Toss that yusheng and tuck into Chinese delicacies at these top Singapore restaurants serving reunion dinners and Chinese New Year buffets.
Chinese New Year is fast approaching, and that means that the festivities are already kicking off here in Singapore! 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 long weekend of 2021. 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 Singapore to dine out this Chinese New Year. Best book your tables before the hot seats are all snapped up!
CHINESE NEW YEAR 2021: REUNION DINNERS IN SINGAPORE
1. Pan Pacific Singapore
Welcome Chinese New Year in gastronomic style with one of the reunion dinners at Pan Pacific Singapore. If you’re after gourmet Cantonese set menus (and there’s 10 to pick from!), then head on over to Hai Tien Lo. Or, opt for the tantalising Lunar New Year Weekend Buffet for Dim Sum aplenty. There’s also Yu Sheng platters in the mix and the must-have Poon Choy varieties (or Pen Cai). Take our word for it; you’ll be very well catered for! But that’s not all, there’s also firm family favourite, Edge, serving up an indulgent feast with their a la carte CNY buffet options. Last, but by no means least, Keyaki is offering a selection of Chinese inspired Japanese dishes, yum! Now the difficulty will be picking which one to book…
Where: Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039595; Hai Tien Lo CNY menus and Keyaki specials available from 25 January – 26 February 2021, Edge a la carte CNY buffet available on selected dates from 1 to 26 February.
2. Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant
Welcome in a prosperous new year with a jubilant time at Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. We’ve got our eyes on the eight-course Prosperity Set Menus for a seriously gourmet reunion dinner, including deep-fried lobster with Champagne honey sauce, and Wan Hao “PI-Pa” roast duck. There’s also a whopping six types of Yu Sheng to pick from, catering for the fussiest of fussy eaters (we’re looking at you, kids). If all these gourmet goodies at Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant weren’t enough, you’ve also got a tantalising menu on offer at Marriott Cafe over the CNY weekend with everything from Lo Hei, to a delicious Eight Treasures Assorted Seafood Broth, delish!
Where: Marriott Tang Plaza, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865, p. 6831 4605; Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant CNY menus available from 20 January to 26 February, Marriott Cafe menu available 11 t0 13 February.
If you’re keen to mix things up with a lunar inspired French menu, then book a table at Ginett for your reunion dinner. Incorporating classic Chinese New Year ingredients with French techniques, start with the hamachi carpaccio served “Yu Sheng” style. Then choose from Burgaud Challans Duck, marinated with pu-erh tea and Chinese five-spice, crispy suckling pig, or grilled lobster tagliolin with XO sauce. Wow! However, whatever you do, save room for the pineapple tarte tartin, it’s delicious!
Where: Ginett, 200 Middle Rd, Singapore 188980; Specials available from the 18 January to 28 February.
Herald in the auspicious new year with a bountiful spread at Yan. Start your reunion dinner with Yan’s Abalone & Yellowtail with Gold Foil Lo Hei in ‘Shun De’ Style (above). It’s a mountainous portion of crispy vermicelli with a vibrant medley of vegetables, slices of yellowtail and braised abalone prepared in Yàn’s signature savoury Shunde-style and adorned with gold flakes no less. Take your pick from six set menus featuring classic Cantonese fare and premium auspicious ingredients. Looking for more? Try Yan Harvest Pen Cai (from $300), featuring eighteen ingredients including prized delicacies such as abalone, whole conpoy and fish maw, to name just a few!
Where: Yan, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, 178957, p. 6384 5585; Available from 15 January to 26 February.
5. Furama RiverFront
Indulge in a feast of abundance at Furama this Chinese New Year, with reunion dinners galore. Bring your appetite to The [email protected] for unlimited servings of seafood on ice, festive roasts, and plenty of auspicious mains. Or, opt for authentic Indonesian flavours at Kintamani Indonesian Restaurant with a wide selection of dishes on their buffet menu including Rendang Daging Sapi, roasted leg of lamb with Kintamani’s special sauce, and black pepper crab. In addition, kids get 40% off buffet prices too!
Where: Furama RiverFront, 405 Havelock Rd, Level 2 Furama RiverFront, Singapore 169633; Buffet lunch and dinner available 1 to 10 February, and 14 to 26 February. Buffet menu available 11, 12 and 13 February (menu varies).
6. Blue Jasmine
For a Thai take on Chinese New Year traditions, look no further than Blue Jasmine. From tangy Thai Chin Yu Sheng with unique plum and passionfruit sauce to this year’s new addition, the Prosperity Pot, serving up luxurious seafood. Alternatively, tuck into the a la carte buffet selection including signature seafood such as Khao Soi salmon, butter prawns and deep-fried seabass fillet. Psst – we reckon the deep-fried fish cake and Cha-om fried egg will be popular choices from the selection of bites, we’re sure you’ll be fighting the kids for them!
Where: Blue Jasmine, 10 Farrer Park Station Road, Park Hotel Farrer Park, Level 5, Singapore 217564; Prosperity Pot and Yun Sheng available 1 – 28 February. A la carte buffet available for lunch and dinner from the 11 to 13 February.
7. Full of Luck Restaurant
It’s not just delicious food on offer at Full of Luck Restaurant; it’s all about creative designs and a modern twist on classics here. Start with a cartoon-inspired yu sheng, sure to impress the kids! If you can bear to disrupt this super cute design, you’ll be rewarded with a refreshing and fruity yusheng with a crunchy assortment of toppings such as lotus root chips, salmon fish skin and mouth-popping caviar of passionfruit and pomegranate seeds. There are loads more treats in store, such as the Abundance Money Bag Stuffed with Crabmeat and Pork, bearing the uncanny resemblance to the ingot. Served with golden pumpkin sauce alongside “fa cai” (black moss), and finished with gold foil and crunchy tobiko (flying fish roe), you’re in for a decadent gastronomic experience!
Where: Full of Luck Restaurant, 243 Holland Ave, Singapore 278977; Available 1 – 28 February 2021.
8. Min Jiang
Tuck into a gourmet reunion dinner at Min Jiang and Min Jiang Dempsey this Chinese New Year. At Min Jiang, you’ll be treated to Joyful Blessings lo hei, followed by a whole host of feasting specials. The lineup at Min Jiang includes the MJ Five Fortune Takeaway Appetiser Platter, or double-boiled Abalone Soup and Eel Fish Maw with handmade prawn dumplings. And that’s just for starters! Over at Min Jiang Dempsey, it sounds pretty tasty too. We’re eyeing up the sweet potato jelly and fresh fruits in dragonfruit accompanied by ‘Nian Gao’ with Teochew-style candied brittle!
Where: Min Jiang Dempsey, 7A &, 7B Dempsey Rd, 249684 and Min Jiang, 22 Scotts Rd, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221; Available 24 January – 26 February 2021.
9. Park Hotel Clarke Quay
Park Hotel Clarke Quay offers an irresistible selection of set menus this CNY, with three options to choose from for dine-in. Created by banquet chef, James Wong, who happens to have four decades of experience in Asian and Cantonese cuisines, the menu looks delish! Choose from a six, seven, or eight-course menu for your reunion dinner. Some of the many highlights include salted egg yolk golden tiger prawn (pictured), our favourite fragrant crispy duck, and the love/hate (but always compulsory) crispy durian for dessert!
Where: Park Hotel Clark Quay, 1 Unity St, Singapore 237983; Available 29 January – 26 February 2021. Lunch: 12pm to 2pm, Dinner: 1st seating: 5.30pm to 7.30pm, and 2nd seating: 8.30pm to 10.30pm.
10. W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
Fancy a reunion dinner in island paradise? Then look no further than W Singapore – Sentosa Cove. For starters, there’s a bowl of Stewed Bamboo Pit, crabmeat and fish maw thick broth, followed by a selection of barbecued meats including charcoal roasted duck and honey glazed pork char siew. Save room for Dong Po stewed pork shoulder in a spicy-sweet sauce, marinated five-spice beef shank, and steamed scallop with minced garlic and vermicelli. And not forgetting the classic lo hei, topped with fresh salmon sashimi and luxurious abalone, essential for welcoming in the new year!
Where: W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Sentosa, 098374; Available 11 – 13 February. A la carte lo hei set is also available from the 11 – 26 February.
11. Fairmont Singapore
There are five Lunar New Year set menus to choose from at Canton Garden, the Cantonese pop-up concept at Szechuan Court in the Fairmont Singapore. If you’ve got vegetarians in the fam, they will be well catered for with a dedicated veggie set menu too. If you’re looking for standalone dishes, then they’ve got it covered. From luxurious yu sheng with salmon, snow crab and abalone, to Prosperity Pot of Gold featuring eight head abalone, fried fish maw, flower mushroom, and sea cucumber. A reunion dinner to remember!
Where: Fairmont Singapore. 80 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189560; Available 25 January – 26 February.
12. Botanico at The Garage
We love the location of Botanico, hidden away in our favourite family hotspot, Botanic Gardens. And, great news – they are offering up some delicious treats this CNY! First up is Botanico’s fresh take on the traditional lo hei with the addition of couscous, house-pickled celeriac, and truffle oil (to name a few!). Once you’ve tossed for prosperity, move onto the five-course dinner, with a whole host of treats in store, including a fun twist on the usual duck course with duck breast flavoured with five spice and served with celeriac dauphinoise – yum! Don’t miss the Roku gin and mandarin sorbet for dessert either!
Where: Botanico, The Garage, 50 Cluny Park Rd, Level 2, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 257488; Lo hei (yusheng) available 11 – 26 February, Lunar New Year Dinner 11 – 13 February.
Tablescape is offering not one, but two options when it comes to Chinese New Year dining in Singapore this year. Feast on the Prosperity yu sheng platter, a classic including all the essentials such as abalone, smoked Norwegian salmon, crispy fish skin, ginger, carrots, and more! Or, if you fancy a change this CNY, then opt for the Lunar New Year edition of afternoon tea. There’s a nod to CNY flavours and colours with cherry cheesecake mousse, red tomato brioche, and Mandarin orange compote. Even better, both options are available for takeaway too, if you fancy a family feast at home!
Where: Tablescape, 10 Coleman St, Level 3, Singapore 179809; Both options are available 8 – 26 February.
How about going all out and treating the fam to a Champagne brunch to usher in the New Year? Zafferano is offering just that with the festive edition of brunch featuring a delicious assortment of Italian classics such as pasta and risotto, with a Chinese twist! Alongside these staples, there’s a selection of mains such as the honey-roasted duck breast with five-spices jus, and the steamed barramundi with garlic scapes, ginger, and soy sauce. There’s also some traditional Italian fare, such as pizza margherita, which will keep the kids happy!
Where: Zafferano, 10 Collyer Quay, Level 43 Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315; Available 13 and 14 February.
15. New Ubin Seafood
If you’re looking for an all-out fam-friendly feast for this year’s reunion dinner, check out the set menus on offer at New Ubin Seafood. With options for all budgets, there is a range of delicious crowd-pleasers including roasted crispy prosperity suckling pig, Kong Chin Har Lok Prawns, and roasted crispy poulet chicken. There are locations at CHIJMES, Tampines, and Zhongshan Park to choose from, all offering a range of set menus. Now you just need to pick one!
Where: Various locations; Available 28 January – 26 February.
16. River Safari
This is sure to be a winner with the kids – Niu Year lunch with pandas! Yes, really! The River Safari is offering the chance to see in the New Year with those cute black and white bears for company. First, get the lowdown on all things panda from your guide in the Panda Forest, before indulging in a six-course reunion feast in your very own exclusive dining rooms with views galore!
Where: River Safari, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826; Available 2 – 7 February and 9 – 14 February.
This list is constantly being updated, so check back soon for more Chinese New Year reunion dinners in Singapore! And psst – if you’d rather stay home, indulge in a delish CNY takeaway option for a fuss-free reunion dinner!