Best Places to Celebrate Chinese New Year

2020 marks the Chinese Year of the Rat so for the upcoming Chinese New Year Urbanologie has brought you the best places to celebrate in style.

Hutong

On the 33rd floor of The Shard - London's tallest building is a Chinese that is every bit as glitzy as it's location. Originally founded in Hong Kong, this London outpost follows suit with it's foreign relative as it boasts unparalleled panoramic views of the stunning city skyline. The menu (Sichuan and Northern Chinese) remains the same, as does the combination of glamorous, Old Beijing styled décor mixed with modern plate glass. This year for Chinese New Year 2020, Hutong is marking the Year of the Rat with a night of celebrations and a bespoke nine-course set menu (dishes include: lobster with ginger & green onion bao and Sichuan style Xiang-la beef ribs). The celebration takes place on January 25 and in honour of tradition, a lion dance will feature on the night to help ward off evil spirits. Menu from £95.

Hakkasan 

Executive Head Chef, Tong Chee Hwee, heads up the Hakkasan kitchen, and his dedication to Chinese cuisine has achieved numerous awards, including multiple Michelin stars at Hakkasan locations across the world. Priding themselves on using traditional techniques and fresh local ingredients to ensure their contemporary dishes retain the essence of conventional Cantonese cuisine, signature dishes include roasted silver cod with Champagne and crispy duck salad. In celebration of Chinese New Year, Hakkasan is serving a special celebratory menu designed to reflect good health and fortune, with the lucky Chinese knot at the heart of its design. Treasure pockets will be filled with mushrooms and abalone and be crafted to look like money bags, while scallops are served for mains. Guests will also be invited to write their wishes for the year ahead onto red ribbons, which will be strung up as decorations throughout the restaurant over the festive period. Priced at £88 per person for a minimum of two guests, the Chinese New Year menu is available in the restaurants from Monday 24th January until Sunday 28th January.

Park Chinois 

Alan Yau's opulent and lavish Park Chinois finally open its doors last year to reveal stunning chinoiserie interiors that took their inspiration from the dinner dances of 1930s Shanghai. Expect old fashioned glamour, strikingly rich surroundings, live music and fine Chinese food blended to great effect. Park Chinois is putting on a spectacular celebration (from 4 to 10 February) including rolling out a new traditional Chinese New Year dining menu (priced at £128, dishes include: spiced & roasted suckling pig with bean curd and steamed wild sea bass with cured pork, Lotus mushroom & XO Sauce) and one-off Year of the Pig cocktails as well as luxury fortune gifts. Also, expect special entertainment with performances of the iconic Lion Dance as well as the traditional Face Change dance. 

China Tang

Created by Sir David Tang, the founder of China Clubs in Hong Kong, Peking and Singapore, as well as the life-style brand, “Shanghai Tang”, China Tang offers some of the most authentic Cantonese food outside China. The sumptuous interior has been designed to evoke a romantic sense of the art deco era of the thirties and the menus do not compromise on classical recipes and all dishes. Chinese New Year celebrations include a traditional lion dance, a 10-course tasting menu (special dishes include deep fried lobster claw, Peking duck and snow pea shoots with crab) with Lucky Tangs fortune cookies. Additionally, over the course of two weeks, China Tang is offering a decadent Special’s Menu and the restaurant will be transformed with colourful decorations.

Yauatcha

From 28th January, dim sum teahouse Yauatcha (in Soho and The City) is serving a celebratory Chinese New Year menu with dishes inspired by the annual celebration and featuring ingredients which are traditionally believed to bring good fortune. Yauatcha is celebrating the Year of the Rat with eye-catching window illustrations in Soho and a signature menu (£68) inspired by the age-old zodiac legend ‘The Great Race’ in both Soho and The City. The limited edition menu highlights include; crispy rice and silver cod served with pickled golden beets and mango chilli sauce and a Lohan vegetable claypot with bamboo shoot, gingko nut, lotus seed, cloud ear mushroom, bean curd and black truffle. 

Kym's

Kym’s in Bloomberg Arcade is set to welcome in the Year of the Rat with a stunning lantern installation and a limited edition celebration menu. Michelin starred chef Andrew Wong has created an exclusive 5-course feast to ring in the new year, available for £45. The menu includes dishes such as Prosperity Salad - a Cantonese-style raw salad with salmon topped with plum sauce dressing, traditional Chinese dumplings and Kym’s signature Three Treasures dish with crispy pork belly, Iberico char siu and slow poached soy chicken. The Chinese New Year Menu is available for tables of 2-8, and must be ordered by the whole table. The menu runs from 13th January until 9th February.

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Chinese New Year


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