Not sure where to take the family to this Lunar New Year? Allow our ongoing list of Singapore’s best Chinese restaurants to help
If you love poker, warm family reunions and most importantly, pigging out, then it’s in your best interest to stay in town and soak up every minute of the Chinese New Year festivities. But while it can sometimes feel like work, it is all part of the experience, and what better way to bring family together than with good food?
藝yì by Jereme Leung
What about: For truly modern Chinese cuisine in a sleek and stylish setting, there’s no place better than 藝yì by Jereme Leung. Leung, who takes healthy and seasonal produce in his stride, is one of the best chefs in the modern Chinese arena, and will be whipping up Lunar New Year favourites until 8 February 2020. Think Steamed Grouper Fillet with Taiwanese Fermented Manjack Seeds, Claypot Rice with Chinese Sausages and Cured Duck, and Crispy Osmanthus Nian Gao. Enjoy them a la carte or in a set menu. Make a reservation via [email protected].
Full review here.
Robb tip: If your family enjoys the raucousness of yu sheng, the restaurant offers the lobster-based Prosperity Yu Sheng (S$198) that’s dressed with a Yunnan rose speciality sauce. It should feed seven to 10 mouths, and would require a minimum two-days notice if you want it to go.
藝yì by Jereme Leung
328 North Bridge Road, 03-02
Tel: +65 6412 1331
What about: For something different from the usual Chinese New Year fare, we recommend Kin, a fairly new Peranakan restaurant that will still please the elders. It was launched by The Lo & Behold Group and in partnership with chef Damian D’Silva, a MasterChef Singapore judge and local culinary icon. While he no longer cooks due to his back, he does run a tight ship at Kin, and if you’d try his food, you’ll understand why he thoroughly deserves the recognition that he’s received.
Bring the whole village for the full experience at Kin. We recommend ordering the Sambal Prawn Petai (a recipe courtesy of D’Silva’s grandmother), Hakka Fried Pork, Fishmonger’s Haul (or simply the catch of the day) and Locally-Harvested Greens, fried with fresh garlic and black bean paste for that touch of sweetness. Don’t miss out on the dessert either. His Kueh Bengkah, a crusty tapioca cake served with palm sugar syrup and vanilla ice cream, is ridiculously good.
Robb tip: The Keropok, typically made from shrimp, is made from tapioca starch, which is perfect for you gluten-free folks. And if you wish to order from Kin’s Chinese New Year menu instead (available from 20 January to 8 February 2020), you can look forward to Garam Assam Snapper, Buah Keluak Babi Tulang and of course, Lo Hei (S$88 for four; S$188 for 10), which comes with Japanese yellowtail, white radish and fresh pomelo pulp.
What about: If you like good ol’ American-Chinese fare, try Chopsuey, a breezy spot kitted out for bored expat wives who like to eat their brunches in reclusion. Until 8 February 2020, you may treat the family to a spread of Lucky Lunar Lo Hei, which replaces the traditional stuff with kale, trout and blueberries; the Crispy Orange Beef Rib, which involves thin slices of beef deep fried and doused in orange sauce; the White Pepper Espresso Ribs; and Wok-Fried Claypot Rice that’s fried with Chinese sausage, water chestnut and herbs.
Robb tip: Order a la carte if you can, or if you’re lazy, set menus are available. Just note that the set menu for seven to 10 people (S$88 a head) includes the Young Coconut & King Prawn Soup, and it failed to impress.
10 Dempsey Road
Tel: +65 6708 9288
What about: A fun atmosphere can make all the difference if meeting your relatives feels like work. Book dinner for a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, and enjoy vintage-style reworks (pop, jazz or swing) by Miss Lou and her band, while you dig into modern Cantonese cuisine. This Chinese New Year, look forward to dishes like Six-Head Truffle Abalone, Charcoal Grilled Wagyu, Braised King Prawn Cheese Vermicelli and Pineapple White Chocolate Mousse.
Robb tip: If you prefer to cosy up with family in quiet, Madame Fan is equipped with six private dining rooms and a VIP room, which can accommodate parties up to 14 guests. Two seatings are available on the eve of Chinese New Year, at 5.30pm and 8.30pm.
The NCO Club
32 Beach Road
Tel: +65 6818 1921