It may feel like Christmas was just over, but it is already time to start looking for restaurants to book your upcoming Chinese New Year reunion dinner in 2020! In fact, CNY falls on 25 January this year, which is just about three weeks from now!
This year, you can look forward to familiar favourites and brand new dishes that play on the rat zodiac sign from some of the best restaurants in Singapore.
P.S. Remember to book a table at your favourite restaurant early to avoid disappointment!
This year, Yàn celebrates joyful reunions with a bounteous spread of six set menus with classic Cantonese fare curated by Head Chef Ng Sen Tio.
The star of the show is the savoury Kaleidoscope of Prosperity that alludes to the auspicious phrase 步步高升. A signature at Yàn, the Shunde-style yusheng presents a mountain of crispy vermicelli adorned with kailan and pickled ginger, encircled within a vibrant medley of vegetables, crushed peanuts, sesame seeds, and youtiao, as well as slices of fresh yellowtail, and topped with gold flakes (!) and crunchy coils of mee pok.
This year’s yusheng is made extra special by the fact that they have added shreds of purple and yellow sweet potatoes, which pay homage to the rat zodiac as a playful twist on the Chinese word for rat!
Don’t miss the hearty Yàn Harvest Pen Cai either – this is a grand claypot of eighteen ingredients from abalone to whole conpoy, roast pork to fish maw, and sea moss to sea cucumber, each individually prepared before combined and simmered with flavourful braised duck gravy.
2. Park Hotel Clarke Quay
Created to foster togetherness, Park Hotel Clarke Quay presents four set menus of six, seven, and eight courses that cater for an intimate gathering of four to ten diners.
The Auspicious Abundance Yu Sheng is meant to symbolise good luck, abundance, and fortune for the year ahead with lofty layers of fresh and vibrant vegetables, encircled by pan-seared United States scallops crowned with red caviar and topped with crispy silver needle noodles (lao shu fen), which pay homage to the auspicious zodiac with a playful twist on the Chinese word for rat (shu).
Other dishes that will certainly leave you feeling extremely satisfied include Braised Baby Abalone with Chinese Mushroom, Sea Cucumber and Chinese Spinach, Steamed Chicken with Chinese Sausage, Lily Buds, Black and White Fungus, Baked Prawn with 2-Style Potato Salad and Golden Almond Flakes, and Chilled Mango Pudding with Lychee Pearls.
3. Crystal Jade Jiang Nan
Famous for food inspired by the Jiangnan and Sichuan regions, Crystal Jade Jiang Nan’s Chinese New Year menu for 2020 is a gastronomic adventure deeply rooted in culinary traditions.
The menus heavily feature seafood, so you start your meal with Reunion Yusheng with Smoked Salmon and get to indulge in hearty delights like Fish Maw, Bamboo Pith with Conpoy Thick Soup and Seafood Thick Soup with Fish Maw. The 10-persons menu also features special Steamed Chilli Crab Xiao Long Bao – you don’t want to miss that!
Prices: SGD258++ for a table of 4, SGD388++ for a table of 6, SGD518++ for a table of 8, and SGD698++ for a table of 10
Address: VivoCity, #01-52, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585
To make a reservation: Chope | Telephone
4. Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant @ Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant’s Chinese New Year Eve set menus serve exquisite Cantonese dishes that are fit for an emperor: think decadent yushengs made with lobster, salmon, scallop, Alaskan crab, and caviar, Double-Boiled Bird’s Nest with Almond Puree in Mini Pumpkin, and Braised Boston Lobster & Black Truffle with Superior Stock.
For those who prefer healthier options, you can look forward to a myriad of nutritious vegetarian offerings like Double-boiled Monkey Head Mushroom with Chinese Herbs and Wok-fried Sweet Beancurd Skin with Peach and Strawberry for a sweet start to the new year.
Prices: Start from SGD108.80++ for a table of 4 to 8, to SGD2088++ for a table of 10
Address: Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865
To make a reservation: Chope | Website | Telephone | Email
5. Hai Tien Lo @ Pan Pacific Singapore
Headed by Executive Chef Ben Zeng, Hai Tien Lo presents nine luxurious set menus showcasing the finest Cantonese delicacies that are sure to delight everyone’s taste buds.
The auspiciously-named menus showcase a remarkable array of superb ingredients featuring classic fare such as Double-boiled Chicken Soup with Whole Abalone, Sea Conch and Korean Ginseng; Baked Fillet of Sea Perch in Champagne Sauce; and Double-boiled Bird’s Nest with Almond Cream served in Young Coconut.
Specially curated for vegetarian diners, the Blossoming Spring Set Menu comprises nourishing delights like Braised Bean Gluten with Sliced Vegetarian Abalone and Chinese Mushrooms in White Truffles Sauce that pack a flavourful punch even without the addition of meat.
6. Racines @ Sofitel Singapore City Centre
No reunion dinner at Racines is complete without the restaurant’s Signature “Eight Treasures Yu Sheng”, comprising 8 mouth-watering ingredients that include Baby Abalone, Fried Fish Skin, Crispy Silver Fish, Lobster Roulade, Homemade Cured Salmon, Hamachi, Jellyfish, and Ikura.
Other dishes to look forward to include Seafood Abalone Treasure Pot with Braised Cabbage and Black Moss (Pen Cai); Steamed Fragrant Rice with Chef’s Selection of Waxed Meats and Bok Choy, as well as a fusion dish called Slow Cooked French Corn-fed Chicken with Scallion Relish, Oyster Sauce.
7. Blue Jasmine @ Park Hotel Farrer Park
Thai restaurant Blue Jasmine brings together the best of Chinese and Thai cuisine for a CNY reunion dinner buffet that is bursting with flavours.
The highlight of this fusion is the Thai Chin Yu Sheng, a lo hei platter with a Thai twist – slices of silky salmon gravlax on green mango and papaya alongside pomelo and pickles. Served at the table at the start of each meal, the servers will help to add the different elements and sauces while calling out auspicious phrases, so all you need to do is toss the salad up as high as you can!
Other traditionally Chinese bites that you can also tuck into include Crispy Prawn Wanton, Fish Maw Soup with crab meat and bamboo soup, and Wat Tan Hor Fun.
Prices: SGD58++ per adult, $29++ per child (6 – 12 years old), children aged 5 years old or younger dine for free
Address: 10 Farrer Park Station Rd, Level 5 Park Hotel Farrer Park, Singapore 217564
To make a reservation: Chope | Telephone | Email
8. Man Fu Yuan @ Intercontinental Singapore
If you have tried Man Fu Yuan’s suckling pig previously and been pining for the same crispy crunch with five grains glutinous rice and preserved cured meats again, it’s time to make a reservation for their prosperity prix-fixe menus this coming Chinese New Year.
From festive yusheng masterpieces to a delectable showcase of Chinese delights with auspicious-sounding names, each menu is carefully curated with the most opulent dishes so that you get a lucky start to the new year.
The Man Fu Yuan Abundance Treasure Pot with rare ingredients like homemade braised sea cucumber, 10-head abalone, Canadian lobster, and Hokkaido scallops is highly recommended by the chef – be sure to order this if it isn’t in your set menu!
9. Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant @ Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
Created by Executive Chinese Chef Chan Kung Lai and his team of Master Chefs, Xin Cuisine serves nine different set menu feasts that will leave you spoilt for choice.
Each one showcases an irresistible array of Cantonese favourites such as Xin’s Gold Leaf Salmon Yu Sheng, Trio Barbecued Meat Platter, and Steamed Marble Goby in Hong Kong Style.
10. Dian Xiao Er
With 13 locations conveniently located around Singapore, Dian Xiao Er is a top choice to book your Chinese New Year reunion dinner, especially if you are doing it at the last minute.
The upcoming Chinese New Year menu features the restaurant chain’s Signature Herbal Roast Duck, Seafood Fish Maw Thick Soup, Luxurious Abalone Treasure Pot, prosperous Yu Sheng and more. There are three different set menus (Classic Signatures, Premium Selection and Golden Fortune) consisting of 8 dishes each – guaranteed to satisfy everyone in the family.
Prices: Start from SGD228 for 3 persons
Address: See full list of addresses here.
To make a reservation: Chope (Jurong Point, JEM, Lot One, Hillion Mall, VivoCity, Marina Square, Northpoint City, Junction 8, Serangoon NEX, Waterway Point, Bedok Mall, Tampines One, Jewel Changi Airport, Suntec City, UE Square)
11. Mouth Restaurant
This restaurant in Chinatown is a go-to for many looking for hearty Cantonese delights, so if you have a Cantonese family looking for authentic Canto dishes to ring in the new year, Mouth Restaurant is the one to book.
They offer superior set menus that cater to different family sizes, ranging from 2 to 10 persons, with Duo Fish or Abalone Yu Sheng included in each menu. The exquisite 10 Pax set even comes with a whole suckling pig and double-boiled bird nest at just SGD968+ for 10 pax – a cheaper alternative without losing out on any of the indulgence!
12. Summer Palace @ Regent Singapore
To add some fun to traditional Chinese food, themed dishes such as Stir-fried Mouse Tail Noodles with Assorted Seafood; and Deep-fried Garoupa in Sweet & Sour Osmanthus Sauce are Summer Palace’s way of marking 2020’s lunar zodiac.
They also offer up to eight options of Yu Sheng, including everything from traditional Smoked Salmon and Lobster Truffle to more unique combinations such as Bird’s Nest and Pear, Marinated Hokkigai Clams with Jellyfish, and a vegetarian Roselle with Lily Bulbs.
13. The Square Restaurant @ Novotel Clarke Quay
The Square Restaurant promises an imperial buffet feast, where you start with the Fa Cai Yu Sheng, feast to Wok Fried Salted Egg Prawn, Wok Fried Sliced Beef with Fungus & Black Pepper Sauce, The Square Signature Chilli & Black Pepper Crab, and an extensive line of Seafood on Ice and Salmon Sashimi.
Complete the feasting with Traditional Tang Yuan in Ginger Broth, Mandarin Orange Cake, Pomelo Pudding, Huat Kuih, Red Date Cake, Bak Kwa Chicken Floss Swiss Roll, Golden Sesame Ball, Pan Fried Nian Gao, The Square Signature Durian Pengat, and other sweet delights.
Price: SGD88++ for adults, SGD49++ for children (5 to 12 years old), SGD78++ for senior citizens (above 55 years old)
Address: 177A River Valley Rd, Liang Court, Singapore 179031
To make a reservation: Website | Telephone | Email
14. Peach Garden
You can’t go wrong with perennial favourites at Peach Garden. Dishes such as Salmon Yu Sheng With Golden Kumquat Sauce, Mini Buddha Jump over the Wall with Ginseng, and Steamed Live Soon Hock Fish with Superior Soya Sauce are guaranteed to be a hit.
Coupled with the fact that each of the dishes is aptly named after a CNY greeting, you are actually getting well-wishes with every dish you tuck into!
15. Canton Paradise
Reunion dinner sets can be rather pricey, so for those who want to enjoy a classic Cantonese meal without burning too big of a hole in your wallet this year, you can look to Canton Paradise’s affordable meal options.
Each set comes with a Prosperity Abalone Yu Sheng, and includes mouth-watering options such as Steamed Kampong Chicken in Canton Style and BBQ Pork with Honey Sauce, Black Truffle Shrimp Fried Rice, and Mango Purée with Sago and Pomelo.
Specialising in heart-warming and simple Heng Hwa cuisine, Putien promises an appetising array that will please every type of palate.
Yusheng (abalone or salmon), longevity noodles, and white fungus thick soup are included in each set, together with options such as the restaurant’s signature Sweet & Sour Pork with Lychees, Stir-Fried Yam, and Deep-Fried Chicken.
17. Min Jiang @ Goodwood Park Hotel
This year, Min Jiang’s reunion dinner sets are designed to be a splendid sensorial experience from start to finish.
Kick-off the festivities with the Joyful Abundance Yusheng, a crunchy mix with chee cheong fun strips shaped like slices of cheese as a nod to the year of the rat. Dig into the Prosperity Sea Treasures in Wooden Pot (pen cai) made with top-grade ingredients like whole Australian abalones, Min Jiang’s homemade roast pork, fresh scallops, and ‘live’ prawns, and don’t forget to top everything off with the Duo of Prosperity Fish, a refreshing pudding made with pomelo, sago, durian, and mango!
18. Jade @ Fullerton Hotel
It’s all about prosperity and wealth at Jade this year: toss a Gold Rush Yu Sheng for good fortune, then enjoy Jade specialities such as Crispy Roasted Suckling Piglet with Kaluga Queen Caviar (two-day advance order required), and traditional Pen Cai featuring braised pork trotter, dried scallops, fish maw, whole abalone, sea cucumber and more.
What you really shouldn’t miss out, however, is the Full of Luck Deep-fried Chilean Sea Bass, the star dish that keeps customers coming back. The fish, sliced in criss-cut fashion, comes with sweet tomato and peach sauce, and is made to look like a rat – absolutely adorable!
Prices: Individual set menu starts from SGD98++ per person (six persons and above), family-style set menus from $118++ per person
Address: 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
To make a reservation: Chope | Website | Telephone | Email
If you want to enjoy European food for your reunion dinner but don’t want to miss out on the lo hei tradition, Tablescape offers you the option of doing so, thanks to their contemporary European take on the quintessential Chinese New Year Yu Sheng this year.
Purists will enjoy the Prosperity Yu Sheng Platter, a colourful classic with generous slices of abalone, smoked salmon and crispy fish skin, with pickled red and green yam, pomelo, ginger, carrots, roasted peanuts and golden crackers.
Those who want something a little more special can opt for the Foie Gras Yu Sheng Platter that uses foie gras terrine accompanied by crispy fish skin and yuzu peel. Together with daikon, cucumber, pickled red yams, wakame, pomelo, ginger, carrots, roasted sunflower seeds and golden crackers, you’ll be left wanting more – trust us on that!
The first Peranakan restaurant to be awarded a Michelin Star, Candlenut stays true to tradition with a Peranakan feast.
Begin the new year with the Peranakan inspired Yu Sheng “Lo Hei” Platter that includes familiar tossing favourites and interesting ingredients such as candied winter melon, dried orange peel, green mango slices, and arrowhead chips – even the plum dressing is made with ingredients like gula melaka and ginger flower to add a flavourful punch you can’t find anywhere else!
21. COMO Cuisine
In line with COMO Cuisine’s belief in eating well, the restaurant has thoughtfully concocted a Prosperity Toss Salad yusheng that is made from scratch with healthy ingrdients to whet appetites before you indulge in rich dishes.
This is a stunning display of market-fresh vegetables that are pickled in house, consisting of carrot and zucchini spirals, beetroot and carrot juliennes, shaved white and red cabbage, daikon and cucumber rounds, as well as diced dragon fruit and snake gourd. Served with a zesty dressing of plum sauce, hoisin sauce, honey and lemon juice, throw in raw Tasmanian Petuna ocean trout slices to elevate your lo hei experience – literally!
22. Mitzo @ Grand Park Orchard
Usher in the Lunar New Year with a modern Cantonese Feast at Mitzo Restaurant and Bar. There are set menus crafted for both small and large reunions, with each dish meticulously prepared with the utmost care and precision.
No CNY feast is complete without perennial favourites such as yusheng and pen cai, so be sure to order the Kanpachi Kingfish “Yu Sheng” and opt between Miso “Peng Cai” (a heartier version) and the usual variant for an auspicious start to the lunar new year.
23. Wah Lok @ Carlton Hotel
Wah Lok’s CNY menu for 2020 features a luxurious take on hearty Cantonese dishes favoured by adults and children alike.
For groups of families and friends seeking an authentic reunion dinner experience, you can expect an amazing lineup of masterpieces such as the signature Alaskan Crab Lo Hei and the traditional three-layer Longevity Poon Choi.
If you still have space in your stomach, remember to check out the classic dim sum pieces, including Baked Barbecue Pork Buns and Steamed Crab Meat & Egg White Dumplings!
24. Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant @ Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy
If you prefer simple, home-cooked fare over lavish and fancy cuisine, but don’t have the time nor energy to cook for the whole extended family on Chinese New Year’s Eve, we recommend that you make a booking instead at Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant.
The contemporary Cantonese restaurant will be serving up wholesome home-style dishes – think Asian-Infused Teochew Style Steamed Seabass Fillet, Deep-Fried Prawn Balls with Japanese Yuzu Sauce and Pomelo, Jia Wei Roasted Duck with Chef’s Tangerine-Infused Hoi Xin Sauce and other traditional dishes.
25. LIME Restaurant @ PARKROYAL on Pickering
Buffets are a great option if everyone in the family has different dining preferences, and here’s one you shouldn’t miss – a specially curated Lunar New Year buffet menu at PARKROYAL on Pickering consisting of superior dishes, such as the Roasted Eel “Unagi” Platter, Longevity Shou Mian with Chopped Truffles and Salted Egg Yolk, Roasted Angus Tomahawk and Glutinous Rice Suckling Pig.
For the seafood lovers, Lime has specially whipped up the Baked Oyster with Hollandaise Sauce, Fried Soft Shell Prawns Tossed with Caramelized Garlic and Parsley, Stir Fried Scallops with Broccoli and Milk Sand and Honey Cilantro Lime Baked Salmon, or if you like your seafood fresh, a selection of Sashimi, Boston Lobsters, Prawns, Black Mussels, Whelks and Golden Clams are available at the seafood bar.
To wish diners a bountiful New Year, there will be a special surprise on 24 to 27 January and 8 February: those booking a lunch or dinner for six or more guests can enjoy a complimentary Prosperity Yu Sheng platter to toss to an auspicious New Year. Every guest dining on the Eve (dinner) or first two days of the Lunar New Year can also relish in a complimentary serving of the exquisite Buddha Jumps Over the Wall.
The widely-acclaimed Tuscan restaurant is putting a twist on its traditional dishes with their Chinese New Year menus, starting with a luxurious rendition of the traditional Yu Sheng, crowned with fresh smoked salmon carpaccio, salmon roe, and carabinero prawns.
Take your pick from the Mayura Wagyu Beef Tartare, Panzanella Di Tonno, Burratina & Heirloom Tomatoes or Asparagus Bismarck, followed by a refreshing selection of pasta that will satisfy any cravings. There is also Chicken Cacciatora – tender free-range chicken leg braised in tomato, vegetable stew slow-cooked Braised Beef Short Rib, and the lightly-seasoned Pan Seared Norwegian Salmon that you can tuck into for a hearty meal.
For the 3-course menu, you can end the reunion dinner on a sweet note with the Vanilla Panna Cotta sprinkled with Vanilla Crumbles and drizzled with Yuzu Strawberry, or the zesty Tropical Fruit Platter served with tropical sorbet and strawberries coulis.