Best Restaurants for an Impressive CNY Feast in Singapore
Chinese New Year Dinners can often be fraught with the dangers of overly inquisitive relatives but often the great food served makes up for it. Yet, it seems that every Chinese restaurant, no matter its standard is booked out solid months before Chinese New Year even starts. If it so happens that your favourite restaurant gets booked out, you might think that you are SOL. But, why not venture a little out of your comfort zone and try somewhere new this year for your Chinese New Year feast?
This year, go for an impressive feast with the family. Here is our list of great CNY restaurants you should try this festive season.
1. Man Fu Yuan Restaurant
If you want to celebrate a happy occasion, or simply enjoy a great classic Cantonese style dinner accompanied by exceptional service, you cannot go wrong with Man Fu Yuan. As a winner of the Best Asian Restaurants Award, the dishes served T Man Fu Yuan are a high-end selection of perennial favourites. These favourites are dishes we all know very well, such as hand-crafted dim sum and fresh seafood which is complemented by an array of premium tea to complete your dining experience. The setting within the hotel is elegant and service attentive. Be warned though, demand for Man Fu Yuan is exceedingly high and you should book early to avoid disappointment. By early, we pretty much mean right now. Several exciting dishes they have for their Chinese New Year Menu include the decadent black truffle yu sheng, their popular supreme treasures pot, and their stuffed spring chicken.
- Address: 80 Middle Rd, Singapore 188966
- Must try dishes: Black Truffle Yu Sheng
2. Xperience Restaurant
As a modern open kitchen concept restaurant, the vibes and look of this restaurant immediately make it apparent that this is not your traditional Chinese or Cantonese style restaurant. While this may not be the first choice for many who are looking for a traditional Chinese New Year dinner, do not dismiss it out of hand as their food is impeccable. Highlights include a suckling pig that is slow roasted for 19 hours and when you first arrive, your eyes will undoubtedly be drawn to the suckling pig which acts as a showpiece of the capability of the restaurant.
- Address: 35 Robinson Road, 068876
- Must try dishes: Suckling pig
3. Royal Pavilion
Set in the beautiful Park Regis hotel near Clarke Quay, Royal Pavilion offers dinner set menus with a price range from $78 to $188 per serving. Helmed by Chef Ray Tso from Hong Kong, the restaurant specializes in new world Cantonese style cuisine and offers dishes that we all know and love with an inspired modern twist. However, it does keep its roots in mind and therefore is a great place if your family has a wide array of taste to cater. Also please note that this restaurant is very popular and if you should decide to try it out, book early and ensure any special dishes or requests are made in advance.
- Address: 23 Merchant Road, Level 1, Park Regis, 058268
- Must try dishes: Royal Smocked Duck
4. Taste Paradise
Taste Paradise is a modern and award-winning Chinese restaurant located at ION Orchard. Priding itself as an upstart in Chinese fine dining, Taste Paradise offers an attractive menu comprising of fine Cantonese cuisine, dim-sum, and amazing roasted meats. Their dishes are a contemporary version of fine Cantonese cuisine and one of their signature dishes is the shark’s fin in supreme broth served in a Japanese stone bowl and topped with a crispy spring roll. They are also well known for their excellent carrot cake, char siew and roasted pork belly and their Peking duck is to die for. If you are looking to have an excellent feast this Chinese New Year, you can hardly go wrong. It goes without saying that bookings must be made early.
- Address: 2 Orchard Turn, 04-07, Singapore 238801
- Must try dishes: Peking Duck
5. Peach Garden
Having long been a mainstay of Chinese cuisine in Singapore, Peach Garden is as good as they are well-known. This is one of the restaurants in Singapore that has withstood the test of time and until this day continues to draw strong crowds of loyal customers despite commanding a high price for their food. While it has long been a strongly traditional Chinese restaurant, Peach Garden’s ability to evolve and adapt is one of the key reasons that they are still going strong. Their exciting dim-sum coupled with exquisite presentation makes every course seem like a work of art and you can truly feast with your eyes before eating it. While Chinese fine dining prides itself on providing excellent service, their OCBC tower branch dining experience is outstanding. The staff goes above and beyond what you would expect and it is highly impressive. If you do pay Peach Garden a visit, ensure that you leave room for dessert for their desserts are gastronomic delights for even the most jaded Singaporean palate.
- Address: 65 Chulia Street, #33-01 OCBC Centre, 049513
- Must try dishes: Pan fried Japanese scallop with caviar and black truffle
6. Jade Restaurant
Helmed by Chef Leong Chee Yeng, Jade Restaurant offers a selection of luxurious, decadent dishes such as the Braised Bird Nest’s with crab meat and roe in superior broth to the Sautéed Boston Lobster served with an unconventional cheese sauce, your family and you will definitely be in for a treat once you are seated at your table. If you are very partial to soups, the seafood pot is highly recommended. The delicious and deep flavour of the broth is complemented by exciting ingredients such as abalone, fish maw, and dried oysters to create a uniquely delicious dish.
Another highlight of their menu is that for their yu sheng, they serve it with the much healthier olive oil and comes with a champagne jelly. The chef also tends to showcase his artistic side with a calligraphy-like edible food painting of the zodiac animal for Chinese New Year.
- Address: The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square, 049178
- Must try dishes: Sautéed Boston Lobster
Try Something New
Chinese New Year is celebrated in many ways across different countries. One constant, however, is that the reunion dinner is regarded as the biggest and most important aspect of the celebrations. While it is nice to eat in and gather at a home to greet loved ones, a gathering at one of these restaurants will give you memories to cherish for the years to come. These CNY restaurants work hard to ensure that all of the auspicious dishes and ingredients are served with the highest quality. They also take great care to differentiate themselves from others so, whether you want something ultra-traditional or something modern or fusion to excite the palate, they will help make a great celebration even better.
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