All about that baste

What’s a Christ­mas din­ner with­out roast tur­key as the cen­tre­piece? Here’s where you can treat your­self to a deca­dent spread of suc­cu­lent roasts this fes­tive sea­son.

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Ex­pect a hearty feast when you choose Pa­cific Mar­ket­place’s Christ­mas bun­dles. The Tra­di­tional Christ­mas Bun­dle ($298) comes with a clas­sic roasted tur­key and chest­nut stuff­ing, Honey Glazed Ham, and a lus­cious Gian­duja Caramel Log­cake. The Her­itage Christ­mas Bun­dle ($278) will please Asian palates. The Baked Eight Trea­sures Tur­key is stuffed with Chi­nese sausage, red dates and gingko nuts. Load up on tasty carbs with the fra­grant Lo­tus Leaf Fried Rice. End the feast with a lo­cal favourite – D24 Durian Pan­dan Log­cake. Level 1, Pan Pa­cific Sin­ga­pore, 7 Raf­fles Boule­vard, Ma­rina Square. Tel: 6826 8240

Purists will give Racines’ sig­na­ture honey slow-roasted tur­key the thumbs up. Aptly named the Le Grande Fête ($138), ex­ec­u­tive chef Jean­charles Dubois pre­pares it in the clas­sic French style. There’s an op­tion of sides ($25 each), such as the roasted baby French Gre­naille pota­toes and foie gras pâté. Add a cherry on top – the boozy Noël Clas­sique ($88), the fruit cake in­fused with co­gnac and rum. Level 5, Sof­i­tel Sin­ga­pore City Cen­tre, 9 Wal­lich Street. Tel: 6428 5000

Add a lit­tle spice, lit­er­ally, to your fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions with Royal Plaza on Scotts’ Ren­dang Tur­key ($158). The aro­matic mari­nade of herbs and spices goes per­fectly with the chicken begedil stuff­ing and veg­etable masala. It also comes with am­ple serv­ings of ren­dang gravy. For a one-stop op­tion, choose the Ro­tis­serie Ham­per ($398), which comes with a choice of tur­key, a roasted leg of lamb and oven-roasted beef loin. Lobby level, 25 Scotts Road. Tel: 6589 7799

Mak­ing a re­turn at Carl­ton City Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore’s The Christ­mas Shoppe is the sig­na­ture Ca­jun Tur­key ($138). This time, it comes with a choice of eight dif­fer­ent sauces and our favourites are the Peach-thyme and Ginger­pineap­ple Mar­malade, and the Salted Egg Yolk Sauce. Other flavours in­clude Clas­sic Giblet Gravy and Umami Truf­fle Sauce. Lobby level, 1 Gopeng Street. Tel: 6632 8888

Have a meaty fes­tive din­ner with the help of Man­darin Or­chard Sin­ga­pore. The ho­tel presents its Roasted U.S. Tur­key ($218/6kg; $238/8kg) along­side a deca­dent slew of roasts. The pop­u­lar Roasted Ibérico Pork Rack ($188) will join new ad­di­tions like Orange Misoglazed Nor­we­gian Salmon ($188) and Roasted Sakura Chicken with Black Truf­fle, Quinoa and Wild Rice Stuff­ing ($98) to com­plete the ta­ble spread. Lobby level, 333 Or­chard Road. Tel: 6831 6320/6272

Hol­i­day Inn Sin­ga­pore Atrium also of­fers an Asian-style Christ­mas bird. Its As­sam Tur­key ($128) is mar­i­nated with gin­ger flower and ta­marind and comes served with achar (pick­led veg­eta­bles), plus a spicy gravy. If you’re host­ing a large din­ner party, there’s the Yule­tide Christ­mas Pack­age ($278, for 12-15 per­sons). It in­cludes As­sam Tur­key, Pan-fried Salmon Fil­let with Dill Sauce, Granny Smiths and Co­conut Yule Log cake and a bot­tle of House White Wine. Lobby level 317 Ou­tram Road.

Tel: 6733 0188

Make your fes­tive feast a hawker-in­spired af­fair with PARKROYAL on Pick­er­ing’s Hainanese Poached Tur­key with Fra­grant Rice ($118). Al­ter­na­tively, there’s also an op­tion of a clas­sic Roasted Tur­key with Chest­nut Stuff­ing that comes with a choice of Tra­di­tional or Sze Chuan Pep­per Bar­beque Sauce ($118). Lobby level, 3 Up­per Pick­er­ing Street. Tel: 6809 8888

One of Hol­i­day Inn Sin­ga­pore Or­chard City Cen­tre’s most pop­u­lar take­away Yule­tide good­ies, the Hol­i­day Tan­doori Tur­key with Masala Potato ($120) is mar­i­nated with an aro­matic blend of spices, in­clud­ing cin­na­mon, cloves, co­rian­der, cumin and turmeric. It comes with masala pota­toes, but we rec­om­mend or­der­ing the gar­lic naan from Tan­door, the ho­tel’s In­dian restau­rant to go as well. Lobby level, 11 Cave­nagh Road. Tel: 6733 8333

The Rose Veranda has pulled out all the stops for its famed af­ter­noon high tea buf­fet (from $58/adult; $28/child). Think Roast Whole Tur­key, Tom­a­hawk, and Warm Christ­mas Pud­ding with Brandy Sauce, to go along with an im­pres­sive range of teas. Opt for the Mono­gram Tea lay­er­ing op­tion, where you’d ex­plore the nu­anced flavours of dif­fer­ent tea leaves in one sip. Avail­able till 31 De­cem­ber. Shangri-la Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore, 22 Orange Grove Road. Tel: 6213 4486

Treat your­self to the eye-pop­ping Christ­mas Eve Mega Buf­fet Din­ner ($128/adult; $64/child) at Sil­ver Shell Cafe. All the dishes will be laid out on a 78-me­tre long buf­fet line. Tra­di­tional roasts will join the likes of Lob­ster Mac and Cheese and a lus­cious Eggnog Panna Cotta. Din­ers can or­der a glass of Mulled Wine ($14) or an in­vig­o­rat­ing Gin­ger Bell Cock­tail ($14), while the lit­tle ones dive into a colour­ful ar­ray of sweets at the mini buf­fet counter that’s made just for them. Level 3, Shangri-la’s Rasa Sen­tosa Re­sort & Spa, Sin­ga­pore, 101 Siloso Road. Tel: 6371 1966

From now till 30 De­cem­ber, Aqua­ma­rine, a Halal-cer­ti­fied restau­rant at Ma­rina Man­darin Sin­ga­pore will present a Fes­tive Feast­ing (ex­cept 24 to 25 De­cem­ber, from $60/adult and $30/child) menu of Roasted Fes­tive Tur­key with Rose­mary-in­fused Maple Glaze as well as a Char­grilled Black An­gus Beef Prime Ribs. Dessert comes in the form of a Matcha Se­same Christ­mas Log Cake. Level 4, 6 Raf­fles Boule­vard. Tel: 6845 1111

For a hearty Ital­ian feast, make a bee­line for Jamie’s Ital­ian Fo­rum. Their four-course Christ­mas Day Set Lunch ($80/per­son) will fea­ture Tus­can sausages and Gen­naro’s tur­key ravi­oli. The lat­ter is an homage to Jamie Oliver’s men­tor, Gen­naro Con­taldo, and is stuffed with pulled slow-braised tur­key. #01-01/04, Fo­rum The Shop­ping Mall, 583 Or­chard Road. Tel: 6655 7676 We’ve al­ways en­joyed the Tan­doori-style mar­i­nated Ex­quis­ite Tur­key ($138, feeds 4 to 6) from Capella Sin­ga­pore. It’s no dif­fer­ent this year, but for the full works, go for the Christ­mas Brunch (from $208/adult; $78/child). There will be a magic show and ginger­bread cookie dec­o­ra­tion sta­tion for the lit­tle ones as well as a mas­sive spread of Foie Gras Cus­tard, Christ­mas Gam­mon Ham and Capella Christ­mas Roasted Tur­key, carved à la minute. En­joy the feast with free-flow of Bil­le­cart-salmon Brut Réserve NV Cham­pagne ($238/adult). Grand Ball­room Foyer, The Knolls, Sen­tosa Is­land. Tel: 6377 8888

You’ll love Baba Chews Bar & Eatery’s As­sam Curry Tur­key Breast. Sim­mered in home­made rem­pah of lo­cal spices and ta­marind, it’s part of their Christ­mas Eve buf­fet spread ($60) of Per­anakan favourites. Make room for the Thai-style Black Mus­sels (one serv­ing/per­son) and Baba Chews Style Ny­onya Laksa. Level 1, Ho­tel In­digo Sin­ga­pore Ka­tong, 86 East Coast Road. Tel: 6723 2025

Over at Golden Pe­ony, ex­ec­u­tive dim sum chef Yue will be in­tro­duc­ing a se­ries of tur­key dim sum. High­lights in­clude the Tur­key Siew Mai with Black Truf­fle, and Tur­key “Bo Luo Bao”, to name a few. Those yearn­ing for roasts can look for­ward to his ver­sion, the Bi Feng Tang Roast Tur­key with Spiced Al­mond Flakes. Avail­able for lunch, on 22 to 25 De­cem­ber and 29 De­cem­ber to 1 Jan­uary 2019, at $68/per­son. Level 2, Con­rad Cen­ten­nial Sin­ga­pore, 2 Te­masek Boule­vard. Tel: 6432 7482/88

Gather the fam­ily for Mar­cello Bar & Din­ing’s Christ­mas Day Pack­ages. The Fam­ily Style Ta­ble ($50/per­son, for 15 per­sons and above) is a multi-course de­light that fea­tures a juicy Tur­key Breast Roulade. Stuffed with spinach, feta and sun-dried toma­toes, it’s a dream with sides like chest­nuts with pancetta. Im­bibe in the bar’s many Ital­ian clas­sics. A ne­groni is per­fect with the Sticky Date Pud­ding. Level 1, In­tercon­ti­nen­tal Sin­ga­pore Robert­son Quay, 1 Nan­son Road. Tel: 6826 5041

Over­look­ing Clarke Quay and the Sin­ga­pore River, Blue Potato is an easy choice for cou­ples look­ing to cel­e­brate the hol­i­days. From 22 to 31 De­cem­ber, treat your other half to a sump­tu­ous Fes­tive Set Din­ner ($88/per­son). Choose be­tween the Roasted Tur­key Breast with brandy giblet sauce and the Grilled Grain­fed Ten­der­loin be­fore con­clud­ing the meal with a Caramel Yule Log Cake. Top it off with a Fes­tive Spa In­dul­gence ($199) at the ho­tel’s award-win­ning Swiss Spa, Pürovel Spa & Sport. Swis­so­tel Mer­chant Court Sin­ga­pore, 20 Mer­chant Road. Tel: 6239 1899 If tuck­ing into plates of Sam­bal St­ingray and Wok-fried Mee Goreng sounds like your kind of Christ­mas feast­ing, look no fur­ther than Azur. A tra­di­tional roasted tur­key sits in the cen­tre of the buf­fet line, sur­rounded pre­dom­i­nantly by Asian de­lights. The Har Cheong Gai, Roasted Char Siew and Roasted Duck are high on our list, as well as the creamy Bubur Cha Cha for dessert. On Christ­mas day, the spread will ex­pand with a seafood crus­tacean bar teem­ing with freshly shucked oys­ters, snow crabs and Peru­vian scal­lops. Level 1, Crowne Plaza Changi Air­port, #01-01, 75 Air­port Boule­vard. Tel: 6823 5300

The Din­ing Room at Sher­a­ton Tow­ers Sin­ga­pore will present an Asian-in­spired buf­fet spread (from $62/adult; $33/child). Ex­ec­u­tive chef Eric Cheam of­fers an Ayam Siow Roasted Tur­key, his take on the clas­sic Per­anakan dish. Carb lovers will not want to miss the Creamy Salted Egg Lob­ster Pasta. The star at the dessert sec­tion is, with­out ques­tion, the Caramelised Ap­ple Cal­va­dos, pre­pared à la minute and topped with a scoop of ice cream. Level 1, 9 Scotts Road. Tel: 6737 6888

The Fes­tive Basilis­simo Din­ner (from $70/ adult; $35/child) at Basil­ico im­presses with its In­voltino di Tacchino, a Parma ham-wrapped Tur­key Roulade (ad­di­tional $14) filled with Foie Gras and a Jerusalem Ar­ti­choke “Tortino”. Do not miss the Brodeto” alla Tri­estina. It’s a seafood stew that is chock full of sea bass, mus­sels, prawns and scal­lops in a tomato broth. Wine pair­ings (from $35) are avail­able. Level 2, Re­gent Sin­ga­pore A Four Sea­sons Ho­tel, 1 Cus­ca­den Road. Tel: 6725 3232

We will leave our di­ets at the door for Lawry’s The Prime Rib; their roast beef is sim­ply ir­re­sistible. Book a ta­ble for the Whim­si­cal Christ­mas Eve 6-Course Set Din­ner ($168/$178/ per­son). Premium in­gre­di­ents are the high­light here, in­clud­ing the ap­pe­tiser plat­ter fea­tur­ing Hokkaido Scal­lops with Avruga Caviar, and a de­li­cious Foie Gras Mac­aron. Apart from the iconic Roast Prime Rib of Beef, an­other stand­out main course op­tion is the At­lantic Lob­ster Tail with New Zealand King Salmon and Sea Urchin. End with a deca­dent White Cheese Straw­berry Dome, and Choco­late Ba­nana Yule Log Cake. #04-33, Man­darin Gallery, 33A Or­chard Road. Tel: 6836 3333

Pa­cific Mar­ket­place

Man­darin Or­chard Sin­ga­pore Royal Plaza on Scotts

Hol­i­day Inn Sin­ga­pore Or­chard City Cen­tre Hol­i­day Inn Sin­ga­pore Atrium PARKROYAL on Pick­er­ing

Capella Sin­ga­pore

Baba Chews Bar & Eatery

Blue Potato

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