新年快乐/ Xīn Nián Kuài Lè/ Happy New Year! Whatever way you understand it, Chinese New Year is right around the corner, and restaurants around Dubai are getting ready to welcome it in.
Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday February 5 and the city has a load of deals to help you celebrate.
Whether you’re looking to dine on Chinese signature dishes or want to celebrate at a themed brunch, the list below will show you how to honour the Spring Festival in the right way.
A staycation to make the most of all the Chinese New Year celebrations is always welcome, especially if the hotel is gifting so special treats the longer you stay. Instead of the traditional red envelope, Address Boulevard is offering a complimentary afternoon tea at the Lobby Lounge for those who stay two nights, and free tickets to At The Top, Burj Khalifa if guests stay three nights.
From Dhs1,399 (prices vary). Fri Feb 1-Sun Feb 10. Downtown Dubai, www.addresshotels.com/en/hotels/address-boulevard/ (04 423 8888).
Prefer an afternoon tea than a proper feast? For Dhs188, celebrators can relax at a Chinese-inspired afternoon tea, which includes a selection of specialty teas and coffees accompanied by Chinese cake. There will even be a harpist playing in the background.
Dhs188 per person. Fri Feb 1- Sun Feb 10, 2pm-6pm. Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
If extravagant dining experiences are your thing, Chinese New Year is better spent at the Armani Hotel Dubai. The hotel’s Armani/Mediterraneo is offering diners a lunch and dinner featuring signature dim sum, wok-tossed favourites and traditional flavours from across China and beyond. The hotel will also be taking part one of the largest Chinese New Year traditions, the Golden Wish Tree, where guests write a wish on a red card and hang it on a tree.
Dhs205 (lunch), Dhs288 (dinner). Mon Feb 4-Sun Feb 10, 12.30pm-3pm and 6.30pm-10pm. Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, www.armanihoteldubai.com (04 888 3666).
Ba Restaurant and Lounge
Meaning lucky number eight in Mandarin, Ba Restaurant and Lounge will be spreading all the luck for Chinese New Year with its limited-time three-course meal. For Dhs288, guests can enjoy dishes such as wagyu beef tartare with yuzu and togarashi and crispy duck bun with kimchi, and that’s just the starters. As for main course, expect black pepper beef, sweet and sour prawns with pineapple, Kung Pao chicken with chili and steamed jasmine rice. Not forgetting dessert, finish off with a yuzu citrus tart and coconut sticky rice cake and a Chinese tea selection to match.
Dhs288. Mon Feb 4-Mon Feb 11. Mon-Fri 5pm-1am; Sat 5pm-midnight. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.palmdining.com (04 457 3457).
To celebrate the Spring Festival, Beefbar Dubai is going all out with a special set menu showcasing dishes from Hong Kong. For Dhs400 on Thursday February 7 and Friday 8, diners can get a five-course meal brimming with world-class meat, while the restaurant itself will be transformed with lanterns hanging from the ceiling and of course, lucky red cards to bring everyone some good fortune. The restaurant will offer three glasses of grape for Dhs200 to go with your meal.
Dhs400 (five courses), Dhs22 (three glasses of grape). Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, www.dubai.beefbar.com (056 115 1724).
Buddha-Bar at Grosvenor House will be pulling out all the stops on Friday February 15. Kicking off at 8.30pm, late-celebrators can take on a selection of Chinese cuisine, including the famous five-spice chicken salad and prawn hargao and roast duck pancake for starters, along with wok-fried Australian beef in spicy Szechuan sauce. As for those who like a bit of a party, Buddha-Bar will also feature authentic Chinese performances and other entertainment to put some flair into all the celebrations.
Fri Feb 15, 8.30pm onwards. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.buddhabar-dubai.com (04 317 6000).
To celebrate the New Year, Ewaan is laying on a Chinese buffet from 12.30pm until 3.30pm, with live cooking stations, a selection of dim sum and lots more. That’s not all, as from 7pm until 11.30pm, its delivering guests a seafood buffet featuring Chinese delicacies and lunar New Year puddings along with special live stations dishing out noodles and dim sum. There will also be a dragon dance performing during the special evening.
Afternoon: Dhs188 (soft drinks), Dhs288 (house beverages). Sat-Thu 12.30pm-3.30pm. Evening: Dhs188 (buffet), Dhs288 (soft drinks), Dhs388 (house beverages). Sun-Tue, Thu, Sat 7pm-11.30pm. Sat Feb 2- Sun Feb 10. Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Atlantis The Palm’s Cantonese restaurant will be going all out to mark the Spring Festival, but it isn’t just celebrating for one day. From Monday January 28 until Sunday February 24, Hakkasan's team of chefs will be whipping up a special à la carte menu featuring traditional Chinese favourites for Dhs498. Diners can expect Peking duck with crispy bean curd and mango, wok-fry lobster with Chinese chives and lily bulb, as well as roasted jasmine chicken with sticky rice. As part of the menu, guests will even get a specially crafted CNY beverage. That’s not all, as the venue will also be putting on its wishing tree tradition, inviting guests to write their wishes on red ribbons that will be hung around the dining areas.
Dhs498. Mon Jan 28-Sun Feb 24. Open daily 6pm-11.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road (04 426 2626).
Looking for an international buffet featuring Asian and Chinese cuisine? You’ll want to head to Kaleidoscope for Chinese New Year. From Dhs195, the buffet boasts steamed dory fillets with ginger soya, peppered chicken with pak choi and char siu beef rib, as well as live stations including Asian noodle soup and a dim sum carousel. Don’t miss the lion dance performances at 7:30pm to 7:45pm from Monday January 4 to Wednesday 6.
Sun-Thu: Dhs195 (adults), Dhs97.50 (kids aged 4-11). Fri-Sat: Dhs230 (adults), Dhs115 (kids aged 4-11), free (kids below three). Mon Feb 4-Sun Feb 10. Open daily 7am-11am, 12.30pm-3.30pm and 6pm-10.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road (04 426 2626).
Long Yin will be decked in shades of red for all the Chinese New Year festivities. For Dhs191, celebrators can take on a set menu filled with steamed scallops, dumplings, sautéed tiger prawns, and other Chinese delicacies. To finish off, tuck into a selection of desserts featuring mango with strawberry caviar, and the restaurant is giving away a special red envelope to take home to wish all the luck and fortune.
Dhs191. Mon Feb 4-Wed Feb 6, 12.30pm-3.30pm and 6pm-11pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre, Garhoud www.longyin-dubai.com (04 702 2447).
With authentic festive Chinese decorations such as dragons, lanterns and traditional red envelopes transforming the place, Matagi celebrating big for Chinese New Year. With a specially crafted three-course sharing menu, guests can take their pickings from salmon yusheng, crispy wonton pouch, and mushroom dumpling soup for appetisers and steamed sea bream, beef and broccolini, black onyx beef tenderloin, along with crispy tofu and udon noodles for mains. As for dessert, expect, well, an abundance of good fortune in dish form.
Dhs350. Tue Feb 5-Tue Feb 12, 6pm-midnight. Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 248 8850).
Not only is Address Dubai Marina’s all-day dining restaurant, Mazina, delivering a special dinner buffet filled brimming with traditional Chinese delicacies, but it’s also celebrating the Spring Festival with a Chinese-themed brunch. From the special day (Tuesday February 5) to Friday 8, the dinner buffet will offer diners dumplings, Peking duck and other specialities influenced by Chinese style of cooking, all for Dhs179. As for the brunch on Friday from Dhs325, prepare for the venue to be transformed with a Chinese theme, with three hours of Chinese delicacies and much more.
Chinese dinner buffet: Dhs179 (soft drinks). Tue Feb 5-Fri Feb 8, 7pm-11pm. Brunch: Dhs325 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs600 (bubbly). Fri Feb 8, noon-3pm. Lobby, Address Dubai Marina, www.addresshotels.com (04 888 3444).
Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort’s signature Asian restaurant, Mekong is offering a basket of happiness to celebrate Chinese New Year the best way possible, and it’s featuring a variety of Chinese specialties for celebrators to delight in. The special meal will feature a whole lot of dim sum, including steamed mixed scallop and prawn dumpling with Szechuan sauce, deep fried chicken pocket with sweet black soya sesame sauce and duck jiaozi with soya ginger sauce. It’s a family-sharing style meal that’s not to be missed.
Dhs168. Sun Feb 3-Tue Feb 5, 6pm-11.30pm. East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, www.anantara.com/en/palm-dubai/restaurants/mekong (04 567 8304).
Pure Sky Lounge
The highest lounge in JBR is inviting celebrators of the Spring Festival to share some top views of the Arabian Gulf and Palm Jumeirah while dining on some special Chinese dishes. With dishes starting from Dhs40, the restaurant boasts an affordable way to celebrate. Expect a varied dumpling selection with ginger soy or braised beef ribs, vegetable stir-fry with the creamy tofu and grilled seabass fillet in tomato and sweet soy salsa. For those coming with friends and family, there’s a special Chinese sharing platter at Dhs135 to work your way through.
Dishes starting from Dhs40. Tue Feb 5-Tue Feb 19. Open daily 5pm-2am. The Walk, JBR (04 374 7888).
Whatever kind of Chinese dish from the country’s most foodie of provinces, Saffron is most likely to be serving. For Dhs265, celebrators can tuck into an array of Cantonese, Szechuan, Shandong and Anhui dishes, and pick from the steamed dim sum and the Peking duck stations. Even better, the restaurant will be putting on themed Chinese dinner music, along with a lion dance performance at 7:30pm to 7:45pm from Monday January 4 to Wednesday 6.
Dhs265 (adults), Dhs137.50 (kids aged 4-11), free (kids under three). Mon Feb 4-Sun Feb 10. Open 6pm-11pm. Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road (04 426 2626).
Shang Palace is transforming its venue with lanterns and Chinese music. With not just one, but two traditional set menus featuring dishes such as Hong Kong-style barbecue duck, dim sum platters and traditional rice balls. Feeling lucky? Guests who dine at Shang Palace can enter the chance to win a stay at Kerry Hotel, Beijing.
Dhs358 (food only). Mon Feb 4-Tue Feb 19, noon-3pm and 7pm-midnight. Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.shangri-la.com/dubai (04 405 2703).
Sofitel The Palm
The five-star resort on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah island wants to wish you all the luck for Chinese New Year with a four-course set menu boasting authentic Chinese flavours, along with a traditional lion dance to keep guests entertained. Taking place at Hong Loong, expect starters such as chilled octopus and jellyfish salad along with steamed shrimps dumpling, and a crab meat and chicken soup. As for mains, look forward to Hong Kong-style roast duck, stew beef short ribs and an eight treasure rice served in lotus leave. For a combination dessert platter, expect sesame seed balls, fried dough twists or, of course, mandarins.
Dhs388 (soft beverages, half bottle of grape). Mon Feb 4-Sun Feb 10, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Lion Dance: Mon Feb 4-Tue Feb 5, 6pm onwards. Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa Palm Jumeirah, East Crescent, The Palm (04 455 5656).
The Lounge, Address Boulevard
An specially art crafted Chinese New Year afternoon tea is being served at The Lounge in Address Boulevard, and it has four layers of candy and sandwiches worth digging into. For Dhs 189 for two people, expect edible plastic-wrapped candy, mini burrata and some exotic sandwiches such as salmon and beef bresaola. As for tea, there will be herbal teas and coffees along with baked scones and jams to round off the evening.
Dhs189 for two. Tue Feb 5-Sat Feb 9. Open daily 7am-midnight. Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.addresshotels.com (04 888 3444).
Ring in the New Year with a four-course set menu from Time Out Dubai’s Best Thai Restaurant 2018, featuring Chinese-inspired dishes including vegetable dim sum, duck spring rolls and black pepper lobster.
Dhs288 (food only), Dhs388 (bottle of grape). Fri Feb 1-Sun Feb 10. 6pm-11.30pm. Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Willow Stream Spa
Some of the most relaxing massages and remedies have come from China, and this Chinese New Year, Willow Stream Spa doesn’t want anyone to miss out on it. The spa at Fairmont The Palm will be hosting Chinese Expert Therapist Lily Yuan from Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai from Tuesday February 5 until Monday March 4, which means its now your chance to get an authentic and soothing massage. Specialised treatments include a Chinese acupressure massage to balance your Chi; a yoga massage with light stretching to fix those tight muscles; the vital energy meridien cleansing massage that uses “East-Meets-West” techniques; the “Mystic Peace” treatment that includes a full body scrub and Tai Chi massage; and finally a simple, but much needed foot reflexology treatment.
Chinese Acupressure Massage: Dhs545 (60 min), Dhs799 (90 min). Yoga Massage: Dhs799 (90 min). Vital Energy Meridien Cleansing Massage: Dhs545 (60 min), Dhs799 (90 min). Mystic Peace: Dhs799 (90 min). Foot Reflexology: Dhs289 (30 min), Dhs555 (60 min). Tue Feb 5-Mon Mar 4. Open daily 9am-10pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).
Zengo at Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa will have a selection go specialty Chinese dishes and vibrant entertainment all week long, starting from Tuesday February 5.
Tue Feb 5-Mon Feb 11. Open daily 7am-midnight. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, www.zengo-dubai.com (04 316 5550).
Bluewaters Dubai’s authentic Chinese restaurant Zhen Wei Dim Sum is leaping into the New Year with a hefty six-course feast. What to expect? Kung pao prawns, seafood dumplings, carved Pecking duck, Cantonese steamed sea bass, chocolate Xiao Long bao, sweet black sesame tang yuan and New Year fried cake.
Dhs350 per person. Until Sat Feb 9. Open daily 6pm-10.30pm. Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, www.caesars.com/dubai/restaurants/zhen-wei (04 556 6666).