It’s that time of the year where you say your goodbyes to bad vibes… and your diet. Since the cheers are all around, so are the sheer amounts of good chow – meat dishes included. But why settle for plain old turkey and ham when you have a smorgasbord of international-flavoured viandes available here in food paradiso, Singapore? Indulge your inner carnivore with this list of 5 go-tos for juicy chucks, tasty roasts and everything festive-meaty.
It may be new to the SG food scene, but this catering arm of homegrown F&B company Foodatious is bringing top-grade grub to the table. It’s helmed by the famed Chef Kenneth Francisco (his accolades-filled bio on the company site will wow you) so you know all the items on PinkSalt’s Christmas Menu are gourmet-cooked and taste-tested. Take your pick from 6 types of meats including Sliced Smoked Duck Breast (from $20 for 5 pax), Marinated Australian Boneless Leg of Lamb ($98 for 2 kg) and Australian Grain Fed Beef Striploin Slow Roasted with 7 Spices ($88 for 1.5 kg). Can’t decide? Then order the Christmas Family Roast Platter ($138) for variety. And you can even keep the pescatarians in your party happy with PinkSalt’s aptly named Pink Salt Baked Whole Salmon ($188 for 4.5 kg).
Sharing is caring, and since Spanish resto chain Pura Brasa is all about the philosophy of sharing, it has prepared meal sets for la familia (Spanish for “the family”). Its Family Set Menu ($435++) – comprising 5 starters, 3 mains and 2 desserts – should satiate a party of 4. Sit down to these highlights: 5J acorn-fed Ibérico de Bellota Ham (fyi, it was one of the dishes served during 2019’s Academy Awards); Canadian Scallops with prawns; and New Zealand Lemon Sole Fish. Meanwhile, a tribe of 4 to 6 meat eaters would go crazy over the Premium Mix Platter ($230++) that contains 7 different kinds of meats. Chomp through Ibérico de Bellota ham, 3 types of Josper-grilled sausages, pork ribs, lamb racks and a whole young chicken poussin at the resto or at home (it is available for delivery via Oddle).
Be a host with the most by holding an all-inclusive feast with roasts from this halal-certified premium butchery. There are 4 types to choose from. The Herb Roasted Chicken with Assorted Sausages & Potatoes ($68 for 1.8 kg) is marinated with a special homemade seasoning and comes with the butchery chef’s secret recipe chicken stuffing, while the Herb Roasted Beef Ribeye ($78 for 1kg) or Roasted Lamb Rack ($88 for 1kg) are both are slow-roasted to tasty perfection. Or, just go with the all-time classic Traditional Roast Turkey ($104 for 4.5kg) that’s served with an equally classic cranberry sauce.
Tsui Wah Singapore
If you want something different from the typical “Western” X’mas roasts, then hit Tsui Wah at Clarke Quay. Exclusive to this branch of the famous Hong Kong “cha chaan teng” (Cantonese for tea room), the Christmas Festive Set Menu (available for dine-in and takeaway) here features two Asian takes on classic festive meats. Go cold turkey on turkey; instead, opt for Grilled Chicken with Green Onion ($15.80++) or Fillet Tenderloin with Green Onion ($20.80++), both of which are drenched in teriyaki sauce, and accompanied by Egg Fried Rice and a choice of either Borscht Soup or Cream Soup of the Day. Pay an extra $5.80++ to top off the set meal with a Brownie served with Vanilla Ice Cream and a Hong Kong-style Milk Tea.
Where to go: 3 River Valley Rd, Clarke Quay, #01-03, 179020, www.facebook.com/TsuiwahSingapore
If you yearn for Aussie Barbie-style chucks – because you can neither head Down Under nor organise large-scale outdoor BBQ parties – then this is your second best option. Known for its beef and burgers, the Australian-inspired Barossa Gastrobar at Esplanade has come up with a Christmas Bundle ($165++) for 3 to 4 of your mates (plus you, of course). Packed within are Barossa Stacked Triple Patty Burgers, Deep Fried U.S. Pork Knuckle, Barossa Barbecue Ribs (1 kg), Hanger Skirt Steak (500 gm) and Herbed Roasted Whole Chicken Spatchcock. Oh, and two portions of the gastrobar’s Cheese Fries because you ought to have some carbs to go with all that protein, ya?