Happenings - Food


Winter Kaiseki At Akari Dining & Bar

Chef Hirotaka Murata presents two 10-course winter kaiseki dinner menus, showcasing seasonal ingredients such as cod fish milt, tile fish and yellowtail. Indulge in courses such as a sashimi platter featuring fresh cuts flown in twice weekly from Japan; tile fish braised with yuzu citrus; unagi porridge cooked in an earthen pot; and grilled wagyu beef with hoba miso on a magnolia leaf. Reservations must be made at least one day in advance.

WHERE: Marina Bay Financial Centre, 8A Marina Boulevard, Ground Plaza, 01-02 MRT: Downtown WHEN: Till Feb 29 PRICE: $100++ a person and $150++ a person TEL: 6634-0100 INFO: www.akaridiningbar.com and www.facebook.com/Akari.Marina

Boulevard Fire And Sake Ramen At Shin-Sapporo Ramen

Ramen lovers can order Shin- Sapporo's dramatic new Fire Ramen ($15.80++, advance reservations recommended). Hot garlic oil is lit and poured into a bowl of Hakata noodles in pork-bone broth, forming a column of fire. Also, Sake Ramen specials return, including Tonkotsu Sake Ramen ($15.80++), made with a customisable level of sake. Sake Ramen and Fire Ramen dishes are available exclusively at Orchard Gateway and Century Square outlets.

WHERE: B2-04A/05 Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road, tel: 6702-4906; B1-10/11 Century Square, 2 Tampines Central 5, tel: 6783-6304 MRT: Somerset/ Tampines WHEN: Ongoing INFO: shin-sappororamen.com and www.facebook.com/ShinSapporoRamen


Tien Court

Chef Ho Tien Tsai and team unveil a new a la carte menu centred on authentic Cantonese creations, plus a selection of Sichuan specialities. Among the highlights are braised fish maw rolls with seafood paste in crab roe sauce; sauteed prawns with egg white and truffle oil; and fragrant wok-fried rice with scallops, olive pickles and salted egg yolk.

WHERE: Copthorne King's Hotel, 403 Havelock Road, Level 2 MRT: Outram Park WHEN: Ongoing PRICE: Dimsum and desserts from $5.80++ upwards; other dishes from $10++ upwards TEL: 6318-3193/3198 INFO: E-mail tiencourt@millenniumhotels.com.


Parkroyal On Pickering

At Lime restaurant, the Festive Buffet (till Jan 3: lunch, noon - 2.30pm, from $68++ a person, from $44++ a child; dinner, 6.30 - 10.30pm, $78++ a person, $49++ a child) boasts dishes such as roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce and giblet sauce, and lemongrass-scented lobster bisque; pair these with Piper-Heidsieck champagne at a special price ($88++ a bottle). The Christmas Eve Buffet (Dec 24, lunch, noon - 2.30pm, $68++ a person, $44++ a child; dinner, 6.30 - 10.30pm, from $128++ a person, $74++ a child) and Christmas Day Brunch & Dinner (Dec 25, brunch, 12.30 - 4.30pm, from $108++ a person, $64++ a child; dinner, 6.30 - 10.30pm, from $128++ a person, $74++ a child) features specialities such as wok-fried kam heong swimmer crab, Maine lobster Nonya laksa and a lolly buffet for children. Take photos with Santa too (Thu, 5.30pm, 7pm, 8.15pm; Dec 25, 12.30pm, 1.30pm).

WHERE: 3 Upper Pickering Street MRT: Clarke Quay TEL: 6809-8899 INFO: www.parkroyalhotels.com/lime or e-mail lime.prsps@parkroyalhotels.com


Merry Kithmas specials include Honeycomb Whisky Mocha (all outlets, from $7.80++) topped with house-made honeycomb; Furikake Crab Cake & Eggs (Park Mall and Sentosa, $20++, 8am - 5pm) pairs a crab meat patty with poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, tomatoes, greens, corn, quinoa and avocado; Beef & Reef (Sentosa, $38++, 11am onwards) comprises beef tenderloin with red wine-blueberry sauce and grilled king prawns with garlic; and Kithmas Benny (Robertson Quay, $16++) which consists of turkey ham, tomatoes, greens, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce on sourdough.

WHERE: 01-28 Robertson Quay, 7 Rodyk Street, tel: 6341-9407; 01-01 Park Mall, 9 Penang Road , tel: 6338-8611; Sentosa Cove, 01-08 Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, tel: 6734-9007 MRT: Clarke Quay/ Dhoby Ghaut/HarbourFront WHEN: Till Jan 3 INFO: www.kith.com.sg

Corner House

The six-course Christmas Eve dinner (Thu, $248++ a person) features chef Jason Tan's creations such as A4 Toriyama beef "shabu" with free-range egg; and "crispy scales" Japanese amadai. Its four-course Christmas Day brunch menu (Dec 25, $128++ a person; entire table to dine), includes fresh Atlantic cod with Jerusalem artichoke and smoked bacon and winter black truffle.

WHERE: Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Nassim Gate, EJH Corner House MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Dec 24 and 25 TEL: 6469-1000 INFO: www.cornerhouse.com.sg


Head chef Ivan Brehm and his team present a five-course Festive Menu ($115++ a person, optional wine pairing $95++ a person), with highlights such as beetroot tartare with textures of beetroot, confit egg yolk, and linseed emulsion; and glazed turkey breast with parsnip, nutmeg and white chocolate puree, spicy bread pudding, and seasonal mushroom veloute. A seven-course menu ($150++ a person) is also available, with dishes such as Iberico pork loin with dandelion puree, walnut butter, aged balsamic and tarhana; and caramel-poached heirloom pineapple with pistachio and white chocolate crumble.

WHERE: 39 Hong Kong Street MRT: Clarke Quay WHEN: Until Dec 25, lunch and dinner TEL: 9179-4552 INFO: www.bacchanalia.asia

The Saveur Group

Feast affordably with the Saveur Group. At Saveur, the three-course festive set menu (Dec 24 - 27 and Dec 31 - Jan 3, all day, $32.90++ a person) includes course options such as salmon confit with chives, kombu, apple and fennel, roast French quail with bacon and risotto cake, and Valrhona white chocolate creme brulee. At Saveur Art, the festive four-course set dinner menu (Dec 24, 25 and 31, and Jan 1, $79++ a person) features fine French cuisine such as signature egg confit with truffle potato mousseline, and slow-roasted beef with potato pave and wild mushrooms. At Concetto, highlights of the three-course festive set menu (Dec 24 to 27 and Dec 31 to Jan 3, all day, $32.90++ a person) include orecchiette pasta with braised pork cheek, and spicy chorizo and pork ragout.

WHERE: Saveur, 5/6 Purvis Street,  tel: 6333-3121; Saveur, 01-07B Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, tel: 6736-1121; Saveur Art, 04-11 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, tel: 6634-1141; Concetto, 01-11/12 The Cathay, 2 Handy Road,  tel: 6735-1141 INFO: www.saveur.sg

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

The Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet and the Christmas Day Brunch Buffet (Dec 24 and 25, Level 2 Waterfront Conference Centre; each buffet, $98++ a person, $90++ a person for groups of six or more, $138++ a person with free-flow beer, house wine and drinks, $49++ a child) offer a rotating selection of Asian and Western dishes such as winter melon soup with red dates, wolfberries and turkey; poached wild salmon; Canadian oysters and Chilean scallops; roast ribeye with Shiraz jus; and pig trotter with yam. Kids enjoy their own buffet corner, plus a bouncy castle, games, carols and activities.

At Cafe Brio's, the Festive Lunch Buffet (till Jan 3, excluding Dec 25 and Jan 1, $52++ a person, $26++ a child) and the Festive Dinner Buffet (till Jan 3, excluding Dec 24 and 31, from $62++ a person, from $31++ a child) has dishes, such as sushi and sashimi, and pan-seared barramundi.

WHERE: 392 Havelock Road MRT: Tiong Bahru WHEN: Till Jan 3 TEL: 6233-1100 INFO: E-mail dining.gcw@millenniumhotels.com


The Christmas Turkey Ham platter ($28++, East Coast Park outlet only) pairs thinly sliced turkey ham and chicken pork cheese sausages with cranberry sauce. The Litchi Buche de Noel Log Cake ($56++ a whole cake, three days advance order required, $8.80++ a slice) has lychee mousse, almond sponge, and raspberry jelly and mousse beneath a snowy chocolate fondant coat.

WHERE: Atmosphere Bistro & Bar, Parkland Green, 920 East Coast Parkway, 01-25/26/27, tel: 6440-9705; Atmosphere Cafe & Bistro, Alexandra Central, 321 Alexandra Road, 02-01, tel: 6250-4863 WHEN: Till Dec 31 INFO: atmosphere-bistro.com.sg and www.facebook.com/atmospherebistro

Tony's Pizza

Too tired to roast a turkey? Opt for Tony's Christmas combos. The Holly Jolly Combo ($60.90+, for three to four persons) comprises half a 45cm-classic pizza, two pastas and 12 chicken wings; while the Santa's Favourites Combo ($89.90+, for six to eight persons) brings together one 45cm classic pizza, one classic burger, one pasta, 12 wings, calamari rings and truffle fries; and the Christmas Feast Combo ($175.90+, for 10 to 12 persons) includes three 45cm classic pizzas, 24 wings, and two orders each of calamari and truffle fries.

WHERE: 397 River Valley Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Thu - Jan 4; last day for pre-orders Mon TEL: 6777-4992 INFO: www.tonyspizza.sg


York Hotel

White Rose Cafe offers chocolate and chocolate-hazelnut log cakes, and English fruit cake ($50 for 1kg, $70 for 1.5kg); Christmas cookies (from $13 for 150 grams); roast beef striploin ($72 for 1kg); honey baked ham ($128 for a 1.5kg to 2kg ham); roast turkey with chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce ($130 for a 4kg to 5kg bird); and chicken pie ($55 for a 24cm pie).

The EZ Christmas Party Pack ($180, serving five to six persons) comprises roast chicken, Caesar salad, roast potatoes, baked vegetables with cheese, braised sausage balls and apple tart. Each of these dishes is available separately (from $26). All prices are inclusive of GST.

WHERE: 21 Mount Elizabeth MRT: Orchard WHEN: Now until Dec 31; three days' advance notice required for orders; collection of orders from White Rose Cafe from 11am - 8pm TEL: 6830-1156 INFO: www.yorkhotel.com.sg or e-mail food.beverage@yorkhotel.com.sg

The Daily Press

Gather the children for some holiday fun with The Daily Press' Christmas cookie decorating kit ($25). Each set comes with five gingerbread cookies, five bags of coloured icing, packaging for the cookies, three decorative toppings and an instruction manual.

WHERE: Block 126 Toa Payoh Lorong 1, 01-561 MRT: Braddell WHEN: Available for pre-order until Tue, 10.30am to 9.30pm, Tue - Sun, closed on Mon TEL: 6258-0167 INFO: www.facebook. com/thedailypresssg

Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore

Pick from traditional Christmas meats at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore. Roast turkey ($198, for 10 to 12 people) comes with slow-braised brussel sprouts with bacon, braised red cabbage, maple-glazed chestnuts, roast root vegetables, apple and chestnut stuffing and three sauces - truffle giblet gravy, brown and cranberry. Other options include Beef Wellington ($98) with red wine shallot sauce, roast potatoes and roast root vegetables; roast pork knuckle ($78); and honey-glazed Virginia ham ($88).

WHERE: 1A Cuscaden Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till Dec 30 TEL: 6831-4295 (11am to 7pm daily until Dec 30) INFO: Order 48 hours in advance. E-mail trimmings@hoteljen.com.sg


LeVeL 33

Celebrate at LeVeL33's Hollywood- themed party, with a live DJ and a view of the fireworks display. Enjoy a welcome drink, canapes, dinner and a midnight snack, as well as free-flow craft beers and selected wines.

WHERE: 33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 8 Marina Boulevard MRT: Downtown WHEN: Dec 31, 8pm PRICE: $398++ a person TEL: 6834-3133 INFO: www.level33.com.sg


The New Year's Eve Sunset Dinner (5.30 - 8pm, $98++ a person, not inclusive of entrance to Sky Countdown Party) treats early diners to dishes such as 12-hour slow-cooked prime beef rib with baby artichokes, and vanilla, mascarpone, chestnut and chocolate mousse. The New Year's Eve Dinner (8.30pm onwards, $348++ a person, inclusive of entry to Sky Countdown Party at the Terrace Lounge) includes five courses, including cauliflower cream with sea urchin and Kristal caviar, paccheri pasta with Canadian lobster, and grade 8 Tajima wagyu with foie gras, plus a bottle of Mumm champagne for every two diners. Full prepayment is required.

WHERE: Level 43 Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Dec 31 TEL: 6509-1488 INFO: www.zafferano.sg

Kaiseki Yoshiyuki

Celebrate the new year Japanese- style, with Chef Yoshiyuki Kashiwabara's traditional five-course osechi-ryori. Dishes include samimaki ebi (tiger prawn); hana renkon (lotus root) ; kuromame (black beans); golden kuri shibukawa ni (chestnuts); yakimochi shiromiso shitate (grilled mochi in white miso soup); and tai sugatayaki (grilled whole seabream with salt). Reservations recommended.

WHERE: B1-39 Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Jan 1 and 2, lunch seatings at 11.30am - 1pm and 1.30 - 3pm; Jan 1, dinner, 7pm PRICE: $188++ a person TEL: 6235-1088/8188-0900 INFO: kaisekiyoshiyuki.com



Merchants Wine Cellar Christmas Deals

Order online by Wed and take advantage of these offers: Enjoy 10 per cent off purchases of six straight or mixed bottles, 15 per cent off 12 bottles, and 20 per cent off 24 bottles; also, buy 12 mixed or straight bottles, and you can purchase a case of beer or cider (24 bottles) at cost price (from $70+). Free delivery with a minimum spend of $300. Merchants' stores will open from Dec 24 to 26.

WHERE: 443 Joo Chiat Road, tel: 6440-0892; 52/53 Duxton Road, tel: 6222-1162; PasarBella @ The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, tel: 6467-9118 WHEN: Till Wed INFO: store.merchantsofsingapore.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 18, 2015, with the headline 'Happenings - Food'. Print Edition | Subscribe