Chinese New Year is fast approaching so keep up that festive spirit with some celebrations to herald the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit. There’s certainly going to be no shortage of great dining experiences to mark the occasion, with plenty of CNY delicacies and obligatory yu sheng tossing. Our guide to Chinese New Year 2023 dining includes Michelin-starred restaurants, vegetarian options, and international favourites, so whether you’re looking for set menus, buffets, a corporate affair or a family reunion, here’s where to head.
Pop by Crystal Jade Golden Palace for Teochew favourites and Cantonese cuisine (set menus from $138 per person) – think crispy spring chicken marinated with fermented bean curd and steamed Boston lobster. At the recently opened Crystal Jade Pavilion in VivoCity (set menus from $138 per person), enjoy waterfront views with your double-boiled eight-head abalone soup and crispy loin rib. The new Golden Harvest sea cucumber yusheng (from $138) includes Australian sea cucumber, greens, jellyfish head, dried persimmon and pomelo.
From 4 Jan – 5 Feb 2023. Multiple locations
Din Tai Fung
Alongside their crowd-pleasing signature dishes, Din Tai Fung is kicking off the festive celebrations with the auspicious return of their Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng, featuring freshly prepared julienned carrots, green and white radish, smoked salmon slices, and all the crunchy bits such as toasted white sesame seeds, roasted peanuts and crispy yam strips. As always, ingredients symbolise good health, happiness, wealth and luck, so we’ll have a bucket-load please.
Available from 6 January – 5 February 2023 for takeaway and all dine-in. Various locations
Ya Ge 雅阁
Ya Ge 雅阁 showcases signature Chinese cuisine with a modern twist. This CNY, their Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng comes with either Abalone or Crispy Fish Skin and a bevy of bunny puddings made of mango and milk. Other dishes include Ya Ge Fortune Pot (Pen Cai); Double-boiled Pork Rib Soup with Starfruit & Winter Wheat; Steamed Lotus Leaves Rice with Smoked Duck and Abalone Sauce andmany more. There are specially curated 6 course and 8 course menus starting from $78++ per person. Vegetarians are also catered for with a 6-course menu (from $48++ per person).
1 Tras Link, Level 3 Orchid Hotel, 07886. Click here for details
Toast to good health and a great year ahead with Jiang-Nan Chun’s prosperity yusheng featuring a luxe trio of lobster, abalone and salmon tossed with root vegetables, pumpkin, melon and sunflower seeds. Choose from eight menus (from $188 per person) that offer everything from double-boiled chicken soup to braised spiny lobster. Meanwhile, Nobu spotlights its own version of Japanese-Peruvian yusheng (from $118) – a platter filled with vegetables and premium ingredients.
Various dates in Jan to 5 Feb 2023; 190 Orchard Boulevard, 248646. Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
5 ON 25’s Head Chef Lim Hong Lih and his culinary team present sumptuous Lunar New Year à la carte dishes and curated set menus. Set menus are available for both lunch and dinner, (from SGD 98 to SGD 268 per guest) and include the customary Prosperity Yu Sheng. Headlining are some new dishes, including Braised Hokkaido Scallops with Ee-Fu Noodles and Truffle Sauce, Deep-fried Lobster, Apple with Honey Sauce, and Dang Gui Crispy Roasted Duck.
9 January – 5 February 2023. 5 ON 25, Level 25, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, 189354. Click here
Red House Seafood
Red House Seafood presents bountiful new menus and a few of their most popular bestsellers to welcome the festivities. From 2 January to 5 February 2023, the Singapore Nanyang-style Seafood restaurant offers five different set menus (from $598++to$1688++), lavish seafood pots, and house-made treats perfect for celebratory feasts. Some of these highlights include Steamed Dragon Tiger Grouper Fish with Fresh Clam, Steamed Sultan Fish with Minced Ginger, Alaskan King Crab Served Two Ways, Lotus Leaf Rice.These menus are perfect for four to six persons as well as for a group of up to ten.
9 January – 5 February. Available at both Grand Copthorne Waterfront or Esplanade. redhouseseafood.com
Celebrations for the Year of the Rabbit take place across all of Shangri-La’s dining destinations. There’s the Reunion Gala Dinner at Tower Ballroom; Imperial Chinese New Year at MICHELIN-starred Shang Palace; Hearty Spring Reunion Buffets at The Line; and Peranakan Delights and Afternoon Tea at The Lobby Lounge. There’s also a great collection of CNY treats and hampers if you’re gifting family and friends.
Takeaway and delivery available from 29 December 2022 – 5 February. Dining in available from 5 January – 5 February. Click here
Gather friends and family to enjoy the restaurant’s six dine-in set menus (from $128 per person), starting with the lo hei toss. The Kaleidoscope of Prosperity yusheng (from $92) is served as a tower of fried vermicelli, shredded purple and yellow sweet potatoes, crispy conpoy and gold flakes, surrounded by colourful veggies, yellowtail fish and cherry tomatoes in the shape of rabbits. Other highlights from the menu include signature roast whole suckling pig and steamed red date cake.
1 Jan – 5 Feb 2023; #05-02, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, 178957. yan.com.sg
Artemis Grill & Sky Bar
Mix modern with traditional at Artemis Grill, a sky-high dining concept on the 40th floor of CBD’s CapitaGreen building, by celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with our Chinese New Year Lo Hei experience to remember. Their Yusheng Prosperity Toss includes Salmon & Ikura Caviar with pickled wakame, red cabbage, carrot, sesame, peanut, daikon radish and tapioca cracker, topped with gold leaf – with the choice to upgrade to the premium set which includes Hamachi & Hokkaido Scallop.
From 10 January – 4 February for lunch and dinner. artemisgrill.com.sg
Racines presents two springtime set menus presenting enticing dishes such as Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng, Double-boiled Chicken Soup with Fish Maw and Dried Scallops, as well as Red Bean Paste with Sesame Dumplings and Dried Orange Peel. Over the Lunar New Year holidays, embark on quintessential reunion classics including Seafood Treasures Soup with Shredded Crab Meat, Caramalised King Tiger Prawns in Special Sauce, and Bird’s Nest Egg Tart with Steamed Coconut Nian Gao.
From 9 January – 5 February. 9 Wallich Street, 078885. Sofitel Singapore City Centre
This year, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore will be welcoming the Year of the Rabbit with a host of symbolic feasts, goodies, and pastry creations. At Jade, Chinese Executive Chef Leong Chee Yeng introduces new dishes inspired by the lovable qualities of the rabbit, alongside his signature Gold Rush Yu Sheng, featuring a hand-drawn rabbit motif and Chinese calligraphy. On the eve and first two days of Lunar New Year, an elaborate reunion dinner and Lunar New Year afternoon tea buffet will also be served in the iconic setting of The Clifford Pier. fullertonhotels.com