Throwing a luxe Christmas party? 6 gourmet supermarkets to get your ingredients from

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With luxe ingredients like free-range black Angus beef, black truffle, and sashimi-grade scallops from these grocers, you can put together an impressive festive feast.

Swiss Butchery

If you're looking to splurge on one unforgettable night of great food and revelry, Swiss Butchery holds all the artisanal provisions you'd need. Indulge in a decadent surf and turf with premium cuts like the Matsusaka A5 beef, have it dry aged, then pair that with sashimi-grade scallops, monk fish or freshly shucked oysters. This Christmas, order a pecan crusted ham, new and exclusive to Swiss Butchery, or a full-bodied Beechwood smoked roast turkey. The turkeys are roasted fresh on the day of collection. Don't forget to pick up some nougat and panettone as Christmas gifts.

56 Tanglin Road, Tel: 6235-8080, or 30 Greenwood Ave, swissbutchery.com.sg

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SPRMRKT

Impress your dinner guests without breaking a sweat. SPRMRKT's menu of made-to-order roast turkey and baked goods is the cosy rustic holiday feast you've been waiting for all year. The quintessential holiday poultry comes with the option of two delectably gourmet stuffings and the option to add-on two casserole sides. They also have a collection of homeware, books and artworks to bedeck your home or to gift to friends and family.

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SPRMRKT Daily: #01-01 STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery, 41 Robertson Quay, Tel: 9736-4032. www.sprmrkt.com.sg

Culina

Photo: Culina

You'd find plenty of premium options at Culina, from meats, seafood and cheeses to dried goods. The specialty gourmet store also offers seasonal produce, such as Perigord black truffle and Bouchot mussels, which are available through the New Year. Coincidentally, both would make great accompaniments to an elegant Christmas dinner party. Look out too for the luxurious hampers filled with fine gourmet products and champagne - perfect for gifts. For festive tipples, Culina's cellar holds over 30 brands of Old and New World wines, including biodynamic and organic ranges.

#01-13, 8 Dempsey Road, Tel: 6474-7338, culina.com.sg

Unusual takeaways for Christmas 2016

  • For an unusual savoury cake, try pastry chain Antoinette's Hivernette ($75) - a fancy sandwich "cake". It has four layers of house-baked country bread drizzled with olive oil and spread with mustard butter and tomato jam. Good for a Christmas picnic too.
  • Nobody wants dry turkey for Christmas, so go for One Farrer Hotel & Spa's salt-encrusted turkey ($160 for 6kg), where the salt seals in the juices and keeps the meat moist. The bird is marinated with thyme and oregano and served with chestnut herb stuffing, roasted potatoes, vegetables, cranberry compote and pan gravy.
  • Hotel Jen offers two styles of turkey - Western and Asian. The Asian "percik-style" roasted turkey ($198) comes with Sri Lankan crab claws in chilli crab sauce, Asian festive stuffing (with minced pork, onion, ginger, garlic and dried apricot), roasted root vegetables and brussel sprouts, and golden crabmeat fried rice. The traditional Western-style turkey ($198) includes mixed meat with apple and chestnut stuffing, braised red cabbage, maple-glazed chestnuts and roasted root vegetables. The portions are good for up to 12 people.
  • For halal-certified food takeaways, head to Le Steak. Highlights include the roast beef sirloin ($45 for 1kg, for six to eight people) with seasonal vegetables and roasted potatoes; and traditional roast turkey ($99, for eight to 12 people) with cranberry sauce, roasted potatoes and mixed greens.
  • For something exotic, Marina Mandarin Singapore has a Balinese Roasted Turkey ($148+for 5kg), which is marinated in bumbu genep (Balinese spice mix) glutinous rice and wrapped in banana leaves. It is served with a house-made tomato chilli dip.
  • If sweet cakes are too mainstream for you, get a sushi cake instead. Pick from two sizes - regular ($60++, for eight to 10 people) or party ($110++, for 16 to 20 people). The cake comes topped with ikura, maguro, salmon, mekajiki (swordfish), ika (squid), amaebi (sweet shrimp), hotate, tobiko, crab stick and spicy tuna.
  • The juicy and tender Asian-inspired Wu Xi Turkey ($218, for eight to 10 people) is braised with red yeast rice, red dates and a spice blend for up to two hours. It is served with Shanghai-style vegetable fried rice with dried shrimp and greens, as well as a house-made chilli sauce.
  • Spice up your Christmas feast with Punjab Grill's Indian-style tandoori whole turkey ($120+) and tandoori stuffed Turkey with masala gucchi biryani ($149+), where the turkey is marinated with yogurt and Indian spices, and stuffed with truffle rice.
  • Check out Mandarin Orchard Singapore's roasted London duck with Chinese herbs ($85 for 2.8kg). Other new items include sushi platters ($98 or $138), oven-roasted Berkshire pork rack with yuzu-Himalayan salt crust ($230) and roasted sakura chicken with konbu-soya glaze ($75).
  • After last year's well-received Beef Wellington, Bar-Roque Grill's chef Stephane Istel received requests for other versions of the dish. So this year, the restaurant offers seabass Wellington ($220 for 1.2 to 1.6kg) with tomato lobster bisque for takeaway, along with venison Wellington ($248, for four people) and turkey Wellington stuffed with chestnut ($220, for six people).
  • Park Bench Deli, known for its gourmet sandwiches, has rolled out two new options for the season. The porchetta sandwich ($18) is not to be missed. The pork belly is rubbed with a fennel-based marinade and slow-roasted. The sandwich is filled with the meat and crackling, along with caramelised onions, arugula and house-made roasted garlic sriracha mayonnaise. The other option is Hot Butter Ball ($18), a take on the classic Thanksgiving staple with slow-cooked turkey, house-made brown butter and truffle gravy, and cranberry fruit preserve.
  • For Christmas with an Asian spin, the Bib Gourmand-rated Peony Jade restaurant has a caramelised boneless gammon ham infused with char siew sauce ($185+, add 10 per cent service charge for dine-in).
  • Why have one cake when you can try three? Parkroyal on Pickering hotel offers a special sampler trio ($21) of sliced logcakes with a local twist - pandan coconut; bandung and white chocolate raspberry; and durian gula melaka Yule Log. The log cakes are also available individually in full sizes ($30 for 500g, $58 for 1kg).
  • Pop-up churro brand Loco Loco offers two boxes that are perfect for a fun Christmas party. Box A is priced at $24.90 (add $5 for home delivery) and is enough for four to six people. Box B, for 10 people, costs $59.90. The churro flavours are original, red velvet, pandan and Oreo. Each box comes with chocolate, caramel, gula melaka, white chocolate and cranberry dipping sauces. The cranberry one was created for Christmas.
  • Gourmet Carousel's selection of festive log cakes includes Citrus Twist, which is made with mango and passion fruit Jivara chocolate mousse layered with rich chocolate macadamia sponge; Cherry Royale, with Pur Caraibe chocolate mousse, black cherry mascarpone cremeux and moist chocolate sponge with royaltine; and Litchi-licious, with lychee mousse and chestnut cremeux. Each logcake is priced at $62 (800g).
  • This is a logcake version ($36 for 600g) of Sinpopo's best-selling original Gula Melaka Cake. The cream, glaze and moist sponge cake are made with palm sugar.
  • You may have heard of over-the-top freakshakes loaded with toppings such as cookies and cakes. Now, make way for the freakcake. Montana cafe's White Christmas in the Black Forest ($16.80++, $95++ for 1.5kg cake, pictured) features a cherry brandy liqueur-laden black forest cake with dark chocolate glaze, topped with candy cane, spun sugar crusted with dessicated coconut, and macarons.
  • This cake features layers of Valrhona Azelia milk chocolate and hazelnut mousse, with spiced Granny Smith apples that have been stewed with cinnamon and cloves, set on a charcoal biscuit crunch base. The cake ($7.90 a slice, $75 a whole cake) is covered with a dark chocolate glaze, sprinkled with gold dust and decorated with red currants and white chocolate. Best served chilled.
  • Deck your festive table with Crowne Plaza Changi Airport's red velvet Yule Log with tart and juicy wild morello cherries soaked in kirsch ($68+). The log cake is covered in a rich cream cheese frosting.
  • For something fuss-free, get the tartlet platter from Patisserie G. There are three flavours: lemon, pistachio cherry and chocolate caramel. It is priced at $75 for 30 pieces. Savoury tart options are available too, as well as a variety of gingerbread cookies, macarons and marshmallows.
  • Home-grown artisan bakery The Bread Table offers two 10-inch pies (2kg) made with a buttery sourdough cheese crust. The King's Pie ($74.50, $68 for orders before Thursday) is filled with cherries and raspberries and topped with a crunchy walnut streusel. The Golden Apple Pie ($57.50, $52 for orders before Thursday) is filled with Polish apple chunks and has an almond streusel topping.
  • For something traditional that is not overly sweet, get the classic sugee cake ($30 or $65, pictured) from Eurasian restaurant Quentin's. The 1kg nutty cake - made with semolina and almonds - is decorated with marzipan and fondant icing for the season.

Huber's Butchery

Photo: Huber's Butchery

While their dedication to quality means they don't offer pre-cooked meals, the folks at Huber's will take care of the defrosting, marinating and stuffing, so you'd only need to pre-heat the oven and wait. Besides traditional centrepieces like turkey, bone-in ham, and homemade stuffing and chipolatas, you'd also find fancier alternatives like duck and goose with giblets, pigeon, quail and veal. Their sizeable grocery department is also chockfull of European pantry staples and an amazing range of cheeses.

22 Dempsey Road, Tel: 6737-1588, hubers.com.sg

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Ryan's Grocery

Photo: Ryan's Grocery

Cook up a wholesome feast this Christmas with organic and free-range meats like Diestel turkey, Dorper lamb, Black Angus beef and Borrowdale pork. Pre-cooked roasts are also available for hassle-free home entertaining. In addition to their usual range of allergy-friendly products, the special festive stock include naturally sweetened mince pies, organic chestnuts, gluten-free Christmas puddings, and dairy-free chocolates, along with handpicked gift sets with organic truffle oil and Jarrah honey.

29 Binjai Park, Tel: 6463-3933, www.ryansgrocery.com

Christmas gifts for health nuts

  • If you have a Christmas party coming up, why not take along organic sparkling wine? These are better than the conventional varieties because they do not contain artificial colouring and preservatives, and are not loaded with added sugar.
  • Alternatively, you could get them some plant-based munchies such as roasted chickpeas, popped edamame, kale chips or quinoa chips. She said they are great appetisers for a potluck, or as a standby for when you get hungry at work.
  • You can get artisan blends, loose leaf tea or tea packaged in woven tea bags. Organic teas are free of pesticides, while the fair-trade label indicates that tea is grown in a sustainable way and farmers are not exploited.
  • For aspiring chefs, buy a steamer ($50 to $150) or an air fryer ($100 to $300), which help you cook food more healthily.
  • For someone who works from home, an ergonomic chair ($200 upwards) might be an ideal gift.
  • The simplest thing you can get someone who wants to get started on fitness is an exercise mat ($10 to $30) or a simple skipping rope ($15 to $20)
  • Baby clothes or blankets made of organic cotton ($15 to $40) are also not a bad idea as a gift as they are unlikely to contain chemical contaminants that are harmful.
  • For people who seem to need nothing more, give them the gift of your time. "t can be a simple gesture like taking your loved one out for a meal - and it doesn't have to be fancy - where you can talk and connect.
  • Spending time in nature is also a good idea. Venturing into the natural world and embracing new experiences is a tonic for stress and can do wonders for a person's immune system and cognitive functioning.

Plentyfull

Photo: Plentyfull

If you're looking for a gourmet present or a well-deserved treat for yourself, Plentyfull offers a range of Christmas hampers. They include handpicked delicacies such as charred sunchoke with sherry dip, 72-hour cooked beef short rib with rose, lentil ragout with Guanciale cured pork, and smoked dates with sesame.

#01-79/80 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Tel: 6493-2997


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