Christmas in Singapore is often a hot and humid affair (as with any other day on this tropical island), and a white Christmas is just…impossible. So while the Americans are clad in coats and boots at Times Square on the eve, we are most likely going to be in sundresses or jeans. And while the westerners have traditional Thanksgiving gatherings before and fantastic Boxing Day sales after Christmas, we do not share that culture very much. We know Christmas is over once we hear Chinese New Year tunes play in every store.
But if there is one thing we can universally agree on – it would be that Christmas is a special occasion to spend time with the people we love, with good food and wine always part of the equation. This means that the 25th of December is the perfect excuse to pig out in the name of festive joy, and we would like to propose 5 buffet venues for that merry-making to take place.
1. Carnivore Brazillian Churrascaria (MBS, Dempsey, CHIJMES)
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Calling all meat lovers! You can’t call yourself a legitimate meat lover until you’ve been to Carnivore. Whether is it chicken, beef, pork, lamb or fish, this place serves a spread of quality meats well-marinated and cooked to perfection by the chefs who will then present the meat on a skewer to you at your table. With 3 outlets conveniently located, you can take your pick for a Christmas gathering venue. If you’re dining at MBS, take a walk by the river and admire the city skyline. If you’re visiting the Dempsey outlet, enjoy a stroll at the nearby Botanic gardens. And if you’re having your gathering at CHIJMES, have a drink or two at the many bars within the vicinity after your wholesome meal.
Carnivore at Marina Bay Sands also introduces the Rio Tapas Lounge, a fusion food concept to provide diners with more alternatives, especially for the dessert course. If you’re not such a huge fan of meat, perhaps try the pastas or burgers there?
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Located in Conrad Centennial Hotel, Oscar’s Cafe and Terrace is a highly accessible dining venue – just across Suntec City and beside Milennia Walk. Widely loved for its comfortable atmosphere, the brightly lit premises are also very spacious – making it a place big enough to accommodate even a full-house occupancy at the restaurant.
The international buffet serves a spread that marries the east and the west. With hawker fare like laksa, chicken rice, and prawn noodles, the place brings out the flavor of locality. Oscar’s Cafe & Terrace also boasts of a wide seafood selection (seasonal) which includes crayfish, prawns, oysters, mussels, crab legs, scallops, and baby lobsters. The fresh goodness is accompanied by a variety of sea salts.
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Melt The World Cafe at Mandarin Oriental Hotel has a slogan – Dine around the world without leaving Singapore. This place is known for its cutting-edge design revolving around the elements of stone, wood, leather, and glass. The indoor areas housing the buffet dining experience is stylish and elegant, while the alfresco area is airy and refreshing. The live and prepared buffet stations of the multi-cultural cooking theater presents a variety of cuisines. Whether is it Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Mediterranean or Italian cuisine you fancy, there is something for everyone at Melt The World Cafe.
Some specialties that the cafe is known for includes the angel hair pasta and the tandoor-cooked lamb. On top of that, for a special price, you can be entitled to unlimited champagne to complement the palate!
4. The Buffet
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The Buffet at M Hotel serves an International Buffet Lunch that features a wide variety of desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth the traditional way – with additions ranging from Durian Pengat to Nonya Kuehs. At dinnertime, The Buffet turns into a steamboat restaurant that features the chef’s monthly specialty soup base. The restaurant offers a premium spread in a comfortable dining environment that includes a variety of seafood like prawns, mussels, and even flower crabs. Speaking of which, if you visit The Buffet, don’t miss out on the herbal Drunken Prawns. Succulent and juicy, there is no wonder why it’s such a popular flavor.
There’s something about steamboat that just makes it feel so warm and homely. Now who said Christmas meals had to be a 5 course affair with turkey and salads?
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Carousel is a halal international buffet (one of the few in Singapore) located at Royal Plaza on Scotts which many would have heard of. Widely raved about are the Asian selections which seems to be the main lead in the restaurant. While the Japanese section serves the usual sushi and sashimi, Carousel had even went to the extent of having their chefs prepare dishes at a Teriyaki counter. Aside from the Japanese installation, there is also an Indian counter serving wraps and kebabs, a noodle section serving Laksa, and a Chinese section serving Dim Sum.
The dessert table is another highlight of the buffet which will delight many guests for they have not one, but two fondue fountains – chocolate and strawberry! This is accompanied by a wide selection of freshly cut fruits, fluffy marshmallows and crisp biscuits. Rumor also has it that the bread pudding is a must-try!If the fondue galore does not interest you, they always have the Ice-Kachang counter to back you up as you customize your own traditional dessert with your favorite toppings.
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