Chinese New Year 2016 in London

Chinese New Year is just next week and on 8th February 2016 and we will be welcoming the year of the monkey. To mark the occasion, I want to share in this blog entry a selection of Chinese restaurants in London.

This has to be one of my favorite festival each year and this is because it goes back to my roots. Although, it is to celebrate a fresh new year in the lunar calendar, it also about getting together with family and friends for a reunion.

London has many Chinese restaurants that will be offering Chinese New Year special dishes and menu. It is normal that they will be created to mean good things and also refer to Chinese New Year greetings (吉祥話). But you don’t need to go for these special dishes or set menus, because at the end of the day its all about enjoying some time with your family and friends.

Phoenix Palace Chinese New Year Pot

Bright Courtyard 惶庭

The restaurant is contemporary and modern, with a touch of Chinese interior. In the afternoon, dim sum is served with an all day à la carte menu.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: 43-45 Baker Street, W1U 8EW
Website: http://brightcourtyard.co.uk

Grand Imperial 喜粵

Located in The Grosvenor hotel, Grand Imperial serves traditional dim sum and an Oriental afternoon tea in the afternoon. There is an all day à la carte which offers a varieties of Cantonese dishes. It is one of the many restaurant in London that serves roast Peking duck served two ways.

During the Chinese new year period they will be offering special Chinese new year dishes including a Chinese new year’s raw salmon salad. Also, there will be two Chinese new year set menu, £238 (6 people) and £508 (10 people) which require advance order. Contact restaurant for further details.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: The Grosvenor Hotel, 101 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0SJ
Website: http://www.grandimperiallondon.com

Hutong at The Shard

Whether it is day or night, Hutong provides a breath taking view from The Shard. Dim sum is available in the afternoon as well as an all day à la carte. It is popular for their Peking duck served two ways.

On 8th February 2016 from 6pm they will only be serving their Chinese New Year Double Happiness menu which will cost £88 per person. During that evening they will have lion dancing and Chinese musicians. Contact restaurant for further details.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: Level 33 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
Website: http://hutong.co.uk

Imperial China London 中國城大酒樓

Both their Chinatown and Watford branch has an Oriental garden. You would walk through the Oriental decorated garden at the Chinatown branch on Lisle  Street. The restaurant is spread over multiple floors with private rooms to cater for large groups and private functions. You will find traditional dim sum served in the afternoon and an all day à la carte.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: White Bear Yard, 25a Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA
Website: http://www.imperialchina-london.com

Min Jiang

The restaurant looks over Kensington Garden, which gives it an ideal place to dine with a view. You can have a dim sum lunch while enjoying and getting the most of the beautiful view of the royal garden. Min Jiang is known for their legendary wood-fired Beijing duck which is served two ways.

To celebrate the year of the Monkey, Min Jiang will be offering a set menu for £98 per person. Contact restaurant for further details.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, W8 4PT
Website: http://www.minjiang.co.uk

New Mayflower 五月花

The restaurant is only open in the evening from 5pm until 4am, serving  Cantonese style food. If you ever looking for food after midnight you know where you could consider going. It is one of the many Chinese restaurant in London that is popular within the Chinese community.

If you have the opportunity to go with a local Chinese, ask the to show you the you the typical Cantonese dishes that would be ordered for dinner. You won’t find crispy aromatic duck, crispy seaweed or even lemon chicken. Instead you will find dishes such as whole steamed fish, various chicken on the bone served half or whole (baked salted chicken, Cantonese crispy chicken etc), baked king prawn in salty egg yolk, various clay pot (belly pork with yam, lamb with dried beancurd etc).

Dim Sum: No
Address: 68-70 Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 6LY

Orient London

After going through a renovation the restaurant has a contemporary interior design. A black and golden colour theme is used which gives it a modern royal feel to the restaurant. Dim sum is served in the afternoon and an all day à la carte.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: 15 Wardour Street, W1D 6PH
Website: http://www.orientlondon.com

Phoenix Palace 鳳凰閣

The interior decor is grand and you will certainly know that you are in a Chinese restaurant with its furniture and design. Dim sum is served in the afternoon with many traditional dim sum. In the evening as the dim sum bamboo steamer take a rest, it offers a full day à la carte menu.

During the Chinese New Year period they will be offering special Chinese New Year dishes and dim sum. Also, there will be special set menu (advance order require) which starts from £328 a table (8 to 10 people). However, during this period (3rd February – 22nd February 2016) there will be a 13% service charge if you decide to go for any of the Chinese New Year options.

There will be live lion dance on 7th February 2016 at 7pm. Contact the restaurant for further details.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: 5 Glenthworth Street, NW1 5PG
Website: http://www.phoenixpalace.co.uk

Ping Pong

If you are open to a fusion take on dim sum then Ping Pong is just that restaurant. There are many branches in London and its about dim sum with a modern take. It is the place to enjoy dim sum with one of Ping Pong’s cocktails.

To welcome the year of the monkey, Ping Pong has created some special edition cocktails (dizzy monkey and drunken monkey). Also they have introduced their Chinese New Year seasonal inspired dim sum.

Dim Sum: Yes (all day)
Address: Various location
Website: http://www.pingpongdimsum.com

Princess Garden of Mayfair

The location of the restaurant make it great for a day of shopping and a dim sum lunch. Who could have known that in the buzzing Bond Street lives a Chinese restaurant that serves authentic dim sum.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: 8-10 North Audley Street, W1K 6ZD
Website: http://www.princessgardenofmayfair.com

Shikumen

There are two branches located in London and both offers dim sum in the afternoon, as well as an all day à la carte. The interior design for Shephard bush branch located in the Dorset hotel is simple but a Chinese feel with the use of Chinese style mahogany wood furniture

During Chinese New Year (7th – 21st February 2016) they will be offering a Chinese New Year menu at their Shephard Bush branch. This will include a Chinese imperial assorted seafood pot for £58 per person (minimum 4 people). Also, there are two set menu to mark the occasion starting from £56.80 per person. Contact the restaurant for further details.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: Dorsett Hotel, 58 Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8QE (Shepherd Bush branch)
Website: http://www.shikumen.co.uk

Wing Tai

This is a traditional looking restaurant in North West London, which serves dim sum in the afternoon and an all day à la carte. You will find traditional dim sum and Cantonese style dishes.

To celebrate the year of the monkey on 14th February 2016 at 1pm there will be lion dance at the restaurant. Contact the restaurant for further details.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: Unit 2, 395 Edgware Road, NW2 6LN
Website: http://www.wingtairestaurantltd.co.uk

Young Cheng 羊城美食

Traditional dim sum is served in the afternoon and an all day à la carte. The restaurant is popular for their lobster and crab noodle offer which can be cook in the choice of two options, either in curry or the traditional Cantonese flavour where the lobster is stir fried in spring onion and ginger. The restaurant is popular within the Chinese community as they offer authentic Cantonese dishes that a typical Chinese family would order.

Dim Sum: Yes (lunch only)
Address: 22 Lisle St, WC2H 7BY

This is not a sponsored feature, it is to share a selection of Chinese restaurants in London that you could consider for a Chinese new year feast, whether for lunch or dinner.

If you have a favorite Chinese restaurant I would love to hear about it. Please leave your comments below.

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