Christmas dining doesn’t have to be all log cakes and turkeys. We round up some of our favourite award-winning hotel restaurants in different cuisine genres.
This Christmas, retreat into an old European staycation at Goodwood Park Hotel and Gordon Grill. Established in 1963, the fine dining restaurant Gordon Grill is, just like its hotel premises, an institution for high-quality steaks and Continental cuisine in Singapore. The menu, with more than 50 different items including imported fresh seafood, grilled items and desserts, leave us spoilt for choices. There’s also the unique dining experience of a meat trolley, which is reminiscent of old European grillrooms. The meat trolley is wheeled to each table and each piece of meat is sliced, meticulously weighed and presented to diners before it is prepared and cooked to perfection. The restaurant has won many awards and accolades over the years and has also welcomed several Michelin-starred chefs from different countries as part of the hotel’s regular Guest Chef promotions.
22 Scotts Road, Singapore. Tel: 6730 1744.
Often nominated as one of the best restaurants under the Chinese cuisine category by prestigious restaurant guides, Group Master Chef Chan Kwok was crowned Chef of the Year and Asian Cuisine Chef of the year at the Asian Gastronomic Awards of Excellence 2011. The most awarded dishes of the restaurant includes Double-Boiled Shark’s Bone Cartilage Soup, Crispy Roasted Duck, Tiger Prawn prepared Two Ways, Braised Homemade Emerald Beancurd, Baked Pork Ribs, Stewed Ox-Tail, Stewed CK Hor Fun and Deep-Fried Yam Pastry. For authentic Cantonese fare, Hua Ting is definitely our top pick. The dim sum dishes served during lunch are also our personal favourite.
442 Orchard Road, Singapore. Tel: 6739 6666.
This cosy 50-seat, black-and-white dining space is hip with dishes equally cool to match. Chef Sebastian Ng helms the kitchen while his wife Sabrina fronts the restaurant. The menu reflects the globetrotting background of Chef Ng, who trained in renowned kitchens of London, Japan and Italy and steeped in continental tradition with an eye for Asian, mostly Japanese, ingredients. Signature appetizers include the crispy tofu served with foie gras-mirin reduction sauce and cold angel hair pasta with konbu and sliced abalone. Ember is a perfect juxtaposition next to its stylish hotel premises. How about a chic Christmas weekend in the middle of Chinatown’s red light district – talk about cool contrasts.
50 Keong Siak Road, Singapore. Tel: 6347 1928.
A breathtaking panoramic view of Marina Bay and the city skyline, The Lighthouse, with its impeccable service and many awards and accolades, lives up to its name as Best Hotel Restaurant by several dining guides. Choose from the winning wagyu beef carpaccio, tagliolini with truffles, risotto with foie gras or grilled pork cheek, all of which promise to delight your taste buds and leave you wanting more. For a perfect ending, sink your teeth into the limoncello, a dessert made by Chef Martinelli himself, which consists of flavours such as coffee and basil. Post dinner, retreat back to your hotel suite that continues to overlook the stunning view of the waterfront. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Christmas.
1 Fullerton Square, Level 8, Singapore. Tel: 6877 8933.
Tiffin, properly defined as a light mid-day meal, has long been a Raffles tradition. Although tiffin curry has been served here since 1899, the hotel’s main dining room has only officially been named the Tiffin Room since 1976. A restaurant run by the Sarkies from the 1890s at Raffles Place was known as the Raffles Tiffin Rooms. One of the best Indian restaurants in Singapore, curry is a mainstay in Tiffin Room. A popular favourite among regulars is the garlic naan with minced lamb curry as well as raan (roast lamb seasoning tandoor) with mint sauce. How about a staycation with a touch of Singapore’s heritage? Raffles Hotel and Tiffin Room will be the epitomes of such history and cuisine education.
1 Beach Road, Singapore. Tel: 6412 1816.