Time to indulge in the Christmas cheer and feasts while doing year-end festive shopping!
City Square Mall, located at the junction of Serangoon and Kitchener Roads and directly connected to Farrer Park MRT Station, is home to about 200 tenants such as Uniqlo, Toys’R’Us, Golden Village and some 50 F&B outlets.
If you are thinking of where to head out to for your Christmas celebration meals with your family and friends, here are 9 restaurants and cafes in the family-friendly mall which offer some festive specials, some of which you will find hard to resist.
Paddington House of Pancakes #02-35/36
Tel: +65 6612 9029
THE pancake place that serves like a hundred different types of pancakes, with varieties from America, Australia, Austria, China, France, Holland, and Sweden.
PHOP’s Christmas Tree Pancake Stack ($18++) comes in a stack of five fluffy pancakes shaped like a Christmas Tree, served with fresh strawberries, banana & peaches, topped with a dusting of ‘snow’, and further drizzled with maple syrup. Must share with friends.
Milk & Honey – Artisan Yogurt & Dessert Bar #02-K14
Tel: +65 6834 3040
Home-grown brand Milk & Honey – Artisan Yogurt & Dessert Bar serves up smooth yogurt parfaits decorated with handcrafted toppings and cakes all made in-house.
Check out the limited edition Christmas Yogurt parfait ($7.80) which comes with a special Christmas tree cookie, and a chocolate coated red velvet cake looking like a marshmallow.
Whips Cupcakes #B2-K9
Tel: +65 8281 9078
Specialized gourmet cupcake store Whips Cupcakes offers a selection of moist and pretty-looking American cupcakes that you can get for the next gathering or birthday celebration.
Available from 26 Nov, the Christmas-themed cupcakes (available in 25pcs per box at $33) come in cute figurines and patterns of Santa Claus, Christmas Trees and Gingerbread Man that will bring smiles to a festive party. They have also released two new limited flavours: Chocolate Mint & Chocolate Blueberry both of which are worth a try.
The Manhattan FISH MARKET #04-12/13
Tel: +65 6509 6309
Tip: Whip your cameras out for the Flaming Platters.
Other than turkeys, lobsters are also believed to be eaten during Thanksgiving, and The Manhattan FISH MARKET’s new Double Lobsters Platter ($56.95, meant for 2) should provide you with twice the joy.
The highlight of the platter is the two whole lobsters with two different dressings – one with a creamy herb sauce, the other with their signature Flaming sauce which will be torched at your table. (I preferred the sweeter signature sauce which went quite well with seafood.)
Equally noteworthy are the accompaniments, which include Cajun chicken breast drizzled with cheese sauce, fried calamari and Garlic Herb mussels on Garlic Herb rice.
Tel: +65 6509 6280
I actually had this Swensen’s Turkey Burger ($17.90) two days in a row. This is an American classic done with an interesting local twist. I wondered why the pineapple sandwiched within looked brown instead of yellow. It was actually dunked in gula melaka and then grilled. The turkey patty was plump, well marinated and succulent (not dry as I would have imagined.)
The other localised dessert to look out for is the Potong Supreme Pleaser – a red bean potong ice cream on top, vanilla ice cream covered with chocolate, and crinkle-cut chips dipped in chocolate. Such nostalgic indulgence!
Cedele Bakery Café #01-24/25
Tel: +65 6509 9762
Cedele has always been one of my go-to bakery cafes to get wholesome cakes. Other than the Flourless Chocolate Logcake ($52) for this festive season, the Coconut Paradise ($52) which is a locally inspired logcake combining coconut gula melaka frosting with pandan sponge cake (lovely textures), and the gorgeous Pink Lady Tiramisu Cake ($68) will win some hearts and bellies over.
There is also a Christmas Special Sandwich ($11.50 ala carte, $15.50 with soup, $14 with Apple Cinnamon Chai Tea) which contains succulent turkey ham, grilled prawns, avocado, sweet savoury apple chutney, all deliciously sandwiched in a light green spinach slim bap bread – a thinner, nutrient packed bun for carb-conscious diners who wish to indulge this Christmas. Cedele says: No transfat, no artificial ingredients.
Tel: +65 6509 6571
Of all the wings at Wingstop, the Louisiana Rub (6 piece for $7.95) has been one of the most popular – a crispy dry rub, hint of garlic wrapped juicy wings. If you prefer something wet and saucy, then go for the Mango Habanero Wings for a sweet-start and fiery-end.
Also discovered two of their side dishes which are must-tries – the super addictive crispy Mushroom Fritters ($5.50) which are made from fresh button mushrooms, and Tortilla Chips with Salsa & Cheese ($4.50).
Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant #03-53/55
Tel: +65 6634 7954
The popular Japanese restaurant is offering 2 Christmas set meals from 16 Dec 2015 to 3 Jan 2016 – a $69 Set Meal for 2 and $99 Set Meal for 3.
Some highlights in the set meal for 2 include Hot Pot (Choose from 4 types of soup bases), Onsen Tamago Caesar Salad, Salmon Carpaccio, Tokusen Kushi Moriawase, Chicken Katsu Tamago Toji , Udon or rice, Panna Cotta with Mango Sauce and drinks. That is quite a feast.
To end your Japanese meal with a sweet treat for sharing, get the special Christmas Otona no Chocolate Fondue, available for top-up at an affordable price of $6.
Saizeriya Italian Restaurant #B2-55/56
Tel: +65 6834 4877
Saizeriya Italian Restaurant has been known to serve – Italian casual dining for family and friends, at VERY affordable rates, with no service charge and GST.
There are not many restaurants which can serve Carbonara Spaghetti ($5.90) and Sirloin Steak ($11.90) at such wallet friendly prices.
Besides the Sirloin Steak, none of its dishes is above $10. Some of their popular dishes include Oven-Grilled Escargots ($5.90), Potato Omelette ($3.90), Seafood Risotto, and Hamburger & Pork Grilled Hot Plate ($8.90).
For more mouth-watering F&B options in City Square Mall, check out the full list at http://citysquaremall.com.sg/shops-foodgalore.php
City Square Mall
180 Kitchener Road Singapore 208539
Tel: +65 6595 6595
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily
By train: NE8 Farrer Park MRT Station Exit I (North-East MRT line)
By bus: 21, 125, 130 (Kitchener Road before Tai Hoe Hotel)
21, 23, 64, 65, 66, 67, 125, 130, 139, 141, 147, 857, NR6 (Serangoon Road outside Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with City Square Mall.