The main event of Chinese New Year is the reunion dinner, where you set aside everything to have a good meal and spend quality time with your family. But why not also show some love for your friends by having an extra special meal with them right after the CNY holidays? If this sounds like a good idea, we’ve got you covered with these five spots to have a CNY meal with your BFFs.
Auntie’s Wok and Steam
Auntie’s Wok and Steam is literally one of the most atas tze char joints in Singapore. Located on the 25th floor of Andaz Hotel (the view is seriously impressive so try to get a table by the window), it specialises in dim sum, rice, noodle and meat dishes, with an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs work their magic. Till February 17, the restaurant offers specially crafted sharing menus for four, six and eight (starting from $288). Menu highlights include Whole Boston Lobster Egg Noodle, Saffron Fried Rice with Cantonese Cured Sausage and Claypot Braised Eight-head Abalone and Braised Dong Po Belly.
Auntie’s Wok and Steam is at Level 25, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser St.
Meat lovers, this one’s for you. Expect mouth-watering premium roasts at The Carvery, such as the Golden Roasted Pork Porchetta, Spit-Roasted Marmite Chicken and Dry-Aged Australian Beef Prime Rib. Other hearty selections include a Seafood Stew, Smoked Duck Glass Noodle, Drunken Chicken Terrine, Honey-glazed Pork Ribs and the Sea Bream with Scallion Cream. Make sure you save some space in your tummy for The Carvery’s signature trifle dessert and Honey Apricot Mousse, among other delights. Price starts from $46 (for lunch) and $58 (for dinner) per person till February 19 (excluding February 5 and 6).
The Carvery is at Level 7, Park Hotel Alexandra, 323 Alexandra Road.
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar is probably the most stylish dim sum joint in Singapore. The chic interior aside (think muted pastels, tinted glass walls and mirrored ceilings), just about every item on the menu drips with panache, referencing Cantonese classics but with a luxe, modern twist. Till February 19, Mitzo’s Lunar New Year menu includes a selection of jazzed-up “Peng Cai” offerings, including the Superior “Peng Cai” ($418++ for 4 persons) made with abalone, scallop stuffed with radish, flower mushroom, sea cucumber, deep-fried fish maw, dried oyster, roast duck, lettuce, lotus root, poached chicken, barbecued pork, roasted pork belly and black moss. Come hungry.
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar is at Level 4, Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road.
Wan Hao is a sophisticated Cantonese restaurant at Marriot hotel that’s offering a special Prosperity Set Menu (from $108.80++ per person) till February 19, with decadent dishes that will thrill your foodie friends. Highlights include the Deep-fried Tiger Prawn with Chicken Floss and Salted Egg — which is both sweet and savoury with a satisfying crunch — and the Double-Boiled Fish Maw with Boletus Mushroom in Almond Superior Stock. The creamy broth goes perfectly with the thick slices of crunchy fish maw, and delivers an explosion of flavours. If you prefer to go a la carte, go for the Braised U.S. Short Rib with Mandarin Orange Peel. Its tender flesh melts in the mouth with little resistance.
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant is at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Rd.
To usher in the Year of the Pig, Yàn at the grand National Gallery is rolling out six set menus that start from from $128++ per person. Available till February 19, highlights include the Signature Roast Crispy Suckling Pig, which features the meat done three ways: crackling skin, carved shoulder and an oven-baked pig fillet with lemongrass; and the flavourful Shark Cartilage Broth with Fish Maw and Bird’s Nest. Seafood enthusiasts should love the Steamed Half Lobster with 18 years Nu Er Hong Rice Wine—not only is the meat infused with the vintage wine’s flavours, you get to enjoy another cup of Nu Er Hong on the side, which you can choose to either sip or pour over the lobster.
Yàn is at #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road.
Additional Text: Joy Fang.