If anything can cheer up a dreary cold winter, it’s getting stuck in to an almighty feast for Chinese New Year. From deluxe dim sum to epic tasting menus, follow our guide to the best places in town to celebrate the Year of the Sheep on 19th February.
City - 88 Worship Street, London EC2A 2BE
Michelin-starred tasting menu-only HKK is one of the best spots in London for Chinese fine dining so it’s hardly surprising that they’re putting on something rather special for New Year celebrations. Available now until 28th February, the ten-course tasting menu is entitled ‘A Culinary Journey Through China’ and will take inspiration from different Chinese provinces.
With dishes such as jasmine tea-smoked poussin and Wagyu beef in Merlot on the menu, this is the place to go if you’re looking to go all out for Chinese New Year.
Hutong at the Shard
London Bridge - Level 33 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY
Located on Level 33 of The Shard, Hutong is going all-out with the celebrations on February 19th, including traditional lion dancers and Chinese musicians. The special ‘Double Happiness’ set menu, priced at the traditional lucky number £88, features a ‘Lo Hei’ salad (salmon, yellow tail tuna and shredded abalone); Peking duck; and boneless Dover sole braised in coriander-vinegar sauce.
The restaurant will also give away prizes in red envelopes with each bill and in one lucky table’s case, the entire bill will be complimentary.
Soho - 15 Broadwick Street, London W1F 0DL
Aside from having some of the best dim sum in town, Yautcha also makes some of the prettiest cakes and macaroons around. For Chinese New Year they have created two special desserts: a caramelised sheep’s milk macaroon coated with oats and filled with dulce de leche and a limited ‘petit gateau’ which is a sheep’s yoghurt bavarois centred with lemon curd on a bed of lemon sponge and pandan buttercream. The restaurant has also teamed up with The Campaign for Wool to create a window display of pop art inspired woollen sheep as well as decking out the restaurant in woollen upholstery and sheep artworks.
Plus, they have hidden eight neon sheep around Soho – if you spot one, snap it and upload it to social media and you could win various prizes including a meal for two. Keep ‘em peeled!
Kensington - Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, London W8 4PT
Min Jiang at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington is one of London’s most highly rated Chinese restaurants so this definitely a good bet for New Year feasting. Available on the 18th and 19th February, the nine-course menu costs £98 and includes crispy lamb brisket with Chinese buns and steamed king prawns with homemade fermented chilli sauce. Min Jiang’s legendary wood-fired Beijing duck will also be available as an additional course (order in advance), priced at £32 for half a duck or £58 for the whole duck – well worth it in our opinion.
As well as top-notch food, the restaurant’s 10th floor location has great views over Kensington Garden and the city beyond.
17 Bruton Street, London W1J 6QB and 8 Hanway Place, London W1T 1HD
Available at both the Mayfair and Hanway Place locations of Hakkasan from 8th February to 1st March is another epic limited edition menu. The nine-course Chinese New Year ‘feast’ menu features dishes such as spicy lamb lupin wrap; golden fried soft shell crab with red chilli; and grilled Chilean sea bass in honey.
The restaurant will also be honouring the Chinese ‘Wishing Tree’ tradition by asking guests to share their hopes for 2015 on wishing ribbons, which are then be displayed throughout the restaurant. A nice tough – though quite what anyone would have left to wish for after eating all that is beyond us!
Knighsbridge - 151 Knightsbridge London SW1X7PA
One of London’s oldest Chinese restaurant’s (open since 1968) the unashamedly glitzy Mr Chow is somewhat of a Knightsbridge institution. To celebrate Chinese New Year, Mr Chow’s chefs will be demonstrating the art of hand-pulled Beijing noodles for guests, while also serving dishes such as lamb fillet with shimeji mushrooms and Beijing dumplings.
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- Royal China - Any of the branches of Royal China would make a great venue for Chinese New Year, with its freshly made dim sum and menu of Cantonese classics. Each table will receive a red envelope with its bill on February 19th with the top prize being a meal for two worth £100.
- Cha Cha Moon - Being devoted and kind-hearted are traits attributed to those born in the Year of the Sheep, so casual Carnaby Street eatery Cha Cha Moon will be honoring this on February 19th with random acts of kindness. These surprises could range from tasters of dishes to random free items on the bill.
- United Ramen - Islington’s United Ramen has created a special soup for Chinese New Year – the nyonya-braised lamb ramen contains marinated chard, sweet potato, fried shallot, crispy garlic and guilin chilli in a lamb and chicken bone broth.
- Harvey Nichols - Harvey Nichols stores across the UK will be offering a special Chinese New Year menu deigned in collaboration with chef Ching He Huang. Running from 16th to 26th February, dishes include Longevity Noodles – misua noodles, garlic, salt, sesame oil, garlic flowering chives – and golden scallop and prawn wontons.
Most Chinatown restaurants will also offer a special New Year menu too so check out our guide to Chinatown for even more recommendations.