Christmas isn’t cancelled. No sireee. The pandemic isn’t going to ruin this one – absolutely not if the f&b folks can help it. In fact, they’ve outdone themselves with ideas for bringing the Christmas spirit into our homes. We can order not just delicious but also visually beautiful festive feasts for the family that will make for great memories. It’s certainly clear that more thought has gone into conceptualising these than ever before. For those believe in personally whipping up their celebratory meals, stores and supermarkets are stocked with the season’s special ingredients, all ready to deliver. For those who like going out to restaurants, careful measures are in place to keep everyone safe. Without further ado, here’s our first round-up of seasonal food offerings.
The Bee’s Knees
For a laidback celebration with your closest and dearest on 24 or 25 December 2020, the very Instagrammable Bee’s Knees offers its Christmas Dinner (for 2 persons at $98nett; for 4 persons at $188nett). After prepping the belly with a Bacon Leek Potato Vichyssoise, you can tuck into a hearty Meat Platter featuring Barbeque Pork Jowl marinated 24 hours in Maker’s Mark bourbon, garlic, tomato paste and molasses. Because everyone loves seafood, sink your teeth into Tiger Prawns served with a chilli garlic crumb. To satisfy a meat fix, there’s the pan-seared Kurobuta Sausage; and Cajun Marinated Boneless Chicken. The meal is complemented by buttery mashed potatoes, beetroot cabbage slaw and roasted brussel sprouts as well as a truffle cauliflower gratin. You’ll want to be at the ready to grab the best bits. Finally, end the evening sweetly with a rich house-made Chocolate Log Cake.
Bee’s Knees is at 50 Cluny Park Road, The Garage at the Botanic Gardens. For dining and delivery options other than the 24/25 December, explore the Bee’s Knees menus here.
Da Paolo Gastronomia
There’s a wide range of festive offerings on the Da Paolo online store to make for a fuss-free, food-filled Christmas season. For starters, try the Mini Quiche ($55, 25 pieces) for pre-party nibbles, before bringing out the Double-stuffed Deboned Roast Turkey ($268), a must-have for festive feasts this season. If your party size is smaller, consider the Deboned Roast Chicken ($88) and Honey Baked Ham ($158) for an intimate party. To fill up, complete it with sides such as Roasted Potatoes & Carrots ($25), and Tortellini Tuna Salad ($38). End the meal off with a slice of Italian Christmas with an assortment of desserts to choose from to entertain and impress your guests. Start with an indulgent Italian Praline Wreath ($42), and choose up to eight artisanal selections of Panettone, starting with the Panettone Classico ($58).
Naturally, you can pick from a selection of Italian wines retailing at Da Paolo. Ferrari Brut Trento DOC ($64), Italy’s most awarded sparkling wine, is the perfect choice of festive bubbles to bring to your table or a Christmas feast. Another great option would be a bottle from Ômina Romana winery; the great care and attention given on the vineyard and cellar make their wine an excellent representation of Italian style. You may also enjoy a range of Premium Italian Craft Beer by Collesi, especially if you lean towards the dark side, like the Collesi Rossa ($21).
Gifting woes are easily resolved with a selection of gift hampers, perfect for every personal, corporate or festive need. If you are looking for something authentically Italian, pick the Italian Gourmet Hamper ($138), where you can find staples such as the Da Paolo Prosecco or the Da Paolo Tagliatelle. If you are looking for something lavish, go for the Da Paolo Luxury Hamper ($698). It’s wrapped elegantly in a gift basket that is filled with opulent items like Ferrari Trento Rosé with a set of two Royal Flute Glass, San Pietro Truffle Risotto Gift Box.
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Celebrate the sumptuous flavours of the season at Siri House with a selection of festive feasts available for dine-in lunch and dinner. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy its handcrafted Christmas inspired preserves, spreads, confections and bottled libations either. If you have gourmand friends, these make great items for stuffing stockings.
Mark your calendars. Siri House’s Festive Menus are available from 22 December to 2 January, where the lunch and dinner menus highlight the beauty of seasonal festive produce and Christmas spices. Try a pecan parmesan biscuit with whipped Brillat Savarin cheese, vine tomatoes and fried brussels sprouts. Enjoy the pan seared scallops, tomatillo salsa verde and pickled kumquats before transitioning to BBQ glazed quail laced with a vegemite bourbon sauce and paired with duck fat potatoes. A decadent Nutmeg pavlova, red wine poached pear and Riesling ice cream proves a delicious finish to the meal.
Festive Lunch is priced at $68++ per person for three courses and $88++ per person for four courses. The Festive Dinner is offered at $128++ per person for six courses. Guests can book lunch and dinner reservations via here, or by calling 9487 1552. If you really wish to elevate your festive entertaining game, ask to host an exclusive private dining party for up to five people by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. To shop for gifts, visit here.
If you’re picturing an intimate and leisurely meal on 24 or 25 December 2020, the Botanico Christmas six-course Dinner is rather enticing. You get to feast on Citrus Cured Salmon, where a whole fillet is marinated in salt, sugar and orange, lemon and lime zest for two days, then sliced and served with beetroot carpaccio, arugula, housemade soy glazed nuts and seeds. Ever tried a Bacon Chestnut “Latte”? It’s a rich soup comprising seasonal chestnuts made into puree, then cooked with streaky bacon. This is served in individual cups that run over with milk foam and housemade thyme croutons.
Umami isn’t reserved for Japanese cuisine. The Crab Risoni course has Comté custard torched for a little smokiness, ground nori and house-cured octopus bottarga. This is followed by a festive-exclusive Turkey Roulade where slices of a bacon-wrapped turkey roll is served with roasted chestnuts and a host of yummy morsels. These include couscous cooked with ginger, garlic and chicken fat and a “stuffing” of blended bacon, chestnuts and dried cranberries. Next comes a tender Wagyu Rump Cap that’s simply grilled with a bit of salt and brightened with house-made green sriracha and grilled leek flowers.
The sweet finish here is a delicious Christmas Dessert of Panettone and Miso Toffee Sauce.
In celebration of this festive season, Botanico gifts each diner of the Christmas six-course Dinner with a complimentary Christmas Cherry Fizz made with rose, cherry bols, lemon juice, grapefruit juice and soda.
Botanico is at 50 Cluny Park Road, The Garage at the Botanic Gardens. For more festive dining options, see here.
For this well loved establishment, this season is all about creating precious memories over great food. To this end PS.Cafe has rolled out a series of festive feasts available across its selected outlets right up to 25 December.
Festive appetisers to look forward to include Tomato Gazpacho and Orange Ponzu Oyster Shooters ($15 for two). Inspired by the classic Bloody Mary, PS.Cafe’s rendition features silk smooth Sakoshi Bay Oysters from Japan, accompanied with chilled tomato gazpacho and orange ponzu for a citrus twist.
There’s also Burrata Caprese ($24), a light, refreshing salad featuring smoky charred tomatoes and oregano salsa, with bright, bold chimichurri pesto on top, and sourdough crisps to accompany for added crunch. The New England Clam & Cauliflower Chowder ($16) is a rich, warming soup made with New England clams, charred cauliflower and crispy bacon, drizzled with an acidic basil oil that cuts through the creamy texture.
The main courses are no less inviting, but certainly consider the Traditional Christmas Dinner ($38). The quintessential festive dish showcases succulent oven-roasted turkey layered with an apricot-glazed leg ham and chestnut and sage stuffing. The irresistible spread is accompanied with roasted pumpkin, potatoes, broccoli, and cranberry relish drizzled with gravy to ensure a richly satisfying dining experience.
If your loved ones are also fans of PS.Cafe, be sure to check out the gift gallery. Its legendary truffle oil makes a truly nice gift.
For PS.Cafe locations and online store see here.
Marks & Spencer Food
Christmas at Marks & Spencer is going next-level for 2020, featuring a bigger-than-ever collection of premium treats, gifts, and a selection of specially curated recipes. To show off the length, breadth and depth of its festive offerings, M&S Food also collaborated with Michelin starred Chef Kirk Westaway of the internationally celebrated JAAN by Kirk Westaway in a special virtual masterclasses. Known for reinterpreting British gastronomy through a modern and innovative lens, Chef Kirk has designed three recipes that will make for the most delicious festive feasts. These dishes include; Turkey Breast ‘Wellington’, Grilled and Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Ras el Hanout and Cinnamon Roasted White Nectarines.
M&S has also launched over 10 new vegan and gluten-free Christmas products to help make sure everyone can enjoy the festive season without issues. From vegan Plant Kitchen Mince Pies and gluten-free Made Without Wheat Mince Pies to indulgent Vegan Salted Caramel Truffles, these alternatives guarantee the same great M&S taste as the originals. Buyers can also enjoy Christmas food gifts – from stocking fillers and Secret Santa ideas through to luxury and indulgent presents for family and loved ones. These are now available at all M&S Foodhalls and on M&S Singapore App.
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What are festive feasts without great wine? To learn more about M&S Classic wine collection which was an instant hit, see here.
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