Celebrate Chinese New Year with all-you-can-eat dumplings, decadent banquets and creative cocktails in 2018.
Chinese New Year is just around the corner, and countries across the globe are prepping with decorations, delicious food and dynamic cultural events. Thankfully for us, we don’t have to hop on a plane to get a taste of all the delicious action, with plenty of Sydney restaurants and eateries celebrating. From decadent banquets to dumplings, celebratory cocktails and devilish hotdogs, here’s your Sydney guide to celebrating Chinese New Year in 2018.
Neil Perry’s Jade Temple restaurant does Cantonese at its very best. Now they’re inviting you to celebrate the Year of the Dog with a special Chinese New Year banquet menu. Devised by Neil Perry and Head Chef Peter Robertson, the menu promotes the traditional themes of the season: prosperity, happiness, wealth, longevity and rejuvenation. The menu will be available between Friday 16th February to Sunday 4th March, from 12pm to 10pm. Prices start from $99pp, with matching wines available for an additional $55pp.
When: Friday 16th February to Sunday 4th March, from 12pm to 10pm
Where: Jade Temple, 11 Bridge St, Sydney NSW 2000
Price: $99.00pp, matching wines available for an additional $55pp
Lotus Dining are hosting one massive week-long celebration at The Galeries this Chinese New Year. Indulge in a decadent selection of Lotus favourites such as calamari with native spiced salt and zesty dressing, crispy skin duck pancakes with sweet miso and cucumber plus plenty of their signature steamed dumplings. Here, you get to choose between three different Chinese banquet menus, including The Lucky Lantern Feast ($68), Golden Dragon Feast ($88) and The Imperial Feast ($128pp). Be sure to keep room for dessert, as sweets maestro Tiffany Jones serves up a series of desserts to match the three banquets. To wash it all down, Lotus will also be serving a speciality “Year of the Dog” cocktail: a blend of Hong Kong Baiju, Ginger beer reduction, passion fruit, citrus, egg white and wafer paper.
When:12th– 18th February 2018
Where: Lotus at The Galeries, Level 1, 500 George Street, Sydney
Price: Banquets range from $68-$128 per person
Bookings: 02 9247 6868 (bookings are essential)
This February, well renown dumpling legends will be ringing in Chinese New Year with limited-edition, dog-shaped buns. Available across all 10 restaurants and café courts from 8th February until 8th March, the buns will come steamed-to-order. As for the filling, expect decadent molten dark chocolate and banana, priced at $4.80 each. Din Tai Fung will also be donating $1 for every bun sold to Be Centre.
When: From 8 February to 8 March.
Where: Din Tai Fung, all 10 restaurants and café courts.
Chefs Gallery, various locations
With six restaurants scattered throughout Sydney, it’s only too easy to pop into Chefs Gallery for handmade dumplings, delicious soups and mouth watering stir fries. Chefs Gallery are celebrating the Year of the Dog this Chinese New Year with a fitting new menu addition – hotdogs! Available for a limited time between 12th-15th February, the Sichuan Hot Dog (2 for $8) consists of a chicken sausage nestled in a milky bun, and swaps out the classic chilli con carne for a contemporary mapo tofu – silky bean curd, juicy mince and a spicy Sichuan drizzle. These delicious ‘dogs will be available for purchase from Town Hall, Macquarie, Hurstville and Parramatta stores.
Atelier by Sofitel, Darling Harbour
Situated within the ultra modern Sofitel Hotel at Darling Harbour is Atelier, a French inspired grill combining the flavours of the South of France with locally sourced produce. This Lunar New Year, the kitchen will be breaking away from their traditionally French menu towards a Cantonese inspired feast. Between 15th-18th February, Atelier are offering a buffet featuring delights such as braised pork hocks, fried noodles, Peking duck rolls, freshly shucked oysters and more. The dessert menu teeters between local favourites such as Pavola, towards Asian-inspired sweets like tapioca in coconut milk.
When: 15th-18th February 2018
Where: Atelier by Sofitel
Price: $118 for adults, $58 for children
Bookings: To book, click here
If you’ve ever dined at Spice Temple you’ll know that their Chinese New Year banquet menu is going to be something special. The exclusive menu created by Neil Perry and Head Chef Andy Evans incorporates ingredients that promote health, wealth and prosperity during the New Year festivities. The banquet menu will be available for lunch and dinner from Friday 16th February to Sunday 4th March, and bookings are highly recommended.
When: 16th Feb – 4th March
Where: Spice Temple, 0 Bligh St, Sydney NSW 2000
Price: $99pp banquet menu. Guests can opt to pay an additional $55 for matching beverages.
Bookings: To book, click here