Toss that yusheng and tuck into Chinese delicacies at these top restaurants for reunion dinners and Chinese New Year buffets.
Christmas is over and we’re already thinking ahead – Chinese New Year is fast approaching, and the festivities are kicking off. If you’ve checked out our trusty guide to CNY, you’ll know that we’re really excited to feast on the variety of CNY delicacies and snacks during the first of seven long weekends of 2020. And, part of that feast includes annual reunion dinners with our family (hello, yu sheng and abalone!). So, we’ve dished up the best (and most auspicious) restaurants in town to dine out this CNY. Best book your tables before the hot seats are all snapped up!
Herald in the auspicious new year with a bountiful spread at Yan! We’ve had the privilege of tasting its CNY menu and it’s just as good as it looks. Start your reunion dinner with Yan’s Shunde-style yu sheng (above): a mountainous portion of crispy vermicelli with a vibrant medley of vegetables and fresh yellowtail, topped with gold flakes and deep-fried coils of mee pok. Then, get the stomach ready for the double-boiled Peru macca soup with dried seafood, sautéed prawns with vegetables accompanied with deep-fried mango and scallops rolls, a steamed star grouper with Yunnan preserved vegetables and cordyceps flower, and an 18-ingredient pen cai that is hearty and decadent.
Where: Yan, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, 178957, p. 6384 5585. Available from 1 January to 8 February
As Singapore’s oldest family-run restaurant, Spring Court has served thousands of diners with delicious Singaporean Chinese food in a warm, inviting atmosphere. It’s a big hit with patrons during the year, and extremely popular during the Lunar New Year, too. Select one of its eight-course reunion sets for big families of 10, or its promotional set menus for smaller families of four or six people. Psst, be sure to order the restaurant’s roasted boneless suckling pig – a crowd favourite.
Where: Spring Court, 52-56 Upper Cross Street, Singapore 058348, p. 6449 5030. Available from 10 January to 8 February
Sky22 at Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena
Celebrating Chinese New Year under the stars is definitely a good way to start the new year, especially when there’s a buffet involved. Feast on Sky22’s affordable and delish à la carte buffet this year of the rat with traditional favourites and international delicacies. Don’t miss out on its crispy soft shell crab Nyonya lo hei, too! Alternatively, go fuss-free at the semi-buffet – yum.
Where: Sky22, Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena, 99 Irrawaddy Road, Novena, Singapore 329568; Available 12 January to 9 February
If you’re looking for variety, be sure to take a look at Imperial Treasure’s Chinese New Year offerings – with seven different concepts spanning 11 restaurants around the city, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The trouble is, with so many options, which one do you pick? Well, here’s a suggestion: if you love hotpot, book a table at Imperial Treasure’s steamboat restaurant this CNY. Part of its set menu includes Hokkaido scallops, Japanese wagyu beef and Boston lobster among your usual hotpot accompaniments. Just like dinner at home, but way better.
Where: Imperial Treasure, multiple locations
Cassia at Capella Singapore
Looking for an intimate CNY reunion dinner with the family? Swing by Cassia at Capella Singapore to experience exquisite dining at its best. This elegant destination has special set menus just for the occasion, and are perfect for smaller families looking for a cosy gathering. We had the opportunity to savour its delicious offerings and we loved the wok-fried kangaroo meat with black pepper sauce, and its stewed abalone with sea cucumber, fresh fish maw, dried scallop and flower mushroom in brown sauce (above) – simple, traditional and tasty. You’ll be glad to know that the ingredients are sourced sustainably and are available to order à la carte, too.
Where: Cassia, Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297, p. 6591 5045; Available 25 January to 8 February
For a contemporary take on traditional Cantonese cuisine, head to the swish Chinese restaurant Mitzo to welcome a new year of happiness and wealth over a plate of the signature dish of Kanpachi kingfish yu sheng, abalone yu sheng or fruits yu sheng. Pick a menu to suit your budget (dishes range from king prawn with osmanthus mayonnaise, and Si Chuan-style braised pork rib to truffle and garlic steamed lobster) and end the meal with a refreshing dessert of pineapple sago cream with warm yam “nian gao” tart. Hot tip: There’s a kids’ playroom adjacent to the main dining hall, meaning you can enjoy the CNY tipple, #888, in peace. It’s crafted with a heavenly mix of Milagro tequila, Campari and sweet vermouth that has been infused with longan and red dates, orange flower water, goji berry syrup and lemon juice before being topped with ginger beer. Cheers!
Where: Mitzo, Level 4 Grand Park, 270 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238857, p.6603 8855; Available 6 January to 8 February
Jade at The Fullerton Hotel
Usher in the year of the rat with a sumptuous feast at Jade at The Fullerton Hotel. Tuck into its speciality dishes, including crispy roasted suckling piglet with Kaluga queen caviar, deep-fried Chilean seabass in peach sauce and traditional pen cai featuring braised pig trotters, dried scallops, fish maw, abalone, sea cucumber and more. You should definitely look forward to tasting its gold rush salmon yu sheng with champagne jelly, olive oil and honey pineapple dressing – sweet, zesty and an all-round delight.
Where: Jade, 1 Fullerton Square, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Singapore 049178, p. 6877 8188. Available 2 January to 8 February
Ring in the Lunar New Year at Chopsuey Cafe, P.S. Cafe’s first foray into Asian cuisine at Dempsey Hill. There are two specially curated menus for the family to enjoy – toss a healthy variation of the traditional yu sheng with ingredients like fresh trout, kale, celeriac, sprouts, red radish, blueberries and wild rice, accompanied by a balanced homemade dressing made with fresh calamansi, lemon juice, plum sauce, marmalade and Japanese vinegar. But, we’re more excited about the cafe’s signature chef’s wok-fried claypot rice with traditional Chinese sausage, water chestnuts and fresh herbs.
Where: Chopsuey Cafe, 10 Dempsey Rd, #01-23, Singapore 247700, p. 6708 9288; Available 13 January to 8 February 2020
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa
If your children are voracious eaters and not fans of the usual reunion dinner meals, bring them to Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa’s Silver Shell Cafe for a dedicated children’s buffet. You’ll be able to enjoy Chinese New Year treats and make your own lo hei, too. And, while the kids are tackling their favourite dishes, relish a selection of seafood on ice, roast meats and western delights.
Where: Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa, Silver Shell Cafe, 101 Siloso Rd, Singapore 098970. Available 24–26 January
Escaping the city with the family this Chinese New Year? If you’re still undecided, here’s a suggestion. Head to The Sanchaya, a luxe and glamorous resort in Bintan to ring in the Year of the Rat. The resort will also be debuting an exclusive festive menu that includes grilled fresh lobster with sauteed kailan, seafood fried rice with XO sauce and Sichuan crispy fish with soy ginger dip. A treat for the whole family!
Where: The Sanchaya, Jalan Gurindam Duabelas, Plot 5, Sebong Lagoi, Kabupaten Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 29155, Indonesia. Available 15 January to 15 February
Looking for an authentic Shanghainese fare this festive season? Look no further – make a reservation at the recently refurbished Grand Shanghai restaurant. Not only does the restaurant offer a tantalising spread of Shanghainese specialities and traditional favourites, the dishes are also intricately plated and meticulously prepared with the most exquisite ingredients. The perfect venue for a cosy, intimate family reunion dinner.
Where: Grand Shanghai, 390 Havelock Rd, Level 1 King’s centre, Singapore 169662. Available from 17 January to 9 February
Get a taste of Grandma’s cooking with a delectable six-course menu at Fat Chap this Lunar New Year. Besides the adorable taro-taro yusheng, enjoy other delights like the hearty double-boiled fortune chicken soup and balsamic braised pork belly. And, there’s more. The family will love Fat Chap’s Thai styled fried golden snapper and treasure in a lotus leaf, a wrapped goodness of Hokkaido rice, XO Chinese sausage and crispy ebi. Don’t forget to try its dessert to round out your meal: a chrysanthemum tea rain drop cake! We’re hungry just thinking about it.
Where: Fat Chap, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City #01-643 Tower 4, Singapore 038983. Available from 10 January to 8 February
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant
Welcome in a prosperous new year with a jubilant time at Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant! Enjoy Cantonese dishes like sautéed Hokkaido scallop with prawn in assorted wild mushroom sauce, steamed cod in celery plum sauce or ginseng marinated Irish roast duck. But, if you love seafood, be sure to opt for its 10-person set menu to get the chance to try its braised Boston lobster and black truffle with superior stock – decadent and heavenly.
Where: Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Marriott Tang Plaza, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865, p. 6831 4605; Available from 3 January to 8 February
Park Hotel Clarke Quay
Head round to Park Hotel Clarke Quay for a festive fare this Lunar New Year! Aside from enjoying the perennial favourites and must-have yu sheng, Chef James also serves up a refreshed and innovative dish: baked prawns with two-style potato salad and golden almond flakes, which we loved. Crunchy, crispy and all-round flavourful, this dish sits on a bed of warm, buttery mashed potatoes dressed with a tangy mayonnaise. We’re sure the kids will love it!
Where: Park Hotel Clarke Quay, 1 Unity St, Singapore 237983. Available 10 January to 8 February
Here’s an alternate option: indulge in great food from the comfort of your own home instead with takeaways for a fuss-free reunion dinner!