Time is ticking, there’s barely 3 weeks before the Lunar New Year and the team at Men’s Folio understands how hectic planning for a reunion dinner can be. (i.e deconflicting schedules, the menus and packing angbaos.) So stop wrecking your heads as we recommend some of the finest places to have your ‘lou-hei’.
If your family are voracious meat eaters, a carnivorous buffet might be up your gastronomical alley and you would be able to eat till your stomach’s full and your money’s worth.
Besides serving up its usual premium buffet selection of meats and roast, The Carvery has its very own Golden Eight Treasures Yusheng, three prosperous roasts (crispy pork belly with apricot ginger sauce, honey-roasted leg of lamb; and salt baked chicken), delicious sides and desserts to usher in the Year of the Rooster. Along with that comes a flower crab stew; roasted duck breast with yam croquette, braised beef brisket and the light and tangy Yuzu trifle.
The best thing? The eating never ends.
Park Hotel Alexandra, 7 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159972.
If you’re looking for a good quality meal with your friends and relatives, Wan Hao’s Lunar New Year menus would definitely float your boat.
For the vegetarians, Wan Hao has their own Black Truffle Vegetarian Yu Sheng for the poor relatives who are always excluded. There’s also Braised Bird’s Nest Broth with Crab Roe, Crab Meat, Conpoy & Wolfberry; Sautéed Scallop, Prawn, Asparagus & Macadamia Nut in XO Sauce; Braised South African 22-head Dried Abalone with Japanese Shiitake Mushroom and more, suitable for the entire family.
Go big and opt for the Ultimate Spring Celebrations package with extravagant Lobster, Scallop, Salmon, Tuna and Caviar Yu Sheng and Roast Whole Boneless Suckling Pig which would definitely keep your gossipy relatives busy
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
320 Orchard Road
Plaza Brasserie, Parkroyal On Beach Road
Another Chinese New Year buffet option? What about unlimited servings of Buddha Jumps Over The Wall, Steamed Garoupa in Superior Stock and succulent Stir-fried Prawn with Broad Beans in ‘XO’ Sauce at Plaza Brasserie at PARKROYAL on Beach Road. Created specially by Chef Jackson Goh and his team, you get to enjoy free flow of delicious food such as Roast Whole Suckling Pig, Steamed Fish Fillet with Ginseng and Red Dates, Braised Pork Knuckle, Traditional Roast Pork Belly, Local Spiced Marinated Pork Neck and even Black Vinegar Trotter. Yes, all you can eat. You don’t need to worry about satisfying picky eaters because there are many other options to choose from.
Traditional Yusheng sounds too boring? Plaza Brasserie has created their very own Fruitful Yusheng with Fruity Sauce, made up of a myriad of fruits and soft shell crab; tossed in a special fruity sauce, a harmony of tastes and textures.
The lunar buffet spread will be served together with a plethora of other premium dishes that will surely put you in a festive mood; your folks will be pleased too. For those who prefer an intimate setting, here are set menus for your reunion dinners as well.
PARKROYAL on Beach Road
7500 Beach Road, Level One
Where to find a feast fit for kings? Yan Ting has the perfect reunion dinner for you. Celebrate the coming Lunar New Year with imperial indulgences specially crafted by Chef Tony Wun amongst family and friends.
Toss to an auspicious start with the signature Prosperity ‘Yu Sheng’ with Norwegian Salmon and delight in nourishing soups like the Braised Superior Bird’s Nest in Golden Sauce. Indulge in Chef Tony Wun’s gastronomic creation of the Braised King Prawn with Shrimp Oil¸ and for meat-lovers, the Braised Beef Ribs with Chef’s Signature Sauce.
For sharing, diners can enjoy a selection of seafood and meat indulgences like Deep-fried Dace Fish served with Clam Sauce, or noodle and rice options like Double-boiled Chicken with Glass Vermicelli and Wanton served in Claypot and Wok-fried Glutinous Rice with Wind-dried Sausages and classics like the Crispy Suckling Pig stuffed with Glutinous Rice, and the Lunar New Year Pun Choy.
The best part? They have takeaways too! So that you can bring the festive mood to your very own home.
29 Tanglin Road, The St. Regis Singapore, Level 1U, 247911
Ditch the bourgeoisie life and be treated like royalty. Empress at The Asian Civilisation Museum has the menu to pacify thy Dowager’s tastebuds. The restaurant features auspicious and indulgent ingredients such as abalone, live fish, lotus leaf and lobster. There is also a selection of Chinese New Year specials and desserts including our famous Salmon Yu Sheng, EMPRESS Treasure Pot and a fun Pineapple “Tart” dessert, definitely not the usual pineapple tarts you have at your relative’s place.
Located just beside the Singapore river, your Chinese New Year dinner has the perfect fengshui for you to usher prosperity, luck, and health into your life.
1 Empress Place, #01-03
Asian Civilisations Museum