It’s the year of the Dog in 2018, and London’s China Town is pulling out all the stops to make the Orient’s biggest festivity one of the most exciting of all. New Year’s Eve falls on Thursday 15 February so you can use both the Thursday and the Friday as a perfect excuse to indulge in your favourite Chinese food while shouting Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Eight is a lucky number in Chinese so here’s our round-up of eight wonderful places to eat; whether you’re after small bites and Chinese treats, dog cocktails (!) or a full-blown meal in a private member’s club. Here’s how you can welcome in the Chinese New Year, exactly as it should be done: with a full stomach.
Devonshire Club All Day Menu
On Friday 16 February, The Devonshire Club, near Liverpool Street is offering an incredible infused lunch and dinner menu inspired by the Chinese New Year. The all-day menu will include classics such as Peking duck, served on a trolley, and other delicious Chinese specialities such as dumplings and scrumptious spring rolls. There will also be a lion dance performance as no New Year celebration would be complete without one.
Chinese Dips at Hipchips
Not far from China Town in Soho, Hipchips, the artisanal potato chip restaurant, are introducing two new dips this Chinese New Year. On offer will be a plum, ginger and spring onion savoury option, and on the sweet side, they will be offering a lychee pudding. These special dips will be served in the traditional HIPCHIPS boxes and come with an assortment of fresh, hand-cut crisps from a variety of British-grown potatoes.
Le Petit Chef immersive experience
Le Petit Chef will be hosting an immersive dining experience, transporting their diners on a culinary tour of the globe, inspired by the travels of Marco Polo. The journey stops off in China and guests will embark on a culinary adventure, soaring over snowy valleys, verdant tea gardens and even over the Great Wall of China. Along the way Le Petit Chef will be cooking up a vibrant spread of Chinese delicacies where guest can choose between Caramelised Honey and Ginger Duck, Miso Cod or Szechuan Tofu, before being chased into a hasty exit by a fire-breathing guardian dragon. Le Petit Chef takes diners on a six-course tasting menu with wine and cocktails.
A Feast at XU
The team behind the hugely popular BAO have taken Chinatown by storm with their latest Taiwanese restaurant, XU. For Chinese New Year, XU have put together an elegant and delectable menu of Taiwanese dishes with a contemporary twist. You’ll be able to enjoy Chinese New Year from the enclave of XU’s beautiful 1930’s Taiwan style dining room, while tucking into XO Cornish Queenie Scallops, Xian Bing, Mushroom Dumplings, Grilled Whole Seabass and Char Siu Pork.
Dog Cocktails at Opium
Chinese Zodiac inspired cocktails and dim sum is how you can spend your Chinese New Year with Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour. The menu takes inspiration from the 12 animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac and features 12 drinks, one for each zodiac sign. Inspired by the character traits of the zodiac symbols, this year’s Dog cocktails symbolise loyalty, and are made with Rain-infused Chivas Regal 12yr Scotch Whisky, Noisette, Biscuit Syrup, Chocolate Bitters and Mead.
Singapore and Malaysian at Rasa Sayang
Bring your friends and family to enjoy the New Year ritual of Yu Sheng at Rasa Sayang, the only halal restaurant in Chinatown. It’s a dish that is served in most restaurants and households in Singapore and Malaysia to promote good luck for the New Year. Indulge in authenticity with many ingredients such as shredded carrots, radish, pickled ginger, fried yam sticks, pomelo, jelly fish, coriander, raw salmon, crispy wanton skin and a fruity sauce. Every ingredient carries meaning and symbolises luck, wealth or health. For example, the slices of salmon represent abundance throughout the year, crispy wanton skin signifies gold, and carrots bring luck into your life.
Gluten Free at Dumplings’ Legend
Aptly named, the legend of dumplings, Dumplings’ legend, are offering an array of different dumplings for Chinese New Year. In the heart of China Town, you’ll be able to gorge on the steamed delicacies even if you’re gluten-free, DL have got you covered. The Gluten Free dumpling basket comes with four dumplings; a classic Har Gau dumpling, Spinach and prawn dumpling, prawn celery and water chestnut dumpling, and pak choi and prawn dumpling, all completely free of wheat.
CNY Flavours at Bubblewrap
Celebrating Chinese New Year with their signature decadent bubble waffles, Bubblewrap Chinatown are piling their street snacks ever higher for the occasion, adding limited editions and favourite CNY flavours such as Black Sesame Gelato, Fresh Matcha Cream, and Strawberry Mochi in lucky red.