Best Places to Celebrate Chinese New Year

2018 marks the Chinese Year of the Dog 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. For Chinese New Year, From 5th to 25th February, Hutong is celebrating Chinese New Year with a menu (priced at £88) inspired by dishes steeped in tradition - featuring dishes to bring you luck & prosperity such as; whole sea bass, steamed with spicy garlic sauce and Chinese five spiced crispy duck. During the celebratory dinner on the 16th February, be entertained by a traditional lion dance, helping to ward off ‘nian’ or evil spirits, alongside noise-makers. Traditional red pocket envelopes containing gifts and treats will be distributed, and a Chinese calligrapher will be on hand to create personal mementos.

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 2018, Hakkasan is dishing up a limited edition signature menu (priced at £88) created from Hakkasan chefs from London, USA, the Middle East and Asia. During the celebrations, Hakkasan honour auspicious traditions to see in the Year of the Dog with authentic Chinese lion dancers performing at Hakkasan Hanway Place on 18th February and Hakkasan Mayfair on 25th February.

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 15th to 19th February) including rolling out a new traditional Chinese New Year dining menu (priced at £150, dishes include: fresh Abalone with wind-dried oysters, sea Moss & baby pak choi to succulent roast suckling pig with rice bao) and one-off Year of the Dog 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, special dishes (such as shumai, with preserved oyster and sea moss and Buddha Jumps Over the Wall soup) and cocktails, and authentic Cantonese dishes such as Peking duck, prepared with the freshest ingredients and traditional spices. 

Yauatcha

From 5th February 2018, both dim sum teahouse Yauatcha 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 two dim sum dishes and main dishes include golden fortune prawn in lime sauce and braised pork shank with lotus seed and mushroom. In a nod to the bespoke art, order the Haoyun Lantern petit gâteau dessert with soy caramel and mandarin (eating citrus is believed to bring luck whilst ‘haoyun’ translates as ‘lucky’). Also a number of limited edition macarons are available, in flavours including vanilla orchid, a lucky flower for 2018, and raspberry Szechuan, vibrant red in colour to reflect Chinese New Year celebrations.

Bubbledogs

Bubbledogs, the gourmet hot dog and Champagne bar in Fitzrovia, will become ‘Chappett’s Café,’ a Chinese café, for one night only (on 20th February), in celebration of Chinese New Year. The owners have devised a menu of their favourite home-style Chinese dishes with a blowout menu including Taiwanese spiced fried rabbit; satay roasted cauliflower; 3 cup English clams, marinated and cooked in sesame oil, Chinese rice wine, soy sauce and basil.  As in Chinese tradition and to honour the year of the dog, bubbledogs are giving Hong Bao envelopes to any diner who visits with their hound, replacing the money with homemade dog treats.

Duddells

To celebrate Chinese New Year, the newly-opened Duddells in London Bridge is launching a Lunar New Year menu (priced at £88), which is available from 16th February to 4th March. Head Chef Daren Liew has chosen a very special selection of dishes to mark this important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The menu showcases some of the best in Cantonese cuisine, starting with Duddells signature ‘Royal dim sum symphony’, and delicate dumplings filled with ‘lobster and asparagus’ and ‘spicy turbot and pickled chilli’ followed by mains to share such as ‘black cod with crispy radish and supreme soy’, and ‘Abalone with smoked chestnut and corn fed chicken toban’. On New Year’s Day (falling on 16th February) lucky diners get to witness a traditional dragon dance, believed to bring good fortune.

Poons

Sorely missed, iconic Cantonese restaurant chain is making a return to London in the form of a three-month pop-up in Clerkenwell. Some of their signature dishes have been re-worked into more contemporary dishes including their signature “wind-dried” meats that a 1996 Evening Standard article referred to as “Poons’ unique selling point... best sampled in a hot pot with rice'' - as well as a spicy aubergine salad; Hainanese chicken; and steamed fish Guangzhou-style and a range - features alongside a modernised selection of of vegan and gluten-free dishes on the menu. The Poons pop-up opens on 17th February, and is set to precede the opening of a permanent Poons location later this year.

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Chinese New Year


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