It’s Chinese New Year on February 1 and 2022 is the Year of the Tiger. As the king of beasts, the tiger is a symbol of strength and people born in a tiger year are said to be brave and confident, good for all tigers! Chinatown normally hosts a large Chinese New Year parade, but celebrations are scaled back due to Covid, so there will only be a small lion dance and night market in Newport Place to attend. However, many restaurants are getting in on the action, so here’s how to celebrate Lunar New Year in London.
Both Hakkasan locations are decked out in tiger-inspired decorations to ring in the new year, with a tiger-themed Belvedere cocktail on the menu alongside specially created dishes like salmon crudo, happy trio dim sum platter, chicken baked in a salt crust with chestnut & shiitake mushroom, wok-fried wild sea bass with enoki mushroom & sesame soy, and tiger orange dark chocolate firecracker dessert with mandarin sorbet. Hakkasan even teamed up with stylist Bay Garnett to dress the team in sustainably sourced tiger-themed clothing for the occasion.
Until Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Mayfair Square and Hanway
The Year of the Tiger has arrived in Yauatcha City and Yauatcha Soho, with tiger tail and paw decorations inside every restaurant, and you can get in on the action with a limited-edition menu inspired by the force and bravery of the tiger. It kicks off Hao Yùn lucky dim sum, Shui Mai smoked duck and Chilean sea bass dumplings, and also includes Szechuan-style rib eye with green chili, crabmeat, fried rice with pineapple with yam beans and cucumber, and tangerine curd, ginger orange cream and mousse dessert Lucky Coin topped with a tiger stripe ring and chocolate coin holder happiness.
Until Tuesday, February 15, 2022
City of Yauatcha and Soho
Lorraine Sinclair and Cherish Finden have created a special Year of the Tiger Kopi Tiam tea as part of Pan Pacific’s Lunar New Year celebrations. It includes rock sugar tea with red dates and goji berries, a cup to bring sweetness to the year; followed by Asian flavors like a crispy bean curd roll with seafood and a chicken siumai with truffles; a Chinese New Year prosperity box for good fortune; and a selection of pastries including a Sesame Teapot with black sesame, yuzu & cheesecake and a Fire Cracker with mango, pandan, kalamansi & coconut dacquoise.
Until Monday, February 28, 2022
80 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7AB
MiMi Mei Fair
For its Chinese New Year celebration, MiMi Mei Fair offers a menu full of auspicious dishes traditionally eaten during the holiday, including pan-fried oysters, “wealth basket” dim sum, Hakka noodles and whole cooked lobster. in the wok. The restaurant also puts a Chinese wishing tree in the lounge, so you can make a wish for the coming year and dine under a canopy of flowers.
From Monday 24 January to Tuesday 15 February 2022
55 Curzon Street, London, W1J 8PG
Bun House puts a twist on afternoon tea for the Year of the Tiger with “The Tiger Who Came for Tea and Buns” menu. Much like a traditional afternoon tea, you’ll get sweet and savory snacks, including tiger bread, chestnut and white chocolate bread that you can decorate with condensed milk ink, croquettes duck confit, fried milk ribs and their version of a scone, a sesame millefeuille with clotted cream and spicy plum jam.
From Tuesday 1 to Sunday 27 February 2022
26 – 27 Lisle Street, London, WC2H 7BA
Poon’s x Mortimer House
Mortimer House kicks off its 2022 guest chef series with a two-night Chinese New Year celebration courtesy of Poon’s. The first night of the takeover will center around a steamer – it’s a Chinese cooking pot – filled with bone or vegetable broth which can be used to cook a range of ingredients including Fried tofu puffs, seasonal Chinese greens, shrimp and marinated pork tenderloin. Poon’s signature sauces, like WO Sauce and Chili Vinegar, will also be available to add to the pot. On the second night, you can feast on a five-course menu of classic Poon dishes, like pork and bamboo shoot wontons with crack sauce, braised beef flank with Chinese radish, and drunken chicken. Book your tickets here.
Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 February 2022
37-41 Mortimer St, London W1T 3JH
BAO celebrates Chinese New Year by handing out traditional red envelopes to everyone who orders a classic or daikon bao, and with prices ranging from a fiver to spend in their Convni online store up to a whole year’s worth of baos, you might get lucky. Of course, they wouldn’t let the occasion pass without some limited-edition buns, either – you can get the tiger claw bao, filled with melted chocolate, at Café BAO and Convni.
From Fri 28 January to Sun 13 February 2022
Mei Ume’s head chef, Tony Truong, cooks up an auspicious Chinese New Year tasting menu, including ‘prosperity salad’, Peking duck, sautéed Dover sole XO and sweet red bean soup with sesame balls. The Four Seasons Restaurant will also be decked out in lots of festive red to really make it feel like a party.
From Monday 31 January to Friday 11 February 2022
10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ
Soar for Chinese New Year and celebrate at the Hutong with the restaurant’s Year of the Tiger menu, which will include dishes like lo hei salad, scallop and shrimp wonton with hot and sour soup, duck lacquered roast with homemade pancakes and steamed lobster & Egg. The Shanghai Bar will shake a tiger spesh cocktail made with tequila, nigori sake, tangerine puree, lime juice and pepper honey, and there will also be lion dancers and a Chinese calligrapher in the evening .
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
33 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY
Celebrate the New Year in lavish fashion with this special eight-course menu at Park Chinois, including stir-fried Australian wagyu beef with taro, steamed wild sea bass with bottarga and XO sauce, abalone australian braised with french corn fed chicken and baked candy gold leaf rice pie and sesame tiger dumpling. If you really want to push the boat out, you can pre-order a whole suckling pig stuffed with sticky rice, prawns, chestnuts, salted egg and red date for your table too. On top of all that food, Park Chinois will be shaking Spesh Hennessy cocktails and there will be lion dancers performing between the tables.
From Fri 28 January to Sun 6 February 2022
17 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8EA
Wun tea house
Cantonese bar and restaurant Soho will serve a festive Chinese New Year menu for three days only, opening specially on Mondays for the occasion as well. You will be able to taste a salad of prosperity, char siu Iberian pork with a spicy sugar skin, a salad of tiger herbs, a duck leg confit with orange and chilli, poached chicken in a turmeric broth and ginger sand and a lychee cream soda with fortune cookie crumble.
From Monday 31 January to Wednesday 2 February 2022
23 Greek St, London W1D 4DZ
My Neighbors Dumplings
My Neighbors The Dumplings is celebrating Lunar New Year by launching Popo’s Deli at Victoria Park Restaurant. The charcuterie will be stocked with the restaurant’s homemade dumplings and sauces as well as products like Rempapa, Sambal Shiok, Hoko, Happy Eating House, Kimchi & Radis and buns from Polly Chan. On opening day there will be a lion dance performance by the Chinese community in Hackney and my neighbors will be serving tiger spesh dumplings filled with prawns, crab and asparagus.
Sat 5 February 2022
178-180 Victoria Park Rd, London, E9 7HD
Andrew Wong is launching a new evening menu at his two-Michelin-starred restaurant A. Wong, and he’s timed it to coincide with Chinese New Year. Based on the Confucian ritual of grouping by five, it will be a five-course banquet-style menu with dishes like seared black lamb with chilli and peanuts; smoked cherries memories of lacquered duck, plum, caviar & smoked wrap; and cod cheek with fermented chilli and scalded Chinese chives.
From Tuesday 1 February 2022
70 Wilton Rd, London SW1V 1DE
May Dim Sum
Mai Dim Sum is celebrating the Year of the Tiger with a box full of their favorite dim sum dishes. It offers a range of Prawns and Har Gau Bamboo; Pork and Shrimp Shui Mai; vegetarian crystal dumplings; mushroom and bamboo dumplings; Custard Bao; Bao with mushrooms; Sweet Char Siu Bao; AND a bottle of homemade Sweet Chilli sauce to dip it all in. So if you are staying this Chinese New Year, this is the way to go.
Order before January 27, 2022 for delivery on February 1, 2022