I have often had people around me complain that they do not know how to select a restaurant for a cuisine they are not very familiar with. A friend from Scandinavia asked me a couple of days back… “You know I would really love to try out the traditional reunion meal for the upcoming CNY celebrations… however, I have no idea what comprises of a reunion meal and where I can go for a simple affordable one.”
I was faced with similar issues the first time I was here during the CNY celebrations… for those adventurous and interested enough… here are few restaurants you can try and be a part of the CNY celebrations. And what better way to understand a celebration custom, than through traditional food.
Peony Jade @ Keppel Club
I love Peony Jade… the location, the serene environment is captivating. However, that’s not all… they have some really delectable offerings in their menu. This Chinese New Year, Peony Jade offers a wide range of offerings, set menu and desserts.
Notable ones include: Abounding Riches Golden Suckling Pig Stuffed with Glutinous Rice. Boneless golden pig roasted slowly over charcoal fire… serves upto 12 people and requires 1 day advance order. They also have a “Fa Cai” A-la-Carte Dim Sum and “Fa Cai” Buddha Jumps Over the Wall A La Carte Buffet lunch and dinner…
Prices: The Fa Cai range is available from S$ 38 to S$ 70. The prices for Prosperity Set Menus range from S$738 to S$1,688 for up to 10 guests where 1 day advance order is required.
Address: Bukit Chermin Road, Keppel Club, Singapore 109918
For more information contact: Phone: +6562769138 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Street 50 Restaurant and Bar @ Bay Hotel
Street 50 Restaurant and Bar is a great place to try out a reunion meal. This year, they have a set buffet menu and some of the specialities on offer are traditional dishes like smoked duck and salmon yu sheng, Lion Head Meatball with Truffle Oil, Prawn tartare with rock melon and nuts, curried chicken in lychee tempura to name a few.
This dinner option is available from 29th January to 2nd February, 2014 – 6pm onwards.
Address: Bay Hotel Singapore, Opp Vivocity, 50 Telok Blangah Road, Singapore
Prices: $58 (adult), $28 (children).
For reservations and more information:+65-68186681
Crystal Jade @ Various Locations
Crystal Jade, famous for some local delicacies including pao and dumplings, has quite an elaborate CNY menu choice. Some of the examples include, Golden Abalone Chicken Treasure Pot (served in Japanese style claypot). This includes Chicken, Fish Maw, Abalone, Black Moss, Pig’s Tongue, Pork Knuckles, Sea Cucumber to name a few. Some of the other specialities include Reunion Yu Sheng, Abalone thick soup with shark’s fin and barbeque meat.
What’s is heartening to see, is they also have a special vegetarian set meal option which includes, Vegetarian Abalones, Vegetarian mock meat, Yams, White cabbage, Bamboo Pith, Dried Soya Bean curd etc. They also have Vegetarian Treasure Pot for those vegetarians who feel left out of the celebrations!
The options are available from 20th to 30th January and 2nd to 14th February, 2014.
Prices: Depending upon what you choose… range from S$ 50 to S$ 150 per person.
Plaza Brasserie @ PARKROYAL
The Prosperity Feast buffet at Plaza Brasserie is extremely popular and usually fully booked. This year their buffet options feature chef’s signature Fruitful Yusheng, topped with refreshing tropical fruits and drizzled with tangy fruity sauce. They have a live station that offers unlimited servings of our Fortune Seafood Treasures Pot, filled with a variety of seafood broiled in a rich superior stock.
The buffet option is available from 17th January to 14th February 2014 (Excluding 30 January to 2 February 2014).
Price: Lunch: Adult S$48, Child S$29 Dinner: Adult S$62, Child S$38.
Location: PARKROYAL on Beach Road, 7500 Beach Road, Singapore 199591
For more information: Phone: +65-6505 5710 or email email@example.com
Boathouse Restaurant @ Fullerton
For those not too fond of everything traditional, but would want to try out mellowed down versions of the same, here’s a good option for you. Boathouse restaurant offers a delectable 3 course set meal comprising of fish stew, salmon with creme fraiche, fish stew, and pan-seared Atlantic sea bass.
This three course meal option is available from 27th January to 1st February, 2014 from 6:30pm onward.
Location: Boathouse Restaurant, The Waterboat House, #03-01, 3 Fullerton Road
Prices: $78 + additional $32 for wine
For more information: Phone: +65-65389038.
The Terrace @ Sentosa Resort & Spa
The Terrace offers a fanciful buffet filled with Asian flavours associated with the festive environment. On offer is choices like prosperity yu sheng, drunken chicken, fresh seafood on ice, Roasted Pork with with Pommery Mustard, Sauce steamed snappers, roasted pork shoulder. Dessert lovers can rejoice with delights like the golden mandarin orange cake, and new year goodies like kueh bangkit, peanut cookies and pineapple cookies. Then there’s a pink chocolate fountain with the regular accompaniments.
This buffet option is available for three days from New Year’s eve to 2nd day of the new year…
Price: Adult: S$68++, Child (4 – 12 yr): $38++
Address: The Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore 099891
For more information contact: Phone: +65-6371 1414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many more options available across the island… this is just a pick of few worth trying! Happy New Year!
* Photo courtesy, respective restaurants/websites/fbpages.