Best Places to Celebrate Chinese New Year

2019 marks the Chinese Year of the Pig 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 2019, Hutong is marking the Year of the Pig with a night of celebrations and a bespoke menu (dishes include: scallop and prawn wonton & homemade chilli oil and sweet and sour Dover sole) created by Chef Fei Wang. The celebration takes place on Monday February 4 as a reunion dinner, which takes place on the eve of Chinese New Year, and is considered the most important get-together meal of the year. Each table will be presented with a bespoke Hutong chocolate ‘piggy banks’ to break open at the table, revealing special Hutong chocolate coins to enjoy at the end of the meal.

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 reinventing the classic fortune cookie. In a collaboration with London-based novelist and journalist Will Self, the fortune macarons feature 88 fortunes penned by the writer, exploring the comedic, satirical and often dark side of modern day life in the city. Hakkasan is also paying homage to the wishing tree tradition inspired by the Lam Tseun trees in Hong Kong. Guests are invited to write their wishes for 2019 on the red ribbons and hang them on the wooden latticework in the restaurant. 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. The menu offers crispy monkfish cheek with enoki mushroom and salsify, Peking style pulled pork with golden mantou and steamed freshwater prawn with chilli. Priced at £60 for a minimum of two people. Also in celebration Yauatcha are showcasing a special installation consisting of multiple ‘bio-morphic’ pigs suspended from the ceiling with vibrant red and gold vinyl wraps encasing the restaurants featuring an illustration of the Earth pig by Quentin Monge.  

Duddells

To celebrate Chinese New Year, Duddells in London Bridge is launching a Lunar New Year menu (priced at £118), which is available from February 1 to February 13. Duddell's team has chosen a very special selection of dishes to mark this important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The menu (served family style) showcases some of the best in Cantonese cuisine, dishes include: sea cucumber and abalone served with Shimeji mushrooms, tea-smoked Cantonese soya chicken and the favourite truffle-roasted black cod with Lily Bulb and Nameko mushrooms. To celebrate the Lunar New Year on 5th February, diners will be able to enjoy a lively performance by traditional dragon dancers under the atmospheric walls of St Thomas Church.

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Chinese New Year


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