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6 Places To Gather At For Reunion Dinner

Usher in the Year of the Rooster with your loved ones at these restaurants.

1. Cassia

Cassia at Capella Singapore offers two Lunar New Year Eve’s dinner menus: the Prosperity Reunion Menu, featuring the signature double-boiled thick chicken broth with fish maw, and the Fortune Reunion Menu, which includes bird’s nest with sea urchin, as well as the braised three-heads Australian abalone. Both menus include a serving of Cassia’s Prosperity Lou Hei, where abalone is served upon request.

After working up an appetite with the exquisite Cantonese culinary selections served, savour the resort’s special accommodation package, which comprises a three-night stay and a dinner for two at Cassia for guests who wish to find respite during this bustling festive period.

Available January 28 to February 11.

1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island

2. Me@OUE

Me@OUE reels in the auspicious season by putting its spin on the traditional Lo Hei, by injecting Japanese and French flavours into this Chinese delicacy. Its re-interpretation of the Yu Sheng platter features the refreshing tastes and crunchy textures of both Chinese and Japanese vegetables, such as purple cabbage, enoki mushroom and white radish. But the star ingredients of the culinary spectacular are the Hokkiagi (surf clam), Hokkaido ikura and shavings of Black Winter Truffles, which are said to embody a tantalising intermingling of chocolate and earthy flavours. 

Available January 9 to February 11.

OUE Bayfront Rooftop, 50 Collyer Quay

3. Cherry Garden

Cherry Garden is making reunion dinners one for the memories by offering seven luxurious dinner menus. Aptly named after uplifting terms such as longevity, harmony and wealth, each dinner menu features authentic festive delicacies, such as braised Shanghai nian gao (sticky rice cake) with Kurobuta pork, and steamed Soon Hock fillet with black fungus, by the restaurant’s Executive Chinese Chef Cheng Hon Chau.

Out of the extensive food offerings comes the Success dinner menu, featuring the Luxurious Pen Cai, loosely translated to mean “big bowl feast.” The massive dish features culinary treasures such as abalone, roasted duck, pork belly and lobster, carefully layered in a single pot before it is entirely braised and served piping hot for a round of jovial feasting.

Level 5, 5 Raffles Ave, Marina Square

4. Dancing Crab

It is all hands on deck at the Dancing Crab as the Cajun seafood restaurant brings back its Dancing Crab Yu Sheng to sweep in the prosperity this Lunar New Year. Boasting the same robust American flavours that the establishment is famed for, the Dancing Yu Sheng features a medley of Alaskan king crab legs, smoked salmon slices, fried fish skin and assorted greens, drizzled with a mixture of healthy homemade honey mustard sauce and olive oil. But instead of wielding a pair of chopsticks, toss the Yu Sheng with nothing more than your bare hands (gloves are provided), making the dining experience a unique and joyous occasion.

#01-20/21 The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Rd;
 #07-14/15 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road;
#03-10 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk

5. Hua Ting Restaurant

The proliferation of Lo Hei is not an unusual sight during this time of year, and Hua Ting Restaurant is serving up an extensive range of these Chinese delicacies. Located at the Orchard Hotel Singapore, the restaurant serves Lo Hei dishes ranging from the classic fresh salmon creation to decadent variations that include live Australian lobster, abalone and fresh salmon roe.

Adding to this year’s line-up of the required dish of the season, Hua Ting will not only be offering Arctic surf clams as the accompanying ingredient to the traditional Lo Hei, but it is also giving guests a vegetarian option that comes with Masterchef Lap Fai’s specially concocted sweet-tangy sauce. Takeaway selections making their debut this year include the Okinawa Black Cane Sugar Nian Gao — the Lunar New Year rice cake staple is given a refreshing update with the sweet and savoury flavour of premium Okinawa black cane sugar.

Available January 16 to February 11.

Level 2 Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Rd

6. Crystal Jade

Among its festive offerings, Crystal Jade Prestige serves a lighter option with its nourishing Yu Sheng, featuring fresh herbal ingredients such as Chinese yam, cordyceps flowers and sweet lily bulb petals, combined with organic salad vegetables and tossed in a Japanese sesame-based dressing with Chinese vinegar. Other Crystal Jade fine dining establishments present a range of set menus for the festive period, with dishes such as baked whole quail, braised pork knuckle in black moss, and stir-fried scallop. Sweet treats available for takeaway include the Egg cake, an airy Chinese-style sponge, the Gold-leaf Double Fish glutinous rice cake, and the Fortune Bo Lo pineapple tarts, guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.

Available January 16 to February 12.

#02-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre (Ground Plaza) and other locations