For those who simply can’t tear themselves away from trading platforms, legal contracts or P&Ls, rejoice! We have found some CBD CNY menu with loheis, for you and your loved ones.
Although for the most of the year, I remain a staunch cynic about gimmick affairs and “one-offs”/ “curated” menus out to get yo dollar dollar bills; needs, must. Especially if you’ve got hard-to-please in-laws, spouses and children. We’ve picked a couple of places that serve up Chinese New Year tailored menus, great for perfunctory meals, before you nip out of the restaurant and duck back into the office. You will be let off the hook after your guests have had their fill of foie gras, uni and bird’s nest.
And, you’re perfectly welcome.
At Blue Lotus, consistent efforts are made to serve up consistently good food. As a result, the crowds across Blue Lotus’ joints are long-time patrons who keep going back for more. Blue Lotus serves up classic hearty Chinese staples and local cuisine, sans MSG. This New Year, get the slow-roasted (Spanish-style) suckling pig ($238) and when you’re done pigging out, grab one, or a few of their CNY artisanal Nian Gaos (rice cakes, $38 that comes in a kitsch tingkat packaging of four. This sweet is made for the first time ever, with quintessentially Chinese ingredients flavours. Think red dates, carrot cake (dimsum, not Cedele) and yam. This year’s Blue Lotus does a modern take on Yusheng, a fusion of sorts with Norwegian Smoked Salmon, Sakura Ebi; and ten herbs.
If you find yourself too busy to stay the whole meal there, their Harmony Takeaway Set at ($188) including 4-course, Dong Po pork belly slow cooked for 48 hours; herbal chicken, Yu Sheng and Luo Mi.
5 Wallich St, #01-13.
Chinoiserie is your go-to when you’ve graduated from basic CNY meals. Of course, the MBS locale calls for a smart-casual dress code. Helmed by Justin Quek, an intrepid risk-taker who marries East and West cuisines, expect positively indulgent dishes. Go for the “Harmony” Menu ($108+ per pax) that includes Foie Gras in Lap Mei Fun; Hamachi Lo Hei as well as a Spanish Pork Loin. A treat would be the Eternity Menu ($188+ per pax) that features monk fish, Hokkaido Scallops and doubled boiled Bird’s Nest. Like we said, positively indulgent, although the used-to-death auspicious menu names, we’re not sure about.
2 Bayfront Ave #B1-15, Galleria Level, The Shoppes.
Jade restaurant at the Fullerton has never failed to deliver a classic menu of Singaporean-style Cantonese dimsum, in sophisticated settings and their signature Chinoiserie interiors. People flock there for the Pistachio Muah Chee, matcha custard buns and Wagyu beef puffs, and for CNY, it’s all about traditions melded with artful presentation. So round up your loved ones for Jade’s Yu Sheng with fresh salmon, champagne jelly made in-house; and crisp honey pineapple dressing atop. Whilst you’re there, get yourself the FuZhou fishball handmade from scratch, for savouries; and for sweets, the handmade pineapple piglets, baked in small batches for freshness.
80 Collyer Quay.
If things are feeling a little rushed and balance sheets not looking overly rosy, or you just need a quiet respite from work, head to the slick, contemporary SE7ENTH at OUE. With its nondescript facade, OUE downtown features lesser-known gems, like boutique yoga studios, a communal kitchen and a fab chicken stock ramen joint. SE7ENTH is decidedly more pared-back compared to other options on the list, with a sleek Yusheng platter including smoked salmon, smoked snow fish and a drizzle of sweet plum sauce ($38.80 2-4 pax; $68.80 6-8pax). Frequented mostly by residents of the luxury serviced apartments nearby, SE7ENTH is usually quiet, great for some boisterous reunions, if you will.
OUE Downtown 1, 6 Shenton Way, Level 7.
Forgive the jarring medley of colours that takes away the appeal of the food, and the isolated spot of UNI Gallery; because this spot is all about quality. Fresh sashimi and uni is air-flown in from Japan and Canada a couple times a week and perfectly, exquisitely executed. For CNY, they have an incredibly elevated Uni & Caviar Yusheng platter ($128), available for dine-in and take away. So for this year’s CNY luncheon, you—and your in-laws—get to toss sea urchin, Kampachi sashimi and Polanco pickled roe. Excessive.
7500A Beach Rd, #B1-310.
A little ways from CBD, Yàn sits atop the National Gallery of Singapore. Don’t show up expecting panoramic views (no floor-to-ceiling windows); or without a booking, because it’s one of those places.
For CNY, the festive menus skew towards the pricier end at ($198+ per pax). However, that does come with a half lobster, steamed with 18 year-old nu er hong wine, which I suppose more than makes up for it. Choose from six menus depending on your party size, but definitely shell out ($190) for their pen cai with a heavy feature of pork this year. Think pork trotters, dried pig skin as accompaniment to the usual gourmet sea cucumber, conpoy and prawns, available for both lunch and dinner. Not up for beastin’ in public? Then do a takeaway. Or, you know, take it home, plate it in homeware and casually show up at your friends’.
If you can only squeeze in quick meal during the weekends or the PH, you’ll be feasting from a curated festive dimsum menu.
National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #05-02.