Christmas is almost here, and I am sure everyone is busy shopping for gifts and planning for parties. From the hottest restaurants to nice and affordable cafes, we select a list of places to consider for Christmas Dinner in Singapore.
‘Tis the season to be fatty.
Au Chocolat at Marina Bay Sands is one of those places where you can go for brunch, lunch, dinner or late-night desserts as they have a big menu which can cater to every occasion.
This Christmas, Au Chocolat is serving an all day menu which includes Wild Mushroom Soup; a delectable platter of Parma Ham with Rock Melon, Foie Gras Mousse, Smoked Salmon Roulade, and Fried Mozzarella Ball; main courses such as Turkey Breast, Roasted Beef Loin and Duck Confit; and Au Chocolat Log Cake for desserts. You can either go for two courses ($42++), three courses ($52++), or all four courses ($68++).
2 Bayfront Avenue
#01-03 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Tel: +65 6730 8288
Daily: 11am – 12 midnight
Akanoya specialises in robatayaki where customers sit around an open counter and choose the fresh ingredients from the spot. The chefs will then grill the ingredients like seafood, meat, and vegetables over charcoal, and serve it to the customers using a long wooden paddle.
If you are still thinking of where to go for Christmas, bring your partner to Akanoya. You can be assured of a fantastic meal.
1 Tanglin Road
#01-01 Orchard Parade Hotel
Tel: +65 6732 1866
Daily: 6pm – 2am
Nestled amidst the Mohammed Sultan enclave, Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse – the first and only Italian restaurant specialising in steak – makes an exciting new addition to the semi-fine dining scene in Singapore.
Bistecca’s Christmas Dinner Promotion, Tuscan Roast, is available at $128++ (for lunch and dinner). The Christmas Day menu starts off with an antipasti and home-made Tortellini, and this is followed by a massive mixed platter of Spit-Roasted Lamb, and premium Bistecca Wagyu Roast Beef and Roast Turkey. For desserts, end off with the Christmas Fruit Pudding.
If that does not appeal, order the signature Fiorentina Wagyu T-bone Steak ($178) from the ala carte menu. Trust me, it’s very satisfying.
25 Mohamed Sultan Road
Tel: +65 6735 6739
Tue to Fri: 12pm–2pm, 6pm–11pm
Sat: 11am–4pm, 6pm–11pm
Housed in a beautiful glass building, Cafe Melba is chic and stylish, without being overly pretentious. It reminds me of PS Cafe, and while food here isn’t fantastic, I can see myself coming back regularly.
From 3rd to 24th Dec, Cafe Melba has a Yuletide festive set where you can enjoy a two course meal at $32++, and three course meal for $39++.
90 Goodman Road
#01-56 Goodman Arts Centre Block N
Tel: +65 6440 6068
Mon to Fri: 10am – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 10pm
Over at Bugis+, Chef Daniel Koh and his team have designed a Christmas set lunch (available from 10 to 23 Dec) for just S$16.80++. The menu features Christmas-inspired dishes such as Oven-Roasted Pumpkin, Cheese Soup and Turkey Burger. This is for folks who just want to have a simple and good Christmas meal on a budget.
For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Chef Daniel’s Kitchen has a more elaborated 5-course festive menu priced at at S$68++ and S$78++.
201 Victoria Street
#07-02/03 Bugis +
Tel: +65 6509 9888
Daily: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
To celebrate Christmas with a special candlelight dinner, I’d recommend Il Cielo at Hilton Singapore. The pool-side restaurant is small and intimate, with a view overlooking Orchard Road. I like that it has a central location, yet it does not feel like you are in town.
Il Cielo is offering a 6 course Christmas Menu at $188++ (24 & 25 Dec). This is the place to bring your date for a romantic Christmas Dinner.
581 Orchard Road
Level 24 Hilton Hotel Singapore
Tel: +65 6730 3395
Mon to Fri: 12 noon – 10.30pm
Sat & Sun: 7pm – 10.30pm
Prego at Fairmont is celebrating the holidays with Christmas-themed menus complete with turkey, chestnuts and of course, classic Italian desserts. The three course festive set lunch from 21 to 31 Dec (excluding 23, 25, and 30 Dec) is $55++. For Christmas Day Brunch, it has a scrumptious spread with free flow of Prosecco, house wines and cocktails at $168++.
80 Bras Basah Road
1F Fairmont Hotel
Tel: +65 6431 6156
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
There’s no better place than Riders Cafe if you are looking for a place to go for Christmas brunch. Riders Cafe at Bukit Timah Saddle Club has always been one of my favourite places in Singapore. Its is extremely popular during weekends, so be sure to go early to get a table.
51 Fairways Drive
Bukit Timah Saddle Club
Tel: +65 6466 9819
Sun to Thu: 8am – 9pm
Fri & Sat: 8am – 10pm
Salt Tapas Bar
Within the past year, we have seen so many new Spanish restaurants opening on our shores. Among them, Salt Tapas & Bar by Chef Luke Mangan is definitely one that you must visit.
I’d suggest going there for lunch as it has a value for money set menu ($33.50++) which comes with flatbread and three tapas per person.
252 North Bridge Road
#01-22A Raffles City Shopping Centre
Tel: +65 6837 0995
Daily: 11.30am – 10pm
I chanced upon The Cornerstone when I was having brunch at Canopy Garden & Dining Bar, and since then, I’ve been back a few times. It has a very nice and cosy interior, which makes it a good place to chill out and have a great time with friends and loved ones.
1380 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1
Bishan Park 2
Tel: +65 6554 7230
Daily: 12 noon – 10.30pm
The Royal Mail
From now till 30th December 2012, The Royal Mail’s Festive Seasonal Menu is available for dinner at just $68++. This three-course menu includes Slow Poached Turkey Ballotine, The Royal Mail’s famed U.S.D.A Prime Roast as well as sweet treats such as a Vanilla & Chocolate Yule Log and Warm Date Pudding.
The 5-course Tasting Menu has more options and you can expect Poached Quail Eggs, Grilled Hokkaido Scallops, a choice of Cod En Papillote or Oven Roasted Lamb Loin, and end off with Christmas desserts Sherry Trifle and Mont Blanc. The Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu is priced at $85++.
2 Finlayson Green
Ascott Raffles Place
Tel: +65 6509 3589
Mon to Fri: 12noon – 3pm, 6.30pm – 11pm
Sat: 6.30pm – 11pm
The Fabulous Baker Boy
One of my newer cafes in town, The Fabulous Baker Boy is located directly opposite Liang Court. I like that it is not too crowded during weekday dinners as not many people know about them because of its semi-secluded location.
On its menu, you can find main courses like prawn fettuccine ($18), lamb shank ($24), pastrami sandwich ($10.50). For Christmas, it has a Xmas Special Sandwich ($10). And of course, this being a bakery cafe, there’s no way you can leave without trying the cakes. The Ab Fab Red Velvet Cake is one of the best I’ve had in Singapore.
The Foothills #01-15
70 River Valley Road, Singapore 179037
Tel: +65 6694 8336
Daily: 12 noon – 11pm
Triple Three Restaurant
Christmas is the perfect excuse for us to let loose and indulge. And what better way to spend Christmas than to go for a buffet feast?
Triple Three at Mandarin Orchard has a Christmas buffet lunch with free flow of wine and beer at $78++, while the Christmas dinner buffet is $88++.
333 Orchard Road
Level 5 Mandarin Orchard Singapore
Tel: +65 6831 6271
Daily: 12noon – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10pm
Regular readers should know that I am a big fan of Ristorante Valentino. I am going to go out on a limb and say that they are one of the best, if not the best Italian restaurant in Singapore. And since they have recently shifted to a bigger space at Grandstand (formerly Turf Club), I thought I’d introduce it again. If you have been to Valentino before, it’s time to drop by again. If you have never been, I’d strongly urge you to give it a try for Christmas this year.
200 Turf Club Road #01-19
Tel: +65 6462 0555