20 Restaurants That Are Open During Chinese New Year 2020
With so many restaurants closed during the Chinese New Year Period, it can be quite difficult to find a nice place to have a meal. If you have faced this problem before, fret not! We have compiled a list of 20 restaurants open on Chinese New Year Days 1 & 2. Visit any one of these places to satisfy your hungry tummies after a long day of house visitations!
Café Amazon is a famous Thai Coffeehouse chain that finally made its way to Singapore in 2019. They promise an environmentally-friendly and delicious meal, with their use of recyclable utensils and napkins, plant-based biodegradable straws, and absolutely delicious menu items. I highly recommend their Chicken Lasagna ($8.90), which made me fall in love on the first bite. Each forkful was filled with tender chicken, sweet marinara, and an irresistible cheesiness that got me sighing in delight. It is best paired with a cup of Hot Thai Milk Tea ($4), which exuded a lovely smokiness in each sip.
This Chinese New Year, all of their outlets will be operating as usual except the one at Republic Plaza.
You’ve probably had many a roast duck in all your Chinese New Year celebrations thus far. However, have you ever had roast duck made with the best duck in the world? At duckland, they use only Silver Hill Farm ducks, known worldwide to be one of, if not, the best duck on the planet.
The Roast Irish Duck ( $50++ Whole Duck, $28++ Half Duck) features juicy and succulent meat hidden beneath a sinful layer of fat and crispy skin. Each platter comes with four different types of condiments — raspberry, calamansi chilli, yellow mustard, and our favourite, a brown sauce made out of duck jus, duck liver, orange liquor, rum, and D.O.M.. Trust me, it tastes just as good as it sounds. So, why not treat your family to the best duck in the world this Chinese New Year?
Feeling a little daring this Chinese New Year? Well, since Fatburger will be opened during the festive period, why don’t you try out the Quad Burger ($15.90) challenge? All you have to do is finish this massive burger; made with four juicy 100% Alberta Angus Beef patties, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and pickles, and two brioche buns. There is no time limit, so you can pace yourself as you eat. Once you’re done, you’ll get a certificate, your picture up on the wall of fame, AND bragging rights. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
FOC Pim Pam
Looking to travel the world a little this Chinese New Year? You can give Spain a whirl at FOC Pim Pam, where they’ll bring you bits of their culture in their food. FOC Pim Pam is a tapas bar and restaurant that serves unique traditional Spanish dishes that are not commonly found anywhere else.
Try out their various Paella dishes, the very pride and joy of Valencia! The Paella here is cooked such that each grain of rice is thoroughly soaked and infused with all the goodness of the stock and meat used. The rice remains delightfully al-dente afterwards. To stay true to the Spanish way, you should only eat Paella for lunch.
This Chinese New Year, you can also pre-order their CNY Suckling Pig ($145 half pig | $290 full pig) at least 48 hours in advance!
Founder Bak Kut Teh
Bak Kut Teh is one of the most comforting dishes around. The garlicky, peppery soup and succulent pork ribs are a match made in heaven, especially when you can soak some fried you tiao into that delicious soup! Since 1978, Founder Bak Kut Teh has been serving up some of the best Bak Kut Teh in Singapore and is a great meal option this Chinese New Year.
Do note, Founder Bak Kut Teh’s outlets at Balestier and Downtown East will be closed during the Chinese New Year Period, so head down to the Hotel Boss or North Bridge Road outlet for your Bak Kut Teh fix!
Greenwood Fish Market
If you’re looking for a seafood fix this Chinese New Year, Greenwood Fish Market is the perfect place for you! The restaurant also operates as a seafood wholesaler, enabling them to directly import top-notch seafood produce. Their Saffron Lobster Pappardelle ($49.95) is the perfect showcase of their fresh produce, with the natural sweetness of the Boston Lobster pairing perfectly with the subtle flavours of the saffron cream sauce. The broad flat noodles are also the perfect pasta to catch all of this deliciousness!
This Chinese New Year, both of Greenwood Fish Markets outlets will be open. For an extra special experience, head to their outlet at Quayside Isle in Sentosa to enjoy the cool sea breeze!
Hakata Ikkousha is a world-renowned ramen chain, most famous for its Tonkotsu Ramen. The secret to this ramen’s success is its broth, which is made using various types of soft bones. The bones are simmered over low heat for 12 hours to draw out their natural collagen. This gives the broth a creamy texture that is oh-so-satisfying!
Check out their Black Tonkotsu Ramen ($13.50), which amps up the flavour even more with fried black garlic and sesame. Do note that only the CHIJMES outlet of Hakata Ikkousha is open during the Chinese New Year period.
Address: #01-07, Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996
Phone: 6338 8460
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am to 10pm. Sun 11.30am to 9pm.
If you are looking for a break from all the Chinese Food, Jai Thai, which offers quality Thai Food at relatively reasonable prices, is a great choice. Their Pad Thai is one of the better ones I have tried in Singapore!
Do note that only Jai Thai’s Clover Way and Purvis Street outlets are open during Chinese New Year.
Address: 27 Purvis St, #01-01 An Chuan Building, Singapore 188604
Phone: 6336 6908
Opening Hours: 11am to 3pm; 6 to 10pm
Jia He Chinese Restaurant
Jia He Chinese Restaurant’s name is actually derived from the Chinese Idiom 家和万事兴, which translates to “if the family lives in harmony all affairs will prosper”. I can’t think of a more auspicious place to have a meal with my family this Chinese New Year!
While the restaurant serves up several stellar dishes, I still cannot get over the Crispy Hor Fun with Seafood and Egg Sauce ($18). If you listen closely, you can actually hear the noodles crackling as the thick luscious sauce with fresh seafood is poured over. The dish is best enjoyed immediately, while the hor fun is still crispy! Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/jia-he-chinese-restaurant/
Lawry’s The Prime Rib
This Chinese New Year, why not try something less traditional and opt for some delicious steak? I know I can never resist a good cut of meat, especially when it’s from somewhere as renowned as Lawry’s The Prime Rib!
Located in Mandarin Gallery, Lawry’s sets the standard for what top-notch roast meats and steak should be. Be sure to order the signature Prime Rib, which is carved tableside to ensure that the steak is as juicy as possible. The Prime Rib is fall-off-the-bone tender and is accompanied by side dishes such as creamed spinach, creamed corn, and buttered peas.
Lawry’s The Prime Rib
Address: 333A Orchard Road, #04-01/31, Mandarin Gallery, Mandarin Orchard, Singapore 238897
Phone: 6836 3333
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 10pm daily.
Le Shrimp Ramen
Le Shrimp Ramen is famous for their über rich, fragrant, and sweet shrimp broth. We recommend the Le Signature Trio Shrimp Ramen ($19.90), which comes with huge juicy prawns, handmade ebiko prawn paste, prawn dumplings, and la mian. I guarantee that not a single drop of broth will be left by the time you are done.
Le Shrimp Ramen
Address: 290 Orchard Rd, Paragon #B1-42, Singapore 238859
Phone: 6487 6489
Opening Hours: 10.30am to 10pm daily (last order 9.30pm).
A great way to treat your loved ones to a sumptuous meal this Chinese New Year is to bring them for some delicious seafood at Mellben Signature! Located at Tanjong Pagar Plaza, Mellben Signature prides itself on the freshest crabs.
If there is one dish to get here, it is definitely the Crab Bee Hoon (seasonal price). This dish is the one that made Mellbens original outlet at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 famous, and it is not difficult to see why! The soup consists of a stock made from over 30 crabs, which is thickened with evaporated milk for a rich finish. Combined with the firm, fresh crab meat, this dish is sure to impress.
Address: 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #01-105, Singapore 081007
Phone: 6220 5512
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 5pm - 10.15pm. Sun: 5pm - 10.15pm
Craving for some fluffy, delicious Biryani rice this Chinese New Year? Look no further than Mr Biryani, located in Little India! Mr Biryani’s owner, Mr Govind, cooks his Biryani in the traditional Hyderabadi dum biryani style.
The Boneless Chicken Biryani ($12) is a must get if you are having a meal here. The chicken, which is packed with the aroma of a heady blend of spices, is juicy and tender. Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/mr-biryani-little-india-singapore/
Patbingsoo Korean Dining House
Desserts are always welcomed after a nice filling meal. So, save your stomach for some patbingsoo at Patbingsoo Korean Dining House! It’s a casual Korean restaurant that offers instagrammable desserts and food! For this Chinese New Year, why don’t you get the Euljiro Bingsoo. This red bejeweled dessert is perfect for the gram and the holiday season!
As a CNY special, they are giving a FREE plate of Prosperity Baby Abalones (U.P. $28) for every Jigae purchased! Sounds like a pretty awesome deal if you ask me!
Putien @ ION Orchard
No one portrays comforting yet premium food quite like Putien. Using only the freshest ingredients, they are able to bring out the fullest flavours in the simplest ways possible. Get their signature PUTIEN Lor Mee, which comes in three sizes ($9.50, $19, $28.50) or the Mazu Mee Sua (or Longevity Noodles)!
This Chinese New Year, you can make a reservation for their CNY menu, where they will be featuring their Pot of Goodies ($328++ for 6 pax | $498++ for 10 pax), that contains 4 levels of goodness! Each pot has whole abalones, scallops, sea cucumber, fish maw, PUTIEN dried clams, and more.
If the ION Orchard outlet is inconvenient for you, their Jurong Point, Northpoint City, RWS, Jewel Changi Airport, Parkway Parade, and Tampines Mall outlets will be opened as well.
Ramen Nagi is yet another stall that is serving up top notch Tonkotsu Ramen here in Singapore! Ramen Nagi allows diners to fully customise their ramen experience with options such as adding garlic, special sauce and even choosing what cut of pork to have. We went with the normal amount of everything, to have an authentic taste of their signature BUTAO King ($13.90). The Hakata-style noodles are perfect!
Do note that Ramen Nagi’s Suntec City outlet will be closed on the 25th of January. Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/ramen-nagi/
Sichuan Kung Fu Fish
Start your Chinese New Year off with some fiery Special Cod in Less Spicy Mala Soup ($66.90) from Sichuan Kung Fu Fish! All you Mala lovers out there will love this. Just look at that amount of dried chilli on the fish(and this is just the less spicy version)!
Sichuan Kung Fu Fish
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #B1-132/171, Suntec City, Singapore 038983
Phone: 6333 9519
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily.
Start your Chinese New Year morning right with a good old cheese toast, but make it fancier with sourdough bread! Sourdough isn’t commonly found in Singapore, but has been gaining traction with numerous cafes starting to offer it as an option.
Here at Starter Lab, the Honeyed Mascarpone toast ($14) is an item you have to try. Think light and creamy cheese on a warm, toasted piece of tangy sourdough, drizzled with sweet honey and sprinkled with crunchy crushed walnuts. We simply couldn’t put it down until the last bite.
Want to impress a family member or friend with something unusual this Chinese New Year? Then, Starter Lab might just be the place for you.
Tiger Street Lab
Cool off with a pint of ice-cold beer at Tiger Street Lab this Chinese New Year! Located in Jewel @ Changi Airport, Tiger Street Lab is Tiger Beer’s first experiential concept store, where they invite talented local chefs to serve up their signature dishes as well as new Tiger Beer-infused creations. This time round they have paired with Da Shi Jia (大食家), a zi char restaurant that has been serving great local food for decades.
Da Shi Jia’s Wok-Fried King Prawn White Bee Hoon ($18.80) is a must-try! The dish is fried at scorching temperatures to impart a deep, satisfying wok hei aroma and flavour. Each bite of this dish is simply overflowing with umami, and I am drooling just thinking about this dish again. I would come back again just for this dish! Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/tiger-street-lab/
Tiger Street Lab
Address: 78 Airport Blvd, Jewel @ Changi Airport #05 - 205, Singapore 819666
Phone: 6243 2047
Opening Hours: Sun to Thurs: 10am - 12am Fri & Sat: 9am - 1am.
The Coffee Academics
Need a good cup of joe to get you through the Chinese New Year festivities? Well, look no further, The Coffee Academics has you covered this auspicious season. Hailing all the way from Hong Kong, The Coffee Academics prides themselves on making specialty coffee accessible to the people. They were also named “Top 25 Coffee Shops Around The World You Have To See Before You Die.” By Buzzfeed.
Do stop by the the flagship store at Scotts Square, where you will get to experience the 7 Sensory Station experience. We recommend getting the signature coffee, where you can choose how you will like it made i.e. immersion method, ice dripped, or the classic way!
The Coffee Academics
Address: Scotts Square Level 2, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209
Phone: 6538 1940
Opening Hours: 9am to 8.30pm daily. 9am to 9pm on Fridays and 25th January. 9am to 8pm on 26th January.
With so many restaurants to choose from, planning for a delicious meal during Chinese New Year Days 1 & 2 has never been easier! From everyone here at MissTamChiak, we wish you a blessed Chinese New Year 2020!
By Jonathan & Megan