Where to go for reunion dinner this Chinese New Year 2022: 8 restaurants to satisfy the whole family


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With Chinese New Year just around the corner, families all around Singapore are buzzing with excitement at the thought of 团圆饭 (tuan yuan fan; reunion dinner), an annual affair that brings families together to catch up and bond over a lavish meal. 

As the Chinese community believes that an extravagant feast would bring fortune and good luck in the new year, it’s important to find the perfect place where you and your loved ones can indulge in a plethora of sumptuous dishes.

Looking for a restaurant to book for your 5-pax reunion dinner? Read on for our own curated selection of restaurants to usher in the roaring Year of the Tiger!

Go back to your roots with these old-school Chinese restaurants

01 •  Long Ji Zi Char

Nestled in the heart of Outram Road, this humble yet cozy restaurant is a family favorite — with air-conditioned seating and large tables that you’ll definitely be grateful for once you’ve taken a look at their extensive menu full of must-order dishes.

The dishes here contain no MSG at all, making it perfect for elderly parents or those on a health kick. Don’t miss out on their signature Crab Bee Hoon: fat, juicy crab topped with a luscious gravy and accompanied by thin bee hoon to soak up all that wok hei. 🦀

If you’re bringing the kids along, be sure to order their Deep Fried Tofu with Cereal & Pumpkin Sauce too — your little ones would definitely enjoy this crispy treat.

📍 Address: 253 Outram Rd, Singapore 169049
Opening hours: 5pm – 10.30pm daily
🚙 Nearest parking: 232 Outram Road Public Carpark
🌐 Website: https://longjizichar.getz.co/

02 • Chuan Kee Seafood

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Don’t be fooled by the ulu or unassuming location — Chuan Kee Seafood has been around since 1975, and they sure know what they’re doing when it comes to serving up fresh seafood and tasty zi char dishes! Aside from the food, we’ve also read great things about their customer service, with free soy beancurd, ice cream and popcorn for their patrons.

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Chuan Kee is famous for their seafood, and it’s easy to see why with mouthwatering dishes like Chilli Crab and Curry Fish Head on the menu. They also serve plenty of zi char favourites like Prawn Paste Chicken and Sweet & Sour Pork topped with Lychee! 🤤

📍 Address: 1091A Lower Delta Rd, Singapore 169207
Opening hours: 12pm – 10.30pm daily
🚙 Nearest parking: 1091 – 1093 Lower Delta Road Surface Carpark
🌐 Website: https://www.facebook.com/ChuanKeeSeafood/

Enjoy a handpicked selection of dishes recommended by these restaurants with a special CNY set menu

01 • Mouth Restaurant

With an interior reminiscent of a typical Cha Chaan Teng (teahouse) in Hong Kong, this authentic Cantonese restaurant will make you feel nostalgic if you grew up having dim sum for breakfast with your family.

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Although most customers frequent this place for their dim sum dishes, the restaurant is currently also offering a CNY Reunion Set Menu with 6-8 courses available according to the number of pax dining in. The menu includes all time favourites such as Suckling Pig and Abalone, and they even provide Yu Sheng for the essential Lou Hei ceremony! 🙌

📍 Address: 38 Maxwell Rd, #01-01/02 Airview Building, Singapore 069116
Opening hours: Mon to Fri, 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm | Sat to Sun, 10am – 4pm, 6pm – 10pm
🚙 Nearest parking: Parking on-site
🌐 Website: https://mouth.com.sg/

02 • Orchid Live Seafood

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Though this overwhelmingly popular restaurant has already been fully booked for Chinese New Year’s Eve (our Singaporean mindsets immediately pin this as a sign that the food is good), you can still book a slot with them if you’re planning to have your reunion dinner earlier this year.

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Their Chinese New Year Set Menu features a unique Geoduck Yu Sheng, Wild Australian Abalone with Vegetables and their famous Live Lobsters served with Fish Maw soup. If you’re a family of big-eaters, you can even order a whole Roast Piglet to share. Get ready to tuck into a feast fit for a king! 🤴

📍 Address: 2 Yishun Walk, 03-01 HomeTeamNS Khatib, Singapore 767944
Opening hours: 11am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 10pm daily
🚙 Nearest parking: Parking on-site
🌐 Website: https://www.orchidliveseafood.com.sg/

03 • Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House

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A new-age casual dining spot at Sentosa Cove that serves innovative Chinese dishes with a twist, Blue Lotus is the perfect place if you’re looking for somewhere a little different than your usual fare.

The restaurant is beautifully decorated with colorful lanterns and trendy murals that add a lot to the modern-chic atmosphere, and is definitely a refreshing take on the traditional Chinese restaurants we visit during CNY. 😎

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Not only does their set menu sound absolutely divine — with delectable dishes such as Steamed Boston Lobster and Salt Baked Herbal Chicken Drumsticks, they’re even giving an early bird discount of 10% for those who order online before 16 Jan!

📍 Address: 31 Ocean Way, #01 – 13 Quayside Isle, 098375
Opening hours: Mon to Thurs, 5.30pm – 10pm | Fri to Sun, 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
🚙 Nearest parking: Sentosa Cove Village Car Park, 1 Cove Ave, 098537
🌐 Website: https://www.bluelotus.com.sg/chinese-eating-house

Fancier restaurants for a more extravagant celebration

01 • Summer Palace

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As the only restaurant on our list that has been awarded a Michelin star, we highly recommend Summer Palace if you’re looking for something a little more upscale. The floor to ceiling windows allow customers to bask in the natural daylight or charming evening view — making it perfect for the most special annual gathering of the year.

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Summer Palace usually serves Cantonese cuisine that includes dim sum options, but you can also opt for their CNY menu which features essentials such as the Summer Palace Pen Cai and Whole Prosperity Yu Sheng. Give yourself and your family the liberty to indulge in a plentiful meal to bring in a prosperous new year! ☺️

📍 Address: 1 Cuscaden Road Level 3 Regent Singapore, 249715
Opening hours: Mon to Fri, 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm | Sat to Sun, 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
🚙 Nearest parking: Parking on-site
🌐 Website: https://regentsingapore.com.sg/dining/summer-palace/

02 • Yan Restaurant

Located at the fifth level of National Gallery Singapore, Yan Restaurant boasts a stunning modern and minimalistic decor that’ll impress your family members for sure. Opt for the sofa seats for maximum comfort while digging in. 😌

Whether you’re trying out their Chef’s Signature Creations such as the Steamed Sri Lankan Crab with Rice Wine or going the more festive route with their CNY Menu, you’ll be well pampered and satisfied with the comforting Cantonese fare served here.

📍 Address: 1 Saint Andrew’s Road #05-02 National Gallery, Singapore 178957
Opening hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6 – 10pm daily
🚙 Nearest parking: Parking on-site
🌐 Website: https://www.yan.com.sg/

03 • Peach Garden

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Known as a place for connoisseurs of Cantonese cuisine to gather, Peach Garden has plenty of loyal customers who diligently return year after year for their delicious food and exquisite service. They have many outlets across the island, but the fanciest one is undoubtedly the one located at OCBC Centre thanks to the stunning view from the 33rd floor. 🌃

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At Peach Garden, there’s plenty to choose from on their Set Menu, and you can look forward to tantalizing dishes such as Roasted Peking Duck and Deep-fried Soon Hock. If you’re looking for that something extra to wow your family members, check out their Make-a-Wish Yu Sheng or Golden Koi Traditional Nian Gao — these beautifully plated dishes will bring just the right amount of flair to any table.

📍 Address: 65 Chulia Street, #33-01 OCBC Centre, Singapore 049513
Opening hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6 – 10.00pm daily
🚙 Nearest parking: Parking on-site
🌐 Website: https://www.peachgarden.com.sg/

Bonus: places to pick up food for an at-home feast

With the current COVID-19 situation, we understand that not every family may want to head out for their reunion dinner — but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a sumptuous meal either! Here are some takeaway options to consider for your stay-home reunion dinner.

(P.S: Avoid pesky delivery fees by heading down to self-collect your food!)

01 • Homelypot

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One of Singaporeans’ favourite pastimes and a must for many Chinese families during CNY — hotpot! Homelypot conveniently packages a curated variety of ingredients,  a soup base of your choice and even a free electrical pot for all your hotpot needs. Simply select your preferred meat, soup base and ingredients, input your pickup or delivery time and check out. First timers get a special discount too, so delay no further and place your orders now! 🍲

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02 • Neo Garden

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Neo Garden is a familiar name in the event catering industry, and with their extensive menu and top-notch quality of food, it’s easy to see why. If cooking your own feast is too much of a hassle, let Neo Garden take care of things for you this Chinese New Year. 👍

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03 • Yuan Collagen

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Want to get more hands-on this CNY? Show off your cooking skills and put together a meal in your own kitchen! Every reunion dinner has to have a star dish, and with the help of Yuan Collagen, even amateur cooks can make a tasty, impressive dish that the whole family can enjoy. They even have a list of recipes to guide you along — all you need is a pack of their collagen broth and a dash of creativity. 👨‍🍳

🛒 Order here.

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Have a splendid dinner, GetGoers!
Ella 😋

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