The holidays are finally here.
That usually spells out fun, family, feasts, and other feel-good things that we look forward to at the end of a long year (and this year was especially long). But if the Christmas mood hasn’t quite sunk in yet, let Palais Renaissance get you there.
This December, the stylish shopping mall nestled in the heart of Orchard comes bearing all sorts of holiday treats, from hearty Christmas dinners and delicious cocktails to beautiful blooms — all of which you’ll want to share with your loved ones to show just how much you appreciate them.
That’s certainly what Daniel Michael, that model, fitness buff and urban farming entrepreneur you may recognise from Instagram, intends to do in the weeks to come. Below, he has given a couple of tips on how you can make the most of your Christmas this year, especially with Palais Renaissance.
For gifts, go all-natural
What’s a foolproof Christmas gift? Daniel firmly believes the answer is “plants, plants and more plants.” He’s personally hoping to receive a Variegated Monstera Deliciosa plant this year, but you can find plenty of other horticultural options at Valen Fleur (#02-11).
Helmed by Valen Chia, the renowned local florist shop is known for its artistic floral arrangements. Each featured blossom is personally selected by Chia himself, who has over two decades of experience in the business.
His arrangements are as experimental as they are exquisite; you might be pleasantly surprised by the choices of blooms in his bouquets. In some cases, fruits and vegetables have even made an appearance. One thing you can count on, though, is that everything you see is as fresh as possible. That’s why a Valen Fleur bouquet will make an excellent gift; after all, who could turn down nature’s finest specimens?
Put your best face forward
This Christmas, you should look as good as you feel. That’s why a trip to Sultans of Shave (#02-07) is definitely called for; when it comes to men’s grooming, their London-trained barbers certainly know best.
You’ll also want to take your old man along with you as a holiday treat; from now until 31 December 2020, the stylish barbershop is offering 15 per cent off the purchase of any two experience vouchers. For the uninitiated, we recommend giving The Sultan’s Experience a try. The package, comprising a soothing Sultan’s Shave and Haircut, promises a royal treatment that will have have you looking dapper in no time.
Have a good ol’ Christmas dinner
With travel restrictions in place, your holiday plans will no doubt look a little different this year. Luckily, like Daniel, we can still look forward to our favourite part about Christmas: “lots of food!”
On top of its year-round menu featuring well-loved classics such as the PS. Club (pictured), PS.Cafe (#02-09A) has introduced a line-up of special dishes just for the season. While it may be Singapore’s favourite brunch spot, you’ll want to head to the charming café for the Traditional Christmas Dinner: a savoury spread comprising a sumptuous oven-roasted turkey and apricot glazed leg ham with chestnut and sage stuffing. For good measure, the family-friendly feast also includes generous servings of roasted pumpkin, potato and broccoli.
For an extra dose of Christmas cheer, pair your dinner with the Spiced Gin Spritz. It’s a limited-edition concoction from Australia’s award-winning Four Pillars distillery, featuring fever tree ginger ale, orange and spice. Close your meal on a sweet note with the Dark Chocolate, Caramel and Berry Pie, a very merry dessert in our books.
Wine, dine, and wine some more
Christmas is a great time to catch up with old friends, and Daniel agrees. “We plan to have an ‘Orphan’s Christmas’ with our friends in Singapore who are also away from their families,” he says. What better way to do that than over a couple of drinks?
The Writing Club (#02-10), the cosy whisky-library furnished with plush leather couches and dark wood panelling straight out of a gentleman’s club, is a very inviting option. In fact, it’s pretty much heaven for whisky aficionados, boasting over 1,000 hand-picked labels of rare and collectible whiskies and spirits from all corners of the world.
Add to that The Writing Club’s selection of fine wines, craft beers and bespoke cocktails (a Peated Whisky Sour, anyone?), and you have a bar that will please even your pickiest of pals.
If they’re open to the taste of the exotic, bring them to Shatoburian Yakiniku (#02-08/09) instead. This December, the posh Japanese Yakiniku dining spot is putting Hida Wagyu Beef front and centre. The award-winning brand of beef from Gifu Prefecture boasts a rich juiciness and mesh-like marbling in most cuts — the stuff dreams are made of, basically.
You’ll be able enjoy and grill the premium meat in the comfort of your own home with the Take-Out Wagyu Platter. Featuring a daily pick of fresh A5 Wagyu beef, the platter is just one of Shatoburian Yakiniku’s many Christmas specials.
The restaurant is also adding delicious white truffle to all their truffle dishes. That includes their beloved Premium Don: an indulgent bowl featuring prime cuts of A5 Wagyu beef (sourced only from the finest beef brands in Japan), glazed foie gras, Hokkaido sea urchin, ikura, and sashimi-grade onsen egg, all served on a bed of delicious Hokkaido rice and topped with shaved truffles. You can also add white truffle toppings to a dish of your choice at a special seasonal price.
You’ll want to wash your hearty meal down with Shatoburian Yakiniku’s exclusive winter sake offerings, including coveted labels like IWA 5 Sake of Japan, Juyondai and Dassai Beyond.
You can enjoy even more of the alcoholic beverage at Ishinomaki Grill & Sake Bar (#B1-02/02A/03). Just for the holidays, the Japanese establishment is offering a flight of three sakes across its curated premium list of labels, priced from S$30. You and your friends can take a tour through the different flavour profiles of the beloved drink, and discover how well they go with the bar’s sushi, sashimi, noodles and robatayaki offerings.
These are made with fresh and live seafood that are flown in straight from Japan and specially picked by the bar’s chefs. There’s also the “Black Box” menu, featuring dishes whipped up from the ingredients that arrive at the bar every morning. These are imported from Japan’s best fishing ports and often feature seasonal catches. No matter what you order, you’ll still get an authentic taste of Nippon — even without a flight ticket.
It’ll certainly be a Christmas to remember.
Visit Palais Renaissance at 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871. From now til 1 January 2021, redeem a S$30 Palais Renaissance voucher when you spend S$300 on Mastercard, or a S$100 Palais Renaissance voucher with S$1,000 spent. Terms and conditions apply.
Photographer: Caroline Pajak
Stylist and Art Direction: Paula Tylus
Hair and make-up artist: Sha Shamsi