Looking to treat yourself to a slap up meal this Chinese New Years? The check out this ultimate guide from Rebecca Anne Milford who always knows the best places to eat.
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Monday 8th February signals the start of the Chinese New Year – and celebrations have been commencing all over the country already. If you’ve ever been in Chinatown for the event then you’ll know what a dragon-filled party it can be – and if you’ve ever indulged in a Chinese New Year banquet then it won’t surprise you that they love a feast. With this in mind, we’ve collected four foodie ways to see in the Year of the Monkey.
The Sublime Set Menu at Hakkasan
Hakkasan is famous for being the go-to place for anyone wanting exquisite Chinese food in a sleek and sexy atmosphere – its Michelin-star status and trendy interior means it’s a favourite of foodies and celebs alike. In honour of Chinese New Year, the talented chefs have created a special menu that’s intended to bring luck - and rapturous ‘mmm’s of delight.
For £88.88 (the Chinese number of good fortune), guests can sip on an ape-inspired cocktail (featuring Eldorado 3 years rum and banana), followed by a plethora of eye-wateringly good dishes that include Wagyu beef in a golden cup and lobster with spicy truffle sauce. To top it all off is a dessert that will have even the saintliest of diners scraping their plates.
Monkeying Around at Ping Pong
Ping Pong are celebrating all things simian in superb style, with a collection of special dishes that draw on the Year of the Monkey for their inspiration. This includes classic flavour influences like banana and peanut (combined with chocolate and featured in the traditional Chinese New Year gok jai pastry treat), and also nods to certain boozy brands such as Monkey 47 gin and Monkey Shoulder Whiskey, the latter of which appears in the Dizzy Monkey with baijiu and spiced vanilla syrup.
But not just that – the bold nature of the chattering monkey means cocktails and dishes are infused with this sense of adventure – chow down on a Fire Cracker Chicken Roll served with a kicking chilli sauce, and the ‘Monkeys Tails’ – a delicious combination of pork courgette, ponzu and sesame seeds.
Celebrating Chinese New Year, Burger Style at BRGR.CO
If set menus seem a little overboard, and you’re not in the mood for noodles, then you can still get a bite of the action without breaking the bank. And fans of beef won’t be disappointed, as BRGR.CO has created a special Chinese New Year inspired Surf & Turf burger that will run throughout February.
Their bestselling Blade Steak patty is now topped with crisp prawn fritters, sweet red onion, crunchy spring onion and a delicious honey chilli and soy glaze, all packed between a pillowy brioche bun. If you’re experiencing the fun in Chinatown then just pop next door to their Soho site for a cracking meal.
Use Your Noodle at Mr Chow
Mr Chow, the designer restaurant that has been delighting diners for almost fifty years, will be seeing in New Year with a show of hand-pulled noodles that celebrates Chinese culture. Guests can also enjoy the traditional treat of freshly made dumplings, said to symbolise wealth, all the while dining on the classic Beijing dishes that have made this Knightsbridge restaurant an institution.