When it comes to Chinese New Year reunion meals, it’s the people you’re dining with that’s most important.
Yet if you have good food and ambience to go along with it, each long-awaited gathering is that much more memorable. Whether they’re serving up traditional Chinese, Peranakan or other cuisines, these restaurants are raring to be part of your feasts to remember.
French and Chinese cuisines typically share the same stage at Racines, Sofitel Singapore City Centre. But come Chinese New Year, executive Chinese chef Andrew Chong takes the lead on the menu with dishes such as pen cai or pot of treasures ($488 for 10 persons), filled with abalone, Hokkaido scallop, roasted French duck breast, black moss and more. If a reunion lunch or dinner set meal is what you’re looking for, go the whole hog with Premium Reunion ($188 per person, minimum of four diners). Abalone yu sheng; waxed meats with fragrant rice and crispy conpoy; and premium bird nest with ginseng and aloe vera are just a few of the highlights.
5th floor Sofitel Singapore City Centre, 9 Wallich Street. Tel: 6428 5000
At Yan Ting restaurant, The St. Regis Singapore, choose from an a la carte menu offering dishes such as dry-braised sea cucumber with mushrooms, and beef tenderloin with black garlic, tomatoes and walnuts, or go for their set lunch and dinner menus ranging from six course menus (from $138, minimum of two persons) to eight course menus (from $1288 for a table of 10). The latter features delicacies such as braised 10-head abalone with prosperity oyster and black moss in oyster sauce, Hong Kong-style steamed Russian halibut fillet, and more.
Upper Level 1, The St Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road. Tel: 6506 6888
From 16 January to 19 February, enjoy Chinese New Year lunch or dinner in the chic modern Chinese restaurant Madame Fan at the NCO Club. Executive Chinese chef Mike Tan has included dim sum and signature dishes such as double-boiled four treasure soup and the Australian rib eye pepper beef in the festive set lunches (from $78 for a minimum of two). The dish selections in the set dinner menu (from $128 per person for six courses) is just as luxurious, featuring dishes such as fortune chicken poached in herbs and supreme stock, as well as the steamed silver cod with Chinese ham and ginger sauce.
The NCO Club, 32 Beach Road. Tel: 6818 1921
Located at the National Gallery building in the arts and heritage heart of Singapore, Yàn restaurant offers a cosy venue and six set menus ranging from $128 to $178. Expect Chinese New Year staples such as pen cai filled with pig trotter, roast pork, dried pig skin and other goodies, as well as other highlights such as steamed half lobster with 18-years Nu Er Hong rice wine, and superior chicken broth with fish maw. To welcome the Year of the Pig, they also have the option of having suckling pig done in three ways, namely, signature roast crispy suckling pig, suckling pig carved shoulder, and oven-baked pig fillet with lemongrass.
#05-02 National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road. Tel: 6384 5585
Notable highlights from Chinese executive chef Leong Chee Yeng’s Chinese New Year menus include the triple bliss braised and roasted pork belly with steam bun and crispy suckling piglet skin with caviar; the pork tripe soup with Hennessy X.O. Cognac; and the Full of Luck deep-fried Chilean seabass with hawthorn sauce. The Chilean seabass is delicious and unique—the fish fillet is carefully sliced in a criss-cross fashion, deep-fried in hot oil until crispy and golden brown, then served with a flavourful sweet and sour hawthorn sauce. The festive set menus start from $118 for the Family Style Set Menu (six persons and above), and $88 per person for the Individual Set Menu and Vegetarian Set Menu.
Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square. Tel: 6733 8388
Min Jiang at One-North’s takeaway offerings are great for those who wish to have their reunion dinner at home without having to cook up a storm. The braised pork belly with pan-fried lotus root pork patties and sea treasures in claypot ($318.85) is a hearty and scrumptious one-pot dish comprising an array of ingredients like Australian 10-head abalones, sea cucumber, dried oysters, dried scallops, flower mushrooms, black moss (fa cai) and Tianjin cabbage. Another notable dish is the double-boiled whole chicken stuffed with bird’s nest and duck foie gras dumplings ($308.15)—the broth is flavour-packed, the chicken is moist and fork tender, and the duck foie gras dumpling is hearty and cooked to perfection. If you don’t want to pick the dishes individually, go for the Min Jiang at One-North Festive Treasures Takeaway 7-Course Menu ($532.85), which comes with the Prosperity yu sheng.
No. 5, Rochester Park. Tel: 6774 0122
Usher in the Lunar New Year with a decadent feast at Summer Pavilion. Chinese executive chef Cheung Siu Kong has put together six- to eight-course set lunch and dinner menus (from $108 per person) that will ensure you have a hearty celebration. Some highlights include the suckling pig with black caviar and jelly fish yu sheng, Iberico pork dumplings with cabbage in superior stock, and the braised prickly sea cucumber stuffed with Iberico pork. Don’t forget to grab some of the hotel’s handcrafted prosperity goodies before you leave—the pineapple tarts and love letters are perfect for bringing along when you go house-visiting.
Level 3, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue. Tel: 6434 5286
Toss your way to abundance, health and prosperity this Lunar New Year at Cassia, where executive Chinese chef Lee Hiu Ngai has prepared a premium Lou Hei ($388 for four to six persons) complete with a delicate pig sculpted out of pumpkin standing on a cliff, an indicative note to a smooth and fulfilling year ahead. Chef Lee has also included a handful of luxurious ingredients to the lou hei dish including black truffle, fresh salmon sashimi, abalone and lobster. Other scrumptious creations in the festive set menus include the wok-fried king prawn with pineapple sauce, and the wok-fried chilli soft shell crab served with deep-fried mantou. The Reunion Set Dinner Menus (from $139 per person for six courses) are available on 4 February while the Lunar New Year Set Menus (from $88 per person for five courses) are available until 19 February.
Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island. Tel: 6591 5045
At One Farrer Hotel, right by Farrer Park Station, get away from the madding crowd and tuck into a sumptuous lunar new year buffet. At Escape Restaurant & Lounge’s lunch and dinner Prosperity Feast (from $62) running until 11 February, look forward to special dishes such as sautéed roast pork with Chinese leeks, and slow cooked duck with yam and chestnuts. Festive takeaways and lunar new year goodies such as traditional Chinese coin red dates nian gao, and caramelised sesame walnuts are also available.
1 Farrer Park Station Road. Tel: 6363 0101
This Chinese New Year, chef Damian D’Silva pulls out more of his maternal Peranakan family recipes from his treasure trove. From 4 to 19 February, Folklore’s Chinese New Year lunch and dinner menus feature treasured dishes such as sayur beremi ($16), also known as purslane or pigweed, served as a cold appetiser; Peranakan mee siam ($16), where vermicelli is stir-fired with a rich mee siam paste and rich broth; and a ‘Do It Yourself’ popiah set ($60 for four) that comes with popiah fillings such as the laboriously hand-shredded turnip, bamboo shoot, and pork belly cooked in prawn and pork stock.
Level 2, Destination Singapore, 700 Beach Road. Tel: 6679 2900
For some modern Southeast Asian fare from chef Miller Mai, head to Ding Dong between 30 January and 16 February for your dinner gatherings. At $65 per person for a six-course menu (minimum of two persons), feast on flavoursome bites such as pork sisig, Thai grilled pork collar, Balinese pork satay and roasted pork belly. If that’s not enough, concoctions from the bar such as their cocktails featuring regional ingredients will draw you in. Sabai Sabai, made with Thai herbs, blue ginger and vodka, is just one example.
#01-02, 115 Amoy Street. Tel: 6557 0189
From 28 Jan to 10 February, sample chef Joey Sergentakis’ contemporary Asian lunar new year menu with optional wine pairing option (from $178). In a departure from the usual Chinese New Year spread, dishes on his menu include marinated tuna with oscietra caviar, salted kampot pepper calamansi and lemongrass oil; roasted chili chicken velouté with mushroom dumplings; and mains such as lychee wood smoked duck breast with toasted peanuts baby bok choy and chin kiang vinegar. For dessert, sweets such as mandarin orange cheesecake round up the meal.
Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue. Tel: 6508 2188
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