Oh look. Christmas is coming. What a year it’s been. For good or not-so-great, herald in the new and say farewell to the old with family around you and a great festive feast at home with these amazing takeaways that have caught our eye. The list we’ve compiled here ranges from delectable treats to great value buys that we’ll be happy to part money with….
The Deli, Goodwood Park Hotel
Always the one to give an Asian twist to festive favourites, Goodwood Park Hotel is often our go-to for Christmas eve takeaways which have – over the years – fed many happy relatives. This year, they have Wu Xi Turkey ($218 for 8 to 10 persons), braised with red yeast rice, red dates and spices, and served with Shanghai-style vegetable fried rice. As part of the Local Christmas Combo ($254), the turkey is is packaged with Turkey ‘kueh pie tee’, and D24 durian Christmas log cake. The chocolate whisky profiterole tart ($48 for 600g) and Merry Mosaic Cakes ($48 for 500g) gives your dessert table added flair. The latter comprises 16 small square cakes in six flavours including raspberry earl grey, carrot cake and cheesecake.
Baba Chews, Indigo Hotel Katong
This new niche hotel in Katong, located in the historic old police station on the breezier side of Singapore, has certainly given the neighbourhood a boost. It’s funky-retro Peranakan style restaurant Baba Chews has jumped into the deep end of the Christmas mood with bold offerings like the Turkey Breast Sio ($88, 2kg), a Nonya take on the Christmas bird. It’s slow-baked with tamarind and coriander paste, shallot and plum glaze and served with achar and roasted rempah potatoes. They’re also rolling out a Prime Beef Short Ribs Rendang ($168, 2kg) that comes topped with a layer of spiced grated coconut and with Hainanese rice and achar on the side. I’m hungry already!
Tel: 6723 2025
Ash & Elm, Hotel Intercontinental Singapore
The Christmas goodies from the Intercontinental this year is particularly enticing….First up, a New England 70-Day Grain-Fed Beef Sirloin with roasted Yukon potatoes, winter sprouts, charred corn and a red wine shallot sauce. All this for $178 strikes us as pretty good value when the beef weighs in at a whopping 4 kg. For sweets, Chef Ben Goh’s Mini Kitchen ($68 for 1kg) dessert, comprising Sacher sponge with passionfruit and banana compote and crunchy royaltine is a cute behind-the-scenes edible setting, while the Framboise of the Wild Forest ($68 for 1kg) is a thoughtful sugar-free option of chocolate and raspberry flavours. They’ve got a classic Brandy and rum fruit cake at $28 for 500g, too — not a bad price for a rich boozy cake from a hotel’s pastry kitchen.
*Noteworthy: It’s restaurant Ash & Elm is offering a very attractive semi-buffet lunch (from $48 to $58++) 10-31 December.
Shangri-la’s got really playful cakes this Christmas. A real show stopper is Santa’s Letter 3D Cake ($88 nett, 1 kg), made of orange vanilla butter cake, with fondant and chocolate figures. It certainly plays up on kids’ Christmas wishes, and adds a touch of magic to the Christmas table. Then there’s the Chocolate Jigsaw Puzzle ($15 nett, 100g) in dark, milk or white French chocolate, and a cute Chestnut log cake ($62, 1kg) with cassis compote and nougat with prancing reindeers on top.
Parkroyal On Beach Road
Interesting birds to takeaway again this year. …How about Kampong Glam rendang turkey ($128) with brown rice stuffing, Christmas Curry Turkey ($128), from the Plaza Brasserie, and Fiery Lamb Shank in Dried Chilli and Sichuan Pepper($58) from Si Chuan Dou Hua restaurant. It looks absolutely fiery, but it taste fragrant and delicious. Tried it before and loved it.
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Fairmont Singapore & Swissotel The Stamford
There’s loads of desserts for takeaway from their kitchens, and a smaller selection of savouries this time. Of the latter, Cafe Swiss’ crispy pork knuckle ($41, 1kg) is a nice counterpoint to the usual turkey especially if kegs of ice cold beer is part of your tropical Christmas menu. Comes with braised red cabbage and German potato salad. We love their beautiful coconut almond tart (from $32 for 500g) with its sticky sponge cake, coconut flakes and gold dust; and the belly cute raspberry peach mousse cake (from $43 for 500g, top picture). The almond mousse cake is layered with raspberry and peach marmalade, fresh raspberries, encased in a glazed chocolate dome and topped with a marshmallow Santa hat.
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
We like the twist to their Christmas offerings this year. For those who don’t fancy turkey, how about the roast suckling pig ($250, 8-10 pax) with potato salad, braised red cabbage, and greens. They do have the traditional roasted Christmas turkey with the usual sides ($180, 6-9 pax) or a super indulgent truffle Christmas turkey ($380, 6-8 pax) iwth black truffles, the usual vegetable sides and truffle sauce. For dessert, how about their gorgeous apricot pistachio pie ($38), with a unique combination of rosemary apricot pistachio cream, vanilla sable tart with orange chocolate mousse.
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Marina Mandarin Singapore
Perfect for a tropical Christmas…they’ve got an unusual Balinese Roasted Turkey ($148, 5kg) marinated with Balinese spices, with glutinous rice in banana leaves with a tomato chilli dip as sauce. Another change from the classic turkey is the roasted turkey with Grand Marnier, ginger and spices ($158, 5kg).
York Hotel Singapore
If you’re organising an office Chrismas party, this is an easy, convenient go-to, even if it’s a little predictable. This takeaway meal from York Hotel gives you all you need : rosemary chicken, caesar salad, garlic barbecued pork ribs, roast potatoes, baked vegetables with cheese, and an 8-inch apple tart. All for $180, which feeds 6-8 people.
Tel: 6737 0511