Here are some of the best spots in town for you to schedule in a meal for that annual reunion dinner.
Just when we’re recovering from the shenanigans of the Georgian New Year, it’s time to welcome yet another New Year, this time, a Chinese one. Also known as Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is one of the most important celebrations in the Chinese calendar which officially kicks off with the all-important reunion dinner, because hey, what’s a celebration without good food right? We’ve sussed out the best places where you and your family can usher in the Year of the Monkey with sumptuous Chinese feasts fit for an empress!
Known for its traditional Cantonese fare, Empress has once again upped the culinary ante this season with an impressive offering of contemporary flavours that will satiate both traditionalists and modernists alike. From the signature Triple Roast Platter to the Empress Sweet & Sticky Pork Ribs, you can tell Empress stays true to its Cantonese roots, which is also why they have a good selection of soups as no true Cantonese meal is complete without the dish! Of course, if you’re looking for a modern take on the reunion dinner, Empress offers a selection of Western-style salads and even the Singapore-style Noodles to add variety to an otherwise super Cantonese dinner!
Empress at Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Pl, Singapore 179555, (65) 6238 8733, www.empress.com.sg
Sure it’s Chinese New Year, but that doesn’t mean you gotta only have longevity noodles at the table right? Why not be a little unconventional and usher in the Year of the Monkey at Hard Rock Café Sentosa with their Huat Rock Burger promotion. This original mouth-watering creation offers a beef patty served alongside a refreshing ‘Loi Hei’ inspired salad with tangy plum sauce and golden pillow crackers. Carrots, pomelo, pepper, green radish and sesame seed not only make for eye-catching garnishes on your plate, they also signify good luck, eternal youth and great progress in the upcoming year. Talk about a prosperous meal all in one plate!
Hard Rock Café Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-209 to 214 The Forum, Singapore 098269, (+65) 6795 7454, www.hardrock.com/cafes/sentosa
When it comes to meals, nothing signifies prosperity more than a hearty buffet! And we’ve got our eye (and dollar) on the CNY Buffet Package at Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens happening from 1 to 22 February. Between their Tiger Prawn Cocktail served with Crisp Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion and Piquant Mayo, tender Tamarind Chicken Breast and Norwegian salmon, we know we’re going to be in for a real treat! Add in Halia’s very own cured salmon Yu Sheng and Prosperity Toss and we’ve got the perfect CNY Reunion Dinner. All you’ve got to do is round up the folks and feast feast feast!
Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Garden, Singapore 259569, (+65) 8444 1148, www.thehalia.com
Singaporeans are certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to buffet spots in the city but if you’re looking for a buffet of quality meats and roasts, there can only be one name that comes to mind: The Carvery at Park Hotel Alexandra. In addition to their already stellar line up of premium meats, The Carvery also has two prosperous seasonal roasts exclusively for the CNY season. Expect to tuck in to Duck Confit Rice, Guinness braised beef brisket, Peking duck pancakes and many more meaty treats after the customary Yusheng of course!
The Carvery at Park Hotel Alexandra, 323 Alexandra Road, (+65) 6828 8880, http://www.parkhotelgroup.com/alexandra/dining-en.html
Chinese New Year is just as much about the feasting as it is about fellowship with family and nobody gets this better than Adrift. They’ve readied a specially curated six-course menu from 5 to 10 February to greet the Lunar New Year offering a selection of festive favourites such as Abalone Casino, Duck Confit Eggroll and of course, the unmissable Yu Sheng, all prepared by award-winning chef and restaurateur David Myers.
Adrift by David Myers, 10 Bayfront Ave, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956, +65 6688 5657, http://www.marinabaysands.com/restaurants/celebrity-chefs/adrift.html
Toast to a prosperous year ahead with good food and gorgeous views of the Singapore skyline at CÉ LA VI where Executive Chef Frederic Faucheux has outdone himself with his modern take on Chinese cuisine. As if the Prosperity Yu Sheng salad on the Lunar New Year Menu isn’t enough to look forward to, we’re also eyeing the Orange and Sesame Dàn Gāo dessert, courtesy of Pastry Chef Ariane Jimenez.
CÉ LA VI, 1 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018971, (+65) 6688 7688, www.sg.celavi.com
For a reunion dinner that’s not quite conventional, head to Le Bistrot du Sommelier, where the specially crafted Family Reunion Menu À la Française sees traditional French dishes being given an ingenious Asian makeover. Don’t miss the chance to savour crowd favourites like the Charcuteries Maison of Duck Rilettes and Foie Gras Terrine, and Panaché de Fruits de Mer for appetizers. If you’re a meat lover, be sure to order the Côte de boeuf Angus rôtie au Four, an oven-roasted Angus prime beef served with shallots and garlic confit and if you still have space for dessert after this exquisite meal, the Soufflé à la Noisette and Mont Blanc façon Le Bistrot du Sommelier are there to end your meal on a sweet note.
Le Bistrot du Sommelier, 53 Armenian St, Singapore 179940, (+65) 6333 1982, www.lebistrotdusommelier.com
With Chinese New Year just a few days away, we doubt you’re looking for recipes at this juncture. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on some Chinese New Year goodies! Head to Joe & Dough for innovative bite-sized festive snacks that will have your guests reaching out for seconds! This homegrown café certainly understands what makes the Singaporean tastebud tick –as reflected in their quality creations. There’s the Citrus Butter Cookie,($18.80), Gula Melaka Pandan cake ($52.00) and of course, you certainly can’t go wrong with a serving of Golden Pineapple Tarts($23.80) at this time of the year!
Joe & Dough, 277 Orchard Road, #01-10 Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858, (+65) 6702 4656, www.joeanddough.com
ADHD at The South Beach
ADHD (All Day Hotel Dining) at The South Beach has gone all out for Chinese New Year bringing us not one, but two festive options to choose from. If you’ve got big eaters in the family, you’ll find the bountiful Chinese & Western Lunch Buffet ($68+) serving Beef Tenderloins, Lamb Chops and slices of the crispy Roast Chinese Suckling Pig to be right up your alley. Those looking to entertain guests to a well-rounded sit down meal will no doubt opt for the 3-Course Set Lunch ($25+ per person) inclusive of starters, main course and dessert.
ADHD at The South Beach, 30 Beach Rd, Singapore 189763, (+65) 6818 1940, email@example.com