From lavish dine-in experiences to generous take-home menus, you are guaranteed to hop into the year of the rabbit well fed and satisfied
What about: Jade’s auspiciously-named Gold Rush Yu Sheng reinvents a classic with the addition of champagne jelly, shallot oil and kumquat dressing. It’s available à la carte and in both Family-style Set Menus (from S$158). For a corporate or business event, the Individually Plated Set Menus (from S$98) may be more appropriate. With six to choose from, two of which are vegetarian, there’s bound to be a menu to suit every palate.
Soups are an anchor in Chinese culinary tradition. For one that befits the festive occasion, try the lavish Braised Bird’s Nest, Crab Meat, Crab Roe, Truffle Jus, Superior Broth (S$52). The Deep-fried ‘Honeycomb’ Hokkaido Scallop with Spiced Salted Egg Yolk (S$15 per piece) deserves an order simply because it looks like art on a plate. Under main courses, the Trio of Live Red Grouper (S$280 per fish) showcases the fish cooked three ways: sautéed with minced ginger and spring onion; served with hawthorn sweet and sour sauce; and in a hearty rice wine fish bone soup. Available from 3 January to 5 February 2023.
Robb tip: The feasting doesn’t end with the main meals. Keep the celebrations going with Lunar New Year Yum Cha (S$88), available on 22, 23 and 24 January as well as 4 and 5 February.
1 Fullerton Square
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Tel: +65 6877 8188
What about: A celebration of new beginnings, Lunar New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. Madame Fan has run with the theme to create secret-garden-inspired Lunar New Year menus that cleverly use the light, refreshing flavours of edible flowers to balance rich dishes.
From the à la carte menu, the Full Blossom of Fruits Yu Sheng with New Zealand Blackgold Abalone (S$238) combines Blackgold abalone from New Zealand’s pristine waters with mangoes, blueberries, Fuji apples, Spanish persimmons, cantaloupes, and Korean pears. The fruits are complemented by the zesty flavour of orange cosmos flowers, and a dressing of lemon honey grain mustard yogurt. Egyptian star flowers make an appearance on the Pan-seared A4 Wagyu with Morel Mushroom and Black Miso Sauce (S$128), while lemon balm adds a citrusy note to the Ume Wasabi Prawns (S$36). All Lunar New Year menus will be available between 9 January and 5 February 2023.
Robb tip: The festive season is all about family so treat yours to the dine-in Prosperity Family Set Menu (S$1,288) or the take-home Bountiful Family Set Menu (S$1,288). The take-home Rosy Yu Sheng (from S$108 for six people) creatively combines edible rose petals with crispy salmon fish skin.
32 Beach Road
The NCO Club
Tel: +65 6818 1921
What about: It’s hard to go wrong with traditional favourites and that’s exactly what you’d get with Mott 32’s eight-course feast this Lunar New Year (S$238 per person, minimum of four diners). After the Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng, kick off the main meal with a premium platter of the restaurant’s signature appetisers: the Barbecue Collar Iberico Pork, Yellow Mountain Honey; Marinated Jellyfish and Cucumber; and the pièce de rèsistance – the Apple Wood Roasted 42 Days Peking Duck Roll, topped with caviar. The Double Boiled Abalone, Wild Mushroom Soup is comforting and nourishing while the fish course, a must-have on festive menus, is the Steamed Garoupa Fillet, Minced Garlic and Vermicelli. End on a sweet note with the Double Boiled Imperial Bird’s Nest Soup, Rock Sugar. Available from 9 January to 5 February 2023.
Robb tip: The Applewood Roasted 42 Days Peking Duck is aged in a custom air-drying fridge for 42 days. Due to the time-intensive process, it’s available only in limited quantities daily, so act fast and book early.
10 Bayfront Avenue
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Tel: +65 6688 9922
What about: Start the year right with a one-Michelin-starred Lunar New Year feast at Shang Palace, available from 9 January to 5 February 2023. Executive chef Daniel Cheung has created not one, but four eight-course set menus – Happiness, Prosperity, Harmonious, and Opulence – to choose from (from S$188). Expect traditional delights such as Sautéed Boston Lobster with Superior Stock, and Braised African Candy Heart Dried Abalone. The à la carte menu tempts with signatures such as Roasted Peking Duck and Braised Pork Knuckle.
After a satisfying reunion dinner on the eve, return on the first day of Chinese New Year on 22 January 2023 for the debut of the Dim Sum Delights menu, which features special festive creations including the Rabbit-shaped Custard Bun and Baked Abalone Pie. Then, continue the feasting at home with a selection of takeaway goodies. This year, the nian gao takes centerstage. Chef Cheung has created four different renditions of the festive treat including the new Red Date Nian Gao with Bird’s Nest (S$68.80), and Traditional Nian Gao with Coconut Milk and Brown Sugar (S$30.80).
Robb tip: The limited-edition Auspicious Rabbit Yu Sheng (S$388 for six), featuring premium ingredients such as South African abalone, Hokkaido scallops, and Scottish smoked salmon will add a touch of indulgence to your meal. It is available only for dining in with a minimum of two days’ advance order.
22 Orange Grove Road
Tower Wing lobby level
Tel: +65 6213 4398
What about: According to Chinese superstition, abundance during Lunar New Year heralds a prosperous year ahead. That may be why Yàn is spoiling us for choice with six options for dine-in set menus (from S$128). Add a little extra to the meal with the Kaleidoscope of Prosperity Yu Sheng in ‘Shun De’ Style with Yellowtail Slices (from S$92). It’s a mountain of colourful ingredients complete with adorable rabbits carved out of cherry tomatoes. The Yàn Harvest Pen Cai (from S$325) goes all out with 18 different ingredients.
For more flexibility, opt for the à la carte menu. The Double-boiled Six-head Whole Abalone with Fish Maw, Sea Cucumber and Shredded Conpoy (S$68) comes with extra hua tiao wine on the side for those who love a stronger kick of the condiment in their food. The Roasted Duck with Spices and Truffle Oil (from S$44 for half a duck) gives an earthy twist to the familiar spices of cumin seeds, five spice powder, and fennel seeds that usually flavour Chinese grilled skewers.
Set menus are available from 1 January to 5 February 2023 with two days’ advance notice required between 1 and 15 January 2023. À la carte items are available from 16 January to 5 February 2023.
Robb tip: Take the pressure off hosting with the six-course Reunion at Home Family Set Menu (S$98 per person, minimum four people). Take note that you’ll have to collect the food in person at the restaurant as delivery is not available on the eve of Chinese New Year.
1 St Andrew Road
National Gallery Singapore
Tel: +65 6384 5585