Christmas is just around the corner and we’re in the mood for great food and new experiences. If you’ve not yet made any plans, celebrate at one of these restaurants and make your Christmas even more special this year.
A Tuscan Feast
Try something different this Christmas and feast on traditional Tuscan delights at Bistecca. Their festive menu includes Tortellini in Brodo, Bistecca’s exclusive Wagyu and the Christmas centrepiece, Roast Turkey.
A glass of Bistecca’s homemade Eggnog ($24++) is a must. Made from scratch by Bistecca’s resident mixologist, it’s got a splash of bourbon and a touch of masala powder for a local kick, and is topped with roasted marshmallows. Yum.
From $128 per person. 25 Mohamed Sultan Road. bistecca.com.sg.
It’s not Christmas without a spread of cakes and cookies. Awarded the World Gourmet Summit Award of Excellence in 2012, St Regis’ Pastry Chef Wong Joon Kit takes pride in bringing out the natural sweetness of fruits and chocolates to bake healthier cakes with less sugar. Go on and indulge without feeling guilty.
Choose from Chocolate Passion Log Cake, freshly baked seasonal signatures such as Christmas Stollen, Cherry Fruitcake, and the buttery Cranberry Orange Blossom Brioche.
Back by popular demand, you can now order a selection of St. Regis’ festive cookies to take home, from Gingerbread Men and Orange Sables, to Cinnamon Stars and Chocolate Chip with Macadamia Nut.
The Drawing Room, St. Regis, 29 Tanglin Road. stregissingapore.com
Christmas in Botanic Gardens
Dine amidst the lush greenery of Singapore Botanic Gardens at the Halia . Showcasing a delicious buffet spread of nearly 50 dishes, the Halia brunch will be a family feast to remember.
Look out for the ‘live’ station, serving up slow roasted Rangers Valley Wagyu beef, and the seafood station, with seared Yellowfin tuna tataki and freshly shucked oysters. For a sweet end to the meal, stop by the dessert station for a helping of Halia’s Christmas Pudding, pavlova with fresh fruit and citrus cheesecake with rhubarb and strawberry.
Value for money
A Christmas feast can be special without the heavy price tag. At only $55++, Club Lava’s diners will enjoy a three-course meal and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.
Start with angel hair pasta with wakame, tobikko and ice tiger prawns or oxtail consomme with truffle and foie gras dumplings, followed by mains with a choice of confit duck leg in Rosella flower sauce or tenderloin with truffle and foie gras sauce. Round off the meal with either Christmas pudding with brandy sauce and ice cream or Champagne panna cotta with Rosella flower sauce.
From $55 per person. Club Lava, #B1-07 Chijmes. Call 6339 6696.
For a cosy dinner with your family, head down to Cocotte for the three-course festive communal dinner.
This rustic French restaurant is big on communal sharing platters so expect to pass around the fig, walnut and goat cheese parcel salad, roast chicken with black winter truffles and a pot of Tourteaux crab, freshwater crayfish and mussels. We’re just not too sure how you’re going to part with the tarte au chocolat or upside down caramelised apple tarts!
Till 5 January. $110 per person, minimum two pax. Cocotte, No. 2 Dickson Road. Call 6298 1188. restaurantcocotte.com
Away from the City
Take a break from the madding Christmas crowd in the city and dine amidst the lush greenery at Pantry at the Stables .
Must-have Christmas dishes include tom turkey with chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce, honey baked ham with pineapple sauce and roast beef with a choice of black pepper, mushroom or red wine sauce.
24 and 25 December. $42++ per platter for two and $78++ per platter for a party of four. Pantry at the Stables, 55 Fairways Drive. Call 6467 7748. themarmaladepantry.com.sg
Have a Bavarian Christmas
Be one of the first to try Paulaner’s new Christmas Eve dinner buffet. From pork knuckles to ham and sausages, the generous spread of festive goodies on offer is sure to please every one from adults to children.
Of course, what’s a German Christmas without good beer? With a microbrewery on site, it’ll be ‘bottoms up’ all night long.
24 December. 6.30pm to 9.30pm. $50++ per adult and $25++ per child (six to 11 years old). Paulaner Bräuhaus, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-01 Millenia Walk. Call 6883 2572. paulaner-brauhaus.com/singapore
If a buffet dinner sounds too heavy for you, why not try a champagne brunch at The Fullerton Bay Hotel?
Start with oysters, poached live prawns, black mussels and Boston lobster, before feasting on dishes such as roast turkey with chestnut filling, Angus sirloin with jus, champagne risotto with shrimps and smoke caviar, and pan fried veal with white wine wild mushroom sauce – plus free flow champagne! Little ones can also have their own festive fun in the Kid’s Activity Room.
25 December. 12.30pm to 4pm. $228 or $168 (without alcohol) per adult and $84 per child. The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay. Call 6333 8388. fullertonbayhotel.com
Take it to the next level
Celebrate Christmas at new heights with Singapore Flyer.
This Christmas season diners can look forward to a festive culinary experience while enjoying the magnificent views aboard Singapore Flyer. Diners will be served a four-course dinner menu, prepared by popular celebrity Chef Eric Teo, President of the Singapore Chef Association.
There’ll be plenty of photo opportunities at Singapore Flyer’s Christmas Village, too. Visit Santa’s Workshop, Elf Land, and Snow Land, and pose with Singapore’s tallest Christmas tree, a mammoth 83-metres high and decorated with more than a million LED lights.
Till 31 December. Sky Dining $269++ per couple; Christmas Menu $329++ per couple. singaporeflyer.com