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Makan Time: Festive Family Feasts For Every Budget

‘Tis the season for lots of feasting, but lavish meals don’t always come with the price tags we wish for. So we’ve rounded up a host of restaurants with holiday offerings that run the gamut from lunch, dinner and afternoon high tea, at prices that won’t break our banks. Better make your reservations now!

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Afternoon High Tea at Tea Lounge, Regent Singapore

Starts from: $48

Aren’t the holidays for sleeping in? Why not skip lunch or dinner and opt instead for a scrumptious afternoon high tea where sugar fairies dance above cream-filled sandwiches and the warming scent of Christmas spices cloak oven-fresh pastries? At Regent Singapore’s Tea Lounge, there are three-tier afternoon tea sets that start from $48 ($26.50 for children) featuring the likes of coconut cheesecakes, milk chocolate and passionfruit creams, freshly baked scones, pies and cakes. Also available is a more decadent Festive Weekend High Tea, with prices starting from $68 ($34 per child), purveying heartier options like roasted turkey breast with chestnuts and foie gras.

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Festive Meals at SE7ENTH, Oakwood Premier AMTD Singapore

Starts from: $25

There is great value to be found in this four-course Festive Executive Set Lunch, available from 21 to 24 December. For $25, you get a soup-of-the-day, French garden greens, a choice of selected mains such as Christmas gnocchi with creamy Neapolitan sauce, and a cup of Nespresso coffee or Monogram tea. In the evenings, SE7ENTH’s Ode To Christmas menu features more decadent offerings such as a platter of canapes that include prosciutto-wrapped caprese and pan-seared scallops with watermelon, and a main course of smoked turducken roulade. The festive four-course dinner is priced at $88 per person.

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Four-Course Festive Set Menu at Xperience, SO/Singapore

Starts from: $88

Available throughout December (except from 24-26 December), the four-course festive menu ($88) at this atmospheric restaurant comes with warm, hearty offerings. Highlights include homemade pate en croute and chicken liver mousse, and pan-seared seabass with roasted winter vegetables. For dessert, there’s a classic Christmas pudding topped with brandy butter and wild berry compote. And in the spirit of giving, every pair of diners receives a 30ml bottle of Maison 21G perfume.

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Festive Set Menus at TWG Tea

Starts from: $40

TWG Tea’s festive menus are always a great excuse to sit and dine in one of its gorgeous salons. Its Christmas sets range from $40 for a main course, hot or iced tea, and dessert, to $52 for a main course, tea, dessert and a cocktail. This year, the main course is a tenderloin of beef served with winter truffle sauce, foie gras crisps and heirloom beets, while for dessert, choose between a Night of Noel Tea-infused chestnut log cake or a sacher chocolate and hazelnut mini log cake with chocolate earl grey ice cream.

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Festive Dinner Buffet at The Line, Shangri-La Singapore

Starts from: $68

We may no longer be able to graze a buffet with abandon like we used to, but that doesn’t mean we can’t opt for unlimited servings of delicious things from an a la carte buffet. At Shangri-La Singapore’s The Line, the lavish buffet continues with an unending selection of pastas and roasts, seafood and sashimi, breads, salads, heritage dishes and sweet delights. The Festive A La Carte Buffet, available till the end of December (except on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), is exceedingly well-priced at $68 per adult. Expect seasonal highlights such as Canadian lobsters, Lebanese roast turkey, prawn tandoori and coffee Bailey’s yule log cake.


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