Tossing to a year of good luck
Jade, The Fullerton Hotel
Executive chef Leong Chee Yeng once again displays his flair for giving the midas touch of luxury to classic Chinese dishes. Take for example, Eight Happiness Gold Rush Yu Sheng ($138++ for nine to 12 people), which is topped with Champagne Jelly, along with a honey pineapple residue in place of the usual plum dressing.
Also not to be missed is Eight Treasures Pen Cai (S78++ per person). Your personal pot is simmered with abalone, dried scallop, roasted duck, prawns and pork belly, making it a meal unto itself (head’s up, for those with small appetites). The saffron and pea flower pork dumplings make quite a filling treat, its vinegar sauce providing just the right kick.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore will also be holding a traditional ‘Mei Hua Zhuang’ lion dance performance on 16 February. The procession starts at 11.38am exactly, so do adjourn to the hotel lobby early if you’re heading to Jade for lunch. The performance is open to both guests of the hotel and the public.
The Fullerton Hotel
1 Fullerton Square
Tel: +65 6877 8188
Cherry Garden, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
If you’ve yet to pay a visit since its revamp, here’s the chance. The restaurant offers four stunning private rooms for gatherings with the most boisterous relatives.
But more on the food. You’ll get to savour some of the restaurant’s newest dishes when you order from the Lunar New Year set menus (from $128++ per person). The Five-Grain Fried Rice will have you fawning over plump short grains flavoured with preserved pork sausage and laced with wok hei, while the Yu Sheng topped with Alaskan crab meat and black truffle shavings will have you rethink the dish that’s meant to be a common man’s CNY staple. Those who enjoy desserts with a twist will take to the cocktail jelly and lychee sorbet that’s topped with cherries in nui er hong and kuei hua wine.
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
5 Raffles Ave
Tel: +65 6885 3500
Cassia, Capella Singapore
Marking the start of Chinese New Year with a colourful plate of Yu Sheng is a must. At Capella Singapore, the Cassia Signature Lou Hei is designed by Cassia’s Hong Kong-born Executive Chef, Lee Hiu Ngai.
This propitious salad features a medley of premium ingredients with symbolic meanings. Lobster signifies happiness and laughter throughout the year. North Pole Clam refers to an abundance of opportunities in the coming year. And Salmon represents success.
Before the toss, add the restaurant’s homemade Hawthorn Sauce and wish for all things harmonious in the year to come. The Cassia Signature Lou Hei is available from 1 February to 2 March 2018 at $338++++ per person with minimum two persons required.
1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island
Tel: +65 6591 5045
Forest 森, Equarius Hotel
This year, three exclusive set menus will be available for both lunch and dinner at Forest. The Fortune Celebrations Lunch set menu and Reunion Celebrations Lunch set menu are priced at $68++ and $88++ respectively, with a minimum of two diners required.
For families intending to spend more extravagantly, you might want to opt for the Luxury Celebration set menu. At $888++ per person, you will be served a gamut of dishes that plate ingredients of the highest grade. Ingulge in the 10-head supreme Australian dried abalone that’s slow cooked for eight hours, A3/M8 Kagoshima Wagyu striploin and Imperial Bird’s Nest double boiled with cream of almond. Chef Sam Leong’s culinary aptitude in Chinese cuisine also shines through two special dishes: Japan “Kanto" sea cucumber braised with black moss in abalone sauce (S$68++ per portion) and Boston lobster Hot and Sour Soup flavoured with ginger flower, lemon and Kaffir lime leaves (S$22++ per portion).
Of course, chef Leong’s Signature Salmon Yusheng shouldn’t be missed for all the mouth-watering aperitifs mentioned above. His old-school rendition of the traditional delicacy is served with crunchy white bait and homemade citrus yuzu honey lime dressing.
Equarius Hotel, Lobby
Resorts World Sentosa
8 Sentosa Gateway
Tel: +65 6577 7788
Beach Road Kitchen, JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
Beach Road Kitchen’s Auspicious Prosperity Yu Sheng also does no mistake in serving up a myriad of flavours to kick off your Chinese New Year celebrations. The salad platter, which comes in sizes that cater from two to 10 people, is complemented with thinly sliced salmon and seasoned with a tangy plum dressing. For bigger groups, we recommend additional servings of Alaskan King Crab ($28++) and Hokkaido Scallops ($38++).
Other culinary offerings include the Roasted Pork Belly, Herbal Chicken, Salted Egg Prawns, Mapo Tofu with Snow Crab and Braised Oyster with Black Moss. But don’t forget to leave room for dessert, such as the restaurant’s Durian Shortcake, Nian Gao and a wide selection of Nonya Kueh.
Beach Road Kitchen
JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach
30 Beach Road
Tel: +65 6818 1913