Christmas is the season of giving and here at Royale, and it is sans the hefty price tag so that many more of us can enjoy without having our wallets take a beating. That’s not to say they’re skimping on anything.
When you think of Christmas, you think of indulgence, you think of a celebration, and with Royale’s Santa’s Christmas Circus Festive Buffet, there is no better way to jingle some bells and make some merry. Watch the flavourful magic of Christmas come to life in an enticing festive feast featuring over 40 scrumptious Yuletide dishes. We’re talking about Truffle Cheese Fondue, a Live Outdoor BBQ station and show-stopping meat-focused centerpieces, all lined up like presents under the Christmas tree for you.
You’ll be glad to know that the circus will be in town from the 10 Dec 2018 until 01 Jan 2019 so you can ring in the new year with festivities too. For prices as low as S$48++ per pax, there’s no reason to let this festive opportunity pass you by.
For the extra star on top of the tree, our readers can quote ‘ladyironchef’ for 25% off Royale’s festive dinner buffet at only S$36++ per pax for lunch buffet and S$51 per pax for dinner buffet (valid every day except for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve). If you’ve already been to Royale, you’ll understand how the opulent baroque style furnishing of the place fits the Christmas theme to a T.
SEAFOOD ON ICE
Despite the extremely affordable price tag, Royale doesn’t skimp at all. Shellfish lovers will be elated to know that they serve up sweet poached prawns and short neck clams all on a giant bed of ice, ready for the picking.
What’s more, fresh, meaty live oysters on the half shell will also be part of the seafood on ice selection on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve as well as New Year’s Day.
LIVE OUTDOOR BBQ
One of the biggest highlights of this delightful Christmas spread has to be the Live Outdoor BBQ Station. They’ve got delicious Tandoori Chicken Kebabs with Mushrooms that’s got a serious heady note of Indian spice and heat from the grill that makes it so addictive, yet the Mini Crayfish with Homemade Spices doesn’t pale in comparison with how fresh and sweet the flesh is.
We absolutely loved the way the creamy mentaiko sauce kept the sweet scallop hot within its pocket of goodness and couldn’t help going back for thirds and fourths. It’s definitely a dish you can’t leave without sampling over and over again.
Now Christmas isn’t quite Christmas without a stunning centrepiece, and here you get to choose between three stellar ones. Back by popular demand, Royale will be showcasing their Baked 7-Spices Turkey with Homemade Chilli Sauce, German Pork Knuckle with White Pepper or Pineapple Sauce and their Baked Honey Cinnamon Gammon Ham with Citrus sauce again.
In a marriage of festive and Asian flavours, the rich textures and tastes are a treat for the taste buds and take your senses on a flight. Everything is carved right in front of you to whet your appetite before it’s even served.
Contrary to popular opinion, as well as our preliminary expectations, their turkey was neither dry nor lacking in flavour. Neatly and professionally carved, every slice is thick enough such that you get a good amount of flavourful skin attached to it, as well as a robust succulence that you wouldn’t otherwise have with a thinner slice.
Putting a spin on the quintessential Christmas roast, Royale serves their turkey with a garlicky, potent chilli sauce rather than traditional giblet sauce, heightening the dish with a flavourful, pungent kick.
FLAVOURFUL YULETIDE DISHES
They’ve also got more lined up like presents under a Christmas tree with their hotline specialities. From succulent spicy Black Pepper Pork Ribs to their tender and perfectly pink Port Wine Glazed Rack of Lamb, there’s no stopping the assault of flavours on the tongue. The ratatouille and a dash of homemade champagne sauce served alongside the Oven-Roasted Barramundi was also the perfect complement to the dish.
What really stood out for us though, was the Slow Braised Beef Cheek with Madeira Wine that was so soft, we barely needed to chew. In fact, ditch the knife as the meat is soft enough to tear apart with minimal effort.
Do note that some dishes are only available on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day festive buffets.
TRUFFLE CHEESE FONDUE
We all love doing a little craft in our work, and there’s little that beats a chocolate fondue than a cheese fondue. What’s even better? It’s a truffle cheese fondue. Looking pretty much like a fountain of gold, this screams indulgence at its finest.
Feel free to dip some nachos into the fondue, or their special homemade biscottis and cranberry bread to soak up all of that liquid gold, but don’t let us stop you from drizzling cheese off your biscottis onto the other meats on your plates too.
JOLLY CHRISTMAS SWEETS
A rather crucial but a tip often easily forgotten in the face of a galore of mouthwatering food: always save room for dessert, and you’d be very much sorry if you didn’t. As with every Christmas, you can’t do without a classic log cake but to take the festivities up a notch, Royale’s Ivory White Chocolate Log Cake boasts a moist vanilla sponge cake that’s nothing short of lavish.
They also serve up absolutely adorable Santa Claus Mini Cheesecakes, Festive Tart, Lemon and Berries Meringue and perhaps the most indulgent Valhoma Dark Chocolate Cake ever.
Royale ensures fun for all, and kids would be delighted to unleash their creativity in the kid’s playroom by decorating their own Gingerbread Man. There’s also plenty of other fun-filled activities that’ll keep them entertained while you dine at ease.
If you’re anywhere near as excited as we are, you’ll understand how we’re already salivating just eagerly awaiting the arrival of December. Remember to quote ‘ladyironchef’ for 25% off Royale’s festive dinner buffet at only S$36++ per pax for lunch buffet and S$51 per pax for dinner buffet (valid every day except for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve)
Santa’s Christmas Circus Festive Buffet
$48++ (Adult)/ $24++ (Child 6 – 12 years)
$68++ (Adult) / $34++ (Child 6 – 12 years)
Children under 6 years dine free
Christmas Eve & Day
24 December & 25 December 2018
$68++ (Adult)/ $34++ (Child 6-12 years)
$88++ (Adult) / $44++ (Child 6 – 12 years)
Children under 6 years dine free
New Year’s Eve & Day
31 December 2018 & 1 January 2019
Lunch: $68++ (Adult) / $34++ (Child 6 – 12 years)
Dinner:$88++ (Adult) / $44++ (Child 6 – 12 years)
Children under 6 years dine free
Level 3, Mercure Singapore Bugis
122 Middle Road
Tel: +65 6521 6030 / or email [email protected]
Buffet Lunch: 12pm – 2.30pm
Buffet Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Bugis
This post was brought to you by Mercure Singapore Bugis.