It’s almost Christmas, and there’s no shortage of restaurants here serving the usual stuffed turkey, glazed ham, mashed potatoes and pudding. But what if you’re looking for something a little different this year?
You’ll be glad to know there are loads of eateries here that avoid the obvious when it comes to Christmas cuisine. Whether you’re into Japanese or Thai, seafood or steak, here are eight non-traditional Christmas dinners and buffets to try in Singapore.
Thai-style Christmas Buffet at Blue Jasmine
The culinary team of the 100-seater halal Thai restaurant Blue Jasmine is serving a festive buffet dinner packed with flavour. Start off with a wide selection of fresh prawns, squids and black mussels, paired with the restaurant’s signature spicy and tangy green seafood sauce. Move on to Assorted Fruits Som Tam (a Thai salad featuring a mixture of fresh fruits such as grapes, guava and pomelo), Sugarcane Prawn, fragrant Deep-Fried Pandan Chicken, and Southern-Thai red chicken curry.
Do look out for the live station with piping hot Roast Turkey and Roast Beef marinated Esarn-style, and served with smoked chilli sauce and black pepper sauce rather than a brown sauce or gravy. For sweets, the Thai Chendol topped with jackfruit, fresh berries, and house-made red rubies is a must-try. Otherwise, the classic Christmas Log Cake will also be served at the dessert station.
Cost: The Festive Buffet Dinner (Dec 21 to 25) starts from $65.
Blue Jasmine is at Level 5, Park Hotel Farrer Park, 10 Farrer Park Station Road.
Japan-style Christmas Buffet at Triple Tree
To mark the festive season, Mandarin Orchard Singapore’s Triple Three has curated a buffet of Japanese-inspired dishes like Oven-Roasted Kumamoto Wagyu, Pan-Seared Foie Gras with Miso and Black Truffle, and Lobster Mentaiyaki on top of classics like Premium Honey-glazed Ham and Roasted US Turkey.
Other highlights include freshly shucked oysters, luscious seafood on ice, sushi and sashimi. As for desserts, expect a classic selection of Dark Cherry Yule Log, Fruit Cake, Christmas Pudding, Stollen, Panettone and Toffee Pudding.
Cost: The Christmas Eve Buffet Lunch is $108, Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner is $148; Christmas Day Buffet Lunch is $148; and Christmas Day Buffet Dinner is $148.
Triple Three is at Level 5, Mandarin Orchard Singapore, 333 Orchard Road.