Time to bust out the turkey (and the stretchy pants). We’ve found this year’s best Xmas brunches in Singapore and restaurants serving up epic Christmas feasts.
Surprised to hear festive songs in malls in Singapore already? Yup, that’s because Christmas time is already on its way and resistance is futile. Gifts aside, for us Christmas is always about the food, family banquets and big get-togethers where we all stuff ourselves silly. Let’s be honest, there’s nothing better than an amazing festive spread that involves zero cooking or clean-up. Yes we’ve spent a Christmas day or two opting for the swish hotel brunch. Not sure where to start? We’ve got a couple of places in mind… and no it’s not too early to start booking for Xmas. We’ve learned this the hard way!
Pan Pacific Singapore
Expect festive spreads for diverse palates at Pan Pacific’s award-winning restaurants The Edge (pictured top), Hai Tien Lo and Keyaki. Bring home an array of holiday goodies from Pacific Marketplace, featuring quintessential treats inspired by local flavours including the new Peranakan roasted turkey and chendol log cake.
The Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595
Oxwell & Co.
Promising a true British Christmas at Oxwell & Co., these folks have never let us down during festive season. While others may aim to surprise (and maybe shock) diners with new and unique dishes, we’re glad Oxwell & Co. is sticking to the classics: think traditional roasts mash, gravy and Yorkshire pudding, charred Brussels sprouts, roast potatoes, cold cuts and more. Trust us: go straight for the roast Westholme beef with a side of Brussel sprouts. Feeling fancy? Share a pot of chicken and liver pate and bread before the main arrives. If all you want for Christmas is a hearty meal with the company of good friends, Oxwell & Co. on Ann Siang is your star.
Oxwell & Co., 5 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069688
Goodwood Park Hotel
If Christmas is all about the feasting and making merry, Goodwood Park Hotel goes all out with buffet spreads, festive meals and epicurean takeaways. New gourmet offerings this year (on top of the traditional Christmas dinners) are 12 Treasures Turkey where the Christmas turkey is given extra an Asian flair, and Around the World in ‘Turkey’ Days – an eye-opening all-turkey feast. Christmas sure is serious business here.
Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
Conrad Centennial Singapore
We’re already fans of the gin and seafood-fuelled Sunday brunch buffet at Oscar’s at Conrad Centennial Singapore, but from 27 November 2017, the hotel will be decked with lavish log cakes and Christmas roasts, sumptuous buffets at Oscar’s, festive-themed tea sets at the Lobby Lounge, Oriental-Christmas a la carte buffet at Golden Peony, and a special Christmas Pudding Gin & Tonic. Bring home some sweet treats for Christmas as well, and choose from rich dark chocolate and raspberry to Orange-infused cheesecake on a speculoos base, and macchiato whisky for the extra boost.
Conrad Centennial Singapore, 2 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038982
Park Hotel Alexandra
Enjoy a Spanish-inspired Christmas at The Carvery, Park Hotel Alexandra’s premium roast meats restaurant. Incorporating produce, herbs and vegetables synonymous with the Iberian Peninsula, the culinary team will be rolling out Christmas classics with a Spanish twist. Try the spit-roasted chicken with orange and rosemary, Iberico pork belly stuffed with chorizo and apple, red mullet fish with mojo verde, a Turron trifle and more – time to get into the hola-day vibes!
Park Hotel Alexandra, 323 Alexandra Rd, Singapore 159972
Both at the Park Hotel Clarke Quay is both a fine food store and dining space with cosy rooms decorated as if you’re stepping into somebody’s cool home. We love the sound of the velvety cognac-scented Lobster Bisque and gravlax of Norwegian salmon topped with marinated fennel and avruga caviar. If you love your meat, dig in the Charcuterie platter, suckling pig, or the succulent steak served with pepper sauce and thick cut fries. Game lovers would be thrilled by the roasted French quail with Brussels sprouts, bacon, and natural jus.
Porta Fine Food & Import Company, 1 Unity St, Singapore 237983
Fort Canning Hotel
Famed for its unique turkey roasts at Christmas (think Tom Yum), this season’s special creation is the chili crab turkey, which we just enjoyed here at Honeycombers HQ! Tuck into the other festive selections at a hearty buffet feast or Festive Set at The Salon this Christmas surrounded by family and good friends.
Fort Canning Hotel, 1 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881
Sharing is caring with Esquina’s 10-course sharing-style menu, starting with freshly shucked Tsarkaya Oysters accompanied by jalapeño ponzu, salmon roe and pickled ginger flower. This is followed by a series of signature favourites including the potato and truffle gratin and smoked Atlantic mackerel. It gets festive with the Christmas menu which features the suckling pig paired with mulled wine reduction and apple and rhubarb chutney, as well as the festive croqueta of roasted poulard, confit onion and aioli before ending on a sweet note with the homemade Monkey Shoulder Whiskey cream.
Esquina, 16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089267, Set menu starts from $98+
Song of India
The only Michelin star Indian restaurant in Southeast Asia is also getting into the festive spirit and will be rolling out Christmas specials like the Tandoori turkey stuffed with Morel Biryani and Kashmiri Wazwan slow-roasted and smoked leg of lamb. Christmas classics all spiced up? We’ll toast to that.
Song of India, 33 Scotts Road, Singapore 228226
The Market Grill
The Market Grill celebrates the traditions of the season with Christmas specials available daily in the month of December. Get the celebrations started right in the CBD with favourites like Prime Ribeye on bone, expertly grilled to perfection using the “Woodstone” charbroiler and accompanied with roasted wild mushrooms and red jus and to end the night, try out the Christmas cocktail “Frozen” made from vodka, curacao and lemon to set you in the right holiday mood!
The Market Grill, 208 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068642
Royal Plaza on Scotts
Start the feast with an all-time favourite, traditional roasted turkey or try something out of the ordinary like the Japanese garlic butter-glazed turkey – garnished with garlic fried rice, marinated minced chicken stuffing with shredded seaweed, Japanese curry vegetables and drizzled with teriyaki sauce. For dessert, indulge in the specialities of Gourmet Carousel like freshly-baked traditional English fruit cake, German Dresden Stollen and Italian Panettone. Be sure to look out for this year’s special, the Royal Tarts, which are assorted chocolate tarts that come in raspberry, chestnut, passion fruit and apple flavours.
Royal Plaza on Scotts, 25 Scotts Road, Singapore 228220
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
This festive season, ring in the Christmas cheer with a medley of epicurean delights across acclaimed dining destinations – Kwee Zeen and ilLido at the Cliff. Each restaurant will feature a blend of traditional holiday classics and contemporary creations through specially curated festive menus so while you can expect a good ol’ turkey or slow-roasted beef, you can also find things like prawn tartare with sea urchin hollandaise and caviar and squid ink tonnarelli with razor clams and Amalfi lemon.
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, 2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, Singapore 099891
Don’t skip out on this feast for champions! Game of Thrones-style, Indonesian restaurant Rumah Rasa is dishing out their own version of a festive meal. With fiery spices of Indonesian cuisine, the Feast of Fire & Ice will feature chef’s rendition from the Seven Kingdoms. Dishes like beef balls in fiery sambal and stir-fried slipper lobster with shrimp paste sambal will feature in the line-up. Fun fact: Rumah Rasa is a sustainable restaurant that uses herbs and spices grown from the in-house garden.
Rumah Rasa, Bay Hotel, 50 Telok Blangah Road, Singapore 098828
Source: The Honeycombers