SO you’re being tasked to contribute to or even fill the Christmas table this year? Be the guy responsible for bringing the most delish stuffed poultry that’ll have everyone declaring “cheat day” at the feast. Here’s our highly-curated list of restaurants or establishments that lead in the A-game when it comes to serving a mean turkey (or chicken).
At SPRMRKT you can either embrace this East-meets-West spin on the regular Yuletide dish – the Claypot Rice Roast Turkey ($128++) is stuffed with the rice, lap cheong, shiitake mushroom and salted fish – or go traditional with the Traditional Roast Turkey ($128++), with a stuffing choice between Kurobuta pork sausage or spicy harissa chicken sausage. Sauce and jus included.
Other a la carte options include the Roast Beef ($150++) rubbed with rosemary and thyme with peppercorn sauce on the side. Dessert options include an Eggnog Bread Pudding ($38++) and the bourbon-infused chocolate Christmas Chiffon Cake ($86++).
02: Grand Park City Hall, Tablescape
Go all in on the traditional at Tablescape Restaurant & Bar at Grand Park City Hall. Menu items include Roasted Turkey and Chestnut Stuffing ($128++), Glazed Honey Baked Ham ($68++)
and Christmas Yule Log Cake – Jivara Chocolate Mousse with Orange or Crème Brûlée Hazelnut Feuilletine ($68++). The restaurant is open for preorders all the way to 1st January 2019 with a minimum advance order of three days.
Snag the showpiece for that potluck or spread with Firebake’s Festive Chicken ($55++), sporting delightful meat that’s been slow-cooked in its own jus and fortified with expertly-handled mushrooms and vegetables. Satisfy the sweet tooth with Christmas Kugelhopf – a buttery sourdough flecked with rum-infused raisins and dipped in orange blossom syrup, before being thoroughly coated with sugar and almond. Accompaniments on the side: creme fraiche and fermented strawberries. A pre-order of two days in advance is required.
04: One Farrer Hotel & Spa, Escape Restaurant & Lounge
One Farrer’s Salt-Encrusted Turkey is back by popular demand. Featuring herbs harvested from the hotel’s on-site farm, it’s stuffed with the familiar herbed chestnut and comes on a bed of roasted veggies. So too is the new Roasted Truffle Turkey, laced with potent truffles straight out of Italy and dripping gravy that can be slathered onto your own mash or carbs. For those in need of a chicken alternative, there’s also the Roasted Truffle Chicken with Lemon Thyme to look forward to.
05: Neon Pigeon
If you haven’t had the wacky, finger-licking good meats at Neon Pigeon, here’s your chance to have a taste of the modern Japanese izakaya’s creations in the comfort of your own home. Don’t miss out on the Yakiturkey Tare ($60++), a half-turkey first brined then marinated in tare sauce (Japanese dipping sauce for yakitori) which is then grilled over charcoal. Think smoky flavours with a glazed and viscous coating characteristic of yakitori.
Sides include a Wasabina Leaf Salad – expect notes of wasabi with pickled pumpkin and soy & sesame dressing atop the regular greens. Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Mirin Glazed Bacon comes gratis as well. You could, too, opt into Miso Caramel Eggnog served with some kickass-looking Gingerbread Men (they’re ninjas. Instagram them.) Preorders end 28 December, 5pm, with a minimum advance order of three days. Do note all orders have to be picked up.