What's open for Chinese New Year

This article was first published in The Straits Times on Jan 12, 2014. 

For many Chinese restaurants, the start of the Chinese New Year is a time to "rest the wok". But there are still many that choose to remain open during the first two days of Chinese New Year.

Chinese restaurants such as those in hotels, for example, will be open. These include Summer Palace at The Regent Singapore, Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant at Holiday Inn Atrium and Cassia at Capella Singapore.

Others, such as Pu Tien, with eight restaurants islandwide, will also be open throughout the 15-day festive period.

Even some of Imperial Treasure's outlets, including those at Marina Bay Sands, Resorts World Sentosa and Changi Airport Terminal 3, will also be open, although most of the group's other outlets will be closed.

But diners looking for other options can have everything from French fare to international buffet spreads with a handful of Chinese New Year offerings.

Bar-roque Grill, a French restaurant at Amara Singapore in Tanjong Pagar, for example, will be open to give more dining options during the Chinese festival, says its co-owner Kori Millar.

Traditionally, Chinese restaurants usually close either on the first day or the first two days of the Chinese New Year to let their employees spend it with their families. And non-Chinese restaurants, too, take the chance to give their staff a well-deserved break during the season.

Sushi Tei's outlets islandwide, for example, will close from 3pm on Chinese New Year's Eve and remain shuttered on the first and second days.

Japanese restaurants Akanoya Robatayaki and Akashi at Orchard Parade Hotel will be closed from the eve to the second day of Chinese New Year.

A spokesman for Majestic Restaurant in Bukit Pasoh, which will be closed on the first day of Chinese New Year, says: "The woks in the kitchen have been fired up for almost the entire year. In Chinese culture, we believe in resting the wok. Hence we decided to give everyone a break on the first day."

Still, those that open throughout the festive season say it is important to recognise and reward their employees for working during Chinese New Year.

Mr Sebastien Lim, Pu Tien's brand vice-president, says staff who work during the Chinese New Year holidays will get a day off in lieu.

He adds: "We also arrange an after-hours hot pot party for the staff and their families to make up for their time spent working, so they can usher in the New Year together."


Who opens when

Open on the first two days of Chinese New Year

Sin Hoi Sai Seafood Restaurant

Where: Block 55 Tiong Bahru Road, 01-59, tel: 6223-0810 or 6224-3905

Peach Blossoms

Where: Marina Mandarin Singapore, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, tel:6845-1118

Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant

Where: Holiday Inn Atrium, 317 Outram Road, tel: 6731-7173

Yan Ting

Where: The St Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, tel: 6506-6887

Summer Palace

Where: The Regent Hotel Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, tel: 6725-3288

Street 50 Restaurant & Bar

Where: Bay Hotel Singapore, 50 Telok Blangah Road, tel: 6818-6681

TungLok Heen

Where: Resorts World Sentosa, Hotel Michael, Lobby Level, 26 Sentosa Gateway 02-142/143, tel: 6884-7888


Where: Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa, tel: 6591-5045

Hua Ting Restaurant

Where: Orchard Hotel Singapore, 442 Orchard Road, tel: 6739-6666

Jiang-Nan Chun

Where: Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 190 Orchard Boulevard, tel: 6831-7220

Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant

Where: Sheraton Towers Singapore, 39 Scotts Road, lower lobby level, tel: 6839-5623

Szechuan Court

Where: Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, tel: 6431-6156

Open for dinner only on the first day of Chinese New Year, and for lunch and dinner thereafter

Chui Huay Lim

Where: 190 Keng Lee Road, 01-02, Chui Huay Lim Club, tel: 6732-3637


Where: Two outlets - VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, 01-53, tel: 6273-3536, and Tampines 1, 10 Tampines Central 1, 03-16, tel:6532-3536


Where: One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, 01-02/03, tel: 6224-0088

Singapore Seafood Republic

Where: 26 Sentosa Gateway, 01-292 Waterfront, Resorts World Sentosa, tel:6265-6777

Closed on the first day, open from second day of Chinese New Year

Taste Paradise

Where: Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, 04-07, tel: 6509-9660

Majestic Restaurant

Where: New Majestic Hotel, 31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road, tel: 6511-4718

MAD - Modern Asian Diner

Where: The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, 01-20/21 tel: 6466-3303

Tung Lok Signatures

Where: Orchard Parade Hotel, 1 Tanglin Road, 02-18, tel: 6834-0660, Chinese Swimming Club, 21 Amber Road, tel: 6345-0111, VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, 01-57, tel: 6376-9555, and Changi City Point, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, 01-26/27, tel: 6636-0606

Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant

Where: Gardens by the Bay, near the Flower Dome, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, 01-10, tel: 6604-6604

Guan Hin Restaurant

Where: Block 34 Whampoa West, 01-01, tel: 6298-3179

Teochew City Seafood Restaurant

Where: The Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Road, 05-16, tel: 6733-3338

Sek Tong Gai

Where: 47 Tanglin Halt Road, 01-317, tel: 6474-4547

Restaurant Home

Where: 392 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Rail Mall, tel: 6465-1698

Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant

Where: 201 Keppel Road, tel: 6272-8822 or 6272-8988

Closed on the first two days of Chinese New Year

  • All Crystal Jade outlets islandwide
  • Imperial Treasure restaurants islandwide such as Imperial Treasure Nan Bei, Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck and Imperial Treasure Steamboat.

Some outlets, such as the ones at Resorts World Sentosa, Changi Airport Terminal 3 and Marina Bay Sands, remain open throughout Chinese New Year.

  • Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hoon, Dover Crescent
  • Keng Eng Kee Seafood Restaurant, Alexandra Village
  • Ah Orh Seafood Restaurant, Bukit Merah
  • Beng Thin Hoon Kee, OCBC Centre
  • Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh in Rangoon Road, Tanjong Katong and Chui Huay Lim Club. The Marina Bay Sands outlet is closed on the first day of Chinese New Year, but open on the second day.