Celebrate Chinese New Year in London with our top drinking and dining recommendations for a prosperous and fortunate start to the Year of the Pig
Words Jada De Cinque
Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in London
Throughout the month of February Chinese New Year celebrations will be rife to ring in the year of the pig. Many people will take part in the tradition of eating the food of symbolic value to bring prosperity and luck to themselves and their family. In London, we are fortunate to have a huge variety of Chinese restaurants and eateries. So whether you are looking to eat rice balls to increase family togetherness, dumplings and spring rolls to increase wealth, or fish to increase prosperity, here are our recommendations for where to go to celebrate Chinese New Year in London.
Hakkasan has reinvented the classic fortune cookie to celebrate Chinese New Year in London. The Michelin-starred, modern Cantonese restaurant has commissioned renowned author, Will Self to pen the fortunes, each of which will be written on a ribbon and secured around melt-in-the-mouth Hakkasan macarons. The Hakkasan fortune macaron will be available alongside a scrumptious eight-course Chinese New Year set menu.
28 January – 24 February; hakkasan.com
Yauatcha City and Yauatcha Soho have worked with design team, Isabel and Helen Studio to create an art installation within each restaurant inspired by earth pig. An exclusive eight-course Chinese New Year menu will also be available featuring celebratory dishes like crispy monkfish cheek with enoki mushroom and salsify, homemade prawn tofu with seaweed and water chestnut and Peking-style pulled pork. Yauatcha’s pastry team has created a limited-edition macaron with a pig stencilled in gold and flavoured with Mandarin.
28 January – 24 February; yauatcha.com
Famed for their handcrafted dumplings and unique cocktails, Ping Pongs across London will be celebrating in style with an exclusive menu to mark the start of the Year of the Pig. Ping Pong’s elaborate menu offers a selection of traditional dishes such as the Saffron Money Bag, a delectable filled saffron pastry with a yellow bean sauce and chorizo spring rolls. Alongside this will be an array of tantalising cocktails including one finished with smoked maple bacon to honour the Year of the Pig.
29 January – 1 April; pingpongdimsum.com
Hans’ Bar and Grill, Chelsea
For the Chinese New Year season treat yourself to an evening with MasterChef star Luke Phillips at the Hans’ Bar and Grill in Chelsea. Iconic chef of Chewton Glen, Luke Phillips will be celebrating the year of the Pig in collaboration with Hans’ Bar and Grill team. Be inspired by a menu designed from Chinese heritage. An array of dishes include, Puff Pork skin served with hoisin sauce, Hand Dived Scallops topped with fennel, coastal herbs, puffs rice and finger lime dressing and Glazed duck complemented by soured plums, charred Chinese cabbage and sweet potato. Complete your dining experience with a Cherry Sphere with Amaretto mousse and Asian inspired petit fours.
£99 per person; Including arrival drink, dinner, wines paired with starter and main course and conversation with Luke; tickets
February 27; hansbarandgrill.com
China Tang at The Dorchester
Celebrate Chinese New Year in the sumptuous 1930s Shanghai-inspired China Tang at The Dorchester where you can indulge in a scrumptious ten-course banquet menu and enjoy lion dance performers. Curated by Executive Chef Chong Choi Fong, the ten-course feast consists of an array of dishes using most luxurious ingredients home to China. Highlights include siu mai dumplings with preserved oyster and sea moss, emblematic of good times and prosperity, deep fried lobster claw and stir-fried lobster tails with gai lan and Peking duck.
4 and 5 February; chinatanglondon.co.uk
Park Chinois in Mayfair
Park Chinois, the opulent Chinese restaurant in Mayfair, is celebrating Chinese New Year in style with a lavish menu inspired by the Year of the Pig. This sublime banquet includes spiced and roasted suckling pig with bean curd, Australian fresh abalone, roast duck and steamed wild sea bass. Alongside this abundance of delicious dishes, guests will enjoy a traditional show featuring lion dancers and Chinese drummers.
2 February – 10 February; parkchiniois.com
Celebrate the art of imperial dining with an elaborate ‘Year of the Pig’ Cantonese-style menu at Imperial Treasure. They’ve created a feast by combining old Chinese delicacies and mouthwatering dim sum with steamed whole turbot, golden fresh oyster with salted egg yolk and a Chinese New Year cake topped with a delicate gold leaf – traditionally served to bring luck and success in the coming year. Wash this down with an exclusive Golden Piggy cocktail – a delightful blend of WhistlePig rye whiskey, plum and orange.
1 – 19 February; imperialtreasure.com
This year Hutong will be celebrating the Chinese New Year in London with a stunning panoramic view and menu. Expect a combination of regional dishes and delicacies from across the country, alongside dishes traditionally eaten on Chinese New Year. Highlights include pork rib marinated in homemade Sichuan peppercorn sauce, scallop and prawn wonton with homemade chilli oil and deep fried Dover sole served with lychee. Guests will be entertained by a traditional lion dance and red pocket envelopes to take away.
4 February; hutong.co.uk
From the team behind the hugely popular BAO, XU is a beautiful 1930s Taiwan style dining room, that sits on Rupert Street in Chinatown. For Chinese New Year, XU has put together an elegant Taming of the Pig set menu featuring firecracker roll, sweet potato and miso taro dumpling and a divine char siu Iberico pork dish. A month-long series of entertainment will also ensue, including a Lion dance, a guest dinner with The Hendersons and a Mahjong Club event with Carhartt.