Christmas is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends because this is the season to be jolly! Needless to say, restaurants and hotels are pulling out all stops when it comes to their festive buffets to create a memorable Christmas for everyone.
Royale—an all-day dining restaurant located at Mercure Singapore Bugis—has made it into our list as one of the best options for Christmas this year. The team behind the restaurant has prepared a sensational holiday buffet and you would be surprised by its affordable price tag.
For the entire month of December, delight yourself in ‘A Globetrotting Christmas’ buffet feast from S$48++ per adult/ S$24++ per child. The buffet features over 40 holiday recipes intertwined with Asian flavours such as Oven Baked Nonya Turkey served with Homemade Chili Sauce and Baked Honey Cinnamon Gammon Ham with Citrus Sauce.
From the succulent meat offered at ‘live’ carving stations to Western and Asian specialities and artisanal desserts, this is one festive buffet you definitely need to try!
Helmed by Royale’s Executive Chef Nicholas Sia, this over-the-top buffet spread brings you on a gastronomical journey across the continents with a specially curated menu comprising highlights like European Christmas classics, Asian delights, and even Australian-inspired dishes.
To set the festive mood right, guests will get to dine in a swanky dining hall that has been done up with baroque style furnishings.
EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS CLASSICS
You may feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices at this festive buffet but we had no problems identifying the dish we would be starting our feast with.
The Roasted Beef Sirloin with Red Wine and Mustard was hands down our favourite of the lot. Served at the carving station, Royale’s medium rare beef sirloin came in the most beautiful shade of pink. Using traditional roasting methods, the crusty-charred top layer had a hint of smokiness while the insides remain juicy and extremely tender.
Adding a tropical touch to a European delicacy for a twist, the German Pork Knuckle with Pineapple Sauce is another highlight of this buffet. Also known as Bavarian Schweinehaxen in German, the pork knuckle was roasted till it had a layer of crispy skin enveloping fork-tender pork.
The pork knuckle is good on its own but you can spice things up a little and add a few drops of pineapple sauce for an elevated taste.
Of course, you must not skip the Baked Honey Cinnamon Gammon Ham with Citrus Sauce either. The meat was tender with the right amount of saltiness and it was delicious, to say the least.
Moving on to the Asian flavours, you’d probably be surprised to find a turkey under this category but what do you know? Royale’s Oven Baked Nyonya Turkey served with Homemade Chilli Sauce is the real deal, guys!
Turkey has always been the quintessential dish for Christmas and this is what you can expect as part of the buffet lineup as well—but not quite the way you know turkey. Those who cook will know that turkey is not one of the simplest recipes to master but Chef Nicholas at Royale nailed it.
If you are wondering where the turkey got its rich flavour from, that’s because there are seven types of Peranakan spices used to marinate the meat. And you have to pair the fragrant turkey meat with Royale’s homemade chilli sauce—a spicy concoction that reshapes our perspective of how wonderful a turkey can be.
There is a stellar fish option too if you do not want an all-meat meal. The Baked Tandoori Salmon with Mint Chutney features a smooth salmon fillet that is marinated overnight with traditional Indian spices and yoghurt before it is roasted in the oven to achieve a smouldering taste.
WESTERN AND ASIAN HOT SPECIALTIES
Beyond that, the festive buffet also offers some pretty good Western and Asian specialties—the Australian Cherry and Port Glazed Rack of Lamb is a hearty meat dish that is often eaten in Winter; the Waffles Chicken is simple but oh-so-good; then there are the Garlic and Rosemary Prawns that won us over with lightly flavoured sweet, juicy prawns; and Accordion Potatoes which is covered in copious amounts of sour cream and bacon bits.
CRAYFISH LAKSA ‘LIVE’ STATION
Head over to the Crayfish Laksa ‘live’ station for something that is good all year round; Christmas or not. The chef prepares every order a la minute so you only get the freshest, warmest bowl of noodles. The laksa broth we had was creamy, full-flavoured and was well complemented with sweet crayfish.
SEAFOOD ON ICE
No buffet spread is truly complete without fresh seafood on ice and fans of shellfish will need to know that this is where you can get free-flow oysters, mussels, prawns, crayfish and clams!
Yes, they are all included in the festive buffet line-up and this reality sure made us do a double take on the price.
FESTIVE ARTISANAL DESSERTS
Remember to save some room for Royale’s festive artisanal desserts, handcrafted by Royale’s own Pastry Chef Man. In fact, you can even watch the pastry chef in action at the ‘live’ pastry kitchen as she crafts out all the cakes and muffins daily.
Our picks include Royale’s Hazelnut Log Cake, Pandan Crème Brûlée, Cempedak Meringue Tart and Durian Puree with Vanilla Mousse.
You have to try the Pandan Crème Brûlée! Smooth egg custard infused with pandan, topped with a layer of brown sugar that is lightly torched; it is one of those successful fusion desserts that do not steer too far from its roots and has a distinct Asian touch to it without overpowering the European aspect.
If you are looking for more choices, there’s also New York Chocolate Cheese Cake, Santa Red Velvet and Snow Angel Vanilla cupcakes among others.
Globetrotting Festive Buffet (01 to 30 December 2017, excluding 24 & 25 December 2017)
Lunch & Dinner
$48++ (Adult) / $ 24++ (Child 6-12 years)
$78++ per person with free flow wines & beer
Globetrotting Christmas Buffet (24 & 25 December 2017)
Lunch & Dinner
$68++ (Adult) / $34 ++ (Child 6-12 years)
$98++ per person with free flow wines & beer
New Year’s Eve Countdown Party (31 December 2017)
New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet
$68++ (Adult) / $34 ++ (Child 6-12 years)
$108++ with free flow wines & beer
New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet & Countdown Party (31 December 2017)
$148++ per person with free flow wines, beer & Moscato Rose
Children under 6 years dine for free.
Level 3, Mercure Singapore Bugis
122 Middle Road
Tel: +65 6521 6030 / or email HA0D7-FB1@accor.com
Buffet Lunch: 12pm – 2.30pm
Buffet Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Bugis
This post is brought to you by Mercure Singapore Bugis