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Chinese New Year 2023: Where to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit in London

January 19, 2023


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In China and much of Asia, the New Year is celebrated in January as the Lunar New Year. It coincides with the first new moon of the year and the traditional start of spring, and across Asia families and friends honor the date with meals, fireworks, gifts, and drawing wishes for the future. Chinese New Year celebrations always feature ancient lion or dragon dances, with the enormous model being hoisted aloft on poles familiar to many in the West. The 2023 festival officially falls on January 22, kicking off the year of the rabbit, considered the luckiest of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, and symbolizing compassion, elegance, and beauty.

London is home to the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia, and this year the party is finally back in full swing after the pandemic. A really important component of all Chinese New Year celebrations is the food that brings loved ones together. With that in mind, here are some of the best spots to catch the event in town.

x Poon’s Carousel – 19y – 20y January

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Carousel has teamed up with Chinese food establishment Bon’s and invites guests to cook, share, and dine at a Cantonese steamboat feast.

The event only lasts two nights at the White Room at Carousel, and there are only a few spots left. Diners will gather around stock pots to simmer an array of fresh seafood, seasoned meats, Chinese vegetables, noodles and more, with a selection of legendary Poon sauces for all of their dipping needs.

For more information or to reserve a space at Carousel x Poon’s Cantonese Steamboat Feast, visit the restaurant’s website here.

Mama Chen at the Gantry Hotel – 18y – 22Abbreviation II January

In January diners were invited to The Gantry Hotel in Stratford where new pop-up dumplings and noodle bar Mama Chen’s recently launched residency. They will decorate the ground floor of the hotel with Chinese lanterns and other auspicious decorations, and present gifts to customers and authentic dishes for the festival. The menu pays tribute to the cooking of Michelle Liu’s grandmother and features a selection of dim sum, incl Traditional Chinese dumplings chives and shrimpAnd Shrimp and pork with Mama Chen’s pepper oil And Green panda vegetable dumpling. Soups, noodles, and noodles are also a specialty, with options like spicy noodles topped with Mama Chin Crispy garlic and anesthetic szechuan oil; Aspects include a Whipped cucumber salad And Tofu pancakes with shiitake mushrooms and garlic sriracha. There is also a free cookie with each meal A full shebang dumpling feast for two system and exclusive Shrimp Siu Mai A dumpling dish to celebrate the occasion.

For more information or to book a table at Mama Chen’s Hotel at the Gantry Hotel, please visit 40 Celebration Street, London E20 1DB, Visit the hotel’s website here.

Baozi Inn Soho – 19y January – 28y February

North China food experts BaoziInn Soho is introducing an all-new vegetarian and vegan menu this month with Chinese New Year in mind. The new offering consists of a range of healthy dishes, with a selection of BaoziInn’s top favourites, colorful dim sum, steamed buns, dumplings, noodles, skewers and Sichuan and Hunan street food.

Some of the appetizers are on the new menu Cucumber in chef’s special pepperAnd Crispy fried tofu And Bouziane spring rolls with vegetables. Their assortment of steamed buns includes the likes of a Lotus seed breada Vegan cake and a Curry potato bread. From the dim sum section there is a Green curry dumplings with mushrooms Beside Black pepper tofu pancakes And Vegetarian dumplings chew chow; Northern Chinese dumplings are also available in both vegetarian and vegan options, as always with plenty of chili oil. there Vegetarian dim sum and a Vegetarian skewer plattereach with three different types, featuring main dishes Eggplant with sweet and sour sauceAnd Bookmark Mapu Beancurd And of course, Dan Dan Vegetarian Noodles (The BaoziInn dish became famous).

For more information or to book a table at BaoziInn Soho, 24 Romilly Street, London W1D 5AH, visit the restaurant’s website here.

Chinese Park x Hennessy XO – 19y – 29y January (Entertainment 19y – 22Abbreviation II January)

This Mayfair venue has created a special menu along with three Hennessy XO cocktails dedicated to Chinese New Year, with evening entertainment featuring some of the period (acts include Chinese drums, a string quartet and, of course, the famous lion dance that will weave across two floors of the restaurant).

Executive Chef Che Liang Lee creates a menu of seven specials to showcase the flavors and influences of his travels. To start, there’s a take on the traditional prosperity salad, Chinese New Year Lo Hai With Hiramasha fish And Twice boiled fish mao, dried scallops and bamboo shoot soup. Include tubes Grilled wild sea bass with gulinche and plum sauceAnd Roasted Cantonese duck And Sauteed Australian wagyu beef with chives and chacha sauce. This year also repeats Whole roasted suckling pig stuffed with sticky rice, dried shrimp, chestnuts, mushrooms, leeks, salted eggs, ginali and red dates.It is available for pre-order. For desserts, there is Bunny Custard Paw Served with yuzu wine. An eight-course group set menu (designed for sharing between at least four) can also be reserved with advance notice.

To complement the dishes, mixologists have created three Hennessy XO cocktails (together called The three little bunnies): Le Lapin Imperial (Hennessy XO Cognac, Peach, Rhubarb, Delamotte Brut Champagne), red rabbit (Hennessy XO, rye whiskey, amaro, Cocchi Vermouth Di Torino) and golden bunny (Hennessy XO, Eminente Reserva 7yr Rum, Grand Marnier, orgeat syrup and citrus). The venue’s head sommelier also curated a wine list for the occasion.

For more information or to reserve a table at Park Chinois, 17 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8EA, visit the restaurant’s website here.

Perception Bar at W Hotel – 21St January

The Perception Bar in W London, just a stone’s throw from Chinatown itself, is hosting an event on the busy party venue.

The bar and dance floor They will be transformed to celebrate new beginnings and welcome the Chinese New Year in style. ususally The glamorous disco atmosphere will be enhanced to embrace the spirit implied by the Year of the Rabbit, with the right drinks.

For more information or to book a table at the Perception Bar, W Hotel, 10 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QF, visit the bar’s website here.

From Tai Fung – 25y January – 5y February

This Michelin Guide-recognized Taiwanese hotspot will launch limited-edition dishes and a special festival tasting menu, available across its three restaurants in London for groups of six to ten. Featuring some of the brand’s most popular dishes (among Xiao Long Bao and the Salted egg yolk custard bread), the tasting menu is a sampling of the best of Din Tai Fung. It will include limited edition Chinese New Year dishes Shrimp and egg fried rice with xo sauce And Tom Yum Xiao Long BaoBeside Classic steamed black cod And Cakes are not crab (A vegetarian takes the crab cake.)

Those looking for a bustling yet refined atmosphere should opt for the Covent Garden branch, the brand’s flagship location in London. For more charming surroundings, Din Tai Fung Center Point is the go-to, the latest addition inspired by the decade in which Center Point was built, and home to a separate bar area for after-dinner cocktails. Meanwhile, Selfridges Place provides a stopping point after a day of shopping.

For more information about Din Tai Fung or to reserve a table, visit the group’s website here.

The Orchid Lounge x Diptique at Pan Pacific London – 4y January – 27y Walks

Pan Pacific London showcases Southeast Asian hospitality at their hotel in the heart of the city, and this Lunar New Year they serve with Afternoon Tea in partnership with Diptyque at the Orchid Lounge.

Executive pastry chef Cherish Finden has created a special inspired by Diptyque’s Orange tree And orange rose orange rose Perfume – Given that oranges symbolize luck and happiness in Chinese culture. Tea is served by candlelight in a birdcage and includes pastries such as Tangerine and white chocolate mousse with orange marmalade tiger spongealong with delicious Chinese options such as crispy wontons with aromatic duck and tofu, plus thegood obster And Singapore kaya toast. There is a selection of teas from The Rare Tea Company or Orchid Lounge’s detailed mix (a blend of loose-leaf Indian and Malay black teas, or Chinese oolong and Indian rose petals), or there’s sparkling wine and mocktails.

In keeping with tradition (where the host presents a red card or Subao to write down hopes and dreams for the coming year, before they are tied to a tree) Guests can post their wishes on the Orchid Lounge’s wishing tree.

For more information about Diptyque Afternoon Tea at the Orchid Lounge, Pan Pacific London, 80 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7AB visit the hotel’s website here.

Straits Kitchen at Pan Pacific London – 21St – 31St January

Straits Kitchen, also in Pan Pacific, puts on a four-course joint dinner on Saturday the 21stSt January only, featuring a Jade rabbit welcome cocktail or mocktail, Yu Sheng’s rainbow salad (carrots, daikon radish, purple sweet potato, pickled ginger, fresh mango and clementine, finished with black cod and black truffles), Braised abalone Served with shiitake mushrooms and Jay Lan And other dishes like Steamed sea bass with xo sauceAnd Authentic lobster stir-fried long life noodles And XO scallop fried rice. The opening salad is an ancient community experiment: the group tosses the salad together, and it is believed that the higher the lot, the more prosperous the year will be. To round out the festivities, there are optional two hours of unlimited Chinese wine to accompany the meal.

In addition, there is a common feast on Sunday the 22ndAbbreviation II January with a selection of grills, including crispy pork, duck, roast pork, and Hainanese chicken. Followed by the house specialties Lobster Native Laksa And Black cod and black truffle Yuxing rainbow With a choice of sides. To finish off there is a Chinese New Year dessert buffet, also by executive pastry chef Cherish Finden.

For those who miss out on the weekend events, a three-course lunch set menu or a four-course set dinner menu showcasing Straits Kitchen’s Singaporean-style cuisine with an added Lunar New Year flair will continue until the 31st.St January.

For more information or to book a table at Straits Kitchen, Pan Pacific London, 80 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7AB visit the hotel’s website here.

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