Whether you’re organising a traditional Chinese New Year reunion dinner or you just want to experience the joy of yu sheng, we’ve rounded up the best dining spots for CNY 2016!
Cantonese stalwart Crystal Jade will be offering a range of CNY-themed menus and festive takeaways at their entire family of restaurants from 25 January through 22 February. For our money, the best spot for tossing yu sheng is at the original Crystal Jade Palace on Orchard Road. Order before 28 January to get a 15% earlybird discount, mama!
Crystal Jade Palace, 391 Orchard Rd, Ngee Ann City #04-19, Singapore 238873, www.crystaljade.com
Eat at Seven
This mini Japanese dining hub (with four different concepts under one roof) provides a unique take on CNY with multiple Japanese-inflected takes on Yu Sheng, celebrating ingredients like sea bream, super fresh salmon and maguro, and A4 Grade Wagyu Beef!
Eat at Seven, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall #03-307/316, Singapore 038983, Tel: (+65) 6268 8043, www.facebook.com/MiuraMisakiKouSushiAndDiningSG
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Grand Hyatt just might be the best hotel dining in Singers, and it doesn’t disappoint with its CNY offerings, including “Sustainable Yu Sheng” topped with Norwegian Atlantic Salmon, Maldivian Skipjack Tuna and Hokkaido Scallops at mezza9, which will also feature a dazzling set menu perfect for big group dinners. If you prefer more flexibility, mama, check out the Halal-certified CNY buffet at StraitsKitchen, available during the first two weeks of February.
Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore, Singapore 228211, (+65) 6738 1234, singapore.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining
Hua Ting at Orchard Hotel
Considered one of Singapore’s finest Chinese restaurants under the leadership of Master Chef Lap Fai, Hua Ting will be offering fifteen different auspicious set menus, highlighted by delicacies like Bird’s Nest and Abalone.
Hua Ting at Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Road, Orchard Hotel, Singapore 238879, (+65) 6739 6666, www.millenniumhotels.com.sg/orchardhotelsingapore/dining-specials/spring-prosperity
From Cantonese dim sum classics to Super Peking Duck, this popular chain will be offering dozens of set menus designed especially for Chinese New Year. Menus vary by location, so be sure to do your research to find your faves, mama!
Imperial Treasure, Various locations, (+65) 6688 7788, www.imperialtreasure.com
Lime at Parkroyal on Pickering
If you’re planning to swing through Chinatown to take in the amazing monkey decorations, why no pop into Lime for some yummy buffet noshing? From 6-14 February, dine on everything from Char Siew to Chawanmushi with Hairy Crab Meat. And all guests will receive complimentary ‘Monkey King Tea’ featuring mixed herbs, dried mandarin, red dates and elderflower syrup.
Lime at Parkroyal on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289, (+65) 6809 8899, www.parkroyalhotels.com
Man Fu Yuan
One of our perennial faves, Man Fu Yuan never disappoints this time of year with its inventive dishes that marry traditional flavours with unexpected contemporary flourishes, resulting in a truly surprising and delicious dining experience. Look for our full review coming soon, mama!
Man Fu Yuan, 80 Middle Rd, InterContinental Singapore, Singapore 188966, (+65) 6338 7600, www.singapore.intercontinental.com/festive
Min Jiang at Goodwood Park Hotel
Here you have three different Yu Shengs to choose from, including traditional Crispy Salmon Skin, “Fruity Lo Hei” with bacon and truffle oil (SO delicious, mama) and Crispy Silver Bait Fish with Mock Tuna. Believe it or not, we think the desserts are even better!
Min Jiang, 22 Scotts Rd, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221, (+65) 6730 1704, www.goodwoodparkhotel.com
Resorts World Sentosa
Five different restaurants within Resorts World are offering Year of the Monkey festive menus, highlighted by dishes like traditional Lo Hei at Feng Shui Inn to a great value buffet at Starz Restaurant. For a bit more decadence try the 8-course set menu at Avenue Joffre.
Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore, 098269, www.rwsentosa.com/Specials/CNY2016
This beautiful spot on Bukit Pasoh features both set menus and festive takeaways, highlighted by the “deluxe treasures claypot” and the crispy whitebait lo hei.
Restaurant Majestic, 31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089845, (+65) 6511 4718, www.facebook.com/restaurantmajestic
The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens
Planning to go big, mama? Halia is offering a stupendous buffet package for 40+ people with everything from Cured Salmon Yu Sheng to Wok-fried Striploin Beef with Vegetables (thankfully these are available as a la carte options, too). We also love the “Fiery Monkey”, a zesty mix of soursop puree, orange juice, strawberry puree, soda water and orange segments.
The Halia, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569, www.thehaliaevents.com/corporate-cny-events
The Westin Singapore
Here you’ll find a sumptuous buffet spread from 8-22 February, along with a special Lunar New Year’s Eve buffet dinner and private set meal options on 7 February. You can also take advantage of their festive takeaways, featuring faves like One Pot Pen Cai and a whole host of Yu Shengs (we’re super intrigued by the vegetarian version with sea coconut, dried berries and honey walnuts!).
The Westin Singapore, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2 · Singapore 018961, www.thewestinsingapore.com/en/lunarnewyear2016
Yan at National Gallery
What better way to celebrate both old traditions and looking forward to the new than at this exquisite new spot at the National Gallery? Highlights include the ‘Harvest Pen Cai’ with succulent braised pork knuckle and Signature Yellowtail Yu Sheng, or you can go with the 8-course set menu.
Yan at National Gallery, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957, (+65) 6384 5585, www.yan.com.sg
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Joe & Dough
This yummy snack spot has launched festive goodies for the first time this year, highlighted by Pineapple Tarts (featuring coffee-soaked cranberries for a totally intriguing flavour), Citrus Butter Cookies, and Gulu Melaka Pandan Cake.
Joe & Dough, Various locations, www.joeanddough.com/wedeliver
Neo Garden Catering
From Yu Sheng to DIY Popiah (is there any food item that’s more fun for DIY?), Singpore’s #1 events caterer has got you covered, mama.
Neo Garden Catering, 1 Enterprise Road, Singapore 629813, (+65) 6896 7757, www.neogarden.com.sg
Party Trays from Violet Oon
One of the true grande dames of Peranakan cuisine, Violet Oon thankfully shares the magic of some of her family recipes so you can pass them off as your own, mama! Nearly the entire menu is available in party tray form!
Party Trays from Violet Oon, Tel: (+65): 8533 1122, www.violetoon.com
Ryan’s Grocery Hotpot
We’re huge fans of this newcomer specialising in gluten free groceries and organic meats sourced directly from Australia. They’re aiming to take your CNY hotpot to the next level with organic grass-fed beef; free-range lamb; free-range pork; and antibiotic-free, free-range chicken, all prepared shabu shabu style. They’ve got lots of beautiful frozen seafood on offer, too. Place your orders by 28 January to get 10% off your bill, mama!
Ryan’s Grocery, 29 Binjai Park, Singapore 589831, (+65) 6463 3933, www.ryansgrocery.com