Your 2019 Guide to Asia’s Best Christmas Feasts

Gather your loved ones for a festive spread of classic roasts, heritage dishes, and fresh seafood at these top-notch dining establishments.

Butcher’s Block, Raffles Singapore

Butcher’s Block, Raffles Singapore

Fresh from a two-year refurbishment, grand dame Raffles Singapore welcomes globe-trotting gourmands with a delectable lineup of dining experiences. Making its debut this December is Butcher’s Block, the hotel’s specialty meat restaurant, which serves single-origin cuts of the highest grade. Helmed by chef de cuisine Remy Lefebvre, the steakhouse plates up hearty fare designed for communal dining, with highlights such as A5 Kusunoki beef from Kagoshima, Japan; lamb chops courtesy of the Welsh organic farm Rhug Estate; and French Challans duck. For a yuletide feast, the five-course degustation menu at the Chef’s Table won’t disappoint.

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Tai Pan, The Murray, Hong Kong

Tai Pan, The Murray, Hong Kong

Soak up the festive spirit at The Murray with delectable brunches every weekend between December 7 and 22. Make merry inside the relaxed bistro-style setting of The Tai Pan (and the adjoining open-air Cotton Tree Terrace) as you tuck into a spread of fresh salads, smoked seafood, charcuterie, and Peking duck, complemented by made-to-order mains. The daytime festivities will culminate in a special Christmas Day brunch with two seatings—featuring a gingerbread decorating station, ornament making station, live Christmas carols, and visits from Santa Claus.

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The Sanchaya, Bintan.

The Sanchaya, Bintan

Kickstart your Christmas festivities with a champagne and caviar tasting on December 21, before indulging in a cocktail-and-canapés reception on Christmas Eve, followed by a traditional dinner with all the trimmings. Come December 25, treat yourself to the resort’s Wine & Cheese Discovery sessions, in which The Sanchaya’s sommelier Jeroen L’abée will spotlight a collection of award-winning wines. These will be paired with a selection of international cheeses ranging from Port-infused stilton and Camembert au Calvados, to truffle brie and Vacherin Mont d’Or. Guests can also look forward to a friendly croquet tournament on lush lawns, before cooling down with fresh strawberries and Provence Rosé.

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SKIRT, W Singapore

SKIRT, W Singapore

If succulent steaks are what you’re after, make a beeline for SKIRT’s new menu, which features the finest cuts from around the world. Sink your teeth into Australian wagyu, American and Argentinian grass-fed, and Japanese Tochigi wagyu cuts. To complement the meats, starters like herb confit escargot or the wagyu beef tataki topped with soy truffle foam and Oscietra caviar promise to whet appetites. For sweet endings, go for Manjari Garden—a beautifully plated dish of charcoal crumble, wild forest berries, and white peach sorbet.

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VIU, The St. Regis Bangkok

VIU, The St. Regis Bangkok

Count down the days to Christmas with a plentiful feast at 12th-floor international restaurant VIU, which overlooks the racetrack and manicured greens of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club, or indulge in authentic Italian fare at Jojo with a five-course meal. Those who fancy a casual get-together can head to Decanter to enjoy two hours of free-flow sparkling wine alongside local Thai treats. On Christmas Day itself, brunch beckons with traditional yuletide dishes like turkey and roast meats, enjoyed as live performers sing popular carols on stage.

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Kin, Straits Clan, Singapore

Kin, Straits Clan, Singapore

Between December 16 and 31, Kin will be offering a festive menu that showcases chef Damian D’Silva’s fondest childhood memories of family celebrations through a selection of heritage recipes. Take your taste buds on a ride with dishes like the devil’s curry, a Eurasian classic debal featuring braised chicken with mustard seeds, vinegar, and pickle, as well as feng, a labor-intensive dish of minced pork and finely chopped offal cooked in a complex blend of 18 different spices. Don’t miss out on the freshly baked Eurasian Christmas Pie, a rich stew of chicken, sausage, carrot, potato, and spices in a flaky puff-pastry crust.

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Cruise, Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong

Cruise, Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong

Marvel at the sweeping views of Victoria Harbour from this 23rd-floor restaurant at the Hyatt Centric in Hong Kong Island’s North Point neighborhood—first as you sip on Asian-inspired cocktails at the bar, and then as you enjoy a five or six-course dinner at a window-side table. The decadent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus feature sashimi, ocean-fresh Canadian lobster, New Zealand Te Mana lamb loin, as well as delicious sweets. Diners who prefer an alfresco dining experience can choose to have dinner and drinks on the outdoor terrace.

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il Cielo, Hilton Singapore

il Cielo, Hilton Singapore

Have the best of both worlds with il Cielo’s festive tasting menu, which showcases specially flown-in, seasonal Italian and Japanese ingredients curated by resident Chef Yohhei Sasaki. Satiate your appetite with Linguine alla Carbonara di Mare; al dente linguine with fresh cod tripe, sea urchin, ikura (salmon roe), thinly sliced Sardinia bottarga and Tarako (pollock roe), and Ravioli di Lasagna; ravioli stuffed with premium Miyazaki A4-grade Wagyu ragout, creamy béchamel espuma, zesty tomato powder, and freshly shaved winter black truffle.

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ATAS Modern Malaysian Eatery, The RuMa Hotel and Residences, Malaysia

ATAS Modern Malaysian Eatery, The RuMa Hotel and Residences, Kuala Lumpur

Celebrate the festive season at ATAS Modern Malaysian Eatery, which will be presenting a five-course dinner menu on December 24 and 25. Curated by executive chef Tyson Gee, the special menu showcases classic Christmas dishes infused with the restaurant’s signature twist on local heirloom ingredients. Tuck into dishes like warm foie gras with caramelized figs and bitter herbs or roasted lobster with calamari, clam, long coriander, and coconut broth, before ending the evening on a sweet note with warm Christmas pudding and honeycomb ice cream.

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Hugo’s, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui

Hugo’s, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui

Lavish your significant other with a six-course Christmas Eve dinner at Hugo’s, a decadent affair featuring carefully sourced produce from Europe. Start your evening with Brittany blue lobster and abalone, before tucking into the lemon and thyme-crusted French rascasse (scorpion fish) with Osetra caviar. Other must-tries include the chocolate-poached Aubrac beef tenderloin and French foie gras nuggets. Finally, indulge in the chocolate armagnac charlotte, which has been delicately made with rumtopf baba and apricot-almond compote.

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Kwee Zeen, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa

Kwee Zeen, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa

Be sure to come with a big appetite for Kwee Zeen’s Christmas Mega Brunch, happening on December 25. The feast beckons with a spread of fresh seafood alongside an assortment of grilled meats and desserts. Highlights include the melt-in-your-mouth roasted striploin, sweet and savory honey-glazed ham, juicy bratwurst sausages, as well as yuletide classics like roasted turkey and rosemary lamb.

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