Yet to make reservations for your annual reunion dinner? We've rounded up 15 restaurants for your consideration, including one vegetarian option and one for seafood lovers amongst the classic and contemporary locations. One for each day of the Lunar New Year celebrations!
Located within heritage-inspired walls of InterContinental Hotel, Man Fu Yuan has launched its selection of prosperity set menus, which will be available till 22 Feb. This year, Executive Chef Kwan Yiu Kan brings to the table a nourishing Double-boiled Bird’s Nest with Conch, Bamboo Pith and Cordyceps alongside the 18-ingredient Deluxe Treasures Pot (pictured) from the Deluxe Treasures Set ($688++ for 5 pax). For larger groups seeking a more extravagant feast, go for the Premium 8-course Set ($2,088++ for 10 pax) featuring a lavish Braised 5-head South African Abalone. For reservations, call 6825 1059 or email email@example.com.
In the heart of Orchard, there’s no forgetting Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant in Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. This year, the award-winning establishment is helmed by a new Executive Chef, Brian Wong, who has won several awards himself. Besides tossing up yu sheng luxuriously piled with scallop, caviar, tuna and lobster, other highlights from the 5 Prosperity Set Menus (from $98.80++ per person to $1888++ per table of at least 10 pax) include Sautéed Scallops with Prawns, Traditional Nian Gao and Barbecue Whole Boneless Suckling Pig.But on top of all that, be sure to try his signature Wok-Fried Beef Cube with Black Garlic Sauce and Pork Rib with Mandarin Orange whilst you’re there. Takeaway ideas: The pig trotter laden Deluxe Pen Cai ($738 nett for 6 pax, $1388 nett for 10 pax). Also, the stunning Koi Fish Fresh Mango Pudding ($52 nett for 6 pax), which returns with a hint of coconut flavour. For reservations, call 6831 4605 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant
Nine expertly curated reunion set menus will be in place at Li Bai Cantoese Restaurant in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Catering for groups of two to 10, each feast comprises rather divine classics such as Steamed Red Garoupa with Yunnan Ham and Lotus Leaf and Imperial Chicken with Conpoy. Looking to takeaway instead? The Lobster and Abalone Fortune Pot ($388) takes center stage this year, which you can top up $30 to for a Salmon ‘Loh Hei’ Platter. When: Now till 26 Feb Price: From $148 per person (min. 2) to $4,800 for a table of 10 persons For reservations, call 6839 5623.
4. Prima Tower Revolving RestaurantHow about heralding the Year of the Monkey at a revolving restaurant? Seven Lunar New Year set menus will be available at the iconic Prima Tower this year. Each menu starts off with a Prosperity Yu Sheng before classic dishes such as Authentic Barbecued Peking Duck, Sautéed King Prawn in Rice Wine Sauce and Braised Pig’s Trotters with Fish Maw & Fatt Choy in Claypot takes the lime light. Desserts include an intriguing Soufflé Balls with Red Bean Stuffing and a nourishing Double Boiled Hashima with Red Dates. Take home: The Round Yam Cake ($28.80). Advance order of 4 days is required. When: Now till 22 Feb Price: From $488++ (6 pax) to $1888++ (10 pax) For reservations, call 6272 8822/ 8988.
For vegetarians, eating out for the festive period can be quite challenging and limiting with the lack of options out there. Over at Eight Treasures Vegetarian Restaurant, their three Chinese New Year set menus comprise dishes like Thai Style Vegetarian Cod Fish, Yam Ring with Golden Nuggets (pictured), Ginseng Vegetarian Chicken with Chestnut and Sharks’ Fin with White Fungus & Wolfberries. In place of the usual flour used in mock meats, 8 Treasures executes their dishes much in an art form by using konjac for sharks’ fin, while wheat and soybean is used to create the cod fish and is wrapped with seaweed to mimic that textured fish skin. When: 7 to 22 Feb Price: From $168+ (3-4 pax) to $688+ (8-10 pax) For reservations, call 6534 7727. Note that a 20% cash deposit is required to confirm all reservations during the Chinese New Year period.
6. Peony JadeIndulge in a lavish reunion lunch or dinner at Peony Jade, where eight set menus are available for your choosing. Highlights include “Success, Longevity and Contentment” – a Poached Boston Lobster Broth with Premium Australia 8-head Abalone, Scallops, Japanese Shiitake Mushrooms, Bamboo Pith and Organic Vegetables and a Signature Hong Kong-Style Roast USDA Goose sealed with Special ‘Fa Cai’ Broth. For dim sum lovers, bask in their dim sum buffet, priced at $48.88++ per adult (25 Jan to 9 Feb). When: Now till 22 Feb Price: From $118++ per person to $1898++ for a table of up to 10 guests For reservations, call 6276 9138/ 6375 5562 (Peony Jade @ Keppel Club) or 6338 0305 (Peony Jade @ Clarke Quay)
Usher in the year of the monkey at Movenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa, where a myriad of auspicious delights ranging from rainbow yu sheng to rainbow fried rice awaits. For a party of ten or more, their Lunar New Year set menus ($888++ to $1388++ per table) starts you off with dishes like the Bird’s Nest Pumpkin Puree ($1388++ menu) and will be available from 25 Jan till 21 Feb. Or have your reunion dinner buffet-style at Tablescape, where you and your family can look forward to savouring updated classics such as Baked Oyster with Black Moss, Pot-roasted Wagyu Beef and a bowl or two from the Longevity noodle station. Reunion Dinner Buffet When: 7 Feb 2016, 6pm to 10.30pm Price: $88++ per adult, $38++ per child aged 12-16 years old, $18++ per child aged 7-11 years old Where: Tablescape, Movenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa Prosperous Dinner Buffet When: 8 Feb 2016, 6pm to 10.30pm Price: $68++ per adult, $28++ per child aged 12-16 years old, $18++ per child aged 7-11 years old Where: Tablescape, Movenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa For reservations, call 6818 3305 or email email@example.com
For a more contemporary setting, consider the chic and one of a kind Mitzo at Grand Park Orchard. Start with their artisanal cocktails: Mandarin Mojito ($20++) and Spring Elixir ($20++), a red date infused gin. Take your pick from the three festive sets available - Prosperity Delights, Auspicious Harvest and Fortune Feast. Highlights include Stir-fried Wagyu beef with Asparagus in Curry Leaf, Braised Lobster with Mao Tai wine and Superior Fortune Pen Cai (pictured). When: 23 Jan to 22 Feb Price: $118++ per person to $1688++ for a table of 10. Call 6603 8855 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations or enquiries.
9. Crystal Jade PalaceDelight in savoury festive dishes at Crystal Jade Palace. Artfully arranged like a prosperity plant, the Chilled Asparagus ($20) is a crisp and refreshing treat. Meanwhile, the Luxurious Abalone Treasure Pot ($318 for 6, $498 for 10) is a decadent pot filled with 15 premium ingredients such as eight-head abalones, sea cucumber and dried oysters. When: 25 Jan to 22 Feb For reservations, call 6735 2388.
10. Hai Tien Lo
This Chinese New Year, Hai Tien Lo is serving two exquisite Pen Cais, the new Classic Auspicious Treasure Pot ($238, serves six / $398, serves 10) and the signature Premium Wealth Treasure Pot ($368, serves six / $628, serves 10). The former includes Eight Treasures Whole Chicken, Whole Abalone, Sea Cucumber while the latter includes Pork Knuckle, Roast Duck and Prawns. When: 25 Jan to 22 Feb Call 6826 8240 or email email@example.com for reservations or dining enquiries.
11. Red House Seafood
Seafood lovers, take your pick from Red House Seafood’s three annual dinner set menus. Noteworthy items include the Traditional Braised Duck Stuffed with Eight Delicacies and the restaurant’s signature Crabs in Red House Chilli Stew, which is simmered in a thick sweet-and-spicy sauce. When: Now until 22 Feb, except for 7 and 8 Feb Where: Prinsep Street and Robertson Quay outlets Price: $588 to $988 for 10 people For reservations, visit http://redhouseseafood.com/dine-in-annual-dinner.
12. Min Jiang
Delve into Min Jiang’s Braised Whole Chicken with Sea Treasures in Claypot ($248 for 6 people). The succulent chicken is tender, while the accompanying ingredients -Australian 10-head abalones, dried oysters, flower mushrooms, dried scallops, white radish, ‘fa cai’ (black moss) and gluten puffs stuffed with minced pork and prawn paste - are well-cooked. When: 21 Jan to 22 Feb For reservations, call 6730 1704 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Jade, celebrate new beginnings with auspicious culinary treats, crafted by Master Chef Leong Chee Yeng and his culinary team. With their Roasted Duck in Foie Gras with Sour Plum Guava Jelly ($92 for whole duck) to Eight Treasures Fortune Pen Cai ($58, pictured), you can enjoy a glorious feast with your family. When: 18 Jan to 22 Feb For reservations, call 6877 8188 or email email@example.com.
14. Summer PalaceIndulge in one of the ten specially crafted menus at Summer Palace. Try the Braised Superior Bird’s Nest with Lobster ($118/person) or signature Mini Buddha Jump over the Wall ($118/person). Other special Chinese New Year highlights include the Braised 12-head Australian Dried Abalone with Japanese Sea Cucumber ($328 per person). When: 25 Jan to 22 Feb Price: $998 to $3,988 for 10 people. Menus are also available for 4-6 people. Call 6725 3288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Take a different route this Chinese New Year by dining at mezza9 in Grand Hyatt, where Chinese classic dishes are prepared with sustainably-sourced seafood. You can either choose from Chef Lee Kwang Seng’s repertoire of dishes from the a la carte menu, such as the steamed South Patagonian Tooth Fish Fillet with black fungus, mushrooms, wolf berries and Chinese herbs ($42.00++) or enjoy this same dish in a three-course set menu ($88++ per person), amongst two other dishes – ‘Double Happiness and Good Luck’ Sustainable Yu Sheng (pictured) and Glutinous Rice Balls in Water Chestnut Soup. When: 25 Jan to 25 Feb For reservations, click here.
Written by Rachel Wong and Peh Yi Wen