Toss that yusheng and tuck into suckling pig and Chinese delicacies (or try a mod menu) at these top restaurants for reunion dinners and Chinese New Year buffets
Christmas isn’t even over but we’re already thinking ahead! Chinese New Year in 2020 is fast approaching, and we’re buzzing with excitement already – it’s only a matter of time before the festivities kick 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 their 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, sauteed 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 – mmm!
Where: Yan, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, 178957, p. 6384 5585. Festive set menus are 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. Not only is it a big hit with patrons during the year, but you can bet it’s also 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. Festive set menus are available from 10 January to 8 February 2020
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 a la carte buffet this year of the rat with traditional favourites and international delicacies. But, 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, p. Available 12 January to 9 February
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 dining destination has special set menus just for the occasion, and are perfect for families of two to four people. We had the opportunity to savour its delicious offerings and we must
Where: Cassia, Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297, p. 6591 5045.
Hai Tien Lo at the Pan Pacific
Award-winning Hai Tien Lo embodies traditional Chinese dining with a modern twist. Located on the third floor of Pan Pacific, the restaurant’s Chinese New Year offerings include seven sumptuous set menus (from $138.80 per diner) with premium delicacies such as double boiled Buddha Jumps Over the Wall with morel mushrooms! And for the veggies among you, the vegetarian yusheng with crispy enoki mushrooms and wolfberries and wild vegetables is food heaven.
Hai Tien Lo, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595, Available 21 January to 19 February; www.panpacific.com
Man Fu Yuan at Intercontinental Singapore
Head to Man Fu Yuan for an authentic Chinese Lunar New Year meal or opt for the handcrafted dim sum option (available on selected dates). There’s also a menu dedicated entirely to teas to pair with your meal. This award-winning restaurant offers set meals complete with dishes including lobster and pumpkin soup, roast chicken and signature tea-smoked duck.
Intercontinental, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966, p. 6338 7600, Available from 4 January to 19 February; www.singapore.intercontinental.com
Ellenborough Market Café at Swissotel
The Ellenborough Market Café is satisfying all our buffet cravings this year with its spread of roasts, Peranakan faves and seafood. We’ll be piling our plates high with bak kwa, drunken chicken, braised dried oysters with black moss, steamed garoupa and duck and pork belly. Can’t forget the double boiled chicken soup with sliced abalone though, and don’t forget to make your own fortune at the DIY yu sheng station. Finish off with a fab spread of steamed nian gao with coconut, nyonya kueh and the signature durian pengat before going back for more.
Ellenborough Market Café, 20 Merchant Road, Singapore 058281, Available from 18 January to 19 February; www.swissotel.com
For a contemporary take on traditional Cantonese cuisine, head to swish Chinese restaurant, Mitzo to welcome a new year of happiness and wealth over a plate of signature dish of king fish yu sheng, abalone yu sheng or fruits yu sheng. Pick a menu to suit your budget (dishes range from deep fried grouper in truffle sauce and braised tomato pork rib to stir fried dried oyster served with scallops) and end the meal with a refreshing dessert of pineapple sago with warm sticky rice cake “nian gao” tart. Hot tip: There’s a kids’ playroom!
Mitzo, Level 4 Grand Park, 270 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238857, Available 15 January to 19 February; www.mitzo.sg
Jade at the Fullerton
Decked out in an elegant white with colourful bird motifs, the opulent Jade is your destination for a refined and modern reunion dinner. Usher in the Year of the Pig with auspicious five course set menus (from $88++) featuring stellar dishes including poached yellow capsicum mushroom and pork dumplings and wok-fried radish cake. Also being served up is the wok-fried Boston lobster with white fungus and salted clams as well as pan-fried wagyu beef fillet in barbecue sauce. And for dessert? Check out and devour the gold rush salmon yu sheng with champagne jelly, and honey pineapple dressing for the perfect sweet-sour balance. It’s different but delicious!
Jade, 1 Fullerton Square, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Singapore 049178, Available 22 January to 2 March; www.fullertonhotel.com
Top image credit: Sky22 at Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena