It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when we have every excuse to abandon our diet plans, load up on turkey and log cakes, and — of course — catch up with our loved ones in the comfort of home. For the avid partygoer, the Yuletide season also brings with it many festive jamborees, which call for lots of music (including Christmas carols), dancing and an endless flow of tipples.
But if your idea of a perfect Christmas involves tucking into a hearty brunch with your close ones at a classy restaurant, here are 5 establishments that are bound to hit the spot. Serving up all sorts of festive fare ranging from stollen to turkey and trifle (a sugary-sweet dessert of sponge cake, fruit and custard), these eateries offer so much more than the ubiquitous brunch staples of Eggs Benedict or pancakes.
While most eateries are offering brunch only on Christmas Day, French restaurant Brasserie Les Saveurs is stretching the celebrations a little longer with brunches on both Christmas and Boxing Day. ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Guests can expect a wide variety of seafood, canapés and main courses such as goat cheese and spinach ravioli, and pan-seared Hokkaido scallops with king prawns. If you’re feeling a little indulgent, opt for the champagne pairing option, which provides a free flow of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV.
Brasserie Les Saveurs, Lobby Level, The St Regis Singapore, 9 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911,
+65 6506 6860, www.stregissingapore.com
Inspired by a vibrant Christmas market, Capella Singapore’s annual festive brunch promises to be a fun-filled gastronomic affair. It takes place in the hotel’s ballroom foyer, which will be decorated to resemble a marketplace filled with live food stations. Guests can look forward to devouring tasty treats such as foie gras custard, turkey with quince stuffing, and over 40 tantalising desserts including mango logcake, almond marzipan stollen, and matcha green tea profiteroles.
Grand Ballroom, Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa, Singapore 098297,
+65 6591 5046, www.capellahotels.com
On Christmas Day, the swanky Bar & Billiard Room at Raffles Hotel Singapore will roll out a sumptuous brunch spread of appetisers, meats, desserts and special dishes such as langoustine ravioli with black truffle, and an ultra-decadent concoction of scrambled eggs with sea urchin and Alaskan king crab (pictured).
Bar & Billiard Room, Raffles Hotel Singapore, 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673,
+65 6412 1816, www.raffles.com/singapore
Sink your teeth into succulent meats at The Carvery’s Christmas Day brunch, which features tempting offerings such as turkey, US Black Angus beef prime rib, trout crusted in crushed pecans, and our personal favourite — spit-roasted chicken with tarragon. Juicy and delicious, the latter is marinated in a mix of fresh herbs, bay leaves, carrots, celery and onions for between 10 and 12 hours before being roasted and stuffed with aromatic tarragon. The brunch also includes desserts such as a Black Forest trifle and baked apples stuffed with walnuts.
The Carvery, Level 7, Park Hotel Alexandra, 323 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159972,
+65 6828 8880, www.parkhotelgroup.com
Housed in a restored 1930s Ebenezer chapel, The White Rabbit is a lovely venue for a relaxing Christmas brunch. Its festive meal includes fresh seafood, meats, appetisers and eggs, which can be cooked in a variety of styles à la minute. Also available are hot mains such as braised beef cheek, roast porchetta, pan-seared barramundi and truffle fusilli. For those with a sweet tooth, there are several dessert options ranging from tiramisu trifle to strawberry brownie shortcake.
The White Rabbit, 39C Harding Road,
+65 6473 9965, www.thewhiterabbit.com.sg