On the eve of the 25th, prepare a little gift to yourself: check out these cost-saving buffets to ring in the season and feed a whole family of elves!


Lovers of Swedish meatballs listen up; IKEA will be having a Christmas Eve buffet (lunch: $30, 12pm-2pm; dinner: $35, 5.30-7.30pm and 8-10pm; members enjoy $10 discount for themselves and a guest). Buffet offerings include Christmas ham and smoked salmon, with soda and coffee or tea, as well as a $10 voucher for snazzy home furnishings.

60 Tampines North Drive 2. Tel: 6786 6868


Katong Kitchen [Halal]

This Christmas and Christmas Eve lunch buffet affair boasts specialties ranging from lobster Katong laksa with onsen quail egg (yum!) to Nonya spice prime roast beef with lemongrass jus ($42++, 12pm-4pm). Then have crispy sesame ball with durian for dessert. If you can’t wait to dig in, these offerings are also available during weekday lunchtime from 15-23 Dec ($40++, 12pm-2.30pm).

Level 4 Village Hotel Katong, 25 Marine Parade Road. Tel: 6551 2141



Kiseki’s festive menu is chock-full of Japanese festive fusion goodness: roasted turkey with miso glazing, deep fried soft shell crab with truffle salt, and a honey baked ham with yuzu jam. The usual suspects in Japanese cuisine feature heavily too: White tuna tataki with ponzu and yuzu sauce, beef sanso yaki, and fresh sashimi. For the variety, it’s a bang for your buck Christmas Eve buffet ($32.80++, 11.30am-3pm; $39.80++, 5-10.30pm).

#08-01/02/03 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road. Tel: 6736 1216


River Garden Coffee House

The restaurant’s menu on Christmas Eve ($38.80++, 12pm-2.30pm) runs the gamut from east to west: there’s Asian fried slipper lobster with curry sauce and roasted suckling pig; traditional baked gammon ham and Welsh rarebit baked spinach with salmon. If you’ve already made plans, check out the lunch spread from 1-23 and 26-30 Dec at the same price.

Level 1 Riverview Hotel Singapore, 382 Havelock Road. Tel: 6349 4871/72


Starz Restaurant

Take the whole family to Resorts World Sentosa for a fun Christmas break–and for their Christmas Eve lunch ($42++, 12pm-2.30pm) and Christmas Day high-tea ($36++, 12pm-4pm). Try their centrepiece traditional roasted turkey, spicy chilli crab with fried mini mantous, and grilled wagyu steak with red wine sauce. A similar spread is available 1-23 Dec during weekday lunch ($42++, 12pm-2.30pm) and weekend high-tea ($36++, 12pm-4pm).

Lobby Level Hard Rock Hotel, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island. Tel: 6577 6688