Just as your Chinese friends have been looking forward to their reunion dinners this Lunar New Year, you too can start planning your own feast! It’s the long weekend after all – time to give yourself a treat for surviving the first two months of 2018. ?
If you’re here, you’re probably looking for the perfect place to catch up with your family and friends over a reunion meal! Or you might even want an authentic CNY experience by having yu sheng,
a Cantonese-style raw fish salad that Chinese families toss for longevity and prosperity. Look no further, because we personally called these Halal-certified and Muslim-owned eateries and confirmed* that they will be open and ready to fill your stomachs. ?
*Note: Information correct as of 17 January 2018.
Carousel is back with their Lunar New Year Festive Buffet! Their buffet boasts a wide array of cuisines from all over the world and best of all, their 2018 special – halal Rhapsody of Pineapple Yu Sheng.
This yu sheng
is made up of fresh pickled purple cabbage, shredded fruits, and crisp pineapple rings. The burst of sweet flavours is also complemented with the quintessential sashimi ?
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To top it all off, you can pick from their desserts’ stations offering not just one, but three chocolate fondues! If you’re more of an ice cream kind of a person, don’t fret – you can choose from 13 flavours at their premium ice cream parlour. ?
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Located in the luxurious and spacious interiors of the Royal Plaza on Scotts, Carousel is the perfect place to hold your own reunions with loved ones. You may also reserve a private dining space for that personal and quality time with family and friends. Several customer reviews have attested to the excellent customer service to be expected there, so why not give it a try? ?
Credit: @ayeeneeya on InstagramPrices:
(For lunch, high tea and dinner respectively):
Lunar New Year’s Eve (15 Feb):
Adult: $65.52, $56.16, $114.66
Child: $42.21, $37.44, $60.84
Lunar New Year Day 1 & 2 (16-17 Feb):
Adult: $76.05, $56.16, $97.11
Child: $50.31, $37.44, $57.33
12-2PM, 3.30PM-5.30PM, 6.30PM-9.30PM
+65 6589 7799
25 Scotts Rd, Lobby Level, Royal Plaza on Scotts, 228220
2. Flame Café
What could possibly be a more perfect bonding activity than cooking together with your loved ones? Cooking on a 4-tiered pagoda-shaped steamboat, of course! In the spacious comforts of the Flame Café, you can cook in 4 different ways – all at the same time!
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This fun experience bonding over food may cost you between $20-40 per pax, depending on the package you opt for. The most expensive package, the Ultimate Seafood Experience Supreme Buffet, offers the entire selection of seafood they have, including their delectable freshly cut sashimi.
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: Make your choices quick! There’s a limit of 2 hours for every buffet package.
But if you’re not looking for a mighty feast, the Deluxe Buffet will satisfy you with ingredients ranging from enoki mushrooms and sambal chicken to choices of cheese, Mongolian sauce or salted egg for the dip on the third tier. It truly is a treat for your tastebuds!
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(Weekdays and weekends respectively)
Deluxe Basic Buffet Set: $25.62, $27.96
Premium Selections: $34.98, $38.49
Supreme Indulgence: $47.85, $51.36
Child (5-12yo, with accompanying adult): $18.49
(Closes at 2AM on Friday and Saturday.)
+65 6282 0251
73 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Centro Bianco, Singapore 534818
3. The Dim Sum Place
What better way to spend the Chinese New Year holidays than to feast on Chinese food? The Dim Sum Place is one of the rare establishments in Singapore which sells halal dim sum, with types ranging from the traditional to the unique. Take this deep-fried siew mai, for example!
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The Dim Sum Place also accommodates reunion dinners well, with their round tables and spinning table tops for families and friends to share food easily.
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Just imagine savouring Cantonese-styled side dishes in such a warm environment, surrounded by all the people you love! It’s just the setting you need for a pleasant dinner with relatives you have not seen for a while. ?
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View their menu
Lunch: 11AM-2.30PM (Last order: 2PM)
Dinner: 5.30PM-11PM (Last order: 10PM)
(Closes at 5AM on Friday, Saturday and eve of public holidays)
+65 6655 8787
791 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198759
4. The Malayan Council
Tucked in a street opposite the Abdul Gafoor Mosque, The Malayan Council is a cosy café to chill in with your friends during this long weekend holiday. Known best for their ondeh-ondeh cake (served alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream!), this is the ideal hangout for delectable eats while catching up with a loved one.
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: You may also visit their new branch in Bussorah Street
if it’s more convenient for you!
The Malayan Council mainly serves Malay-Western fusion food, and in generous portions at that! You can easily save costs by sharing a meal with someone, so be sure to try their astounding Roti Kirai Beef Ribs. The juicy, tender ribs drizzled with savoury sauce are served alongside Malay net pancakes and salad – a feast fit for a king!
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With so many more mains and desserts to choose from, be sure to visit The Malayan Council for a relaxing and indulgent weekend. ?
Credit: @themalayancouncil on InstagramOpening Hours:
Dunlop Street: +65 9002 4414
Bussorah Street: +65 9009 7345
E-mail: [email protected]
22 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209350
Nestled in the line of shops along Bali Lane, Krave is another famous café offering a menu of Malay-Western food and desserts. Located just a walking distance away from Bugis MRT station, this ambient café has both alfresco and indoor dining for a scrumptious meal.
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: Do make your reservations before coming, as walk-ins are often unsuccessful!
Try their juicy Steak ‘N’ Chips served with salad! It will surely leave you kraving
for more. ?
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Be sure to end off your meal with their famous, mouth-watering Cempedak Creme Brûlée – it's sure to please those of you who have a sweet tooth! ?
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+65 9856 4249
28 Bali Lane,
6. Flavour Flings
Fancy a cheesy
weekend? This café in Hougang brings all the mouth-watering videos of cheese raclette dishes into life! Watch as the staff scrapes a thick, generous dollop of cheese from a gigantic cheese wheel onto your dish and satisfy the cheese lover in you.
Dig in to their famous Beef Steak and Swiss Raclette Cheese served with a side of salad and potatoes marinated in herbs. Time to load up on those proteins! ?
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Flavour Flings is also known for their salted egg dishes, so the RacletteSant is a must-try for the best of both worlds.
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A fan of neither? They have waffles, pastas and burgers in their menu too! Friendly staff, Insta-worthy interiors (and food!) and a satisfying meal awaits you ?
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+65 6286 0051
Blk 121 Hougang Avenue 1, #01-1348, Singapore 530121
7. Positano Risto
The long weekend is probably too short for a flight to Italy, but you can certainly bring your tastebuds on an Italian gastronomical adventure at Positano Risto! Serving up pizzas and pastas that will make you go ‘Delizioso!’,
this ambient restaurant is ideal if you’re looking for a sumptuous meal along Bussorah Street.
Treat yourself to this specialty dish, the Fetuccini Aragosta. It's sure to catch your eye instantly with the generous 500g of fresh lobster atop a bed of fettucini pasta served with homemade sauce. Just the sight of it will make your tummy rumble. ?
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Cheese has always been the craze, and if you’re into it, you have to try the Positano Mac 'N' Cheese! What makes their mac and cheese stand out is the addition of crab meat – a hearty meal at its best.
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If you’ve got room left after savouring the mains, delight the sweet tooth in you by ordering their impressive Oreo Lava Tower! Yes, you noticed it – Positano Risto’s dishes and desserts are all worthy of a feature on your CNY Instagram dedication ?
Credit: @positanoristo on InstagramOpening Hours:
(Closes at 12AM on Saturday)
+65 6292 1866
66 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199479
8. Hararu Izakaya
Ever wondered how it feels to dine like the Japanese in a tatami-matted room? Head on down to Hararu Izakaya! Here, you can choose to dine at a normal table, the bar, or at one of their tatami-mat seating on the second floor.
The restaurant is so reminiscent of the actual shops in Japan that you’ll find yourself marvelling at the artwork on the walls and the little details that give the place authenticity. But your attention will definitely be drawn to your food when it arrives! The unagi don, a favourite among customers, will especially tantalize your taste buds. ?
If you're up for a challenge, why not try their Surume Ika
, a ginormous grilled whole squid guaranteed to fill your stomach for the next few hours?
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This foodie adventure to the land of cherry blossoms is waiting for you right in Singapore, just a walking distance away from Sultan Mosque!
12PM–11PM (Last order at 10PM)
+65 6291 5373
16 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199437
9. The Talking Cow
If you’ve always wanted to try Thai mookata but have never found the time to, this long weekend is the gateway you’ve been waiting for! Try your hand at being your own chef at The Talking Cow, a halal mookata food stall in Bedok North.
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From fresh seafood such as mussels and clams to juicy slices of beef, you can cook anything to your preferred level of doneness and top it all off with an irresistible serving of melted cheese. ?
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Not a cheese fan? The array of steamboat ingredients come with various dips to suit your taste buds! This Chinese New Year, it’s time to ask your friends out for that mookata meal all of you have been dreaming of.
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: Reservations can only be made from Tuesday to Thursday, so be sure to beat the lunch/dinner crowd by going early!
Tuesday-Friday: 5PM – 11PM
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 2PM – 11PM
Closed on Monday.
+65 8139 4958
Bedok North Ave 2, Block 418, Singapore 460418
10. Blue Jasmine (Please note that as of Jul 2019, Blue Jasmine is no longer halal ☹️) From the restaurant that provided us the delectable Anchan Thai Buffet, a Thai-Chinese Buffet Dinner is now waiting for you! Blue Jasmine from Park Hotel Farrer Park will be ushering in the Lunar New Year with Thai-Chinese cuisine that will give you a gastronomical CNY experience unlike any other. Come prepared with an empty stomach as a variety of irresistible dishes await. Feast on Chinese delights such as braised duck, steamed sea bass and even longevity noodles! You can also try your hand at tossing yusheng. Credit: Park Hotel Farrer Park Official Website In Chinese culture, these dishes are said to be ‘auspicious’ as they provide you with luck and prosperity. Whether you believe so or not, they will doubtlessly provide you with that extravagant meal you were looking to dig into this long weekend holiday ? Gather your makan buddies for a day of feasting – the more, the merrier! Opening hours: 15-17 February 2018: 6.30PM-10PM Price: $48++ per adult Contact number: +65 6824 8851 E-mail: [email protected] Website | Facebook | Instagram Address: 10 Farrer Park Station Road, Singapore 217564
Ta-da! So many halal eateries are open and waiting to welcome you this Lunar New Year holiday! Be it to host your very own reunion meal or to have a nice and chill makan session with friends, there’s something for every type of craving you may have been harbouring. What are you waiting for – call and make your reservations now! ?