Treats on every budget

Steak out

The Chop House brings on the Christmas Platter ($98, 3-4 pax), a spread of juicy pork knuckle, grilled sausages, pork belly, Norwegian salmon and BBQ prawns, accompanied by truffle potato salad and coleslaw. Five other seasonal items include truffle mac ‘n’ cheese ($14), braised mustard rabbit and wild mushroom risotto ($30) and turkey quesadillas ($20).
For dessert, all you need is mulled wine ($12 per glass) while contemplating the views over the Sentosa waterfront. Till 31 Dec. #01-161/162 VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk. Tel: 6376 9262


Thai’ed up

Bangkok Jam bids Santa sawadee with their crispy beer-marinated take on Thai roast spring chicken ($16), and Thai milk tea cheesecake ($5)–combining the creaminess of a classic New York cheesecake with rich red tea. The specials are available in a Sawadee Santa Festive Platter ($39.90, 2 pax), comprising the chicken, two slices of cheesecake, and two N.Z. Monteith’s ciders. Of course, there are still 100 items on the a la carte menu to satisfy your Asian cravings. Till 31 Dec. At all eight outlets including #02-105B/105C Marina
Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6338 6632


Golden time

Casa Ferrero is back this year with their specially styled store to offer shoppers a place to relax over a java break, while exploring the selection of exclusive pralines and special edition chocolates. Not seen in Southeast Asia at other times of the year are Ferrero Tenderly White, Ferrero Cappuccino, Ferrero Pocket Coffee and many more (from $9.95 for five pieces). Till 2 Jan. Outside Wisma Atria,


Ready, get set

The best value award goes to” ¦ Jack’s Place. From 17-24 Dec, the festive set lunch ($19.90) offers soup, main course, dessert and coffee or tea. Main course options include Omega 3-rich grilled barramundi with gratinated scallop, served with mango chilli sauce, mashed potatoes with pumpkin and winter vegetables. On 25 Dec, the Christmas Day set ($25.80, adult; $15.50, child under 10) offers more Asian-tinged inspirations in hoisin lamb rack and grilled Cajun turkey with butter rice. At all locations including #B1-15/16 Paya Lebar Square, 60 Paya Lebar Road. Tel: 6341 6918


Float on caffeine

Choose from hot and cold versions of caramel popcorn latte and caramel fudge chocolate (from $6.20) at Costa Coffee. The former is topped with actual popcorn, so be sure to eat them quick. If you do a takeaway, be sure to get it in one of their character ceramic cups (from $20) for extra cheer. Pop by for nibbles such as the rich dark chocolate with salted
caramel Billionaire tart ($5.90), and the turkey cranberry sandwich ($7.50) for something more filling. Till 6 Jan. #01-45/45A Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road. Tel: 6338 7766


Buffets galore
Dare you go all out? Don’t forget to check out our festive hotel feasts.



Shop bop


Pepparkaka Hus Ginger Bread House
Step into IKEA’s Swedish Food Market for seasonal drinks, sweets and treats such as this three-dimensional edible creation.
$8.50 from IKEA, 317 Alexandra Road. Tel: 6786 6868 or 60 Tampines North Drive 2. Tel: 6786 6868.


Nescafe’s Dolce Gusto’s latest beverage system doesn’t just make coffee, but also Milo, chococinos and teas, both hot and cold, using Dolce Gusto capsules. The drop-shaped machine offers 15-bar pump extraction pressure, as well as touch screen technology. You can customise the size of your brew by just sliding your finger along the screen.
$339 from major departmental stores


Wooden Christmas Tree
This bare structure can be decked with ornaments, baubles and other festive embellishments. Afterwards, it serves as an excellent keychain and accessories holder. Hanging decorations sold separately ($9.90-16.90).
$49.90 from kikki.K, #B2-53 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn. Tel: 6509 3107


Alfi Kugel Carafe
It’s stylish, easy to clean and can keep your spiced Christmas drink warm for up to 12 hours, or chilled sangria cool for up to 24 hours. Holds 0.94 litres.
$69 from selected departmental stores,


QUALY – Duo Elephant Salt & Pepper Shaker
Great things come in pairs, like this duet of pachyderms. One doles out salt; the other pepper. When not in use, they sit pretty on their patch of green until the next mealtime.
$32.90 from Robinsons,


Nordic Ware Gingerbread Kids Cakelet Pan
Why have boring, flat cookie-cutter gingerbread men and women when you can have the sponge version with more dimension? Bundled with Nordic Ware Snowman Cake Pops Baking Pan for $69 (till 27 Dec, U.P. $105.80).
From ToTT, #01-01A, 896 Dunearn Road. Tel: 6219 7077,


Koko Black Rocky Road Marshmallow Inclusion Dark
This Huber’s exclusive premium chocolate range from Melbourne is lovingly handmade without artificial additives or preservatives. It has a short shelf life as the freshest cream, butter, cocoa butter (not veg fat) and other ingredients are used.
$26.60 from Huber’s Butchery, 22 Dempsey Road. Tel: 6737 1588.


Putting together a hamper
What goes into a perfect hamper? Aside from customising it to the recipient, you should ensure it contains a good mix of practical, pampering and delicious treats for the festive season. We take a cue from Jones The Grocer’s ample shelves and propose something for every taste: Moà«t & Chandon ImperialCham pagne with metallic pink goblet, Aroozoo natural virgin coconut oil, Venchi white chocolate bar with salted nuts, Victoria Belgian candy, and Swiss Butchery biltong (a South African dry cured beef snack). You also can’t go wrong with pantry staples like Jones’ own organic flavoured teas, specialty coffee blend and muesli, alongside fresh bakery items that come in handy the day after the party when one’s fridge has been emptied out.



Goodies galore

Logcakes & sweets

Jack’s Place surprises us with a slew of pretty goodies, including the Yuan Yang log cake ($49.50, 1kg), following the success of their Black and White mooncakes this year. It’s a duo of red velvet sponge cake with macaron bits coated with cream cheese and bamboo charcoal sponge cake layered with salted egg cream and glazed with 58 percent dark chocolate mousse. We also liked the Winter Wonderland fondant fruitcake ($42,1kg), appearing on our cover.

Keep the kids (and maybe adults too!) occupied with the Brand Castle chocolate peppermint cookie Christmas house kit ($20.95). Don’t be shy to eat your creations after.

The Pine Garden is a heartland gem that’s anything but old-fashioned. Their logcake line-up features mojito pineapple Tropicana ($45, 800g) with juicy pineapple cubes, Kyoho grape and white choco ($45, 800g) and banana salted caramel ($39, 800g) among other sure-to-please flavours. #01-2329, Block 529 Ang Mo Kio 10. Tel: 6457 6159


Turkeys & meats

From the folks behind over 35 restaurants, Creative Eateries Catering‘s festive takeaway menu is tried ’n tested. You won’t go wrong with pepper honey-glazed turkey ($108) and pineapple and seeded mustardglazed gammon ham ($268)–the glaze is just the right balance of sweet and citrusy, and the ham is huuuge. Tel: 6411 4990,

If you want to cater to your multi-cultural friends at your table, Giant Singapore‘s new halal takeaway options include reasonably priced roast chicken ($11.90, 1kg) and roast beef ($15.90, 500g). Orders till 20 Dec.

For more variety for your get-together, Cold Storage is introducing tangy mustard ribs and tomato herbs ribs (each $25.99, 700g) alongside an Asian wraps platter ($29.99, serves 8-10) filled with Peking duck, Thai tuna, Japanese wasabi beef and curried vegetable. Orders till 20 Dec.


Parties and platters

If you’re looking to whip up DIY Italian dishes, look to Bottura‘s handy Festive Favours Piccolo pack ($80). It contains handmade penne and spaghetti (500geach), balsamic cream, bruschette spice mix, dried porcini mushrooms, biscuits and panettone–building blocks for a party of four, si? Tel: 6238 7527, email

Whether you’re catering for eight or 30 pax, you’ll need some expertise from Neo Garden Catering. For larger groups, the Christmas at Frosty’s Festival ($29.88 per pax, 13 courses, minimum 30 pax) comes with complete table layout and festive dishes like traditional turkey breast with chestnut stuffing in pan jus and cranberry sauce. In the Great-ful Christmas mini package, choose from $15.99 per pax for eight items (min 20 pax) with options like honey baked ham and signature curry chicken. A Great-ful Christmas Party Pack ($289, 8-10 pax) provides nine treats like rosemary chicken, sushi and mini maki, and chipolata sausage. Tel: 6896 7757,