A treat for meat-lovers, Intercontinental Singapore’s take-home options feature tender meats roasted in the wood ovens at Ash & Elm such as the Maple Wood Bacon-wrapped Tom Turkey (S$168 for 5kg) and hearty mains of New England 70-Day Grain-fed Beef Sirloin (S$178 for 4kg). Apart from the regular fruit and log cakes, pastry chef Ben Goh debuts Rescue Santa (S$75 for 1kg), a chocolate dome that cracks open with a chocolate hammer to reveal Santa standing in a snow of light mascarpone cream. From 10 December onwards, Semi-buffet Lunches (S$38-S$58) and A La Carte Dinners are available at Ash & Elm where you’ll find the likes of Roasted Quail with Wilted Spinach, Nocetta-hazelnut Salami, and Turkey and Swiss Mushroom Flat Bread. Christmas Afternoon Tea (S$88+ per person) offering a selection of nibbles including Chocolate Raspberry Macarons, Matcha Chestnut Mont Blanc or Turkey Ham Quiche is also available at The Lobby Lounge for the entire month.
The best is saved for last as the restaurant pulls out all the stops for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Dinner buffet on 24 December (S$118 with non-alcoholic drinks, S$158 with free flow of alcohol, and S$38 per child) includes Boston lobsters, Komamoto oysters and Chilean scallops, while they up the ante for brunch on Christmas Day (S$118 with non-alcoholic drinks, S$158 for free flow of alcohol, and S$38 per child) and Boxing Day (S$98 with non-alcoholic drinks, S$138 with free flow of alcohol, and S$38 per child) with an open Charcuterie & Cheese Room and Egg Station respectively. ◆ 80 Middle Road. Tel: 65/6338-7600. Place orders for takeaways by calling the Festive Desk at 65/6825-1008, email sinhb-festive@ ihg.com or online at www.singapore.intercontinental.com/festive