7 Scrumptious Festive Deals This Christmas and New Year at COMO Dempsey, Singapore

If we have to pick one thing about the Christmas season that we absolutely love, it’d be the uninhibited feasting on succulent turkeys, juicy hams, and decadent log cakes – the richer the better. Gifting, of course, follows a close second. One place in Singapore bringing the best of both worlds this year is COMO Dempsey, the dynamic lifestyle and dining joint that’s just a short drive away from the coolest parts of town. What can you expect this season? These seven compelling festive deals, for starters.

COMO Dempsey gift vouchers

Can’t think of anything to get that obscure colleague for your workplace’s gift exchange? Or have a friend who’s all about food? Vouchers make a great gift for most people, and at the very least, you won’t run the risk of your recipient tossing it away. This Christmas, buy an experience for your loved ones with COMO Dempsey’s $50 and $100 vouchers, redeemable at all restaurants in the venue, as well as COMO Marketplace – an up-market foodie’s haven retailing the finest artisanal products from Asia and beyond.

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Festive dining at The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar

On the eve of Christmas and Christmas Day, dive into a spectacular festive four-course menu ($108++) at The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar, courtesy of acclaimed Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Start off with a plate of Madai Sashimi with powdery lemon snow and horseradish; then, a Fresh Tagliatelle with creamy housemade mozzarella and fragrant Périgord black truffle, followed by a scrumptious main of Roast Duck on wild rice with intense hibiscus-honey glazed pumpkin. To finish? A gleaming Mont Blanc with chocolate and chestnut will have you filled up.

The New Year’s Eve menu ($148++) is even more spectacular: a five-course celebratory meal with Tuna Tartare, Pumpkin Seed-crusted Sea Trout, Wagyu Beef with potato pancakes, and a decadent chocolate dessert.

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Special festive menus at COMO Cuisine

For a taste of signature festive dishes from COMO Hotels and Resorts properties around the world, COMO Cuisine has whipped up a special Christmas menu ($100++) that’s available from 22 to 25 December. Start with a fun Caviar Doughnut before tucking into a Sunchoke Soup with mushrooms and truffle oil, as well as a refreshing crab salad with mint, mustard dressing, and apples. For your mains, choose between the Kingfish with tomato essence and endives, or the French-style Turkey Galantine with Stone Fruit and spicy cinnamon jus.

As for dessert – an entertaining Chocolate Lava Cake with explosive rocks and mint ice cream. All diners will also get some sides to share – glazed heirloom carrots with hazelnuts, and Brussels sprouts with a bit of sage and bacon. Don’t eat meat? An excellent vegetarian menu is also available this Christmas.

Come New Year’s Eve, gather your buddies and dive into a ginormous assortment of sharing plates ($125++/pax) that sees creations like Smoked Oysters, Tuna Tacos, Fish Curry, Porkettas, and plenty more delicious goodies.

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An alternative Christmas at Candlenut

If Western cuisine isn’t your thing, how about celebrating Christmas with a Peranakan twist? And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d know that Candlenut won its first Michelin star last year, becoming the world’s first and only Michelin-starred Peranakan joint. Here, Malcolm Lee serves up refined Straits Chinese cuisine with astute twists, while preserving its essence and traditions. And that results in standout creations like the Local Squid in Sambal Belachan ($20++), Yellow Coconut Curry of Crab ($28++) which features succulent blue swimmer crabs, and perhaps most famously, his Buah Keluak Ice Cream ($15++).

Don’t forget to book early for an intimate festive celebration in the private dining room.

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Club 21 buyout at Ippoh Tempura Bar by Ginza Ippoh

Of course, the Japanese do Christmas pretty well too. Ippoh Tempura Bar by Ginza Ippoh is the first Southeast Asian outpost of Osaka’s oldest premium tempura restaurant, and they serve a mean selection of light, crisp, and delicately battered tempuras. Suitable for smaller groups, grab a seat at the 12-person bar and watch as the experts prepare your food on the spot, whether it’s live shrimp, conger eel anago, seasonal vegetables, or the signature Special Uni Tempura with Caviar.

Planning a dinner party? Sign up for a Club 21 membership from now till 30 December and book the entire restaurant to receive two bottles of exquisite Kikusui Junmai Ginjo! More details here.

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Gifts galore at COMO Marketplace

Aside from COMO gift vouchers, how about some unique kitchen essentials for those home-cooking buddies? At COMO Marketplace, expect a well-curated range of pantry basics, premium sauces, condiments, vinegars, oils, and more. Perhaps you want some exquisite Mê Trang Vietnamese coffee powder and percolator, a bottle of Awani jam from Bali, and even an assortment of cooked hams flavoured with root ginger or jasmine tea.

While you’re at it, pick up a highly sought-after bottle of Zankyo Super 7 – one of the world’s most highly-milled sakes – along with a Hirota Glass Sake Set, some gourmet jams and chocolate for those with a sweet tooth, and bendy Japanese plates. Another great choice is COMO’s first-ever cookbook, The Pleasures of Eating Well, taking you from the Turks and Caicos Islands to the mountains of Bhutan with 147 COMO Shambhala dishes – the personal holistic brand of COMO founder Christina Ong.

Countdown to 2018 with COMO Dempsey

What’s more fun than heralding the new year with brilliant food, music, and quite possibly, new friends? On 31 December, make your way to the ultimate countdown party at The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar and be dazzled by jazz vocalist Dawn Ho as she belts out plenty of soul from 9.30pm till midnight. When the clock strikes 12, move your feet and dance until the wee hours while renowned spin master DJ Titus rocks the deck with all the passion you need for a great new year.

See? Surviving the festive season isn’t that difficult.

COMO Dempsey is located at 17 & 18 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249676, p. 1800 304 2288. For enquiries, please email to [email protected].

This post is sponsored by COMO Lifestyle.

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Gary is one of those proverbial jack of all trades… you know the rest. When not writing about lifestyle and culture, he dabbles in photography, graphic design, plays four instruments and is a professional wearer of bowties. His greatest weakness: spending more money on clothes than he probably should. Find him across the social world as @grimlay