For the Chinese community, the customary reunion dinner where the younger and older generation come together takes place on the eve of the Chinese New Year over a feast of sumptuous dishes with auspicious meanings.
For more and more families in the city, dining out is proving to be the popular option for reasons including convenience and comfort. The reunion dinner can only be completed with the obligatory toss of the highly popular yee sang, a raw fish salad created by Chinese immigrants who settled in Malaysia. From affordable to high end, we’ve listed the top venues in KL to consider for your reunion dinner this year.
Dine in style at Chynna from January 7 until February 24, 2019 and feast on their CNY menu such as the Abundance Set priced at RM288 nett to the Grand Fortune Set priced at RM688 nett per person. For Yee Sang, choose from the half portion at RM128 nett or the full portion at RM280 nett.
Chynna, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Level 5, 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2264 2264, http://life.hiltonkl.com/Restaurants/Chynna/
Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2330 8798, Website
Ruyi & Lyn has prepared a feast for your eyes, starting with the beautifully arranged koi fishes for the Yee Sang platter sprinkled with edible gold and salted egg yolk crispy fish skin. There are set menus for groups and couples, starting from RM188 per pax to RM3,888 for a table of 10, or order a la carte. Don't miss out on the koi fish dessert which looks too good to eat.
Ruyi & Lyn, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Damansara, Bangsar Shopping Centre (4th Floor), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2083 0288, www.ruyiandlyn.com
Kechara Oasis Vegetarian Restaurant, 63-67 The Suites, Level P1 Block D, Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, www.kecharaoasis.com
From January 7 until February 19, 2019, Shang Palace is offering five different set menus starting from RM268 nett per person to RM4,998 nett for a table of 10. Induge in dishes like tempura lobster meat and soft shell crab Yee Sang, steamed fresh water king prawn, braised bird’s nest soup with lobster meat, and more.
Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel, 11, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2074 3900, email@example.com, Website
Around since 1980, Marco Polo Restaurant has been dishing out mouth watering, traditional Cantonese cuisine for nearly four decades. Their 2019 Set Menu includes Superior ‘Pon-choy’, Claypot ‘Larp Mei’ Rice to Marco Polo Yee Sang. The set menu starts from RM368++ for a table of four to RM3,388++ for a table of 10. The CNY menu is available from January 28 to February 19, 2019.
Marco Polo Restaurant, 1st Floor, Wisma Lim Foo Yong, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2141 2233, Website
Yun House at Four Seasons Hotel has prepared a sumptuous Chinese New Year feast for you from January 15 until February 19, 2019 courtesy of Executive Chinese Chef, Jimmy Wong. The CNY set menu starts from RM388 to RM 688 per person while the Yee Sang Prosperity Toss starts from RM 148.
Yun House, Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 145, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2382 8640, Website
Seafood lovers, you'll enjoy a meal here! Indulge in the CNY Crab Pot priced at RM368++ with Sabah Crab, Abalone, Fish Maw, Clams, Sea Cucumber and more. There's also the CNY favourite, Auspicious Treasure Pot with abalones, prawns, vegetables and more priced at RM288 for a group of five. The six-course New Year Lobster Mountain Set Menu starts at RM498 for a group of five, or opt for the Corporate & Reunion Set Menu ranging from RM788 to RM1,188 for a group of 10.
EGG - 8 Gourmets Gala, Suite G-01, The Pinnacle Annexe, Persiaran Lagoon, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +6017 948 8684, Website
For modern Chinese Asian cuisine, head over to WAY Modern Chinois for their seven-course CNY meal priced at RM539++ for groups of four or more. Sink your teeth into tantalizing delights like the Marmite Ming Prawns, Truffle Roast Duck, Steamed Dragon Garoupa and more.
WAY Modern Chinois, G-1, Work@Clearwater, Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2095 1118, Facebook
Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant, One World Hotel, First Avenue, Bandar Utama City Centre, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +603 7681 1159, Website
For a more intimate kind of reunion, this lounge-restaurant in the heart of KL offers a CNY festive menu from January 14 to February 20, 2019, 6.30pm to 10.30pm daily. Priced at RM188++ per couple, the set menu includes a four course meal, and the option to add on fresh salmon Yee Sang priced at RM88++ for medium and RM118++ for large.
FOOK KL, 19, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2148 3700, Website
Tao Chinese Cuisine, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, 165 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2782 6000, Website
Featuring Cantonese and Imperial cuisine, the nine-course CNY set menus at Wan Chun Ting are available for lunch and dinner from January 7, 2019 until February 19, 2019. Choose from the Prosperous Set Menu, Fortune Set Menu or the Wealth Set Menu with prices starting at RM2,188 nett for a table of 10, inclusive of a complimentary bottle of wine.
Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Damansara, No. 6, Jalan Damanlela, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Website
A refreshing steamboat reunion dinner can be had at Yezi, renowned for their coconut-based broth inspired by a similar concept restaurant in Shenzhen, China. Using only fresh ingredients and premium meat, have a festive CNY reunion here with the CNY Set Menu for a group of four to six priced at RM728++ to RM3,099++ for a group of 10. Choose from one of these broths: YeZi Broth, Imperial Canton Broth, Shao Xing Wine Crab Broth, Wild Forest Trufle & Mushroom Broth.
Yezi, The Roof 1 First Avenue, Bandar Utama, No.3 Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +603 8605 3388, Website
For a healthy reunion dinner, head to Purple Cane Tea Restaurant. Catering to tea lovers, this restaurant offer dishes that are low-salt, low-fat, and low-seasoning, great for health-conscious individuals who are particular about the quality of food that they consume. Their CNY sets start from RM328 nett to RM888 nett.
Purple Cane Tea Restaurant, various locations, www.tearestaurant.com.my