Cheers to the Year of the Dog!
Chinese New Year is on the horizon, and aside from a glorious long-weekend off work to enjoy, the festivities also bring the ideal time to gather friends and family and feast! From our favourite firework-viewing restaurants, to the best places to dine with friends we’re here to wish you a very Happy Chinese New Year!
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Chinese New Year Menus:
Ring in the Year of The Dog with a little pizazz! Sip a glass of champagne (included with the CNY menu at $888 per person) and listen to soul singer Wendy Robin as she performs at Fang Fang every Tuesday through Saturday, including during CNY. Enjoy the meal of rainbow Lo Hei with Norwegian Salmon, Dim Sum platter, Pork Ribs in a red wine dressing, and Chilean Sea bass with forest honey, pandan leaf prawns and truffle fried rice.
Fang Fang, 8/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.fangfang.com.hk
Looking for traditional Cantonese food in a casual setting? Set on the shore of Repulse Bay, Meen & Rice ticks all the boxes. This laidback spot is offering dishes designed for luck, this CNY. Highlights include a Whole Suckling Pig ($888, 2 days pre-order required) and Crispy Fried Oyster ($198). The specials are available from Wednesday, 14 to Thursday, 22 February. Ideal for relaxing with family and friends, and making the most of the (hopefully decent!) weather.
Meen & Rice, The Pulse, Shop 113, Level 1, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong www.meenandrice.com
Keen to enter the New Year feeling ZEN? This newly relaunched Cantonese restaurant is bringing three sets of Chinese New Year menus for family and friends to unite over. Available now until Friday, 2 March, the traditional style menus include only the finest dishes. Meant for extravagant group gatherings, the three 10-course set menus are priced at $5,500, $6,688 and $7,788 for 10 to 12 people (meaning roughly $500 and up per head). Think lobster, sucking pig, king prawns and more…
ZEN, 2nd Floor Garden East, 222 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, www.facebook.com/zen1983
We’re huge fans of Bread & Beasts delicious sandwiches for a lunchtime treat, and we’re also loving the sound of its special CNY feasts. Staying true to its typical style, with fun interpretations of traditional Cantonese flavours, the menu includes the iconic Poon Choi, featuring mouth-watering options such as Bacon-Wrapped Scallops, Prawns with Thai Basil, Garlic and Chili, Souse Vide Pork Belly with Thyme and Garlic and much more. The Poon Choi will be the star of the show in set menus, Fortune Beast ($1,888, for six to eight people) and Prosperous Beast ($3,688, for 15 to 18 people), along with other delights such as Black and White Sesame Osmanthus Mochi. With a la carte options also available, including Lap Churng Potato Gratin ($188) and Hainan Chicken Sliders ($108 for four), we’re not sure if we’re more excited for the food, or the extra days off work!
Bread & Beast, 3 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.breadandbeasthk.com
Meals with a view:
This Cantonese restaurant is known by locals for a reason! It celebrates authentic Cantonese food, and showcases the natural flavours of top quality ingredients – all whilst showcasing our iconic Hong Kong skyline as a backdrop. Ideal for watching fireworks, the view overlooks the tree-lined Bauhinia Square and the harbour. To welcome in the New Year, Chef So, the Head Chef has specially designed the Spring Gourmet menu, and the day time dim sum is available as usual.
Golden Bauhinia, Expo Galleria, HKCEC, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.restaurants.hkcec.com/en/GoldenBauhinia
The special fireworks menu ($2,988 per person) at the two Michelin-star Yan Toh Heen is one that is sure to satisfy those who crave a traditional Cantonese dinner! It features a Barbecued Suckling Pig and Golden Sun-dried Oyster, followed by Double Boiled Sea Cucumber with Fish Maw. If that isn’t enough (how could it not be?) you’ll be treated to a Wok-fried Lobster with Water Chestnuts and Fungus, Braised Whole Abalone, followed by Steamed Garoupa Fillet and sides. Be sure to save some room, because dessert includes Sweetened Red Bean Cream with Glutinous Rice Dumplings and Chilled Red Date Pudding with Bird’s Nest served with 1970 Aged Supreme Liu Pao Tea. With a front row seat to the Victoria Harbour fireworks, the view will be the pièce de résistance!
And if Canto dinners aren’t your thing, be sure to check out the other restaurants here – Rech by Alain Ducasse, Nobu and The Steakhouse Winebar + Grill all feature special CNY Menus to celebrate the occasion. Views included!
Yan Toh Heen, Lower Level, InterContinental, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com/en/dining/yan-toh-heen
If you’re looking for seriously good views of the fireworks and some delicious Northern Chinese cuisine this CNY, you can’t go wrong with Hutong. Priced at $1,888 per person, sit back and enjoy the festivities, accompanied by the 12-dish feast, set in Hutong’s traditional interiors. Served for one night only on Saturday, 17 February, the dinner will include Braised Lobster with Spicy Broad Bean Sauce, along with Wok Tossed Angus Beef Tenderloin with Scallions, Shallots and Onion, accompanied by many other delights and finished off with Crispy Dumpling filled with Chocolate!
Hutong, 28/F, 1 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.hutong.com.hk