By: Cherylene Chan
If you’re staying in Singapore this December and looking for a lively Christmas brunch out on the town, there are plenty of delectable dining options to choose from. Read on for our round-up of yuletide feasts in Singapore’s hotels and restaurants.
Pan Pacific Orchard
10 Claymore Road | 6831 6686
Come Christmas Day, Pan Pacific Orchard will hold an “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” luncheon ($788 for a table of up to 10) in a hall decked out in festive decorations. Gather friends and family to enjoy traditional roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, honey-baked ham and a spread of salads, hot sides and desserts – the latter including Christmas pudding, Yule logs and home-baked cookies. Each table will also be presented with a bottle (champagne, or red or white wine) to keep the conversation sparkling. A dedicated children’s buffet corner will entertain the little ones with movie screenings, fun games and colouring contests. If you fancy savouring Christmas before the big day itself, the festive menu runs throughout December at the hotel’s signature restaurant, 10 at Claymore.
Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Road | 6732 1234
From 1 to 25 December, Mezza9’s special à la carte Christmas menu (from $18 a dish) features fresh seasonal ingredients in dishes such as a chestnut salad drizzled in Chardonnay vinaigrette, a slow-cooked egg-and-truffle flan, and a hearty wild boar stew (braised for 18 hours) with chanterelle mushrooms, root vegetables and pancetta. Sweet treats include a flourless chocolate Yule log with brandied cherry ice cream. And if you’d like to bring a taste of these festive flavours to friends and family, the hotel is selling hampers, gourmet gifts and takeaway meals at its Santa’s Shop. Additional brunch and buffet dinner menus are available at selected Grand Hyatt Singapore restaurants on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. (Psst… we hear early birds get a 15 percent discount on all New Year’s Eve buffets booked from now until 15 December.)
Pan Pacific Singapore
7 Raffles Boulevard | 6336 8111
When it comes to brunch – one of our favourite pastimes here in Singapore – the options seem endless. But Pan Pacific’s lovely restaurant Edge offers a four-hour (12 noon to 4pm), free-flow Veuve Clicquot Sunday brunch that is very hard to beat. For $168, you can feast on the freshest seafood and oysters while your wagyu beef cooks on the live grill along with other fantastic options like prime rib and suckling pig. Try the pasta made à la minute, including a duck confit ravioli that melts in your mouth, as well as the feast-on-wheels featuring the restaurant’s signature seafood selection along with cold meats and salads, and a two-metre cheeseboard with over 30 varieties of artisanal cheese. The icing on the cake of a lovely afternoon is a dessert station with more than 20 sweet treats. This month, don’t miss Edge’s Festive Sunday Champagne Brunches ($178) on 7, 14 and 21 December, and a special Christmas Day Champagne Brunch ($178) featuring traditional holiday specialties and sweets (aniseed ginger vanilla cheese log cake, please!), plus free-flow Veuve Clicquot champagne, of course.
The Westin Singapore
Asia Square Tower 2, 12 Marina View | 6922 6968
At The Westin Singapore’s main restaurant, Seasonal Tastes, celebrations kick off with a Christmas Eve lunch buffet ($42), including pineapple-glazed ham and spiced pumpkin pie, accompanied with a free flow of iced tea. The dinner buffet ($178 with free-flow alcohol, $148 without) features decadent offerings like goose liver terrine and 90-day grain-fed Angus prime rib, as well as a wide variety of fresh seafood. For the Christmas brunch buffet, more mouth-watering cuts of Angus beef join a long list of tempting treats such as prawn thermidor. Later, the dinner buffet crowd can tuck into apple-and-honey-glazed turkey, whole baked snapper and more. Both meals are $178 with free-flow alcohol, $148 without.
Stellar at 1-Altitude
Level 62, 1 Raffles Place | 6438 0410
Hoisting our Christmas cheer to the high heavens – quite literally, given its skyline view – Stellar at 1-Altitude is pairing its tasting menu with elite Krug champagnes throughout December. The proper festive roasts and sides will come out on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day ($120, $140 for window seating), and we recommend gunning for seats at the Christmas brunch (it’s the only slot with free-flow Prosecco). To continue the revelry into the wee hours, climb up to 1-Altitude’s rooftop bar for a cocktail (or three) against a backdrop of brightly lit skyscrapers. With visions of a white Christmas, the bartenders have whipped up white chocolate martinis and spiked snowballs.
80 Bras Basah Road | 6431 6156
Exuding friendly Italian hospitality and atmosphere, Fairmont’s family-style restaurant Prego will be serving a soul-warming Christmas brunch ($188 with free-flow alcohol, $138 without, $88 child) with festive Italian fare, including its signature lasagna stuffed with long-simmered Bolognese, bechamel and mozzarella. While you revel in the delish dishes, a live band will belt out joyous melodies and a roving magician and balloon sculptor will keep restless kids enthralled.
#01-08 CHIJMES, 30 Victoria Street | 6332 5868
#02-16 Asia Square Tower 2, 12 Marina View | 6844 9855
At both Tatsu branches – Chijmes and Asia Square – diners can savour kaisen chirashi bowls featuring fresh slices of raw fish, omelette and pickles, as well as a spread of top-grade sashimi. If you prefer your Christmas dinner cooked, don’t despair: Tatsu also does teppanyaki to a tee. Watch seasoned chefs cook premium wagyu beef and more with acrobatic flair right in front of you. The restaurant also has a tidy list of sake and liquor to complement the food. Christmas dinner starts at $80.
21 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove | 6808 7268
Festive staples abound at The Kitchen Table’s Christmas buffet ($188 with alcohol, $148 without), where you can indulge in six live cooking stations serving over 60 exquisite dishes. The Raw Bar will offer freshly poached Boston lobster, Alaskan king crabs and more, while the carving station will have a constant supply of good ol’ roasted turkey with truffle and chestnut stuffing. Elsewhere, self-confessed carnivores will love Skirt’s meaty set menu of Christmas-inspired plates ($200 with wine pairing, $168 without).
1 Beach Road | 6337 1886
Enjoy an elegant gourmet brunch or dinner buffet ($248, $98 for children) at Raffles Hotel’s Bar & Billiard Room, with a sumptuous spread of seafood, cold cuts, cheese, home-made breads, antipasti and – of course – carved meats. Choice cuts that we’re eyeing include the herb-crusted Welsh lamb rack, stuffed turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce and the slow oven-baked sea bass with Mediterranean condiments. Save a little space for seasonal desserts like gingerbread ice cream and a dark chocolate Christmas tree filled with chestnut mousse and cherry jelly.
The Fullerton Hotel
1 Fullerton Square | 6733 8388
The Fullerton’s Town Restaurant will host festive brunches every Sunday ($129 or $169 with free-flow Champagne; $65 for children), including activities for kids and special dinner buffets on 24 and 25 December ($198 and $168 respectively including Champagne, with no-alcohol options available). Munch on meats such as slow-cooked wagyu leg with Yorkshire pudding and honey glazed Champagne ham. Town will also lay on a Christmas Day brunch with 100 culinary highlights ($298 with free-flow Champagne, $228 without) and a bouncy castle to keep little ones entertained.
For Italian tastes, The Lighthouse will have four to five course lunches and dinners throughout the month, plus a ritzy five course dinner on 24 and 25 December. Elsewhere, Chinese restaurant Jade has six course festive dinners on 24 and 25 December for $98, featuring delicacies like pan-fried turkey fillet with marmite sauce and braised duo noodles with Boston lobster.
The Glass House at Hotel Fort Canning
11 Canning Walk | 6559 6760
If your clan has acquired a taste for spice while living in Singapore, they’ll love The Glass House’s roast leg of lamb seasoned with dried chili and mustard, available during the Christmas Eve dinner buffet ($98 per person). Traditionalists, don’t worry, there’s regular roasted turkey for you too (braised in Chardonnay). At Christmas brunch ($78 per person), savour deep fried turkey with giblet gravy, maple-glazed gammon ham, almond crusted dory and traditional desserts like Christmas pudding and stollen. For kids who prefer simpler flavours, their children’s spread includes three cheese macaroni, fish sticks and more.
1 The Knolls, Sentosa | 6377 8888
On top of set lunch and dinner menus (from $65 to $98) throughout December, the Knolls at Capella will be cooking up a scrumptious banquet with a Mediterranean twist on Christmas Eve ($98 lunch, $168 dinner) and Christmas Day (from $168 to $228 for lunch depending on free-flow options, $168 for dinner). As you tuck into the turkey, carollers will fill the restaurant with merry melodies, plus Santa and Santarina will pop by to say hello. There’s plenty of activities for the kiddos too. For a more intimate affair, Cassia will be offering Oriental set menus for lunch and dinner (from $128).
Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road | 6737 7411
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) – will present Christmas and New Year set menus, ranging from just $48 for a buffet lunch or dinner at Coffee Lounge to $188 for a 6-course dinner at Gordon Grill on 24 and 31 December. Fans of tender, well-cooked steaks and other international delights can book Gordon Grill’s buffet brunch on Christmas Day ($168 with alcohol, $148 without, $78 for children).
Fullerton Bay Hotel
80 Collyer Quay | 6333 8388
Aside from a four-course festive degustation dinner all month ($98), French Brasserie Clifford will be celebrating Christmas Eve and Christmas with mouth-watering five course degustation dinners. Sit down to magnificent dishes like gual and foie gras in coffee dust and spinach emulsion on Christmas Eve ($198), and steamed halibut with broad bean and basil oil on Christmas ($188). If your family plans to gather in the afternoon, their Christmas champagne brunch ($248) serves delights like freshly shucked oysters and honey balsamic-glazed suckling pig. Children aren’t left out either – they can scamper around in the kids’ activity run.
Meanwhile, Lantern will be holding a barbecue Christmas brunch ($188), The Landing Point will be rolling out sweet treats and comfort food for afternoon tea ($49, $25 for children), and Clifford Pier will have a gourmet range of Asian-influenced nosh ($128, $64 for children).
Royal Plaza on Scotts
25 Scotts Road | 6737 7966
Pile your plates with festive goodies at Royal Plaza on Scott’s award-running buffet joint, Carousel. Santa will be mingling with diners during Christmas Eve dinner ($82, $55 for children), as well as brunch ($68, $40 for children) and dinner ($78, $45 for children) on Christmas Day itself.
Manhattan at The Regent Singapore
Level 2, The Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road | 6725 3377
At this swanky vintage New York-styled bar, classic Christmas nosh gets an extravagant edge. Their Christmas brunch ($250 with free-flow alcohol) will involve honey glazed ham, fire-roasted chestnuts, roast duck roulade stuffed with foie gras and mushroom duxelle, artisan apple pie and more. To give the meal a dash of old world charm, head bartender Ricky Paiva will be making a twist on the traditional 1820’s Tom and Jerry (think refined eggnog), aged in Manhattan’s rickhouse.
Parkroyal on Pickering
3 Upper Pickering Street | 6809 8888
From 12 December – 1 January 2015, Parkroyal on Pickering’s restaurant Lime will get us in the feasting mood with festive buffet ($88 adult, $34 child) of favourites like honey baked ham and roast turkey alongside rich desserts like sea salt caramel chocolate tarts and panettone pudding. On Christmas day itself, expect a tantalising line-up of well marinated carved meats, seafood and other indulgent dishes like pan-fried foie gras with wagyu beef tenderloin and truffle sauce. Santa will also be gracing the dining hall for photos. Christmas brunch is $108 for adults and $54 for children, while dinner is $68 for adults and $39 for children.
The Sentosa Resort & Spa
2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa | 6275 0331
For parents dreaming of a peaceful Christmas brunch, make the lope to The Terrace at The Sentosa Resort & Spa. Their Christmas Champange Brunch ($237 with free-flow Moet and French wine, $178 with free-flow soft drinks, $78 for children) has a special kids’ room with cartoons, toys and crafts, along with a buffet to fill their tiny tummies. As the little ones munch and make friends, grown-ups can enjoy a glorious East-meets-West feast with slow roast prime rib, roast turkey, soba noodles, sushi and 26 types of cheese. There will also be dining options at The Terrace and The Cliff during Christmas Eve, if you prefer to usher in the seasons greetings a little earlier.
#01-05 Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, Sentosa | 6438 0887
On Christmas Eve, enjoy a creative eight-course dinner ($158) featuring brioche-crusted hokkaido scallop, venison tenderloin with mulled wine pear puree and ratte potato tempura. For dessert, prepare for sinful chocolate ganache with salted caramel mousse, popped rice crisps, green tea gel and citrus skin confit. Meanwhile, more familiar flavours appear in the Christmas Day roast ($88). Expect an all-you-can-eat salad bar with fancy creations, turkey wellington, roasted winter roots and classic Christmas bubble and squeak. Desserts get dressed up a notch too – make a beeline for the macaroon log cake and mulled wine ice cream.
St. Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Road | 6506 6888
Merry-making will be in full force over dinner at the St. Regis Singapore. Brasserie Les Saveurs will host “A Grand Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner” on 24 December ($289 with free flow champagne, $208 without, $104 for children) with a menu including whole roasted prime rib, pan-seared Hokkaido scallops and cherry brandied fruit cake. Christmas brunch on the 25th (also available on Boxing Day) includes complimentary aperitifs from 11am to midday; the price is $218, $198 or $178, depending on your choice of free-flow. For an Italian twist, you can head along to LaBrezza – there will be a six-course dinner on 24th and 25th of December ($198 with wine pairing, $178 without), plus a prosecco brunch on 25th and 26th($138, $118 or $83 depending on free flow choice, $42 for children) with slow-cooked turkey roulade, roasted lamb leg and more.
Swissôtel The Stamford
2 Stamford Road | 6431 6156
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 scallops, winter vegetables and and more; options range from a 3-course lunch ($78) on various days in December to a sumptuous dinner of 8 courses (24 December; $338 including a glass of Krug) and 10 courses (31 December; $498 with a glass of Krug). Meanwhile, ever-popular Equinox Restaurant on the 70th floor has a Champagne brunch on 25 December ($225, free flow) and an 7-course degustation dinners on 24 and 25 December ($238 with glass of bubbles). Lunch and dinner buffets (from $58 and $78 respectively) with all kinds of Christmas fare are available at Cafe Swiss from 8 December onwards.
#01-09 Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay | 6604 9988
If you seek romantic ambience and sweeping skyline views, Pollen’s got it covered. Besides a festive set lunch menu and dinner tasting menu ($65 and $200 respectively) from 1-24 December, they’ve also created a delicious Christmas Day menu ($120) available for lunch and dinner. Tuck into Mediterranean-inspired fare like venison loin with beets, berries, pear and an aromatic apple pie with cinnamon, cider, crème fraiche and kabocha squash.
The White Rabbit
39C Harding Road | 9721 0536
Dining in the serene surrounds of an elegantly restored chapel couldn’t be more apt for the season. At the White Rabbit’s Christmas brunch (from $118, $58 for children), feasting starts by hitting the seafood station, carving station and breakfast station with eggs any style. But we recommend leaving space to order from their menu of appetisers, made-to-order mains like roasted guinea foul, and desserts like lemon pound cake. They also have a festive set lunch from 2-31 December; pick from 3 courses ($48) or 4 courses ($55).
29 Scotts Road | 6733 0209
Find comfort in the classic Italian flavours of Bunnoa Terra’s five-course degustation menu ($128), available for lunch and dinner on 24 and 25 December. Star dishes include a delicately done turbot in porcini mushroom broth, tender wagyu beef cheek in nutty potato cream and light pandora flan with a scoop of rum and raisin ice cream.
Breeze at The Scarlet Hotel
33 Erskine Road | 6511 3326
On Christmas Eve, The Scarlet Hotel’s cosy and chic rooftop bar has a pampering menu of Christmas staples to kick off merry-making a day early. Expect appetising entree and meat platters as well as hearty mains like chargrilled bourbon beef ribs. Dessert gets a cheeky touch with an eggnog-spiked creme brulee.
Arossa Wine & Grill
#02-01 Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road | 6636 2951
Whipping up the finest Italian nosh with the attention to detail known of the Japanese, Arrosa Wine & Grill will be serving an appealing 6-course menu ($100) on 24 and 25 December. Almost-too-pretty-to-eat dishes include roasted pigeon with red wine sauce and vanilla scented celeriac puree, panna cotta and spinach with Hokkaido hairy crab, and pan-seared foie gras served with shredded daikon in chicken bouillon.
Sofitel So Singapore
35 Robinson Road | 6701 6800
To warm our spirits on Christmas Eve, Sofitel So’s Xperience Restaurant will be unveiling a luxurious five-course ‘Le Réveillon’ dinner ($188, $228 with wine pairing) full of classic Christmas ingredients like foie gras, chestnuts and winter black truffles. Diners can expect to savour caviar, French oysters and wagyu beef along with other gourmet fare. To complement the meal, Xperience Restaurant has created a seasonal cocktail, So Délicieux, a sweet blend of pine-infused The Kraken Spiced Rum, raspberry, peach nectar and griotte.
The Halia at Raffles Hotel
#01-22/33 Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road | 9639 1148
From 1 December 2014-1 January 2015, merry-makers can enjoy a 13-course festive communal feast ($290 per set, serves four guests), featuring indulgent dishes like spiced roast pumpkin, open turkey pie and homemade Christmas pudding. The Christmas brunch buffet ($98 adult, additional $48 with alcohol, $25 for children) brings together a live carving station with grass-fed tenderloin, boneless turkey breast and honey baked ham, a spread of cold cuts and cheese, as well as signature dishes from their a la carte menu.
The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Ginger Garden | 8444 1148
Split into ‘light’, ‘hearty’ and ‘sweet’, the Chef’s Christmas specials menu ($105 for 3-course, $125 for 4-course) include tempting plates like the Kagoshima wagyu rib-eye cap and open-faced Christmas cannoli with raspberry, pistachio, ricotta and chestnut ice cream. Enjoy the set menu from 1 December 2014-1 January 2015. On Christmas Day, The Halia offers an all-day buffet with a broad variety of carved meats, much-loved dishes like Singapore-style chilli crab and lots of desserts. The first and third seatings are $128 with alcohol, $108 without, while the second seating is $138 with alcohol, $118 without. Children dine for $48 for all three seatings.
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