Where to eat in December?

8ASH

This 40-seater modern casual diner houses three concepts within its retro-cool interiors. Love Handle Burgers offers vegans mouth-watering creations, particularly its mushroom cheese burger ($17), while the other concept, Mirai Burgers, features burgers with Japanese flavours such as Yuzu Karaage Burger ($14) and the recommended Shaun-San Burger ($20) comprising Wagyu short rib patty, bacon, Cheddar and provolone that lends a lovely smokiness. Hoshi Hill, the third concept, serves Japanese fare such as A4 Wagyu teppanyaki ($45) and chilled Hokkaido scallop somen ($25) made more appetising with an avalanche of ponzu jelly and ikura freshly flown in from Hokkaido.

8 Ann Siang Hill, Tel: 8233 0113

Ginger

This spacious all-day dining restaurant beckons diners to its inviting space with a gorgeous new look. Fans of its chilli, pepper or Kam Heong crabs can now also look forward to beautifully plated local and Southeast Asian flavours from the à la carte buffet. Must-tries are the dried shrimp and garlic cream cheese bun, BBQ chicken Taliwang, lip-smacking crispy lamb with Thai green (mint) sauce, and chendol ice cream. You can also find Western fare like braised Angus beef cheek with asparagus.

Lunch at $58 per adult is available on Sat, Sun and public holidays, while dinner at $68 is from Wed to Sun, and on public holidays and their eves.

7500A Beach Road, Level 1 Parkroyal on Beach Road, Tel: 6505 5666

Matsukiya

This kushiyaki (skewered grilled food) joint, an upmarket offshoot of Sushi Tei, is showcasing value-for-money lunch sets where you can savour the delicious smokiness of meats and vegetables expertly grilled over Japanese white charcoal. We recommend its $30 set with Tontoro (Spanish pork cheek with chilli and garlic) which retains its juices while sporting a light char on the surfaces. Accompanying it are an appetiser of the day, Chawanmushi with Kagoshima pork and truffle oil, and a comforting bowl of dashi-infused Japanese rice with minced burdock nestling within the fluffy grains. Seasonal ice cream is served at the end.

290 Orchard Road, #05-02 Paragon, Tel: 6219 1771

Restaurant JAG

Origon, Berce, Agastache, Sapin and Serpolet may be names foreign to you but these are herbs foraged from the mountainside of Savoie, France that chef Jeremy Gillon masterfully use to create intriguing textures and complex sauces with intense vibrant flavours for his degustation menus. Seasonal vegetables take centre stage at this French fine dining restaurant, dictating his omakase menu (starts from $175) which also sees the use of local produce. His culinary finesse is evident in his dish of Sapin with locally sourced langouste (pictured), swimming in a savoury beetroot reduction sauce that brightens up the firm meat with a lovely crisp on the outside from a light sauté in butter. The dressing of smoked cream mixed with caviar plus a drizzle of beetroot and shrimp powder results in an elegant dish that could only be described as sublime.

76 Duxton Road, Tel: 3138 8477

Zorba The Greek Café

This pet-friendly al fresco café offers Greek delights and a Mediterranean brunch menu on weekends. Brunch usually calls for egg dishes and here by the Singapore River, enjoy your eggs poached on toasted pitas with an order of the Avga ($20; pictured), which comes with a choice between ham or smoked salmon, topped with baby spinach. If you prefer baked eggs, try the Shakshuka ($16). Our pick is the Avokanto ($18) which is avocado toast with pomegranate, caramelised onion and feta. For more proteins, look to the Greek-style flank steak ($28). Should the weather get to you, cool down with Beet The Heat ($8), freshly juiced from beetroot, celery and orange.

3A River Valley Road, #01-02 Clarke Quay, Tel: 8897 0688

Picanhas’

Fans of bold, beefy flavours will relish the picanha steaks at Club Street’s newest restaurant. The picanha, a popular beef cut in Brazil, comes from the rump cap muscle with a thick fat cap atop. Because this cut is not an overused muscle, it remains tender and juicy, producing a robust flavour when cooked. Diners can choose from Queen of Steaks ($21) — a serving of steak slices drizzled with browned charcoal butter, or the hearty Picanha Don ($16) with steak slices nestling on butterfly pea-infused rice accompanied by pickled cabbage and an onsen egg.

90 Club Street, Tel: 9122 4326