Ah, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Good tidings (and Christmas feast recommendations) we at SETHLUI.com bring to you and your kin. Whether you’re planning something family-friendly to celebrate the December holidays with the young ones as a treat after a long school year, or if it’s your turn to pick a restaurant for a romantic date night out, I’ve got you. As always, there is a plethora of cuisines with restaurants dotted all around our sunny island in this listicle. Have yourself a merry little Christmas, and without further ado, here are 21 buffets and dinners for an unforgettable festive feast.
1. Grand Hyatt
This festive season marks Grand Hyatt Singapore’s 50th anniversary, and a double celebration means going all out with a smörgåsbord of dishes, drinks, desserts, and more.
Pete’s Place will be the place to hit up for a mini Italian getaway without having to leave Singapore—the Christmas Eve Dinner (S$98) is perfect to indulge in a mouthwatering spread of authentic Italian flavours such as Bistecca Alla Fiorentina Porterhouse Steak and Champagne Risotto.
For a uniquely Singaporean festive feast, Straits Kitchen has a Christmas Eve Dinner (S$108++) and a Christmas Day Lunch (S$108++) featuring flavours from local Chinese, Indian, Malay, and Peranakan cuisines. Think of Homemade Marinated Angus Beef Satay with Peanut Sauce, or even a Roasted Whole Turkey, all whipped up in a Halal-certified kitchen.
Good tidings we bring, to you and your kin! Well, good tidings, along with the prettiest assortment of sweet and savoury pastries. The Mix and Match (S$108 for three boxes) boasts of a perfect assortment of sweet and savoury starters at PAUL’S before you begin the festive feast for real. The Wild Mushroom, Quail Egg & Truffle Salsa was my favourite savoury option, though you definitely cannot go wrong with the Mini Berries Tartlet. Come on, it’s Christmas; let’s do dessert before dinner!
Speaking of dinner, the Cranberry & Pineapple Turkey Ham (S$88) is not to be missed. Think of sweet and citrusy notes of pineapple, paired with heady cinnamon and star anise to create the cosy warmth of Christmas that we all love.
If your family generally loves Asian flavours but doesn’t want to skimp out on a luxurious Christmas spread, the White Curry Roast Turkey (S$138) will tick all the boxes. Marinated with Asian white curry spice rub, stuffed with sambal quail eggs, and served with anchovies and crispy peanuts, this one has the local flavour and festive flair.
Calling all cafe-hoppers! If all you want for Christmas is a chance to go cafe hopping with your gal pals, this is your chance to do so. The well-loved PS.Cafe has launched a yummy festive menu consisting of crumbly, pillow-soft Crab and Prawn Cakes (S$22), along with Christmas Oyster Shooters (S$15) topped with tomato salsa and orange ponzu.
Of course, your visit to PS.Cafe won’t be complete without an order of the PS Traditional Christmas Dinner (S$38). This classic spread includes oven-roasted turkey, apricot-glazed leg ham, stuffing, pumpkin, and more. It definitely looks like the epitome of a happy holiday to me!
End off your meal on a sweet note with a Christmas Chocolate Nougatine (S$15). Their rendition of the sweet confectionery features a decadent chocolate jaffa mousse atop crunchy almond and cranberry nougat before it’s topped with creamy vanilla ice cream.
4. Orchard Hotel
Indulge in fabulous festive feasting with your family this Christmas, courtesy of Orchard Hotel Singapore. The Orchard Cafe is hosting a Festive Feast (Lunch S$68++, Dinner S$88++, 24/31 Dec Dinner & 25 Dec/1 Jan Lunch & Dinner S$98++) from now until 31 December 2021 with a live cooking theatre along with a plethora of dishes and cuisines to truly spoil yourself this year-end holiday.
Guests can expect fresh seafood such as lobsters, mussels, and oysters, along with freshly cut sashimi. Go all out on your cheat day with Rendang Roast Turkey, Prime Ribs, Marinated Roast Turkey with Giblet Sauce, and make sure not to miss out on the Christmas Stuffing, too!
Of course, elevate your Christmas cheer with a serving of their Christmas desserts, because I definitely will. Sing your carols, and load your plate with decadent slices of Chempedak Log Cake, Hazelnut Chocolate Log Cake, Christmas tarts, and more. ‘Tis truly the season to eat, drink, and be merry. They are currently offering 50% off for the second diner, along with a la carte menu selections.
5. Pan Pacific
Relish in a vibrant Christmas spread at Pan Pacific Singapore’s Edge, Hai Tien Lo, and Keyaki—whether you’re in the mood to honour traditions or indulge in authentic oriental fare.
Edge will be spreading festive merriment with well-loved seasonal specials featured in their Festive Celebrations Menu (from S$75)—a decadent buffet of Herbs-Roasted Turkey, Honey-Glazed Virginia Ham, and desserts such as a Classic Chocolate Yule Log. Their festive celebrations menu will run from 26 November 2021 to 2 January 2022, with unlimited champagne and alcoholic beverages at an additional S$90, and S$48 for unlimited alcoholic beverages.
For those who prefer Asian cuisine, but want to go all out for Christmas, celebrate with Hai Tien Lo’s Festive Weekend Dim Sum Brunch (S$98). Diners can expect a gastronomic feast of Cantonese dishes, such as Deep-fried Crispy Aubergine with Foie Gras in Szechuan Spicy Gong Bo Sauce and Wok-fried Diced Austrian M9 Wagyu Beef with Portobello Mushroom and Sliced Garlic.
Keyaki is also offering a vibrant limited-time Winter Special Menu which includes Gozen (S$65 per diner), Bento (S$80 per diner), and Kaiseki (S$165 per diner) creations. Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with your family over a hearty variety of Japanese flavours, such as Deep Fried Snow Crab and Vegetable, Grilled Seasonal Buri, US Beef Onion Miso with Seasonal Winter Vegetables, and more.
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6. Andaz Singapore
‘Tis truly the most wonderful time of the year, so celebrate in style with not one, not two, but three restaurants at Andaz Singapore, all served with an extra-sweet dessert of breathtaking city views after a dinner to remember.
Celebrate on Christmas Eve and Day with Alley on 25—their Premium Festive Platter (S$168) boasts a plethora of sashimi, Lobster Thermidor, Turkey Roulade, and more for a jolly good time with your family. They are also offering a month-long Christmas Afternoon Team (S$55) menu, and a 10% early bird discount if you make reservations for Alley on 25’s festive dining from now until 1 December 2021.
If you’re in the mood for a festive dinner fit for kings, then 665°F is the way to go. Their Seven Course Menu (S$168) will feature quality ingredients across both surf and turf—just imagine digging into a plate of hearty A4 Kagoshima Wagyu Sirloin or Patagonian Toothfish. End your meal on a sweet note with Vacherin, a delectable French dessert that layers red berries and vanilla Bourbon mascarpone with meringue.
7. Chico Loco
Season’s cluckings, everyone! Give your Christmas ‘21 feast a little Mexican twist with Chico Loco’s Festive Bundles. The Loco Mexmas Dinner (S$155) will be perfect for an intimate celebration with you and your closest friends. Pick from roasted options such as Traditional Herb Marinated Turkey, Smoked Maple Agave Gammon Ham, Chico Rotisserie Lamb Leg, Ancho Roast Beef Striploin, and more. It’s time you sit back and reward yourself for overcoming all the hurdles faced in 2021. You deserve it!
End off on a celebratory note with exclusive festive beverages and toast to a splendid new year—pick from a Blood Orange & Guava Margarita (S$24) or a Tommy Lime Margarita (S$24). If you’re feeling extra jolly, why not give both a whirl?
Don’t give dessert a miss, no matter how hard you’re trying to fight off that food coma. A festive feast will not be unforgettable unless it ends off with a Chocolate Log Cake (S$50). It comes as no surprise to anyone that this is my favourite part of any Christmas feast, and it will be yours too, especially if you dig into Chico Loco’s Bread Butter Pudding with Mezcal Dulce de Leche (S$25). Bigger groups can also opt for the Festive Grande Feast, and orders made during this Christmas season will require three days preorder.
8. Oriole Coffee + Bar
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again—we Singaporeans really do love our truffle. If you’re the resident truffle-anything friend in the group, Oriole Coffee + Bar’s festive Truffle Menu will satisfy your truffle cravings perfectly.
Sink your teeth into a decadent Truffle Scrambled Egg & Cheese Burger (S$16++) with fluffy eggs cooked in fragrant truffle oil, served with smoky, crispy bacon and served alongside fries. The Truffle Mushroom Pizza (S$22++) is also a great option for sharing with the table. Think of thin-crust pizza aioli base mixed with smooth truffle paste and topped with herbaceous sauteed mushrooms and fresh rocket leaves.
No holly jolly Christmas would be complete without a selection of festive drinks to wash all the decadent food down, right? Oriole Coffee + Bar has also come up with a limited-edition Festive Drinks Menu consisting of a Santa Shake (S$10.50++), where vanilla ice cream is zinged with Merlot, vodka, and topped with whipped cream. Maybe if you substitute milk for this, Santa may leave an extra gift or two underneath the tree!
The Merry Cocktail (S$12.50++) will certainly make your night merry with its fruity combination of vodka with cranberry juice, apple sours, and bourbon vanilla syrup. Simmered with spices such as star anise, and cinnamon, this one will add a fun little oomph to your Christmastime festivities, won’t it?
9. Casa Restaurant
Christmas at Casa Restaurant will definitely bring in the yuletide cheer. What can go wrong with a hearty feast of seasonal produce and Chef Remy Lefebvre’s signature woodfire approach? Indulge in the 5-Course Special Menu (S$178++) for the ultimate treat-yourself meal.
Feast upon charred leeks with tahini sumac, roasted beetroot with truffle jus, barbecued Norwegian hand-dived scallop, Jade abalone, kinmedai, and more. Every course is guaranteed to be more splendid than the last, giving you the perfect dinner to say goodbye to 2021 on a content note.
The title of this article says ‘unforgettable festive feast’, so make sure you live up to it! Casa Restaurant has an 8-Course Special Menu (S$258++) that’ll leave even the biggest of eaters full-bellied and beaming when they leave. Not only does the menu include snacks, champagne, and petit fours, but guests can expect stellar mouthwatering dishes of roasted artichoke with hazelnut, smoked eel with turmeric jus, buckwheat blini cooked over woodfire embers, along with a luxurious dish of Norwegian king crab served with a savoury egg and pepper sauce.
End off this unforgettable festive feast with an assortment of cheese, sweet desserts. A merry Christmas, indeed!
10. Buona Terra
Revel in the gastronomic fanfare of Buona Terra’s festive menu, the White Truffle Rhapsody. It’s not possible for us to have a literal White Christmas here in Singapore, but this one will keep your spirits jolly, I promise. Indulge in the Buona Terra Experience (S$158+ for lunch, S$198+ for dinner), where you’ll get to sit down to a resplendent five-course meal featuring the aromatic allure of white truffle dishes.
Buona Terra’s White Truffle Rhapsody features specially curated dishes centred around white truffle. The White Truffle Egg Soufflé with Saffron and Parmesan Cheese Sauce boasts a light and delicate flavour that enhances the distinctiveness of white truffle. Another perennial favourite is the Tagliolini with Butter Emulsion, Parmesan Cheese, and White Truffle, where fresh, handmade tagliolini is tossed in 36-month aged Parmigiano Reggiano sauce, giving the dish a toothsome flavour and nuttiness, following which it is topped with thin shavings of white truffle.
For the ultimate comforting Christmas, opt for the Risotto with Espresso, Parmesan Cheese and Anchovy Sauce, where the rustic flavours are enhanced by white truffles. The coffee-infused broth and applewood smoked butter is a breathtaking combination, so allow yourself to be carried off to food coma town by the robust ‘Baugna Cauda’ sauce of Spanish anchovies, garlic, thyme, and more.
11. Salted & Hung
The festive feasting at Salted & Hung takes on a more thoughtful air—Chef-owner Drew Nocente has taken a minimal-waste culinary approach to this year’s Christmas dinners. Every dish is made from scratch, and every aspect of every ingredient is used without waste. The Christmas Eve and Day Dinner (S$208++) and Christmas Day Lunch (S$148++) will feature premium menu items such as fresh Kingfish slices and uni with sake jelly.
The main stars of the show will be an indulgent King Krab and Kaluga Caviar, Australian Marron served with shellfish and a buttermilk emulsion, along with a Dry Aged Wagyu with delicate layers of truffle and potato millefeuille.
Finish it all off with Salted & Hung’s rum-infused Christmas pudding, and don’t forget to take home a trio of Mr Bucket’s Christmas Bon Bon, Gingerbread, and Egg Nog to resume the festivities at home.
12. Hilton Singapore
This listicle has definitely spoilt you for choice, and we’re only halfway through! Joining the ever-growing list of options for Christmas dinners is Hilton Singapore. Indulge in sizzling flame-grilled specialities and festive semi-buffets at Opus on Christmas Eve for S$98++, where you can dive right into a plethora of mains—Braised Wagyu Short Ribs, Grilled Rosemary Duck Breast, Iberico Pork Rack, Pistachio Stuffed Turkey Roulade, and more.
This semi-buffet also includes unlimited a la carte dishes that’ll be served right to your table. Yes, all the fresh Maine lobster, tiger prawns, and fresh oysters that you could possibly eat! It’s high time you sat back and relaxed, and what better way than to do so with a plate of Scallops Tartare with Yuzu Dressing or Foie Gras Terrine?
I know what I will be focusing my energies on, and that’s the Mini Desserts Platter. I’m salivating right now thinking about an unlimited stream of Matcha Berries Cake, Mont Blanc, Macarons, and Christmas Yule Log. They even have it in Smoked Caramel Chocolate and Cheesecake flavours—’tis truly the season to be jolly!
13. Basilico, Regent Singapore
Happy Holidays! Celebrate with Regent Singapore’s Festive Basilissimo Dinner by Basilico, with their Three Course Menu (S$88++) or Four Course Menu (S$98++). Think of family-friendly options such as Spaghettoni Alla Carbonara e Tartufo topped with crispy pork pancetta, or indulge in your carnivorous cravings with a Wagyu Beef Lasagna, featuring Basilico’s 12-hour slow-cooked Wagyu beef ragout.
Options are plenty, and it’ll be a tough choice to pick your main of choice, especially with their Tentacolo di Polipo, featuring a Mediterranean octopus tentacle grilled to smoky perfection. My fellow seafood lovers wouldn’t miss a chance to try the Branzino Al Cartoccio, where sea bass is cooked with wild clams and Pachino tomatoes.
Personally, their Budino Alle Pere Con Gelato Alla Vaniglia is what I would choose to end my meal with—think Tuscan poached pear pudding topped with vanilla gelato and caramelised walnuts. It’s a pear-fect seasonal dessert, that’s for sure!
14. Ash & Elm, Intercontinental Singapore
You’ll want to put on your best dress and polish your best shoes for this one because the Christmas Eve Five Course Dinner (S$148++) by Ash & Elm at Intercontinental Singapore will promise an elite-tier festive spread that you won’t forget. Start off with Spiced Duck Breast, with seasonal flavours of star anise, paired with cinnamon orange chantilly for that special touch of spice.
The mains include options from both surf and turf; a Norwegian Salmon Fillet, which is served atop herb roasted potatoes, white radish, grapefruit hollandaise sauce, and braised shallots, along with a Nut-Crusted Lamb Rack. That savoury beauty comes topped with truffle mousseline and served alongside the perennial pepper and mint sauce that’ll have you licking the fork clean and wishing you had seconds.
Make sure you save some room for dessert, because the Caramel Panna Cotta with Star Anise Rum Baba will tickle those sweet tooth cravings, no matter how stuffed you are. Paired beautifully with a delightful combination of spiced pears, mixed fruits compote, and finished with raisin gelato, this meal will be nothing short of a Christmas miracle.
15. Wild Honey
Christmas music, twinkly lights, festive decor, freshly-baked gingerbread cookies, sparkling drinks, and a good ol’ spread that’s ready for us to dig into—doesn’t this sound like the perfect festive celebration? Wild Honey has definitely hit the nail on the head with their Christmas A La Carte Menu.
Of course, if you’re hankering after a seafood-style Christmas spread, the Lobster Benedict (S$38) will be the perfect contender. The poached lobster tail is served with poached eggs and topped with a decadent combination of black caviar, truffled brioche, and champagne hollandaise.
Say goodbye to that unforgettable merry meal with a well-loved festive staple of Gingerbread Stars (S$6), where the spiced homemade cookies are sure to perk you up. The Christmas Granola (S$18) would also do perfectly fine—topped with dried fruits, nuts, and Greek yoghurt. Just the extra sparkle you need for the best Christmas yet, I promise!
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16. The Gyu Bar
Our Christmases in Singapore aren’t ever snowy, but that doesn’t mean we can experience snow—just in another form. The Gyu Bar will be bringing you the epitome of a white Christmas with their Snow-Aged Delicacies. The beef specialist will be bringing in the joyous festivities with a Snow Aged Wagyu Tataki (S$32) that’s topped with briny caviar and spicy radish for the perfect umami flavour.
You can also opt for the Snow Aged Wagyu Katsu Curry (S$28), where a wagyu katsu is deep-fried to golden perfection; juicy on the inside, and crisp to a T on the outside. Served in a house-blended curry made with minced Wagyu, this one will make for an unforgettable festive dinner.
Complete your meal with an icy cold delight beloved by the Japanese. The Kakigori (S$18) dessert consists of flavoured shaved ice that’s light as snow, and comes in both matcha and strawberry flavours, perfectly themed for this festive season.
You’ve had your decadent feast, and now, it’s time to wash it all down with the natural sweetness of snow-aged sake. The Hakkaisan 3 Years Snow Aged Junmai Daiginjyo (S$45++) is gently aged, boasting an exceptionally smooth and well-rounded profile that’ll have you wishing you could have Christmas dinner every day.
17. The English House
We’ve had a myriad of cuisines in this article—so why not add another into the mix. This year’s festive feast at The English House will wow you with their traditional British spread. Just reading the menu is already making my stomach grumble. With Grilled Halibut (S$68) served with white wine and lemon butter, or Roast Pork Belly with Crackling (S$48), what’s not to salivate over?
Make sure not to miss their house specialties, such as the Wagyu Beef Wellington en Croute (S$168), which serves two. Served with buttered leaf spinach, jus viande, in a perfect medium-rare doneness level, this one will definitely impress your date.
Before you start making plans to come back for another round of this decadent dinner, make sure to leave some room for The English House’s variety of Pudding (S$18), where sweet treats like Christmas Pudding, Mont Blanc Tarts, and even Mr White’s Tiramisu will be sure to make you smile like a kid staring at a pile of presents.
18. Lawry’s The Prime Rib
Celebrate Christmas Day at Lawry’s with their Christmas Day 6-Course Set Menu (S$139++ per guest, S$229++ per two guests). Start off strong with appetisers and starters of grilled baby squid, pan-seared goose foie gras, Hokkaido scallop, and grilled shrimp, before you segway into a selection of mains, each one more luxurious than the last.
Take your pick from Signature Roasted USDA Prime Rib of Beef and Turkey Combo, served alongside Yorkshire pudding and whipped cream horseradish, the Grilled Shirobuta Pork Loin and Barbecue Pork Ribs, where the pork ribs are slow-braised for that extra touch of savoury perfection, or the Pan Seared Cod Fish with Ora King Salmon, baked and served with a unique combination of spicy wasabi mayonnaise and cranberry puree.
Lawry’s has Orange Madeleine Donuts Delight or Mango Lemon Cheese Cake for you to pick from when you’ve finished your main. The doughnuts are topped with chocolate, and the cake is drizzled with lemon and mango mousse—they both sound so sinfully delicious that I’m salivating as I write this article. Ah, can I have both?
19. Restaurant Gaig
Feliz Navidad! Embark on a Catalan feast this yuletide season at Restaurant Gaig, with curated festive plates and dishes. Start the feast with the Escudella (S$22++), a time-honoured dish in many Catalan families’ celebratory meals. The soup is slow-cooked for hours and consists of black pork sausage, Jamon bone, veal backbone, and more.
Indulge in Lobster Juice Rice (S$70++), a decadent delicacy that features pearly rice in rich lobster stock, and topped with French blue lobster—an interpretation of seafood paella from Costa Brava. Honour the Spanish tradition of enjoying seafood this Christmas!
Restaurant Gaig also has a bounty of Spanish treats to sink your sweet teeth into—for a touch of Catalonian tradition, opt for the Tortell de Reis (S$10++), where a ring-shaped brioche cake is adorned with candied fruits and nuts. A ceramic king figurine that signifies one of the three wise men, along with a bean, is hidden inside the cake.
If you’re lucky enough to find the figurine, you’ll be the unofficial ‘king’ of the day, while the bean-finder has to pay for the cake. It’ll be a fun game to play with the young ones, and encapsulates the warm, cosy spirit of closeness this festive season.
20. Butcher’s Block
Embark on a Festive Tour De Force (S$258++) with Butcher’s Block, where you’ll be able to enjoy a gastronomical menu of premium delicacies from both surf and turf. Start with the Wagyu Tartare, topped with caviar and beef tendon chicharron, before you indulge in a Lobster Bao paired with a citrusy yuzu kosho.
If you’re a fan of shellfish, the Grilled L’Antilope Normandy Oysters are not to be missed, crowned with caviar nage. For more Asian flavours, the Dry Aged Duck with plum BBQ glaze will be one for the books, along with the smoked sashimi with herb dashi.
End it off with sourdough ice cream with winter truffle, and make this one a festive memory to remember and rave about for the days to come. This menu is truly a festive tour of unique flavours and pairings—the best time of the year, indeed.
21. Thirty Six Brewlab and Smokehouse
By now, I’m pretty sure you’ve been utterly spoiled for choice trying to pick a Christmas dinner or plan a festive date night out. Last on the list but certainly not the least is Thirty Six Brewlab and Smokehouse. Celebrate with an irresistible array of family-approved holiday classics and roasts, all of which encapsulates the warm and comforting traditional Christmas cooking style.
The Five Course Festive Set (S$128++) will promise a festive feast to remember with Christmassy bread to start. Think ginger-infused bread and sourdoughs paired with flavoured butter. Start with either a Duck Foie Gras Terrine, or Citrus baked Gammon Ham, where you’ll be able to taste a medley of savoury meats paired with fruity notes of mango and cranberry for the foie gras, and orange-pineapple juice for the ham.
Being spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas dinner is practically a given—think Grass Fed Ribeye, grilled to smoky, seared perfection, or a housemade Turkey Roulade or Boneless Lamb Leg. These mains will come with sides such as perennial Christmas stuffing and traditional brown gravy for the ultimate festive cheer.
Thirty Six has a range of delectable sweet treats for you to end your meal on—the Burnt Cheesecake & Raspberries boasts of a pandan-infused flavour. For my fellow chocoholics out there, the Chocolate Brownie paired with salted caramel sauce and gelato sounds divine, doesn’t it? Whatever you opt for, it’s sure to be good. ‘Tis the season for fun, family, and feasts!
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