We’ve just stepped into 2023, and Chinese New Year is already right around the corner! Plus, this CNY will be extra special as it’ll be the first reunion dinner since the pandemic where dining restrictions are relaxed.
After two rollercoaster years of lockdowns, we’re looking forward to welcoming the prosperous Year of the Rabbit by hopping on all the makan possibilities. From abundant poon choi pots to bountiful yu sheng platters, we’ve dished up the 10 best restaurants and hotels in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya for your family reunion dinner this Chinese New Year. Huat ah!
1. Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur
Celebrate the beginning of a prosperous year at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur.
Start off by gathering friends and family for Le Meridien’s Toss To Abundance. Welcome the Year of the Rabbit with an auspicious celebration around a platter presenting fresh ingredients including carrots, radish, red ginger, ground peanuts, sesame seeds and delicious signature yee sang dressing by Chef Teh.
There are 5 types of yee sang platters to select from: Yee Sang with Lobster (RM350), Yee Sang with Sliced Clam Abalone (RM350), Yee Sang with Sliced Tuna (RM260), Yee Sang with Salmon (RM260) and Yee Sang with Jellyfish (RM230).
Next, dig into the buffet at Le Meridien’s Latest Recipe. This year, the buffet gets elevated with generous food selections featuring prosperity salmon yee sang, braised sea cucumber with dried oysters, steamed pak fok gong, roasted kam heong chicken and foil baked butter cod fish, along with other favourites including seafood, western, local fare and desserts.
Chinese New Year Eve Buffet Dinner: RM218 nett for adult & RM109 nett for 5 to 12 years old
Chinese New Year Buffet Dinner: RM198 nett for adults & RM99 nett for 5 to 12 years old
2. Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur
Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur invites you and your loved ones to explore its culinary delights with a special line up of auspicious offerings from dine-in to take-aways and gifts.
Start off at Shangri-La’s Lemon Garden where you’ll enjoy the Reunion Buffet Dinner with yee sang priced at RM288 nett per person, including an assorted yee sang, double boiled Chinese winter melon soup with red dates and goji berries, vegetarian Buddha delight and more.
Over at at the Shang Palace, Shangri-La’s Chinese Cantonese Restaurant, the Chinese New Year Specialties menu is filled with auspicious dishes such as poon choi or braised premium assorted hot dish served in a claypot, double-boiled fish maw, abalone, Japanese dried scallops, dried oyster braised goose web with Kantau sea cucumber among others.
The Poon Choi serving is available for 3 to 10 pax, and the price starts from RM588 nett up to RM2,388 nett.
3. Putrajaya Marriott Hotel
Usher in the new year with an amazing 9-course dinner at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel.
This festive set starts off with a fresh yee sang with abalone and it includes a generous serving of fresh salmon. This is then followed by classic Chinese dishes such as deep fried fresh water prawns with salted egg yolk, steamed dragon tiger grouper, steam baked Hong Kong farm chicken with minced ginger sauce and more.
What’s more? The hotel will have an acrobatic lion dance performance on the 8th day of Chinese New Year (29 Jan 2023, 12pm) and everyone is invited to join this lively auspicious event. Price per table for 10 guests starts from RM1,888 onwards.
4. Tung Yuen Chinese Restaurant, Mardhiyyah Hotel & Suites
To cherish this festive occasion, Mardhiyyah Hotel & Suites has unveiled a menu for the Chinese New Year 2023 celebration. Diners can opt from 5 types of yee sang menu and Chinese New Year Eve Dinner exclusively prepared by the hotel’s Chinese Chef, Chef Patrick.
Customers can opt from 5 lavish selections: yee sang with lucky salmon fish, colourful jellyfish yee sang, prosperity abalone yee sang, joyful salmon fish and jellyfish yee sang and a special vegetarian yee sang. Apart from that, diners can feast together during this meaningful festivity by choosing the Pre-Chinese New Year Appreciation Set.
In this Pre-Chinese New Year Appreciation Set, you can expect to indulge in Lucky Salmon Fish Yee Sang, Braised Dried Seafood Thick Soup with Crab Roll and Dried Fish Maw and more. This set is available from 3 Jan to 20 Jan 2023.
There are varieties of sets to look out for in Tung Yuen Restaurant:
Set A: RM 688+ for 5 pax
Set B: RM1,088+ for 10 pax
Set C: RM1,388+ for 10 pax
Set D: RM1,588 for 10 pax
Set E: RM2,088+ for 10 pax
5. Sheraton Petaling Jaya
Sheraton Petaling Jaya has launched an extensive selection of Chinese New Year offerings with the theme, Heritage of Canton, paying homage to quintessential Cantonese traditions.
Guests can dig into a variety of Yue’s signature dishes, such as traditional yee sang with deep-fried soft shell crab, steamed chicken with Chinese herbs and lotus leaf, stir-fried prawn meat with lotus root and pandan cream, osmanthus with lemongrass and Tragacanth gum jelly, and more.
If you’re looking to shake up your CNY dinner, delight in a variety of Japanese-inspired CNY dishes at Sheraton’s Japanese restaurant, Miyabi. Curated by Chef Tetsuya Yanagida, this special omakase (RM988 for 2 pax) is further complemented with a Miyabi-style yee sang with Ikejime fish and salmon sashimi. The yee sang is also available à la carte (RM100 for 2 pax).
Auspicious Lunar 9-Course Set Menu: RM2,388 nett per table of 10 pax
The Imperial Prosperity 9-Course Set Menu: RM3,288 nett per table of 10 pax
Osmanthus Blossom 7-Course Set Menu: RM268 nett per pax
Crystal Jade 7-Course Set Menu: RM338 nett per pax
6. Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Hilton Kuala Lumpur proudly presents ‘Spring into Abundance’ for 2023’s Chinese New Year season. Chynna, Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s award-winning Chinese restaurant takes the lead with an ensemble of Oriental treasures including reunion set menus.
The 4 sets are Wealth, Prosperity, Fortune and Grand Fortune and are available for dine-ins only. Choose from 5 yee sang options or order the Chinese New Year Supreme Hotpot-Style Poon Choy, served in a traditional claypot with fine layerings of seafood, meat and vegetables.
Guests dining at Chynna will be treated to a plethora of fun activities ranging from a lion dance performance, an appearance by the God of Prosperity, a fortune teller appearance and Chinese calligraphy activity.
Prosperity Set: RM1,300 nett per table of 5 pax
Fortune Set: RM1,600 nett per table of 5 pax
Wealth Set: RM2,300 nett per table of 5 pax
Grand Fortune Set: RM699 nett per pax
7. Little Heritage House
Nestled within the residential enclave of Section 17 in Petaling Jaya is a charming restaurant that prides itself for serving authentic Nyonya cuisine; Little Heritage House— Straits Chinese Kitchen. This year Little Heritage House offers Chinese New Year reunion dinners with a Peranakan twist.
Little Heritage House offers 4 types of reunion dinners: Gold, Jade, Abundance and Prosperity. The Gold set features dishes like claypot braised tofu, sambal petai prawn and kerabu paku. The Jade set features more seafood dishes such as assam tumis red snapper and assam tamarind prawn. The Abundance set includes a CNY favourite, wax duck rice while the Prosperity set includes a special CNY dish, poon choi but with a Nyonya twist.
Little Heritage House Gold Set: RM638++ for 4 to 6 pax, RM988++ for 8 to 10 pax
Little Heritage House Jade Set: RM788++ for 4 to 6 pax, RM1,188++ for 8 to 10 pax
Little Heritage House Abundance Set: RM888++ for 4 to 6 pax, RM1,388++ for 8 to 10 pax
Little Heritage House Prosperity Set: RM988++ for 4 to 6 pax, RM1,688++ for 8 to 10 pax
8. Way Modern Chinois
Way Modern Chinois is a classy, sensual avant-garde modern cuisine restaurant specialising in contemporary Chinese cuisine. For this year’s Chinese New Year, Way Modern Chinois offers 3 different sets: Our Way To Fortune Set, Our Way To Prosperity Set and Our Way to Longevity Set.
Our Way To Fortune Set features salmon yee sang, oven-baked fresh water prawns with cheese, lotus leaf rice with assorted wax meat and more. The Our Way To Prosperity Set includes the dishes in the previous set and a luxurious abalone with truffle oil & foie gras sauce treasure pot. The last set, Our Way To Longevity Set contains all the dishes from the two previous sets and an assorted barbecued Teow Chew combination such as grilled lamb rack and fried lychee ball with avocado salad.
Our Way To Fortune Set: RM688 and serves 4 pax
Our Way To Prosperity Set: RM1,188 and serves 6 pax
Our Way to Longevity Set: RM2,688 and serves 10 pax
9. Eastin Hotel Kuala Lumpur
This Lunar New Year, get together with loved ones at Eastin Hotel Kuala Lumpur’s Ee Chinese Cuisine restaurant for a sumptuous reunion dinner. Opt from 5 of Eastin’s exclusive set menus for your reunion dinner.
Begin by tossing to abundance, good health and happiness with the traditional tossing of unique varieties of yee sang, including lobster, abalone with rice crackers, salmon trout, white tuna and jelly fish, among others.
Other offerings that take the limelight include steamed Boston lobster with egg white and Chinese wine, volcano stone roast Irish ‘Silver Hill’ duck, baked river prawn with salted egg yolk sauce and wok fried glutinous rice with goose liver and waxed meat.
End the meal sweet with chilled Osmanthus Gui Hua jelly or crispy, golden brown nian gao sandwiched in yam.
Ee Chinese Cuisine Menu 1: RM988+ for a table of 4
Ee Chinese Cuisine Menu 2: RM1,688+ for a table of 6
Ee Chinese Cuisine Menu 3: RM2,688+ for a table of 10
Ee Chinese Cuisine Menu 4: RM3,888+ for a table of 10
Ee Chinese Cuisine Menu 5: RM4,888+ for a table of 10
10. W Kuala Lumpur
Located in the heart of KL, W Kuala Lumpur’s YEN presents its prosperous Chinese New Year 2023 offerings with 4 delicious set menus from 2 January to 5 February: Spot of Sunshine, Prosperous Life Forever, Wishing You Prosperity and Double Happiness.
In the Spot of Sunshine set, you will find dishes such as stewed money bag dumplings with sliced abalone, sea cucumber and sun-dried oyster with sea moss, along with braised Hong Kong ee fu noodles with Sabah king prawn and Shimeji mushrooms.
For the Prosperous Life Forever set, dishes like braised superior chicken soup, wok-fried fresh scallops with prawn ball, arrowhead and asparagus with truffles, braised Hong Kong Pak Choy and braised Hokkaido crab claw will be served.
If you decide to pick the Wishing You Prosperity set, the menu comprises YEN’s mini “Monk Jumped Over the Wall” (abalone, fish maw, sea cucumber and sun-dried Hokkaido scallop), stewed money bag and braised Hong Kong Ee Fu noodle with pan-seared cod fish.
Lastly, the Double Happiness set consists of bird’s nest soup with lobster meat, steamed slice tiger grouper fish cooked in Teochew style and wok-fried red & jasmine rice with scallops, prawns and crab meat.
Spot of Sunshine set: RM238 per pax
Prosperous Life Forever set: RM328 per pax
Wishing You Prosperity set: RM368 per pax
Double Happiness set: RM428 per pax
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