It’s that time of year again. London is adorned with pretty red lanterns, pink cherry blossoms and the scent of roasted duck is wafting through the streets of China Town. Today is the start of Chinese New Year and Londoners are flocking to restaurants serving sticky stir fries and chicken chow meins, but where are the best eateries to visit this year of the dog? 7 Star Life has three favourites in mind…
Nestled discreetly away from the hustle and bustle of London’s busy Oxford Street resides Chi Kitchen – a pan Asian restaurant known for its exquisite food.
Executive Chef and Masterchef Champion Ping Coombes will host a celebration lunch on Sunday 18th February from 12pm to 2.30pm, where guests can gorge on traditional Chinese dishes such as Lo Sang with Salmon, aka the ‘Prosperity Toss’, – said to bring prosperity, wealth and good luck for the New Year.
In line with Chinese New Year traditions, Ping will also be distributing Ounpow at the restaurant’s celebration party – a lucky red envelope traditionally given at holidays to symbolize good luck and banish evil spirits.
Available from now until the 18th February, this special lunch has been created to honour the year of the dog and features enticing dishes such as steamed monkfish drenched in a spicy chilli and garlic sauce, perched on al’dente asparagus.
Other dishes include broccoli and tofu marinated in garlic and soy sauce and sticky mammoth king prawns on a bed of stir fried vegetables. The egg fried rice at this quaint eatery is also the best we have ever tried.
The passion fruit cheese cake finished off this extravagant dinner perfectly. It wasn’t too sweet and evoked memories of distant holidays in exotic eastern lands.
This ultra chic Chinese restaurant is known for its inimitable fine dining, well-heeled clientele, elegant decor and live musical performances.
To celebrate the Chinese New Year in style, the restaurant have created a special menu for £150 per head featuring a feisty fusion of traditional and modern eastern dishes.
This feast fit for an emperor includes Spanish Carabinero Prawns with Fresh Sea Urchin, Snow Fungus and Shishito Peppers in Preserved Sea Urchin Sauce, Steamed Whole Wild Sea Bass with Jamón Ibérico Cinco Jotas and Kai Lan and Chinese Supreme Mushrooms.
The Shiitake Mushrooms and Bean Sprouts in Foie Gras Sauce is sure to tempt even the most hardened tastebuds, whilst the tender Stir-Fried Waygu Beef and Succulent Roast Suckling Pig with Glutinous Rice Bao makes this a banquet worthy of shameless social media boasting.
Although we generally turn our snooty 7 Star noses up at restaurant chains, we were incredibly enamoured with the culinary offerings we indulged at this glorious Thai food haven.
Yes, we know it’s not a Chinese restaurant but as the celebrations are taking place right outside their Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square branches, they’ve decided to get involved in the party by gifting diners with free dumplings with every starter and main.
We recommend the marinated duck and pancake platter to start before feasting on the creamy green chicken and lamb massaman curries – you won’t be disappointed.
Ending your meal with the sticky golden fried banana balls served alongside a hearty dollop of vanilla ice cream will also bring you extreme levels of foodie joy.
Not only is the food at Thai Square bordering on otherworldly, the staff were warm and welcoming – essential for making your celebratory dining experience complete.