Reunion Dinners: 5 Best Places in Singapore to Dine this Chinese New Year

As Chinese New Year (CNY) approaches, there’s a palpable excitement in the air. Families come together, traditions are upheld, and the promise of a prosperous year fills our hearts.

And at the heart of this celebration is the cherished reunion dinner, a time when loved ones gather to usher in good fortune and share a sumptuous meal. For both travellers fortunate enough to experience this cultural extravaganza in Singapore and locals planning their annual reunion, choosing the perfect dining spot can be a daunting task. This is because, with a plethora of dining options, finding the ideal restaurant that offers not only delectable cuisine but also the perfect ambience can be challenging.

But fear not, as we have scoured the Lion City to bring you a curated list of the 5 best places to host your Chinese New Year reunion dinners.

1. Jiang-Nan Chun

Nestled within the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, Jiang-Nan Chun invites you on a gastronomic journey that embodies the spirit of “Xiang Le Zhu Yi” – the pursuit of joy and happiness.

This award-winning restaurant not only transports you to the serene landscapes of Jiang Nan’s traditional river villages with its rustic decor but also offers an authentic Cantonese culinary experience that’s second to none.

Explore Jiang-Nan Chun’s signature dishes like the Mesquite Wood-Roasted Peking, Deep-Fried Crab Shell and Braised Spiny Lobster. Signature dishes aside, as February 10th approaches, Jiang-Nan Chun has also curated some special delights. The Yi Fan Feng Shun set menu, for example, boasts six delectable dishes, including the nourishing Double-Boiled Hashima and the delicate Steamed Star Garoupa Fillet. If you prefer a personalised experience, the à la carte menu offers Lunar New Year Yu Sheng, an array of Dim Sums, and more.

Prefer an intimate family gathering as you feast on these dishes? Opt for one of Jiang-Nan Chun’s private dining rooms, setting the stage for a memorable Chinese New Year reunion dinner!

2. Shang Palace

Located in the prestigious Shangri-La Hotel, Shang Palace has been a symbol of Cantonese culinary excellence since its establishment in 1971. This renowned restaurant beautifully combines the timeless allure of Cantonese cuisine with a modern twist.

In line with the CNY celebration, from January 29th to February 24th, 2024, Shang Palace invites you to savour their special offering — the Imperial Lunar New Year. Delight in four elegant eight-course menus or explore the à la carte New Year dishes, all meticulously prepared to tantalise your taste buds. Feast on delectable creations like Fortune Yu Sheng with Norwegian Smoked Salmon and Poached Lobster, Sichuan-style Sautéed Prawns with Seasonal Greens, and more. Additionally, a tempting festive Dim Sum lunch menu awaits, promising a prosperous start to the Year of the Dragon at Shang Palace.

3. Min Jiang

Located in the tranquil Dempsey area, Min Jiang has been a culinary icon since its inception in 1982. Named after China’s Sichuan province’s Min River, this esteemed restaurant offers a lavish fusion of Cantonese and Sichuan cuisines.

As the Year of the Dragon approaches, Min Jiang at Goodwood Park Hotel invites you to celebrate the Lunar New Year with them with a long list of dishes to feast on as well. Among the highlights is Min Jiang’s Dragon Prosperity Blessings ‘Lo Hei,’ a dish that combines different types of seafood, fresh, finely chopped vegetables with pomelo, red ginger, and an array of crunchy elements for a symbolic and flavoursome treat.

4. Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant

Nestled within Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium on Outram Road, Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant has been a beacon of Cantonese culinary excellence since its inception on July 12th, 1990. In addition, this esteemed restaurant boasts a team of master chefs dedicated to crafting sublime dishes that will truly delight your palate.

For those in search of the ultimate Cantonese flavours, be sure to savour their signature dishes, including the Homestyle Roast Duck with Tea Leaves and the sumptuous Braised Live Lobster Ee-Fu Noodle. Each dish at Xin Cuisine reflects the restaurant’s unwavering commitment to culinary excellence and promises a memorable dining experience like no other.

5. Rempapa by Damian D’Silva

Situated in Paya Lebar, Rempapa by Damian D’Silva offers a multicultural dining experience that blends the diverse ethnicities of Singapore. The preservation and elevation of local culinary traditions is on full display here — rest assured, you and your family will fall head over heels for each dish on the menu.

Featuring dishes that capture the essence of Singapore’s multicultural cuisine, one standout is the Ayam Pelencheng, where boneless chicken leg is expertly marinated with fresh rempah and grilled to perfection. Hakka Fried Pork is another culinary delight, marinated for a minimum of 16 hours with fermented bean curd, five-spice powder, and black bean sauce.

Secure Your Seats and Arrive in Style

Now that you know where to go for your CNY reunion dinner, remember that reservations are your best friend. These popular venues tend to fill up quickly during the festive season, so booking ahead is a smart move to secure your seats for an unforgettable celebration.

While you’re ensuring your dinner reservations are in place, don’t forget about the importance of reliable transportation to get you and your loved ones to these fantastic dining destinations on time. Nobody wants to keep ah-ma waiting, right?

That’s where our transportation services come into play.

We understand the significance of timely arrivals, especially during cherished gatherings like Chinese New Year reunion dinners. As such, our maxi cab services offer a comfortable and convenient way to ensure you reach your chosen restaurant hassle-free. Say goodbye to the stress of driving, parking, or worrying about public transportation schedules. Make your reservations and kick off 2024 with a bang!

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