Best Places to Celebrate Chinese New Year

2023 marks the Chinese Year of the Rabbit so for the upcoming Chinese New Year Urbanologie has brought you the best places to celebrate in style.

Poon's at Carousel

Carousel plays host to London's beloved Cantonese restaurant Poon’s, for a two-night Chinese New Year celebration on January 19 and January 20. Ushering in the Year of the Rabbit, Poon’s are hosting a bountiful 'Steamboat' tabletop sharing feast. Diners are seated around softly simmering stock pots and encouraged to gently poach an array of fresh seafood, marinated meats and Chinese vegetables etc. with a selection of Poon’s legendary homemade sauces. Tickets for both nights can be purchased at £55. 


From 20th January to 5th February groups of six or more can book the private dining rooms at the King’s Cross and Shoreditch restaurants for a feast to bring good fortune in 2023. The menu begins with house pickles and crispy noodles for the table to share, followed by a choice of baos and Taiwanese fried chicken. For the main event, lucky dishes of scarlet cha shao gammon, marinated in honey and five spice, is accompanied by roasted Delica pumpkin, tofu and garlic chives, and stir-fried Swiss chard with garlic. Groups can book the private dining rooms - decked out in red and gold, the traditional colours of prosperity - and order the set menu for £39 per person. 

Mimi Mei Fair

The Chinese-inspired extravagant townhouse restaurant from the restaurateur behind Jamavar and Bombay Bustle, where rooms are intricately decorated with hand painted silk walls and chandeliers. Across the festivities (January 13 to February 5), they're offering a special menu which starts with a ‘basket of wealth’ - a duo of dumplings that are thought to bring good fortune. The main event includes oysters and a truffle vegetable soong, with butternut squash, shiitake mushrooms and chive shoots wrapped in lettuce cups; roasted chicken sprinkled with crispy garlic; and braised noodles, enoki mushrooms and dried scallop. Diners are invited to write down their wishes for the new year and hang them on the wishing tree installation designed by luxury florist, Lucy Vail. 

Din Tai Fung

The Michelin Guide-recognised Taiwanese hotspot, is offering a limited-edition menu offering in celebration of Chinese New Year - across its three London restaurants. Available for groups of between 6 and 10 diners to book - the tasting menu (available until 05 February) features some of the brand’s most iconic dishes, including their xiao long bao and favourites such as the salted egg yolk custard lava buns. Priced at £60 per person. 


Chinese New Year 2023 sees Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurants Hakkasan welcome The Year of the Rabbitr in style. Each restaurant will be adorned with decadent decorations and offer a special edition menu featuring dishes specially created for the occasion, along with a special cocktail. The one-off menu features the likes of Lo Hei ‘Prosperity Toss’ octopus salad with yuzu plum sauce & chilli garlic vinegar; the Happiness dim sum trio, featuring the seafood dumpling, scallop & prawn shumai and a rabbit carrot puff filled with rabbit ragu; cherrywood smoked roasted duck with carrot & kumquat chutney; and stir-fried wagyu beef with nian gao, shimeji mushroom & golden squash. Additionally, Hakkasan are bringing back their Wishing Tree, so guests can hang their wishes for the year ahead, with custom trees and branches embellished with bespoke Rabbit drawings, Chinese symbols and good wishes for the new year. Available from January 10 to February 7. 

The Tent (at the end of the Universe)

A invitation-only “member’s club and restaurant” from John Javier - the emerging culinary heavyweight who made a name for himself as chef-owner of Master in Sydney, Australia - a refreshingly rock’n’roll modern Chinese restaurant. Javier is hosting a series of Sunday Sessions, consisting of takeovers by acclaimed figures from the worlds of music, arts and food. The first of these is a Chinese New Year takeover, which sees Javier going back to his culinary roots with a menu of his signature Chinese dishes, which will stay on the menu for the following week. 


Park Chinois

Park Chinois have created a decadent Chinese New Year Specials Menu, available from the 19 January to January 29. To further entice guests ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ Park Chinois have partnered with Hennessy X.O to create three bespoke ‘Les Trois Petits Lapins’ cocktails. The seven-course dining menu (from £168 per person) includes dishes such as grilled wild sea bass with Guanciale & plum Sauce and Cantonese roasted duck and sauteed Australian wagyu beef with chive & shacha sauce. And from 19 to 22 January, choose to immerse yourself in Salon de Chine where entertainment includes a mix of enthralling Chinese drumming and a silk string quartet along with the iconic lion dance.

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