Festive cheer isn’t the same without some great grub, courtesy of some of the best restaurants in town. We’re not just talking about the best Christmas roasts, or the most exciting festive wine lists – though that excites us as well. The great thing about Christmas, after all, is the feeling of warmth and togetherness. A little decor and great company goes a long way, especially with Phase 3 to look forward to thereafter.
That said, if you’re partial to a soiree within the confines of your own home (drink in hand, and turkey on table) – that’s perfectly fine too. This is our pick of Christmas 2020’s most promising Christmas dinners and where to find them.
The Spot resembles your typical CBD watering hole, especially because of its seemingly endless, wall-to-wall display of spirits, wines and more around the restaurant. That, however, belies the thought put into their food, which is anything but tired bar bites. Executive chef Lee Boon Seng – who’s held court in Equinox, Osia and Curate since he put on the apron at 17 – has dished up contemporary European cuisine heavily influenced by South East Asian ingredients and styles for the past two and a half years. Highlights from their eight-course Christmas menu include a refreshingly tart, Thai-influenced kingfish ceviche, with lashings of kaffir lime, basil oil and coconut milk drizzled over a mix of rice crackers, pomelo, heart of palm and Hiramasa kingfish; seared Hokkaido scallop, a dish adapted from their dinner menu, balanced on a heady, truffle-infused cauliflower puree and a mess of crispy lentil sprouts; and a hunk of deep fried grouper that wouldn’t be out of place at your local chippy. It’s served alongside pepper coulis, potato cream and a sauteed salsa verde Savoy cabbage that we’re especially fond off. The meal ends with a sticky fig and walnut pudding, as well as mulled wine sherbet, a drink typically meant to stave off the winter chill altered to soothe in sunny Singapore.
Available on December 24 and 31.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Singapore
Every day’s Christmas at a steakhouse – that’s why they’re known for convivial hospitality, excellent roasted meats and plenty of booze. That doesn’t mean they don’t try a little extra harder for Christmas – Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Singapore, known for its unmatched dry-aged beef, unveils its Christmas menu. The centrepiece, as is customary at Wolfgang’s, swaps out a turkey for their prime porterhouse steak. A sweet and succulent honey baked home adds to the Christmas cheer, with other sides suitable for the heart occasion including: a pumpkin and potato mash, brussel sprouts laden with crispy, steakhouse-style thick bacon and vichy-style carrots. The meal ends with their take on carrot cake, though the night doesn’t have to – not at least until you’ve had a taste of their Christmas cocktails. The Ginger Mule’s saccharine combination of cotton candy, ginger ale and champagne make for a great celebratory quaff, though designated drivers can opt for gingerbread eggnog.
Available from December 24 to December 27.
Though December usually makes us think of Christmas, we can’t forget that that’s also the tail-end of truffle season – a perfect time, then, for resident chef Denis Lucchi, who’s held court at prime establishments in London and Rome, to work some winter magic. Highlights include a seared scallop served along artichoke, sea asparagus and bagna cauda, an Italian anchovy sauce that’s served as a warm dip in chilly parts of the year; dover sole with celery root, Girolles mushrooms and black truffle shavings; as well as 10-day dry-aged Mieral pigeon, cured and char-grilled over binchotan and served along beetroot done four ways, pear and Moscato sauce. As mentioned, there’s an option of getting a Christmas treat – 10 grams of white truffle from Alba, shaved tableside at $88 a pop – or wine pairings, natural and otherwise, to go with your Christmas dinner.
Available until end-January 2021.
(Related: What to drink (and gift) this Christmas)
Da Paolo Dempsey Restaurant & Bar
Celebrate Christmas with the Scarpa clan’s latest venture tucked away in the verdant hills of Dempsey with a pick from the sea and land. For the former, there’s an option of a luscious and creamy Maine lobster risotto, or tuna belly and beef tartare topped with an uni veloute. Otherwise, the latter offers grilled cote de boeuf with a hearty Yorkshire pudding and bearnaise, or a rib-sticking handmade maltagliati – pasta that is literally, badly cut – with seared foie gras cubes, roasted bone marrow and French onion sauce. Again, there’s an option of adding some additional truffle shavings to mark the season. Just remember to walk off the meal with a romantic, moonlit stroll; or head to their bar for more merriment.
Available from December 9 to January 3, 2021.
Those who enjoy all the festiveness and cheer around Christmas would enjoy what Barbary Coast has set up for the season. Their bottom level shipyard themed dining area has been decked out to a T with Christmas; Ornaments and fairy lights hanging from the ceiling, Christmas wrapping wallpaper, Christmas trees, the works. Their new seasonal menu features several festive staples. Christmas cocktail options include Drunk Uncle Mulled Wine, Hallelujah Hot Chocolate and Ho Ho Holy Sh!t It’s Christmas at around $20 per drink. The beef wellington Dinner-plate special, Santa’s Helper, would also get anyone filled with the cozy Christmas spirit. After which, You can finish your meal off with something sweet- gingerbread cookies and fruit minced pies – nothing really makes Christmas complete than a good gingerbread fresh from the oven.