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Special Feature - Where to dine for Chinese New Year
MANDARIN ORCHARD SINGAPORE
From a rousing dragon and lion dance on the first day of the lunar new year to auspicious menus at two Michelin-starred Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro, you'll be assured of a year of plenty when you dine at Mandarin Orchard Singapore. You can also feast to your heart's content at Triple Three and Chatterbox, or take away signature delicacies to celebrate in the comfort of your own home.
At Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro, pick from seven auspiciously-themed set menus—from the eight-course Prosperity menu at $538++ for four persons, to the Majestic menu that features Whole Roasted Suckling Pig among its nine courses, at $2,988++ for 10 persons.
Dishes making their debut on the menu this year are: Roasted Brown Rice-fed Chicken topped with Garlic; Mala-glazed Barbecued Pork; and Braised ''Rat Noodle'' (Bee Tai Mak) with Lobster in Superior Broth.
For a memorable reunion dinner at home, take away Shisen Hanten's specialities such as the Baby Abalone Fortune Pot, and Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng. A combination of 20 premium delicacies including dried oyster, fish maw and Chinese sausage go into this classic fortune pot, and each order is accompanied by a complimentary Salmon Yusheng, and Glutinous Rice with Dried Sausages.
Other festive highlights include Hokkaido Pumpkin Steamed Nian Gao, Golden Pineapple Ingots, and Steamed Yam Cake with Dried Scallop. A new addition is the Four Treasures Mini Nian Gao, featuring new flavours such as rock melon, milk tea, and traditional red sugar.
For reservations and enquiries, call 6831 6262/6266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
At Triple Three, Mandarin Orchard Singapore's award-winning Japanese-inspired international buffet restaurant, an array of Lunar New Year specials await as well. Indulge in Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, Braised Pork Trotters with Black Moss, Roasted Suckling Pig, Wok-fried Crayfish with Black Pepper, and a special creation of grilled lobster topped with a decadent layer of uni sauce.
Other must-try dishes include Abalone Noodles, Roasted Kurobuta Pork with Five Spice, and of course, Yu Sheng.
Triple Three's Jan 24 Lunch and Dinner are priced at S$88++ and S$138++. Jan 25 Lunch and dinner are priced at S$118++ and include free-flow house-pour wine, beer, juices and soft drinks.
Meanwhile, check out the newly-renovated Chatterbox for its Legendary Mandarin Chicken Rice, Lobster Laksa and of course, festive Salmon Yu Sheng.
INDOCAFÉ - THE WHITE HOUSE
Enjoy festive favourites with a touch of Peranakan at INDOCAFÉ - the white house.
Give your tastebuds a new year treat with auspicious dishes spiced up with authentic Peranakan flavours.
INDOCAFÉ - the white house is a Peranakan restaurant that celebrates a unique cuisine which is the result of a melting pot of mainly Chinese and Malay gastronomic traditions.
In a charming colonial house amid the lush greenery of Scotts Road, just a stone's throw from Orchard Road, INDOCAFÉ's true blue Peranakan chefs faithfully replicate original recipes handed down over the generations. And because Peranakans also celebrate Chinese New Year, who better than these same chefs to create not 1 but 3 sumptuous set menus - Happiness, Fortune and Bountiful.
Good for 4, 6, 8 or 10 people, they are priced at S$238++, S$418++ and S$688++, and are available over the CNY period. And as a guarantee of its good value for money, INDOCAFÉ - the white house has been awarded the Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand designation.
INDOCAFÉ is open on New Year's Eve and the first three days of the New Year, closing only on Jan 28 & 29, and re-opening on Jan 30.
For this Chinese New Year, INDOCAFÉ - the white house indulges diners with luxurious specialties like abalone, smoked salmon and sea cucumber, plus auspicious ingredients such as fish and fatt choy.
To ensure a fortuitous start to the year, each menu begins with the Glorious Prosperity Nyonya Yu Sheng, with a choice of smoked salmon or abalone.
For a splendid year, there is Fish Maw Soup with Prawn Balls, Mushroom & Fatt Choy. This heartily nutritious Nyonya-style fish maw soup has bouncy prawn balls, juicy mushrooms and fatt choy, which symbolises prosperity for the whole family.
For a joyous year ahead, Hua Diao Wine Steamed Prawns are cooked to perfection and retain their natural juices, with a dash of Hua Diao Rice Wine to enhance their fragrance and taste.
Representing abundance is the Steamed Red Garoupa Hong Kong Style, with fragrant soy sauce complementing the tender yet firm flesh of this delicately steamed fish.
Broccoli & Cauliflower with Abalone & Scallop symbolise prosperity and the blossoming of new beginnings - fresh scallops are stir-fried with abalone, and the sweetness of the gravy is intensified by the umami of plump shiitake mushrooms.
Together with Five-Treasures Tau Eu Bak with Sea Cucumber, Steamed Sea Bass in Nyonya Sauce, Chef's Special Inchi Kabin Crispy Chicken and lip-smackingly savoury Nyonya Fried Mee Siam with Crabmeat & Prawns, INDOCAFÉ - the white house promises that this will be a Chinese New Year meal to remember.
INDOCAFÉ - the white house is at 35 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228227. For reservations and enquiries, call 6733 2656
THE FULLERTON HOTEL SINGAPORE
Jade Restaurant's Chinese Executive Chef Leong Chee Yeng's star attraction is the Special Edition Gold Rush Salmon Yu Sheng - featuring a Zodiac rat holding a traditional gold coin crafted from coloured radish strips and accompanied by champagne jelly and gold leaf, honey pineapple dressing and cranberry cheese. (S$388++, 3 days' advance notice). The regular version is also available from S$78++ to S$138++.
The Mini Pot of Abundance(S$58++) is a generous fortune pot for one person, while deluxe 'rat's tail' or bee tai mak noodles are braised in a rich truffle meat sauce (S$38++ per person). For a symbol of abundance, Full of Luck Deep-Fried Chilean Sea Bass (S$280++ for 10, 1 day advance notice) showcases the chef's impeccable knife work. Jade's Lunar New Year menus start from S$118++ for Family Style Set Menu and S$98++ per person for Individual Set Menu.
For festive takeaways, don't miss The Fullerton Cake Boutique's Golden Rat Pineapple Cookies(S$38+); 18 Years Dried Mandarin Peel Truffle Cookies(S$30+) and Harmony Koi Fish Nian Gao(S$30+). Impress relatives with a realistic 3D Money Bag Cake (S$128+) or Blossom of Wealth chocolate 'Fortune God' (S$128+) which kids can break open with a wooden mallet.
For more information and reservations, call 6877 8911/8912 or email email@example.com. For takeaway items, call 6877 8943 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit shop.fullertonhotels.com to order online
PARKROYAL ON BEACH ROAD
Bond over a 'no pork, no lard' buffet menu at Ginger (from S$48++), which includes Crab Meat and Five Treasures Soup, Braised Herbal Duck with Wolfberries and Make-Your-Own Yu Sheng. Or savour an authentic Sichuan spread at Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant, with set menus priced from S$88 ++ per person which showcase Double-boiled Sakura Chicken Soup with Eight-head Abalone and Matsutake Mushroom; Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng, and Premium Sichuan Claypot Treasures. Or take home the Sichuan Claypot Treasures to enjoy, along with Auspicious Lohei with Sliced Abalone and Crispy Sweet Potato, and the Bi-coloured Prosperity New Year Cake gift box for dessert.
For reservations and enquiries at Ginger, call 6505 5710 or email email@example.com. Or visit parkroyalhotels.com/beachroad. For orders and enquiries at Sichuan Dou Hua, call 6505 5722 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PAN PACIFIC SINGAPORE
Feast on Hai Tien Lo's luxurious set menus (from S$128++ per person) which include Double-boiled Chicken Soup with Whole Abalone, Sea Conch and Korean Ginseng; Baked Fillet of Sea Perch in Champagne Sauce; and Double-boiled Bird's Nest with Almond Cream in Young Coconut. Pick from six Yu Sheng platters like Nutritious Blossoming Treasures Yu Sheng (S$138++ for small and S$198++ for large) featuring Gold and Silver Flakes, Hokkaido Scallops and Sweet and Sour Thai Sauce. For takeaways, enjoy Premium Wealth Treasure Pot (S$468++ to S$738++), Premium Treasure Set, Pineapple Prosperity Pound Cake and more in your own home.
For bookings and enquiries, call 6826 8052/6826 8248. For takeaway goodies, visit pacificmarketplace.sg
THE CAPITOL KEMPINSKI HOTEL SINGAPORE
At flagship restaurant 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung, the celebrity chef has curated four, five and six-course menus to welcome the Year of the Rat. Fjord trout yu sheng, abalone ceviche, roast pork belly and Eight Treasure rice pudding conjure together a sense of camaraderie, abundance and sweetness (priced from S$90++ per person for minimum five people). Enjoy a Lunar New Year-themed afternoon tea at The Lobby Lounge (S$58++ per person) or chill out at The Bar with a festive cocktail. And if you're looking for festive gifts, The Boutique puts together creative hampers with items like Imperial Pu Er tea and housemade pineapple tarts.
For enquiries and orders, email email@example.com or call 6368 8888. For online orders, visit https://www.kempinski.com/en/singapore/the-capitol-singapore/dining/lunar-new-year/bountiful-takeaways/
PARKROYAL COLLECTION MARINA BAY SINGAPORE
Peach Blossoms' special reunion set menus feature Blossoming Treasure Pot (S$388++) and Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng with Crispy Whitebait and Nashi Pear (S$88++ small, S$118++ large. For takeaway also). Or indulge in the Harvest Set Menu (S$2288++ for 10) of Yellowtail Yu Sheng with Amaebi, Smoked Caviar, Crispy Fish and Nashi Pear; Stewed Japanese Wagyu Oxtail with Pan-fried Fish Maw and Dried Oyster; and Coconut Jelly with Bird's Nest Pastry. Dine at home with treasure pots and Yu Sheng, and the new Wealth Fish 'Cempedak' Nian Gao (S$38.80++) or Taro and Radish Cake with Preserved Meat in XO Chilli Sauce Nian Gao.
CRYSTAL JADE GROUP
Crystal Jade's Group Executive Chef Martin Foo creates a wholesome new Prosperity Golden Lobster Yusheng (S$168++ for large, S$98++ for small), featuring marinated plum tomatoes, pickled cucumber, pomelo segments, ice plant, lily bulbs and kaffir lime leaves. Lobster, ikura and an olive oil dressing with flower blossom syrup complete this creation.
At Crystal Jade Palace, resident chef Foo's set menu includes Pan-fried tiger prawn with prawn paste and Chardonnay cream sauce (S$20++ per person) and Hakka yam abacus seeds with Boston Lobster (S$15 per 100g). Set menus start at S$98++ per person (minimum 2); S$498++ for four to S$3388++ for 10.
At Crystal Jade Golden Palace (Paragon), indulge in nourishing Braised Dried Oyster stuffed with Minced Meat and Melon Ring stuffed with Conpoy (S$38++ per person) and Wok-fried Wagyu cube with sliced garlic ($68++). Set menus start at S$128++ per person (minimum 2) and S$438++ to $4,888++ for four to 10.
For takeaways, bring home a reunion festive bundle for S$418+ for 5 people or S$668+ for 10.
Other goodies include the Eternal Bliss Platter (S$50.80+) of sweet and savoury carrot, yam, glutinous rice, golden sponge and osmanthus cakes.
Prosperity Golden Yusheng is available at Crystal Jade Palace, Crystal Jade Golden Palace, Crystal Jade Pavilion and Crystal Jade Dining IN for dine-in and takeaway from 6 Jan to 8 Feb 2020. For more information go to www.crystaljade.com. For online orders, visit estore.crystaljade.com
ORCHARD HOTEL SINGAPORE
Hua Ting at Orchard Hotel Singapore is a perennial favourite for the Lunar New Year. Welcome the Year of the Rat with its Prosperity Yu Sheng (Salmon Belly) with Organic Vegetables and Wolfberries (S$88++ for small and S$148++ for large). The addition of specially imported Crystal Ice Plant and other organic greens make this a healthy toss for the new year.
Reunion dinner at home won't be complete without taking away Hua Ting's Signature Pen Cai (S$328++ for small and S$598++ for large) brimming with abalone, fish maw, sea cucumber and more, served in an auspicious red wooden container. Don't miss its bestselling Barbecued Whole Suckling Pig (S$288++), Signature Roasted Duck (S$82++) and the new Pumpkin and Purple Sweet Potato Cake (S$42++) for dessert. Other favourites include Traditional Nian Gao (S$42++) and Radish Cake with 16-head South African Abalone (S$78++).
Alternatively, ring in prosperity at Hua Ting with set menus featuring Braised Bird's Nest with Fish Maw and Fungus; Golden Suckling Pig; Braised 6-head South African Whole Abalone with Goose Web; and a whole lot more. Set menus are priced from S$108++ per person (minimum 2) and from S$988++ to S$6888 for 10.
For more information and reservations, please call 6739 6666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/offers/asia/orchard-hotel-singapore/dining/cny2020/
CARLTON HOTEL SINGAPORE
Celebrate new beginnings at Wah Lok with its signature Alaskan Crab Lo Hei or Hamachi Yu Sheng in ''Soon Tak'' Style. Ensure ample abundance for the year with its traditional Longevity Poon Choi that includes whole abalone, sea cucumber and scallops; or savour exquisite seven or eight-course menus featuring Steamed Live Soon Hock, Pan-fried Hokkaido Scallop and Braised Whole Abalone, Dried Oysters with Vegetables. (Priced from $398++ for 4 persons to $1,688++ for 10). For a takeaway feast, don't miss Buddha Jumps Over The Wall (from S$526++), Longevity Poon Choi (from S$408++)and the signature Carlton Premium Pineapple Tarts (S$28).
For reservations, please call Wah Lok at 6311 8188/6311 8189 or email email@example.com. For takeaways, call 6349 1292, fax 6311 8170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Online purchases are available at www.signatures.carltonhotel.sg
ONE FARRER HOTEL
Celebrate the arrival of Spring at Escape Restaurant & Lounge with its signature Salmon Yu Sheng, made with homemade Ginger Flower & Honey Sauce. Continue with Abundance Mongolian Pork Ribs, Roasted Chinese Suckling Pig (dinner only) and even Chinese Sausage with Golden Pineapple Pizza to get the good luck rolling. End on a sweet note with Rice Bucket with Gold Coin Fondant Cake. Lunch is priced at S$62++ and dinner at S$88++ per person. If you prefer to dine at home, take away the Yu Sheng (from S$128), Mongolian Pork Ribs (S$68) or Wealthy Poon Choi (S$298) for a memorable feast.