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Thanksgiving Feasts in Singapore – 2016

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Thanksgiving – Time to Feast!

One of the things I love about Singapore is that no matter what part of the world you come from, the city gives you options aplenty to ensure you do not miss out on celebrating important festivals and holidays from back home. Such is Singapore’s charm, that Thanksgiving, predominantly an American Holiday, is celebrated with zest across the city.

As we celebrate this American Holiday in a cultural melting pot of Singapore, here’s a quick look at restaurants catering to those who would love to enjoy traditional (and fusion) thanksgiving meals in the next few days. Wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and a gourmet holiday season from Spicerover.

 

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Mezze9 @ The Grand Hyatt

Mezze9 at Hyatt Singapore

Take a pick from Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, or if you prefer a Thanksgiving-themed Sunday brunch at mezza9. Mezze9 offers a food market-themed dinner buffet and Sunday brunch where you can enjoy delicacies such as slow-roasted organic whole turkey, Muscat pumpkin soup, cumin-roasted organic carrots and sweet potato casserole with granola crumbs; along with sustainable seafood, freshly shucked oysters, artisan cheese, authentic Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes and more. To tease you sweet tooth, dig into holiday classics like pecan maple pie, pumpkin pies and baked apricot & almond cobbler. Complement your meal with free-flowing premium alcoholic beverages as well as a special Thanksgiving martini. For Thanksgiving Dinner menu, click here. For Thanksgiving Sunday Brunch menu, click here.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Buffet Thanksgiving Sunday Brunch
Date: 24-Nov-2016 Date: 27-Nov-2016
Price:

S$148++ (includes Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut Champagne, Parker Coonawarra estate series cabernet sauvignon, Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc, tiger beer, mojito, bloody mary & Thanksgiving martini)

S$138++ (includes Parker Coonawarra estate series cabernet sauvignon, Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc, tiger beer, mojito, bloody mary & Thanksgiving martini)

S$108++ (includes fruit juices and soft drinks only)

S$69++ for children (ages 3 to 12 years)

Price:

S$148++ (includes Perrier- Jouet Grand Brut Champagne, Parker Coonawarra estate series cabernet sauvignon, Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc, tiger beer, mojito, bloody mary & Thanksgiving martini)

S$128++ (includes fruits juices and soft drinks only)

 S$69++ for children (ages 3 to 12 years)

Address: Grand Hyatt,10 Scotts Road, Singapore, 228211
Reservation: Online – Click Here
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Spago @ Sands Skypark

SPAGO by Wolfgang Puck: Celebrate Thanksgiving by having dinner with a view! Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant, Spago, at Level 57, Sands SkyPark offers Thanksgiving dinner with a set 3-course set menu or you can select from dishes à la carte such as the delicious Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast and USDA Prime Filet Mignon. For the Set Menu, click here and for à la carte menu click here.

Date: 24-Nov-2016

Time: 6pm onward

Price: S$120++

Address: Sands SkyPark, Tower 2 Level 57, 10 Bayfront Avenue, 018956

Reservation: Email: SpagoReservations@MarinaBaySands.com or Call: +65-66889955

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Brasserie Les Saveurs @ St. Regis

Brasserie Les Saveurs, St. Regis: The Braserrie Les Saveurs at St. Regis keeps up its tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving by offering specially crafted delicacies. Here’s your chance to kick back and relax in opulent and luxurious surroundings in indulge in the tempting celebratory spread which is accompanied by fine wines, champagnes, as well as live music. The Thanksgiving spread offers the finest seafood including Court-Bouillon Poached Prawns, Alaskan King Crabs, Poached Boston Lobster, Hokkaido Scallops and Seared Sea Bass with Bacon Spinach and Tomato Relish. What’s more, you can savour distinctive Asian fares such as the all-time favourite Singapore Chilli Crab, and complete the gastronomic affair with an ensemble of delectable desserts including Clementine and Lime Caviar Verrine. For the complete menu, click here.

Date: 24-Nov-2016

Time: 7pm to 10pm

Price: Adult – S$118++ | Kids (4 to 12 years) – S$54++

Address: The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, The St. Regis Singapore, 247911

Reservation: Online – Click Here.

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Marriott Cafe @ Singapore Marriott

Marriott Cafe: Marriott Cafe has been keeping up with the tradition of being one of the go to places to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner. This Thanksgiving, Marriott Cafe promises to transform into a “gourmet paradise brimming with your holiday favourites”. Be prepared for a sumptuous dinner comprising of with gourmet succulent roasts, like Maple Glazed Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing; Bourbon & Honey Glazed Leg Ham, Jack Daniels’ BBQ Pork Ribs; Roast Prime Rib of Beef with Bone Marrow. Butternut Pumpkin & Pine Nut Soup, Sweet Potato Casserole with Blue Cheese & Walnuts, to name a few. The buffet includes free flow of sparkling wine, beers and soft drinks for adults and juices and soft drinks for the kids.

Date: 24-Nov-2016 (Dinner)

Price: Adults –S$ 96++ | Kids (ages 6 to 12 years) – S$46.00++

Address: 320 Orchard Road, Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, Marriott Tang Plaza, 238865

Reservation: Call +65-68314605

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Melt Cafe @ Mandarin Oriental

Melt Cafe – Mandarin Oriental: The Melt Cafe rarely disappoints… not only will it be presenting a festive menu for Thanksgiving, the celebration continues for a whole week. What’s more, they have Lunch and Dinner buffets… The buffets will feature a truffle roasted turkey with traditional thanksgiving stuffing that includes Rum-Maple Glazed Semi-Bone Ham, Double Cranberry Sauce and Traditional Giblet Gravy and other classic side dishes. The dessert menu includes English Minced Fruit Pie, Silky Pumpkin Pie, Raspberry Marmalade with Chantilly, Cinnamon Panna Cotta to name a few. Although not excessively traditional, the spread will make you drool for sure. For complete menu, click here.

Date: 21-Nov-2016 to 26-Nov-2016 (Lunch & Dinner)

Price:  Lunch: S$55++| Dinner: S$75 (Monday to Thursday) & S$85 (Friday and Saturday)

Reservation: Call +65 6885 3500 OR Online – Click Here

Address: 5 Raffles Avenue, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, 039797

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Brewerks @ Riverside Point


Brewerkz: Brewerkz is one of my favourite restaurants that serves classic, handmade American-styled food. It;s one of the places where sharing is not a choice, but a necessity, thanks to the generous portions of food it offers. Celebrate Thanksgiving at Brewerkz Riverside Point (only) with a buffet spread that includes mouth watering delights like Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows and Pecans, Charred Broccoli with Almond, even the traditional Mac & Cheese, Roasted Turkey Breast, Fennel Crusted Pork, Beer Roasted Beef, classic Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Fondue. To view the spread, click here.

Date: 24-Nov-2016 (5pm to 10pm)

Price: Kids (ages 6 to 12 years) – S$16.50 | Adults – Starts at S$62.75

Reservation: Online – Click Here

Address: Brewerkz Riverside Point (30 Merchant Road #01-05/06 Riverside Point)

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Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore

Lawry’s The Prime Rib: Lawry’s the Prime Rib, an all-American chain that surpasses your need visual extravaganza… from bold colours to uniquely dressed servers… this is one of the more popular fine-dining options in Singapore. This Thanksgiving, Lawry’s is offering both lunch and dinner options that serve the Thanksgiving traditional dishes such as Classic Cream of Pumpkin Soup, Roasted Beef and Classic Turkey Duo, Herbs & Spices crusted Threadfin amongst other delicacies. For the complete menu, click here.

Thanksgiving Day Lunch Thanksgiving Day Dinner
Date: 24-Nov-2016 Date: 24-Nov-2016
Time: 11:30am to 2:30pm Time: 5pm onwards
Price:  From S$78++ to S$88++ Price: From S$93++ to S$103++
Address: 333A Orchard Road #04-01/31 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897
Reservation: Call6836 3333 | Email – reservations@lawrys.com.sg
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Kilo Kitchen @ Kallang

Kilo Kitchen: The first thing that intrigues me is the name Kilo and their aspiration to communicate moments defined by  hearty food, soulful music, warm conversations, and unforgettable occasions. Kilo Kitchen’s Cooking Beats celebrates Thanksgiving with a Thanksgiving Feast dinner accompanied by good music and warm conversation, with drinks all the way up to midnight. The set menu offer delicacies like roasted carrot and fennel soup, prawn sesame toast, turkey two ways Pumpkin cheese cake to name a few. Vegetarian options are also available on request. For the complete menu, click here.

Date: 24-Nov-2016

Time: 6pm onwards

Price: $70++ per person

Location: 66 Kampong Bugis, Level M, Singapore 338987

Reservations: Online – Click Here or Call +65-98306252

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Meat Smith – The Full Metal Smokehouse: This casual diner offers a full variety of dining options from breakfast to dinner. The has a fully equipped bar with stocks of craft beer, bourbons, picklebacks and a wide mix of cocktails. Meat Smith, this thanksgiving, offers Smoked Turkey, with various stuffing options of Mash & Gravy, Brussels Sprouts & Bacon, Cranberries, Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Biscuits, and finished off with Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie.

Date: 24-Nov-2016 (Dinner)

Price: S$60.00 per pax

Reservation: eat@meatsmith.com.sg

Address: 167/169, Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068620

 

Photo Credits and Courtesy:

[1] Thanksgiving – Time to Feast: Marina Bay Sands Website

[2]  Mezze9 @ Grand Hyatt: Grand Hyatt Singapore Website

[3] Spago @ Sands Skypark: Marina Bay Sands Website

[4] Brasserie Les Saveurs @ St. Regis: Brasserie Les Saveurs Website

[5] Marriott Cafe @ Singapore Marriott: Marriott Singapore Website

[6] Melt Cafe @ Mandarin Oriental: Chope Melt Cafe Reservation Page

[7] Brewerks @ Riverside Point: Brewerks Singapore Website

[8] Lawry’s The Prime Rib: Lawry’s Singapore Website

[9] Kilo Kitchen @ Kallang: Kilo Website

[10] Meatsmith: Meatsmith Facebook Page 

*The blog post is based on author’s own opinions and research. The author has not taken any compensation – financial or otherwise – to publicise the restaurants in the list. Happy Thanksgiving.

Lime House – Let’s go Liming

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If ever hear someone from the Caribbean saying  “I am liming with my friends…” don’t be surprised… they do that quite often… just as we do! For liming in Caribbean simply means… “Hanging out!” That’s exactly where the latest Caribbean / Jamaican restaurant got its name… Lime House… Meaning Hangout House!

And true to its name, it is fast turning out to be chilled-out, relaxed place to hang out with friends and family, share a drink and some delicious Jamaican food! Situated in a pretty shop house on Jiak Chuan Road, it’s a place I am sure I will visit often.

Last weekend, me and my girlfriends decided to try out this new place and hopefully get the taste of some authentic Trinidadian food. The smiling maître de and the welcoming servers immediately ensured that you felt at home in this friendly restaurant. No sooner than we had ordered our drinks, a six foot plus, native from the Caribbean stopped by the table to welcome us and he introduced himself as Chris Morris, the owner of “your friendly neighbourhood restaurant.”

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Bar at Lime House

He personally introduced us to the various dishes in the menu, explaining that each dish was hand-picked and authentic Caribbean food. Intrigued at the choice of dishes in the menu (most of which sounded quite exotic), I questioned him further about the choice of his menu and how did he manage to get a team of chefs who could actually cook such authentic Trinidadian food. To my delight and surprise, he revealed that he has teamed up with the London-based celebrity chef, Hasan Defour, to act as a consultant chef. In fact, Defour had personally trained the head chef of the restaurant, Tony Seah, about the local cuisine. For those unaware of Defour, he accompanied Michlin Star Celebrity Chef, Gary Rhodes as a sous chef for the television series “Rhodes Across the Caribbean.”

It was very clear from the ambience, the way the servers were and how each guest got a personalized attention, that this wasn’t just a new eatery in town. It was Chris’s personal dream seeing the light of the day. Now, excited not just about the menu, but also its creator, this is what we picked and by the end of it, we were in Caribbean-food heaven.

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Rum based drinks at Lime House

Drinks:

The menu carries some interesting rum cocktails… and if you have a sweet tooth, then you should definitely try some of these! We ended up trying the Lime House Classic Punch, Caribbean Life and Lychee Ooh Lala (S$ 16 each). Of course they have a well-stocked bar and serve pretty much any drink, these specialties were quite zingy!

Appetizers:

Lime House has some delectable appetizer options. Our picks:

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Wings n’ Tings

Lime House “Wings n’ Tings”: A marinated chicken fillet and wings with Jerk Sauce. While the recipe does say Jerk sauce, the taste was anything but! Spicy, yet not very hot, the appetizer teases your taste buds and leaving you wanting for more.

Coconut breaded prawns: The reason I liked this dish was that it combines the delicate flavours of prawns, with the sweetness of coconut and tanginess of pineapple, and yet the strong flavours do not gulp the prawns. It is a different combination of flavours that works!

Mains:

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Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken: We were so taken in by the Jerk sauce, that we opted for the Jerk Chicken. The chicken is served with textures of sweet potato (it actually tastes much better than mashed potato) and Jerk barbeque sauce, which is slightly more spicier than the usual BBQ sauce.

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Curry Goat

Curry Goat: What attracted me to this dish was that the curry goat was served with coconut rice and plaintain batons or Kerala banana, as we better know it. The goat was tender and well cooked and the coconut rice with just the right amount of coconut flavour. I would have preferred the rice slightly less dry, but it worked with the curry. The recipe reminded me a lot of the way mutton curry is made in India, especially the west-coast. All in all a complete dish.

Dessert:

For the sweet tooth, you might be tad-bit disappointed with the dessert spread for they have just 3 dessert dishes.

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Deconstructed Pina Colada

Deconstructed Pina Colada: Continuing with our experience, we opted for the Pina Colada dessert, more so because I love coconut based desserts! While, it wasn’t as exceptional as the appetizers and the mains, I do not have anything to complain.

How much will it cost me: A dinner for two, with one drink each will cost you anything between S$ 80 to S$ 120.

Verdict: I loved the place, the food was different, very well done, and in short delectable. Having said that, I could have done with slightly larger portions of food. Some of the portions seemed small for the price they charge, and left you wanting for more. Further, this is no place for a vegetarian. I sincerely hope, considering the fact that it’s still new, that they add a few all veggie dishes. I know, veggie and Caribbean may not be a good fit, but hey, jerk sauce can be served with broccoli right? The appetizers have a couple all veggie dishes, and they do have a veggie salad, but absolutely no veggie mains. That essentially means, that I cannot take my husband there for dinner at least!

But, they have a post-dinner bar and lounge on the second floor of the two-storey building, which is quite a cool hangout. Keeping up with the overall Caribbean theme, it has some lively, at times over the top, but snappy music, which one can enjoy on a relaxed evening. When we left the restaurant that evening, satisfied and happy, I realized that the reason I was feeling elated was because this isn’t just another restaurant, this is a place started by a native Trinidadian, who wants to bring his roots, his culture and his cuisine all the way across seven seas and share it with Singapore, a cultural potluck, hoping that he can get a lot many to share his passion and his love for his roots!

Overall, a definite thumbs up!

Rating: ****

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