Celebrate the Year of the Dog this February with our picks of the top Chinese restaurants in London
The Year of the Dog runs from Friday 16 February 2018 until Monday 4 February 2019 and the dog occupies the eleventh position in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, coming after the rooster and before the pig. People born in the Year of the Dog are believed to be independent, sincere, loyal and decisive, and unafraid of facing difficulties. To celebrate the Year of the Dog yourself, take a look at our top picks of London’s Chinese restaurants below.
On 16 February 2018 Hutong celebrates Chinese New Year with a special evening menu. During the dinner, guests will be entertained by a traditional lion dance alongside noise makers. Red envelopes containing gifts and treats will be distributed and a Chinese calligrapher will be on hand to create personal mementos for guests to take away.
Hutong, Level 33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY, +44 (0)20 3011 1257
To mark the Year of the Dog, Park Chinois is putting on a spectacular celebration including a new traditional Chinese New Year dining menu and specially devised Year of the Dog cocktails, as well as luxury fortune gifts. There will also be special entertainment with performances of the iconic lion dance and the traditional face-change dance. This will be complemented by the in-house Park Chinois show troupe, which has produced a modern theatrical showcase of cabaret performances to be held in Club Chinois.
Park Chinois, 17 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8EA, +44 (0)20 3327 8888
In celebration of Chinese New Year, Yauatcha is reinventing the Chinese lantern with help from leading London artists. From Monday 5 February until Sunday 4 March, the restaurant hosts unique art installations from two of the brightest lights in the design world: Lydia Kasumi Shireff and Jamie Julian Brown. Brown’s art installation at Yauatcha Soho adds a new dimension to the well-known items, creating hanging lanterns inspired by the diverse colour palette of Yauatcha’s dim sum and patisserie. A celebratory menu and exclusive patisserie and macarons will also be available, featuring dishes inspired by the annual festivities.
Yauatcha, 15-17 Broadwick Street, London W1F 0DL, +44 (0)20 7494 8888
Hakkasan is celebrating the Year of the Dog with an exclusive Chinese New Year menu created in collaboration by Hakkasan chefs from around the world, in addition to hosting auspicious lion dances in a selection of locations and honouring the ancient Chinese wishing tree tradition. All guests who dine during Chinese New Year will be given red ribbons on which to write their wishes for 2018 before hanging them on the wooden oak latticework to bring good luck for the coming year.
Hakkasan, 17 Bruton Street, London W1J 6QB, +44 (0)20 7907 1888
Royal China Restaurants across London will give each table a special red envelope, with some of the envelopes within each restaurant revealing a special gift. Each “lei see”, as they are pronounced in Cantonese, will offer a fortune message; with some of the red envelopes containing a prize. The special prizes include a voucher for a complimentary meal up to the value of £100, a bottle of Champagne, a complimentary glass of wine and £20 vouchers at Bang Bang Oriental.
Royal China Club, 40-42 Baker St, Marylebone, London W1U 7AJ, +44 (0)20 7486 3898