12 February 2021 will mark the beginning of the Year of the Ox, and many restaurants in Singapore (both Chinese and otherwise) have prepared indulgent and delicious ways for you to usher in the bovine era. Here’s our picks from this year’s Chinese New Year offerings that we have tried so far.
THE CAPITOL KEMPINSKI HOTEL SINGAPORE
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore ushers in the Lunar New Year with a range of Chinese New Year-inspired set menus across its medley of dining establishments from 25 January to 26 February 2021 (except Valentine’s Day). The limited period offerings include modern and innovative Chinese New Year interpretations such as Barbecued Pork Bak Kwa Bruschetta, Char Siew Pork Tagliolini and Sweet Red Beans Tartellette from La Scala Ristorante, Bak Kwa Bagel and Bak Kwa Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake from Berthold Delikatessen, Chicken Char Siew Burger and Fried Nian Gao from Broadway American Diner and the standout Braised Spiced Oxtail Stew with Mashed Potato & Spicy Paprika from Frieda.
15 Stamford by Alvin Leung delivers the hotel’s more classic and traditional Chinese New Year fare in the form of set menus such as the 6-course Prosperity Chinese New Year Set Dinner (Razor Clams, Tasmanian Abalone, Guinea Fowl with Foie Gras Foam and Five Spice Jus, Wagyu Beef Cheeks, Atlantic Cod, Chrysanthemum Mousse) and the 6-course Auspicious Chinese New Year Menu (King Salmon Yusheng, Classic Buddha Jumps Over The Wall, Steamed Blue Eye Cod, Hokkaido Pork Spare Ribs, Eight Treasure Sweet Rice in Coconut Shell, Double Boiled Peach Gum), both priced at S$168++ per pax.
Elsewhere, The Bar at 15 Stamford is offering a zesty cocktail Huan Ying for the festive season (white rum, Mandarin orange shrub, pomegranate, lime syrup, lemon juice), while Lobby Lounge is currently presenting a CNY Festive Hi-tea which comprises Chinese-inspired high tea snacks with a touch of European influences – think pineapple scones, mandarin orange sorbet as well as honey-glazed pork & foie gras brioche.
For those who prefer to enjoy their lunar new year festivities at home, takeaway option The Capitol Kempinski’s Signature “Treasures in a Pot Pen Cai” (S$268+) feeds 5 people and is generously loaded with premium ingredients such as 10-head Abalone, sea cucumber, fried fish maw, oysters, roasted duck and pork knuckle, while the Salmon Yu Sheng Platter (from $88+) comprises premium vegetable slaw, plum dressing and crackling fish skin crisps, with Hiramasa kingfish, Hokkaido scallop and even Maine lobster available for plumping up the #treatyoself factor.
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore
15 Stamford Road
RAFFLES HOTEL SINGAPORE
From 18 January to 26 February 2021, 藝 Yi by Jereme Leung will present its Lunar New Year Dining experience in the form of both a la carte selections as well as set menus. Their Longevity Yu Sheng with Abalone, Arctic Surf Clams and Salmon (S$208++) is served with Master Chef Jereme Leung’s signature Yunnan Rose Dressing, while elsewhere on their a la carte menu, the Braised Abalone, Yunnan Ham, Sea Whelk and Cabbage Consomme nourished deeply and the Steamed Cod Fillet with Fermented Black Beans and Olives tantalised with its fermented savoury appeal. I must say the playful Fermented Rice Wine Ice Cream certainly left a giddily strong impression.
The restaurant is also offering four set menus which showcases different selections from the lunar new year a la carte menu: Prosperous Set Menu (S$168++), Abundance Set Menu (S$188++), Opulence Set Menu (S$208++) and Vegetarian Set Menu (S$168++).
Raffles Hotel Singapore
1 Beach Road
Mitzo Restaurant and Bar‘s Executive Chef Nicky Ng presents a variety of Chinese New Year dishes and menus from 11 January to 26 February 2021. The Kanpachi Kingfish “Yu Sheng” (S$128++ for regular and S$208++ for large) boasted a highly refreshing sauce, while elsewhere the aromatically-forward Truffle Ee Fu Noodle with Scallop played it all yieldingly soft. Pork makes an intriguing appearance across various dishes, from the Double-boiled Fish Maw Soup with Mushroom, Chicken & Prosciutto di Parma Ham and Steamed Grouper with Preserved Pork Liver, Pork Sausage & Preserved Vegetable in Soya to Miso Peng Cai (S$298++ for 4).
In addition, the bar is offering the limited period P-ox-sitive Elixir (Whisky Goji, Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur, Mandarin Orange Syrup, Roselle Oolong Tea) if you wish to booze up your fish toss raucousness in a suitably chic Oriental fashion.
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar
270 Orchard Road
Level 4 Grand Park Orchard
SINGAPORE MARRIOTT TANG PLAZA HOTEL
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel’s Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant presents a variety of Chinese New Year dishes and 8-course set menus (starting from $108.80++ per person), available from 20 January to 26 February 2021. The Boston Lobster & Caviar Yu Sheng with Crispy Fish Skin (S$268++ for large) was gloriously luxurious, while the Wan Hao Eight Treasures Imperial Pot with Bird’s Nest (S$788++ for 6 people) played it all pampering beauty collagen broth-style with premium ingredients such as bird’s nest, 10-head Australian abalone, fish maw, dace fish beancurd bag, live prawns and pork tendon. Other festive highlights include the Wok-fried Beef Tenderloin with Fermented Red Rice Sauce, Deep-fried Lobster with Champagne Honey Sauce and Wan Hao Pi-Pa Roast Duck.
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
320 Orchard Road
Yàn presents its Chinese New Year highlights from 15 January to 26 February 2021. Aside from six set menus for dining-in ranging from five to eight courses (from S$128++ to S$228++ per person), the Cantonese restaurant will also offer a lavish Yàn Harvest Pen Cai (from S$300++) for both dine-in and takeaway. The crispy vermicelli-mountained Abalone & Yellowtail with Gold Foil Lo Hei in ‘Shun De’ Style (from S$92++) made for a tremendously fun fish toss, while elsewhere the Roasted Duck Marinated with Mandarin Peel Sauce was slicker than an undercover spy and the Braised Spring Chicken with 6 Head Whole Abalone conjures serious feels of home-cooked family comfort in unexpected ways.
#05-02 National Gallery Singapore
1 St. Andrew’s Road Singapore 178957
Man Fu Yuan presents a selection of delicacies and prosperity prix-fixe menus available from 12 January to 26 February 2021. The premium five-course Wealth prix-fixe menu (S$2388++ for eight people) includes a richly-textured Superior Crab Meat and Pumpkin Bisque, Bird’s Nest, Crab Roe in Pumpkin Husk as well as the signature Man Fu Yuan Abundance Treasure Pot (S$468 nett, serves up to 5 guests), while the Abundance prix-fixe menu (S$328++ per guest) features Salmon Yu Sheng with Japanese Omi A4 Wagyu Beef and Hokkaido scallops (pro tip: you can request for individual ‘lo hei’ portions for safe distanced fish toss joy). In terms of recommended a la carte dishes, the Man Fu Yuan Classic Braised Beef Pot (S$248 nett) will appeal to bovine enthusiasts, while the restaurant’s signature Roasted Suckling Pig with Glutinous Rice (S$428 nett) is a visual and gustatory showstopper.
80 Middle Road
MANDARIN ORCHARD SINGAPORE
Two Michelin-star Chinese restaurant Shisen Hanten (the highest Michelin-rated Chinese restaurant in Singapore) presents seven auspiciously-themed Lunar New Year set menus from 11 to 26 February 2021, from the entry Prosperity menu (S$138.80++) to the premium Majestic menu (S$298.80++). Their Poached Dumplings stuffed with Minced Kurobuta Pork and Porcini Mushroom served up moist, meaty pleasure, with the accompanying vinegary dip adding saucy intensity, while elsewhere even the most hardcore keto diet enthusiasts would not be able to resist the soft, slurp-worthy charms of the Braised Glass Noodle with Lobster in Superior Broth. The delectable Steamed East-spotted Grouper with Kelp, Red Date, Cordyceps and Mushroom in Superior Soya Sauce Wrapped in Lotus Leaf is probably my favourite fish dish in this round up.
Mandarin Orchard Singapore
333 Orchard Road