Early bird catches the worm: Early Christmas pickings for foodies

·Lifestyle Editor
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It's truly beginning to look like Christmas, with Orchard Road alight with its annual decorations and Christmas songs playing in retail stores. Better yet, restaurants have started launching their Christmas festive dine-in reservations, while takeaway sets can already be reserved in advance. 

We've shortlisted a couple of restaurants and destinations – most of which also offer delivery sets – for you to plan your Christmas parties or dinners in advance. Are you on the naughty or nice guest list this year?

PAUL

Sriracha & lemon turkey ham, $88 (Photo: PAUL)
Sriracha & lemon turkey ham, $88 (Photo: PAUL)

Have a very délicieux Christmas with PAUL, a multi-branch French bakery and patisserie known for their delectable pastries and yes, white curry roast turkey. The turkey meat is marinated with white curry spice rub, stuffed with sambal quail eggs, served with fragrant butterfly pea flower coconut rice, crispy anchovies, roasted peanuts, 'achar' asian pickled salad, and topped with a fine white curry gravy.

If you're hosting a Christmas get-together, consider their ready-to-eat meals from S$158 with a pre-selection of turkey, ham and more. All sets come with a signature box of 12 festive mini macarons made in France and PAUL's apricot jam. Their popular log cake is included in selected sets.

If you're heading to a house party and are required to bring gifts, the canapés from PAUL is going to be a crowd-pleaser. There are three savoury and three sweet canapés to choose from: 

Wild mushroom, quail egg & truffle salsa (box of 8 pcs, S$38)
Maine lobster roll salad, sweet mayo & caviar (box of 8 pcs, S$40)
Smoked duck breast, cucumber, hoisin sauce, (box of 8 pcs, S$38)
Mini berries tartlet (box of 8 pcs, S$39)
Mini mont blanc tartlet (box of 8 pcs, S$40)
Galette des rois (25cm, S$39)

Pre-order their Christmas specials from 21 October 2021 and check out with the promo code: "PAULXUOB20" for 20% off all festive products. Promotion ends 24 November 2021.

The Fullerton Hotels

Festive Tale at The Fullerton Hotels (Photo: The Fullerton Hotels)
Festive Tale at The Fullerton Hotels (Photo: The Fullerton Hotels)

Reunite over seasonal festive menu available at both The Fullerton Bay Hotel and The Fullerton Hotel. Whether it's Town Restaurant’s Dinner Feast, set lunches at The Courtyard, celebratory Chinese dishes at Jade, and epicurean delights by the bay at La Brasserie and The Landing Point – there's a luxurious Christmas menu at these restaurants under the Fullerton namesake.

If you're looking for takeaways, the highly popular and limited-edition bottled Festive Mulled Wine makes a return with only 100 bottles available. From locally inspired creations to traditional Christmas goodies, The Fullerton’s house-made Festive Takeaways are also available for purchase via shop.fullertonhotels.com and at The Fullerton Cake Boutique, located at The Fullerton Hotel and The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore.

Key highlights include Biryani Christmas Turkey, marinated with aromatic Indian spices and served with fragrant saffron basmati rice, vegetable masala, paneer cheese, achar pachranga and korma sauce. What's Christmas without Herb-roasted Australian Beef Prime Ribs with Brussels sprouts, complete with a roasted potato medley and demi-glace sauce?

Also, expect three new log cake flavours: the Vanilla Mont Blanc Yule Log Cake; the Japanese Marukyu Matcha Yuzu Yule Log Cake and the Mango Medley Yule Log Cake. Don't miss out on the Strawberry Panettone, a variation of The Fullerton’s signature handcrafted panettone, studded with tangy dried strawberry.

Novotel Winestone

From 15 November to 30 December, Winestone will present a 4-course festive menu with specials such as the pepper tuna salad, seafood bisque, MS2 ribeye, fresh sea perch, molten chocolate log cake and more.

In collaboration with four local makers, Winestone presents a series of five festive cocktails from Dannon Har, co-founder and chief mixologist at Section D. Taste freshly made goat cheese from locally harvested goat's milk by Leon Hay, whose family own Singapore's only goat farm since 1988. 

The hotel is also working with June Chen, co-founder and lead designer at Floral Mikelle, to present sustainable wine gifting sets with preserved florals. And lastly, Jas Rehan, founder of A Poet’s Terroir, presents an intriguing exploration of wine and art in an experience that consists of wine tasting, art and a 3-course lunch. 

Artemis Grill & Sky Bar

Rhug Estate Turkey Breast served with Traditional Pork Stuffing, Carrot Puree, Glazed Chestnuts and Armagnac Jus, $36) (Photo: Artemis Grill and Bar)
Rhug Estate Turkey Breast served with Traditional Pork Stuffing, Carrot Puree, Glazed Chestnuts and Armagnac Jus, $36) (Photo: Artemis Grill and Bar)

Artemis Grill, a sky-high dining concept offering Mediterranean-inspired dishes, introduces a specially curated Christmas menu for the month of December featuring seasonal dishes on the lunch and dinner menus.  

Start off with two festive appetisers: Wild Mushroom Consommé with Confit Celeriac, Pickled Shitake Mushroom and Perigod Truffle (S$26), or Lobster Thermidor Gratin, with Macaroni, Wilted Spinach and Parmesan (S$44).

The main dishes include succulent Rhug Estate Turkey Breast served with Traditional Pork Stuffing, Carrot Puree, Glazed Chestnuts and Armagnac Jus (S$36), or Roasted Challans Duck-Confit Leg with Pickled Red Cabbage, Parsnip Puree and Moroccan Spiced Duck Jus (S$56). Enjoy these with ever-popular seasonal side dishes: Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes with Gravy and Aged Comte Cheese (S$16) and Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Smoked Bacon and Wholegrain Mustard Vinaigrette (S$14).

To finish, enjoy the decadent “Mont Blanc” Milk Chocolate Ganache with Candied Chestnut and Vanilla Chantilly Cream (S$16) or the Clafoutis with Mulled Wine Black Plums served with Vanilla Bean Gelato (S$24) perfect to share for two.

Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse

Feast at Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse (Photo: Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse)
Feast at Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse (Photo: Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse)

From 1 December onward, Bistecca is presenting a festive dining experience with appetisers that include Bruschetta topped with Chitose Cherry Tomatoes, Stracciatella and Basil Pesto (S$18) or Vitello Tonnato – Veal Carpaccio, Tuna Mayo, Crispy Ox Tongue and Caper Berry (S$28). For the second course, enjoy the seasonal pasta Agnolotti made with Japanese Pumpkin, Almond, Sage and topped with Amaretti Crumble (S$24).

The main course includes all of their classic steak cuts, as well as a succulent Slow Braised Beef Cheek served with Parsnip Puree, Glazed Pearl Onions and Bone Marrow Croutons (S$56). If you want a sharing steak for two, there is a signature Tenderloin “Chateaubriand” 560g, served with Wilted Spinach and Green Pepper Corn Sauce (S$158). 

Accompanying the meat are seasonal sharing side dishes: Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese made with Lobster Bechamel, Gruyère Cheese, Brandy, Bread Crumbs (S$24) or the ever-popular Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Smoked Bacon and Wholegrain Mustard (S$16).

Last but certainly not least, enjoy the new decadent Vanilla Panna Cotta served with Moro Blood Orange, Passion Fruit, Orange & Cacao Tuile (S$15) or Torta Della Nonna – Lemon Curd, Caramelized Pine Nuts and Raspberry Sorbet (S$15).

Fairmont Hotel

Christmas at Home with Fairmont (Photo: Fairmont)
Christmas at Home with Fairmont (Photo: Fairmont)

Spread the Yuletide cheer even at home with Fairmont's Christmas at Home feasts. 

Whet appetites with Family Christmas Collection (S$325 for 9 dishes, good for 4 to 5 persons), a medley of delicious roasts, sides and sweets to fill the hearts and appetites of loved ones. The feast begins with a Xmas Wreath Salad with endives, heirloom cherry tomatoes and mini mozzarella balls, drizzled with a delightful cranberry dressing. Savour the wood-fired Roasted Poulet with Rosemary Jus and a Juniper Maple Glazed Ham accompanied by an apple sauce, perfectly paired with sides like roasted winter root vegetables and an oven-baked country beef pie. Families will rejoice with indulgent servings of Christmas Minced Fruit Pie and Raspberry Lamington to end off the glorious feast on a sweet note.

For the hostess with the mostest, go for the Traditional Christmas Collection (S$555 for 11 dishes, good for 4 to 5 persons) or the Decadent Christmas Collection (S$855 for 13 dishes, good for 4 to 5 persons) and relish in a symphony of luxurious festive treats meticulously curated by the hotels’ award-winning culinary team. 

Shangri-La

Christmas Roasts at Shangri-La Singapore (Photo: Shangri-La Singapore)
Christmas Roasts at Shangri-La Singapore (Photo: Shangri-La Singapore)

Come December, well-loved buffet destination The Line features an array of festive buffets with Singapore-style dishes. Must-haves include the Poached Turkey Singapore Laksa, Salted Eggs Crab, Chilli Prawns, Grilled Otah Otah, Chicken & Beef Satay and Hainanese Chicken Rice.

Taking pride in the Lion City’s rich heritage, The Lobby Lounge presents delectable, unique dishes that offer local flavours with a twist, so guests will get to experience and savour a one-of-a-kind Christmas feast.

There will also be pop-up Christmas booths at the hotel lobby from 22 November to 26 December 2021, giving guests the opportunity to browse the full range of charitable handicrafts, celebratory goodies, and Christmas beverages on offer.

To indulge in a hassle-free, sumptuous spread this holiday season at home in the company of family and friends, order the Takeaway Feasts from The Line, Origin Grill and Nami (Osechi Ryōri). 

Mad About Sucre

Christmas Cakes from Mad about Sucre (Photo: Mad About Sucre)
Christmas Cakes from Mad about Sucre (Photo: Mad About Sucre)

Mad About Sucre has launched its Christmas menu, filled with delicious confections, as well as savoury meals that will be available from the 1st of December 2021 onwards. This year's mouth-watering bakes include Cognac Fruit Cake, Blanc Christmas Log and Rouge Christmas Log. Customers can also order delectable mains consisting of Smoked Gourmet Gammon Ham, Red Wine Roast Beef Rib-eye, Salad of French Foie Gras and more. 

For the mains, Mad About Sucre is offering a wide selection of savouries such as Smoked Gourmet Gammon Ham, Red Wine Roast Beef Rib-eye, Roast Fresh Chicken, Shepherd's Pie and Salad of French Foie Gras. Festive dine-in is up for reservation, while those looking to dine from home can pre-order the festive goodies on the Christmas Pre-Order page on the Mad About Sucre website.

On top of that, customers can also order Christmas gift hampers during this festive season.

Marina Bay Sands

Photo: db Bistro
Photo: db Bistro

Experience Christmas at Marina Bay Sands with these world-class restaurants. There's English festive fare at Bread Street Kitchen; indulgent French feast at db Bistro & Oyster Bar; rustic Italian American food at LAVO; oriental Christmas menu at Mott 32; international buffet at RISE; a meat lover's delight at CUT & Spago by Wolfgang Puck and a merry American feast at Yardbird. Exclaim ‘sip sip hooray!’ with Black Tap’s spectacular The Holiday Shake, before swinging by Origin + Bloom to pick up artisanal Christmas treats and hampers for gifting. Throughout December, diners are also in for irresistible F&B treats daily in the IR's annual advent calendar. For more details, visit festive dining webpage.

*All prices are in SGD.

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