I was fortunate and privileged enough to be invited to an exclusive dinner, to celebrate Christmas in the Garden with Scandinavian themed Christmas Communal Dinner. Scandinavian appeals to me most already. It has always been my dream to travel up to the Scandinavian countries – Denmark in particular. I can imagine the peace, beauty, picturesque locations and of course, Christmas food, if you are there to experience a White Christmas. They’re almost the nearest to Santa already, you’d believe that Santa approves of Scandinavian Christmas Menu, of course. Hohoho!
What better to be seated at a Communal Table, for a Communal Christmas Feast. After all, Christmas is a time for a get-together with your family and friends, what’s a catching-up dinner with split tables right.
Bread Basket & Assorted Cheese and Ham :: Bread, slices of butter and helpings of fresh cold cuts and cheese. In short, that spells gratification and luxurious. We started off with such a bang of appetizers, some of us were already noticing our stomachs filling up fast. Yes, this was only the first course.
Seafood Platter :: I am a Seafood digger. I go for buffets to satisfy my cravings for seafood. It plays an important part in my (foodie) life. I love how the egg salad complemented so thoroughly with the prawns. The prawns were done al-dente, the prawn way. I like it done medium-rare, just the right degree of bounciness with the given freshness. The ocean trout is marinated with gin and gravadlax and gin. With the sea life cured with salt, sugar and dill, it can get slightly salty for some. But I like it like that. My favorite of the three is the smoked eel. It comes with baby potato salad with dill sauce. It’s thick in portion and flavor.
Roast Turkey (Main Course #1) :: Here comes an essence of Scandinavian’s flavors. Unlike usual stuffing like those you’ve always had for the past decade, this roast turkey comes with fruit stuffing of pear, fig, juniper, pecan and bacon. It’s as if this isn’t unique enough, their turkeys are steam-roasted instead of the mainstream and conventional way of merely roasting it. What difference does it make, you might ask. A whole lot, I vouch for it. Unanimously agreed, this turkey is one of the best we’ve had. The meat is not tough, not dry, and more than flavorful. Finger (or fork, in this context) licking good.
Baked Ham (Main Course #2) :: The mustard crusted baked ham is once again, done one of a Scandinavian country’s style – Sweden! Expect some moist and flavorsome ham. Once again, I like it that it is not tough and dry. After trying this, to be honest, my past experiences of ordering Christmas goodies back for home-celebrations pale much in comparison. If the turkey was perfect, this is (pitch) perfect (oh love that movie, we’re digressing).
Grilled Sausages (Main Course #3) :: The sausages are commendable, in that they are, yes, succulent is the word. They are soft enough I almost thought they were malleable and bendable. Relatively easy to get it down after an already brimming meal.
Fish Pie (Main Course #4) :: Love that the fish pie is contained in a bowl, that looks rather like a shape of a fish. A fish pie is made with white fish in white sauce (milk the fish was poached in). The content would probably be more enchanting for most – it’s packed with seafood like prawns and scallops. So again, it is a plus for seafood lovers (like me) + milky base.
Janssons Temptation (Mandatory Main Course) :: Something like a Potato Gratin, Janssons Temptation (also know as Janssons Frestelse) is a casserole originating from Sweden made of potatoes, onion, breadcrumbs, picked sprats and cream. How wrong can a baked, creamy dish like this go?
Dessert Assortment :: Packed with sweetness, it can fit in our stomachs smoothly (because it is a totally different stomach from the mains you’ve already eaten and semi-digested). Other than the above-mentioned desserts, Baby Plum Pudding, Warm Berry Chocolate Cake, Orange Earl Grey Crème Brûlée Log Cake are the other 60% that makes up the entirety of the platter. Of the five, I like the Chocolate Cake and the Orange Log Cake the best.
Dessert time includes Gingerbread Macarons and Swedish Star Cookies.
If I were to give two adjectives to illustrate the meal, I’d say: Full. Appeased.
—> Note #1: Because it’s a Christmas Communal Dinner, it’s meant for sharing. For the Main Courses and Desserts alike, a party of two can choose up to two main courses (save for the dish marked ‘Mandatory Main Course’) and two desserts for their dinner. Similarly, a party of three can have up to three main courses and three desserts on their table. Any group of four or more will simply receive all the courses and desserts.
—> Note #2: One Rochester serves Festive Set Menu throughout the month of December. Christmas Brunch Menu is available on the same dates as this Communal Menu – 22, 24 and 25 December.
I say it’s well worth it.
For a list of restaurants serving Christmas Menu this year, click here.
Special gratitude to Immelia and the One Rochester team for the hospitality and hosting the invited tasting.
Photos by Yee Meng.
Address: No. 1 Rochester Park
Telephone: 6773 0070
Availability: 22, 24, 25 December