Hosting a festive lunch at home this Christmas, but not much of a Nigella? There’s no need to get stressed out and spend a sweaty day in the kitchen. Put your feet up, have a glass of vino and enjoy a ready-made sumptuous spread thanks to one of these convenient catering and takeway options. (Psst…! On the hunt for even more handy Christmas stories? Head here for midnight masses, festive light-ups, Santa’s grottos, caroling concerts and more. Or, if you’ve changed your mind, and want to head to a bubbly brunch in Singapore instead, jump over here. Even more cool Christmas stuff is in our December issue, including a glorious gift guide.)
Pan Pacific Orchard
10 Claymore Road | 6737 0811
Wow your guests without any kitchen hassle by picking up Pan Pacific Orchard’s well-marinated roast turkey, stuffed with chestnut and bundled with winter vegetables, cranberry marmalade and essential brown gravy. The hotel’s takeaway counter will be as busy as Santa’s workshop, churning out handmade treats like Yule logs, brandy and rum fruitcake and gingerbread cookies just like granny used to make.
To order: Call 6831 6686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pan Pacific Singapore
7 Raffles Boulevard | 6826 8240
Venture into the Pacific Marketplace for a sublime selection of hearty traditional roasts, Christmas sweets, chocolates and log cakes. Festive treats that we’ve got our eye on include the roasted turkey with cornbread and sausage stuffing, cinnamon-glazed gammon ham with persimmon chutney, Christmas plum pudding and the crunchy hazelnut chocolate yule log cake.
To order: Call 6826 8240, email email@example.com, visit panpacificmarketplace.sg or visit the Pacific marketplace directly.
Cold Storage Market Place
Whether you’re catering for an intimate family dinner or a village-sized gathering, Cold Storage Market Place has an array of traditional Christmas goodies to cut your preparation time in half. With any one of nine different dinner deals, you can check off meats, sides and wines in one fell swoop. The largest dinner package – starring a roasted medium Butterball turkey with chestnut stuffing, striploin roast beef and smoked spiral bone-in ham – can feed a party of eight to 10 nicely. If you’d rather mix and match to taste, there’s a spread of roast meats, turkeys and hams in various glazes, as well as delicious fancy platters – from seafood skewers to antipasto.
To order: Drop by any outlet (head here for locations) or order online five days in advance. Orders close on 20 December.
#03-21B Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road | 6235 8840
This classy North Indian restaurant plans to spice things up for those who find traditional Christmas meals a tad bland. Its plump tandoori turkeys are marinated overnight in fragrant spices – cinnamon, coriander and rose water among them – and roasted to perfection in a hot clay oven; there’s even one that’s stuffed with minced meat biryani. Each turkey is served with one of three homemade sauces – choose from tomato and butter-based makhni, mint yoghurt sauce, or tomato and bell pepper chutney. Other roasted delights include a tender whole leg of lamb that serves up to eight famished folks, and whole tandoori spring chickens. There are vegetarian options too.
To order: Visit the outlet or call three days in advance. Catering runs throughout December.
The Swiss Butchery
30 Greenwood Avenue | 6468 7588
56 Tanglin Road #01-02 | 6235 8080
For little’uns who love the wizarding adventures of Harry Potter and gang, The Swiss Butchery can make Christmas extra-magical. Its Harry Potter-themed Butterbeer smoked ham is marinated in a blend of vanilla and gin for a hint of the fabled drink’s creamy sweetness. Meanwhile, the butchery’s popular Grand Marnier ham is making a comeback, along with prime cuts of rib-eye – from Japanese wagyu to an exclusive Tasmanian grass-fed option. You’ll also find imported turkeys, gourmet sausages, house-dried salamis, Spanish wines and Bavarian cheeses to serve at home or pack into a thoughtful hamper for friends and family.
To order: Visit or call their Greenwood or Tanglin outlets before 20 December.
Nothing keeps the party going like a bit of bubbly, and Ewineasia.com has some choice champagnes that won’t empty your wallet. Artisanal variants that will go down a treat with Christmas dinner include the Champagne Tarlant Brut Tradition with sweet peach, pear and hazelnut notes, and the Champagne Boizel Blanc De Blancs with tantalising hints of gingerbread and apple on the nose.
To order: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6222 3977. Festive prices will be available until the end of February 2015.
Café Noel by Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel Stamford
Café Noel Booth, Level 2, Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road | 6338 8785
In case you’re expecting a houseful of hungry guests, Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel Stamford’s Café Noel has an array of Christmas nosh that will have them loosening their belts for second helpings. Pick from meticulously crafted platters, rustic-style roasts, vegetable side-dishes, cakes, pies, tarts, chocolate praline boxes for gifting and lots of champagne to go around. Their chocolate candy house, made of 70 percent KaruKera chocolate, makes a cute dining table centrepiece too.
To order: Email email@example.com or call five days in advance. For more information, visit celebrationscentral.com.sg.
Want to wow your guests with some delicious cocktails before popping open the bubbly? Leave the work to the folks at Drinkdings. They’ll come round with a mobile bar and shake up potent concoctions with all the Christmas flavours we love, such as cherry, peppermint and good ol’ Baileys. We were fortunate enough to enjoy a cocktail party in EL towers this month, thanks to the friendly, oh-so-talented guys at Drinkdings. They assembled their own area, got mixing and served up an array of tasty, free-flow cocktails without breaking into a sweat. Prices start at $10-$15 per head for two hours of free-flow drinks.
To order: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6284 4727.
The Fullerton Hotel
1 Fullerton Square | 6877 8178
If you’re throwing a big Christmas bash, The Fullerton Hotel has a glorious selection of roasts like their butterball turkey with pumpkin bread stuffing, and an oriental turkey marinated with nourishing Chinese herbs. Sinful sweets are also available for takeaway, including their new 7th Heaven Yule Log – created with Bailey’s Irish Cream, chocolate fudge sponge, hazelnut nougatine, dark tropical chocolate, ivory chocolate and jivara chocolate and a glossy chocolate glaze.
To order: Email email@example.com or call 6877 8178.
St. Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Road | 6506 6860
Over at La Pâtisserie, St Regis’s seasoned chefs have prepared a wide range of sweet and savoury delights, including roasted lamb leg, marinated beef tenderloin, house smoked salmon, decadent log cakes and cranberry orange blossom brioche. Their festive cookies make great goodie bags for guests too.
To order: Visit La Pâtisserie or order online three days in advance. Orders end on 25 December.
The Bread Table
1010 Upper Serangoon Road | 6282 3546
14 Jalan Kuras | 6100 1345
If you’re a little bored of the usual Crimbo fruit cake, try The Bread Table’s range of buttery German stollen. Made the traditional way by executive baker Joseph Lee, who was trained in the French Culinary Institute in New York, the stollen comes in two flavours – golden caramel walnuts and silver almonds. We like how they’re rich with warm festive spices without the cloying sweetness of a normal fruitcake. Both flavours come dusted with soft icing sugar and studded with rum-soaked dried fruits and nuts.
To order: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or order online before 24 December.
Violet Oon’s Kitchen
881 Bukit Timah Road | 8533 1122
For families that like a little local zing in their food, this Singaporean bistro’s range of festive party trays include Peranakan babi panggang (roast pork) with five-spice sticky rice stuffing.Traditionalists can go for classic Christmas dishes like roast turkey breast with apricot sausage stuffing and beef roulade in red wine reductions sauce. Chef Violet herself also makes a mean fruit cake spiked with cognac, as well as mini sticky toffee date puddings.
To order: Email email@example.com or call five days in advance. Party trays are available from 1-31 December.
Nassim Hill Bakery
#01-03 Tanglin Post Office, 56 Tanglin Road | 6835 1128
The tireless crew at Nassim Hill Bakery will be whipping up tempting desserts such as snowball pecan cookies, crispy speculoos, Chivas whisky pecan pie and citrus panettone.
To order: Call three days in advance. The last day to order is 27 December.
Senso Ristorante & Bar
21 Club Street | 6224 3534
Fancy adding some Italian flair to your seasonal spread? Senso Ristorante & Bar will be holding Fiera di Natale, a one-day-only Christmas fair on 6 December (30 for entry, includes $30 worth of vouchers valid at the event) where you can sample their luscious assortment of goodies. Look out for cold-cuts, baked goods, sweets and Italian wines. When you’ve picked your favourites, pre-order at the event itself and look forward to an effortless time on Christmas Day.
To order: Visit the fair from 11.30am-3.30pm on 6 December to taste and place your orders. Self-collection and delivery runs from 10-31 December.
Parkroyal on Pickering
3 Upper Pickering Street | 6809 8888
Aside from the usual suspects like roasted turkey and honey baked ham, Parkroyal on Pickering will be offering indulgent log cakes in a range of creative flavours (durian mousse, anyone?), pralines, cookies and other desserts.
To order: Visit their signature restaurant Lime from 1-25 December.