Over the past few weeks, we’ve put together a few shortlists for your CNY feasting: part one and two. Here are more choice picks for this year’s CNY feasting—for those of you who have’t quite decided!
Ring in the Year of the Dog with Amara Singapore’s Silk Road Restaurant as they put together several festive menus, which are great for sharing with friends and family. Expect traditional Chinese dishes like sautéed scallops with asparagus in XO sauce and double-boiled shark’s cartilage soup with dried scallop and fish maw.
Other highlights include Szechuan smoked duck with camphor and tea leaves; and handmade noodle with sliced abalone, ginger and Chinese superior broth. Available from 1 February to 2 March, Silk Road’s festive set menus start from $68 per pax with a minimum of two people.
Level 2 Amara Singapore, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road. Tel: 6227 3848;
Over at Le Meridien Singapore’s Latest Recipe, expect myriad festive culinary treats featuring unique twists to classic Chinese dishes. Think of along the lines of roasted duck with mango sauce and crispy crystal prawns tossed with chicken floss.
The festive menu also includes more traditional dishes like braised baby abalone with broccoli and mushrooms, and double-boiled herbal chicken. Available from 16 February till 2 March, Latest Recipe’s festive menus start from $48 per person.
Le Meridien Singapore, 23 Beach View, Sentosa. Tel: 6818 3388
This Lunar New Year, Parkroyal on Pickering’s Lime Restaurant and Bar incorporates unconventional flavours into its buffet, quirkily titled, ‘Feast of Paws-perity’. Try the thyme and garlic roasted lamb chop with Mongolian sauce, pink peppercorn brined salmon fillet and Peking duck with hoisin sauce.
For the traditionalists, Lime also offers classics like double-boiled chicken soup with ginseng and slow cooked soy braised pork belly with fatt choy—a Chinese New Year must-have. Also not to be missed is Lime’s prosperity salmon yu sheng (from $48 for four to six people)—fresh salmon slices, gold coin bak kwa, traditional candied vegetables finished with a special yu sheng sauce. Available from 2 February to 2 March, Lime’s festive buffet prices start from $60 for lunch.
Parkroyal on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street. Tel: 6809 8899
If you’re looking for a traditional Chinese feast this Lunar New Year, Mandarin Oriental’s Cherry Garden would probably top the list with their luxurious pen cai , available only to dine-in guests. A Cherry Garden classic, this dish weighs 25 kilogrammes—including the pot—and is possibly the largest one in town.
Expect quality ingredients like sea cucumbers, lobsters and roast duck. Other popular dishes include sautéed lobster with mushrooms and vegetables in XO sauce; and A4 Miyazaki wagyu pan-fried in garlic barbecue sauce with vegetables. Cherry Garden’s dine-in set menus are available from 1 February to 2 March, starting from $128 per person.
Level 4 Mandarin Oriental Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue. Tel: 6885 3500;
Usher in the Year of the Dog with a feast of Chinese delicacies at York Hotel Singapore’s White Rose Café. Indulge in classic Lunar New Year dishes like braised shark’s fin soup; fragrant fried rice with preserved meat wrapped in lotus leaf; and braised duck with sea cucumber and mushrooms.
Or if you’d prefer to welcome the New Year from home, enjoy White Rose Café’s takeaway specials like the abalone yu sheng ($52 for regular) and premium braised pen cai ($228 for six people), which comprises fish maw, sea cucumber, dried oysters and more. White Rose Café’s festive specials are available from 9 February to 2 March. Buffet dinner prices are $29 per child (aged five to 11) and $59 per adult.
York Hotel Singapore, 21 Mount Elizabeth. Tel: 6830 1156;
To welcome the Year of the Dog, Peach Blossoms presents a host of celebratory dishes such as their fresh and piquant amaebi (sweet prawn), salmon and Nashi pear yu sheng, and the Blossoming Abalone Treasures Pot filled with goodies like 10-headed whole abalone, dried fish maw, premium sea cucumber and scallops.
For dishes just a little more elaborate, go for one of their specials such as wok-fried lobster coated with creamy lemon, sweet corn and crispy rice; steamed sea perch with ham, ginger and scallion served on lotus leaf; or wok-fried fragrant rice with foie gras and wax sausage served in a mini pumpkin. End the meal with a nourishing double-boiled hashima with honey locust fruit and peach gum accompanied with pan-fried purple sweet potato nian gao. Chinese New Year set menus are available from 22 Jan to 3 March from $148++ per person while a Chinese New Year a la carte menu is available from 10 Feb to 3 March.
Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6845 1118
From 8 February to 12 March, have your pick from chef James Wong’s array of Chinese New Year set menus with a modern twist, ranging from the six-course Success menu (from $338 for four to five persons) to the eight-course Prosperity menu (from $628 per table for nine to ten persons).
First toss to prosperity with their Ultimate Success Abalone Yu Sheng, a colourful melange of ingredients such as purple cabbage, shimeji and enoki mushrooms, yellow chives and carrots, paired with premium gold-dusted abalones, kaffir leaves and a homemade sauce. Follow that up with dishes such as boneless steamed whole red Garoupa in superior light soy sauce rolled with crunchy asparagus stalks, a French-inspired golden crispy chicken with fresh button mushroom in cream sauce, and prawn toast featuring tiger prawns and tomato salsa.
1 Unity Street. Tel: 6593 8888