Celebrate the festive season with a range of goodies from Rendang Turkey to a Valrhona Pecan Tart. Rebecca Lynne Tan and Eunice Quek give you the lowdown on what to order, whether you are throwing a party or attending one.
JAPANESE MOMOTARO TOMATOES IN WASABI SESAME SAUCE
What: Sweet Japanese Momotaro tomatoes are tossed in a refreshing sesame sauce with a hint of wasabi, which gives it extra kick (priced by weight, $6.60 for 100g; about $18 for a three- to four-person portion). Other appetisers include crispy spring rolls with a cheese and radish cake filling (from $38 a serving).
Where: Xi Yan Private Dining, 38A Craig Road
When: Till Jan 4
Info: Call 6220-3546 or e-mail email@example.com. Place orders at least two days in advance. Get 10 per cent off for orders of at least $250 placed before Dec 19.
LOBSTER BISQUE AND OTHER SOUPS
What: Slurp up French chef Julien Bompard's ready-made soups including his lobster bisque ($12 a serving) and caramelised onion soup ($8 a serving). Other offerings include mussels with garlic butter, charcuterie platters, cheese platters and main courses.
Where: Gourmet Shop. Place orders online or over the phone
When: Till Jan 1. Deliveries are not available on Christmas Day and New Year's Day
Info: Call 9838-4397 or e-mail shop@gourmetshop. com.sg. Go to www.gourmetshop.com.sg. Free delivery for orders above $100, otherwise a charge of $20 applies.
JAMON AND CHEESE PLATTERS
What: Put together a platter of various types of freshly carved Spanish hams (above), including Jamon Joselito ($25 for 25g) and Jamon Laudes ($12 for 25g), as well as Spanish cheeses such as Manchego, Mahon and Valdeon.
There are also house-made conservas including Sardinas En Escabeche ($18 a jar) and cured sausages including Salchichon Laudes ($5 for 25g), Chorizo Fermin ($4 for 25g) and Lomo Laudes ($8 for 25g). Whole sausages are also available.
Where: My Little Spanish Place, 619 Bukit Timah Road
When: Till Christmas Eve. The restaurant is closed on Christmas Day
Info: Call 6463-2810 or e-mail contact_us@mylittle spanishplace.com.sg. Go to www.mylittlespanish place.com.sg. Place orders at least two days in advance.
PREGO'S SIGNATURE LASAGNA
What: Add Prego's hearty lasagna ($66, serves six, left) to your Christmas feast - it is a dish that both adults and children will love.
Where: Prego, Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road. Items can be ordered and collected at Cafe Noel, Level 2
When: Till Christmas Day, 10am to 9pm daily
Info: Call 6338-8785 (9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday), or go to www.celebrationscentral.com.sg.
Place orders five days in advance, online or in person. Allow two days for processing. Orders placed after 5pm will be processed the next day. Delivery is available for $50 to one location. Free delivery to one location for orders of $500 and above.
VIOLET OON'S SEAFOOD PASTA PIE
What: One of the cooking doyenne's new dishes this year is Seafood Pasta Pie ($95+, left). It is made with prawns, squid, fish and mussels tossed in a veloute sauce spiced with capers and parsley, with a crisp cheese top.
Her other dishes include sliced roast turkey breast with apricot Grand Marnier sausage stuffing, dry laksa, shepherd's pie and ayam buah keluak.
Where: Violet Oon's Kitchen, 881 Bukit Timah Road, near Old Holland Road
When: Till Jan 5
Info: Call 8533-1122 or e-mail info@violetoonskitchen. com.
Place orders at least five days in advance, before 3pm. Pick up at the restaurant. Delivery to one location costs $45+. On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve, delivery to one location costs $58+.
COLD STORAGE'S SEAFOOD PLATTERS
What: Serve seafood in style with a variety of seafood items from Cold Storage's Christmas catalogue.
Choices include oyster platters - Canadian Pacific oysters ($39.99 for 24 pieces) or Normandy French oysters ($49.99 for 18 pieces), as well as an Ultimate Seafood Platter ($56.99 for 800g, serves six to eight) with smoked salmon, cocktail prawns and chef's cream sauce.
Japanese-style seafood platters are also available. These include the Kaisen Moriawase seafood platter ($59.99 for 1.3kg, serves four to six, above), which features items such as garlic miso salmon fillet, teriyaki hotate, teriyaki squid stuffed with garlic rice and mango mayonnaise prawns; and Kaisen Ooatari seafood platter ($69.99 for 1.2kg, serves four to six), which includes salmon mentai, unagi, teriyaki squid and garlic prawn, as well as sushi and sashimi sets.
Where: All Cold Storage supermarkets or online via www.coldstorage.com.sg
When: Till Dec 20. Self-collection at all stores is available from 2pm daily, until Christmas Day.
Info: Order four working days in advance (excluding day of order). Delivery is also available, go to www.coldstorage.com.sg/onlineshopping/faq.aspx#DeliveryInformation1. Last day for orders is Dec 20.
What: Fairmont Singapore has put together an Ocean Spray seafood platter ($280) with items such as poached prawns, sous vide lobster tail, smoked salmon and Alaskan King Crab legs. It comes with wasabi mayonnaise, cocktail sauce and citrus cream. It serves four. Sushi and sashimi sets from Mikuni are available for pre-order (from $100 a serving).
Where: Cafe Noel, Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Level 2
When: Till Christmas Day, 10am to 9pm daily
Info: Call 6338-8785 (9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday) or go to www.celebrationscentral.com.sg. Place orders at least five days in advance, either online or in person. Allow two days for orders to be processed. Orders placed after 5pm will be processed the next day. Delivery is available for $50 to one location. Free delivery to one location for orders of $500 and above.
SPANISH ROAST SUCKLING PIG
What: A whole 3kg Spanish roast suckling pig (right) is priced at $288++. There are also meat platters which include suckling pig, turkey breast, ham and side dishes such as potato salad (from $128++).
Where: Serenity Spanish Restaurant & Bar, VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, 01-98/99
When: Till Jan 1
Info: Call 6376-8185 (VivoCity). Go to www.serenity.com.sg. Place orders at least a day in advance.
CRISPY PORK KNUCKLE
What: Order Cafe Swiss' signature Crispy Pork Knuckle ($38 for a 1kg knuckle) for a bit of crunch and crackling. Other meats available include roast organic turkey and chicken, oven-baked turkey breast, smoked chicken, hams and roast beef.
Where: Cafe Swiss, Swissotel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road. Items can be ordered and collected at Cafe Noel, level 2, Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road
When: Till Christmas Day, 10am to 9pm, daily
Info: Call 6338-8785 (9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday) or go to www.celebrationscentral.com.sg.
Place orders at least five days in advance, either online or in person. Allow two days for orders to be processed. Orders placed after 5pm will be processed the next day. Delivery is available for $50 to one location. Free delivery to one location for orders of $500 and above.
What: Marinated with a Malay herb and spice mix, the Rendang Turkey (above) from Carousel, which serves six to eight, has a rice and chicken begedil stuffing and is served with vegetable masala and rendang gravy ($135 for a bird weighing 4.5 to 5.5kg).
Where: Carousel, Royal Plaza On Scotts, 25 Scotts Road
When: Till Christmas Day, 10am to 9pm daily
Info: Call 6589-7788 or e-mail gourmet@royalplaza. com.sg. Place orders at least three days in advance. Last orders must be placed by noon on Dec 23.
OOLONG TEA SMOKED CHICKEN WITH MANGO SALSA
What: Those who prefer chicken can order Xi Yan's Oolong Tea-smoked version, served with a tropical mango salsa ($80). Comes whole or chopped.
Where: Xi Yan Private Dining, 38A Craig Road When: Till Jan 4 Info: Call 6220-3546 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Place orders at least two days in advance. Orders placed before Dec 19, with a minimum spend of $250 in a single receipt, receive 10 per cent off.
What: Tuck into a Tandoori turkey ($109+, right) for a more ethnic Christmas meal. There is also the option of having the turkey stuffed with morel briyani ($129+).
Where: The Song Of India, 33 Scotts Road
When: For collection from Dec 20 to 26, between noon and 3pm, or 6 and 10pm
Info: Call 6836-0055 or e-mail namaste@songofindia. com. Go to www.thesongofindia.com. Order at least two days in advance.
PORT AND PRUNE PRETTY PRINCESS ROAST TURKEY
What: The Pretty Princess turkey from The Butcher's Dog ($108 for a 3.4 to 4.4kg bird which serves four to six, $138 for a 5.5 to 6.3kg turkey which serves eight to 10) is brined with tawny port, prune juice and Christmas spices, and served with a sweet port and prune gravy. Comes with a bottle of The Cellar Door Selection Merlot. The butchery has other meat options including roast beef, pork knuckle, lamb crown roast and ham.
Where: The Butcher's Dog, Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, B2-11/12
When: For collection between Dec 12 and Jan 1, before 7.30pm. Latest pick-up time on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve is 7pm
Info: Call 6836-8498 or e-mail sales@thebutchersdog. com.sg. Place orders at least four working days in advance. Orders placed after 5pm will be processed the next day. Free delivery for orders above $150 to one location only. Deliveries are not available on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Last day for orders is Dec 19.
ROAST TURKEY SIOH
What: The turkey ($168++ for a 3.6 to 4.5kg bird, above) comes with a stuffing of chestnut and jasmine rice with Nonya spices, and side dishes of sauteed sweet potatoes and sambal brussels sprouts.
Where: Orchard Hotel Singapore, 442 Orchard Road
When: Till Christmas Day, 11am to 8pm daily
Info: Call 6739-6577 or e-mail fnbreservation.ohs@ millenniumhotels.com.
Place orders at least three days in advance. Free delivery to one location for orders above $1,000. A $50 delivery fee applies for other orders.
TANDOORI LEG OF LAMB WITH NORTH INDIAN SPICES
What: A leg of lamb ($136+ for a 2kg leg, serves eight) is rubbed with a spicy marinade that includes ginger, garlic chilli paste, house-made garam masala and dried fenugreek leaves. It is then grilled whole in the tandoor oven. There is also a tandoori turkey option.
Where: Shahi Maharani Restaurant, Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road, 03-21B
When: Till New Year's Eve
Info: Call 6235-8840 or go to www.shahimaharani.com. Place orders at least three days in advance.
BEEF EN CROUTE
What: French restaurant Saint Pierre is offering a 200-day aged Angus Ribeye wrapped in pastry and baked (above). It weighs about 1.5kg and serves four people ($120 a kg)
Where: Saint Pierre, Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, 01-15
When: Till New Year's Eve
Info: Call 6438-0887. Place orders at least four days in advance. Place orders for Christmas Eve by 6pm on Dec 19 and orders for New Year's Eve by 6pm on Dec 26.
CHRISTMAS MEAT PLATTER
What: The platter ($98, serves six to eight people, right) comprises roast turkey slices with pork liver chestnut stuffing, honey-glazed gammon ham with a peach sauce, Cumberland sausages and salt-crust sirloin, as well as sides of roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
Where: Spice Brasserie, Parkroyal on Kitchener Road
When: Available for pick-up from Dec 11 to 31
Info: Call 6428-3160 or e-mail spicebrasserie.prskt@ parkroyalhotels.com. Place orders two days in advance.
MEXICAN DRUNKEN FEAST
What: Indulge in a Mexican feast with chipotle oven- roasted turkey breast with pineapple and cranberry sauce; crispy roast pork with apple-jalapeno chutney; chargrilled ribeye with chipotle salsa; chicken drumlets; burritos with chorizo stew; and corn cobs ($132, feeds three people). Additional portions are priced at $44 a person.
Where: Lower East Side Taqueria, 19 East Coast Road
When: Till Christmas Day
Info: Call 6348-1302. Advance orders are not required, items can be cooked to order on the spot.
TEOCHEW ORH NI MOUSSE WITH PUMPKIN CREME BRULEE LOG CAKE
What: Riding on the success of its mini snowskin Teochew orh ni pumpkin with coocnut truffle moncakkes, Peony Jade has come up with a version for its log cakes.
The Teochew Orh Ni Mousse with Pumpkin Creme Brulee Log Cake ($62++, serves up to 15 people) features yam and coconut, as well as a Japanese pumpkin creme brulee at the centre of the mousse cake. Place order early as there are only 100 log cakes available.
Where: Peony Jade @ Keppel Club, Bukit Chermin Road, Level M
When: Until Jan 1, 11am to 2.30pm (weekday), 10am to 3pm (weekend), 6 to 11pm (dinner dialy)
Info: Call 6276-9138 or go to www.peonyjade.com. Order three days in advance.
RAINBOW LOG CAKE
What: The rainbow cake craze has hit the festive season. Mediterranean restaurant Medzs features a rainbow log cake ($46.90 for 1.2kg, above) with seven layers of flavoured cream - cream cheese, orange, caramel, blueberry, peppermint, chocolate chips and almond - sandwiched between the layers of sponge cake. The cake is topped with chocolate ganache, strawberries and berries.
Where: Medzs, three outlets at Clifford Centre, 24 Raffles Place, tel: 6536-1917, open: 8am to 10pm (Monday to Thursday), 8am to 11pm (Friday), 11am to 8pm (Saturday), closed on Sunday; Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, 01-46/47/55/56, tel: 6337-7507, open: 11.30am to 11pm; and Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, tel: 6238-9028, open: 11am to 11pm
When: Till Dec 31
Info: Place order three days in advance.
SPHERICAL CHRISTMAS CAKES
What: True to the non-conventional style of pastry chef Janice Wong, her range of Christmas cakes ($10 each, above) come in the form of coloured spheres.
Flavours include Praline Christmas Ruby (red) with dark chocolate, praline, cocoa nibs and raspberry; and Mistletoe (green) with mint, milk chocolate, gingerbread and chestnut.
Where: Janice Wong's pop-up booth at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive (Dec 14 to 21); Janice Wong, Ion Orchard Level 1 Atrium (from Dec 22)
When: Dec 14 to 21, 3 to 11pm daily (Christmas Wonderland), from Dec 22, 10am to 10pm daily (Ion Orchard) Info: Call 9712-5338. Order three days in advance.
VALRHONA CHOCOLATE PECAN TART
What: Complete your Christmas feast with Fordham & Grand's lush Valrhona Pecan Tart ($48, 7 inches) studded with pecans.
Where: Fordham & Grand, 43 Craig Road
When: Place orders by Dec 10 (orders made on Dec 10 can be collected only from Dec 14), collection available till Dec 31, except on Christmas Day, 11.30am to 3pm (Tuesday to Friday), 6pm to 3am (dinner and supper daily)
Info: Order online at xmas.fng.com.sg/. A 50 per cent deposit is required for orders above $100.
CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE MIXED NUTS CRUNCH PIE
What: Present a Christmas pie for your next dinner party. Mandarin Oriental's pie (above) features chocolate ganache with crunchy mixed nuts on a vanilla sable base ($36). Pick up some Rainbow Cookies (12 pieces for $13, below) as well. Part of the proceeds will go towards Club Rainbow to support children suffering from chronic illnesses.
Where: Festive counter, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
When: Till Dec 26, 11am to 9pm daily
Info: Call 6885-3081 or e-mail mosin-festive@mohg. com. Order two days in advance.
This article was first published on Dec 7, 2014.
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