We know the song goes something like, “On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree”. But as avid foodies, we envision the partridge to be pan-roasted and glazed with gravy, served with a side of pear and blue cheese (sorry vegans) on the first of many Christmas feasts. Aside from presents, Christmas is all about food. Each day slowly builds up to the pivotal dinner that gathers all your loved ones at home, in front of a television (because true Singaporeans don’t have space in their apartments for a hearth) tucking into a massive festive spread.
Unless you’re not the most culinary-inclined, or prefer having a grander affair for the night and dining out in all your seasonal best. Whether you’re looking for a romantic meal for two or a sprawling buffet for the whole family, here’s our pick of 7 Christmas feasts to satiate all your needs.
Kick conventions into the gutter by enjoying Japanese-French fusion cuisine for Christmas. Le Binchotan presents two adaptations of classic festive dishes — a turkey roulade with Japanese corn on the side, as well as white asparagus with truffle salsa. Order a round of tapas and yakitori, accompanied by Sma Sma sparkling sake (priced at $88 until 19th Jan) to really get yourself in the mood for good cheer. Kampai!
Le Binchotan, 115 Amoy St. #01-04, Singapore 069935, +6221 6065.
Enjoying upscale Cantonese fare isn’t just a privilege extended to Chinese New Year. Mitzo has crafted two seasonal course menus from now till 31st December — Festive Merriment I ($88++/pax, $118++ with 2 cocktails) and II ($108++/pax, $138++ with 2 cocktails). The menus feature favourites like steamed rice with truffle wagyu beef, and their signature melt-in-your-mouth char siew. Those feeling a notch more indulgent can opt for the ultra-fresh steamed live Boston lobster with soya sauce and black and white garlic.
Mitzo, Grand Park Orchard, Level 4, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857, +65 6603 8855.
The Black Swan is the place to be if you’re planning a romantic festive dinner. Their Jingles and Jazz night promises a decadent four-course menu ($118++/pax with two cocktails), packed full with luxurious dishes like Hokkaido scallops, tenderloin steak and creamy seared foie gras. Score bonus points if your date has a love for jazz music, as Alemay Fernandez and Rob Collins will be performing live throughout the night.
The Black Swan, 19 Cecil St., Singapore 049704, +65 6438 3757.
Fancy the homely impression that barbecued food brings, but resent the hassle? Opt for a spread of traditional roasted meats barbecued on site, authentic Christmas sides, a spread of rich desserts and fresh seafood in an all-you-can-eat buffet by Melt Café at Mandarin Oriental. Their BBQ Christmas Day Dinner Buffet ($125++/pax with free flow beverages, $175++/pax with free flow champagne) is an easy go-to for big families looking for good food and a steady flow of booze to unwind. Don’t worry parents, there’s a playroom to let your young ones run loose as you partake in well-deserved grown-up time.
Melt Café, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039797, +65 6339 3740.
Those keen to don your festive finest and dine at one of Singapore’s most stylish rooftop haunts can put their names down for the Cé La Vi Christmas Dinner ($188++/pax) on the 24th and 25th of December. The six-course menu presents indulgent seafood dishes like lobster capellini and grilled greenland halibut, with wine or champagne pairings throughout.
Cé La Vi, 1 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018971, +65 6508 2188.
The flavours of Christmas in London and Singaporean soul food come hand in hand at Labyrinth. Their six-course festive spread ($88/pax) sees Chef Han Liguang putting personal spins on rojak, pairing double-boiled soup with honey baked ham, as well as a sweet-and-sour turkey. Take any of your picky older Chinese relatives who frown upon ang moh cuisine here for dinner and it’ll be sure to appease.
Labyrinth, #02-03, Esplanade, 8 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039802, +65 6223 4098.
Extravagant flavours are the common denominator at Whitegrass’ Christmas Eve dinner menu. The modern Australian restaurant dishes out seven courses, each stitched together by an unorthodox ingredient — think black vinegar custard and pearl oyster, and grass-fed Scottish Highland beef with extremely rare 20 year-old soya sauce from Kagawa. Die hard foodies, this is for you.
Whitegrass, CHIJMES, 30 Victoria St, #01-2627, Singapore 187996, +65 6837 0402.
Omakase gets a festive makeover at Terra, where Chef Seita will serve gourmet Tokyo-Italian fusion dishes for diners on both Christmas Eve and Day ($208++/pax). Terra’s signatures like uni pasta will feature on the still unknown menu, alongside the most sumptuous, seasonal Japanese ingredients like Isaebi lobster and Iwate wagyu.
Terra, 54 Tras St, Singapore 078993, +65 6221 5159.
Chef Keisuke Matsumoto presents delicate French-Japanese compositions on his six-course Christmas Dinner menu ($218++/pax) at Lewin Terrace. Look forward to a menu that couples the familiar with the unknown, starring dishes like abalone, buri and caviar in golden dashi, followed by roast beef with garlic potatoes. Its relatively obscure location is also a winner for couples who’d like to enjoy peace and stellar cuisine amidst the yuletide frenzy.
Lewin Terrace, Fort Canning Park, 21 Lewin Terrace, Singapore 179290, +65 6333 9905.