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Can't be bothered to spend hours sweating in a kitchen over a stuffed bird this Christmas? Join the club. Leave the kitchen labour to the professionals, a celebration over a good meal at one of Singapore's many restaurants is the hassle-free way to go. But if you're tired of eateries trotting out the same uninspired festive menus year after year, here are some unique restaurant options that you should definitely consider for a decadent end to 2011.
For the early bird: Ku De Ta
Sky-high Ku De Ta takes brunch to the next level with a weekend buffet spread that pairs seasonal treats like honey glazed ham, whiskey marinated salmon, gingerbread, yule log and chocolate truffles with gourmet favourites such as oysters and 150-day grain fed roast beef. Available from 24 to 25 Dec and 31 Dec to 1 Jan, prices start from $98 for free flow of juices, smoothies and milkshakes, $159 for free flow cocktails, sangria and draft beers and $208 for free flow Louis Roederer Brut Premier and a selection of white, rosé & red wines.
Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, Tel. 6688 7688, kudeta.com.sg
For the “dessert is everything” eater: Novus
If you dine with the end in mind, Novus celebrates Christmas Eve with a menu ($88 with an endless-flow of Prosecco and wines) that starts off with French Onion Soup and mains served on sharing platters that feature Executive Chef Stephan Zoisl’s seasonal creations such as the Honey Baked Ham in crisp puff pastry and the Australian Beef Tenderloin wrapped in mushroom duxelle. For desserts, the restaurant lays out a buffet spread showcasing “live” stations and close to 20 different sweet treats including freshly-baked red velvet cupcakes, chocolate éclairs and rainbow macaroons.
#01-02 National Museum of Singapore, Tel. 6336 8770, novus.sg
For the steak lover: Bedrock Bar & Grill
If you like your meat and don't care for turkey, Bedrock’s Chef Isaac Tan has put together a 4-course Christmas set dinner ($120, 24 to 30 Dec) that includes smoked duck salad, grilled New York steak, crispy skin seabass and a glass of sparkling brut or rose. On New Year’s Eve, Bedrock is staging a celebration party with a live band and is offering a 4-course set dinner ($160, additional $118 for free flow cava, white & red wines) with starters of jamon iberico de bellota and mains of grilled steak and panfried hake fillet. Until 31 March, the restaurant is also donating $10 for every signature Tomahawk steak (it weighs1.6kg to 2.5kg!) sold to the M.I.L.K (Mainly I Love Kids).
#01-05, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, Tel. 6238 0054, bedrock.com.sg
For the die-hard Japanese diner: San-Sui Sumiyaki & Bar
If you can’t live without your Japanese fix, San-Sui Sumiyaki & Bar is offering a 6-course Christmas dinner set menu ($98, minimum otwo persons, 23 to 25 Dec) with dishes such as Hokkaido scallop carpaccio; three kinds of sashimi, pork shabu shabu salad and an assortment of sumiyaki and avocado rolls. As for New Year’s Eve, the spread is a 7-course dinner with a choice of two seatings. From 6pm to 8pm ($98, minimum two persons) savour appetisers such as raw jumbo prawn with mullet roe as well as three kinds of sashiimi, sea urchin chawanmushi, four kinds of sumiyaki and more. If you choose the later seating from 8pm ($198 per person, minimum two persons), you not only get premium tuna belly, scallop sashimi and Japanese wagyu as part of your meal, but also a breathtaking view of the fireworks display at Marina Bay.
#01-05 One Fullerton, Tel. 6423 1555, sansui.com.sg
For the spice addicts: The Moluccas Room
The Moluccas Room’s take on modern Indonesian is showcased in a 4-course Christmas set menu ($118, 24 to 25 Dec and 1 Jan) that stars signature dishes given a festive twist, with delights such as Sate Daging Bumbu Bali - Angus beef sate in roasted coriander, lime and lemongrass marinade, Burung Puyuh Betutu - tumeric spiced yellow rice stuffed quail with lightly spiced snake beans and served with a glass of Moët & Chandon champagne or a Bloody Mary (only on 1 Jan). On New Year’s Eve, tuck into an indulgent 5-course menu ($288 for first seating, $368 for second seating) with offerings such as the Bebek Hati Angsa Sate Pentul - grilled duck and foie gras sate skewered on a stick of fragrant lemon grass, the Waroeng Gulai Steak - a 170gram Angus beef steak blanched in a flavorful Gulai sauce with oxtail truffle ravioli and crispy bone marrow and an endless flow of Moët & Chandon champagne.
#01-81 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Tel. 6688 7367, themoluccasroom.com
For the indecisive: Halia
For Christmas, Halia is throwing a “mega-brunch” ($88 without alcohol, $108 with free flow of wines and sparkling wines, $38 for children 10 years and below) with an extensive spread of over 40 items on the menu. Besides carving stations featuring turkey and lamb classics and “live” stations for pastas and eggs, guests can also tuck into creations such as the Pink Peppercorn Crusted Yellow Fin Tuna with Salsa Verde, Rangers Valley Wagyu Round Roast with Wholegrain, Mustard and Mushroom Jus and the Pumpkin Pie with Ginger Butter Scotch.
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Tel. 6476 6711, halia.com.sg
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