21 Eateries & Restaurants that are open during Chinese New Year 2016
Fresh air? Fresh idea? Fresh talent? Fresh start? Here wishing a marvelous Monday, tasty Tuesday, wonderful Wednesday, thankful Thursday, friendly Friday, successful Saturday and sweet Sunday! Happy Chinese New Year! No matter which day of the week, you’ll still have to fill up your tummy. Why waste calories and stomach space on food that doesn’t deserve your enjoyment nor fulfill your satisfaction?
For this Chinese New Year, we have hunted down twenty restaurants/eateries that are bound to tantalize your palates. We know that most shopping malls and restaurants will be closed, especially on day one and day two of the Chinese New Year. Well, you don’t have to stick to Chinese cuisines during the New Year if you are planning to head out for gatherings with family and friends! Please read on to find out what’s available.
Heng Long Teochew Porridge
Address: 1006 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534744
Opening hours: 24 hours daily with the exception of 7th February (closed). 8th to 10th February opens after 5.30pm till late night. Business resumes as per normal from 11th February onwards
Upper Serangoon Road (after Kovan) has a two rows of shop houses, offering many scrumptious dishes. Everyone should know about the popular Punggol Nasi Lemak, as well as, the oyster omelette and hokkien prawn mee. Joining this list of worth-to-recommend stalls is Heng Long Teochew Porridge. Located at a corner coffee shop, it offers a wide variety of dishes at reasonable prices. It does not look very fanciful nor is it air-conditioned yet, the good food is what draws the crowd. The food is prominently displayed, with numerous trays of cooked food under very bright lights, so that even old Teochew Ah Peks will not have difficulty seeing what’s available. Although every dish is affordably priced, please don’t kena ketok by ordering their ridiculously priced fish.
The Black Swan
Address: 19 Cecil Street, Singapore 049704
Tel: 6438 3757
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 11pm (Mon), 11.30am – 12am (Tue-Thu), 11.30am – 1am (Fri), 5pm – 1am (Sat). Closed on Sundays
The Black Swan launches a new menu dedicated to grand bistro classics executed with a contemporary twist. Indulge in small and large plates that will suit your every fancy, such as Char-Grilled Beef Tartare, Pan-seared Foie Gras with Yuzu Marmalade, and Whole Cracked Maine Lobster. Or delve into platters of freshly shucked oysters, gourmet charcuterie and house-made crostini. Some classics are untouchable, such as Caesar salad served with one-hour poached egg. There’s little point in trying to improve on perfection. The restaurant now offers a lavish spread, to feed as many as eight, centered on a half suckling pig. Made using pork air-flown from Spain, the meat is painstakingly brined for 24 hours with herbs, sous vide and then roasted to crisp perfection on the outside while it remains tender within. 2 days advance order is required. A signature that you must not miss is The Black Swan Burger with seasoned chuck, mature cheddar, bibb lettuce, sunny side up egg, streaky bacon, toasted bun and served with fries.
Check out my Hens Night Party at The Black Swan.
Address: 3A River Valley Road, #01-04, Singapore 179020
Tel: 6336 0100
Opening Hours: Opens throughout the entire CNY. 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 1am (Sun-Thu), 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 3am (Fri & Sat).
Japanese food is still the favourite cuisine amongst many Singaporeans. If you are tired of having Yu Sheng or Pencai, Tomo Izakaya offers small plate dishes such as robatayaki, yakitori, sushi, ramen, soba chazuke and karaage which can be paired with sakes, shochus, beers, wines and spirits. The food from Tomo Izakaya is prepared with the freshest ingredients air-flown twice weekly from Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji Market. I enjoyed dishes like Tori Karaage, Yakiniku and Gyu Nikomi. The garlic fried rice was very fragrant too. Tomo Izakaya captures the essence of the traditional izakaya with its chic, minimalist Zen-like décor while injecting youthful fun in its overall vibe.
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
Address: 500 Jalan Sultan Hotel BOSS, Singapore 199020
Opening Hours: 11am to 7pm daily.
The famous Tian Tian Chicken Rice has opened in Foodclique Food Court located in Hotel BOSS (500 Jalan Sultan). Their steamed chicken is served slightly chilled which is very refreshing and light on a hot day. Their chicken has a firm texture with slight sweetness and juicy meat. The soothing coolness is also a perfect counterpoint to the “fierceness” of the chilli. Most important of all, and setting this delectable dish aside from the rest, is the Hainanese rice. Light, smooth and slightly buttery with just a hint of garlic. The rice is cooked in the chicken stock to perfection – full of flavour and oily as the way Hainanese chicken rice should be. Even celebrity chef and host Anthony Bourdain said that the rice here is so good that you can eat it on its own.
Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak
Address: #01-106, Boon Lay Food Village, 221B Boon Lay Place, Singapore 642221
Opening hours: 6am – 3am daily. Closed on Mondays
At the mention of Boon Lay Food Village, most people would instantly associate it with Boon Lay’s Power Nasi Lemak. With a snaking long queue of customers eagerly waiting to place their order, it is hard to miss this stall. This stall maintains the freshness of their Nasi Lemak ingredients and ensures that the ingredients served are kept sizzling hot. The well marinated chicken was deep fried to a nice crisp yet still tender on the inside. Ikan Bilis and roasted peanuts were nicely done. The Otah paste was accented with coconut milk and not too spicy. The rice was fragrant with a pleasant coconut aroma. The sambal chilli is superb! It has a little sweetness that is balanced out with spiciness. This Nasi Lemak is a great supper place and definitely worth a second visit.
Beng Hiang Hokkien Restaurant
Address: Blk 135, Jurong Gateway Road, #02-337, Singapore 600135 (shifted from Amoy Street)
Tel: 6221 6695
Opening hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm and 6pm – 9.30pm daily. Closed from 7th to 10th February.
Started in 1978, Beng Hiang Hokkien Restaurant has since established itself as one of the best Hokkien restaurants in Singapore. The chefs uphold years of culinary tradition, using only the choicest ingredients and preparing each dish with skills honed by decades of experience. Their Hokkien cuisine has thus, gained both local recognition and international acclaim. Their menu consists of a plethora of authentic Hokkien cuisine, beginning from cold dishes such as lobster salad and cold jelly fish in special sauce and moving on to their fresh seafood (abalone, sea cucumber, prawns etc) and meat variety before ending off with desserts like yam paste with gingko nuts and many others. Chinese New Year sets beginning from $428++ are available from 27th January 2016 to 22nd February 2016.
Founder Bak Kut Teh
Address: Hotel Boss, 500 Jalan Sultan, #01-19, Singapore 199020
CNY Opening Hours: 7th February 11am – 3pm. Closed on 8th February. 9th February onwards, resume normal operations 11am – 5am daily.
Celebrity-favourite Founder Bak Kut Teh opens its second restaurant at Hotel Boss (500 Jalan Sultan) yesterday. Since 1978, Founder Bak Kut Teh has been consistently dishing out bowls of its delectable Teochew-style pork rib soup to legions of fans. Using only superior cuts of meaty long ribs or premium short ribs in its clear soup, the peppery soup isn’t as intense but still gives that solid rush that will wake me up. The long ribs are notably tender, and goes well with the tea from Pek Sin Choon. A smorgasbord of side dishes makes for perfect accompaniment, such as Braised Pig’s Intestines, Braised Pig’s Trotter, Pig Intestines Soup, Braised Bean Curd Skin, Salted Vegetables, Lettuce with Oyster Sauce and You Tiao.
Check out my latest review on Founder Bak Kut Teh.
Address: 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, #01-12, The Pier @ Robertson, Singapore 239013 / 31 Ocean Way, #01-01, Quayside Isle, Singapore 098375
Tel: 6887 4344 (Robertson), 6684 4344 (Sentosa)
Opening hours: 5pm – 11pm (Mon-Fri), 12pm – 11pm (Sat&Sun). Closed ONLY on 7th February 2016. / 5pm – 11pm (Tue-Fri), 12pm – 11pm (Sat&Sun). Closed on Mondays and from 8th to 11th February 2016.
Being located near the waters, Brussel Sprouts is a place for chilling with your buddies after work or over the weekends. This place is very kids friendly as there is a mini indoor play area and their kids’ menu is very interesting with dishes such chicken Florentine and meatball spaghetti that will capture kids’ attention. Their menu is full of Belgian delights, with the star of the show being mussels! There are also around 200 brands of beer featured in their drinks menu. We love ending our meal with their memorable desserts, especially the banana split waffle, which was crispy on the outside yet soft on the inside. It wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet and went really well with the sweetness of the vanilla ice cream and Chantilly cream. Such a family-friendly place with great views and ambience, better make your reservations quickly or you’d have to give this place a miss.
Xin Wang Hong Kong Café
All outlets islandwide operating as per normal during Chinese New Year except for Fairprice Hub, JEM and NUH Medical Centre which will close on 7th February 2016 and resume operations on 12th February 2016.
Refer to http://xinwang.com.sg/restaurants/ for their operating hours and addresses.
Drawing inspirations from the contemporary yet traditional food culture in Hong Kong, this café started up to be more than just a normal “Cha Chaan Teng” in mind. A decade has passed and this brand is still standing very strong till date. With 186 items in their menu, you’d be spoilt for choice! One of their signature items is the Pork Cutlet Dry Curry Ramen ($10.90). Combining Eastern and Western cooking style, the springy ramen is bathed in a pool of Xin Wang’s thick curry and served with crispy pork cutlet and vegetable to top it off. Slurp-licious! Assemble a group of seven or eight friends, though really, the more the merrier! Please go hungry so you can try as many dishes as possible! The plus point is that there is free wifi and opens till 2am!
Read about Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe #Awesomely10 Menu review.
Address: 336 Bedok Road, Singapore 469512 / 409 River Valley Road, Singapore 248307 / 131 Rifle Range Road, #03-04, Singapore 588406
Tel: 6445 3211 (Bedok), 6734 9194 (River Valley), 6337 7493 (Rifle Range)
Opening hours: 12pm – 2am (Mon-Fri), 12pm – 3am (Sat&Sun) / 12pm – 5am (Mon-Fri), 12pm – 6am (Sat&Sun) / 8am – 11pm daily.
Conceptualized with the status of our nation as one of the most metropolitan and globalized city-states, Spize is a melting pot for East and West tastes. This restaurant has built a solid restaurant for its quality, value-for-money authentic Singaporean, Thai, Indian, Western and Mediterranean food. We’re in awe! Usually, a restaurant will choose to specialize in and focus on only one style of cuisine yet Spize is so daring and challenge itself to whip up multiple sumptuous cuisines. Well done, thumbs up for Spize! They do not only serve at their outlets, Spize delivers everything on their menu till the wee hours of the morning! Impressive service with a team of dedicated and passionate employees! Nestled in the heartlands, it is ideal for a chill-out session with friends and family alike.
Address: 679/699 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198676
Tel: 6298 7011
Opening hours: 8am to 11pm daily
Named after a well located within the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Zam Zam is established in 1908 and is one of the oldest restaurants that is still in the same spot since they started. The way they make their Murtabak is different from other prata places. They add an extra layer of prata kosong at the base of the Murtabak, break an egg and sprinkle minced meat on top before frying. The results? You can a huge and thick layer of murtabak that is bursting with flavours. As you take a mouthful of the thick and hearty creation, it felt like comfort food in the most sinful manner. I like it with a plate of curry and a cup of Teh Tarik.
Address: 11 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599736
Tel: 6466 5052
Opening hours: 24 hours daily
At the mention of prata, we’re certain that every Singaporean has their personal preference, from Casuarina along Upper Thomson to Jalan Kayu’s prata shops. So what’s Al Azhar’s specialty that helps retain their loyal customers? They not only serve their signature Butter Chicken Naan, Mee Goreng, Murtabak and prata, their menu is extensive and include Western dishes too. We really like their Butter Chicken Naan as the spices were well-balanced and gives the curry gives a creamy and smooth texture. Yumyum! Diet can always start tomorrow! Haha! Al Azhar is different in providing great quality food and warm service to their customers. The waiting time for the food is a short 10 minutes, even though they are always so packed with customers.
Spuds and Aprons
Address: 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203
Tel: 6377 9688
Opening hours: 11am – 11pm daily
When the hunger pangs peak and you just wanna indulge without a care of the amount of calories intake, just let yourself go! This fun and playful restaurant at the top of the hill at Faber Peak Singapore provides diners with a picturesque view of Singapore’s Keppel port and our beautiful Sentosa Island. This restaurant is perfect for couples as the magnificent postcard perfect sunsets in the evenings create a romantic atmosphere. Their menu offers both Eastern and Western dishes such as Chilli Crab in a Tux appetizer ($14). Tender and fragrantly spicy chilli crab is stuffed in crispy potato skins. What a great way to begin your meal. A couple of the mains also left a deep impression on us – Tobiko Crusted Cod Fillet ($32) and Oven-Roasted Mustard Marinated Chicken ($19). To make eating a comforting affair, you can opt to chill out at the air-conditioned dining room or relax at the alfresco garden, especially on windy nights.
El Mero Mero
Address: 30 Victoria Street, #01-20, Chijmes, Singapore 187996
Tel: 6337 1377
Opening hours: 12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 11pm (Sun-Thu), 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11.30pm (Fri&Sat)
El Mero Mero, which means “the best of the best” in Mexican slang, aims to excite and delight diners with the very best in contemporary Mexican cuisine. Many of the ingredients used in the dishes are sourced directly from Mexico and all salsas and sauces are made fresh in-house. To keep their food items fresh and exciting, El Mero Mero changes their menu each month and adapt to all kinds of restrictions under reservation. Botanas (small plates) starts from $14 for grilled baby corn, huitlacoche donuts, cotija and chilli mayo while Tacos starts from $18. Their mains are charcoal-grilled and for ribeye orders, you get to choose the accompanying sauce between epazote béarnaise, Mexican herbed butter, fire-roasted mortar salsa or chipotle veal jus. This Mexican dining experience is indeed different from the other cuisines, worth a try!
Address:320 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247980 / 260 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #01-01, Singapore 588190
Tel: 6836 5528 (Tanglin) / 6466 5582 (Bukit Timah)
Opening hours: 11am – 10.30pm (Tue-Fri), 9am – 10.30pm (Sat, Sun & PH). Closed on Mondays. / 11.30am – 12.30am (Tue-Thu), 11.30am – 1am (Fri), 9am – 1am (Sat), 9am – 12.30am (Sun & PH). Closed on Mondays.
Dedicated to serving wholesome Italian fare alongside a heart American brunch on weekends, Spruce Ristorante at Phoenix Park celebrates fresh ingredients and warm hospitality in a unique heritage spot nestled amongst lush greenery. From a casual weekend brunch with close friends to a romantic night out, Spruce never fails to deliver quality comfort classics for the discerning diners. The second outlet, Spruce at Fire Station, is a casual dining extension and tucked away amidst lush landscapes along the Rail Corridor, with live music playing on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays between 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Spruce combines family recipes and iconic dishes and uses fresh, quality ingredients that are directly imported from Italy weekly. Their cooking remains MSG-free, with condiments and sauces made fresh and from scratch in their kitchen. The Affettato all Italiana ($25) is a cold cut platter of parma ham, mortadella, cooked ham, salalmi, marinated vegetables, olive, sundried tomato and Olivier salad, good for sharing. There are pastas such as their Lasagne Portofino ($18), Risotto Milanese ($19) and Ravioli Bolognese ($21) available too. Meat lovers can opt for their lamb shanks, stuffed pork tenderloin, pan-seared duck breast and steak etc. With desserts on the sweet side, what’s not to like about Spruce?
Address: 257 Beach Road, Singapore 520728 / #01-02, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596 / #02-K3, OneKM, Singapore 437157
Tel: 6336 7234 (Millenia) / 6702 2456 (OneKM) / 6396 9096 (Beach Road)
All outlets opened throughout CNY with similar opening hours: 11am – 10pm (Sun-Wed), 11am – 11pm (Thu-Sat).
Fika is a social institution in Sweden; it means having a coffee with one’s colleagues, friends, date, or family. Take a break from work at Fika Swedish Café & Bistro where they serve the best halal meatballs in Singapore! (And they have an option for gluten free pasta too!) Owner / Graphic artist Tasneem Noor opened a Nordic cafe in 2009 when she was learning to cook Nordic food to feed her homesick husband, who is a Swedish artist. Her food is authentic homemade Swedish and you won’t find fusion here. The juicy meatballs is served with potatoes and lingonberry jam, and gone in a mouthful! It’s a plate of comfort food, simple but the best! They also serve classic Swedish coffee, and Swedish imported sodas.
Check out our article on 20 Halal Cafes in Singapore.
Loving Hut (Vegan)
Address: 229 Joo Chiat Road #01-01 Singapore 427489
Tel: 6348 6318
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm; Sat & Sun 11am – 10pm
Loving Hut is a vegan restaurant chain serving gourmet cuisine made with wholesome vegan ingredients, offering an accessible starting point for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet. All of the dishes in Loving Hut restaurants are purely plant-based (vegan), lovingly prepared, and served in a beautiful, friendly and tranquil atmosphere. Enjoy sides such as Royal Satay, 5-Spice Roll, Bali Bliss Soba Salad or California Mango & Orange Salad. For the main, the Banana Leaf Nasi Campur features scrumptious Indo-style mixed rice dish topped by fruit achar, spicy eggplant, seasonal green veggie, scrambled tofu and nyonya rendang and served with organic brown rice. Other mains include Aglio Olio, Tandoori Flame Burger, Almond Crumb Fillet, Nyonya Laksa, Nasi Campur, Tomyam Ocean Hotpot Set, Char Kway Teow Set & Lor Ark Noodle. Don’t forget to end your meal with their signature authentic teochew oh-nee (because the owner’s father used to run Mong Hing Teochew Restaurant).
Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 19 Upper Dickson Road, Singapore 207478 / 190 Fortune Centre, #01-07, Singapore 188979
Tel: 6396 7769
Opening hours: 10.30am – 10pm daily
Founded in February 2003 on the strong conviction that vegetarian food need not be bland or boring, Gokul has constantly introduce new and endless variety of choices for customers. They have reached the standard of recreating the same sensory experience and ecstasy that many of their customers are not aware that the food is vegetarian. Food items here are authentically Northern, Southern and Asian Fusion Nonya Vegetarian cuisine priced reasonably. Their menu is extensive with perennial favourites which include vegetarian chicken rice, butter chicken, Chinese Rojak etc. All vegetarian! They have a unique preparation style where their food is freshly prepared and served on the spot. Customers get to customize their food the way they want too! We are very impressed with the top notch quality of food at Gokul as they source the world for the best and freshest ingredients and ensure that their chefs never stint on quality. This is easily one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Singapore!
Da Paolo Bistro Bar
Address: 3 Rochester Park, Singapore 139214
Tel: 6774 5537
Opening hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Mon-Sat), 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 9pm (Sun)
Alfresco dining at Bistro Bar boasts exceptional cuisine in a stylishly laid-back environment. You get to experience an exciting European menu featuring flavours from the Mediterranean, with a creative flair. This is a good place to get away from the fast-paced and stressful city life and unwind over Bistro Bar’s fresh fruity cocktails on weekends. The lovingly prepared dishes will tickle your palates and whet your appetite for more! They offer set lunches and Sunday brunches as well. With a winning combination of culinary delights, heavenly drinks and a breezy ambience, Bistro Bar is an ideal location for hosting memorable events.
Address: Marina at Keppel Bay, No. 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore 098382 / #01-33, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996 / #01-02, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
Tel: 6776 0777
Opening hours: Privé Café: 9am – 12am (Mon-Fri), 8am – 12am (Sat, Sun & PH), Privé Grill: 11.30am – 3pm, 6.30pm – 11.30pm (Mon-Fri), 6.30pm – 11.30pm (Sat). Closed on Sundays & PH. ONLY Privé Grill is closed from 7th to 9th February. / 11.30am – 12am (Mon-Thu), 11.30am – 1am (Fri), 10am – 1am (Sat & PH), 10am – 12am (Sun) / 8.30am – 10.30pm (Mon-Thu), 8.30am – 12am (Fri, Sat & eve of PH), 9am – 10.30pm (Sun & PH)
Whether you prefer to relax by the water’s edge at Marina at Keppel Bay, bask in the rich history at CHIJMES or take in the majestic views of the Singapore River at the Asian Civilizations Museum, Privé offers delectable food, friendly service and unforgettable experiences. We especially prefer Privé at Keppel Bay due to the tranquil and relaxing surroundings. Their all-day breakfast boats eggs benedict/royale ($16), Privé’s ultimate brekkie ($20) and homestyle pancakes ($13) and many more. Their menu is quite extensive with many varieties of burgers, sandwiches, quiches, stone-baked pizzas, pastas etc. This is a great place for catching up and for holding birthday parties or any corporate events. There were even weddings held at Privé at Keppel Bay! What to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? This is a perfect “hiding” spot!
Address: 7 Purvis Street, #01-01, Singapore 188586
Tel: 6887 4787
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10pm (Mon-Thu), 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Fri), 6.30pm –
10.30pm (Sat), 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 9.30pm (Sun)
Located at Purvis Street, J’s Restaurant offers classic Latin American influenced food, inspired by the owner’s travels through South America. Their Paella has a generous servings of chicken, barramundi, salmon and chicken sausage. The colours are bright and enticing, and the aroma is seductive. The churros here is a MUST TRY. These chunky churros may seem like it’s hard to savour, but never read its book by the cover. They are crispy on the outside while fluffy and moist on the inside. The accompanying salted caramel bananas, fresh mangoes and coconut-infused mascarpone sabayon is delicious.
If your Chinese New Year is already packed with visitations back-to-back, you can always bookmark our list down for future references! These eateries and restaurants will continue providing you with quality food and high levels of service. Satisfaction guaranteed! Well, days are getting busier and hours too few but there’s always time for us to wish you a very HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR once again! HUAT AHH!!!
Compiled by Maureen & Mu Qin
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