For some, nothing beats a hearty Christmas Eve dinner party – be it at home or somewhere fancy – to count down the hours, but for others, there’s nothing quite like indulging again at a lazy Christmas Day brunch with quality food and drink. If you haven’t made plans, here are five places to go with friends and family.
The dedicated team at Azur are going to bring an entire month’s worth of brunch to their restaurant, unconventionally located by the runways of Singapore Changi Airport. Enjoy local flavours such as the Crispy Chicken with Prawn Paste (Har Cheong Gai) and Sambal Stingray, or have your pick from the selection of seafood on ice. Meaty classics are also available; the carving station will be dishing out cuts of Herb Crusted Beef Ribeye and Crispy Pork Knuckle. Complete the delectable feast with a rich Chocolate Bread Pudding or a good ole’ creamy Bubur Cha Cha. Look forward to an extra special seafood menu of freshly shucked oysters, snow crabs, and Peruvian scallops on Christmas Day.
What it costs: From $58++ per adult and $29++ per child for Festive Buffet (top up $30++ for free-flow Bottega Prosecco, house wines, juices and soft drinks)
Available from 1 December 2018 to 1 January 2019. Click here for more information. Azur at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport is located at 75 Airport Boulevard Singapore 819664. For reservations, please call +65 6823 5354, WhatsApp to +65 9336 3125, or email email@example.com.
the kitchen table
Kick back at the kitchen table with a decadent brunch in the idyllic seaside community of Sentosa Cove. Pick your way through cold appetisers like tomato gazpacho and burratina cheese as you get settled over glasses of champagne before making your way to the Oyster & Caviar bar. For a sharing plate, go for the Truffle & Cecina Pizza or a flavoursome Chicken Shawarma from the live station. The grill and carvery will also be dishing out succulent grilled Canadian Lobster and tender Pork Lechon. Lastly, top everything off with a ice-cold sweet treat from the ice cream trolley!
What it costs: Starting from $148++ per pax (inclusive of free-flow wines, cocktails and mocktails. Add $20++ for bubbly.)
Available on 25 December in two seatings at 12pm and 3pm. the kitchen table is located at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374. For reservations, please call p. +65 6808 7268.
The Song of India
Southeast Asia’s only Michelin-starred classic Indian restaurant, The Song of India, is putting up an extravagant Christmas brunch affair that is all but traditional.
Must-try dishes at the Festive Brunch Buffet include the Tandoori Turkey Kebabs and Sufiyani Turkey Dum Biryani, a distinctively-flavoured dish specially created by Chef Manjunath Mural for the festive occasion.
If you prefer a less rambunctious meal in black-and-white house, opt for the four-course set menu, featuring dishes like the creamy Chicken Butternut Squash Soup with the aroma of five spice and The Song of India’s signature saffron rice with meats like Malmali Lamb Seekh.
What it costs: $46.90++ per pax for Brunch Buffet, $79++ for 4-course set menu.
Available from 23 December to 25 December. The Song of India is located at 33 Scotts Road, Singapore 228226. For reservations, please call +65 6836 0055.
If you’re looking for something opposite of a classic Christmas meal, perhaps a casual Cantonese-style brunch will be better suited this year. Ring in the festivities with the well-loved dim-sum of Cherry Garden, where you can enjoy a plate of steamed crystal dumplings with mushrooms and black truffle and a bowl of aromatic golden pumpkin soup along with a selection of fragrant Chinese teas. Specials not to be missed are the Sautéed Lobster and Garlic in superior broth and Pig Trotters in sweetened vinegar.
What it costs: $88++ per adult, $58++ per child for free-flow dim-sum
Available from 24 December to 25 December. Cherry Garden Mandarin Oriental Singapore is located at 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797. For reservations, please call p. +65 6885 3500.
The White Rabbit
Have a very special festive brunch at The White Rabbit’s restored 1930s chapel. On Christmas Day, bring the whole family for fun times with candy floss and a bouncy castle at The Rabbit Hole outdoors, with a full buffet of traditional favourites: have thick slices of Traditional Honey Glazed Ham from the Live Section or some Fresh Oysters at the Seafood Bar, savour the Ibérico Pork Collar with sauerkraut and fried bintje potatoes, and have a bite of a hearty Italian classic – the Gnocchi de Pomme de Terre king edward potatoes in light truffle jus and a little something extra on top with shaved seasonal truffle. Loosen that belt a few notches, sit back and relax with a glass of red wine and something sweet; Christmas Tree Brownies, anyone?
What it costs: From $98++ per adult, $55++ per child for Christmas Day Brunch. Second seating an additional $20++ per person includes a Bluecoat gin & tonic or glass of champagne.
Available on 25 December 10am and 12.30pm. The White Rabbit is located at 39C Harding Road Singapore 249541. For reservations, please call p. +65 6473 9965.