Rejoice in the spirit of giving with festive goodies, world class gourmet fare and holiday shopping. Indulge in luscious holiday treats this season with festive takeaways at SweetSpot, holiday feasts and retail therapy at Marina Bay Sands.
To usher in 2015, visitors can indulge in the buffet from the outdoor fresh herb garden, where an outdoor barbeque pit will offer grilled delights such as Rosemary Lamb Chops, Fillet of Beef and barbecue Stingray. The live Western station will also offer Winter Black Truffle Capellini with fine herbs and Wagyu Beef Bourgogne. The New Year’s special menu at RISE is available for lunch and dinner starting from S$68++ on 31 December 2014 and 1 January 2015.
Daniel Boulud’s “Black Tie Scallops” at db Bistro Moderne, “Feast of the Seven Fishes” Christmas Eve dinner at Osteria Mozza
Enjoy a Christmas Eve dinner with db Bistro Moderne as Executive Chef Jonathan Kinsella prepares a four-course menu (S$165++) featuring wintertime flavours. Begin with a Wild Mushroom Velouté or Guinea Hen Pâté “En Croûte”, followed by Sweet Butter Poached Boston Lobster with House-Made Ricotta Gnocchi. For mains, choose from a Brittany Cod “En Papillote”, Slow Roasted Duck Duo or Seed Crusted Venison Loin. Finish with db Bistro Moderne’s signature Hazelnut Bûche de Noël, or Nougat Glace, a specialty of Executive Pastry Chef Benjamin Siwek.
db Bistro Moderne is also offering a luxuriant six-course New Year’s Eve dinner (S$198++) featuring Oysters “A la Nage” with oscietra caviar, asparagus and romaine lettuce, Daniel Boulud’s signature Black Tie Scallops studded with black winter truffles and baked in crust, as well as a choice of mains – Sweet Butter Poached Boston Lobster or the Filet Mignon “Rossini” with foie gras, wild mushrooms, spinach, brioche and black truffle sauce. Round up the meal with the Pear and Chocolate Tart or Vacherine “Mont-Blanc”.
For a traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner, head over to Osteria Mozza for the “Feast of the Seven Fishes” prepared by Executive Chef David Almany. The feast is a customary meal served in Italian households to celebrate La Vigilia or Christmas Eve where seafood is served instead of meat. Originally a form of abstinence, this austere tradition has grown into a gastronomic seafood feast. Gather family and friends to indulge in this special Chef’s Tasting Menu priced at S$128++ per person featuring the delicate Bruschetta of Santa Barbara Sea Urchin with Lardo and Urfa Pepper, Spanner Crab Tortellini with Kale and Chili, Smoked Saffron Tagliatelle with lobster, mushrooms and botarga and Roasted Wild Grouper with clams, potato, fennel, caviar and vermouth. Complete the festive feast with the Vanilla panna cotta with coconut tapioca and chocolate “fish”.
Enjoy a Christmas Eve dinner at Sky on 57, located at the Sands SkyPark offering a majestic view of the Singapore skyline. Savour a special festive menu featuring Symphony of Seafood, Fish Cartilage Velouté with crabmeat, cured smoked bacon and white truffle shaving, as well as the Turkey Medallion with foie gras and chestnut stuffing, vegetable medley, pumpkin puree and Perigourdine sauce. Round up the meal with Texture de Marron, with chestnut parfait, chestnut candy, tangerine ice cream, meringue and vanilla sauce.
Toast to the New Year at Sky on 57’s outdoor terrace and immerse in the spectacular fireworks display over the bay. The outdoor terrace countdown party offers nine dishes, a selection of desserts and a magnum-sized bottle of JQ Selection Champagne.
For an elegant fine dining experience on New Year’s Eve, enjoy a seven-course dinner featuring dishes such as Nordic Crab, Hokkaido Scallop Ceviche, Tasmanian Wild Coral Cod and Baby Mini Abalone. The New Year’s Eve dinner is served with a glass of JQ Selection Champagne.
Sky on 57 also offers a five-course New Year’s Day brunch served with a glass of Piper Heidsieck Champagne.
In celebration of this holiday season, the Bar at Waku Ghin has created two holiday cocktails. The Southern Polar Bear is a playful and fruity cocktail with Bols Yogurt, Dita Lychee, Massenez Peach, fresh cream, rose syrup and delightful gummy bears and coconut flakes. For whisky lovers, enjoy ‘Boozy Santa is comin’ to the bar inspired from the popular Christmas song. The cocktail is made with Christmas Malt, fine Italian red vermouth Carpano Antica Formula, a dash of Chocolate bitters finished with lemon zest and Griottnes cherry.
Some of the highlights to watch for include up to 50 percent off selected sale items at luxury French label Anne Fontaine and regular priced items at Italian fashion house Etro, 30 percent off regular priced items at Repetto, which carries a selection of items exclusive to its boutique here at The Shoppes, as well as curated Diorific Lipsticks in Merveilleuse and Audacieusea, and 3 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Smoky Gold sold in limited quantities exclusively at Parfums Christian Dior at The Shoppes.
From now till 25 December, Sands Rewards Lifestyle cardholders are entitled to two Festive Rewards Extravaganza promotions at The Shoppes. They can take part in the ‘Shop and Get’ promotion and redeem gifts such as Osim uSnooz and Chopard Viaggio Pen with their Destination Points. Sands Rewards Lifestyle members can also participate in weekly lucky draws as part of the ‘Shop and Win’ promotion, from 6 to 25 December. Prizes such as S$10,000 cash and Destination Dollars will be up for grabs. Shoppers can sign up for Sands Rewards Lifestyle membership to enjoy these privileges.
In addition to a Santa’s Wonderland on the Skating Rink8, shoppers can also enjoy complimentary gift wrapping services and redeem a picture with Santa with a minimum spending of S$50 at The Shoppes9. To add to the festive buzz, delightful roving entertainment such as carolers, live jazz music and a series of well-loved festive mascots will also roam the shopping complex to spread the magic.
With over 60 dining options property wide, shoppers can pick from acclaimed restaurants located within the mall after a day of festive shopping. Located along the waterfront promenade is Bazin10 Bistro and Bar, which will be offering a three-course Christmas set menu at S$98++ (includes a glass of champagne) , featuring its classic tandoori chicken. Italian fine-dining restaurant Caffé B11 will be serving up a six-course Christmas special at S$100++ (S$150++ with wine-pairing) amidst specially concocted festive cocktails.
Hearty eaters can also opt for a buffet at sushi and seafood buffet restaurant TODAI13 on 24 and 25 December, or indulge in a pot of piping hot steamboat at the newly opened Hotpot Kingdom14. The Christmas Hotpot set menu for two, priced at S$88++, features a sumptuous array of seafood platter including sliced garoupa fish, whole crab, live prawns, mussels, as well as fresh cuts including sliced U.S beef, Japanese kurobata pork, chicken, and handmade meatballs. The restaurant is also extending a complimentary bottle of wine with a minimum spend of S$150.
Countdown to 2015 under the stars
Come 31 December, party-goers can revel in exciting countdown parties in the heart of Marina Bay while witnessing the spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks on the Sands SkyPark. Taking place on the iconic Sands SkyPark Observation Deck from 10pm to 3am is Sky High Social, which will boast unmatched views of the stunning city skyline amid celebratory champagne toasts, party favours and live acts by the multi-talented music band Catsine Cradle.
Guests also receive a complimentary photo as a memento and a party pack to mark the memorable festivities. Tables of eight, which will each be extended a premium bottle of 1.5L Grey Goose and a variety of mixers, are available for booking (VIP A15 at S$1,988 or VIP B16 at S$1,788), while general admission17 is at S$168. Tickets are on sale from 25 November via http://www.marinabaysands.com/ticketing
New Year’s Eve countdown party fireworks display
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