It’s certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The city’s decked out in white festive lights, and joyous carollers busking on the streets. For foodies like us, it’s when roasted turkeys, creamy mashed potatoes, juicy whole hams start appearing on restaurants’ festive menus.
However, if you’re like me and you hate fighting for a reservation at your favourite restaurant or making your way through the bustling holiday crowd, then festive catering and takeaways are perfect for you.
Festive takeaways are so great because you get to enjoy having a piping hot Christmas meal served right up to your doorstep. From traditional roasts to modern or locally-inspired turkeys, here are 10 festive catering and takeaways for the ultimate Christmas feast at home.
1. Stamford Catering
With over two decades of experience, Stamford Catering is bound to have something in store for every occasion or party. In this case, Christmas!
If you place your order online via Foodline, you’ll get to select from eight yuletide catering choices that cater to every kind of budget.
Go as low as S$15 per pax or as high as S$31 per pax and still enjoy delicious festive offerings, such as Herb Flavored Butter Rice with Garlic and Shallot, Spaghetti with Chicken Bolognese Sauce and Dory Fillet with Lemon Butter Sauce for your Christmas get-together.
If your party guests aren’t already stuffed from the buffet, have the luxury of choice to add on a la carte Christmas items to your buffet. Its 5kg Roast Turkey with Mushroom Stuffing & Pan Gravy (S$98) serves up to 25 pax, while its Honey Glazed Turkey Ham Roll with Mango Chutney Dip (S$68) serves up to 20 pax. For non-festive a la carte offerings, try its Japanese Classic Sushi Platter (S$39.80) or Salted Egg Mid Wings (S$28).
Stamford Catering takes care of everything including the setup, so you won’t have to get your hands dirty at all. Except if you’re tearing into that delicious turkey or ham, of course.
Stamford Catering | Tel: +65 6100 0029 | Website
For a true East-meets-West interpretation of the quintessential Christmas roast turkey, SPRMRKT‘s releasing a new Claypot Rice Roast Turkey (S$128+) that promises to satiate both the oldies and the youngsters.
A juicy roast turkey is stuffed to the brim with fragrant clay pot rice, lap cheong (Chinese waxed sausage), shiitake mushrooms and salted fish. Not only would the clay pot rice soak in the tender juices and oils of the turkey which makes it extra fragrant, it also adds that bit of saltiness and glorious burnt smokiness to the bird itself.
Round off the meal with a sugary, decadent Eggnog Bread Pudding (S$38+), which is bread pudding soaked with eggnog, baked with a buttery pastry top, and finished with a rich eggnog anglaise for that extra boozy kick.
Choose between two festive packages: the Family Festive (S$226+) that comes with your choice of turkey and all the tasty trimmings; or the Jolly Bundle (S$308+), which consists a hearty selection of festive meats, delicious desserts and celebratory bubbly.
3. Chilli Manis Catering
For those looking for a more unique festive feast this Christmas, Chilli Manis caters authentic Peranakan cuisine that pays homage to tradition, family and heritage, which promises for a heartwarming and delicious time with loved ones and friends.
Helmed by Madam Serene Hoh, a seasoned veteran with over 36 years of culinary experience under her belt, its Authentic Peranakan Buffet features classic Peranakan dishes, such as Signature Ayam Buah Keluak and Udang Masak Nenas.
Packed with fragrant herbs, spices and aromas, these yummy heartwarming Peranakan fares start from S$21+ per pax and are great for parties and large gatherings.
If those who prefer to stick to the classics, Chilli Manis also caters traditional festive dishes, such as Roasted Turkey With Traditional Chestnut Stuffing and Honey Glazed Chicken Ham. You also get the option to include authentic Peranakan fare to accompany your Christmas offerings, such as Nonya Sayur Lodeh, Assorted Nonya Kueh and Kerabu Bok Nee, which is Nonya wood fungus & poached chicken salad.
Its full festive buffets start from S$19.88+ per pax and can go up to S$31.88+, dependent
on the menu.
4. Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
Craving something spicy this Christmas? Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium‘s executive chef, Chua Yew Hock, invented a new Singapore-inspired turkey: an assam turkey, perfect for all you chilli lovers.
Marinated with gingerflower and tamarind, the Whole Assam Turkey (S$128) is a juicy concoction that’s bound to tantalise your taste buds.
Slightly sour, tangy with a hint of heat, the turkey is served together with achar and spicy gravy, which is one of my personal favourite sauces so far. The spicy gravy reminds me of chicken rice chilli, but richer with a stronger hint of lime and citrus, and a good pack of heat to make you sweat.
To balance out the heat from the assam turkey, its Yuletide Christmas Package (S$278) comes together with a Granny Smiths and Coconut Yule Log Cake (S$78). Though creamy, this log cake was light and slightly tart from the apples, and was a great way to end the Christmas feast.
5. Café Noël
Indulge in an enticing array of festive takeaways from Café Noël at Fairmont Singapore & Swissôtel The Stamford, which has almost everything to cater to even the fussiest eater.
Classic offerings include Christmas Gammon Ham with Cranberry Glaze (S$120 for 4.5kg)and Roasted Holiday Tom Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing, Giblet Sauce and Cranberry Relish (S$175 for 4.5-5kg), while delicious new festive dishes such as Garlic and Rosemary Marinade Roasted Lamb Neck, Paprika Lamb Gravy, Mint Jelly (S$170 for 1.5-2kg) are also up for grabs.
Sweet tooths, you’ll be happy to note that Café Noël also has a wide variety of log cakes, sweet treats and other yummy desserts.
Its decadent Traditional Chestnut Yule Log (S$46 for 0.5kg, S$76 for 1kg) is made of blackberry confit, cremeux marron and dulcey streusel, or if you’re a fan of coffee, go for its Kahlua Espresso (S$46 for 0.5kg, $76 for 1kg), an indulgent log cake comprising clementine orange ganache, coffee genoa, and 72% chocolate crunch.
Be sure to order its adorable Gingerbread House (S$150) for the kids! The 2kg creation is entirely edible and really yummy. Think spice genoa, raisin caramel and rum supreme cream for a finger-licking good time with the entire family.
6. ECreative Catering
Hosting a big party and looking for a caterer to suit your needs? Go with halal-certified ECreative Catering‘s Christmas Package C (S$26.90/pax) which gives you the luxury of choice between traditional festive goodies such as Roasted Whole Turkey w Stuffing & Cranberry Sauce, and modern delights such as Spaghetti Italian Bacon w Cream Sauce or Butter Crayfish.
If you’re planning for a smaller party, ECreative Catering has also got you covered with its party sets.
Try its X’Mas Mini Party Set A (S$19/pax), which caters for up to 12 persons. Its fixed nine-course menu includes scrumptious offerings such as Roasted Baby Potato w Butter & Chives, X’Mas Platter and Tokyo Yakitori.
What’s even better: If you order your buffet online via Foodline, ECreative Catering is offering a free log cake with every Christmas order. Plus, party sets enjoy free delivery as well. What a deal!
ECreative Catering | Tel: +65 6100 0029 | Website
7. Ellenborough Market Cafe (Swissotel Merchant Court)
Famed for its yummy Peranakan and Asian-inspired dishes, Swissotel Merchant Court’s Ellenborough Market Cafe is presenting an Asian-inspired Turkey with Cranberry and “Kam Heong” sauce (S$182) for the festive season.
“Kam Heong” sauce is a golden gravy made with dried shrimp, curry powder, shallots and garlic. Thick and luscious, this gravy was super fragrant with a slight tinge of heat and reminded me of a combination between satay and curry sauce. I loved dipping my turkey meat in this sauce because it made each bite extra tantalising and yummy.
If you’re trying to find sharing platters or appetisers for the whole family, be sure to get its Smoked Gammon Ham, Beef Salami, Chorizo Iberico and Prosciutto with Swiss Cheese and Tomato Bread (S$42).
The tomato bread was soft and sweet, with a slightly tart aftertaste, while the beef salami, smoked gammon ham and chorizo iberico came in generously thick slices and its saltiness went really well with the mild nut-like sweetness of the swiss cheese.
8. Baba Chews Bar & Eatery
A local bar and eatery, Baba Chews Bar & Eatery also dishes out festive offerings for the season that revolve around Peranakan and Asian flavours, no doubt a playful nod to Katong’s heritage and history.
Debuting this year is Baba Chews Bar & Eatery’s new Iberico Pork Ribs (S$98+).
Glazed with kecap manis, which is an Indonesian sweet sauce, 10 ribs are slow-roasted to lock in the juices and ensure a fork-tender finish. It is served with wedges that are generously sprinkled with spice powder, which makes for a great appetiser or finger food.
Do try its signature Beef Rendang (S$168+). Using U.S. prime beef short ribs, this gigantic 2kg serving of rendang uses a wide variety of spices, coconut milk and gula melaka to create a mouth-watering stew that’s bound to be a huge hit with the family.
Topped with a sprinkling of toasted grated coconut, the beef rendang is served together with Hainanese rice and home-pickled achar on the side.
9. One Farrer Hotel
For those looking to feast like royalty this Christmas, One Farrer Hotel‘s selling not just one roast, but three delicious roasts, so you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice.
The ever-popular One Farrer Signature Salt-Encrusted Turkey (S$168) is back again for its third year running!
Marinated with fresh thyme and oregano that are harvested right from the hotel’s very own farm, the 6kg turkey is encased in a homemade salted crust dough, perfect for that wow factor if you want to crack that shell open during dinner.
This year, the hotel is adding a new roast to the menu. Nothing less than decadent, the Roasted Truffle Turkey (S$158) is covered with freshly harvested rosemary and Italian truffle, stuffed with herbed chestnut stuffing and served with roasted seasonal vegetables on the side. It also comes with a truffle pan gravy that goes hand-in-hand with the moist and juicy 6kg turkey.
Last but not least, opt for the Roasted Truffle Chicken with Lemon Thyme (S$58), a relatively smaller roast that’s ideal for small gatherings. It’s served with farm-to-table thyme and lemon for that extra refreshing zest and Italian truffles for that extravagant touch.
10. The Salon (Hotel Fort Canning)
Dishing out classic Western fare and Asian favourites from the gorgeous hilltop of Fort Canning, The Salon has its own resplendent line-up of festive offerings to help you celebrate this season of giving.
Adding onto its impressive list of locally-inspired roasts (including the Chili Crab Roast Turkey (S$168+) and the Salted Egg Yolk Roast Turkey (S$148)) is the all-new Satay Roast Turkey (S$138+).
Marinated overnight in an aromatic blend of fresh lemongrass, turmeric, galangal, cumin and coriander powders, the tender turkey is slow-roasted for hours to achieve a caramelised and charred skin. Moist on the inside and crispy on the outside, each bite of the turkey was sweet and succulent, with a tinge of earthy aftertaste from the spices.
Accompanying the deliciously savoury turkey is a home-made ground peanut dip and classic satay accompaniments, such as ketupat, onions and cucumbers.
End the night with one of its six log cakes, some of which is making its debut for the very first time! Look forward to sweet concoctions such as Beetroot Yule Log (S$68+), Passion Fruit Yule Log (S$68+) and Purple Sweet Potato Yule Log (S$64+).
The joy of Christmas comes from the infectious happiness of sharing a meal with loved ones and family, carving turkeys, dining on smoked ham with honeyed sauce, and indulging in sweet treats like fruit cake, log cakes or gingerbread.
Whether it’s catering for a party or selecting juicy roasts for an intimate family dinner, hosting a yuletide dinner has never been this easy thanks to the blessing of takeaways. Let the feasting begin!