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| DECEMBER 3, 2007

Festive Dining

Seasonal TREATS To skip the stress this Christmas, try entertaining outside your home. Audrey Simon has some suggestions.

Whether modern or traditional, the Christmas time for your guests. Here are some places where celebratory meal is likely to be stress-free if you you can go to eat, drink and make merry and best hold it at a restaurant. It’ll also leave you with more of all, not have to clean up afterwards. Marina Mandarin 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square If you have friends visiting from out of town this Christmas, you might like to have them sample the best of local fare such as popiah, kuih pie tee and oyster omelette at AquaMarine. Peach Blossoms has delicious Chinese food while Ristorante Bologna serves Italian cuisine. Prices are $42 to $98 at AquaMarine, $78 to $88 at Peach Blossoms and $128 to $138 at Ristorante Bologna. Reservations: Call 6845 1111 or email Goodwood Park Hotel 22 Scotts Road All of the hotel’s outlets boast sumptuous fare, making your decision on where to dine all the harder. Gordon Grill will serve Christmas

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Eve dinner and Christmas Day brunch ($65 to $156). L’Espresso offers lunch, brunch and high tea ($45 to $98). If you enjoy variety, you can opt for Coffee Lounge’s buffet spread ($42 to $88). If a set menu sounds more attractive, check out the Chinese restaurant Min Jiang as well as Ming Jiang at One-North ($78 per person). The Deli is the best place to pick up delicious treats if you have a potluck party to attend. Our favourite is A Pot Fire ($138, pictured right), an old European recipe. This stew-based dish has smoked pork shoulder, pork belly and vegetables like turnips, pumpkin, carrots, celery and more. Reservations: Gordon Grill (6730 1744); L’Espresso (6730 1743); Coffee Lounge (6730 1746); Min Jiang (6730 1704); Min Jiang OneNorth (6774 0122).

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Christmas hampers from Mandarin Oriental will surely perk up a friend’s or associate’s day

Mandarin Oriental 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square Following its name change (it was formerly known as Oriental) this year, it feels like the hotel is celebrating Christmas for the first time. Melt — The World Café offers traditional fare such as two versions of roast turkey with all the trimmings. Santa will drop by on Christmas Day to entertain the children at brunch. There’s also high-tea for those who are likely to sleep in most of the day ($55+++ to $145+++). Cherry Garden offers Cantonese cuisine such as a roast barbecue meat platter ($320+++ to $880+++); Dolce Vita offers views of the city skyline and Western favourites like panfried scallops, langoustine, truffle consommé on Christmas Eve and Day ($85+++ to $125+++). If you’d like to spread Christmas cheer among your business associates, check out the gift hampers that are available for sale here. These are priced from $299+ to $599+. Reservations: Melt — The World Café (6885 3082); Cherry Garden (6885 3538); Dolce Vita (6885 3551) Parkroyal on Beach Road, 7500 Beach Road Parkroyal on Kitchener Road, 181 Kitchener Road If you’d like your turkey cooked in various ways, head for these two hotels. They are serving the bird cooked in the traditional, Szechuan, Eurasian and Peranakan styles, and with ginseng. Each 4kg bird costs $78+++ takeaway. There are also dine-in specials. The Christmas Eve dinner with free flow of soft drinks, one glass of wine or beer and party favours costs $62+++. Takeaways or meal reservations: Call 6290 8218 (Parkroyal on Beach Road) or 6428 3160 (Parkroyal on Kitchener Road)

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Angels care If you see an angel when socialising at a bar these holidays, you haven’t had one too many. These angels known as Diageo Guardian Angels will encourage party-goers to call for a taxi instead of attempting to drive themselves home. In fact, they will dial the number for you if you can’t see your cell phone keypad because of excessive alcohol. This is part of Diageo’s Responsible Drinking campaign that is on until Jan 4. Diageo is a distributor of leading premium drinks.

Pan Pacific 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square At Global Kitchen, you get vintage Veuve Clicquot Champagne with your Christmas Eve dinner, which will include oysters, foie gras, truffles and pudding ($188 without GST). Christmas Day lunch is $118 without GST. Hai Tien Lo will serve lunch and dinner ($98 without GST) comprising crispy roasted suckling pig skin, honey-glazed pork and abalone. Dessert is chilled cream of mango with grass jelly topped with swiftlet’s nest. Go Japanese at Keyaki. Dinner ($98 without GST) will feature delicacies such as angler fish in claypot, sea bream soup and other Japanese favourites. Reservations: 6826 8240 or email:

The Prime Society 10 Dempsey Road 01-20 The Prime Society, among the newer establishments on Singapore’s latest hip lifestyle hangout Dempsey Hill, is serving a mouthwatering Christmas Eve dinner. Turkey is on the menu but if you fancy a change, there’s grilled slipper lobster served with cranberry jam and pinenut salad (above). The threecourse dinner is priced at $108++. Christmas Day brunch is $108++. Reservations: Call 6474 7427 Il Lido 27 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa Situated on Sentosa Island, this Italian restaurant offers a view overlooking the South China Sea and a menu that takes your breath away. It has created a special lunch and dinner menu for the holidays. There’s homemade tagliolini pasta with goose liver, pears and marsala wine, roast turkey stuffed with pancetta and truffle with apple and chestnut puree (below), and Chilean seabass with porcini mushroom, potato cream and red wine sauce. Lunch menus cost $58+++and dinners, $98+++. E Reservations: Call 6866 1977


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