128), and lunch ($68) and dinner (from $128) on 25 December. There’s also a special afternoon tea with a festive twist available all month, featuring the likes of ginger molasses cake with cream cheese frosting and salty caramel profiteroles. Staycation packages over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are also available, and the deals include sittings at some of the dining highlights mentioned above.
Festive highlights at Fairmont Singapore include various set dinners at Japanese restaurant Mikuni – available on 24, 25 and 31 December, with Daijinjou sake pairings – and authentic Italian at Prego. The latter is holding special lunches and dinners throughout December, plus a Christmas Eve semi-buffet dinner ($98 or $148 with free-flow bubbles), a Christmas lunch buffet ($128 or $178 with free-flowing bubbles, wines and more), and a 6-course New Year’s Eve dinner ($125 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot). Elsewhere, enjoy tastes of the Orient at Szechuan Court (3-course lunch throughout December, $45; 5-course Dinner, $75) and a New Year’s Eve countdown at poolside Alligator Pear, with fresh seafood, hearty barbequed meats and the fireworks display over Marina Bay ($95; bottles of Moët & Chandon Imperial available from $115).
FULLERTON BAY HOTEL
Month-long celebrations at French brasserie Clifford include a 4-course degustation menu available until 23 December; $95 gets you traditional carved turkey with trimmings and more, or pay $268 per couple to include free-flow Champagne. Dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is a 6-course degustation on both nights – we like the sound of the cognac lobster ravioli with lobster bisque – or there’s a comprehensive Champagne brunch from 12.30pm to 4pm on Christmas Day, with everything from freshly shucked oysters to roasted wagyu and honey balsamic pork belly; $238 includes free-flow Champagne, and there’s a Kids’ activity room to give you a break from the parental duties. Popular outdoor bar Lantern will be a great place to ring in the New Year. Join the party from 6.30pm till late for $130 nett (including drinks) or $1,300 for a table of 6 persons (with two bottles of Champagne or spirits). The next day, start your 2014 with a Champagne brunch at Clifford ($168, $128 without alcohol, $69 for children), full of fresh seafood and other treats.
THE FULLERTON HOTEL
Town Restaurant has festive brunches every Sunday ($128 or $168 with free-flow Champagne; $64 for children), including fun activities for kids, and special dinner buffets on 24, 25 and 31 December ($198, $158 and $398 respectively including Champagne, with no-alcohol options available). We have our eye on the 36-hour slow-cooked Wagyu leg with Yorkshire pudding… Town’s New Year’s Eve dinner includes entry to the fireworks party (or you can skip dinner and join the party at Post Bar instead; $108 includes two drinks). Town also has a Christmas Day brunch with 100 culinary highlights ($298 with free-flow Champagne, $228 without). For Italian tastes, The Lighthouse has 3- to 6-course lunches and dinners throughout the month; 6-course dinner on New Year’s Eve is $100, including two drinks. Elsewhere, Chinese restaurant Jade has 6-course festive dinners on 24 and 25 December for $88, and 31 December for $258 (with Champagne and admission to the New Year’s Eve party). Or opt for a Champagne brunch on Christmas Day ($298, $228 without alcohol). Finally, all kinds of Christmas takeaways (hampers, log cakes, turkeys, Stollen etc.) are available at The Fullerton Shop until 25 December.
GOODWOOD PARK HOTEL
Key highlights of Goodwood’s Christmas menus include Turkey “Ngoh Hiang”, a signature Asian-inspired rock-salt baked turkey with vegetable rice, ginger and chilli. The hotel’s dining establishments – Gordon Grill (fine dining and great steaks), Coffee Lounge (local fare), L’Espresso (chic and cosy café) and Min Jiang (Sichuan and Cantonese) – are also presenting Christmas and New Year set menus, ranging from just $33 for a 3-course lunch or dinner at Coffee Lounge to $188 for a 6-course dinner at Gordon Grill on 24, 25 and 31 December. Fans of buffet brunches can book Gordon Grill or L’Espresso for Christmas Day ($138, $78 for children). There’s even a special festive room package ($325, including all kinds of extras and discounts) if you fancy a Staycation in a heritage hotel – and, frankly, who doesn’t?
Nat King Cole was right when he crooned that turkey and mistletoe help to make the season bright – but free stuff doesn’t hurt either. This year the Grand Hyatt is hosting A Grand Advent from 1 to 25 December, with one lucky diner set to take home free meals, holiday hampers, New Year’s Eve party tickets or a catered event for up to ten people. Winners are selected from any of the hotel’s restaurants – Mezza9, 10 Scotts, Oasis, Pete’s Place and StraitsKitchen – all of which have festive menus this month. For instance, you can enjoy an Asian-inspired lunch ($68, children $38) or dinner ($88, children 7-12, $48) at StraitsKitchen on 24 or 25 December. Or opt for the full spread of international fare at Mezza9, including roast turkey with all the trimmings and an amazing-sounding 18-hour braised venison ragout. Christmas Eve dinner is $128 or $178 with free-flow alcohol (children $98) while Christmas Day lunch is $188 or $248 free-flow (children $128). Mezza9 is also where you’ll discover Santa’s Shop and an array of homemade goodies from Lindt chocolate mousse and raspberry cake topanettone and spicy gingerbread cookies.
HOTEL FORT CANNING
If your family has acquired a taste for spice while living in Singapore, Hotel Fort Canning’s laksa turkey and Thai tom yum turkey are a must. (Traditionalists, don’t worry – there’s regular roasted turkey for you, too). At the debut of the hotel’s Christmas Celebrations in the Park, the hotel is hosting a Christmas Eve buffet dinner and movie screening ($75) complete with bouncy castle and activity stations for the kids. There’s a brunch at The Glass House on Christmas Day ($60), again with bouncy castle and space on the garden terrace for the little ones to play. The celebrations continue on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, with a buffet dinner (and more movies) and brunch (with more kids’ activities). Children aged 4 to 12 are half price at all these culinary events.
If you’re entertaining at home, Mandarin Oriental’s festive counter (open until 25 December) has a huge range of treats: log cakes, cookies, macarons, Stollen and roasted items like turkey, goose, ham and suckling pig. Hampers in leather boxes are available too, full of bakery goods and exclusive products. Or save yourself the trouble and dine in one of the hotel’s four eateries on 24, 25 or 31 December. Options range from deluxe Chinese at Cherry Garden (6-course set menus, $128) to a comprehensive spread at MELT – The World Café (from $88 to $198, depending on which free-flow drinks option you choose). There’s also Italian fare at Dolce Vita (Christmas Day 5-course menu at $138) and afternoon teas or a lavish New Year’s Eve fireworks party at Axis Bar and Lounge.
PAN PACIFIC SINGAPORE
Pan Pacific has four spots with festive menus this month. It’s Cantonese and yum cha at Hai Tien Lo, Japanese at Keyaki and a seafood barbecue at Poolside. But our money is on Edge, where you’ll find seasonal favourite such as roasted turkey and honey-glazed gammon ham, while also going on a culinary tour through Asia in seven open kitchens. Brunch on 22, 24 and 25 December is priced at $158 including free-flow G.H. Mumm champagne, wine and beer, while dinner on 24 December is $148 with free flow; dinner on Christmas Day is $78 for food only. Keep an eye out for Christmas carolers and Santa himself on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. There’s a special kids’ room with bouncy castle, magic shows and arts and crafts on both days, too.
PARKROYAL ON PICKERING
Lime at Parkroyal on Pickering, the new CBD urban garden hotel, has the entire holiday week covered. On 22, 25 and 29 December, there’s a Yuletide brunch (from $68) with char-siew roasted turkey, cajun lamb leg, Maine Lobster, Smoky Bay Australian oysters and sweet treats like panettone bread and butter pudding. A festive buffet lunch and dinner from 19 to 23 December features honey-glazed ham and herb cajun roasted turkey, but you’ll have to book a table for the lavish Christmas Eve lunch and dinner buffet to enjoy live caroling and photos ops with the big guy in red. Lime has festive takeaways to purchase and collect too, including turkeys, hams, cookies, tarts, cakes and chocolates.
Aside from festive dinners all month, Regent Singapore’s Basilico is offering a Christmas Eve buffet dinner and Christmas Day brunch, both priced at $168 or $228 with free-flow Champagne, or $84 for children (two sittings on Christmas Day, 11am and 1.45pm). The restaurant’s New Year’s Eve buffet dinner is $190 or $260 free-flow (children, $95) while the New Year’s Day buffet lunch is $125 or $190 free flow (children, $63). A Kid’s Corner with bouncy castle, games, cartoons and light bites is available on Sundays, 25 December and 1 January, so parents can enjoy a worry-free holiday meal. For those celebrating at home, Dolcetto by Basilico has “Party-to-Go” packages including Italian boneless turkeys, plus luxurious hampers and festive cakes including a chestnut and chocolate rum cream log cake. Meanwhile, the Tea Lounge has high tea and afternoon tea buffets, including on Christmas Day.
THE RITZ CARLTON, MILLENIA
The fairy tale theme of Christmas at The Ritz Carlton, Millenia is highlighted by a Cinderella log cake topped with a chocolate slipper, and whimsical bauble desserts filled with chocolate fairy tale characters. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, there is plenty happening in the castle, too, from an 8-course afternoon tea at Chihuly Lounge (from $48) to various dinner buffets (from $98) and Champagne brunches at Greenhouse and in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom; expect carolers, a live band, cameos by Santa and Santarina and more. The buffets make for mouthwatering reading, too: eight varieties of French and New Zealand oysters and 50 varieties of cheese, anyone? For those having Christmas at home, the Gourmet Shoppe is open until 25 December and features log cakes, gingerbread, roasts and hampers stuffed with exotic goodies, wine and Champagne.
ROYAL PLAZA ON SCOTTS
“Gems of the Season” are on offer at Royal Plaza, and they include a range of festive logcakes (800g, $60): Royal Chocolate, Passion Mango Cheese, Forest Noir, and Chestnuts and Cranberries. You’ll also find homemade Stollen (800g, $45) and traditional English fruit cake (800g, $70), plus festive cupcakes, cookies, macarons and pralines, and traditional turkeys, cold cuts, beef, and three hampers ($170, $350, $380). For those who’d prefer Royal Plaza to do all the work, restaurant Carousel has Christmas lunches, high teas and dinners on 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January (from $43 for adults, $28 for kids).
THE SENTOSA RESORT & SPA
It’s not just Christmas brunch at The Sentosa but a whole Christmas carnival! Kids will love the bouncy castles, movie room, face painting, cupcake decorating and balloon sculpting, while the adults make the most of the raw bar of fresh seafood and the carving station with its roast turkey, lamb, ribs and more. Held in The Sentosa Conference Centre, the brunch runs from 12pm to 3pm and is priced at $134 for adults with free-flow soft drinks and juice or $178 for champagne, wine, beer and other drinks, and $79 for children with free flow soft drinks and juices. Other options at The Sentosa include 8-course Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve dinners at The Cliff ($258 and $238 respectively), a countdown party at The Pavilion, and a Christmas Revive Package at the spa, to end the year on an invigorating note. Bookings for all events: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SWISSÔTEL THE STAMFORD
With a total of 15 restaurants and bars, Swissôtel The Stamford’s offers every kind of Christmas celebration. If it’s fine dining you want, try JAAN’s festive French menus featuring truffles, venison, pigeon, foie gras and more; options range from a 3-course lunch ($78) on various days in December to sumptuous dinners of 8 courses (23-24 December; $358 including a glass of Krug) and 10 courses (31 December; $498 with a glass of Krug). Meanwhile, ever-popular Equinox on the 70th floor has a Champagne brunch on 22 December ($168, free flow Moët & Chandon and other drinks) and 25 December ($218, free flow), 7-course degustation dinners on 24 and 25 December ($235 with glass of bubbles), and an 8-course New Year’s Eve Dinner ($408 with a glass of bubbles). Lunch and dinner buffets (from $55 and $75 respectively) with all kinds of Christmas fare are available at Cafe Swiss from 13 December onwards.
Celebrations will be in full force at the St. Regis Singapore. Brasserie Les Saveurs is holding “A Cherished Christmas Dinner Affair” on 24 December ($198, 7pm-midnight) with a menu including slow-roasted wild boar’s leg with forest berry compote and Yorkshire pudding. Christmas brunch on the 25th (also available on the 26th) includes complimentary aperitifs from 11am to midday; the price is $218, $188 or $168, depending on free-flow choice. Meanwhile, “A Connoisseur’s New Year’s Eve Special” ($208, 7pm-midnight) has a menu that runs the gamut from oysters with Champagne sabayon to duck confit flamed with Grand Marnier, and decadent desserts. For an Italian twist, choose LaBrezza instead; 5-course dinners are available there on 24 and 31 December, or opt for Christmas Day or New Year’s Day brunch –$68 with complimentary wine and beer, or $98 for Prosecco. Chinese food enthusiasts can partake in one of the 6-course dinners at Yan Ting.