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Where to Eat for Chinese New Year

By Lauren Hill

As you see in the Year of the Dog this February, get the Lunar New Year off to an auspicious start by indulging in the finest contemporary Chinese cuisine some of our favorite cities have to offer. For Cantonese cuisine with a view of Hong Kong’s fireworks, celebratory fare in Singapore and Chinese fine dining in New York and London, this is where to eat for Chinese New Year.

LONDON

Hakkasan

Hakkasan is now a thriving global collection of contemporary Chinese restaurants, but Hakkasan at Hanway Place is the venue it all stemmed from, with its distinct Christian Liaigre designed interiors of wooden screens, latticing and black and gold panels. The award-winning Michelin-starred cuisine is worth booking a table for at any time, but Chinese New Year proves to be even more enticing. The specially curated menu begins with small eats such as crispy scallop in sweet plum sauce before going on to main dishes like wok-fry native lobster in superior stock with edamame and caviar. Finish with the Ginger Fortune dessert combining ginger caramel, roasted macadamia and lemongrass, which could be paired with the Happy Daisy cocktail fusing Tanqeray No. 10 gin with Chartreuse yellow, lemon and spiced mandarin jam. Hakkasan in Mayfair will be offering this celebratory menu too.

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Park Chinois

In the 1930s Shanghai inspired restaurant Park Chinois, Chinese New Year will be celebrated with the launch of a traditional Chinese New Year menu, along with specially created Year of the Dog cocktails and fortune gifts for diners. Entertainment will include performances of the iconic lion dance and the traditional Chinese ‘face change’ dance. The Lunar New Year menu was created by chef Lee to encompass classic Chinese dishes with a modern twist. Try the Australian abalone and wind-dried oysters with sea moss and baby pak choi or the roast suckling pig with rice bao, before finishing with a dessert such as red bean and osmanthus layer pudding. This is also the first year that the restaurant will be offering the celebratory dish Lo Hei, a meal that marks Chinese New Year with plenty of revelry.

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Yauatcha

This February, the Michelin-starred dim sum teahouse Yauatcha is celebrating Chinese New Year by commissioning two leading London artists to create innovative Chinese art installations, as well as by offering a special menu of contemporary Cantonese dim sum. Each of the artists—paper sculptor Lydia Kasumi Shireff and installation artist Jamie Julien Brown—is creating their interpretation of the Chinese lantern. The menu will then feature dishes inspired by the annual celebration, integrating ingredients that are traditionally believed to bring good fortune. Two dim sum dishes, salted egg yolk custard sesame ball and Chilean sea bass roll, will be followed by heartier plates including braised pork shank with lotus seed and mushroom, and desserts such as the Haoyun Lantern petit gateau, which takes inspiration from the featured artwork. A number of limited-edition macarons will also be available in flavors including vanilla orchid and raspberry Szechuan.

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