While Lunar New Year is going to be a more subdued affair this year, that does not mean we should do away with a grand celebration with close family and friends to herald new beginnings. Reunion dinners are par for the course, and the list we’ve cobbled together promises an epic feast fit for royalty, from unique yu sheng (Cantonese-style raw fish salad) to luxurious ingredients loaded with auspicious symbolism. If you’re preparing a restaurant date of eight, this list has got you covered. Not to fret if you’re looking for a stay-home reunion instead as some of these dining establishments offer takeaway options as well.
1. Auntie’s Wok and Steam at Andaz Singapore
Make your Lunar New Year reunion dinner one to remember by dining while enjoying a scenic lookout high above. Located on the 25th floor, Auntie’s Wok and Steam serves up great views of the skyline alongside delightful tze char (comforting home-style food) dishes with Sze Chuan influences. Xi’an-born Chef Guo Qiang has come up with nine new dishes that fit the occasion. First, warm your bellies with a flavourful Fish Maw Soup with sea cucumber and conpoy that has been simmered for five hours.
Next, dig into mains such as the Steamed Marble Goby Fish that is blanketed in luscious homemade Nyonya sauce; and the Ginseng-braised French Whole Chicken that is made by braising whole cage-free French chickens in a pot for three hours with ginseng and unadulterated chicken stock that has been boiled for over five hours. Lunar New Year is incomplete without a celebratory prosperity toss – the yu sheng here is packed with a medley of superfood fruits, vegetables and seeds including kale, beetroot, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds and chia seeds, and topped with sliced Scottish smoked salmon.
Available from 25 January to 26 February 2021 for dine-in only, as a la carte or as part of its eight-course Lunar New Year set menu (from S$128++ per person, minimum four persons). For more information, visit here.
2. Jade Restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Jade Restaurant’s executive chef Leong Chee Yen has created a spectacular yu sheng to celebrate the Year of the Ox with a flourish. Delicately crafted into an image of a spirited bull, the Premium Gold Rush Salmon Yu Sheng is dressed with a champagne jelly, shallot oil and kumquat dressing for a refreshing mouthfeel. If you’re in the mood for something simpler, the normal Gold Rush Salmon Yu Sheng is no less delicious and comes with calligraphy written by chef Leong.
Don’t miss dishes such as the highly popular Braised Bird’s Nest with Crab Meat, Crab Roe and Truffle Jus in Superior Broth that is belly and soul-satisfying; the Poached Wagyu Beef and White Radish Dumpling, shaped to resemble auspicious gold ingots; the mouth-watering Wok-Fried Boston Lobster with Preserved Duck and Ginger Spring Onion; and the Cornucopia of Wealth, an individually portioned lavish pen cai experience containing culinary treasures such as premium whole abalone, fish maw, sea cucumber, dried scallops, braised pork trotter, dried oysters and flower mushrooms. The dishes come a la carte or in a variety of family or individual set menus. Takeaway festive bundles are available as well.
Available from 25 January to 27 February 2021. For more information, visit here.
3. Madame Fan at The NCO Club
At Madame Fan, festivities are a resplendent affair. Toss to a new year with its sumptuous seafood yu sheng, an extravagant spread featuring eight premium and sustainably-farmed seafood dishes such as Alaskan king crab, Boston lobster, Hokkaido scallop, abalone, salmon, bluefin tuna, kombu and a sprinkle of caviar, all nestled among freshly-made ingredients mixed with olive oil. The restaurant is also doling out four masterfully executed Lunar New Year menus, comprising mod-Cantonese dishes and celebratory cocktails. Diners can expect delicious and ambitious twists on classics like the Kurobuta Pork Belly with Bourgogne Blanc and green pepper sauce, Steamed Chilean seabass with kombu and homemade black bean sauce, and dessert in the form of its Fire Cracker Champagne Mousse Cake. For a more intimate celebration with your loved ones, opt to have your reunion dinner in its private or VIP dining rooms.
4. Furama Singapore
From international pickings to Indonesian flavours and traditional Chinese offerings, Furama Singapore’s restaurants have got you covered for a grand feast. Over at The Square@Furama (Furama RiverFront), a wide international selection is available in its Lunar New Year buffet to appeal to varied tastes. These include seafood-on-ice to start, mains such as braised pork trotter and sea cucumber; Chinese-style braised beef brisket, cheesy baked mussels, Singapore laksa with baby lobster; as well as roasted leg of lamb and Chinese BBQ pork belly at the carving station. Enticing sweets such as durian cream puff and pomelo mango cake round up the meal. Yu sheng here is a luxurious affair with baby abalone, scallops and smoked salmon, alongside lofty stacks of julienned carrot, beetroot, radish, pickles, roasted peanut and sesame seeds, golden crackers and crispy fish skin.
As for the buffet at Halal-certified Kintamani Indonesian Restaurant at Furama RiverFront, dishes include bebek betutu (baked duck with Balinese spices); sambal udang karang (spicy crayfish) and cumi-cumi goreng pedas (fried spicy baby squids). The restaurant is also offering an “ox-spicious” twist for its yu sheng (available for takeaway only) with the addition of the Dendeng Sapi (spice-cured dried beef) as its crowning glory. It’s accompanied by green papaya, pomelo, celery, pickled ginger, ginger flower and crispy tahu telor (tofu omelette) and dressed in a homemade lime avocado sauce. Meanwhile, Tiffany Café & Restaurant at Furama City Centre has a version (also takeaway only) that is a wholesome delight, with fruit-centric ingredients such as strawberries, blueberries, rose apple (jambu), guava, pomegranate, pomelo, raisins and fruit jelly. It’s topped with nutrient-packed chia seeds, homemade lotus chips, sweet potato chips and cashew nuts that offer extra crunch before it’s drizzled with a sweet-tangy pineapple sauce. Besides lo hei, takeaway reunion bundles that are good for groups of two to eight people are available from Tiffany Café & Restaurant and The Square.
Available from 1 February to 26 February 2021. For more information on takeaway bundles and dine-in buffet selections, click here.
Instead of the usual salmon yu sheng, the hotel, which offers scintillating views of the Singapore River, is mixing things up by topping the beloved multi-coloured salad dish with yellowfin tuna slices. Prepared tataki style and coated in sesame seeds and seaweed flakes, it’s believed that its red hue symbolises joy and luck. It’s the pièce de résistance for a dish that comes with a vibrant medley of white and green radish and carrot, purple cabbage, pickled vegetables, torch ginger flower and kaffir lime leaves. The dish is offered in all four set menus that have been curated by its banquet chef, James Wong.
For a truly successful year, feasting on fish is a must at all reunion tables. This is why the Steamed Red Garoupa with Yellow Bean Paste – the fish specially selected as its auspicious red skin amplifies luck for the year ahead – is also included in all menus. The whole fish is steamed with a savoury house-made yellow bean sauce that whets the appetite with a hint of heat from minced ginger, red chilli, and garlic. Depending on whether you go for a six-, seven- or eight-course meal, you might enjoy a Fragrant Crispy Duck that’s tender with a touch of heat, or the buttery Salted Egg Yolk Golden Tiger Prawn. The former is marinated with spices such as cinnamon stick, star anise, Sichuan peppercorn, ginger juice, and Chinese rice wine, steamed till soft and tender then coated in a batter and deep-fried, while the latter is deep-fried and tossed in an auspicious golden sauce of salted egg yolk with butter, garlic and curry leaves.
6. Feng Shui Inn at Resorts World Sentosa
The fine-dining restaurant’s Hong Kong-born veteran executive chef Li Kwok Kwong has come up with a slew of Cantonese-style classics that have been given an opulent touch. A la carte dishes as well as three set menus are available – the Eternal Fortune Set Menu comes with yu sheng topped with abalone, sea grapes and Japanese sakura dried shrimp; a braised imperial bird’s nest soup, claypot with abalone and golden sea cucumber, Hong Kong-style steamed grouper and sliced roasted chicken with foie gras. The Everlasting Happiness Set Menu offers lighter fare with smoked salmon yu sheng; double-boiled lotus root soup with dried oyster, sea whelk and bamboo pith; and sautéed Hokkaido scallops among other courses. For something truly luxurious, consider the sumptuous Premium Wealth Treasure Pot. Made with Chef Li’s secret stew recipe, this sumptuous dish features delicacies like Yunnan ham, pork knuckle, dried oyster, dried scallop, abalone sauce, spiky sea cucumber from Japan and premium fish maw from South Africa.
Available from 18 January to 26 February 2021. For more information, visit here.
7. Azur at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
Choose from an array of mouthwatering dishes at this a la carte buffet, and sit back and relax with your loved ones as dishes get served to your table. Seafood lovers will revel in the fresh seafood on ice, including tiger prawns, Australian black mussels, lobster claws and half shell scallops; fresh sashimi; as well as cooked options such as chilli crab, black pepper crayfish and ma la (Sichuan-style spicy and numbing) baby lobster. For hearty meats, there’s Wagyu beef steak, black pepper Iberico pork ribs and New Zealand grilled salmon, served with your choice of sides and condiments such as truffle mashed potato, fries, seasonal greens and grilled asparagus. Sweeten the meal with desserts such as yuzu chocolate mousse, nyonya kuehs (bite-sized snacks) and ondeh ondeh (glutinous rice balls filled with palm sugar, topped with grated coconut) cake.
The Fortune Festive Feast (from S$58++ per adult) is available from 5 to 27 February 2021 for lunch and dinner. For more information, visit here.
8. Man Fu Yuan at InterContinental Singapore
Expect nothing short of perfection from this modern Cantonese restaurant at InterContinental Singapore. This Lunar New Year, they are offering eight prix-fixe menus (for two to eight pax) and a collection of specialty dishes that are steeped in auspiciousness to bring in good fortune for the year. If you have a big group, you can’t miss the eye-catching Blossoms of Spring Prosperity Yu Sheng. Adorned with Hokkaido scallops, salmon, crispy fish skin, the 60-inch dish is shaped in the form of the Chinese character ‘Chun’ (春), symbolising renewal as well as fresh and new beginnings.
To truly impress your relatives or business associates, consider the premium five-course Wealth prix-fixe menu, which includes a superior crab meat and pumpkin bisque with bird’s nest and crab roe in a pumpkin husk; roasted whole suckling pig; and the signature Man Fu Yuan Pen Cai with Australia sea cucumber, 10-head abalone, Canadian lobster, Hokkaido scallops, prawns, fish maw and more. For smaller groups, try the Abundance prix-fixe menu which features Salmon Yu Sheng with Japanese Omi A4 Wagyu Beef and Hokkaido scallops; braised three-head abalone with sea cucumber, truffle and pumpkin abalone sauce; and braised lobster tossed with XO sauce and topped with ikura (salmon roe).
Available from 12 January to 26 February 2021. For more information, visit here.
With six set menus ranging from five to eight courses and premium ingredients symbolising good fortune, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this fine-dining restaurant at National Gallery Singapore. The yu sheng here is decidedly different from most. Prepared in the style of Shunde, a town in Southern China, it features a mountain of vermicelli to allude to soaring achievements in the year ahead and is complemented by shredded purple and yellow sweet potatoes, kailan, and pickled ginger. A ring of vibrant vegetables surrounds it, before it is topped with gold foil and slices of yellowtail fish and braised abalone to herald abundance. Other propitious dishes include the nourishing Double-boiled Fish Maw, Chicken with Cordyceps Flower; Braised Spring Chicken with 6 Head Whole Abalone; and a bounteous Harvest Pen Cai, featuring 18 ingredients including abalone, whole conpoy, fish maw, sea cucumber, scallops, roast duck, soya chicken, sea moss, and gingko.
Available from from 15 January to 26 February 2021. For more information, visit here.
10. Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar at Hotel G
If you’re looking for a fresh take on traditional dishes, Ginett Restaurant’s Lunar New Year-inspired French menu incorporates auspicious ingredients while using French techniques. The Hamachi Carpaccio served “Yu Sheng” Style is a refreshing delight, featuring Japanese yellowtail fillet atop a merry array of winter radish, pear and cucumber, and served with sour plum dressing. The Burgaud Challans Duck is marinated with pu-erh tea and Chinese five spice for an Asian twist, and served with aged soy and charred baby leeks. Don’t miss the Crispy Suckling Pig, a dish that requires two days of preparation. Suckling pig belly is marinated overnight followed by a slow confit for six hours before it is rested for another 12 and then roasted to a crisp. It is served on a bed of pumpkin purée with sautéed broccolini and tart kumquats, the latter of which is symbolic of abundant gold and fortune.
Available from 18 January to 28 February 2021, for dinner only. For more information, visit here.
Please check the establishments’ respective websites for opening hours as well as booking and seating requirements before visiting, and remember to adhere to safe-distancing measures while out and about.