The Chinese New Year is an important celebration as it marks the beginning of the lunar new year. Food naturally forms a big part of the celebration, where families and friends gather together and indulge in a hearty meal and light fireworks thereafter. Taking part in the celebration, several restaurants across India introduced special menus that display authentic Cantonese flavours. Take a look at these Chinese New Year specials below.
All Saints Mumbai
A contemporary, all-day dining restaurant in Khar, All Saints has marked itself as the a multi cuisine space that expertly blends diverse cuisines while providing an authentic experience. For the Chinese New Year, the restaurant has prepared a special menu featuring some mouth-watering delights which include their signature corn and water chestnut dimsum and activated charcoal spicy chicken dimsum, among others.
One of the renowned Asian restaurants in Mumba, Foo curated a very special limited edition menu paired with a very entertaining Lion Dance performed at its outlets in Bandra, Jio World Drive, NESCO, Andheri and Phoenix Palladium. The menu features dishes made with ingredients which the restaurant considers to be lucky for the coming year. This includes the golden luck dumpling made with raw papaya, broccoli, lotus root and chilli oil, and the fortune dumpling made with chicken, crushed peppercorn, ginger scallion and coriander paired with signature cocktails such as Asian wisdom, good fortune and ying & yang. Completing the experience on a sweet note, the menu features one very enticing dessert called pot of prosperity. This is prepared with dark cocoa sponge, orange mousse and marmalade, white chocolate, cocoa butter, gold dust, white chocolate bunny and cocoa crumble.
Where: Foo Town/ Bandra/ Lower Parel/ Andheri/ BKC/ Nesco/ Powai
When: January 19 to 31, 12 pm to 1:30 am
Four Seasons Bengaluru
Presenting a complete experience, Four Seasons Bengaluru has organised a week long celebration of the Chinese New Year. The week long festival will take off from 7pm every day from January 21 to the 29, at the hotel’s Asian Brasserie, Far & East. The menu, curated by Chef Sean Wong and team will pay tribute to the culinary heritage of China with its variety of authentic delicacies such as yee sang prosperity toss salad, Cantonese style roast duck, and tiger prawns with Hainan chili sauce, among other delights.
Where: Far & East, Four seasons Bengaluru at Embassy One, 8, Bellary Rd, Dena Bank Colony, Ganganagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560032
When: January 21-29, 7 pm onwards
One of Mumbai’s most notable Asian restaurants, Hakkasan teamed up with celebrity stylist and costume designer Anaita Shroff Adajania to revamp its interiors in time for the lunar new year celebration. Being the year of the rabbit, Shroff incorporated the animal’s gentle persona using ribbons and lanterns and blending it with elegant tones of red using custom-designed Chinese-themed wallpaper.
The amience is the perfect setting for the restaurant’s new menu which pays homage to new year and the rabbit. Small dishes like radish puffs flavoured with red lotus flower and sesame, seafood dumplings, prawn shui mai and mooli puffs, chicken wrapped black carrot dim sum, and prawn and mushroom cheung fun are the highlights of the new menu. Aditionally, Hakkasan also has a selection of festive mains including stir-fried chicken, braised pork belly and crispy tiger prawn and enoki mushrooms. And finally, for dessert, try out the ‘The Lucky Rabbit’; a black sesame mousse, served with raspberry compote, and raspberry sumac sorbet.
Where: Hakkasan, 206, Krystal Building, Waterfield Road, Bandra West, Mumbai 400050
When: January 23 – February 10, Monday to Friday; Lunch 12 noon to 4 pm and Dinner 7 pm to 9 pm
Another notable Asian restaurant best known for its dumplings and dim sums, Koko curated a celebratory limited edition menu for the lunar new year. The menu features a selection of dim sum baskets, dessert and cocktails prepared with ingredients considered to be lucky for the year of the rabbit. These include dumpling baskets like the emperor’s dumpling basket (vegetarian) and a royal dumpling basket (non-vegetarian). Both baskets feature about 8 dumplings which include original, edamame, cheese planta, truffle shiitake, black garlic, peppercorn, mala & jalapeño. The dimsums can be paired with their diverse range of cocktails such as the Bao Bei, Huang Se and Fang Hua. For dessert, Koko creates a dish called the red dynasty, made with vanilla crémeux, dark chocolate mousse, cherry filling, cocoa sponge, white chocolate, macarons, and strawberry ice cream.
Where: KOKO, C Wing, Trade World, Kamala Mills Compound, Ground Floor, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013
When: January 19-31, 12–4 pm, 7 pm–1:30 am
Taki Taki Mumbai
One of Mumbai’s favourite Asian fine dining spaces, Taki Taki celebrated the year of the rabbit with a Chinese New Year Menu to symbolise peace and longevity. The menu features an array of dishes ranging from soups and dim sums to small plates and mains. These include jade seafood soup, oriental mushroom bao, Philadelphia cream cheese dim sum, wok-fried shimeji mushroom, shredded New Zealand lamb, Cantonese-style lotus stem, wok-tossed tiger prawns, spicy mock meat and taro root fried rice and wok-tossed udon noodles. Sticking with tradition, the dessert includes a classic Chinese mooncake and youtiao to end the night on a sweet note.
Where: World Crest, Unit no.1A & 1B, Lodha, Upper Worli, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013
When: January 22 to February 5, 12 pm to 12.30 am