Chinese New Year is just weeks away! If you are not one to slave over a hot stove trying to whip up an elaborate meal for your family, it’s high time to make a booking at one of these restaurants to enjoy an auspicious feast in air-conditioned comfort.
From lavish and extravagant sets to comforting but no less delicious fare, here’s our list of where you can go to have a hassle-free Lunar New Year reunion feast this year.
This article was originally published in The Singapore Women's Weekly. Additional text: Michelle Lee
#1 Chopsuey Cafe
Classic Chinese comfort food for the festive occasion takes on a new perspective at Chopsuey Cafe, where you can find influences from the Anglo-Chinese. Situated in the lush environment of Dempsey Hill, bring loved ones here for a refreshing start to the new year with Yu Sheng containing fresh trout, kale, celeriac, sprouts, red radish, blueberries and wild rice.
This is followed with dishes from two set menus featuring familiar favourites with a fresh twist, like the ‘Sweet Salty Spicy’ Fried Chicken, White Pepper Espresso Ribs and Crispy Orange Beef Rib.
For reservations and enquiries, call 6708 9288 or visit Chope.
When: 13 January – 8 February 2020
Where: #01-23 Dempsey Hill, 10 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 247700; tel: (65) 6708 9288
Cost: From $68++ per person for four to six pax; $88++ per person for seven to 10 pax
Credit: Chopsuey Cafe
#2 Crystal Jade
Most of us would have at least tried Crystal Jade once with its multitude of restaurants throughout Singapore. In the Year of the Rat, the established Chinese restaurant will be bringing its take to both its fine dining and casual dining spots for everyone to indulge in.
These include the Pan-fried Tiger Prawn with prawn paste and Chardonnay cream sauce, Braised Dried Oyster stuffed with Minced Meat accompanied with Melon Ring stuffed with Conpoy and a delectable Sea Treasure Claypot. Each location’s select dishes vary, so choose wisely if you’re only going to limit your experience to one restaurant!
When: 15 January – 8 February 2020 (Note: All outlets will be closed on 25 January)
Where: Crystal Jade outlets islandwide. Visit its website for more information.
Cost: From $88++ at Crystal Jade Pavilion, prices vary for each set menu at different outlets
Credit: Crystal Jade
#3 Element at Amara Hotel
Gather your mala-loving friends and family to Element for a fiery lunar new year buffet feast this year. Specials include the classic Grilled Garoupa drenched in mouth-watering mala sauce, Mala Grilled Chicken and Chilli Crab with Deep-Fried Mini Buns. Temper the heat with a variety of desserts like Palm Sugar Pandan Chiffon Cake and Apricot Summer Tiramisu and end the dinner on a sweet note.
For reservations and enquiries, call 6879 2626 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: 24 – 26 January 2020 (buffet lunch at 12pm to 3.30pm, buffet dinner at 6.30pm to 10.30pm)
Where: Amara Hotel, 165 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088539
Cost: $58++ per adult, $29++ per child (six to 12 years old) for buffet lunch; from $78++ per adult and $39++ per child for buffet dinner
#4 Fat Chap
The six-course dinner at Fat Chap is tailored to bring back memories of grandma’s cooking while keeping up its lavish presentation and taste. Dig into piquant mains like Balsamic Braised Pork Belly with chestnut and pork crackling, or something lighter on the tongue like a Thai Style Fried Golden Snapper on fried beancurd and Chinese-Thai umami sauce.
Before you leave, enjoy their Chrysanthemum Tea Rain Drop Cake – filled with goji berry, white fungus and served with a quenelle of white peach, jasmine sorbet and drizzles of Chrysanthemum honey, you’re sure to end your feast and begin your new year on a sweet note!
For reservations or enquiries, call 6836 5994 or email email@example.com.
When: 10 January – 8 February 2020
Where: #01-643 Suntec City East Wing, 3 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983
Cost: $48++ per pax, minimum four to dine
Credit: Fat Chap
#5 Food Capital at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Singapore Hotel
Tucked away from the noise of the city is Food Capital at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Singapore Hotel, which was recently crowned the best luxury hotel in Singapore. Besides its highlights of Bountiful Treasures Pen Cai, Lap Mei Fried Rice with Seaweed Crumb, Stir-fried Prawn with Chilli and Curry Leaves and Dumpling with Osmanthus Honey, the multi-sensory restaurant will also be treating its diners to a special Lunar New Year’s Eve Reunion Buffet on 24 January.
They will be fusing the likes of Asian classics like Whole Seabass with Sambal and Chin Cha Loke, Sea Cucumber, Fish Maw, Conpoy, Dry Oyster and Faat Choy with Wolfberry with Western favourites like the Slow Cooked Beef Short Rib with Homemade BBQ Sauce, Roasted Spring Chicken and Creamy Potato with Truffle.
For reservations and enquiries, call 6233 1100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: 24 January 2020
Where: Ground floor Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, 392 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169663
Cost: From $98 per pax, top up $40++ for free flow bubbly, house wines, soft drinks and juice. Book by 5 January to enjoy a 20 per cent early-bird discount on your reservation!
Credit: Millennium Hotels And Resorts
#6 Ginger at Parkroyal on Beach Road
Enjoy a bountiful lunar new year feast with an extravagant lunch and dinner buffet spread at Ginger restaurant. Its Fortune Feast includes specialties the whole family will love, like Crab Meat and Five Treasures Soup in Claypot, Braised Herbal Duck with Wolfberries and Stir-fried Baby Lobster with Salted Egg.
Make your own yu sheng at its very own yu sheng counter too! What’s more, the spread contains no pork or lard for a more inclusive dining experience.
For reservations and enquiries, call 6505 5710 or email dining.prsin@parkroyalhotels.
When: 10 January – 8 February 2020, 12pm to 230pm and 6pm to 10pm
Where: Parkroyal on Beach Road Singapore, 7500 Beach Road, Singapore 199591
Cost: From $48 per adult and $24 per child (six to 12 years old)
Credit: Parkroyal on Beach Road
#7 Grand Shanghai
Featuring a dining concept inspired by the old Shanghai of the 1930s, enjoy your reunion dinner at the newly-renovated Grand Shanghai to ring in the lunar new year in style and authentic cuisine.
This year it features an exquisite eight to nine-course menu of culinary creations including dishes like the Six-head Abalone Fortune Pot, Crispy Smoked Duck and a Shanghainese take on the traditional Nian Gao with Cane Sugar. This is not forgetting its Prosperity Yu Sheng, enhanced with premium seafood like the Australian lobster and the three-head abalone.
For reservations and enquiries, call 6836 6866 or email email@example.com
When: 17 January – 9 February 2020
Where: Level 1 King’s Centre, 390 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169662
Cost: From $588++ for eight-course, table of four
Credit: Grand Shanghai
#8 Hai Tien Lo
Exquisite Cantonese delicacies await you at Hai Tien Lo, where you can indulge in your choice of nine different auspiciously-named menus (vegetarian option included) flaunting premium ingredients. All the menus showcase a line-up of delicious celebratory selections like the Double-boiled Chicken Soup with Whole Abalone, Sea Conch and Korean Ginseng, Baked Fillet of Sea Perch in Champagne, Sauce just to name a few!
Alternatively, opt for its sumptuous all-you-can-eat weekend dim sum buffet that features delicacies like Steamed Charcoal Barbecue Pork Bun with Black Truffle, Steamed Chicken Feet with Black Pepper Sauce and Pan-fried Rice Flour Rolls with Dried Scallops in XO Chilli Sauce. Every table (minimum of two diners) will also receive a free yu sheng platter!
For reservations and enquiries, call 6826 8240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: 9 January – 8 February 2020 (CNY Lunch and Dinner Set Menus); every Sat and Sun from 11 Jan to 8 Feb for Weekend Dim Sum Buffet
Where: Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595
Cost: From $128++ per pax for Fortune Blessing six-course set menu (minimum two diners); $99++ per adult and $49.50++ per child (six to 12 years old) for Weekend Dim Sum Buffet
Credit: Pan Pacific
#9 Jade Restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel
Appease both the young and the old of the family by treating them to luxe flavours available at Jade Restaurant at the Fullerton Hotel.
Here, Executive Chef Leong Chee Yen seamlessly combines contemporary and traditional tastes in the form of three remarkable highlights: The Mini Pot of Abundance containing braised abalone, fish maw, sea cucumber, stewed pork trotter, yam and specialty homemade deep-fried pork ball, the Hot Stone Silver Needle Noodles with Truffle Meat Sauce and the Full of Luck Deep-Fried Chilean Seabass. All three dishes have defining tastes and presentations that are sure to bring a smile to your face for the new year.
For reservations and enquiries, call 6877 8911/8912 or email email@example.com.
When: 6 January – 8 February 2020
Where: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178; tel: (65) 6877 8188
Cost: From $98++ per person for Individual Set Menu; $118++ for Family Style Set Menu (six persons and above) and $88++ per person for Vegetarian Set Menu.
Credit: Jade, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
#11 Mitzo Restaurant & Bar
Usher in the lunar new year with traditional dishes with a modern Cantonese spin at Mitzo. Their CNY set menus carefully curated by Executive Chef Nicky range from five- to seven-course meals featuring familiar delicacies like Peng Cai and Yu Sheng.
Highlights include two different renditions of Peng Cai: The Miso Pen Cai consists of six-head abalone, dried scallop wrapped with radish, flower mushroom, sea cucumber, dried oyster and other grand ingredients; and the classic Peng Cai with premium goods like braised Si Chuan pork, crispy roasted duck, Sha Cha cod fish, truffle scallop, Osmanthus mayonnaise prawn and many more. Packed to the brim with auspicious Chinese New Year delicacies, this indulgent pot is simmered with Mitzo’s homemade broth, ensuring a delectable mix of flavours for a cosy reunion.
Vegetarian options are also available in two different set menus. For reservations or enquiries, call 6603 8855 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: 6 January 2020 – 8 February 2020. On CNY Eve (24 Jan), there are two seatings at 5.30pm and 8pm.
Where: Level 4 Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238857
Cost: From $498 for five-course, table of four
#12 Park Hotel Clarke Quay
You can’t go wrong with a feast curated by veteran culinary specialist Chef James Wong, who has four decades of experience in Asian and Cantonese cuisines under his belt. Choose from four set menus of six to eight courses prepared with auspicious ingredients that suit both young and old, from Braised Baby Abalone with Chinese Mushroom, to Sea Cucumber and Chinese Spinach and the Baked Prawn with 2-Style Potato Salad and Golden Almond Flakes.
For reservations and enquiries, call 6593 8888 or visit its website here.
When: 10 January – 8 February 2020
Where: 1 Unity St, Singapore 237983
Cost: From $388++ for six-course Harmony Menu, per table of four to five diners (Book before 10 January to enjoy 15 per cent off the set menus and a free upgrade to the Auspicious Abundance Yu Sheng!)
Credit: Park Hotel Clarke Quay
For a reunion dinner with a view, head to Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant for sumptuous Beijing cuisine. It is currently Singapore’s only remaining revolving restaurant, offering panoramic views of the sea and Sentosa in the distance.
Take in the view and enjoy house specialties like the Authentic Barbecued Peking Duck with crispy skin wrapped in thin Chinese pancake, Shredded Scallops with Fish and Egg White and Sautéed Garlic King Prawn — distributed across seven menus, you are sure to find what you’d like to have on this auspicious and celebratory occasion!
For reservations and enquiries, call 6272 8822/8988 or visit their website here.
When: 10 January – 8 February 2020
Where: 201 Keppel Rd, Singapore 099419; (65) 6272 8822
Cost: From $488++ Spring Blossom set for six pax
Credit: Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant
For reservations and enquiries, call 6808 6848 or email events@ramadasingapore.
When: 3 January – 8 February 2020
Where: 16 Ah Hood Rd, Singapore 329982
Cost: From $788++ for table of ten, minimum three tables
Credit: Ramada by Wyndham
Bringing authentic Sichuan spread to the table are the native chefs at Si Chua Dou Hua, who are arranging a delectable selection of festive set menus. From an affordable rate of $88 per person, you can enjoy dishes like the Double-boiled Sakura Chicken Soup with Eight-head Abalone and Matsutake Mushroom, Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng with Crispy Fish Skin and the traditional Premium Sichuan Claypot Treasures (that has been simmered for at least three hours before serving!).
Before you go, have a taste of its guilt-free and health-boosting desserts like the Double-boiled Peach Resin with Red Dates and Wolfberries. Known to be beneficial to the skin with its rich amino acids that enable quick absorption of collagen, this will ensure you look if not feel the healthy glow in time for CNY visiting the next day.
For reservations and enquiries, call 6505 5722 or email douhua.prsin@parkroyalhotels.
When: 3 January – 9 February 2020. On CNY Eve (24 Jan), there are two seatings at 6pm and 8.30pm.
Where: 7500 Beach Road, Singapore 199591; tel: (65) 6505 5722
Cost: From $88 per pax; vegetarian set menu from $65 per person
Credit: Parkroyal on Beach Road
#16 Thanying at Amara Hotel
Dine like royalty and shake things up this year by having your Lunar New Year Eve dinner with a Thai twist. Thanying has an extensive array of dishes offering exquisite Royal Thai cuisine, which you can expect in your line-up of reunion dinner dishes; highlights include the Abalone Yu Sheng and the Deep-fried Boneless Grouper fillet topped with Thai Spicy and Sour Sauce.
For reservations and enquiries, call 6222 4688 or email email@example.com
When: 13 January – 8 February 2020, 11am – 3pm & 6.30pm – 11pm
Where: #02-00 Amara Hotel, 165 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088539
Cost: From $88 per pax, minimum of four to dine
#17 The Orchard Cafe
If you’re not satisfied with the average set menu or simply want to go at your own pace, consider dining at Orchard Cafe for a buffet spread of their CNY Gastronomic Galore. There you can experience true abundance by digging into its Chinese epicurean delights such as the Fa Cai BBQ Platter with Coin Jerky, Octopus Salad with Yu Sheng Pickle on Sour Peach Sauce, and Wok-fried Fragrance Singapore Chili Mud Crab with Deep-fried Flower Bun.
You can even go even bigger before going home by topping up $58++ for free-flow wine or beer. Plus, children below five year old get to dine for free!
For reservations and enquiries, call 6739 6565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: 24 January – 2 February 2020
Where: Lobby Level Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Road, Singapore 238879
Cost: From $78.88 per adult for buffet lunch, from $108.88 per adult for buffet dinner
Credit: The Orchard Cafe
White Rose Café at York Hotel Singapore
Celebrate in advance with two hearty Early Reunion Set Menus available for both lunch and dinner. Choose between the Joy Of Spring Combo and Bountiful Treasures Combo that feature properous dishes such as Lo Hei with Mini Abalone and White Bait and Fragrant Fried Rice with Preseved Meat Wrapped in Lotus Leaf. Both menus include free flow soft drinks and Chinese tea. Do note that three days advance booking is required.
Come 24 January, indulge in a Reunion Dinner Buffet curated specially for the day, such as Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Crab Meat, ‘Golden Coin’ Chicken Bak Kwa and the must-have Eight Treasures Chicken. Diners will also be served with a complimentary Prosperity Lo Hei platter to toss into the new year.
For reservations and enquiries, call 6737 0511 or email email@example.com
When: 10 January to 23 January (for Early Reunion Set Menus), and 24 January (for Reunion Dinner Buffet), 6.30pm to 10pm.
Where: York Hotel Singapore, 21 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228516; tel: (65) 6830 1156
Early Reunion Set Menus: From $180 for Joy Of Spring Combo (serves five to six), from $328 for Bountiful Treasures Combo (serves five to six).
Reunion Dinner Buffet: From $65 per adult; $33 per child (5 – 11 years old)
Credit: York Hotel Singapore
Highlights include Sautéed Prawns with Vegetables Accompanied with Deep-fried Mango and Scallops Roll, Steamed Star Grouper with Yunnan Preserved Vegetables and Cordyceps Flower and the Wok-fried Local Lobster with Spring Onion, Ginger and Ee Fu Noodles.
For reservations and enquiries, call 6384 5585 or email reserve@Yan.com.sg.
When: 1 January – 8 February 2020. On CNY Eve (24 Jan), there will be two dinner seatings at 5.30pm and 8.15pm.
Where: #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Cost: From $98++ per pax