Bonta Italian Restaurant & BarYes, and that includes the whole honey baked ham, turkey, roasted lamb, log cake and chocolate truffles kind of food. Actually the list goes on.

But it’s more so during this holiday season where we find ourselves eating our hearts out. After all, it’s Christmas, a time to fatten ourselves up and be jolly. For those who hate slaving over the kitchen stove to prepare a heart-warming meal for the family or loved one, fret not. Here’s the long awaited holiday dining guide that would give you a sense of direction of where to go to eat, drink and be merry.

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Romance the lady

The way to a person’s heart is through his/her stomach. Trust me on this. It has been proven time and again that food satisfies a person better than presents or empty promises. Ahem, unless of course it’s an engagement ring you’re giving your romantic partner. Whatever the case, here’s three places that you could bring your lover to and let the cooks do all the work for you.

Bonta Italian Restaurant & Bar 207 River Valley Road, UE Square, (corner of Mohammed Sultan and Unity Street), #01-61, +65 6333 8875, Open daily Mon-Sun noon-2pm, 6:30pm-1am.

Go Italian at Bonta and try out their famous refined traditional Italian cuisine that comes with great service and cosy ambience. The loft-like space boasts a swanky bar and spacious dining area. Check out their al fresco courtyard and feel the wind in your hair as you dine.

If you do intend to get a little tipsy, rest assured that Bonta has a wine list of over 70 labels from different countries and even a range of premium Italian wines. If you and your other half happen to have large appetites then I recommend you try Bonta’s extensive selections ofNorthern and Southern delights like poached seafood, a la minute pasta, and a variety of cheeses.

Bakerzin ( 9 Raffles Blvd, #01-23/24/25 Millenia Walk, +65 6837 2422, Open Sun – Thur: 10:30 am – 11 pm, Fri, Sat & Eve of Public Holiday: 10:30am-12 midnight

Disclaimer: Think Magazine will not be held responsible for any accusation made by your lover towards you regarding your intention of making her tip the scales.

Welcome to sin city. Yes, you heard right. Bakerzin is such a decadent place that you would probably want to make sure you prepare yourself mentally. This charming outfit is certainly unknown to none. Famous for its excellent desserts, Bakerzin aims to please. They have an amazing variety of cakes, sweet treats and a whole lot of delicious food. This is one of the rare places where the desserts take centrestage.

Do try the warm chocolate cake ($9.50). We hear it will make your other half fall even deeper in love with you, after all, chocolate is supposed to be an aphrodisiac ain’t it? Another must-have is the seafood spaghetti ($25.80). The portion is big enough for two and has crayfish, clams, mussels, prawns and squid – the tomato rich sauce makes it a pleasurable bite. Book your gym appointment the next day, I believe you’ll need it.

SIX, #01-K1 CapitaLand Building, 6 Battery Rd., +65 6534-1880, Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 6-9pm.

This establishment might surprise you a little with its chill out lounge setting that might deceive you into thinking it’s just another bar. SIX serves up fusion styled Japanese cuisine and is quite easy on the pocket. There’s an alfresco area that overlooks the Singapore River so you know where to reserve a seat if you’re more of a romantic.

Their menu includes a sashimi platter ($18.90) that contains your usual fish fare like tuna and mackerel. SIX is the place you’d want to bring your lover for a simple relaxing evening that isn’t too pricey and extravagant; not that he/she isn’t worth it of course. At least you’d be able to buy her a Tiffany ring with the money saved won’t you?

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Impress da folks

Either you love them or you hate them, but we’re hoping that you love them to bits because we’ve picked out another 3 places to wine and dine your family from overseas. We guess you miss them so much that you can’t wait to pamper them with warm hearty festive food.

Senso Ristorante and Bar, #01-01, 21 Club Street, +65 6224-3534, Open daily (closed Sat-Sun lunch) noon-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm

Nestled in the middle of Chinatown and the Central Business District, this glamourous restaurant and bar certainly provides for a luxurious evening night out. The Italian restaurant may look rather high end but the focus is really on the food. The founders wanted it to be a place where diners can get authentic world class Italian food that suits both the local and international audience.

This Christmas, executive chef Antonio Cocozza has prepared a special 6 course set dinner ($98) served with a glass of Moet & Chandon Champagne that’s available on both Christmas eve and Christmas day.

Indulge in the Smoked Salmon with Iranian Caviar and Sour Cream, Home Made Fagottini Pasta filled with Crab meat, Ricotta Cheese, served on a Broccoli cream, Clam Jus and Truffle Oil and don’t forget to spoil yourself with the traditional baked Panettone with Vanilla Ice Cream and Icing Sugar. Now won’t your family be rather pleased? I think they might just love you to death post dinner.

Rolf Knie’s Lounge & Coffee Bar, 10 Coleman Street, Grand Parkroyal Hotel, +65 6432-5566, Open 7.00 am – 8.00 pm (Deli), 11.00 am – 1.00 am (Lounge)

Time to catch up on lost time and we guarantee you that the time lost will not matter no more while you sit at Rolf Knie’s Lounge & Coffee Bar just chilling out and enjoying the tinkles and tunes performed by the resident performers. Go on, drink a toast to your granduncle’s daughter’s niece’s son’s mother and be glad they’re with you during this special season of love. Available at the deli are many sandwiches and cakes that you can munch on while having that long conversation about how you saved a cat from a tree and what not. Have a drink or two while your at it, I’m sure you’d be thirsty from all the talking.

Crossroads Cafe, 1st floor, Singapore Marriott Hotel, 320 Orchard Rd., +65 6831-4605, Open Sun-Wed, PH 7-2am, Thu-Sat, eve of PH 7-4am

Also known as the best place to people watch, Crossroads Cafe is the perfect place for you to bring your family to savour global food and meet people from all over the world. It’s truly a delight to be eating the local satay and munching on some Greek salad at the same time. The alfresco haunt is chic and at the same time, smart casual.

There is no need to put on a pretense while hanging out here. People love the cool ambience it gives out. The good thing about this cafe is the fact that it’s right smack in the middle of Orchard Road, giving you plenty of time to bring your guests to the right sales at the right shopping malls. Just make sure that you feed them well, lest they faint whilst trying to do some last minute Christmas shopping.

Blooie's Roadhouse Bar & Grilldining with friends

Bring on the fun

What’s Christmas without your dear ‘ol friends? Friends who’ve been with you through thick and thin, in good times and in bad?

After all, it pays to have friends around you so you know you’ll always have someone to pay for your cab fare or that extra jug of beer when you run out of cash.

But seriously, it’s time for some friendly bonding amidst some good grub and drink. Go ahead, invite all your friends and treat them to a meal they’ll never forget.

Blooie’s Roadhouse Bar & Grill, 21 Science Park Road, #01-01, The Aquarius (Science Park II), +65 6775-0446, Open Sun-Thu 11-12am, Fri-Sat 11-1am

Oozing much rugged old time charm, Blooie’s Roadhouse Bar & Grill is incredibly spacious and can fit more than 200 people. There’s also an al fresco dining area that’s just as big.

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And if you’re wondering what a roadhouse is; well it’s simply a place where you can get scrumptious homemade food at reasonable prices and a place where there’s never a shortage of a mug of cold beer or a refreshing cuppa.

There’s a pool table and big screen for you to entertain yourself. Some nights, there will be a live band playing you the blues. Their catch phrase is “a little out’ta way, but a whole lot’ta fun”. The food served is mainly North American cuisine with spicy Louisiana or Cajun influences. The menu has a whole range of steaks, gumbo, chops, burgers, pastas, soups, salads, fish dishes and “giant” sandwiches.

Do note that all meals, sauces and spice mixes are home made and not picked off your supermarket shelf. Try their stuffed jalapeno peppers ($6) and challenge who can stuff the most number of fiery delights into their mouths. Share a Blooie’s Roadhouse Special ($19.50), a mouthwatering pizza creation or tuck into the Reuben Sandwich ($9.80) made of rye bread, pastrami and sauerkraut. Whatever it is, do remember to bring a huge appetite with you because, well, you’ll be needing it.

NYDC, #01-K3/K4, The Heeren Shops, 260 Orchard Rd., +65 6735-6304, Open Sun-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-12am

Walking into NYDC is like stepping into a psychedelic realm where rainbow colours are splashed here and there. Bright and cheery, this youthful place is actually local owned. The place has earned a name for itself all thanks to their popular mudpies.

The dishes have creative names that will probably appeal to you and your friends who might just take a dig at them and end up laughing for no reason. I know I will. But that’s just me. This place doesn’t close that early so it’s really the perfect place for you and your fellow friends to flock together and gossip and perhaps engage in some idle banter. Just make sure you don’t end up being chased away for adding to the noise pollution.

Brewerkz, #01-05/06 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Rd., +65 6438-7438, Open Mon-Thu noon-1am, Fri-Sat & eve of PH noon-3am, Sun 11-1am

Brewerkz has earned a name for itself for being the place to get good beer and high quality food. This December holidays sees a new a la carte menu created just for the festive season. Try the Grilled Christmas Ham with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, served with Wild Rice stuffed Red Peppers and a Mustard Sauce ($24.99) or Grilled and Glazed Salmon with Asparagus and Roasted Vegetable Gratin with Chive Puree ($23.99).

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a deliciously ‘toxic’ dessert – Brandied Cherries with White Chocolate Croutons ($9.99). Do drop by on Christmas Eve to listen to funk rock local band, Ugly In The Morning. They’ll be providing some good music for diners and it’ll be a good opportunity to eat and drink with your dear friends. Salut!

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