Warm greetings and good tidings are ensued by merry eating and drinking in the holiday spirit as Christmas bring a special line-up of guilty-indulgences that we all love from the best hotels across Asia.
It’s that time of the year again where either you are busy crafting the perfect Christmas spread or worrying where to get a Christmas dinner for your family holiday in a tropical country. Well, fret not because Christmas is just as lively in Asia and the joyous day here is celebrated in festive fares with an Asian twist. Forget about grocery shopping, you and your loved ones can savour a sumptuous feast in these hotels’ restaurants and rejoice in a fuss-free festal cuisine. Some even have takeaway specials if you love dining in the comfort of home.
If you are drawn towards western gastronomic pleasures, V E Hotel & Residence is at your service. Christmas buffet brunch in this Bangsar South lot will make you be spoilt for choices among their vast selection of meat, cooking approaches and cuisines. Look forward to their homemade paté served with delicate veal including roasted aromatic duck breast dipped in caramelized orange sauce and pear chutney. In giving particular attention to their ingredients, the rack of lamb is deliciously enhanced using glazed peppers and Puy lentils that are specifically grown in France.
Besides, fix your cheese cravings with their haven of cheese platters from brie, edam, gouda, cheddar and marinated cheese in essential oils. You can savour it with crackers and dried fruits as appetizers. The irresistible fare continues with international pastries such as Germany’s stollen fruit bread with sugar icing, panettone fruitcake from Italy and French’s sablé cherry cookie. Aside from that, V E Hotel & Residence also dish up some Malaysian cuisines at the buffet where their signature chicken satay in tangy peanut sauce is a must try. At KIOSK Deli, party hosts can find log cakes of multiple flavours and a whole turkey or lamb leg to liven up their house dinner.
Bangsar South City, No. 8, Jalan Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur
The Coffee House at Sunway Putra Hotel has been carving a name for themselves in the epicurean circle upon a variety of tantalizing gourmet selections ranging from Asian, Middle Eastern and Western cuisines. Headed by a special interest in Malaysian favourites, their Christmas buffet dinner sees many curated dishes of Asian influences. For starters, they have duck with miso glazed eggplant where the fermented soybean provides a natural salty kick to the palate while spicy Thai barbecued beef salad is freshly sour with tender meat to add. As a main dish, Medallion Beef Steak is cooked with creamy Sarawak green pepper sauce for a spicy fragrance.
For other delights, the dining scene calls attention to the live carving of meats like Wellington beef, roasted turkey, honey meatloaf and tandoori chicken. Of course, a Christmas dinner is incomplete without puddings and log cakes. A sweet tooth will swim in the sea of festive desserts like Christmas cookies served at The Coffee House dinner. You can pre-order juicy roasted turkey plus a gingerbread house for your home feast at the Atrium Lounge in Sunway Putra Hotel.
100 Jalan Putra, Kuala Lumpur
Singapore’s grand heritage hotel is making your home feast world-class with their new gourmet takeaway; the 12 Treasures Turkey. Introduced by the hotel’s Master Chef Goh Chee Kong, this splendid bird is marinated overnight using a Chinese recipe of soy sauce, Shaoxing wine and other ingredients before it is stuffed and baked. The palatial “12 Treasures” refer to roast pork, shiitake mushrooms, water chestnuts, conch, Euryale seeds, potatoes, lotus seeds and salted egg yolk that accompany the golden-brown turkey. Another home-bound delicacy is the Around the World in ‘Turkey’ Days that let you discover the diversity of turkey dishes in Korea, Japan, Middle East and the UK.
Their eye-catching dessert, Silent Night Sphere, is a white chocolate orb in midnight-blue colour that melts by pouring warm chocolate over it. Designed by Chef Joe Tan, the artistic treat discloses macarons, gummy bears, marshmallows and dried cranberries that both adults and children will enjoy. Lastly, an Asian twist Christmas feast is perfected in favour of Goodwood’s renowned ‘Mao Shan Wang’ Durian Christmas Log Cake that ends the meal with a flavoursome bang.
22 Scotts Road, Singapore
A big city does not miss out on a ceremonious occasion like this as The District Grill Room & Bar at Bangkok Marriot Hotel Sukhumvit is hosting a delectable choice of cuisines in Christmas spirit. The festive highlights of a Christmas brunch include Mont d’Or melted hot cheese, grilled Boston lobsters and wagyu burgers. Anticipate a selection of imported cold cut cured hams like the luxe reserved Spanish Iberian Bellota and Italian Capocollo and Culatello that is best enjoyed with Bruschetta and wine. Also, German Glühwein, a kind of hot wine with spice is prepared to go alongside your lavish brunch.
While The District promises a range of holiday feast, 57th Street keeps the guests in awe of their Christmas Eve dinner menu. Live cooking stations are set up to cook foie gras, wagyu steaks and brioche toast at your needs. At the side, they have blinis and an exquisite selection of salmon, black and flying fish caviar. Prep to spoil yourself as the western gourmet buffet kicks it up a notch with imported salmon gravlax of different flavours not counting other succulent seafood and divine chocolaty sweets.
2 Sukhumvit Soi 57, Klongtan Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand