JOHOR BARU: More Singaporeans are taking advantage of the attractive exchange rates and celebrating with their loved ones at Chinese restaurants here this year.
Checks by The Star revealed that an average Chinese New Year eight-course meal for 10 in Singapore was more than twice the price of a similar meal in Johor Baru.
An average eight-course meal for a table of 10 at Chinese restaurants in Singapore costs between S$530 (RM1,380) and S$2,988 (RM7,777) while in Johor Baru it was between RM789 and RM2,088.
M Suite Hotel general manager Dev Singh said the hotel’s Ming Court Chinese restaurant was almost fully booked.
“We can see a 15% increase in bookings from Singaporeans this year compared to last year,” he said.
Mutiara Hotel’s Meisan Szechuan restaurant assistant supervisor Joanne Chan said the restaurant had to split into two sessions to meet demands for Chinese New Year eve. Both sessions were also almost fully booked.
The Wan Li restaurant at Renaissance Hotel here had also been receiving similar response.
The restaurant’s manager Ng Shen-ynn said the restaurant also had to split into two sessions to accommodate the crowd.
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