8 Best Restaurants for Celebrating CNY in Kuching
CNY 2019 cometh. And along with it, comes the festive atmosphere, new attire, Ang Pows, and most importantly, the food!
For many families, it’s a once-in-a-year event that brings relatives far and wide back together. For others, it’s a few days for you to kick back, relax, and travel. Yay for holidays!
But Chinese New Year itself doesn’t actually begin (in our eyes) without first having the obligatory reunion dinner with the fam. CNY reunion dinner means you get to meet distant cousins and relatives you rarely see. As a family, you come together to celebrate the beginning of this auspicious season.
Hey, who doesn’t like being pestered by aunts about when you’re getting a boyfriend/girlfriend/getting married right?
Stereotypes aside, the CNY reunion dinner is indeed the starting point of the New Year. And this year, we’re celebrating the Year of the Pig. There’s definitely no better way to start off CNY than to have a scrumptious, appetizing meal with family.
With that said, here are our top picks for the 8 best restaurants in Kuching to celebrate CNY.
P.S. Do note that the CNY period is peak season. We’d suggest getting your reservations in ASAP if you’re thinking of eating out.
1. The BanQuet Restaurant
Excellent ambience, great food, and affordable prices. What more could you ask for?
Unlike your typical Chinese restaurant, the BanQuet offers a wide range of dishes suitable for celebrating CNY. They’re also well known to include combinations of Chinese and Western delights in their dishes. Like most other restaurants, the BanQuet typically offers special packages for CNY dinners. And this year is no different.
Expect the usual suspects in this package such as the all-important “Lao Shang” and steamed fish.
Food aside, the restaurant is also known for its relaxing atmosphere, which includes its own waterfront esplanade.
Talk about a feast for the stomach AND the eyes, eh?
2. Nu Er Hong Restaurant @ Pullman Hotel
Nu Er Hong is a restaurant that serves only the best for your family. They serve a superb variety of authentic Chinese cuisine fit for royalty. You’ll be guaranteed to have an awesome dining affair with this one.
This restaurant is defo an ideal environment for socializing with family and relatives this coming CNY. Whether you prefer the traditional style of dining or the natural ambience, Nu Er Hong has it all.
So why not give you and your family to the royal treatment this CNY?
Nu Er Hong has special CNY dinner packages every year which promises a number of must-haves. Namely, you’ll definitely get to have all your seafood and many more dishes!
3. Toh Yuen Restaurant @ Hilton Hotel, Kuching
Usher in the Year of the Pig with a prosperous family reunion at Toh Yuen restaurant located in Hilton Hotel, Kuching. The hotel itself is located in the heart of the city and is just a stone’s throw away from the Kuching Waterfront. So you and your family can have your fill of food and leisure after dinner.
Hilton describes their restaurant as an oriental oasis that provides an eclectic mix of Sarawak-inspired Cantonese flavours. And we completely agree with that apt description.
Paint this picture in your mind. Traditional music softly playing in the background. Gastronomical food before you. What’s not to love about that?
This year, you can expect the usual salmon Yee Sang and the more exotic rock lobster as part of their menu. Apart from that, we’d definitely recommend savouring Toh Yuen’s signature butter prawns and their famous Peking duck. Trust us, you won’t regret it.
Bonus Tip: Hilton Kuching also has CNY dinner buffets at their Waterfront Cafe for those heavy eaters.
4. Lok Thian Restaurant
Lok Thian is the OG when it comes to Chinese restaurants in Kuching. Long considered one of the oldest restaurants in the city, you won’t go wrong with this one.
Thinking of something other than the traditional Chinese dishes? Fancy some Thai food for your CNY dinner? Or maybe you’d prefer some Japanese cuisine?
The restaurant offers a mix of these and more. Allows us to explain. Lok Thian has a Thai branch (Bangkok Thai Seafood Restaurant) and a Japanese branch (Ten-Ichi Japanese Restaurant). Both branches are also located within the vicinity of its main Chinese restaurant.
If you’re thinking of a restaurant with class and prestige, you won’t go wrong with Lok Thian. Though, we’d recommend that you book your spots early as the restaurant is immensely popular especially with the locals.
5. Seafood Restaurant @ Rock Road
With over 40 years of experience, Rock Road Seafood restaurant is another one to look out for. This restaurant specializes in authentic Chinese food and local cuisine. As its name implies, Rock Road restaurant is most famous for their seafood. Moreover, the restaurant also has some specially crafted homemade sauces that will go well with any seafood or meat.
The alluring Hainanese sauce, their Singapore-style chilli, and golden egg sauce being the top picks. From ala carte menu to buffet menus, this restaurant just about has it all to host a pleasant CNY dinner.
Speaking of which, Rock Road Seafood restaurant will be offering three different menus this coming CNY. Each menu includes a Salmon Yu Shang dish but is generally about the same with slight variations.
6. Penview Hotel
This year, Penview hotel will offer two different menus (for 10 people) for its patrons. You can expect the customary CNY dishes here, as well as some unique offerings such as the lamb shank and baked cheese prawns.
Both options are also inclusive of cordial drinks and/or Chinese tea.
So if you’re looking for a worthwhile dining experience, look no further than Penview Hotel.
7. Imperial Garden Restaurant @ Imperial Hotel, Kuching
If you’re after quantity instead of quality, we’d recommend savouring the buffet spread in the next restaurant on our list. Located within the Imperial Hotel in Boulevard mall, the Imperial Garden restaurant is definitely for you.
This restaurant is an all-day dining restaurant with cooking stations serving buffet type meals daily. It also offers an extensive menu comprising an excellent mix of Western, Oriental and local dishes.
CNY 2019 sees the restaurant offering a few types of buffet choices for your dining pleasure. From the Reunion Buffet Dinner to the Prosperity Hi-tea Buffet, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. And if you miss these two, you’ll still have the opportunity to try out the Fortune Buffet Dinner and Chap Goh Meh Buffet Dinner.
8. The Hornbill Restaurant @ The Sarawak Club
For the lavish and luxurious, the Sarawak Club is just for you. Considered one of the most exclusive clubs in the state, the Sarawak Club is situated in the heart of Kuching. The club was first established in 1876 and is now considered one of the oldest private membership clubs in Malaysia.
Within the Sarawak Club, lies the Hornbill restaurant. This restaurant is open to members only but you can dine at the premises if you have a member with you.
The Hornbill restaurant offers a special reunion dinner set each CNY. Be warned though, spots are extremely limited so act fast!
There you have it, the best restaurants for celebrating CNY in Kuching. Now, don’t be down if you don’t manage to secure any spots in any of the places we’ve mentioned. After all, these restaurants are quite popular, especially during the festive seasons.
Do you know of any restaurants that are better than what we’ve listed above? Give us a holla and we’ll check them out!