Every celebration begins with a great feast. A cheerful gathering of loved ones bonding over food, drinks and talk is a tried-and-true way of getting the holiday down on a right note. Before all that, one needs to find the best place to bring everyone together.

“Everyone’s busy towards the end of the year — whether it’s getting ready for a trip, buying presents or preparing for a big party,” says Lawrence Wong. “When its time to plan for a family gathering, going to a restaurant is a done deal. But take the extra step: look for special menus to get everyone in the holiday spirit.”

There’s a variety of cafes and restaurants to be found at ION Orchard, leaving diners spoiled for choice. Think a classic French Christmas dinner with tea at TWG, or stunning panoramic views at Salt Grill & Sky Bar. Whichever you pick, you can be assured of a memorable night.

1. For a classic Christmas: TWG Tea Salon & Boutique

Apart from award-winning teas, TWG Tea also doles out indulgent French fare and sweets to go with drinks. This year, the menu features a hearty New Zealand lamb loin and foie gras served with tea-infused mustard seed pickles. A petite log cake with Bavarian cream infused with TWG’s latest festive tea adds a sweet finish to the meal.
TWG Tea Salon & Boutique, #02-21, ION Orchard, +65 6735 1837

2. For the star-struck diners: Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine

The one-Michelin-star restaurant is known for its extensive menu of Teochew delights. Go for special set menus, which features the best of Imperial Treasure such as steamed fish, flower crabs and marinated goose liver. Dimsum is also available for light afternoon affairs.
Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine, #03-05, ION Orchard, +65 6736 2118

3. For the best views: Salt Grill & Sky Bar

Perched on the 55th floor of ION Orchard, this restaurant boasts panoramic views of Singapore’s vast shopping district. Led by Australian chef Jake Kowalewski, Salt presents fresh produce from down under with Asian influences. A three-course lunch and five-course dinner will be available for Christmas, with dishes such as whiskey-glazed Wagyu short rib and stracciatella of peach and beetroot.
Salt Grill & Sky Bar, #55-01, Ion Orchard, +65 6592 5118

4. For contemporary Chinese dining: Taste Paradise

Taste Paradise offers a menu of Cantonese and contemporary Chinese cuisine in a fine-dining environment. Must orders include local-inspired dimsum, roast meats and XO carrot cake. Set-menus are also available for added convenience. For more intimate occasions, go for private rooms.
Taste Paradise, #04-07, ION Orchard, +65 6509 9660

5. For something familiar: Violet Oon Singapore

At Violet Oon’s latest brasserie, diners can reminisce the good old days with a menu of Nyonya classics and local favourites. There’s also a selection of Hainan-British food (think pork chop and oxtail stews), for those craving for Western options. The casual space also has a retail wing for cookies, cookbooks and breakfast spreads. P.S. Good for a bit of last minute gift shopping before dinner.
Violet Oon Singapore, #03-22, #03-28/29, ION Orchard, +65 9834 9935

6. For seafood enthusiasts: Jumbo Seafood (opening mid-December)

Another new addition to ION Orchard’s list of gastronomic offerings is Jumbo Seafood with its zichar offerings. While chilli crab and black pepper crabs are some of the more popular dishes here, the restaurant also has a variety of live, fresh seafood offerings worth trying. Jumbo is also offering complimentary bottles of La Vieille Ferme red or white wine with every order of live Boston lobster as part of its opening promotions.
Jumbo Seafood, #04-09/10, ION Orchard

Jasmine Tay
Senior Writer
Jasmine Tay is the dining, culture and jewellery writer. She makes fine silver jewellery and causes mini-explosions in the kitchen when she can't afford fancy dinners. Sometimes she tells people what she thinks about art, and binges on the music of Danzig when they don’t agree.