Where to Take Your Family Out for Dinner on or before the Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year or the Lunar New Year is just a couple of weeks away. It’s on 16 February to be exact. If you’re too busy to prepare something homemade and when everybody’s schedules don’t seem to align to allow for a reunion on the actual day of celebration, why not consider taking out the family earlier for a pre-CNY dinner?

Traditionally, the CNY is a time for families to get together, usually over dinner, to welcome the new lunar year. Besides exchanging gifts and well-wishes, catching up with relatives over great food is definitely one of the highlights of this important holiday. With ‘great food’ and ‘family place’ in mind, we’ve come up with our list of great places to take your family out for dinner for CNY in Singapore:

8 Great Places to Take the Family out for CNY Dinner

Many families are finding it more convenient to celebrate the CNY ahead of the Lunar New Year’s Eve to manage scheduling concerns, avoid large crowds and the holiday premium fees altogether. Here are some early CNY dinner places you can visit with your family in Singapore:

  1. Lai Wah Restaurant

Blk 44, Bendemeer Road #01-1436

Singapore 330044

Tel: +65 6294 9922

First on the list is Lai Wah restaurant, a quaint Chinese restaurant along Bendemeer Road. Besides its famous traditional Chinese cuisine, the place also claims to be the first restaurant (in the world) to offer the renowned Chinese New Year specialty, Yu Sheng (a dish made of raw fish tossed with vegetables for good fortune and luck). For this reason, patrons flock the place so early table reservation is a must.

  1. Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant

317 Outram Road

Level 4 Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

Singapore 169075

Tel: +65 6731 7173

With its newly refurbished look, the Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant is a great place to hold CNY dinner reunions. The Cantonese-style restaurant also has a new executive chef, Chan Shun Wong, who has created a new set menu offering a modern spin to traditional Cantonese favourites as well as new signature creations with the likes of Deep-Fried Prawns coated with Yuzu Mayonnaise and Wagyu Beef with Black Pepper and Longan. Since the CNY celebrations will fall on a weekend this year, it’s better to book your tables earlier to ensure seats for your group as there will surely be plenty of people waiting in queue.

  1. Beng Hiang

Blk 135 Jurong  Gateway Road #02-331

Singapore 600135

Tel: +65 6221 6695

Considered as one of the first and best Hokkien restaurants in Singapore, Beng Hiang has lived up to the hype for which traditional and authentic Hokkien cuisine is best known for. This CNY, the famed food spot is offering special lunch and dinner CNY set menus that will be available starting 02 February until 04 March of 2018 except on the eve of the Lunar New Year and the first three days of the Chinese New Year so be sure to remember the dates and book your tables early.

  1. Wo Peng Cuisine

Furama Hotel and Shopping Centre

60 Eu Tong Seng Street #03-01/02

Singapore 059804

Tel: +65 65342282 / 65332282

Chef Julian Tam Kwok Fai of Wo Peng, one of the biggest restaurant chains in Hong Kong, proudly claims to be the first to introduce “poon choy” as a New Year’s delicacy here in Singapore.  You can’t go wrong with their large selection of traditional HK-style Cantonese offerings and certainly, the must-try “Hong Kong Wei Cun Poon Choy”.

  1. Thanying Restaurant

Amara Hotel

165 Tanjong Pagar Road

Singapore 088539

Tel: +65 6879 2555

If you’re looking for a festive dinner other than Chinese, then consider going to Thanying Restaurant in Amara Hotel in Tanjung Pagar right in the business district of Singapore. This famous Thai restaurant which has been in the business for 30 years now, is considered one of the best places (if not the best) when it comes to exquisite and authentic Thai cuisine in Singapore. They offer a wide range of delectable dishes in their CNY set menus that will be available from 02 February to 02 March 2018. They also have a Reunion Dinner Promo with seating time slots (6p-8p and 8.15p-9.30p) on 15 Feb which can be availed through reservation.

  1. Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant

Gardens By The Bay

18 Marina Gardens Drive #01-10

Singapore 018953

Tel: +65 6604 6604

Welcome the Year of the Dog with an auspicious CNY set meal starting at $68 per head at the Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant housed in the Gardens by the Bay just below the Flower Dome. Don’t miss their CNY Vegetarian set menu available starting 01 February until 02 March 2018.


Image Credit: Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Homepage
  1. Azur @ Crowne Plaza, Changi Airport

75 Airport Boulevard, #01-01,

Changi Airport, Singapore 819664

Tel: +65 6823 5300

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a festive buffet spread at Azur Crowne Plaza, Changi Airport. Feast your taste buds on traditional Chinese favourites which include Steamed Emperor’s Herbal Chicken with chestnuts and mushrooms, Crispy Roast Duck, and Braised Pork Knuckles with Baby Bok Choy. Check out their early reservations promo along with their extensive menu here.

  1. Cherry Garden, Mandarin Oriental

Level 5 Mandarin Oriental Hotel

5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square

Singapore 039797

+65 6885 3500

Usher in the Lunar New Year of the Earth Dog with your loved ones at Cherry Garden. Partake on bountiful offerings such as the auspicious New Year’s dish, Yu Sheng, and the hearty five-grain fried rice for prosperity and good health.


For a fuss-free family reunion, make sure to make reservations early as some places easily fill up especially on a weekend holiday. Welcoming the New Year is more meaningful because of the time you get to spend with family to celebrate health and life’s blessings, coupled with great food and memorable dining experience.