Oink Oink! It’s the year of the pig! Chinese New Year is almost upon us, starting on 5th February, and of course all our favourite Chinese restaurants are gearing up. So here are the best places to stuff your snout this Chinese New Year.
It’s the Year of the Pig and we hope you’ve got your snouts at the ready because Hutong – known for being oh, so fabulous – are putting on the most enticing of reunion dinners. What’s a reunion dinner you ask? Well, in Chinese New Year tradition it’s when the family gathers together to feast, remember those who can’t be present, and celebrate the advent of a new year. Head Chef, Fei Wang has curated a flavour oozing menu that will have you full until the next Chinese New Year (but it’s delicious so we don’t mind at all). There’ll be dishes such as Scallop & prawn wontons and deep fried dover sole and much, much more. And, because it’s the Year of the Pig red pocket envelope with a Chinese horoscope for the year ahead – let’s pray it says something good and doesn’t ruin our meal, hey! Finally, because no meal is complete with ravaging some chocolate, the Year of the Pig will be celebrated with choccy piggy banks which you can break at the table and delve into the choc coins inside. Sounds truly scrumptious!
The dinner will take place on the 4th of February with the menu available throughout the month with a range of specials.
Where: Level 33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
Go big or go home, and at if you’re headed to Park Chinois you’ve already chosen the former. The opulent restaurant offers some of the best top-end restaurant food in town and will add to that spectacular live Chinese performances, a range of ‘Year of the Pig’ cocktails, as well as Chinese fortunes and predictions for year. And food, of course, with a Chinese New Year dining menu from Executive Chef, Lee Che Liang.
Where: Park Chinois, 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
Behind the grand colonnades of 0 Trinity Square, The Four Seasons lie plenty of delights, not least Mei Ume which will be celebrating the turn of the year of the pig with a special menu. Expect gifts adorned with traditional calligraphy, an ornamental wishing tree and a menu teaming with Chinese classics.
There’s a new Chinese restaurant in town, and it’s a contender. Imperial Treasure, in St James’s Waterloo Place, just opened and brings a wealth of experience from Asia where the group have already amassed a haul of four Michelin stars. Signature dishes include caviar on egg white; soft shell crab with soya crumble; crispy Iberico barbecued pork belly; salt and pepper deep fried eel; and silver cod steamed with chillies. Perhaps it would be inauspicious to sample the chilled pig’s shank, though I’m assured it’s excellent.
The clue’s in the name, and you can bet that China Tang is going to be putting on quite a show for Chinese New Year. The Dorchester’s star turn, modelled after 1930s Shanghai, will be cooking up ten delectable courses, all created by Executive Chef Chong Choi Fong. And not just any dishes, but they’ll all be highly symbolic, in name and how they’re presented, representative of a wish or hope for the coming year. The menu will feature Siu Mai Dumplings with Preserved Oyster and Sea Moss, which symbolises good times and prosperity, for instance. Other symbolic dishes will include Deep Fried Lobster Claw and Stir Fried Lobster Tails with Gai Lan; Birds Nest Soup; Peking Duck; and Seasonal Snow Pea Shoots topped with White Crab Meat. Diners can, as if it needed it, ‘upgrade’ to include Suckling Pig or Fresh Abalone, which are noted for their properties of affluence and fortune. The restaurant will also be presenting guests with Lucky Tangs fortune cookies, containing prizes like a bottle of Champagne or lunch for two.
Guess what they’re serving at Burger & Lobster? Yep, fortune cookies. Oh, and burgers and lobsters. The restaurant will be offering up to £2,000 prizes in the the cookies, including a trip to New York, a visit to Burger & Lobster Flatiron, more meals featuring burgers and lobsters, complimentary bottles of champagne and pre-drinks at Burger & Lobster restaurants bars. To get your year-of-the-pig-celebrating mitts on these cookies you simply need to order an ‘almighty jumbo lobster’ which weighs up to 7kg and is an ideal sharing item. Then divvy up the prizes (not sure how this works with a trip to New York, but anyway).
If there’s one thing we know about P.F.Chang’s tables it’s that they’re Asian. And so no surprise that P.F. Chang’s Asian Table will be celebrating the Year of the Pig with a special New Year menu including Sticky Pork Bao Buns and Chinese Pork Ribs as well as specially created cocktails (and mocktails). They’re even getting a fortune teller in to read whatever the Chinese version of runes is (well, it’s characters, but then that’s just reading). They’ll also be giving diners a chance to win P.F. Chang’s Asian Table food for a whole year!
If you don’t like your food to be able to stare right at you as you eat it, look away now. And for the entire main course. At The Jugged Hare you can have a whole piglet on a platter to see in Chinese New Year. The suckling pig, comes straight from the rotisserie and celebrates the year of the pig. There’s nothing else particularly Chinese about it.
If you want solid Chinese cuisine, why would you even venture out of China Town? (Okay, it’s not really a town, more of a novelty street (doesn’t a town have to have a cathedral or something?). Anyway, while you’re there you’ll want to check out The Orient London, the Chinese restaurant famed for their Szechaun and Cantonese cuisine and a Dim Sum menu that takes centre stage. Celebrating Chinese New Year with a dedicated menu including baked lobster with ginger and spring onion, pan fried lotus root cake and braised lamb brisket with bamboo hoots and Chinese mushrooms.
The dark and inviting corners of Mayfair’s Hakkasan are ideal for celebrating, and not least for Chinese New Year where they’ll be reinventing the classic fortune cookie. And it’s not Mystic Meg sitch, they’ve only gone and got literary legend Will Self to pen the fortunes. Famous for his satirical, dark and ironic musings, the fortunes will be written on a ribbon and placed around the Hakkasan macarons, to create a fortune macaron.