It’s Chinese New Year on 1st February 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 supposed to be brave and confident, so good for all you tigers out there! Chinatown normally hosts a big parade for Chinese New Year but celebrations are being scaled back because of Covid, so there’ll only be a small-scale lion dance and night market in Newport Place to attend. However a bunch of restaurants are getting in on the action, so here’s how can you ring in the Lunar New Year in London.
Both Hakkasan locations are being decked out with tiger-inspired decorations to ring in the new year, with a tiger-themed Belvedere cocktail going on the menu alongside specially created dishes like salmon crudo, trio happiness dim sum platter, salt crust fortune baked chicken with chestnut & shiitake mushroom, wok-fried wild sea bass with enoki mushroom & sesame soy, and tiger-striped orange dark chocolate firecracker dessert with mandarin sorbet. Hakkasan has even teamed up with stylist Bay Garnett to dress the team in sustainably sourced tiger-themed clothes for the occasion.
Until Tues 15th February 2022
Mayfair & Hanway Place
The Year of the Tiger has come to Yauatcha City and Yauatcha Soho, with tiger tails and paws decorations inside each restaurant, and you can get in on the action with a limited-edition set menu inspired by the strength and bravery of the tiger. It kicks off Hao Yùn lucky dim sum, smoked duck Shui Mai and Chilean sea bass dumplings, and also includes Szechuan-style rib eye beef with green chilli pepper, crab meat pineapple fried rice with yam bean & cucumber, and a mandarin curd, ginger cream and orange mousse Lucky Coin dessert topped with tiger-striped ring and a lucky choccy coin.
Until Tues 15th February 2022
Yauatcha City and Soho
Lorraine Sinclair and Cherish Finden have created a special Year of the Tiger Kopi Tiam Afternoon Tea as part of Pan Pacific’s Lunar New celebrations. It includes red date & goji berries rock sugar tea, a cup to bring sweetness to year; followed by Asian savouries like crispy seafood bean curd roll & chicken truffle siumai; a Chinese New Year Prosperity Box for good fortune; and a selection of patisserie including a Sesame Teapot with black sesame, yuzu & cheesecake and a Fire Cracker with mango, pandan, kalamansi & coconut dacquoise.
Until Mon 28th February 2022
80 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7AB
MiMi Mei Fair
For its Chinese New Year celebration, MiMi Mei Fair is putting on a menu full of auspicious dishes traditionally eaten during the holidays, including seared oysters, ‘basket of wealth’ dim sum, hakka noodles and whole wok-baked lobster. The restaurant is also putting a Chinese wishing tree in the Parlour, so you can make a wish for the year ahead and dine under a canopy of flowers.
Mon 24th January – Tues 15th February 2022
55 Curzon Street, London, W1J 8PG
Bun House is doing a twist on afternoon tea for the Year of the Tiger with ‘The Tiger Who Came For Tea And Buns’ menu. Just like a traditional afternoon tea, you’ll get sweet and savoury snacks, including a tiger bun, a chestnut & white chocolate bun which you can decorate with condensed milk ink, confit duck croquettes, fried milk ribs, and their take on a scone, a sesame mille feuille with clotted cream & spiced plum jam.
Tues 1st – Sun 27th February 2022
26 – 27 Lisle Street, London, WC2H 7BA
Poon’s x Mortimer House
Mortimer House is kicking 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 centre around a steamboat – that’s a Chinese hot pot – filled with bone or veggie broth that can be used to cook a whole range of ingredients, including deep-fried tofu puffs, seasonal Chinese greens, prawns, and marinated pork fillet. Poon’s signature sauces, like the WO sauce and chilli vinegar will also be available to add to the pot. On the second night you’ll be able to feast on a five-course menu of classic Poon’s dishes like pork & bamboo shoot wontons with crack sauce, braised beef flank with Chinese radish, and drunken chicken. Book tickets here.
Weds 9th & Thurs 10th February 2022
37-41 Mortimer St, London W1T 3JH
BAO is celebrating Chinese New Year by giving out traditional red envelopes to everyone who orders a classic or daikon bao, and with prizes ranging from a fiver to spend at their online shop Convni right up to a whole year of baos, you might get real lucky. Of course they wouldn’t let the occasion pass without some limited edition buns either – you can pick up the tiger claw bao, filled with molten chocolate, at Cafe BAO and Convni.
Fri 28th January – Sun 13th February 2022
Mei Ume’s Head Chef Tony Truong is cooking up an auspicious tasting menu for Chinese New Year, including ‘prosperity toss salad’, Peking duck, XO sauteed Dover sole and sweet red bean soup with sesame dumplings. The Four Seasons restaurant will be also be decked out with plenty of festive red to really make it feel like a celebration.
Mon 31st January – Fri 11th February 2022
10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ
Go sky high for Chinese New Year and celebrate at Hutong with the restaurant’s Year of the Tiger menu, which’ll include dishes like lo hei salad, scallop & prawn wonton with hot & sour soup, roasted Peking duck with homemade pancakes, and steamed lobster & egg. The Shanghai Bar will be shaking up a spesh tiger cocktail made from tequila, nigori sake, mandarin puree, lime juice & pepper honey, and there’ll be lion dancers and a Chinese calligrapher performing on the night too.
Tues 1st February 2022
33 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY
Ring in the New Year in lavish fashion with this menu of eight special dishes at Park Chinois, including stir-fried Australian wagyu beef with taro, steamed wild sea bass with bottarga & XO sauce, braised Australian abalone with French cornfed chicken, and baked sweet rice tart with gold leaf & sesame tiger dumpling. If you really want to push the boat out, you can pre-order a whole suckling pig stuffed with glutinous rice, shrimp, chestnut, salted egg & red date for your table too. As well as all that food, Park Chinois will be shaking up spesh Hennessy cocktails and there’ll be lion dancers performing between the tables.
Fri 28th January – Sun 6th February 2022
17 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8EA
Wun’s Tea Room
The Soho Cantonese bar and restaurant will be serving a Chinese New Year feasting menu for three days only, opening specially on Monday for the occasion too. You’ll be able to tuck into prosperity toss salad, Iberico char siu pork with spiced sugar skin, tiger herb salad, confit duck leg with orange & chilli, poached chicken in turmeric & sand ginger broth, and lychee cream soda with fortune cookie crumble.
Mon 31st January – Weds 2nd February 2022
23 Greek St, London W1D 4DZ
My Neighbours The Dumplings
My Neighbours The Dumplings is celebrating Lunar New Year by launching Popo’s Deli at the Victoria Park restaurant. The deli will be stocked with the restaurant’s homemade dumplings and sauces as well as products from the likes of Rempapa, Sambal Shiok, Hoko, Happy Eating House, Kimchi & Radish and buns from Polly Chan. On opening day there’ll be a Lion Dance performance by Hackney Chinese Community and My Neighbours will be dishing up spesh tiger dumplings filled with prawn, crab & asparagus.
Sat 5th 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 in fives, it’ll be a five-course banqueting style-menu featuring dishes like seared black lamb with chilli & peanuts; cherry smoked memories of Peking duck, plum, caviar & smoked wrap; and cod cheek with fermented chilli & scalded Chinese chives.
From Tues 1st February 2022
70 Wilton Rd, London SW1V 1DE
Mai Dim Sum
Mai Dim Sum is celebrating the Year of the Tiger with a box packed full of their fave dim sum dishes. It features a line-up of Prawn and Bamboo Har Gau; Pork and Prawn Shui Mai; veggie Crystal Dumplings; Mushroom and Bamboo Dumplings; Custard Bao; Mushroom Bao; Sweet Char Siu Bao; AND a bottle of homemade Sweet Chilli Sauce to dip it all in. So if you’re staying in this Chinese New Year, this is the way to do it.
Order by 27th January 2022 for delivery on 1st February 2022