At this time of the year, people start scouting for the best buffets, brunches and dinners for Christmas. This has become something of a yearly tradition here in Singapore especially with hotels and top restaurants scrambling to outdo one another in terms of presentation, value and taste. This is no exception for the year 2018. This comprehensive guide runs you through some of the most well-known hotels and restaurants in Singapore and what they have in store for the yuletide season.
Note: This list will be updated as and when I receive more information on Christmas offers for 2018 so do check back regularly for the most updated version!
For information on Christmas takeaways for 2018, check out my list HERE
Ash & Elm at InterContinental Singapore will be featuring festive favourites and delightful gourmet presentations this yuletide season. Festive additions to the buffet will include charcoal-grilled beef tenderloin with port wine sauce, roasted tom turkey with citrus fruits, and honey ham and spinach flatbread. For the special champagne brunch, diners can look forward to unlimited servings of premium seafood on ice, luscious caviar, festive charcuterie and cheese, and special Christmas a la minute small plates of pan-fried foie gras with cranberry chutney and brioche chips; and steamed cod with chargrilled leek and winter truffle sauce complemented with unlimited Taittinger Champagne.
When: 21st November to 31st December 2018
Prices: From S$48 per adult (lunch); Christmas Day Champagne Brunch at S$188 per adult including unlimited champagne
Reservations: +65 6825 1008 or more information HERE
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza
Marriott Cafe and Pool Grill at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel will both offer something special for the festive season. Buffet lovers can delight on Roast Turkey with Chestnut Bread Stuffing; Slow-roasted Australian Beef Prime Ribs; Maple Gazed Leg Ham; Pan-fried Foie Gras with Chutney, Relish & Brioche; Milanese Style Lamb Chops with Lemon & Herbs; Bacon Wrapped Chicken Ballotine with Creamy Kale, and more at Marriott Cafe. The hotel’s traditional log cakes will also make an appearance over at the dessert section. Over at Pool Grill, a dazzling set menu will be made available on the 24th and 25th December.
When: 1st to 30th December (Chrismas buffet and set menus); 22nd November to 24th December (festive takeaways)
Prices: S$88 for the set menu at Pool Grill; lunch buffet starts from S$68 (adult) and S$35 (child) while dinner buffet starts from S$80 (adult) and S$40 (child)
Reservations: Book HERE
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Racines, the French-Chinese restaurant in Sofitel Singapore City Centre will this year roll out its festive dishes in two formats. First as a 5-course set menu that is available throughout December (with the exception of 24th and 25th December) and the second through an Art de Noel Christmas eve dinner buffet and Christmas day brunch buffet. The 5-course set menu will include turkey, Greek seabass fillet seared to perfection with pain d’epice emulsion or spiced Wagyu flank steak prepared to one’s desired doneness. A steamed Christmas mixed fruit pudding with cognac infused crème anglaise and Tahiti vanilla ice cream caps off the meal on a sweet note.
The buffet on the other hand will feature all-time favourites comprising honey-roasted ham served with caramelized pineapples and orange glaze, as well as an Asian twist with Racines’ Chinese brigade cooking up a special “Kong Bak Pau” braised pork belly with light garlic aioli.
Prices: S$98 for the set menu; from S$158 for the Christmas eve dinner; from S$168 for the Christmas day brunch
When: Throughout December 2018
Reservations: HA152@sofitel.com or call +65 6428 5000
Hotel Fort Canning
The Salon at Hotel Fort Canning will be holding special festive-themed buffets on the 24th and 25th of December 2018 replete with flavors of the season. Dishes to look out for include the Roquefort Pear Salad, Thyme Roasted Butternut with Feta and Apricot Couscous, and Smoked Boundary Duck Salad with Baby Potatoes and Scallions for starters. For seafood lovers, there’s freshly-shucked oysters, New Zealand Green-lipped Mussels, Pacific White Clams and more.
There will also be a carving station where their chefs will dish out smoky hunks of Roasted Herb-crusted Milk-fed Chump of Lamb, 12-hour Slow Glazed Maple Honey Mustard Gammon Ham, and Satay Roast Turkey – newly-introduced this season. Look forward to fine delicacies such as Braised Bordeaux Demi-glace Beef Cheek with Caramelized Baby Onion and Leeks, Pan-seared Prawns with Onions, Capsicums and Moet & Chandon Champagne Cream, Roasted Apricot-glazed Pork Loin stuffed with Spinach and Goat Cheese, and Grilled Seabass Fillet with Thai Citrus Lime Beurre Blanc.
When: 24th December (dinner); 25th December (brunch)
Prices: 24th December dinner is at S$108 per adult / S$54 per child; 25th December brunch is at S$128 per adult / S$64 per child
Reservations: +65 6559 6796 (11am to 7pm) or email email@example.com
Fullerton Hotel and Fullerton Bay Hotel
The Fullerton Hotel is usually one of the first hotels to offer its Christmas dining experience and this year, it’s no exception. As early as 5th November, guests can partake in some festive eats across the multitude of F&B outlets across the two hotels. The Christmas delights will culminate on the 24th and 25th December with a special Christmas brunch and dinner buffet at Town Restaurant. Spanning over 20 stations, the buffet will feature the likes of Hokkaido Scallops, Porcini Mushrooms and Truffle Risotto, Traditional Slow-Roasted Turkey and Eggnog Shooters.
When: 5th November to 30th December 2018
Prices: At Town Restaurant, from S$59 per adult / S$29 per child except for 24 and 25 December; S$180 per adult / S$90 per child for Christmas eve and Christmas dinner buffet
Reservations: +65 6597 5292/5293 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Park Hotel Clarke Quay
Porta at Park Hotel Clarke Quay will feature an exclusive Christmas menu on the 24th and 25th December that will consist of 4 courses. Starting with plump sous vide scallops, PORTA’s festive menu transitions into a classic bowl of French Onion Soup with cheese toast, beautifully crowned with sprinkles of Avruga caviar. For the main, guests can choose between a Beef Brisket sous vide for 12 hours and roasted to a smoky char, paired with red wine sauce or; an Atlantic Halibut confit, baked golden and paired with lemon butter sauce and herbed crust made from a secret selection of 6 different herbs and spices.
Over at Cocobolo, dinner buffet will be served from 21 to 24 and 28 to 31 December from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. The spread will include an extensive selection of seafood and meats including, lamb rack, pork belly and the Christmas classic, turkey and an array of festive desserts.
When: 21 to 24, 28 to 31 December for Cocobolo; 24 to 25, 30 to 31 December for Porta
Prices: S$64 for the set menu at Porta; S$82 per adult/ S$41 per child at Cocobolo
Reservations: More information HERE
Mercure Singapore Bugis
Royale at Mercure Singapore Bugis will have a Christmas circus-themed buffet this year with over 40 yuletide dishes to choose from. Highlights will include the Truffle Cheese Fondue, 7-spices Turkey with Homemade Chili Sauce and Port Wine Glazed Rack of Lamb. There will also be a live outdoor BBQ station while kids can try a hand in DIY gingerbread man making at the dedicated live station.
When: From 10th to 30th December 2018
Prices: From S$48 (lunch) and S$68 (dinner) per adult; half price for children
Reservations: +65 6521 6088
Pan Pacific Singapore
As is the case each year, all hotel-managed dining outlets in Pan Pacific Singapore will prepare something special for the coming Christmas season. At the center of it all is Edge and its popular buffet. This year’s festive line-up will include Pineapple Glazed Bone-in Gammon Ham with
Honey and Clove and Oven Roasted Mustard Angus Striploin. For cheese lovers, there’s the Farmer’s Cheese Theatre showcasing over eighteen varieties of artisanal European cheeses. End the meal with a dazzling display of classic Christmas sweets including Christmas Pudding, Panettone and Vanilla Spice Rum entremet. Over at Hai Tien Lo, elements of Christmas will be inserted in the special festive menu such as Braised Parma Ham in Supreme Stock accompanied with Turkey Wanton, Panfried New Zealand Rack of Lamb in Black Pepper Sauce.
When: From 12th November to 30th December 2018 for Edge; 15th to 25th December for Hai Tien Lo
Prices: Starts at S$62 per adult for lunch and S$98 per adult for dinner at Edge; special Christmas menu at Hai Tien Lo at S$168 per adult.
Reservations: +65 6826 8240 or email@example.com
Carlton City Hotel Singapore
There will be a palpable Asian theme in the festive buffet at Plate (level 3 of the hotel). Epicurean highlights include Baked Irish Beef Pie, Lamb Kofta Curry with Chickpeas, Assorted Seafood with Lemongrass Bouillabaisse, BBQ Teriyaki Baby Pork Ribs, and Seared Salmon and Prawns with Sesame Shoyu; and à la minute pasta station for customised pasta dishes and a dedicated Japanese counter of fresh sashimi, sushi and light bites. Local delicacies will also line the buffet counters, including the popular Singapore Chilli Crab with Fried Man Tou, Wok-fried Black Pepper Crab, Singapore Laksa, and Salted Egg Yolk Prawns. Conclude the festive indulgence on a sweet note with classic Christmas treats that include an assortment of Christmas Log Cakes and Festive Pastries. Local desserts also make an appearance with Durian Pengat, Ice Kachang, Chendol and Assorted Nyonya Kueh.
When: 10th to 31st December 2018
Prices: From S$55 per adult for lunch / S$85 per adult for dinner
Reservations: +65 6632 8922
Novotel Singapore on Stevens & Mercure Singapore on Stevens
Food Exchange (located on level 2 of Novotel Singapore on Stevens) offers daily festive buffet lunch and dinner from 15th November to 1st January 2019. Savour chef’s signatures such as Gravlax, Traditional Roast Turkey, Honey Studded Ham and a wide range of Christmas desserts, on top of the daily international buffet with fresh seafood on ice.
Winestone, located beside Mercure Singapore on Stevens, will offer two luxurious platters – Noel Platter (24th-25th Dec 2018) and Alpha Platter (31st Dec 2018 – 1st Jan 2019), featuring highlights such as Foie Gras, Lobster Gelee with Avocado Mouse and Sea Urchin, and Cote De Boeuf. The Festive Platters is available at $158++ and serves 3 to 4 persons.
When: 15th November 2018 to 1st January 2019
Prices: From S$42 per adult (lunch) / S$68 per adult (dinner)
Both The Knolls and Cassia at Capella Singapore will offer special dining experiences on the 24th and 25th December with the likes of Halibut Confit with Citrus Junos (The Knolls) and Braised Bird’s Nest with Crabmeat (Cassia). Apart from this, Chef’s Table will also be offering a special afternoon tea with a mix of savories and sweets such as Tarragon Roast Turkey Sandwich with Smoked Almond and Endive, Foie Gras Mousse on Cranberry Pistachio Sables topped with Caramelised Vanilla Apple, Panettone French Toast, Almond Marzipan Stollen and more.
When: 3 to 31st December (afternoon tea at Chef’s Table is available Monday to Friday only); 24 to 25 December for the Christmas brunch/dinner at Cassia and The Knolls
Prices: S$48 per person for afternoon tea; from S$78 per person at The Knolls; from S$98 per person at Cassia
Reservations: +65 6591 5046
InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay
Both Publico Ristorante and Marcello Bar & Dining will offer exclusive festive dining packages for the Christmas season. Over at Publico Ristorante, their signature à la carte Italian highlights will come with a Christmas twist, showcasing the likes of the Red Prawn Tartare, Ricotto & Spinach Raviolo, Housemade Wholemeal Pacchero Pasta and a sumptuous Josper Grilled Pork Secreto. At Marcello, delightful treats will be available such as a Crêperie Station, Caramel Popcorn, Mulled Wine and Freshly Baked Christmas Cookies for a final sweet touch
When: From 20th to 26th December during dinners only / available throughout December with minimum of 10 persons
Reservations: Check their website HERE for more information
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
One of the most compelling buffet restaurants in the east – Azur – will roll goodies such as Herb Crusted Beef Ribeye and Crispy Pork Knuckles as well as Asian favourites such as Sambal Stingray, assorted Satay with peanut sauce, Singapore Laksa, Wok-fried Mee Goreng with Seafood, Kim Chi Beef Stew and Crispy Chicken with Prawn Paste (Har Cheong Gai) for the spread throughout December. On Christmas Day, Azur presents a special menu on our seafood crustacean bar with freshly shucked oysters served with Bloody Mary Shooters, Tequila with Bacon Powder and Lime Zest, Benedictine and Smoky Tomato and Lemon Verbena Ice Jelly; Snow Crabs, Peruvian Scallops, Lobsters, Baby Crayfish, Green Lip Mussels and more.
When: 1st to 30th December 2018
Price: From S$58 per adult (lunch); from S$68 per adult (dinner); half-price for children
Reservations: More information in their website here
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong
Baba Chews will be incorporating its Christmas menu for its Saturday and Sunday brunches throughout December as well as on Christmas Day. On Saturdays, Thai-Style Live Black Mussels ($18++), Assam Curry Turkey Fricassee ($22++) and Egg and Avocado Toast ($16++) will be available on ala-carte basis while on Sundays, all-you-can-order hot mains cooked a la minute such as the Turkey Breast Assam Curry, Barramundi Mee Goreng, Yakitori Panggang and Har Cheong Gai with Buah Keluak Waffle will be made available.
When: Weekends in December 2018; 25th December 2018
Price: on ala carte basis; Sunday brunch is at S$42++ per adult
Reservations: +65 6723 2025 or firstname.lastname@example.org