SINGAPORE — IT IS MAYBE A LITTLE LATE compared with when we start our Christmas celebration in the Philippines, but the same spirits linger here: joyful, heartfelt, merry.
“So this is Pacific Christmas,” I told myself as the simple Christmas Lighting Ceremony takes place at the grand lobby of Pan Pacific Singapore on November 25.
The ceremony signals the kick off of the hotel’s festivities in this busy part of the country that’s praised for its awesome infrastructure facilities, transportation, and discipline, among others.
Being one of the top five-star hotels here, Pan Pacific Singapore caters to the diverse needs of both tourists and locals who set foot in the hotel, known as the World’s Leading Business Hotel by World Travel Awards. It is situated along Raffles Road in the vicinity of Marina Bay, Singapore’s business center that offers great views Pacific ocean and the city skyline.
Singapore is one of the most diverse countries in the Asian region, that’s why a hotel that has wide array of food selections, offers sincere hospitality, and great comfort is an utmost necessity, and experiencing Pacific Christmas makes every visitor’s Singapore stay a stay to remember. Mine is.
Though the lighting ceremony just happened today, Christmas celebration here actually started mid-November, when the hotel started offering its visitors exceptional culinary delights from its wide range of award-winning restaurants: Edge, Pacific Marketplace, Hai Tien Lo, Keyaki, and Atrium.
I’d like to think that people, irregardless of our nationalities believe that Christmas doesn’t only signify love, but the highest form of love — the best of which was formed due to continuous bonding of hearts, strengthened overtime. With what it seems to me, in Pan Pacific’s vocabulary maybe, to bond means to eat, and eat a lot, a lot of delicious food with the people we love. That’s why in this post, we are highlighting five main restaurants in the hotel where you could bring your family to tighten up your bond this Holiday seasons.
I. At EDGE alone, seven live food stations are ready to offer traditional festive favorites coupled with enticing visual presentations. One could easily forget about the diet when in front of the Seafood on Ice selections, and Christmas delights including uniquely crafted homemade festive charcuterie such as Christmas Black Forest Ham, Assorted Ham Terrine, Hot Smoke Salmon Bella Vista; freshly grilled homemade Gingerbread Turkey Sausage and Wangyu Beef at the Master Butcher Grill live station; a delectable range of roasted specialties at the carving station including Traditional Roasted Turkey with Festive Trimmings, Traditional Bone-in Gammon Ham, and Roasted Prime Ribs; as well as a delightful variety of festive sweet treats to round up the indulgent meal such as Homemade German Marzipan Stollen, Milk Chocolate and Fresh Raspberry Log Cake, and Fruit Mince Pie.
This coming New Year, be ready for the hotel’s New Year’s Eve Champagne Dinner and New Year’s Day Champagne Brunch at Edge. The gourmet highlights include Whole Roasted Baby Lamb with Moroccan Spices, Pot-roasted Prime Ribs with Italian Mixed Herbs, Alaskan King Crab, Boston Lobster and fresh Seafood on Ice, complemented with unlimited Veuve Clicquot Champagne, red and white wines.
My Edge experience on Sunday, November 22 was superb that I’d wish every Sunday is spent on eating alone. It was a well-spent four hours over brunch as my friend and I share experiences in this city — me being a visitor for 10 days and him, an overseas Filipino worker for two years now– and that’s over unlimited glasses of champagne. Say “LIFE”. Let me tell you more about that on a separate post.
II. PACIFIC MARKETPLACE offers the limited edition Festive Afternoon Tea Set handcrafted by their in-house Pastry Chefs. Feel free to savour unique festive sweet treats including sliced German Stollen, Gingerbread CheeseCake, Early Grey and Sultana Scone, Red Santa Cupcake; savoury specials such as Smoked Turkey and Raspberry Marmalade Sandwich, and Roasted Beef and Honey Mustard Sandwich. Pair them with your choice of beverage, including gourmet coffee or tea, or a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne. Yum yum!
Festive goodies are also available at Pacific Marketplace such as Raspberry Pate de Fruit with Szechuan Pepper infused Mascarpone Mousse Log Cake, Homemade German Marzipan Stollen, Tall Milano Panettone; and savoury specials including Roasted Turkey with Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing, and limited edition Smoked Juniper Berry Ham, created with the original recipe by Master Butcher Leonhard Weber. It also presents a selection of 30 varieties of exquisite and aromatic hams, sausages, salamis and cold cuts.
III. HAI TIEN LO offers uniquely crafted six-course Christmas and New Year’s menu by Executive Chef Lai Tong Ping, perfect for family reunions.
The delectable prix fixe menu of culinary highlights include Lobster and Tomato Soup with Sliced Wagyu Beef, Braised Whole Abalone with Crispy Bean Gluten and Mushroom; and Octopus Broth Stewed Inaniwa Udon with King Prawn in Signature Homemade XO Chilli Sauce.
Traditional Dim Sum Brunch Buffet is also available here or the a la carte buffet that includes Steamed Barbecued Pork Buns, Sauteed Scallops and Sliced Crispy Clams, and Deep fried Prawns tossed in Wasabi Mayonnaise.
IV. KEYAKI on the other hand, offers an eight-course menu featuring authentic Japanese delicacies enhanced with premium seasonal ingredients directly imported from Japan.
Specially presented by Master Chef Hiroshi Ishii, this season’s menu include highlights such as Grilled Abalone, Snow Crab, Scallop, Yum Bud and Asparagus on Magnolia Leaf, Grilled Wagnu Beef with Mushroom Sauce, Simmered Sweet Potato and Brocolli; and Grilled King Crab with Spicy Cod Roe Sauce.
V. ATRIUM features Christmas Toasts, a variety of uniquely concocted Christmas cocktails perfect for family gatherings and corporate events: Sing-aling-aling of Scotch whisky with refreshing flavors of Mango and Peach; the sweet and tangy Captain Claus made up of rum, lemon juice and vanilla syrup; Jingle Tone with main concoctions of Scotch whisky and chilled coffee for your caffeine fix; and Pacific Eggnog of Scotch whisky and cognac with touch of apricot brandy, mango and pineapple juice.
Need I say more? Pan Pacific Singapore is definitely a place to go to when in Singapore especially this coming Christmas and New Year. It is big enough to offer you the comfort and privacy you and your loved ones need, but intimate enough for each other to feel your every breath of love.
*Cebu Pacific flies from Manila to Singapore daily. Check out cebupacificair.com for tickets and schedule.
**Photos from Pan Pacific Singapore website.