Festive Dinner For 5 Guests: Our Shiok Suggestions
Yes, the five-visitors rule is a bummer, but hey, life could be worse, right? There is still so much to be thankful for, like being able to stay safe and cosy at home and the excuse to invite only the people you really want to spend time with. If you’re holing up for the holidays and feasting with your nearest and dearest at home, we’ve got the lowdown on the Christmas feasts to order in, that’ll feed five, or more, amply.
You don’t just get good food in this package, but also a lovely Christmas-themed 3D gift box that lights up from the inside. When you’ve unpacked your meal, reuse the box as glowing photo frame throughout the holiday season. The six-course feasts ($168 or $198) feature Christmas recipes given an Asian twist. Expect a starter of Pear, Oat and Kale Salad, followed by delicious mains like Sous Vide Australian Beef Flank with Chestnut Jus or a Slow-Roasted Turkey Breast with Spicy Nut Butter Dip.
Skip the turkey and opt instead for a uniquely Singaporean spin on Christmas Dinner. New Ubin’s six-course Tze Char Festive Bundles ($178 or $208) feed five amply, with tasty treats like Chicken Sambal with Chinchalok and Petai, Claypot Brinjal with Salted Fish Paella, and three live crabs cooked in styles like Black Pepper, White Pepper, Garlic Baked, or Salted Egg — you choose. If you must have a turkey with all that, there’s a House Smoked Turkey ($188 for 4.5kg) that you can order with the Festive Bundle at a $20 discount.
A traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. This hearty Lifestyle Bundle ($457.96) features an antibiotic-free roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing, winter veggies, giblet gravy and cranberry sauce, along with a local sustainable sea-farmed barramundi with fennel, ratte potatoes and buerre blanc sauce. You also get an asparagus and pickled mushroom salad, as well as an ambrosial 1kg Coco Pineapple log cake. Order at least three days in advance.
Good old Delifrance never disappoints. This season, the Halal-certified stalwart has a Grandeur Festive Table Set ($265) that will feed up to 10 people. It includes a 3.6-kg Rosemary Cranberry Turkey, Potato Gratin, Chicken Lasagne, assorted premium pizzas and a Joy of Delifrance log cake. If yours is a gathering of smaller eaters, order the Splendor Chicken Spread ($128) that comprises a roasted Citrus Herb Chicken, Potato Gratin and Mango Passion log cake.
There’s a whole bevy of holiday dinner options from French bakery Paul. Besides a traditional roast turkey stuffed with cornbread and chestnuts, along with roasted vegetables ($128), there’s also a White Curry Roast Turkey ($128) stuffed with sambal quail eggs. The latter comes with blue pea flower-stained coconut rice, crispy anchovies and peanuts, achar, and white curry gravy. So yes, it is essentially a nasi lemak turkey dinner. They have lots of pretty canapes too, including a wild mushroom and truffle tart topped with the cutest quail eggs ($36 for a box of eight).