Happenings - Food

Caffe B's Winter Melon cocktail and Kuishin Bo's Christmas buffet (above).
Caffe B's Winter Melon cocktail and Kuishin Bo's Christmas buffet (above).PHOTO: KUISHIN BO
Caffe B's Winter Melon cocktail (above) and Kuishin Bo's Christmas buffet.
Caffe B's Winter Melon cocktail (above) and Kuishin Bo's Christmas buffet.PHOTO: CAFFE B
Snowy Train log cake from Gourmet Carousel at Royal Plaza On Scotts.
Snowy Train log cake from Gourmet Carousel at Royal Plaza On Scotts. PHOTO: ROYAL PLAZA ON SCOTTS
Verre’s caviar with crab jelly and uni.
Verre’s caviar with crab jelly and uni. PHOTO: VERRE



Penang Hawkers Fare At York Hotel

Twenty-two of Penang's favourite hawkers return to White Rose Cafe to cook up a storm of Penang's authentic street food. Enjoy unlimited servings of char kway teow, Penang prawn mee, Penang laksa, nasi lemak served with Nonya chicken kapitan, crispy lor bak, Penang rojak, cuttlefish kang kong, oyster omelette and soup or dry kway teow, plus desserts including ban chang kueh, ice kacang and chendol. Diners stand a chance to win lucky draw prizes such as accommodation and meal vouchers, and a top prize (worth more than $1,500) of a weekend stay in a Premier Room for a family of up to four.

WHERE: 21 Mount Elizabeth MRT: Orchard WHEN: Dec 18 - Jan 3, lunch: noon - 2.30pm, dinner: 6.30 - 10pm PRICE: Mon - Fri, $25.80++ a person, $18.80++ a child aged under 12 years; Sat, Sun & public holiday, $28.80++ a person, $20.80++ a child TEL: 6830-1156 INFO: www.yorkhotel.com.sg

School Holiday Promotion At Carne & Caipirinha

Have a family- and kid-friendly holiday feast at the Brazilian churrascaria restaurant's Sunday Brunch buffet. With a minimum of two paying parents, up to three kids below the age of 12 and one domestic helper get to dine for free. The buffet spans grilled items such as beef, chicken, lamb, pork and fish, including favourite Brazilian cuts such as beef hump and beef rump cap, plus salads, pastas and side dishes. This promotion is not applicable with any other promotions, discounts, gift vouchers or special offers.

WHERE: Block 106 Sunset Way, 01-50, Clementi Street 12 MRT: Clementi WHEN: Till Dec 31, noon - 2.30pm, every Sun PRICE: $40++ a person, $15++ a child aged under 12 years; children under five years dine for free TEL: 6464-0478/79 INFO: www.carne-caipirinha.sg & www.facebook.com/carnecaipirinha

Festive Weekday Lunch At The Disgruntled Chef

The Disgruntled Chef at The Club introduces a new prix-fixe weekday lunch which brings together a small plate, a big plate and a dessert, plus coffee or tea. Choose your own courses from options such as Cobb salad with hand-cracked crab, cherry tomatoes and avocado; roasted pumpkin soup with creme fraiche and truffle oil; seared scallop linguini; chicken in vin jaune with crayfish and sauteed mushrooms; and pan-roasted striploin with potato gratin.

WHERE: 28 Ann Siang Road MRT: Telok Ayer WHEN: Till Dec 31, noon - 2.30pm, Mon - Fri PRICE: $48++ a person for three courses; supplements apply for some options TEL: 6808-2184 INFO: www.disgruntledchef.com


Kuishin Bo

Celebrate Christmas Hakodate style at Kuishin Bo. For one week only, the Japanese buffet restaurant adds seasonal specialities to its ongoing Hakodate Fair buffet spread, including fresh oysters and smoked salmon; crawfish and Boston lobster; a host of roasts, such as turkey, beef, chicken and honey-baked ham; barbecued pork ribs; and Christmas desserts such as log cake, cookies and stollen. Also, each paying adult will be entitled to a voucher offering up to 50 per cent off his next meal, plus a novelty Christmas gift.

WHERE: 03-334 Tower 2, North Wing, Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, tel: 6341-9200; & B1-47/51 Jurong Point Shopping Centre, 1 Jurong West Central 2, tel: 6792-9286 MRT: Raffles Place/Jurong East WHEN: Dec 19 - 25 PRICE: Dinner: $75++ a person, $38++ a child aged 12 years & below; lunch: Dec 23 - 25, $49++ a person, $25++ a child INFO: www.kuishinbo.com.sg

Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore

Back by popular demand, Ellenborough Market Cafe's Peranakan Tom Turkeys are spiced with traditional Nonya flavours for a thoroughly tropical Christmas. The premium birds are infused with house-made marinades such as Singapore Laksa, with turmeric, galangal, lemongrass, belacan, coriander root and freshly squeezed coconut milk; Buah Keluak, with hand-picked buah keluak, tamarind, kaffir lime, shallots and red chillies; and, new for this year and inspired by Hainanese chicken rice chilli sauce, the Sambal Tom Turkey, infused with red chillies, lemongrass and freshly pounded ginger. The Peranakan Tom Turkeys will be served at the Christmas Buffet on a rotational basis (Dec 14 to 31, dinner: $68++ a person, $34++ a child; exclusively for HSBC cardholders, one dines free with every three paying adult buffet diners) and are also available for take-away orders (from $172 a turkey, serving eight to 10, three days' advance notice).

WHERE: 20 Merchant Road MRT: Clarke Quay WHEN: Mon - Dec 31 TEL: 6239-1848/1847 INFO: E-mail emc.reservations@ swissotel.com

Caffe B

Spruce up your celebrations with three festive cocktails created for the season: the Bou Bon ($15++), a smoky bourbon base infused with egg yolk, Curacao and cinnamon liqueur, topped with a cloud of Gelsi espuma; the Rudolph ($15++), a glowing blend of Pernod, cranberry juice, grenadine syrup and moscato; and the Winter Melon ($10++), a mocktail of lychee, honeydew and passionfruit.

WHERE: B1-15/01-83 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Sun - Dec 25 TEL: 6887-3311 INFO: www.caffeb.com.sg


The three-course Christmas dinner set begins with a choice of pan-fried Greek haloumi cheese with walnuts, grapes, honey mustard and arugula, or wild mushroom soup with truffle oil and garlic croutons. For the main course, choose from lobster, mussels, scallops and prawns in crab broth, with toasted sourdough and multi-grain bread; braised bone-in short ribs with truffle gravy, Yorkshire pudding and sauteed vegetables; or Cornish game hen stuffed with root vegetables and foie gras, served with sweet potatoes and horseradish aioli. For dessert, sticky date pudding comes with a duo of salted caramel gelato and yuzu gelato.

WHERE: 03-70/72 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, tel: 6336-0951; & 04-14/15 Mandarin Gallery, 333 Orchard Road, tel: 6235-8370 MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Somerset WHEN: Till Dec 31; reservations for Dec 24 & 25 require one week's advance notice PRICE: $58++ a person INFO: www.arteastiq.com & www.facebook.com/ArteastiqSingapore



Jamie's Italian

The three-course Christmas menu features main course choices such as a chargrilled veal chop with porcini and crunchy roast potatoes; and honeycomb cannelloni "three ways" with aubergine and sun-dried tomato, pumpkin, and ricotta and spinach.

WHERE: 01-01/4 Forum Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, tel: 6655-7676; & 01-165/166/167 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, tel: 6733-5500 MRT: Orchard/ HarbourFront WHEN: Till Dec 31 PRICE: $79.50++ a person, minimum two to dine INFO: www.jamiesitalian.sg & www.facebook.com/jamiesitaliansingapore


Chef Masashi Horiuchi's four-course Christmas Eve menu gilds classic French fare with a luxurious touch, in dishes such as caviar with crab jelly and uni; and oven-baked free-range pigeon, stuffed with foie gras and served with truffle shavings and wild truffle sauce.

WHERE: 8 Rodyk Street, 01-05/06 MRT: Chinatown WHEN: Dec 24, dinner only PRICE: $145++ a person, $265++ a person with wine pairing TEL: 6509-1917 INFO: www.verre.com.sg

Hotel Re!

The four-course Festive Set Meal (till Dec 30, excluding Dec 24, 10.30am to 10.30pm; $40 nett a person; $50 nett a couple & $25 nett each subsequent person) features dishes such as Light Cream of Crab Bisque and Baby Lamb Rack. On Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, enjoy a Candlelight Dinner (Dec 24 and 31: $70 nett a person; $50 nett a person for bookings made before Dec 20 for Christmas Eve and before Dec 27 for New Year's Eve).

WHERE: 175A Chin Swee Road MRT: Outram Park TEL: 6827-8226 INFO: E-mail fb@hotelre.com.sg

The Song Of India

The four-course Christmas Celebration Feast set menu ($59++ a person) showcases chef Manjunath Mural's traditional and innovative Indian dishes, such as Paye Yakhni Shorba, spiced lamb trotter soup; and signature spinach-stuffed Turkey Roulade in a tomato honey makhani sauce. Christmas turkey takeaways (two days' advance notice required for orders) include a Whole Tandoori Turkey ($119+).

WHERE: 35 Scotts Road MRT: Newton WHEN: Dec 20 - 26, lunch & dinner; two days' advance notice required for bookings TEL: 6836-0055 INFO: www.thesongofindia.com

Raffles Marina

Tuck into a holiday spread at Marina Bistro's Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner. Comprising 19 dishes, it includes favourites such as roast turkey with chestnut stuffing and honey glazed bone-in ham with pineapple sauce. With every four paying guests, one guest dines for free.

WHERE: 10 Tuas West Drive MRT: Joo Koon WHEN: Dec 24 PRICE: $62++ a person, $26++ a child aged five - 12 TEL: 6889-2299 INFO: E-mail marinabistro@rafflesmarina.com.sg


The three-course Christmas Special menu by executive chef Hans Luftenegger celebrates traditional Habsburg cuisine. Beginning with soup of the day, it centres on a main course of a roasted half duck, served with bread dumplings, red cabbage, chestnuts and a Christmas apple. Dessert options include Raspberry Truffle Cake and the Kaisertorte (Emperor's Cake).

WHERE: 02-06/03-06 Capitol Piazza, 17 Stamford Road MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till Dec 25 PRICE: $88++ for two persons TEL: 6377-0013 INFO: www.kaiserhaus.sg

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

At Colony, the Christmas Eve Seafood Dinner (Dec 24, 7 to 10.30pm; from $188++ a person, $94++ a child aged 12 and below; pre-payment required) boasts highlights such as eight kinds of freshly shucked oysters and honey-baked ham with pineapple raisin sauce. At the Christmas Day Vintage Champagne Brunch (Dec 25, 11am to 1pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm; from $208++ a person, from $104++ a child aged six to 12, from $52++ a child aged three to five; pre-payment required), taste roasted turkey with giblet gravy and pan-fried foie gras with berry compote. The Christmas Day Dinner (Dec 25, 6.30 to 10.30pm; $98++ a person, $49++ a child aged six to 12, $24.50++ a child aged three to five) includes dishes such as grilled lobster with herb butter. At the Grand Ballroom, the Christmas Day Buffet Brunch Extravaganza (Dec 25, noon to 3pm; $228++ a person, $114++ a child aged six to 12, $57++ a child aged three to five; pre-payment required) spans items such as glazed gammon ham and decadent desserts. Summer Pavilion offers a five-course set menu (Dec 24 and 25, from $118++ a person) with highlights such as double-boiled cartilage soup with sea cucumber and bird's nest.

WHERE: 7 Raffles Avenue MRT: Promenade TEL: 6434-5288; 6434-5286 (Summer Pavilion) INFO: E-mail  rc.sinrz.restaurant reservations@ritzcarlton.com or rc.sinrz.summerpavilion@ritzcarlton.com


Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy

Have a sweet Peranakan Christmas with log cakes in Chendol, Durian and signature Chempedak flavours, as well as gula melaka butter cookies. Savoury gourmet roasts include turkey with sausage, apple and cranberry stuffing. Go to the website for a full brochure.

WHERE: 50 East Coast Road, Roxy Square MRT: Paya Lebar WHEN: Till Jan 3; three days' advance notice required for orders PRICE: Log cakes, from $36+; fruit cakes & Christmas breads, from $6.80+; cupcakes, $4.80+; cookies & petits fours, $3.50+ for 100g; chocolate figurines, from $5+; gingerbread, from $2.20+; roasts & meats, from $78+ TEL: 6340-5882 INFO: www.grandmercureroxy.com.sg


Wish stout lovers happy holidays with a limited-edition take-home pack comprising four cans of Guinness Draught plus a pint glass with the Guinness emblem. For a limited time, get your pint glass personalised at two roadshows this month. Just buy the pack at the roadshows or produce your receipt and glass for engraving.

WHERE: Chevron House, 30 Raffles Place MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Thu & Fri, 10am - 8pm INFO: www.DrinkiQ.com

Royal Plaza On Scotts

Joining Gourmet Carousel's homemade panettone, Dresden stollen and English fruitcake this Christmas, and in conjunction with Singapore's Jubilee Year, is the Red Dot, a morello cherry almond cake with hazelnut crunch. Contemporary- styled log cakes include Chocolate Naranja, orange chocolate cream with Pur Caraibe chocolate mousse; and Snowy Train, mascarpone cream with espresso genoise. Savoury highlights include roast turkey with Turkish spices, served with pita bread, hummus and other sides; and a Rotisserie Hamper with roasted leg of lamb, roasted prime beef sirloin, and roast turkey. Go to the website for the full list of items.

WHERE: 25 Scotts Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till Dec 25, 11am - 9pm daily; three days' advance notice required for orders; last order: Dec 23, noon PRICE: Fruitcakes & Christmas breads, from $35+; log cakes, $62+; cupcakes, from $7+; cookies, pralines & macarons, from $11.50+; roasts, from $70+; side dishes, from $25+ ; seafood items, from $18+; hampers, $185+ & $378+ TEL: 6589-7788 INFO: Go to www.carouselbuffet.com.sg or e-mail gourmet@royalplaza.com.sg


This year's Festive Collection of ice cream flavours ($14.50 nett a tub), available at Haagen-Dazs outlets, supermarkets and shops islandwide, comprises Chocolate Salted Caramel, chocolate ice cream with silky caramel and salted caramel brittle; Banana Chocolate Brownie, banana ice cream with chocolate fudge and brownie chunks; and Strawberry Cheesecake, cheesecake ice cream with strawberry sauce and biscuits.

WHERE: 02-01/03 Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Avenue, tel: 6336-4022; Holland Village, 21 Lorong Mambong, tel: 6468-9474; & 03-12/12A/13A Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, tel: 6836-5418; go to the website for full list of outlets & contact details MRT: Various WHEN: Till Jan 10 INFO: www.haagendazs.com.sg/SG_Home

Joe & Dough

This year, Christmas takeaway bakes include Valrhona Ginger Pear Log Cake ($63 nett, 1kg), chocolate sponge and feuilletine layered with ginger-poached pear chunks under a Valrhona Satilia ganache glaze; and traditional Panettone ($40 nett) made with sourdough starter and cooled upside-down for maximum fluffiness. In-store menus include Santa's Christmas Sandwich ($9.80 nett), with sweet potato bread, smoked turkey ham, apple-cranberry sauce, emmental cheese, roasted onions, bell peppers and baby romaine. Make a donation of at least $3.50 to Tan Tock Seng Hospital Community Fund donation boxes at Joe & Dough's Square 2 and Orchard Gateway outlets on Dec 12, and receive one of 600 Hansel & Gretel gingerbread figures, while stocks last.

WHERE: 01-86 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, tel: 6337-0938; 01-10 orchardgateway, 277 Orchard Road,  tel: 6702-4656; & 02-05 Income At Raffles, 16 Collyer Quay, tel: 6438-2115; go to the website for full list of outlets & contact details MRT: Various WHEN: Till Dec 31 INFO: www.joeanddough.com & www.facebook.com/Joendough

Carlton Hotel Singapore

New this year are the Chocolate Kumquat Log Cake, with rich chocolate mousse, red berries, Cointreau brulee and strawberry almond paste; and a White Chocolate Stiletto packed with assorted pralines. Also on offer are roasts, including turkey with chestnut stuffing, German pork knuckles with caramelised apple coulis and beef with red wine sauce. The Christmas Party Pack comprises a stuffed turkey with a boneless ham, a chocolate log cake and a choice of red, white or sparkling wine.

WHERE: 76 Bras Basah Road MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: Till Dec 25; five days' advance notice required for orders; last day of order for roasted items, Dec 19, 2pm; last collection day for sweet items, Dec 25, until 8pm PRICE: Log cakes, from $54+; fruitcake, $38+; cookies, mince pies & gingerbread, from $8+; homemade Christmas breads, from $12+; chocolates, $38+; roasted items, from $88+; Christmas Party Pack, $248+; delivery $60+ a trip from 9am - 6pm, $70+ a trip after 6pm; no deliveries on Sun & public holiday TEL: 6349-1292 INFO: E-mail restaurants@ carltonhotel.sg

Gu Ma Jia

Choose from three buffet catering options (minimum 30 persons for all orders, 50 per cent deposit required upon ordering). The choices are Buffet Joy (nine items, $16+ a person); Buffet Peace (10 items, $17.50+ a person); and Buffet Love (12 items, $25+ a person). Go to the website for full list of menu options and other terms and conditions.

WHERE: 45 Tai Thong Crescent, Sennett Estate MRT: Potong Pasir WHEN: Till Dec 31 TEL: 6285-2023 INFO: Go to www.gumajia.com.sg or e-mail sales@gumajia.com.sg


Pan Pacific Singapore

The Fairytale Fantasy theme party (8pm to 3am), featuring live DJs and dancers, ushers in 2016 with 30,000 balloons released into the Atrium at the stroke of midnight on Dec 31. Welcome the new year at Atrium's private floating pods and overlooking the 44m of Asia's longest bar, or at the modern fairy-tale setting of The Living Room. Diners at Edge, Hai Tien Lo and Keyaki enjoy complimentary entry into Atrium's festive party.

Go to the website for full details, terms and conditions.

WHERE: 7 Raffles Boulevard MRT: Promenade WHEN: Dec 31 PRICE: From $98++ a person, includes a 200ml bottle of Laurent Perrier NV Champagne; packages from $398++ for up to two guests TEL: 6826-8240 INFO: E-mail celebrate.sin@ panpacific.com or go to www.pan pacific.com/en/hotels-resorts/ singapore/marina/stay/offers/balloon-drop-atrium.html

Hilton Singapore

At il Cielo, the New Year's Eve menu ($148++ a person) spans four courses, such as roasted octopus with fava bean cream, potato granite and blueberries; and homemade veal ravioli with porcini mushrooms and black truffles. At the rooftop Sky Bar, look out over Orchard Road and toast to 2016 with a glass of Louis Roederer champagne and premium caviar degustation platter ($298++ a booth, advance reservations recommended).

WHERE: 581 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard TEL:6730-3395 INFO: E-mail ilcielo@hilton.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 11, 2015, with the headline 'Happenings - Food '. Print Edition | Subscribe