The Straits Times
Published on Jan 12, 2013

Get booking for Chinese New Year reunion dinners


Those who have yet to decide where to have their reunion dinner this Chinese New Year had better get booking - restaurants are filling up fast and some are already full.

Top restaurants such as Jiang-Nan Chuan at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, Majestic Restaurant at the New Majestic Hotel in Bukit Pasoh, and Summer Pavilion at The Ritz-Carlton, Milennia Singapore will be full-house come Feb 9, the eve of Chinese New Year.

Even well-known zi char eateries such as Keng Eng Kee in Bukit Merah and Yi Jia South Village Seafood Restaurant are booked out at the popular dinner-time seating that starts at about 7pm. But tables are still available at both restaurants' other two seatings - the first starts at about 5.30pm, while the third and final seating starts at about 8.30pm.

Menu prices, restaurateurs says, are up by about five to 10 per cent, citing reasons such as the rising cost of manpower and hikes in the prices of more auspicious ingredients that include everything from dried scallops to fish maw.