Happenings - Food

PROMOTIONS

Grand Cru Truffle Dinner At Saint Pierre

Black and white truffles are given their due in an extravagant 10-course banquet. Sample creations such as wagyu beef tataki with late-season tomato salad, Asiago shavings and black truffle vinaigrette; and pan-fried scallops with white truffle shavings and dressing, lime zest, asparagus and chawanmushi; roasted suckling pig saddle with white truffle foam, roasted artichoke, polenta chips and arugula cress; and a dessert of pear with white truffle, pain d'epices and creme fraiche.

WHERE: 01-15 Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, Sentosa MRT: HarbourFront WHEN: Nov 27, 7pm PRICE: $188++ a person; $388++ a person with wine pairing TEL: 6438-0887 INFO: www.saintpierre.com.sg

Piedmont White Truffles At Zafferano

Zafferano brings out the best of these aromatic delicacies with a suite of seasonal dishes, each topped with 5g of shaved white truffle. These include sauteed Italian porcini mushrooms with poached egg and "Robiola three milk" cheese fondue ($78++); pan-seared Hokkaido scallops with glazed mushrooms and Jerusalem artichoke puree ($78++); homemade tagliatelle with butter-sage emulsion ($68++); and Acquerello rice risotto with butter, parmesan cheese and egg yolk ($68++). Additional truffle on these and any dishes is available, from $10++ per gram.

WHERE: Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, Level 43 MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Lunch, dinner & Sat brunch, now until next month while stocks last TEL: 6509-1488 INFO: zafferano.sg

Win Cirque Du Soleil Tickets At Bistro Du Vin

For every $200 spent on a single receipt at Bistro Du Vin from Sunday to Monday, stand a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Nov 29, 5pm show of Cirque Du Soleil's new production, Totem. Winners will be announced on Nov 20 on Bistro Du Vin's social media pages.

WHERE: 01-14 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, tel: 6733-7763; 56 Zion Road, tel: 6836-6313 INFO: www.bistroduvin.com.sg or www.facebook.com/bistroduvinsg

Mad About Mediterranean At AquaMarine

Indulge in a sunny smorgasbord of Mediterranean flavours at AquaMarine this month. Taste dishes such as Turkish shawarma with yogurt and spices, and slow-poached fresh seafood from the Messina Coast and specialities from the region.

WHERE: Marina Mandarin Singapore, Level 4, 6 Raffles Boulevard MRT: Esplanade WHEN: Till Nov 30 PRICE: Lunch, daily, $60++ a person; $30++ for children under 12; dinner Sun - Thu, $70++ a person, $35++ for children; dinner, Fri, Sat & eve of public holiday, $80++ a person, $40++ for children TEL: 6845-1111 INFO: www.marinamandarin.com.sg/ dining or e-mail aquamarine.marina@ meritushotels.com

Exquisite Ladies' Night Omakase Dinner

Women who dine at Lewin Terrace on Tuesday nights can opt for a four-course omakase dinner that includes an appetiser, soup, a choice of fish or meat, dessert and the restaurant's signature free flow of prosecco.

WHERE: Lewin Terrace , 21 Lewin Terrace MRT: City Hall WHEN: Every Tue, 6.30 - 11pm (dinner only) PRICE: $88++ a person TEL: 6333-9905 INFO: E-mail info@ lewinterrace.com.sg

Social Hour At Marina Bay Sands

During Social Hour (every Tue from 6 to 9pm), enjoy 50 per cent off selected cocktails at the Celebrity Chef bars. Pick up a Social Hour Bar Hop Card at any of these bars and receive a stamp with every purchase of a signature cocktail, such as the Rough Love at Cut, the Samurai Mule at Waku Ghin and the 555 at Long Chim, among others. Collect five stamps to redeem a free cocktail at any Celebrity Chef bar. With every redemption, stand a chance to win a VIP rooftop party for five guests at Flight Bar & Lounge.

WHERE: Marina Bay Sands, Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront INFO: www.marinabaysands.com/entertainment/nightlife/social-hour.html


CHRISTMAS

Neo Garden Catering

New individual items this year include the "Guitar" Turkey ($128.80), a Western riff on Pipa Duck, and the Ondeh Ondeh Log Cake ($68.80), pandan sponge cake wrapped around gula melaka filling. There are also three Christmas regular buffet menus: Santa's Soiree ($19.88+ a person, minimum 40 persons), Rudolph's Reception ($25.88+ a person, minimum 30 persons) and Frosty's Festival ($29.88+ a person, minimum 30 persons); and two mini buffet packages ($15.99+ a person for eight items, minimum 20 persons; $18.99+ a person for nine items, minimum 15 persons). The Great-Ful Christmas Party Pack ($289+, serving eight to 10 persons) has nine items. WHERE: 1 Enterprise Road

MRT: Boon Lay WHEN: Pre-orders open now; delivery from Nov 28 - Jan 3 TEL: 6896-7757 INFO: www.neogarden.com.sg

A Christmas Menu Of European And Japanese Culinary Influences By Chef Hide Yamamoto

The Japanese restaurant's 10-course menu with European and Japanese culinary influences starts with an appetiser of sashimi, followed by flambe tomato with rocket salad and croutons, which uses the French cooking technique to infuse the dish with aroma and flavour. That is followed by the signature chawanmushi, black truffle egg flan with fresh sea urchin and snow crab. Other dishes include abalone steak with liver and fresh seaweed sauce and grilled king crab with lime butter sauce and grilled lobster with sea urchin cream sauce. For meat lovers, there is Japanese wagyu chateaubriand and red wine braised beef cheeks with vegetables, a medley of beef cooked two ways. Chocolate fondant with soya sauce ice cream completes the meal.

WHERE: Hide Yamamoto, 02-05 Marina Bay Sands, 8 Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Dec 1 -25; lunch, 12 - 3pm (last order at 2.30pm); dinner, 6 - 11pm (last order at 10.30pm) PRICE: $450++ a person TEL: 6688-7098 INFO: E-mail reservation@ hideyamamoto.com or visit www.hideyamamotosg.com

Thanksgiving Week At Mezza9

Celebrate with an abundant dinner buffet with traditional dishes like slow-roasted organic turkey, hay-smoked Welsh lamb leg with Yorkshire pudding and pumpkin whoopie pies and free flow of alcohol.

WHERE: Mezza9, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Thu, Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner & Nov 29, Thanksgiving Sunday Brunch PRICE: $148++ a person inclusive of free flow of Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut Champagne, Wynns 'The Siding' Cabernet Sauvignon, Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Tiger Beer, mojitos, Bloody Marys; $128++ a person inclusive of selected fruit juices and selected soft drinks (non-alcoholic); $69++ for children aged five - 12 TEL: 6732-1234 INFO: E-mail mezza9.sg@hyatt.com

 

Earle Swensen’s celebrates Christmas with festive specials, including the Red Velvet Milo Dinosaur (far left), Turkey & Chestnuts Roasting (front) and Holly Jolly Sea Treasures (back). PHOTO: EARLE SWENSEN'S

Earle Swensen's

Celebrate with two wallet-friendly festive specials: Turkey & Chestnuts Roasting ($24.90++), turkey breast seasoned with spices, and tender grilled chicken ham, plus zucchini, carrots, potatoes, cranberry sauce and chicken jus laced with chestnut bits; and Holly Jolly Sea Treasures ($27.90++), grilled mullet glazed with homemade spicy teriyaki sauce and paired with poached king prawn, served with zucchini, carrots, potatoes and chestnuts. Any order of the above specials includes complimentary access to the free-flow salad bar. Toast the season with the Red Velvet Milo Dinosaur ($7.80++), ice-cold Milo with Milo gelato, Milo powder, fluffy whipped cream and a cherry.

WHERE: 02-117 VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, tel: 6272-3306; 03-11 Jem, 50 Jurong Gateway Road, tel: 6734-7712 WHEN: Dec 1 - 31 INFO: www.earleswensens.com.sg

British-style Christmas At Oxwell & Co

The restaurant is offering Fabulous Feast for the festive season, with pork scratchings, house marinated olives and spiced crispy corn to start. Diners can select two appetisers from a choice of spiced duck rillettes, salmon gravlax and Scottish dish cullen skink, which is a thick soup made of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions. For the main course, choose from five fish and meat dishes, including spiced whole roasted duck, fillet of oven roasted Irish salmon, traditional roast chicken, slow-roast rolled kurobuta pork belly and 28-day dry aged grass- fed striploin. There is also a three course a la carte dinner where guests can enjoy sharing snacks, starters, main courses and shared side dishes from the Fabulous Feast menu, as well as a wider selection of desserts.

Cocktails include Christmas Cobbler, a chilled rendition of traditional mulled wine, and Orange and Dark Chocolate Espresso Martini.

WHERE: Oxwell & Co, 5 Ann Siang RoadMRT: Telok Ayer/Chinatown WHEN:From Tue PRICE:Fabulous Feast, $110++ a person; traditional three-course a la carte dinner, $85++ a person; Canapes Package, $60 - $80++; Christmas Cocktail, from $18++ TEL: 6438-3984 INFO: www.oxwellandco.com or e-mail farid@oxwellandco.com

Hotel Fort Canning

Add a touch of heat to your Christmas table with a new addition to the Turkey Signature Creations series, created by chef Nick Ng. There is Peri-Peri Roast Turkey ($148+, serving six to eight persons) seasoned with chillies, rosemary, thyme, ginger and garlic, served with Portuguese Paprika Roasted Potatoes. Also available are signature Tom Yum Roast Turkey ($138+) and Traditional Roast Turkey ($138+); Honey-Baked Ham ($80+ for a 2kg ham); Vegetarian Lasagne ($60+); and log cakes in Tiramisu, Chocolate Banana and Chocolate Mousse ($62+ each).

WHERE:11 Canning Walk MRT: Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Orders open till Dec 20; three days' advance notice required for turkey orders: self-collection only, daily 11am - 7pm; last collection day: Dec 25 TEL: 6559-6760 INFO: E-mail fnb@hfcsingapore.com or go to www.hfcsingapore.com

Eat, Drink And Be Merry At Fish & Co.

The seafood chain is offering A Jolly Seafood Fare, a Christmas platter for two. Feast on a medley of scallops, juicy prawns, mussels and white fish with chilli cream mushroom sauce and accompanied with a mix of beef bacon, chicken chorizo sausages and assorted vegetables. The seafood platter is served with two fizzy mocktails of choice. Dessert is chocolate fudge cake.

WHERE: All Fish & Co outlets MRT: Various WHEN: Till Jan 3 PRICE: $59.95++ INFO: www.fish-co.com or www.facebook.com/fishandco.sg

A Peranakan Christmas Indulgence At Feast@East Buffet Restaurant

The festive celebration begins with a spread of Christmas treats that include a mix of contemporary Western and traditional Asian cuisines.

WHERE: Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy, Level 3, 50 East Coast Road, Roxy Square MRT: Dakota/Eunos WHEN: Tomorrow - Jan 3; lunch, noon - 2.30pm; high tea, 3 - 5pm; dinner 6 - 9.30pm PRICE: Lunch, daily: $51++ for adults; $25++ for children 12 and below; $40 nett for senior citizens 55 and above; $32 nett for SG50 pioneer. High tea on Sat, Christmas and New Year's Day: $32++ for adults; $16++ for children 12 and below. Dinner, Mon - Thu: $54++ for adults; $26++ for children 12 and below; $42 nett for senior citizens 55 and above; $34 nett for SG50 pioneer. Dinner, Fri - Sun and eve of public holidays and public holidays: $58++ for adults, $29++ for children 12 and below; $46 nett for senior citizens 55 and above; $38 nett for SG50 pioneer TEL: 6340-5665 INFO: www.grandmercureroxy.com.sg or e-mail H3610-FB3@accor.com

The Fabulous Baker Boy

The cafe's Christmas set offers guests a choice of smoked salmon and cream cheese crepe layers or orange and carrot soup served with an oven baked cheese crouton with cranberries. Then, choose between traditional roast turkey breast served with rosemary roasted potatoes, sauteed vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce and traditional gravy, or mustard roast beef with rosemary roasted potatoes, sauteed garden vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and traditional gravy, or wild mushroom tart served with ratatouille.

WHERE: The Fabulous Baker Boy, 01-15, 70 River Valley Road MRT: Clarke Quay WHEN: From Dec 10 PRICE: Lunch & dinner $45++ a person; $50++ with a glass of house red or white a person TEL: 6694-8336 INFO: E-mail info@thefabulousbakerboy.com (minimum booking of 10 people)


York Hotel’s White Rose Cafe is offering takeaway gourmet Christmas goodies. PHOTO: YORK HOTEL

Celebrate Christmas In True Festive Tradition At White Rose Cafe

Enjoy takeaway gourmet Christmas goodies such as English fruit cake, thick and rich chocolate log cake or chocolate hazelnut log cake ($50 - $70) and assorted Christmas cookies ($13 - $18). Savoury treats include Roast Beef Striploin ($72 a kg), Honey Baked Ham ($128), Roast Turkey with chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce ($130) and Chicken Pie ($55). There are also EZ Christmas Party Packs ($180) with roast chicken, Caesar salad, roasted potatoes with onions and mixed herbs, baked seasonal vegetables topped with cheese, braised mixed sausage balls in barbecue sauce and apple tarts; and the EZ Christmas Party Platters ($50), with three types of cold cuts, assorted sausage balls, buffalo wings, olives and cherry tomatoes for five to six people. Orders have to be placed three working days in advance.

WHERE: White Rose Cafe, York Hotel, 21 Mount Elizabeth Road MRT: Orchard/Newton WHEN: Dec 1 -31 TEL: 6830-1156 INFO: E-mail audrey.liau@yorkhotel.com.sg

Home-grown Cafe Joe & Dough Launches Seasonal Christmas Menu

Joe & Dough's version of the traditional Yule Log is the Valrhona Ginger Pear Log Cake ($63), with chocolate ganache glazed over chocolate sponge cake and layered with poached ginger pear chunks atop a feuilletine base. Other Christmas staples include fruit cake ($28) and gingerbread cookies ($3.50 each). Coffee options include the Butterscotch Latte (from $5.60).

WHERE: Joe & Dough outlets MRT: Various WHEN: Till Dec 31 INFO: www.joeanddough.com


NEW MENU

Spruce At Phoenix Park

Executive chef Mauro Scotto, formerly of Michelin-starred Ristorante Rocca Bruna in Italy, launches a new menu of Italian flavours and refined comfort classics at Spruce's flagship Phoenix Park outlet. Must-try dishes include Spaghetti Carbonara di Mare, laced with salted mullet roe, egg, cream, caviar, black pepper and parmesan; Tonno alle Erbe, pan-seared yellowfin tuna with broccoli flan and red onion; and Brasato di Manzo, 48-hour slow- cooked beef short ribs served with polenta, spinach, mushrooms, a port wine reduction and a quail egg.

WHERE: 320 Tanglin Road MRT: Redhill WHEN: Ongoing PRICE: A la carte items from $4++ TEL: 6836-5528 INFO: Go to www.spruce.com.sg or www.facebook.com/ SprucePhoenixPark

Udders At Jack's Place

The full range of Udders ice cream flavours is now available at the newly refurbished Jack's Place in the OrangeTee Building in Toa Payoh. The collaboration between Jack's Place and Udders ice cream started this year, alongside the revamp of the steakhouse chain and the new brand extension of Jack's Place, called Jack's Cola Cafe.

WHERE: Jack's Place, 430 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh MRT: Toa Payoh TEL: 6252-6311 INFO: www.jacksplace.com.sg

Hyde & Co.

Hyde & Co. launches a new dinner menu to celebrate its first anniversary. Dishes include nasi lemak risotto ($24) with house-made sambal with prawns, poached egg and lemongrass infusion; beef cheek rendang ($25) with sweet potato mash, slaw and crostini; and assam halibut ($21) with burnt cauliflower, French beans and soba. There is also the restaurant's signature chilli crab pasta ($21), blue swimmer crab topped with herbed panko, chilli and homemade arrabbiata sauce; and truffle mac & cheese ($21) with candied bacon and roasted mushrooms. The menu is available from Wednesday to Saturday.

WHERE:Hyde & Co., 785 North Bridge RoadMRT: Lavender/Bugis/Nicoll HighwayWHEN:11am - 6pm (Sun & Mon); 11am - 10.30pm (Wed - Sat), closed on TueTEL:6635-5785 INFO: www.hydeandco.com.sg


Capella Singapore adds new dishes to its Mediterraneanthemed Sunday Brunch at The Knolls, including foie gras terrine with coffee caramelised banana. PHOTO: CAPELLA SINGAPORE

Coffee Indulgence At Capella Singapore

Capella Singapore adds new dishes to its Mediterranean-themed Sunday Brunch at The Knolls that are infused with the Pure Origins Grands Cru range of coffee by Nespresso. They include coffee smoked duck roll stuffed with biryani rice masala, made with the intense, full-bodied Ristretto Origin India; foie gras terrine with coffee caramelised banana, showcasing the smooth balance and malty cereal notes of Lungo Origin Guatemala; and the Gratinated Coffee Duck Sandwich, with smoked duck breast, dried apricots and pistachios accented by the mild, sweet and toasted-grain flavours of Espresso Origin Brazil.

WHERE: Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, SentosaMRT: HarbourFront WHEN:Till Dec 27, every Sun, 12.30pm - 3pmPRICE:From $128++ a person adult; $48++ for children aged four to six; $78++ for children aged seven to 12 TEL:6591-5046 INFO:E-mail knolls.singapore@ capellahotels.com

Champagne Sunday Brunch At Hilton Singapore

The new Sunday Champagne Brunch at Hilton Singapore runs a luxurious gamut of dishes across eight live stations, including air-flown cheeses and charcuterie from Europe, such as Iberico ham and saucisson sec; fresh sashimi, Australian scallops, Canadian-Maine lobsters, yabbies and oysters; charcoal-grilled meats such as wagyu flank steaks, lamb chops and Rangers Valley grain-fed beef tenderloin; a la minute items such as pan-fried foie gras with apple and passion fruit, and homemade Scotch eggs with black truffle hollandaise; and decadent desserts such as a caramel hazelnut chocolate fountain, green tea and strawberry tarts, macarons, pralines and homemade gelato.

WHERE:Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Road, Opus Restaurant MRT: Orchard WHEN: Every Sun, noon - 3pm PRICE: $88++ an adult inclusive of a welcome drink; $108++ an adult inclusive of free-flow selected wines and beer; $138++ an adult inclusive of free-flow champagne, selected wines and beer; $39++ a child aged five to 12; children under four dine for free. TEL: 6730-3390 INFO: E-mail sinhi_F&B@hilton.com

InItaly

Chef Mario Carmella introduces new takes and twists on classic Italian cuisine, including pasta, oven-baked dishes and desserts. Highlights include ossobuco ravioli with saffron sauce; risotto with smoked eel, tarragon and beetroot; crispy- skinned Sardinian-style roasted suckling pig; risoni pasta al nero with squid ink, crispy soft-shell crab and gold leaf; chilled spaghettini with sea urchin and chives; roasted quail filled with foie gras; and a 1.5kg Ranger's Valley Angus beef porterhouse, cooked Fiorentina-style and ideal for sharing. Accompany the dishes with wines produced exclusively for InItaly by Eight Acres, the chef's own boutique vineyard in Queensland's Granite Belt.

WHERE: 38 Craig Road MRT: Outram ParkWHEN:Lunch Mon - Fri and Sun, dinner dailyPRICE:A la carte dishes from $6++ TEL:6423-0918 INFO: www.initaly.asia


TIPPLES

DFS Masters Of Wines And Spirits 2015

The DFS Masters of Wine and Spirits is into its fifth edition in Singapore. It features a series of events hosted by world-renowned spirit brands every weekend, throughout this month, and over 60 fine wines, spirits and champagnes will be represented at the event. Enjoy complimentary Dom Perignon Blanc 2005 at the custom-built champagne bar and sample Martell V.S.O.P. signature cocktails.

WHERE:T Galleria by DFS, 25 Scotts RoadMRT: OrchardWHEN: Today & tomorrow, Nov 27 & 28, 6 - 8pmADMISSION:Free INFO: Go to www.dfs.com/en/ tgalleria-singapore

Aperitivo Hour At Jiu Zhuang With Nino Franco Prosecco

Nino Franco, an Italian winery famous for its prosecco, is presenting an Italian happy hour evening. Guests will enjoy free flow of Italian bubblies with light snacks. Tipples for the event include Rustico N.V. (751), Primo Franco 2014 (75cl), Primo Franco 2014 (75cl) and Grace di Stecca 2011 (75cl).

WHERE: Jiu Zhuang, 6C/6D Dempsey Road MRT: Orchard/Holland Village WHEN: Nov 26, 7 - 8.30pm PRICE: $40 a person TEL: 6471-1711 INFO:RSVP to Florence@ jiu-zhuang.com or go to www.jiu-zhuang.com

Sake-Paired Degustation At Coriander Leaf

This Asian-influenced multi-course menu is paired with a selection of junmai and junmai ginjo sakes, such as the Tensei Junmai Ginbou, the strawberry-nuanced Amabuki Junmai Ginjo Ichigo Nama, and the Tamagawa Junmai Ginjo, among others. Dishes include the likes of marinated prawn salad with grated coconut; creamy blue spanner crab croquettes with tomato chutney; braised beef brisket with kimchi and honshimeji mushrooms; miso- marinated silver cod with stir-fried spicy eggplant and charcoal grilled onigiri; and spiced Valrhona lava cake with teh tarik ice cream.

WHERE:Chijmes, 02-01, 30 Victoria StreetMRT: City HallWHEN: Nov 25, 7.30pmPRICE: $160++ a person TEL: 6532-3357 INFO: www.corianderleaf.com or e-mail info@corianderleaf.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 20, 2015, with the headline 'Happenings - Food'. Print Edition | Subscribe