Break out your Santa hat and jingly bells for 20 jolly buffets.

BiTES guide:

Price guide (nett)
$ wallet-friendly (below $50)
$$ just can’t resist a splurge ($50-100)
$$$ a special occasion ($100-150)
$$$$ indulgence galore (above $150)

Certified halal [Halal]
Does not serve pork or lard [NPNL]
Kid-friendly facilities [Kid]
Veg-friendly [Veg]

 

10 at Claymore [$]
Lobby Level Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore, 10 Claymore Road. Tel: 6831 6686

The buffet’s signature Plates of Pleasure take on festive flavours with offerings such as chargrilled 1855 U.S. premium black Angus, Chardonnay poached cod, Pure South lamb rack and pan-seared gourmet foie gras with plum confit. Dainty dishes aside, the Sunday Brunch ($88++, 12-3pm) is a celebratory affair of turkey, wagyu beef, Boston lobster, Queen Roe scallops and Yule logs. Carollers from EVOKX perform at the main lobby on 24 & 25 Dec, 12.30 & 7.30pm. 1-23 & 26-30 Dec: lunch (12-2.30pm) from $42++, dinner (6-10.30pm) from $72++. 24 Dec: $72++ lunch, $118++ dinner. 25 Dec: $118++ lunch & dinner.

 

21 on Rajah [$][Halal][Kid]
Days Hotel Singapore at Zhongshan Park, 1 Jalan Rajah. Tel: 6808 6847

Christmas gets a ‘Mediterr-Asian’ twist with delights from the daily dinner tagine highlight (i.e. Italian Fiesta Mondays: calamari; Moroccan Feasts Fridays: roasted spicy yoghurt marinated baby lamb with vegetables and couscous) and curry turkey with pumpkin. Weekend brunches are a hit with kids: the little tots get a supervised activity corner with a D.I.Y. sweet and savoury healthy snack station on Sundays. On 24 Dec (dinner, $48++) and 25 Dec (lunch, $48++), “Souq-Out” with carollers, free-flow virgin sparkling Sangria and U.S. Angus prime beef ribeye. 28-30 Nov, 1-24 & 26-30 Dec: from $32++ for lunch (12-2.30pm), $40++ for dinner (6-10.30pm), $35++ for weekend brunch (12-3pm).

 

Ash & Elm [$]
Lobby Level InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road. Tel: 6825 1008

At elegant new European dining venue Ash & Elm, choose to partake in a plentiful but manageable festive appetisers and desserts buffet (1-23 & 26-30 Dec; $40++, 12-3pm). The lunch spread includes cold cuts, terrine, pate, cheese and crackers, and desserts like the salted caramel eclair and strawberry logcake, plus a crepe live station. Opt for brunch on Christmas or Boxing Day (11.30am-1.30pm & 2-4pm; $138++/$178++, inclusive of Perrier–Jouët Champagne, cocktails and wines). You’ll be welcomed with a seafood platter piled with lobster, oysters, shrimps, clams and scallops. Go for the chicken and chestnut veloute or truffle-scented leek soup before moving on to mains like the chargrilled Australian Angus beef striploin and sustainable Scottish salmon fillet a la plancha. Don’t forget the zesty lemon meringue cone and apple-yuzu pannacotta.

 

Flavours At Zhongshan Park [$]
Level 1 Ramada Singapore At Zhongshan Park, 16 Ah Hood Road. Tel: 6808 6846

Savour the region’s robust aromas at the Flavours of Asia festive weekend dinner buffet (till 27 Dec, $48++, Sat-Sun 6.30-10.30pm). Indulge in beef cheek rendang, steamed seabass with assam ‘nero’, and lavender pannacotta with berry compote. The restaurant’s high tea buffet (till 27 Dec, $35++, Sat-Sun 12-2.30pm & 3-5pm) sees an update of the popular Ah Hood Burger Stall with pan-seared chestnut and minced pork patties in spinach buns, and honey-glazed char siew turkey ham in beetroot buns. Festive eve and day menus include berry-themed dishes, salted egg yolk slipper lobster and a stewed Ten Treasures duck consomme with wolfberries. 24 Dec: $60++ for dinner. 25 Dec: $36++ for high-tea & $55++ for dinner.

 

Katong Kitchen [$][Halal]
Level 4 Village Hotel Katong, 25 Marine Parade Road. Tel: 6551 2141

Feast upon a rotating line-up of delectable dishes during their festive buffet (4-23 & 26-30 Dec: $40++, daily 12-2.30pm; $50++, Mon-Thu 6.30-10pm; $60++, Fri-Sun 6.30-10pm; 24-25 & 31 Dec, 1 Jan 2016: $50++, 12-2.30pm; $68++, 6.30-10pm). Nosh on maple and juniper-glazed turkey ham, ginger lamb ribs and satay marinated prime ribs. Don’t forget signature dishes like Katong slipper lobster laksa, Village fruit rojak and kueh pie tee. Reserve in advance to receive a festive novelties pack.

 

Makan@Jen [$]
Level 10 Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore, 277 Orchard Road. Tel: 6708 8899

Start your feasting early (14-24 Dec: $38++, 12.30-3pm; 14-23 Dec: $60++, 6.30-10pm) with the seasonal bird, logcakes and Christmas stollen. On the Eve ($88++, 6-8.30pm & 9-11.30pm), look forward to tandoorispiced Australian lamb, Oriental-styled turkey stuffed with glutinous rice, and melon with Parma ham. On Christmas itself, delight in a brunch ($55++, 12.30-3pm) of gourmet sandwiches, Peking duck with crepes and panettone; or a dinner ($60++, 6.30-10pm) brimming with seafood creations.

 

Saltwater Café [$]
Lobby Level Changi Village Hotel, 1 Netheravon Road. Tel: 6379 7018

When at the festive buffet (4-23 & 26-30 Dec: $42++, Mon-Fri 12-2.30pm, Sat-Sun 12-4pm; $45++, Mon-Thu 6.30-10pm; $48++, Fri-Sun 6.30-10pm; 24-25, 31 & 1 Jan 2016: $50++, 12-2.30pm on the eve/12-4pm on Christmas & New Year’s Day; $68++, 6.30-10pm), must-tries are the beef strip salad, turkey breast roulade and the popular satay station. Satisfy that sweet tooth with their winter berry fruit jelly, white chocolate pannacotta and Earl Grey creme brulee. Reserve ahead to secure yourself a festive novelties pack.

 

Starz Restaurant [$]
Lobby Level Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway. Tel: 6577 6688

Be spoilt for choice at their buffet’s (24 Dec: $42++, 12-2.30pm; $88++, 6.30-10.30pm. 25 Dec: $36++, 12-4pm; $68++, 6.30-10.30pm) Festive Specialty Corner. There you’ll find Alaskan king crab, pasta Xmas carbonara and slow-roasted beef prime rib with red wine sauce. Be sure to leave room for the RO CK STAR Z Snow White dome with lemon meringue and The New Art of Geometric chocolate gateau.

 

Café Mosaic [$$]
Level 1 Carlton Hotel Singapore, 76 Bras Basah Road. Tel: 6311 8195

Although the seafood on ice is tantalising with live oysters, rock lobsters and queen scallops, we make a beeline for the tummy-warming crab bisque, butternut squash with roasted chestnut and braised tender beef cheek with smoky fruity BBQ sauce. Roasts include prime rib with old port shallot wine sauce, O.P. beef with mild herb sauce and honey baked ham with pineapple raisin sauce. 24 Dec: $68++ for lunch (12-2.30pm). 25 Dec: $88++ for lunch. 24-25 Dec: $98++ for dinner (6.30-10.30pm).

 

Cocobolo Poolside Bar + Grill [$$]
Level Two Park Hotel Clarke Quay, 1 Unity Street. Tel: 6593 8855

A BBQ buffet by the pool with views of the sunset and the city skyline (24 Dec 6.30-10.30pm; $62++/$98++ with unlimited wine, beer and Champagne)? You’ve got our attention! Premium picks include N.Z. Angus striploin marinated in Dijon mustard and thyme, Spanish mackerel fillet in belacan, and roasted turkey with rosemary sauce and cranberry jelly. There’ll also be a lucky draw.

 

Edge [$$]
Level 3 Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square. Tel: 6826 8240

The best place to ring in ‘A Pacific Christmas’ is at Edge’s bountiful buffet. Festive charcuterie specials include Christmas Black Forest ham, assorted ham terrine, hot-smoked salmon Bella Vista, housemade gingerbread turkey sausage, as well as classics like bone-in gammon ham, a traditional turkey with festive trimmings and roasted prime rib. Enticing sweet selections are homemade German marzipan stollen, milk chocolate and fresh raspberry logcake, and fruit mince pie. 1-23 Dec: $68++ for lunch (Mon-Sat 12-
2.30pm); from $78++ for dinner (daily 6.30-10.30pm). 6, 13, 20 & 27 Dec: $188++ for Festive Sunday Champagne brunch. 24 Dec: $68++ for lunch & $178++ for dinner (includes free-flow alcohol). 25 Dec: $198++ for Champagne brunch (12-2pm & 2.30-4.30pm) & $158++ for dinner (includes free-flow alcohol).

 

Ellenborough Market Café [$$]
Level 1 Swissôtel Merchant Court, 20 Merchant Road. Tel: 6239 1848/1847

Every year, we anticipate their Peranakan Tom Turkeys. When at their Christmas buffet (14-31 Dec: $68++, daily 6.30-10pm), go for the laksa-laced signature or the newest addition, a homemade sambal Tom Turkey. The latter’s inspired by our classic Hainanese chicken rice, boasting a fresh ginger-chilli sauce with hints of lemongrass (turkey flavours on rotation). End your meal on a sweet note with Swiss Roll logcake offerings in red velvet and chocolate mousse, as well as pandan and coconut cream.

 

Lime [$$]
Street Level PAR KROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street. Tel: 6809 8899

It’s festive fusion at Lime with Western-Asian creations available at their Christmas Eve/Day buffets (24 Dec: $68++, 12-2.30pm; from $128++, 6.30-10.30pm. 25 Dec: from $108++, 12.30-4.30pm; from $128++, 6.30-10.30pm). Feast on foie gras torchon flambéed with Cognac, wok-fried kam heong swimmer crab and Maine lobster Nyonya laksa or “Luxe-sa”. A festive buffet (4 Dec-3 Jan 2016: $68++, Mon-Sat 12-2.30pm; $78++, Sun 12.30-4.30pm; $78++, daily 6.30-10.30pm) with honey baked ham, roasted turkey and traditional Christmas pudding with brandy sauce also runs throughout the season. Capture precious moments during Polaroid sessions with Santa Claus (24 Dec: 7pm & 8.15pm; 25 Dec: 12.30pm & 1.30pm).

 

Marriott Cafe [$$]
Lobby Level Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road. Tel: 6831 4605

Meat lovers, make a beeline for the roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, prune and pancetta stuffed roasted pork saddle, seared sirloin with perigord sauce, braised beef cheek, roast duck confit, pan-fried foie gras with mandarin marmalade and Chianti reduction and more. There’s seafood to be had too: go for the lobster Benedict, Singapore chilli crab, gratinated scallops and live flambeed prawns with tequila and lime. To end off on a sweet high, try the choux pastry Christmas Tree and the Santa’s Sherry Tipple among others. 1-23 & 26-30 Dec: $63++, Mon-Sat 12-2.30pm; $98++, Sun 12-2.30pm; $80++, Sun-Thu 6.30-10pm; $88++ Fri-Sat 6.30-10pm. 24 Dec: $63++, 12-2.30pm; $138++, 6.30-10pm. 25 Dec: $118++, 12-2.30pm; $138++, 6.30-10pm.

 

The Cheese & Chocolate Bar [$$]
Level 55, The Club at Marina Bay Sands Hotel Tower 2, 10 Bayfront Avenue. Tel: 6688 8858

It’s a given that this combination is perennially festive. Dine on over 40 handcrafted chocolate desserts, 12 varieties of European cheese and a selection of breads, 55 floors up. The buffet (from $48++, daily 8pm-12am) comes with free-flow hot beverages (coffee, tea, hot chocolate) and an optional wine pairing ($19++ for classic, $28++ for dessert wine flight). Reservations recommended.

 

Tiffany Café & Restaurant [$$][Halal]
Level 2 Furama City Centre, Singapore, 60 Eu Tong Sen Street. Tel: 6531 5366

From Tiffany’s Malay kitchen comes hearty mains salmon Wellington with chives cream sauce, baked giant clam with prawn aioli and rotisserie Asian spiced turkey. Round off your meal with the decadent chocolate hazelnut logcake. Till 1 Jan 2016: $59.80++ for lunch (12-2.30pm) & $69.80++ for dinner (6-10.30pm).

 

Tiffin Room [$$]
Raffles Singapore, 1 Beach Road. Tel: 6412 1816

Have a spiced Christmas with North Indian specialities macchi ka salad (a Hyderabad dish of red snapper cooked in tamarind with mustard seeds, poppy seeds and grated coconut), tandoori phalon ki chat (fruits roasted in piquant mango powder) and makai ka salad (corn and onion salad with lemon’s zing). 1-24 Dec: $65++, 12-2pm; $75++, 7-10pm. 25 Dec: $78++, 12-2pm.

 

Prego [$$$]
Level 1 Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road. Tel: 6431 6156

Mamma mia! An authentic Italian spread welcomes you here. Chef Antonio Facchinetti has prepared a menu of Natale delights such as quail stuffed with cotechino (a type of sausage) and black truffle, pan gravy. Be sure to also tuck into their signature lasagna and wood-fired pizzas. Go for chef Antonio’s Top 40 prosecco lunch buffet (6, 13, 20 & 27 Dec: $88++/$98++ inclusive of a glass of wine or free-flow non-alcoholic drinks/$128++ inclusive of free-flow prosecco, wines and cocktails; 12.30-3pm) or for Christmas Day brunch ($138++/$188++, inclusive of free-flow prosecco, house wines, cocktails and beer). There’s an ongoing truffle festival, so peruse their special a la carte menu should you crave those gems.

 

Colony [$$$$]
Level 3 The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue. Tel: 6434 5288

Traverse the Yuletide offerings of this bright and spacious British-colonial restaurant for classics like roasted turkey with cranberry sauce and giblet gravy, honey baked ham with pineapple raisin sauce, and warm Christmas plum pudding with gingerbread spiced cheesecake. 24 Dec seafood dinner (7-10.30pm): $188++/$226++, inclusive of unlimited sparkling wine, house pours, draft beer and soft drinks. 25 Dec: Vintage Champagne brunch (11am-1pm & 1.30-3.30pm); $208++/$228++, both seatings include free-flow Möet & Chandon Grand Vintage Blanc 2006 and Rosé 2004; & dinner (6.30-10.30pm); $98++, inclusive of one glass of festive mocktail per person.

 

Kwee Zeen [$$$$][Kid]
The Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa, 2 Bukit Manis Road. Tel: 6371 1414

Savour the skillful marriage of French and Asian cuisines by new executive chef Eric Crochetière. Look out for dishes such as Boston lobster with Singapore chilli Hollandaise sauce, turkey terrine with foie gras and spinash, walnut and cranberry jelly, as well as French traditional crepe suzette made table-side. The festive mood is further elevated by servings of traditional Glühwein and Valrhona hot chocolate, and a specially decorated kid’s area with activities and interactive stations. 24 Dec: $168++ with Champagne for dinner (6.30-9.30pm). 25 Dec: $198++/$238++ with Champagne for brunch (12.30-3.30pm).

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