It’s never easy to plan a reunion dinner that pleases everyone, young and old. We pick out the best banquets around town that might just work for the whole family this Chinese New Year season.
1. Lunar Celebrations with BBQ at Oscar’s – Conrad Centennial Singapore
For kids: The kids will enjoy watching chefs in action at the outdoor barbecue station, as they prepare fresh lobsters, prawns and premium cuts of beef on the hot grill, paired with familiar Asian sauces for a festive twist.
Younger kids may not be able to sit through a 10-course Chinese reunion dinner. Head to Oscar’s and tuck into a sumptuous dinner buffet, where special Lunar New Year dishes take centrestage. Apart from roast suckling pig, roast pork belly and loads of sweet desserts, diners will be treated to the outdoor barbecue station on the eve, first and second days of the Year of the Rooster.
When: 27-29 Jan
How much: From $108++ per adult; $54++ per child
Find out more: www.connoisseur.sg
2. Communal Reunion Dinner at Chengal Ballroom – Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
For kids: Look forward to activities like traditional Sichuan performing artists and a lion dance performance. There’s even a playroom just for the kids, and not forgetting an ice cream cart!
The hotel’s nature-inspired ballroom will be hosting a communal reunion dinner, with three set menus catering to families of four to 10 persons. Each offers highlights including Crowne Prosperity Yu Sheng with crispy salmon skin, double-boiled chicken soup with snow pear and Xinjiang red dates, and braised pork knuckle with sweet bean sauce. To top it off, a six-metre-long dessert buffet will feature traditional CNY treats like steamed Nian Gao and glutinous rice balls, alongside contemporary sweets and cakes.
When: 6.30pm, 27 Jan
How much: From $398nett
Find out more: www.crowneplazadining.com
3. Bountiful 1-For-1 Reunion Buffet at Window on the Park – Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre
For kids: Ring in auspicious beginnings with the tossing of Yu Sheng made with an assortment of accompaniments on the buffet spread, making it truly your family favourite. Two adults dine for the price of one during this season and best of all, children below six dine for free.
Then enjoy savoury highlights from traditional waxed meat rice with waxed duck and chicken sausages, Szechuan pepper lamb and Asian-style abalone omelette, to Peranakan favourites Ayam Buah Keluak and Ikan Tempra. These special Chinese New Year dishes complete the restaurant’s signature buffet spread.
When: 27-31 Jan
How much: From $80nett for two adults; $20nett per child (6-12 years); Free for children below 6 years
Find out more: www.hisocc.com
4. Feast of Fortune & Goodwill at Lime – PARKROYAL on Pickering
For the kids: If the kids prefer something less traditionally Chinese, head to Lime Restaurant’s generous buffet spread. New creations like Bak Kwa Pork Floss and Yu Sheng pizzas will tickle their fancy.
Also on the menu is homemade Maltagliati pasta with scallop XO sauce, amid other Asian, Peranakan and Western dishes. On 27 Jan only, a live station will serve up crispy suckling pig, while pan fried Nian Gao and ‘Full-of-Fortune’ orange chocolate fondue fountain rule the dessert corner. Tables of six and above enjoy steamed red garoupa with Chef Fei’s secret sauce or Cantonese ‘Har Lok’ jumbo tiger prawns brought to your table, while groups of 10 and up receive an additional complimentary Pen Cai.
When: 27-30 Jan
How much: From $48++ per person
Find out more: www.parkroyalhotels.com/lime
(See also: A Kiddy Feasting guide for the Chinese New Year)
5. Abundance Lunar New Year Reunion Buffet Dinner at Ocean Gallery – Resorts World Sentosa
For the kids: Reel in the Lunar New Year at S.E.A. Aquarium’s Gong SEA Fa Cai event, where kids can embark on the Trail of the Rooster (Hogfish) and catch underwater dragon dances.
Then tuck into a one-night-only Asian buffet dinner surrounded by graceful marine creatures at the Ocean Gallery (above). The spread includes Singaporean favourites like Popiah, Kueh Pie Tee and Bak Kut Teh, as well as regional specialities from Vietnamese ‘Shaking Beef’ to Taiwanese braised pork belly and Java chicken noodles soup. Top up just $28++ to enjoy a whole salted egg lobster. Guests also stand to win cash and prizes worth over $3 million in total.
When: 27 Jan
How much: $88++ per adult; $28++ per child (Admission charges to S.E.A. Aquarium apply separately)
Find out more: www.rwsentosa.com/cny
6. A Cosmopolitan Chinese New Year at StraitsKitchen – Grand Hyatt Singapore
For older family members: Gather at StraitsKitchen for a halal-certified all-you-can-eat Singaporean buffet spread, complete with Double Happiness and Good Luck Yu Sheng platter served at each table. It features certified-sustainable Norwegian Atlantic salmon and New Zealand yellowtail kingfish.
Then dive into your reunion dinner, starting with CNY favourites like Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, crispy duck, wok-fried king prawn in salted egg sauce and braised oyster with black moss. The cosy reunion meal also includes live kitchens showcasing local favourites like Laksa and Popiah, as well as sweet desserts to round off the meal.
When: 27-29 Jan
How much: From $68++ per adult; $48++ per child
Find out more: www.singapore.grand.hyattrestaurants.com
7. Usher in the Auspicious Year of the Fire Rooster at Cherry Garden – Mandarin Oriental Singapore
For older family members: Bond with family over the brimming Cherry Garden Luxurious Pen Cai (above), Singapore’s largest traditional ‘basin dish’. It weighs over 25 kg and measures up to 45 cm in diameter. Symbolising an abundance of fortune, it features braised four-head abalone, lobster, scallop, sea cucumber, dried oyster rolls, prawns, roasted duck, lotus chicken, roasted pork belly and more.
Combined with traditional Yu Sheng and handmade delicacies, choose from a series of signature set menus to suit your family. Alternatively, enjoy Cherry Garden specials, a range of dim sum, soups and desserts at the Weekend Family Brunch.
When: 5 Jan – 11 Feb
How much: Set dinners from $128++ per person; Weekend Family Brunch from $98++ per person
Find out more: www.mandarinoriental.com/singapore
Featured image courtesy of Grand Hyatt Singapore; Header image courtesy of PARKROYAL on Pickering