Where to eat during Chinese New Year 2016

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Restaurants for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year in Singapore 2016 will be celebrated on 8 February 2016, which means that many families will be gathering for the traditional Chinese New Year reunion dinner on 7 February and lo hei lunches ill go on till 22 February. It is thus now the time to address the question – where to eat during Chinese New Year in Singapore or where to go for Yusheng (鱼生; sometimes spelt as yu sheng) or traditional lo hei lunch.

Chinese restaurants in hotels or one of the Chinese chain restaurants would be the obvious options – such as Jiang-Nan Chun at Four Seasons, Shang Palace at Shangri-La Hotel, Hai Tien Lo in Pan Pacific, Hua Ting at Orchard Hotel and the various outlets of Crystal Jade, Imperial Treasure, Paradise and Peach Garden. In fact Jiang Nan Chun would be a good idea as they are now undergoing renovations and will open in February, just in time for CNY. You can be one of the first to try out the new place.

However, if you have been to those restaurants many times over the years and are considering something slightly different for the lunar year of the monkey, we share our list of restaurants that may be regarded as slightly off the beaten track or have opened recently.

Mitzo Restaurant

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Mitzo for Chinese new year

Celebrate the lunar new year at one of Singapore’s funkiest Chinese restaurants. The family may end up talking about Mitzo’s decor and food plating and taking pictures for instagram and forget about asking when you are getting married. See Mitzo Restaurant & Bar – where Chinese restaurant meets Xanadu.

Mitzo Restaurant & Bar
Level 4 Grand Park Orchard
270 Orchard Road
Singapore 238857

Chope Restaurant Reservation

Tel : +65 6603 8855

Lunar New Year Celebratory Set Menus at Mitzo


Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine

Chui Huay Lim SG506

Chui Huay Lim Teochew restaurant

This is regarded as one of the leading Teochew restaurants in Singapore. Start the new year on a sweet note with some Teochew Oh Nee (yam paste dessert)!  See Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine

Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine
190 Keng Lee Road #01-02
Singapore 308409

Chope Restaurant Reservation

Tel: +65 6732 3637


Dragon Bowl 龍碗

Dragon Bowl 龍碗

Dragon Bowl Restaurant offers a wide range of contemporary Cantonese dishes and has a new outlet in Marina Square. It can be a good venue for a family reunion dinner. See Dragon Bowl 龍碗 Cantonese Restaurant at Aperia Mall.

Dragon Bowl 龍碗 – Aperia Mall
12 Kallang Ave, Aperia Mall #02-09
Singapore 339511

Tel: +65 67021588

Dragon Bowl 龍碗 – Marina Square
6 Raffles Boulevard Marina Square #03-129A,
Singapore 039594

Tel: +65 68581588

Closed 8 to 10 February

www.dragon bowl.com.sg

Empress @ ACM

Empress at ACM

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Empress is the newest restaurant opened by the Prive Group. The views of the Singapore River and the Raffles Place buildings are stunning. Catching the financial district of Singapore in its full glory as you enjoy CNY dinner must surely be an auspicious start to the new year. Book early to secure the good tables with the view. Chinese New year set lunch and dinner will be available till 22 February. Being housed in a historic building with no carpark, the parking options are a short walk away at nearby buildings. See Prive’s new restaurant EMPRESS @ Asian Civilisations Museum.

Empress Place, 01-03
Asian Civilisations Museum
Singapore 179555

Chope Restaurant Reservation

Tel : +65 6238 8733


Huat Kee

Huat Kee Teochew

Huat Kee Teochew

This well-known Teochew restaurant had moved from their previous Amoy Street address to RELC Centre. Being out of the CBD may make this a better location for CNY dinner purposes. Expect a plain decor but the same traditional Teochew cuisine as before.  See Huat Kee Teochew Restaurant at RELC Centre commences operations. 

Teochew Restaurant Huat Kee (1998) Pte Ltd
#02-01 RELC Building
30 Orange Grove Road
Singapore 258352

 Tel: +65  6423 4747
Closed on 8 February


Hung Kang Restaurant

Hung Kang Teochew for Chinese new year

Hung Kang Teochew for Chinese new year

This is the third Teochew restaurant in our list – which may reveal our fondness for the simple and light tastes of this cuisine.  Hung Kang is a household  name in Teochew families and we expect that it will be a popular Chinese New Year venue, so book early.   See Create Your Own Menu at Hung Kang Teochew Restaurant.

Hung Kang Restaurant
28 North Canal Road
Poh Heng Building
Singapore 059284

Tel: +65 6533 5300

Closed on 8 & 9 February


Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant 家味Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant

Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant (家味)  serves modern Cantonese cuisine. The tastefully decorated restaurant is a classy place in the East to host a CNY dinner.  See Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant (家味).

Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant 家味
50 East Coast Road
Level 2, Hotel Grand Mercure Roxy
Singapore 428769

Tel  : +65 6340 5678

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Joyden Treasures

Restaurants for Chinese new year

We have tried two outlets of Joyden – Joyden Canton Kitchen in the West and Joyden Treasures in the East.  Our experiences were both positive. We like the food as well as the bright contemporary decor of the restaurants. Yu sheng set menus for lo hei are available till 22 February.  See Joyden Canton Kitchen 欣艺和 at HillV2 and Joyden Treasures – New Chinese Restaurant at Leisure Park Kallang.

Joyden Canton Kitchen 欣艺和

#02-21 HillV2
4 Hillview Rise
Singapore 667979

Tel : +65 6465 9988


Joyden Treasures Restaurant
#02-42 Leisure Park Kallang
5 Stadium Walk
Singapore 397693

Tel : +65 6446 8488

Closed on 8 February


Kai Garden

Where to eat during Chinese New Year

Where to eat during Chinese New Year

Kai Garden (嘉苑) Cantonese Restaurant in Marina Square, opened in December 2015, is helmed by chef-owner Fung Chi Keung who had left the Paradise Group to start this new venture. Tastefully furnished restaurant with good food. See Kai Garden – New Cantonese Restaurant @ Marina Square.

Kai Garden 嘉苑
6 Raffles Boulevard, #03-128A/B, Marina Square
Singapore 039594

Chope Restaurant Reservation

Tel: +65 6250 4826

Closed on 8 February



Lokkee Restaurant Menu

Lokkee Restaurant

Lokkee, located at Plaza Singapura, is TungLok Group’s latest concept restaurant which aims to celebrate the style of cuisine commonly found in restaurants of Chinatowns in Western cities. If their regular menu is any indication, their CNY menu should be interesting.  See Lokkee- Tung Lok’s new restaurant in Plaza Singapura.

Plaza Singapura, #03-01
68 Orchard Road
Singapore 238839

Chope Restaurant Reservation

Tel: +65 6884 4566

Closed on 8 February

Lokkee Facebook Page

Majestic Restaurant 大華

Majestic Chinese Restaurant at Bukit Pasoh

Housed within the New Majestic Hotel, the Majestic Restaurant 大華 in Bukit Pasoh features Cantonese cuisine by award-winning owner-chef Yong Bing Ngen. It is another restaurant of the Unlisted Collection hospitality group.  See Dim sum at Majestic Restaurant 大華.

Majestic Restaurant 大華
New Majestic Hotel
31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road
Singapore 089845

Chope Instant Reservations

Tel: + 65 6511 4718


Red House 小红楼

小红楼 Red House Seafood

小红楼 Red House Seafood

Red being an auspicious colour for Chinese New Year, why not celebrate at Red House seafood restaurant? The restaurant, with outlets in Prinsep Street and Robertson Quay, has special lunar new year menu. see Red House 小红楼, Prinsep Street.

小红楼 Red House – Prinsep
68 Prinsep Street
Singapore 188661

Chope Restaurant Reservation

Tel : +65 6336 6080

小红楼 Red House – Robertson Quay
#01-14 The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay
Singapore 238252

Tel : +65 6735 7666


宴 Yan Restaurant at National Gallery Singapore

Yan Chinese Restaurant at National Art Gallery

Dim Sum at National Art Gallery

Yan Restaurant is a Cantonese restaurant by the Park Hotel Group. Helmed by Hong Kong-born chef Chan Kung Lai, who was from the Park Palace Restaurant, Yan offers good Cantonese cuisine which can be a gratifying feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Prosperity Salmon Lo Hei and Signature Shun De Yu Sheng available during CNY. See 宴 Yan Restaurant at National Gallery Singapore.

Yan 宴
#05-02 National Gallery Singapore
1 St Andrew’s Road
Singapore 178957

Chope Restaurant Reservation

Tel : +65 6384 5585


Yummy Recipes 品珍私房菜

Yummy Recipes at Kallang Pudding

Yummy Recipes 品珍私房菜 新加坡

品珍私房菜 Yummy Recipes is a restaurant on the ground floor of Crescent @ Kallang. An interestingly decorated restaurant in an industrial park. It does serve yummy food though. Lo Hei menus available. See Yummy Recipes at Kallang Pudding.

Yummy Recipes 品珍私房菜 
47 Kallang Pudding Road
#01-08 Crescent @ Kallang
Singapore 349318

Tel : +65 6343 1818



Great Value Meal at Hanamidori Singapore

For a slightly different type of reunion dinner, how about a Japanese hotpot meal instead of the usual steam boat?  Our favourite place for this would be Hanamidori in Plaza Singapore. Good food in a beautiful Japanese style restaurant. See Hanamidori Singapore – chicken hotpot Japanese Restaurant.

Hanamidori Singapore
#04-01 Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road
Singapore 238839

Chope Restaurant Reservation

Tel : +65 6333 9287

Looking for places to eat during the lunar new ear period or still thinking of places for tossing Yu Sheng? Here are a few more ideas for where to eat during Chinese New Year 2016.

Sum Yi Tai @ Boon Tat Street

Triple Three, Mandarin @ Orchard Road

SYNC Korean Fusion Bistro @ Westgate

Ban Heng

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  1. Our family of 5 went to Diamond Kitchen’s Science Park outlet this evening for CNY dinner, on my suggestion as I had read this site and noticed your suggestion of restaurants which are off the beaten track. We wanted to try something new, and hopefully good.

    It was a huge disappointment. While your review here prepared us for the “basic decor”, the food was nowhere near “good”.

    To be specific, we had the CNY set for 4-5pax for $288 ++. It seemed all right since the next (bigger) set was for 5-7 pax and our family of 5 comprised 4 females and a male. Presumably the set should be sufficient for us. When we placed our order the captain did not suggest to us that we should order a different set or go for the dishes on the ala carte menu.

    Each of the dishes served were barely sufficient for 4, and definitely not for 5. The quality of the ingredients was also of a mid / low grade.

    For instance the fish maw soup had exactly 5 thin slices of fish maw and some pieces of chicken bones (with some meat left on the bones) and only enough soup to fill 4.5 small soup bowls (not even rice bowls). The fish maw was of the cheap sort that you wouldn’t even see in some higher-end zi-chars in Singapore. The soup had nothing but the fish maw, chicken bones with scraps of meat left on the bones, and button mushrooms (the type from a can, used in zi-char fried hor fun or mui fan).

    The broccoli with mushrooms was basically small unevenly-chopped up pieces of broccoli with some button mushrooms. There were barely 2-3 small pieces of broccoli per person.

    The salt & pepper prawn dish was served with 7 prawns. Didn’t make any sense. If it was meant for 4, there should at least be 8 prawns. If it was meant for 5, then there should be 10. Either way, 7 prawns for a table of 4/5 was just poor planning. By the way, they were not even black tiger prawns or King prawns which is common in CNY menus. Just the small salt water prawns which again one might not even see in zi-char stalls.

    The yusheng dish was quite pathetic too. Barely enough salmon for each person to get more than 1 slice, and the portion of the vege in the yusheng (carrots, etc) was so limited that each person only had one serving (taking up less than half of the small plate). This is the first time I have ever had yusheng served in a CNY set that did not have leftovers after each person had one serving. Any frequent patron of restaurants would know that yusheng is a dish in which the portions are quite generous.

    While the portion finally improved when we ordered a medium sized chicken dish from the ala carte menu to supplement the set, the quality of the ingredient remained low so we dropped all thought of ordering any more from the menu.

    The ridiculous part of the dinner is that what tasted best was the cereal that they used to stir fry a cereal chicken dish.

    Overall, after visiting this restaurant, this is not a restaurant which I would expect to see on any online review / blog / recommendation. 1) Food quality average / below average. 2) Food presentation below average. 3) Not value for money at all.

    Hope you would reconsider having Diamond Kitchen listed on your site, as it may (mis)lead more readers like myself to patronize it and end up spoiling a CNY dinner.

    1. Hi Felicia,
      Thank you very much for your feedback and for sharing your experience. We are sincerely sorry that you had a disappointing experience at the restaurant.
      We had visited it a few times and liked their home-cooked style food. We must admit that we had never tried their CNY meals. We included the restaurant in our list because we had enjoyed their food on our visits there and it had a CNY menu. They could be busier during CNY, but that should not justify the things you described.
      Thanks again for reading our blog and for your comments. Hope you will have a great experience on your next restaurant meal.

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