It’s that time of the year again: Relatives that you see only once a year are all gathering for a hearty reunion dinner. Unfortunately, that also means you’ll have to bear with all the awkward questions they’re going to ask you. Fret not, though – from the unorthodox to the authentic, we have found 8 remarkable restaurants with such good food that your relatives will only be concerned with stuffing more food into their mouths!
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1 Maritime Square, #04-01 HarbourFront Centre S099253
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Focusing on Teochew cuisine, Ban Heng’s reunion dinner sets comprise of different renditions of steamed fish (garoupa, pomfret, soon hock), soup (superior shark’s fin, monk jumps over the wall), and more.
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As per tradition, there is no service charge at Ban Heng. If you prefer to hold your family’s reunion dinner in the comfort of your own home, Ban Heng also offers 4 home delivery set menus as well as a-la-carte dishes like pen-cai and Buddha Jumps Over The Wall.
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Reunion Dinner Set on 26 Jan and 27 Jan: $398+ to $888+
Chinese New Year Set from 11 Jan to 11 Feb: $288+ to $798+
- 2 Handy Road, #02-01 The Cathay, S229233
- 60 Pasir Ris Drive 3, Aranda Country Club, S519497
- 181 Orchard Road, #11-01/02 Orchard Central, S238896
- Blk 22 Boon Keng Road #01-21, S330022
38 Maxwell Rd, S069116
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Opened since the 1920s, Moi Lum is an authentic Cantonese restaurant steeped in history.
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Pick from any of their 9 reunion dinner and yu sheng sets that include new dishes such as goose liver paired with scallops and Moi Lum’s signature Majestic Roast Whole Chicken. Takeaway options include a-la-carte dishes as well as sets.
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Reunion Dinner Set from 18 Jan to 27 Jan: $80++ to $1080++
Chinese New Year Set from 28 Jan to 11 Feb: $80++ to $1080++
25 Scotts Rd, Lobby Level, Royal Plaza on Scotts, Royal Plaza, S228220
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This restaurant located at Royal Plaza @ Scotts offers a unique and refreshing take on Chinese New Year classics. This year, Carousel will be serving its unorthodox Rice of the Phoenix Yu Sheng. Drawing inspiration from chicken rice, this yu sheng is a culinary masterpiece comprising chicken bak kwa, chicken floss, lobster sashimi.
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For pescatarians, substitute the chicken for tuna, abalone, or salmon. No amount of words will do justice to this highly-innovative dish so head down to Carousel to try it for yourself.
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Rice of the Phoenix Yu Sheng from 20 Jan to 11 Feb: $68++ to $218++
38A Craig Road, 2nd Floor, S089676
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Xi Yan (Craig Road) serves up a mean fusion of Chinese, Japanese, and Western style cooking in its 2017 Lunar New Year menu. Unlike other restaurants, Xi Yan entertains with its unorthodox yu sheng that consists of ikura, tobiko, salmon, tuna, and swordfish sashimi!
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Other modern dishes include stewed spareribs in Worcestershire sauce and yuzu sorbet intermezzo. For diners who prefer a more traditional Chinese menu, Xi Yan’s other branch in Shaw Centre has classic dishes such as stewed pork belly and lychee roasted duck.
Chinese New Year Set from 16 Jan to 17 Feb (Craig Road): $68++ to $188++
Chinese New Year Set from 13 Jan to 19 Feb (Shaw Centre): $36.8++ to $60.8++
- 1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre, #03-12/13, S228208
44 Bendemeer Road, #01-1436, S330044
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Since 1963, Lai Wah has earned its place in culinary history as the birthplace of Chinese New Year yu sheng and the renowned Singapore Chilli Crab dish. It only offers 2 reunion dinner sets and 3 Chinese New Year sets, choosing to focus on quality instead of quantity.
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The sets are very classic – no frills or trying too hard. Think abalone yu sheng, shark’s fin soup (fish maw soup for shark conservationists), and e-fu noodles. This is the place for those who prefer to stick to tradition.
Reunion Dinner Set from 14 Jan to 27 Jan: $518++ to $618++
Chinese New Year Set from 29 Jan to 11 Feb: $388++ to $568++
81 Choa Chu Kang Way, Warren Golf and Country Club, S688263
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This classic Chinese restaurant has 2 outlets, one in Chinatown and another in Choa Chu Kang. Do not be daunted by its high price tag though – every dish on its reunion set and yu sheng is made from top-notch ingredients and promises to satisfy everyone at the table.
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Members of the Warren Golf and Country Club are exempt from a 5% club surcharge as well so if you are already a member, look no further than Yan Palace this coming Chinese New Year.
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A dress code applies for its branch at Warren Golf and Country Club.
Chinese New Year Set from 13 Jan to 11 Feb (Chinatown): $158++ to $358++
Chinese New Year Set from 13 Jan to 11 Feb (Choa Chu Kang): $188++ to $1388++
- Blk 531 Upper Cross Street, #01-49, Hong Lim Complex S050531
Beaulieu House Restaurant
117 Beaulieu Rd, S759837
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Housed in a colonial mansion, Beaulieu House Restaurant is the place where East meets West.
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Its Chinese New Year menu offers simple dishes done right, such as the customary Prosperity Abalone Yu Sheng and Herbal Stewed Chicken.
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Located right within Sembawang Park, Beaulieu House Restaurant exudes a warm, homely feel perfect for the spirit of reunion with family and relatives.
Reunion Dinner Set from 13 Jan to 12 Feb: $248++ to $988++
Hai Tien Lo
7 Raffles Blvd, 3rd Floor, Marina Square, Pan Pacific Singapore, Pan Pacific Singapore, S039595
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When talking about Chinese New Year set meals, everyone knows Hai Tien Lo is one of the best. Indeed, with a menu comprising dishes such as geoduck clam, whole suckling pig, and swiftlet’s nest, Hai Tien Lo promises diners a feast fit for royals.
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Its pen-cai is also a pot of sumptuous treasures like sea cucumbers and whole abalones, while its yu sheng includes Hokkaido scallops and Boston lobsters! If your family fancies a splurge at one of Singapore’s greatest Chinese restaurants, Hai Tien Lo is already taking reservations for Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year Set from 9 Jan to 11 Feb: $128.8++ to $688.8++
The unorthodox, modern, and traditional – these are our top 8 restaurants for the upcoming Chinese New Year for your reunion dinners and yu sheng session! Still roosting? Better get up quick, reserve your tables now and thank us later! Wishing you all a prosperous, harmonious, and wealthy Chinese New Year!
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