It’s the time of the year for hearty roasts, turkey, sharing platters, and other festive eats. And if you’re looking to herald in the Yuletide cheer in the cosy comfort of your home and have yet to place your order for Christmas deliveries or takeaways, these are some of the best places to check out.
To switch up your Christmas dinner game, check out Goodwood Park Hotel’s festive offerings. The hotel is turning out a line-up of Christmas classics given an Asian and local spin. For one, the quintessential turkey is done North Indian-style with makhani sauce, vegetable korma, kashmiri Rice and naan. The Shanghai-style pan-fried buns or sheng jiang bao has also been given a festive spin with a turkey filling.
You can also create your own popiah station with the DIY Turkey Popiah set or dig into the creamy Baked Turkey & Chorizo Cannelloni, stuffed with minced turkey, chorizo and crunchy zucchini, and layered with decadent molten mozzarella and parmesan cheese. For sides, we recommend the hotel’s popular Chilled Capellini with Alaskan Crab, Sakura Ebi, Caviar doused in lashings of fragrant truffle vinaigrette.
Don’t miss the log cakes to complete your celebration, from the divine Goodwood ‘Mao Shan Wang’ Durian Christmas Log Cake to a more classic Traditional Christmas Chocolate Log Cake.
For a seafood feast, Greenwood Fish Market has everything you need, from oyster platters to homemade salmon or beef wellington.
If you’ve got a party of eight, the Alan’s Seafood Feast ($428) will keep everyone’s bellies full and happy with two Boston lobsters, 12 oysters, a salmon wellington (1kg), smoked salmon, and boiled prawns. Then end your meal with sweet treats like a sticky date and coconut log, and an apple crumble log. Or dig into ready-to-eat seafood platters (from $119) with delish treats like Boston lobster, sashimi-grade fish, oysters and more.
Oyster-only platters see premium varieties like Fine de Claire as well as the exclusive palm-sized KYS Etoile Super Specials No.1 oysters from France with a delicate and complex finish.
Lovingly crafted by in-house Chef William Kong and his team, Orange Clove has both gourmet platters for intimate gatherings, to curated mini buffets and the Festive Indulgence menu, which lets you DIY your feast by choosing from a curation of 18 dishes.
For the gourmet platters, take your pick from three options: the Lush Grill medley for meat lovers, Gifts of the Sea for a seafood treat, or the Epicurean Cheese and Charcuterie platter. Each serves eight to 10 pax.
And for the Indulgence menu, you’ll be spoilt for choice with tempting dishes like a classic roast turkey, honey baked chicken ham, a Creamy Laksa Seafood Boil, the Carnival Chicken Shepherd’s Pie topped with purple sweet potato.
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel as rolled out 11 new items to amp up your spread.
The star this year is the Baked Whole King Crab (limited portions available) with a luxurious sea urchin gratin of grated cheese and white wine atop orecchiette pasta that’ll impress loved ones and guests.
Its take on the quintessential turkey sees the Whole Roasted Turkey with Singapore Sling Marinade, brined in the likes of orange, juniper berries, cinnamon, and cherry liquor. There’s also sweet, zesty pineapple and cherry stuffing. Other highlights include Crisp crackling Roast Pork Saddle with Pancetta & earthy Porcini Mushroom Stuffing, with spiced orange rum sauce, and the rich, meltingly tender 39-day dry-aged Smokey BBQ Dry Aged Irish Beef Mid Ribs (Bone-in).
For a Yule log that’ll delight for kids and adults alike, get the Caramel Popcorn with Apple Christmas Train with a distinct popcorn-flavoured biscuit base, caramel sponge and apple jelly. Or go for other fruity creations like this Blue Pea White Peach Log Cake or the Mulled Wine Mixed Berries Log Cake for grown-ups.
Treat the family to something delightfully different this holiday season with One Farrer Hotel’s offerings.
Think roast turkey transformed with innovative flavours, like the new ‘Delicioso’ Mexican Style Turkey with Spices that has a South American twist. It’s paired with executive chef Marcus Tan’s own version of “Mole”, a traditional Mexican sauce of hot chillies and dark chocolate. Other highlights include the Signature Salt-Encrusted Turkey and ‘Delicioso’ Mexican Style Chicken Pullet with Spices.
Playful, imaginative desserts take the spotlight at One Farrer Hotel this year. There’s a charming chocolate Christmas tree decorated with festive macarons that’ll make a beautiful addition to your dessert table, as well as a limited-edition Carousel Fruit Cake, a Bailey Irish Yule Log Cake and a durian log with a hint of gula melaka.
Shangri-La Singapore has a thoughtful curation of take-home treats to usher in Christmas in style. Rustico Spice Roasted U.S. Whole Turkey ($258 nett, 6kg) is on the menu, with the bird seasoned with an aromatic blend of Italian Rustico spices.
Add to it with the Truffle Honey and Cinnamon Glazed Bone-in Gammon Ham ($298 nett, 7kg) or the updated Black Angus Beef Wellington ($348 nett, 1.5kg) that sees a tender beef fillet wrapped in indulgent foie gras and mushroom duxelles.
New on the menu is the succulent Slow Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Studded Leg of Lamb ($288 nett, 3.5kg). Or if you’re looking for an alternative to all that meat, get the Salt Baked Seabass Fillet ($168 nett, 2kg), fragranced with a medley of herbs and lemon.
Desserts will bump up the wow factor, with whimsical creations like the “Once Upon A Time” 3D cake ($128 nett, 1.5kg) with edible fairytale storybooks, the enchanting Santa Sleigh ($75 nett, 1kg) with yuzu curd and strawberries, and the Rich Mango Indulgence Log Cake ($88 nett, 1kg).
Modern European restaurant Tablescape at Grand Park City Hall has a repertoire of treats that starts with a juicy and tender Celebration Roasted Chicken ($78nett, serves 2 to 4), served with a giblet gravy of chicken stock and duck fat, and greens. Scented with clove, the Holiday Gammon Ham ($128nett, serves 6 to 10) gets our thumbs up with succulent meat. Grilled pineapple and apricot jus add a fruity touch.
There’s also Wellington Wonderland ($208 nett, for 6 to 8), which sees 70-day grain-fed Angus beef tenderloin with duxelles mushrooms and sauteed broccolini with red wine jus.
The pretty wreath-shaped Chocolate Cranberry Christmas Charcuterie Platter ($68nett, Good for 6 to 10 persons) is back, with house-made chocolate cranberry brioche bread topped with candy cane, cured hams, mortadella, salami, bleu cheese, asiago cheese, brie, marmalade, and an assortment of nuts.
Over at Swiss Butchery, you’ll find Christmas sets from $98 (for 2 to 3) with honey roast chicken, a whole ham, sausages and duck leg confit. If you’re looking to feed a bigger party, add the Santa’s Gourmet Spread ($238) to your cart, with treats like a whole roast turkey, ham, braised beef’s cheek, beef lasagna, duck leg confit, and a roast honey chicken.
Revel in an Italian-style Christmas with Da Paolo’s festive favourites.
Back on the menu is the Stuffed Boneless Roast Turkey($388,) that has been thoughtfully deboned and stuffde with Cotechino, a rich and slightly gamey traditional Italian pork sausage. New to the line-up is the Braised Beef Ribs ($248, approx 1.3kg), slow-cooked in red wine and meltingly tender.
For comforting carbs, there’s no going wrong with indulgent Truffle Mac & Cheese Tray, or the Ravioli al Parmigiano, filled with Parmigiano Reggiano and balsamic vinegar, and cloaked in a robust pomodoro sauce.
Desserts are fab too, including the deliciously rich Flourless Chocolate Log Cake, the new Gingerbread Chocolate Tart with a subtle gingerbread fragrance, and the soft, airy panettone.
If turkey and ham isn’t your thing, you might want to try Tanglin Cookhouse’s Beef Wellington Family Feast ($238, suitable for 6 – 8 pax). With Christmas just around the corner, Tanglin Cookhouse looks back to its colonial British roots once more for a celebration that marries age-old traditions with a side of modernity.
The centrepiece of of the feast is a stunning Christmas Beef Wellington, served with the full frills of sides including forest mix mushroom duxelles, prosciutto ham and spinach, finished off with a red wine sauce. The plethora of accompanying sides include the Rudolph Pie, where under a golden pie crust lies a bed of minced pork and venison ragout, sweetened with garden peas and lent bite with parsnip and potato mash. Eat your greens with a Christmas Roasted Butternut & Apple Salad and Root Veggie Tarte Tatin, which bears a full open-faced pie of honey-herb roasted root vegetables laid upon a buttery puff pastry. Cooked from perfectly al dente long-grain rice, fragranced with sauteed vegetables, herbs and toasted almonds, the Cranberry Rice Pilaf doesn’t disappoint too. Finally, wrap things up on a sweet note with The Queen’s Christmas Pudding.
A version of this article was originally published in Singapore Women’s Weekly.