Tomorrow is Chinese New Year, a chance to celebrate the year of the Earth Dog and to bring in good luck and fortune for the year to come. To celebrate, restaurants across London will be serving traditional Chinese menus, handing out free fortune cookies and putting on performances of the Lion Dance.
Keeping things traditional, Hutong will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a series of dishes that are rooted in historical Chinese custom with a 21st century twist. Head Chef, Fei Wang, will be combining different regional cooking styles and delicacies, to create dishes such as king prawn dumplings with hot and sour soup; steamed whole sea bass with spicy garlic sauce and auspicious sambo – a dish that encourages diners to embrace the past, present and future with three dishes and flavours on one plate. The bar is joining in too with their special cocktail, Panhu – a dragon-dog figure in Chinese mythology. On the 16th, they will also be ‘cleaning the restaurant’ when all of red lanterns will be re-hung, signifying a new start and brining good luck. During the evening, guests will be entertained by a traditional lion dance and red pocket envelopes containing gifts and treats will be distributed.
Now – until Sunday 25th February
Hakkasan’s new set menu is not only created by Hakkasan chefs from London, USA, the Middle East and Asia, but it also uses ingredients believed to bring good luck and prosperity. The lion dance will take place at Hakkasan Hanway Place on the 18th February and Hakkasan Mayfair on 25th February and both restuaratnts will also have their annual wishing tree tradition, where guests can write their wishes on red ribbons.
Now until 4th March
Park Chinois will be celebrating the year of the Earth Dog, with five days of Chinese traditions. Each day there’ll be special performances including the face change dance; the lion dance; special acts from the Park Chinois troupe and showcases by different cabaret acts. As well as the performances, you’ll find a Chinese New Year menu, limited edition Year of the Dog cocktails and luxury fortune gifts.
Thursday 15th – Monday 19th February
Everyone’s favourite Australian doughnut, Doughnut Time, is celebrating with a limited edition Talk of China Town, doughnut. The red cream glazed doughnut, is topped with lucky gold leaf pieces, black sugar pearls, gold chocolate con and a fortune cookie. Forget finding a white crème egg, one doughnut will have a fortune cookie containing a golden ticket in which will get you a 100 doughnuts – get your friends to form an orderly queue!
Chinese Cricket Club
Chinese Cricket Club’s Chinese New Year menu, includes the likes of slow-cooked beef short ribs with Shaoxing dried pickled cabbage; Hunan-style red chilli sea bass; dim sum platters; marinated beef shank in five spices and for pudding chocolate and red bean Swiss roll with vanilla ice cream. It’s available until 25th February, but if you want to catch the theatrical lion dance performance, calligraphy stand and red laisee packet prize then you need to head there on Friday 16th.
Thursday 15th – Sunday 25th February
P.F.Chang’s Asian Table
P.F. Chang’s Asian Table, will be celebrating with a limited-edition Chinese New Year cocktail, the Umeshu Fizz, made from Umeshu, lemon juice, crème du apricot and prosecco, which will go rather nicely with their decadent butterfly poached pear Asian pear tartlet. You’ll also catch them at the famous parade on the 18th February, handing out fortune cookies each one with great freebies inside, including one special prize of dinner for two for a year!
Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th February