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HKK brings tradition to its Chinese New Year menu

Diners celebrating Chinese New Year at HKK this year get to delight in both the tasting menu and the stories and traditions that accompany the occasion. Resplendent in red with vibrant uplighting and a ribbon fanfare of a central display, HKK makes for a pretty fine dining spot for intimate Chinese New Year celebrations. Greeting you at your table is a beautifully designed menu-come-story book featuring embossed pages and pastel-coloured hand-drawings (illustrated by Emi Ueoka) that represent each of the eight courses you’ll soon be presented with, as well as details of the history and rituals that surround each dish. It’s thoughtfully put together and if you enjoy a bit of story-telling with your meal, the bound book (which you can take away as a memento) is the perfect accompaniment. The first part begins with a Prosperity Platter – a light and crunchy salad of jellyfish, salmon skin, pomegranate and sesame that you ought to toss as high as you can as a signifier of good luck. This is accompanied by an oyster and Parma …

Hakkasan celebrates Chinese New Year with limited edition menu

To mark the Year of the Monkey, Hakkasan restaurants have created a special Chinese New Year menu and are bringing the Chinese wishing tree tradition to diners. Hakkasan have laid on quite a feast for diners in their restaurants this Chinese New Year and have lit up their dark interiors with celebratory flashes of red and gold to mark the occasion. Look a little closer and you’ll find handwritten notes on each of the coloured ribbons, inspired by the tradition of writing wishes on paper tied to citrus fruits that are tossed into the branches of the Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree in Hong Kong. You’ll be presented with your own to inscribe your hopes and wishes onto which will be duly hung up in the restaurant before your meal begins. First, whet your lips with a fruity 9 Hou cocktail, an Eldorado three-year-old rum, Amontillado sherry, banana and guava concoction or stick with the equally refreshing Sheng Fizz mocktail, a mix of mandarin, guava, peach and ginger ale. The golden monkey cocktail stirrer is a …

Yauatcha City launches Supreme Saturdays

The new Supreme Saturdays lunch menu at Yauatcha City may be the most indulgent way to kick off the weekend yet. While the City workers are away, there’s no better day to come out to play. Yauatcha City has brought in a new lunch menu that stretches late into the afternoon, adding a special touch to an otherwise ordinary Saturday. Warm up with a choice of one of three cocktails. Go for the sweet and fragrant lychee martini or the ginger-laced Thea martini which has a healthy kick of chilli. Those who can start off the day with something a bit stronger can jump straight in with a negroni. The meal begins with a selection of steamed dim sum including har gau, pork and prawn shui mai, a Wagyu beef dumpling, a vegetable and truffle wrap, pumpkin and pine nut, and a wild mushroom dumpling. There’s no skimping on filling and each one is as delicate and perfectly succulent as the other. Next up is a medley of fried dim sum that includes a super-crunchy …

Chinese New Year additions at Yauatcha

Yauatcha celebrates the Chinese Lunar New Year with a special edition menu, pop art window display and woolly makeover throughout February in honour of the Year of the Sheep. If you happen to pass the windows at dim sum restaurant Yauatcha, you might well do a double take, for yes, those colourful pop art portraits staring straight at you are indeed of sheep. And the fun continues inside where you’ll find more vibrant portraits dotted around the restaurant along with neon blue, pink and yellow sheep statues, all to help mark the start of the Year of the Sheep. You may also notice the columns wrapped in bright red woolly coats and the odd splash of colour amongst the sea of grey chairs. No, the padding isn’t there to cushion any bumps and Yauatcha hasn’t run out of chairs. The bright accents are entirely intentional and is the result of a collaboration with The Campaign for Wool to mark the date in the Chinese calendar. But those aren’t the only reasons for visiting before February …

Chinese restaurant Chai Wu launches at Harrods

New 90-seat modern Chinese restaurant Chai Wu opens on the fifth floor at luxury department store Harrods. Created by Chef Jason See Meng Hwa and overseen by Group Executive Chef Ian Pengelley, the menu features the best of fresh and vibrant Chinese cuisine. Expect starters such as Alaskan king crab and sweetcorn soup, and Chilean sea bass dumplings with gold leaf. Mains feature steamed fish and grilled meat and vegetables such as rack of lamb with Szechuan sauce and mooli cake, and baby poussin with spicy chilli-lime dressing. Other specialities include barbeque Wagyu beef and gold leaf puffs, honey-glazed beef short rib and grilled Dover sole with singer soy sauce. The restaurant’s interiors take inspiration from the five elements in Chinese philosophy: wood, fire, earth, metal and water, whilst finishes include a combination of marble, leather and timber materials. Diners will also be treated to a bit of theatre thanks to a charcoal grill that sits in the centre of the room. Chai Wu at Harrods, 5th Floor, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL. …