Chinese New Year is less than a month away! If you are not one to slave over a hot stove trying to whip up an elaborate meal for your family, it’s high time to make a booking at one of these restaurants to enjoy an auspicious feast in air-conditioned comfort.
From lavish and extravagant sets to comforting but no less delicious fare, here’s our list of where you can go to have a hassle-free Lunar New Year reunion feast this year:
A stalwart in the local Chinese dining scene, Ban Heng’s group of restaurants don’t disappoint when it comes to hearty Teochew and Cantonese cuisine at affordable prices.
On Chinese New Year’s Eve, it has a slew of Lunar New Year Reunion Dinner Set Menus that see classics like Wok Fried Spare Ribs With Honey Vinegar Sauce, Sauteed Fresh Scallops with XO Sauce in Golden Nest, and its signature Buddha Jumps Over The Wall. You’ll even get to enjoy a lion dance performance and ‘God of Fortune’ appearances.
Or if you’re having your reunion dinner outside of Feb 11, go for its Lunar New Year Celebration Sets with equally festive highlights.
When: Jan 7 to Feb 28, 2021
Dinner seatings on Feb 11, 2021 are at 5.30pm and 8pm
Where: #04-01 HarbourFront Centre, 1 Maritime Square, Singapore 099253
Cost: From $588++ to $998++ for eight persons for Lunar New Year Reunion Dinner Set Menus (only on Feb 11, 2021). From $428++ to $938++ for eight persons for Lunar New Year Celebration Sets.
Herald in the new year with gastronomic delights from Crystal Jade’s group executive chef Martin Foo and his culinary brigade across its portfolio of restaurants.
For Teochew cuisine with innovative twists, make a beeline for Crystal Jade Golden Palace at Paragon, which boasts Michelin-starred cuisine accompanied by opulent surroundings. Dine on Teochew specialties with a modern spin like Marinate Foie Gras in Teochew Style, and Roasted Irish Duck With Crispy Rice in Chef’s Special Sauce, which comes with a thick sauce and fragrant puffed rice.
Otherwise, there are traditional favourites like its Fortune Bag that’s generously portioned with dried oyster, conpoy and black moss, as well as a Braised Hand-pulled La Mian With Lobster In XO Sauce. You can also opt for a vegetarian menu.
When: Jan 25 to Feb 28, 2021
Where: #05-22, The Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859
Cost: From $108++ to $198++ per person (minimum of two persons) and from $528++ to $1,988 for four to eight persons for set menus.
Enjoy classic celebratory fare with an inventive touch by executive chef Ben Zeng at this Cantonese restaurant – think fusion-style specialties like Sliced Barbequed Beijing Duck with Pan-fried Foie Gras, Barbecued Crispy Whole Suckling Pig Stuffed with Glutinous Rice, Wild Mushrooms and Truffle for a satisfying sharing dish as well as the Pan-fried Wagyu Beef Fillet that comes with a Chilled Salad in Sesame Sauce to cut through the richness of the beef. Vegetarian and Muslim menus are available.
If you’re in the mood for dim sum, go for the Lunar New Year Weekend Dim Sum Buffet to line your bellies with the likes of steamed prawn dumplings with champagne, barbequed crispy pork belly, braised beef brisket as well as steamed lobster with minced garlic crumbs, and double-boiled Buddha Jumps Over The Wall. There’s also a serving of yu sheng per table.
When: Jan 25 to Feb 26, 2021
Where: Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595
Cost: From $138++ per person (minimum two persons) to $338.80++ per person (minimum five persons) for set menus. The Weekend Dimsum Brunch Buffet is at $99++ (adult) and $49.50++ (child).
Call 6826 8240 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations or for more information.
If authentic Sichuan fare is your cup of tea, you’ll want to make a booking at Si Chuan Dou Hua. Its branch at Parkroyal at Kitchener Road has a team of experienced chefs. Look forward to specials like Double-boiled Kampung Chicken Soup with Porcini, Sea Whelk and Conpoy, Steamed Lobster “Mee Swa” in Egg White Sauce and “Hua Tiao” Wine, as well as Crispy Brown Rice with Two Head Abalone in Superior Stock from its six Lunar New Year menus.
Or tantalise your tastebuds with the Grand Fortune Pen Cai brimming with abalone, sea cucumber, goose web, cordyceps flower, quail egg, and roast duck.
When: Jan 11 to Feb 26, 2021
Where: Parkroyal on Kitchener Road, 181 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208533
Cost: From $92++ per person (minimum four persons) to $168++ per person (minimum eight persons) for set menus.
If you appreciate a reunion dinner with a view, Empress at the Asian Civilisations Museum is your place. Located right by the Singapore River, it offers traditional Chinese fare amidst stylishly contemporary interiors. For the festive season, take your pick from five set menus boasting mouthwatering concoctions like Double-boiled Superior Stock in Young Coconut, platters with moreish bites of the restaurant’s signature char siew and crackling roast pork, as well as Wild-caught Lobster E-fu Noodles, and more.
End your meal on a sweet note with Pandan Creme Brulee or a Crispy Sesame ‘Nian Gao’ Roll that’s not just stuffed with taro and sweet potato, but is served with an interesting goji berry ice cream, too.
When: Feb 1 to 28, 2021
Where: #01-03, Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore, 179555
Cost: From $68++ for a six-course set meal to $128++ for an eight-course set meal (with a minimum of four persons)
For a spread that’ll please the most discerning taste buds, make your reservation at Conrad Centennial Singapore’s highly-acclaimed Golden Peony Cantonese restaurant, helmed by executive Chinese chef Ku Keung.
For the Year of the Ox, the restaurant is serving up yu sheng with a twist – its Fortune Ox Yu Sheng comes with tender strips of pan-fried wagyu beef, seasonal greens as well as the restaurant’s homemade sour plum sauce.
Order a la carte menu items like double-boiled lobster soup, braised 5-Head South African abalone, and its signature London Duck as well as stewed half Boston lobster with mee pok noodles. Or take the guesswork out of ordering with various set menus. Depending on your choice, you’ll get to tuck into baked spare ribs with red glutinous sauce, steamed sliced giant grouper with a secret capsicum preserved chili as well as glutinous rice and roasted suckling pig. A vegetarian set menu is available.
When: Jan 18 – Feb 26, 2021
Where: Conrad Centennial Singapore, 2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982
Cost: From $168++ per person to $1,998++ for a table of eight for set menus
Visit its website, call 6432 7482/88, or e-mail sinci.goldenpeony@
With floor to ceiling windows that look out to Orchard Boulevard and sophisticated decor, Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine at Ion Orchard is one to consider if a classy ambience is what you’re after.
It brings authentic Teochew fare to the table as well, and has curated a collection of menus to ring in the new year. Enjoy dishes like the Fatt Choy Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng, then follow it with a Marinated duck combination, Steamed Soon Hock Fish with Plum Sauce, Braised Sliced Fresh Abalone with Dried Oyster, Black Moss and Vegetables as well as Stir-fried Glutinous Rice with Chinese Sausage.
When: Jan 28 to Feb 26, 2021
Where: #03-05 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801; #02-01 & #03-01 Guoco Tower, 7 Wallich Street, Singapore 078884
Cost: From $398++ (for four persons) to $3,388++ (for eight persons) for set menus
Visit its website for more information. Call 6736-2118 or e-mail email@example.com to make your reservation at Ion Orchard. Call 6384-2722 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation at Guoco Tower.
Jade at Fullerton Hotel has had a reputation for serving up exceptional Chinese cuisine for over a decade, and you can expect an impressive CNY line-up that’s designed to cater to intimate gatherings. For starters, there’s the Premium Gold Rush Salmon Yu Sheng, shaped to resemble a bull and presented alongside calligraphy by executive Chinese chef Leong Chee Yeng. Returning for the year is the beloved signature Braised Bird’s Nest with Crab Meat, Crab Roe and Truffle Jus in Superior Broth. Or order the hearty Poached Wagyu Beef and White Radish Dumpling, fashioned to resemble auspicious gold ingots.
The Wok-Fried Boston Lobster with Preserved Duck and Ginger Spring Onion showcases chef Leong’s innovative culinary finesse, while the individually portioned pen cai will be sure to quell any hunger pangs. The decor of the beautifully appointed restaurant is a draw, too.
When: Jan 25 to Feb 27, 2021
Where: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
Cost: From $118++ per person for the set menu (for five persons) and from $98++ per person for the individual set menu
Kickstart your celebrations with one-Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Jiang Nan Chun at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, which spotlights fresh seasonal produce in a luxurious setting. Executive Chinese chef Albert Au helms the kitchen, curating seasonal specials like Suckling Pig with Avruga Caviar and Braised Ee-fu Noodle with Boston Lobster in Superior Stock.
You’ll also get to toss to good fortune with the Abundance Lobster, Abalone and Salmon Yu Sheng that’s given a modern and healthy spin with seasonal vegetables, various seeds and homemade sauces.
When: Jan 11 to Feb 26, 2021
Where: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Cost: From $168++ per person for a six-course set menu or from $1,358++ for eight persons for an eight-course set menu. The six-course vegetarian menu is at $128++ per person.
Visit its website for more information. Call 6831 7220 or e-mail email@example.com to make your reservation.
Think Kam’s Roast, which is the offshoot of one-Michelin-starred Hong Kong restaurant Kam’s Roast Goose, and its signature roast duck and smoky, juicy char siew come to mind. For Lunar New Year, the Kam’s Roast Golden Duck ($88++) is back with its signature roast beautifully presented with 22-carat edible French gold flakes to symbolise abundance and wealth. You’re also in for a treat with the Golden Toro Char Siew – premium pork belly char siew with a deliciously charred skin that’s also flecked with edible gold flakes.
When: From now till Feb 25, 2021
Where: Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Road, Singapore 228210
Visit its website for more information or to make your reservation.
Exquisite Cantonese delicacies await you at the award-winning Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant. Delectable highlights from its four dine-in menus include Mini Buddha Jumps over the Wall with Bird’s Nest, Braised South African Abalone and Stuffed Beancurd Skin with Dried Oyster, Fish Noodles with Alaskan Crabmeat. The kitchen is helmed by Chinese Hong Kong-born executive chef Chung Yiu Ming, who has over 30 years of experience in whipping up culinary delights.
Alternatively, make your way to Sheraton Towers’ The Dining Room for a semi a la carte buffet that has highlights like lobster laksa, assorted fresh seafood, Buddha’s Delight, and steamed Nyonya-style snapper fillet. On CNY Eve, there’ll be a festive spread of Stewed Pork Knuckle with Red Wine, Ee-fu Noodles with Crabmeat, Mushroom and Truffle Oil, Four Treasure Soup, and more.
You can also get an additional platter of yu sheng topped with ingredients such as crispy fish skin, popping boba, and more.
When: Jan 22 to Feb 26, 2021
Dinner seatings on Feb 11, 2021 are at 5pm, 6.45pm and 8pm.
Where: Sheraton Towers Singapore, 39 Scotts Road, Singapore 228230
Cost: From $208 per person (minimum two persons) to $1,888++ for eight persons for set menus at Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant. The Festive Lunch and Dinner semi a la carte buffet at The Dining Room is priced at $68++ (adult) and $49++ (child) each. On Feb 11, prices are at $98++ (adult) and $49++ (child).
Visit its website for more information. Call 6839 5623 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation at Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant. Call 6839 5621, e-mail email@example.com to make your reservation at The Dining Room.
Housed in luxury lifestyle destination The NCO Club, the refined Madame Fan promises a meal that’s nothing short of impeccable. Begin your dinner with the extravagant Treasures of Sea Yu Sheng, which comprises eight sustainably farmed seafood, including Alaskan king crab, Boston lobster, Hokkaido scallop, bluefin tuna and caviar.
On the four festive menus available, you’ll find revamped classics like Kurobuta pork belly with bourgogne blanc & green pepper sauce, braised South African 6-head abalone, and steamed Chilean sea bass with kombu and homemade black bean sauce. A sweet ending arrives in the form of the Fire Cracker Champagne Mousse Cake as a symbol to welcome good luck for the year ahead. For a private affair, book any of the restaurant’s six exquisite private dining rooms or the VIP dining room.
When: Jan 18 – Feb 26, 2021
Dinner seatings on Feb 11 are at 5.30pm and 8pm
Where: The NCO Club, 32 Beach Road, Singapore 189764
Cost: From $98++ per person for lunch sets and $148++ per person for dinner set menus (minimum two persons)
Visit its website for more information. Call 6818 1921 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation.
You can’t go wrong with a feast curated by the award-winning Min Jiang Restaurant set amidst the elegant Goodwood Park Hotel. Its line-up for the festive season sees specially created dine-in menus boasting exquisite delights like Double-boiled Abalone Soup and Eel Fish Maw with Handmade Prawn Dumplings and Minced Pork Balls in Claypot, Slow-braised Spicy Oxtail with Pickled Mustard and Enoki Mushrooms in Claypot, Braised Spring Chicken with Pork Belly and Sea Treasures in Claypot.
For dessert, satisfy your sweet tooth with Steamed Cassava ‘Nian Gao’ with Fresh Coconut as well as Chilled Durian ‘Nian Gao’ Roll.
When: Jan 24 to Feb 26, 2021
Dinner seatings on Feb 11 are at 5pm and 8.30pm
Where: Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
Cost: From $138++ per person (minimum two persons) for six-course set menus, and from $888++ per table of six persons or $1,168++ per table of eight persons for eight-course set menus. Vegetarian set menus are at $128++ per person (minimum two persons).
Visit its website for more information. Call 6730 1704 or e-mail email@example.com or visit its website to make your reservation.
Nestled at Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay, this Cantonese restaurant allows you to indulge in the delicacies offered by executive chef Edward Chong while taking in views of Marina Bay; you’ll also appreciate its rejuvenated space featuring a nature-inspired palette and an Oriental touch. For your reunion dinner, a la carte options include signature favourites like Stewed Mung Bean Noodles with Drunken Crab in 10-year Gu Yue Long Shan Rice Wine as well as the luscious Coconut Parfait with Red Ruby.
Its array of Chinese New Year menus feature a smorgasbord of hearty dishes too, from a Prosperity Yellowtail Yu Sheng with Sea Whelk, Fish Roe and Organic Mixed Fruits to Braised South African Abalone with Glutinous Rice and Smoked Chicken Wing as well as Poached Rice with Australian Scallop in Imperial Stock accompanied with Golden Crispy Rice. Round off your meal with a sweet trio of Double-boiled Bird’s Nest with Papaya and Egg, Cream of Walnut, and Three-layer Reunion Nian Gao with Minced Peanuts and Butter Cookies.
When: Jan 22 to Feb 26, 2021 (Set Menus); Feb 8 to 26, 2021 (A La Carte)
Where: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square Singapore 039594
Cost: From $174.20nett per person to $338.95nett per person (minimum of five persons), or from $750.95nett for four persons
Visit its website for more information. Call 6845 1118 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation.
Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant chain Putien is known for its repertoire of comfort food from China’s eastern Fujian province. For Chinese New Year, it has put together a series of festive set meals, and here’s what to order: Scallop and White Beech Mushroom in XO Sauce, Pan Fried or Sweet and Sour Yellow Croaker, Longevity Noodles, and Deep-fried Pork Trotters With Salt & Pepper, as well as its popular Stir-fried Yam.
Then, of course, there’s the Prosperity Abalone Yusheng, available with all its set menus. Or fill your tummies with lavish goodies like dried scallops, abalone, Japanese flower mushrooms, sea cucumber, fried fish maw, and more from the “Pot of Goodies, available a la carte or included in every Prosperity Set Meal.
When: Jan 13 – Feb 26, 2021
Where: Various locations, including Kitchener Road, Nex, Marina Square and Raffles City
Cost: Set menus start from $118++ for two to $698++ for eight persons
Visit its website for more information or to make your reservation.
If you’re hankering after comforting Chinese soups and juicy chicken slices, Soup Restaurant is your spot, because the homegrown restaurant group is known for just that – double-boiled soups and its signature ‘Samsui Ginger Chicken”. Apart from those, it’s also got a slew of Chinese New Year goodies on its set menus, such as Traditional Steamed Rice With Baby Abalone and Chinese Sausage, as well as Fish Maw Soup with Crab Meat and Scallop.
The restaurant has also debuted the Golden Pumpkin Treasure Pot with Abalone that’s made for sharing. It’s packed with ingredients like 10-head abalone, fresh scallops and tiger prawns, shiitake mushrooms and roasted pork then drenched with a luscious golden pumpkin collagen gravy.
Finish your meal with adorable handmade longevity buns and a Snow Pear Aloe Vera dessert that come with all set menus.
When: Jan 12 to Feb 28, 2021
Where: At multiple locations including Vivocity, Jewel Changi Airport, Suntec City and Paragon
Cost: From $118++ for two persons to $568++ for eight persons
Visit its website for more information. Call 6645 9330 or visit any of its 13 outlets islandwide to make your reservation.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore’s one-Michelin star Chinese restaurant Summer Pavilion has long wooed diners with its exquisite Chinese fare, and this year, it’s upping the ante for the traditional lo hei with an indulgent Australian greenlip abalone and caviar yu sheng. Then there are other Lunar New Year culinary highlights like Sauteed Japanese Wagyu Beef with Black Truffle, Double-Boiled Sea Whelk Soup with Fish Maw, Chicken and Wild mushroom, as well as Baked Wagyu Beef Puff.
Plus, each reservation at Summer Pavilion during the first 15 days of the Lunar New Year will get you a set of limited edition Ritz-Carlton red packets and a pair of Mandarin oranges.
When: Feb 1 – 26, 2021
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore, 039799
Cost: From $118++ per person for six- to eight-course set lunch and dinner menus
Visit its website for more information. Call 6434 5286 or email email@example.com to make your reservation.
The award-winning Taste Paradise has recently unveiled a modern new look with sophisticated surroundings and a lighter colour palette that sets the stage for an elegant reunion dinner.
For its Chinese New Year offerings, you can look forward to Cantonese delights like braised 5-head abalone with dried mushroom, stewed ee-fu noodle with lobster in superior broth, osmanthus-infused crispy roasted duck, wok-fried glutinous rice and steamed coral trout in supreme soya sauce. It’s got eight dine-in set menus, and each comes with an abalone yu sheng.
When: Jan 29 to Feb 28, 2021
On Lunar New Year’s Eve, lunch is from 11am to 3pm, and dinner seatings are at 6pm and 8pm
Where: #04-07 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Cost: From $488++ for four persons to $3,088++ for eight persons for set menus
Visit www.paradisegp.com/brand-taste-paradise for more information. Call 6509-9660 to make your reservation.
Get Wah Lok on your shortlist if you’re after traditional Cantonese dishes; there are seven- or eight-course set menus specially crafted by masterchef Ng Wai Tong and his team for the celebratory season. Dive into comforting and refined dishes like Steamed Live Soon Hock, Pan-fried Hokkaido Scallop with Golden Sauce, and Braised Whole Abalone.
Yusheng is taken up a luxurious notch with the restaurant’s all-time signature Lo Hei, Alaskan Crab Lo Hei and Hamachi Yu Sheng in “Soon Tak” Style. There’s also the traditional three-layer Longevity Poon Choi that’s packed with a medley of whole abalone, sea cucumber, scallops, prawns, roasted duck, and more.
When: Feb 1 to 26, 2021
Where: Carlton Hotel, 76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189558
Cost: From $398++ for four persons to $1,228++ for eight persons for set menus
Guests can expect nothing but premium cuisine at Yan Ting. Nestled inside The St. Regis Singapore, the restaurant serves up elevated takes of Cantonese fare by the hotel’s team of masterchefs. This Lunar New Year, toss your way to good fortune with its Prosperity Yu Sheng that spotlights luscious 8-head abalone.
On its festive set menu, you can look forward to deftly-crafted dishes like Double-boiled Fish Maw Consomme With Red Dates And Wolfberries, Steamed Sea Perch Fillet With Bell Peppers, Boston Lobster With Signature Homemade XO Sauce, and Double-boiled Eight Treasure Hashima Soup and Glutinous Rice Cake.
When: Feb 11, 2020
Dinner seatings are at 5.30pm and 8pm
Where: Level IU, The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911
Cost: From $128++ per person or $1,388++ for eight persons for set menus
Visit its website for more information. Call 6506-6887 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation.
Text: Michelle Lee, Cherrie Lim & Elizabeth Liew