10 Eating places to have fun the festive season in Singapore

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With Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year just around the corner, it’s time to plan a well-deserved festive feast to close the chapter in 2023. From fab turkey-centric feasts you can get delivered to your home to brand new bars to usher in the new year, this list is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

HighHouse

Set on a scenic perch on the 61st and 62nd floor of One Raffles Place, HighHouse is one of Singapore’s newest high-rise restaurant and lounge. Its plush interior features a glitzy Art Deco styling as well as intimate booth seating and private entertainment rooms. On the dining front, flavours from the Pacific Coast take centrestage – most apparent in large format sharing plates like the seafood kokoda ceviche. The cocktail menu draws from the same inspirations, demonstrated in signatures like the seaweed umami martini and the clarified pisco punch with Key lime foam. Adding to the lounge’s appeal is a vibrant music programme lead by a mix of prominent and new local and international artists. You can expect a wide range of genres from house and disco to techno and other electronic subgenres. The bar also offers spectacular views of the New Year’s fireworks over the Marina Bay.

1 Raffles Place, Level 61 & 62

HighHouse is the perfect vantage point to watch the New Year’s fireworks display over the Marina Bay. Photo credit: HighHouse

Artichoke

With an irreverent menu that’s very much in line with chef-owner and Masterchef Singapore judge Bjorn Shen, Artichoke presents modern Middle Eastern cuisine with a contemporary twist. The restaurant’s offerings lend themselves well to a festive family meal, with its variety of mezzes and generously-portioned dishes. These include the AFC (Artichoke fried chicken) and the ‘Lambgasm’ – 2.5kg of slow-roasted lamb shoulder served with greens and mixed-grain pilaf (pre-orders must be made 48 hours beforehand). The lively restaurant boasts both an indoor space and a lush outdoor dining area. Book a table soon; this will be Artichoke’s final few months at their Middle Road location, before their move to the 46 Kim Yam Road lifestyle compound in April 2024.

161 Middle Road

Artichoke’s large format sharing dishes are perfect for festive dining. Photo credit: Artichoke

COLLIN’S

With over 28 outlets across the island, COLLIN’S is a household name when it comes to quality Western cuisine and grilled meats. For Christmas this year, the restaurant group is once again offering a selection of festive feasts that can be enjoyed at home. Their Christmas combos can be ordered directly from their online store and include the traditional turkey with chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauces and turkey jus, classic herb-marinated roasted chicken with chicken jus, bone-in gammon ham honey with yuzu sauce, roasted barbecue pork ribs and other classic sides. Alternatively, these festive classics can also be ordered separately as an a la carte item on its own.

Various locations

Take the fuss out of hosting with a takeaway feast from COLLIN’S. Photo credit: COLLIN’S

Elfuego

Since its opening in 2019 at Jewel Changi Airport, Elfuego has won a slew of awards for its quality halal-certified European cuisine including Halal Award’s “Best Halal Restaurant” (2020 and 2022) as well as “Best Steak” (2023). In celebration of the opening of its second outlet, Head Chef Loh will introduce a selection of classic Christmas dishes to put diners in a festive mood. These new creations include the roasted whole chicken with porcini mushroom ragout along with a hearty slow-roasted Australian ribeye and natural jus, and roasted root vegetables with herbs and butter.

78 Airport Boulevard, #02-216 Jewel Singapore Changi Airport 

Elfuego offers a range of halal festive dishes including the Roasted Whole Chicken with Porcini Mushroom Ragout. Photo credit: Elfuego

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Singapore

Known for its fine cuts of prime beef, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is a dining destination that’s perfect for celebratory occasions. For Thanksgiving this year, the steakhouse will offer a special Thanksgiving Set Menu available from 20 to 26 November. Start your meal with either a spinach salad with bacon dressing or a comforting carrot and parsnip soup. For mains, you’ll tuck into petite filet mignon paired with boneless turkey breast slices served alongside baked vegetables and purple sweet mashed potatoes. End things on a sweet note with the toothsome pumpkin cheesecake. For a more intimate Christmas celebration with your beau, there’s also a Christmas Set Menu for Two. Available from 1 to 31 December, the set meal includes mains like honey-baked ham, roasted prime rib and classic Christmas sides.

1 Nanson Road, #02-01 InterContinental Singapore

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Singapore will present a special Thanksgiving dinner set menu. Photo credit: Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Singapore

Rempapa

Helmed by the “Grandfather of Heritage Cuisine” Damian D’Silva, Rempapa is a love letter to homestyle Singapore cooking. While turkeys are usually the Christmas centrepiece that comes to mind, for some it can be a spread of curries, festive sides and kuehs. The menu here reflects this tradition along with comfort classics from Chinese, Peranakan, Indian and Malay cooking. Crowd pleasers include babi pongteh, singgang, and baca assam. For those celebrating at home, tuck into a festive platter featuring an assortment of local favourites that will make for a thoughtful gift for any Christmas gathering. 

2 Paya Lebar Road, #01-01/02/03 Park Place Residences

Rempapa’s colourful kueh platters make for an excellent holiday gift. Photo credit: Rempapa

Hashida

When it comes to impeccable omakase-style sushi in Singapore, Hashida is the place to be. Holding court behind the counter is master sushi chef Kenjiro ‘Hatch’ Hashida who crafts his menu in line with the concept of Shu Ha Ri – an ethos that espouses innovation while remaining anchored to traditions. The restaurant itself comprises a trio of private rooms. At each of these rooms, guests will enjoy unique dining experience, where Chef Hatch will personally introduce you to his ‘Hashida Universe’ – the chef’s personal approach to omakase sushi that goes beyond traditional Edomae styles.

77 Amoy Street

Hashida’s interiors feature a pared-down contemporary design. Photo credit: Hashida

VUE Bar & Grill

Perched on a panoramic rooftop on OUE Bayfront, VUE Bar & Grill presents a menu of seasonal binchōtan-grilled meat, seafood and produce curated by Chef Sam Chin. The venue also distinguishes itself by offering Singapore’s first rooftop spritz bar. As the sun sets over the skyline, Chef Sam reveals an exclusive selection (just 20 portions) of binchōtan-smoked Kokuou Wagyu beef. This exceptionally sought-after Japanese beef is painstakingly slow-roasted for over 20 hours and served with rice salt flakes making for an absolutely unforgettable treat for meat connoisseurs.

50 Collyer Quay, Level 19 OUE Bayfront

VUE Bar & Grill is home to Singapore’s first rooftop spritz bar. Photo credit: VUE Bar & Grill

Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro

Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro is the first international outpost of one of Japan’s most lauded Szechuan restaurants. To ring in the new year, the restaurant has put together a special dinner menu curated by Chef Kentaro himself. The delightful multi-course menu will showcase seasonal ingredients and the chef’s skill at marrying traditional techniques with modern twists. Guests can expect innovative dishes like a Szechuan-style deep-fried quail, stir-fried lobster with chilli sauce and the signature ‘Chen’s Mapodoufu’ which comes served with Hokkaido rice. The menu will be available on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

333 Orchard Road, Level 35 Hilton Singapore Orchard

‘Chen’s Mapodoufu’ is the chef’s speciality. Photo credit: Shisen Hanten

Chatterbox

For scrumptious local nosh, Chatterbox at Hilton Singapore Orchard has put together a New Year menu (available from 15 December 2023 to 1 January 2024) showcasing a variety of Singapore’s most iconic local delicacies. The set menu begins with a pair of appetisers – sweet and sour cherry tomatoes with pickled cucumbers as well as a mini set of chicken satay, kueh pie tee and lemon butter prawns. The appetisers also come accompanied by a bowl of bak kut teh. For mains, choose between Chatterbox’s famed Mandarin chicken rice or the seafood Hokkien mee. Both options come with a sharing portion of stir-fried garoupa fillet. End things on a sweet note with a decadent pandan cake paired with gelato. 

333 Orchard Road, #05-03 Hilton Singapore Orchard

Chatterbox’s famed Mandarin chicken rice. Photo credit: Chatterbox



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