Ask me how my 2019 was, and I can honestly say, I can barely recall what was most significant about it. Time truly does fly when you’re older, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take the final day of 2019 to have the most memorable hurrah to ring in the new year.
If you’re all about the glitz and celebration of New Year’s Eve, this is the perfect list for you! We have 12 of the best dinner spots in town for you to gather your friends and loved ones at, while awaiting the countdown to 2020—from hotel buffets to scenic viewpoints and even one of Singapore’s long-celebrated steakhouses!
1. Andaz Singapore
Choose Andaz Singapore‘s Alley On 25‘s New Year’s Eve Dinner from 7.30pm – 11pm (S$248++ for adults with free-flow premium alcoholic beverages, S$198++ for adults with free-flow standard alcoholic beverages, S$98++ for children six to 12 years old) with a buffet of tantalising dishes from East to West such as Herb-crusted Australian Lamb Chops, Alaskan King Crab, Braised Beef Cheeks, Canadian Lobster, Roasted Porchetta, Sambal Squid, and our local favourite Chilli Crab.
There will even be a ‘live’ dessert station that’ll delight both young and old diners with Nitro
Gin Fizz and Nitro Blackcurrant Fizz.
As your one-stop spot for your entire evening’s celebrations, you can then head up to Mr Stork from 9pm to 1am, and have a New Year’s Eve Blowout Bash! Get into the festive spirit with live music from DJ Dona Amelia on deck, while you sip on bubblies and hot snacks, all in anticipation of the stunning firework display.
There are a few ticket packages to consider for this once-a-year celebration: the Standard Ticket comes at S$248++, inclusive of unlimited Delamotte champagne, wines, beers, house-pour spirits and snacks; the Fireworks Viewing ticket (S$318++) encompasses guaranteed seating at prime fireworks viewing area, inclusive of unlimited Delamotte champagne, wines, beers, house-pour spirits and unlimited hot snacks; the most handsome of all is the Crazy Rich Fireworks ticket (S$888++) which gives you access to guaranteed seating at prime fireworks viewing area, a portion of caviar per person and unlimited Dom Perignon champagne, wines, beers, house-pour spirits and free-flow hot snacks.
For a truly opulent year-end party, Andaz Singapore has all you need to make this celebration unlike any other!
2. Grand Hyatt Singapore
Grand Hyatt Singapore is all geared up with its Shades of Red Countdown Party, with not one but five buffet feasts throughout the hotel’s dining establishments—from 7.30pm to midnight—to kick up the partying up a notch!
First off, there’s mezza9 (S$308++ for adults with free-flow alcohol, S$158++ for children/teenagers 4 – 17 years old) which will satisfy every craving with a myriad of cuisines from all over the world, all while keeping sustainability in mind. This includes a selection of MSC- and ASC-certified sustainable seafood and sashimi, air-flown oysters, roasted Australian Angus beef rack, spit-roasted chimichurri-rubbed Mottainai lamb, baked Maine lobster ‘Thermidor-style’, and much, much more!
For our Muslim friends, StraitsKitchen (S$198 ++ for adults with free free-flow alcohol, S$148++ for adults without alcohol, S$78++ for children/teenagers aged 4 – 17 years old) is here to serve you more than 100 authentic local Chinese, Malay and Indian dishes whipped up in its halal-certified kitchens.
Don’t miss out on braised whole beef hind shank, roasted spice-rubbed Australian prime rib, ‘Buddha jump over the wall’ soup, sustainable seafood on ice, tandoori lamb chop, local salads such as Chinese rojak and gado-gado, and a delightful selection of local cold and warm desserts.
Fancy an Italian soirée? Pete’s Place (S$198++ for adults with free-flow alcohol, S$98++ for children/teenagers aged 4 – 17 years old) will liven up your evening with its traditional and authentic taste of Italian cuisine in true rustic trattoria settings.
Kick-start the New Year celebrations by tucking in to Italian festive fare such as fregoda sarda e tartufata, slipper lobster alla casalinga siciliana, cotechino con lentichie, and heart-warming favourites such as handcrafted pasta and wood-fired pizzas, and a selection plant-based dishes.
Gather your friends and loved ones in an intimate and cosy dining atmosphere at 10 SCOTTS (S$198++ for adults with free-flow alcohol, S$98++ for children/teenagers aged 4 – 17 years old) this New Year’s Eve with a communal-style array of highlights such as artisan cheeses, a sustainable seafood bar, whipped devilled egg with avruga caviar, hand-carved Loch Fyne Scottish salmon, Australian grass-fed beef Wellington and Maine lobster ‘Thermidor’ cocotte.
For an al fresco experience, why not head up to Oasis Restaurant (S$108++ for adults with free-flow alcohol, S$58++ for children/teenagers aged 4 – 17 years old) that sits right alongside the hotel’s pool, and treat yourself to a barbecue feast! Dig into 48-hour slow-roasted wagyu beef brisket, roasted Australian Mottainai lamb leg, char-grilled half shell rock oysters, complemented by barbecue rub sautéed brussel sprouts and grilled vegetable skewers.
On top of all these lavish dining offers, the hotel lobby will transform into a dance floor in a Shades of Red Countdown Party (tickets to the countdown party are included in New Year’s Eve dinner except for Oasis Restaurant, at which they can be purchased for $90++) featuring live entertainment, complete with a bold selection of desserts presented by Executive Pastry Chef Gottfried Schuetzenberger! Free-flow champagne is available from 9.30pm, and highlights of the dessert extravaganza include red chocolate fondue, with a rouge marche (translated to ‘red market’) featuring a selection of red fruits, chocolate xiao long bao, and plenty more!
It looks like Grand Hyatt Singapore is all set for the biggest party of the year, and you sure won’t want to miss it! Limited seats are available for reservation on their website, and full payment is required to confirm any booking.
3. Pan Pacific Singapore
Wrap up 2019 in style with Pan Pacific Singapore as their Atrium gets dressed for ‘Let’s Holo Up’ Countdown Party, a holographic-themed countdown (starting from S$108++ per adult) from 9pm to 1am, decked out in an eclectic collection of seating pods and a dramatic 44-metre bar. Party revellers can wine, dine and dance into 2020 with a DJ performance, unlimited canapés and house pours, rounding out the night with a magnificent balloon drop at the stroke of midnight.
For a memorable feast before the countdown, head to Edge. They’re holding a New Year’s Eve Dinner (S$188++ per adult with an option of free-flow champagne, cocktails, and wines at an extra S$50, S$94++ per child) from 6.30pm to 10.30pm that’s brimming with a wide selection of the freshest produce highlighting cuisines from all over the world throughout their 10 culinary theatres.
Indulge in fine ingredients, especially a wide variety of fresh seafood like Alaskan King Crab and Boston Lobster. Savoury meats like Slow Braised Kurobuta Pork Belly With Baby Potatoes, Brick Oven Roasted Whole Baby Lamb, and Oven Roasted Mustard Angus Tomahawk will tantalise your tastebuds, while you’ll want to set stomach space aside for Chocolate Bread And Butter Pudding With Crème Anglaise, Strawberry Panna Cotta And Lemon Verrines, and Hazelnut Paris-Brest.
There’s also Keyaki with its New Year’s Eve Dinner Eight-Course Set Menu (S$S$208++ per person) happening from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, with the option to order their Traditional Osechi Ryori and Ozoni (New Year mochi soup) as a la carte menu items, to usher in luck and prosperity for the new year.
Alternatively, you can frolic under the stars at the Poolside Bar, with its Kaleidoscopic New Year’s Eve (S$98++ per adult with free-flow prosecco, open bar and canapés, S$128++ per adult with free-flow champagne, open bar and canapés, S$48++ per adult or child/teenager aged 6 – 18 years old with free-flow soft drinks, juices and canapés) celebration from 10pm to 1am, where you’ll get to have the city’s stunning and dazzling skyline as the backdrop to this annual party!
There’ll be an unmissable multi-sensory Japanese fireworks musical show by STAR ISLAND, while you’ll get to enjoy unlimited canapés and an open bar of house beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks with an option of free-flow champagne or prosecco.
With all these options, you’ll be spoilt for choice in how you’ll want to ring in 2020!
My recent visit to Arbora got me hooked on their stunning view of Harbourfront, from Faber Peak. This New Year’s Eve, from 6pm to 2am, they will have a spectacular Semi-Buffet Dinner (S$98++ per adult, S$48++ per child) which features a main course (one of two choices)—like the Maine Lobster Pasta—and a complimentary buffet spread of cold seafood, appetisers, salads, and desserts!
Even the young ones will be entitled to their own choice of main course, with a mini kid’s buffet corner—complete with ice cream—so the whole family can eat to their heart’s content.
A line-up of activities will take place to ensure that parents can take a breather and admire the panoramic views, all while being serenaded by a live musical performance by duo ShiLi & Adi. Meanwhile, the mini playground will keep the lil’ tykes entertained.
There’s no better way for both young and old to come together and usher the new year, than with delectable food and an unparalleled view of the fireworks from Faber Peak!
5. Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore
One of Singapore’s most established steakhouses wants you to ring in the new year with their six-course New Year’s Eve Celebration 6-Course Set Menu (S$179++ per adult without alcohol, S$199++ per adult with alcohol), available only on 31 December 2019.
Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore has become a household name when it comes to steak dinners, and this year, their divine feast starts appetisers such as the Smoked Duck Breast With Peach, a warm bowl of Corn-fed Hen Consommé With Spinach Stuffed Ravioli And Angel Hair Pasta, and a platter of Foie Gras, Smoked Salmon, And Chicken Gyoza.
The foie gras tasted as enticing as it looked, with its crystal glazed sheen, and plump, soft centre. It melted like butter, and was the best way to begin the meal.
Select your choice of main course—Signature Roasted USDA Prime Rib Of Beef, Bone-in
Iberico Pork With Lobster and Fisherman’s Seafood Platter—with my favourite being the Signature Roasted USDA Prime Rib Of Beef for its tender, pale pink meat, encircled with just the right amount of fat to keep it juicy.
Dessert is a real treat with Red Velvet Chocolate Molten Lava Cake With Häagen-Dazs Strawberry Ice-Cream. I was surprised at how much I loved this, given my initial impression was of a sweet ending that was too saccharine. It had a balanced bittersweetness, and was satisfyingly sticky that I wanted to lick the plate clean!
Double bonus: diners are entitled to a 10% discount off the set menu if they reserve themselves a seat from 5pm – 6pm. They will also receive a complimentary bottle of Casillero del Diablo Devil’s Brut Sparkling Wine (750ml) for takeaway with every three sets ordered!
Lawry’s will surely serve you and your family a hearty meal this New Year’s Eve, so get your eating pants ready, and fill your belly till the clock strikes 12!
Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore: 333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery Mandarin Orchard, #04-01/31, Singapore 238897 | Tel: +65 6836 3333 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10pm (Sun to Thu), 11.30am – 10.30pm (Fri & Sat) | Facebook | Instagram | Website
It’s hard to beat the views of Marina Bay from LeVeL33‘s vantage point. Lucky for all of us, LeVeL33 will be hosting a spectacular New Year’s Eve shindig with their Party Package (S$458++ per person) and their Countdown Package (S$198++ per person, from 10.30pm onwards).
The former is an all-inclusive bash that includes a welcome drink, canapés, a celebratory dinner, midnight snacks, a liquid buffet of craft beers and selected wines, and a midnight glass of Rothschild Champagne. On the other hand, the latter is best suited for those looking to simply count the minutes down to the new year, while enjoying supper and midnight snacks, a liquid buffet of craft beers and selected wines, and a midnight glass of Rothschild Champagne.
Diners who take up the Party Package are welcome to come in as early at 8pm and get the night started. Sip on the welcome drink that’s paired with canapés, and revel in the abundance of food and drinks that will keep their belly happy past midnight!
A seated reservation at the Terrace is the best spot, as the Countdown Package will grant you a front-row seat to the firework spectacle that will dazzle and awe you.
For a New Year’s Eve party unlike any other, LeVeL33 will more than meet your expectations!
Porta‘s four-course Festive Set Menu is one of the most wallet-friendly in town, coming in at only S$66++ per person. Start your meal with Vichyssoise With Hokkaido Scallop, which swims in a warm bowl of potato leek soup, followed by Lobster Thermidor, where Boston lobster is prepared two ways—gratinated and poached.
Either choice of main course is a stunner, with Black Cod or Beef Tenderloin being the star of the evening. Conclude the modest feast with a Christmas Cake, which uses chocolate, vanilla, and cream cheese, for a truly decadent ending.
For a truly opulent meal, opt to pair the dinner with a recommended Cattier Champagne flight pairing, available at an additional S$50++ per person (one glass of Brut Icône, Dry Rosé and Brut Premier Cru).
What’s more, on 31 December 2019, diners will have access to Park Hotel Clarke Quay’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Party, where you’ll have free-flow wines along with games and activities! Make your reservation after 15 December 2019, and if you happen to be a hotel guest or an HSBC, OCBC, Citibank, DBS, or Maybank cardholder, you’ll be entitled to a 10% discount off the four-course Festive Menu Set.
Spread the word to your friends and family, and have a joyous New Year’s celebration that won’t break the bank!
As its name suggests, SKAI will have you seated sky-high at one of Singapore’s tallest buildings, come New Year’s Eve. Aside from the unforgettable view of Singapore’s skyline, they will offer three different menus at this year-end party, ranging from a Four-Course menu (S$168++ per person) to a Six-Course (S$388++ per person) menu.
Depending on how much you’re willing to part with (let’s be real here!), the menus’ highlights include Foie Gras, A4 Miyazaki Wagyu, and Lobster. Their Milk Chocolate dessert is pretty unique as it infuses passionfruit and cocoa cream.
Seating starts from 8pm onwards, so get your reservations in early and be sure to be one of the few lucky ones to chope one of the best viewpoints for this year-end celebration!
Welcome 2020 in style at MONTI with its Glitter & Gold Soirée! Ready your palate for an Italian New Year’s Eve dinner with a view of the stunning Marina Bay area, with a choice of either a seating at 6pm or 9.45pm.
The former time slot serves a Four-Course menu (S$188++ per adult, S$94++ per child), while the latter is a Five-Course presentation (S$310++ per adult, S$150++ per child), complete with an 80-minute show-stopping firework display at the bay.
The Four-Course menu will showcase a delicate Red Sicilian Prawn Carpaccio, followed by homely Agnolotti. Choose between a robust Braised Beef Short Ribs or wholesome Pan Seared Turbot Fillet, before closing the meal with a dessert simply named ‘Chocolate‘. I guess you’ll have to taste it for yourself to test its decadence!
A luxurious extra dish for the Five-Course menu is a Maine Lobster Tail simmered in Beurre Blanc, perfect for a touch of opulence. The menu also includes party favours, along with midnight champagne.
For those who wish to simply drink the night away, there’s a special Rooftop Countdown offer. From 5pm – 9pm S$78++ will entitle you to two complimentary drinks, while from 9pm to 12am, S$128++ will allow you to have two complimentary drinks, and S$318++ will provide you with a liquid buffet for three hours!
There’s also a modest 2020 New Light Party at S$108++ for two hours of free-flow drinks, from 12.30am – 2.30am.
MONTI is a strategically ideal location to view the unmissable annual New Year’s Eve fireworks, so get your hands on their limited seating now!
10. Super Loco Customs House
How about a fancy dress party to ring in 2020? Super Loco Customs House has a special 2020 Loco Royale (S$224.50 – S$277.50 per adult, S$59++ per child aged 7 –11 years old) celebration happening on New Year’s Eve that starts as early as 6pm!
Dress to impress for this 1920s cabaret-styled soirée that’ll have you graced with four hours of free-flow drinks from 8pm till midnight. Be spoilt with a mixed fruit margarita buffet, eat your fill at a live taco station, and get in on the action of the evening’s piñata bashing.
There will also be Mexican starters, canapés, desserts served throughout the evening, so no need to worry about your belly grumbling! Another reason to rejoice is that all table bookings are entitled to a complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot or Arquitecto Tequila (quantity varies per table tier).
There’s a Free Standing ticket (S$179) available to those who are content with a no-fuss seating arrangement, yet still wish to join in the celebrations, eating, drinking, and witnessing the firework spectacle from the Customs House.
I don’t know about you, but a waterfront seat at Marina Bay on New Year’s Eve sounds dope!
11. Spago Dining Room By Wolfgang Puck
Spago Dining Room By Wolfgang Puck is well-known as the first international offshoot of Wolfgang Puck’s renowned Beverly Hills restaurant of the same name (or rather, similar name, Spago). It’s one of the few places in Singapore where you get to delight in seasonal Californian cuisine with a touch of influence from around the world.
This New Year’s Eve, you can impress your family and friends with their lavish New Year’s Eve Menu, that comes in two seatings, 6pm (S$225++ per person) and 8.30pm (S$325++ per person).
Both menus are more or less similar, with choice options such as Grilled Octopus, Fresh Oyster (Trio), Veal Ragu With Black Truffle Riccota Gnocchi, Lobster Pot Pie (S$15 add-on), Snake River Farms American Wagyu New York Sirloin Steak (S$35 add-on), and Salted Caramel Soufflé. Second seating diners are also entitled to a glass of Bollinger Champagne!
Want to really treat yourselves like royalty? There’s also a choice to pair your entire meal with an Ultra Premium Wine Pairing (for the second seating) at an additional cost of S$295++ per diner.
As a rooftop restaurant at the esteemed Marina Bay Sands, you’ll be treated to a glorious view of the cityscape on one of the most special nights of the year, and also get to enjoy outstanding Californian cuisine—all in time for the countdown!
12. Tablescape Restaurant & Bar
Partake in merry-making in the moments leading up to when the clock strikes 12, by gathering your friends and family for the last dinner of 2019 at Tablescape Restaurant & Bar. For only S$88++ per person, from 6pm – 10.30pm, you get to spoil yourself with a Five-Course New Year’s Eve Dinner!
The dinner is ocean-centric, so expect innovative use of ingredients such as oyster, prawns, squid and cod—a little lighter on the palate when compared to most New Year’s Eve dinner offerings. There’s also an option for diners to top-up S$15++ for a glass of prosecco, S$12++ for a glass of red or white wine, and a cup of coffee or tea for S$3++.
Conclude your meal with a homely portion of Pudding, spiced with whisky sauce and a serving of winter spice ice cream.
The time is nigh to decide how and where you wish to ring in the new year! For a simple, yet elegant get-together, Tablescape is an ideal choice.
The end of 2019 is barely two weeks away, and I haven’t decided what my plan of action is when it comes to the countdown of the year! With so many dining choices and parties happening all around our island, which one will you hit up?