January 17, 2023, 11:08 AM/ UPDATED January 20, 2023, 11:50 AM
From an epic feast in a grand ballroom complete with live cooking show by master chefs, to an interactive show at the Salon de Ning, to a sumptuous private dinner of the most auspicious dishes — this year’s Lunar New Year celebrations promise to be some of most delicious, elevated dining experiences. Here are our picks.
By Metro.StyleFebruary 03 2023, 9:20 AM
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Shanghai Nights at The Pen
On Friday, January 20, Salon de Ning at The Pen presents an alternative Chinese New Year celebration laced with dance, danger and desire! Madame Ning and SPIT Manila invite you to “Shanghai Nights, From Madame Ning with Love,” an interactive Chinese Lunar New Year lover’s triangle in Salon de Ning. In this immersive two-hour melodrama set in 1920s Shanghai on the eve of the Chinese New Year, guests will help decide the fate of lovers, swoon over the good looks of a dashing hero, thwart the ambitions of a ruthless villain, dance to the music of the Jazz Age, sip delicious cocktails, and have their fortunes read by a three-headed oracle. There will be a door charge of P888. Doors open at 7 PM, show starts at 8 PM. Contact: (02) 8887-2888 ext. 6691 ir 6694 or (0917) 557-8014 | Address: The Peninsula Manila, Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati | IG: @thepeninsulamanila.
Indulge in an epic celebration at the Grand Ballroom complete with exceptional and authentic Chinese cuisine featuring a live cooking show by Chinese master chefs, a prosperity toss and lion dance performance in an altogether dramatic setting. January 22, from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM at The Grand Ballroom. The set menu starts at P25,888 net for six persons. Contact: (02) 8838-1234 | Address: Grand Hyatt, 8th Avenue corner 35th Street, BGC, Taguig | IG: @grandhyattmanilaph.
Joyful festivities call for shared feasts and merrymaking around the table. Spring into abundance this Chinese New Year with a lavish array of Oriental feasts and festive artisanal treats at China Blue by Jeremy Leung. The Chinese New Year Set Menus are available until January 27, with two variants to choose from. Order the Nian Gao gift set, too. Contact: (0917) 650-3591 | Address: Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay | IG: @conradmanila.
What could be more auspicious than a superb family dinner at this award-winning Cantonese restaurant that begins with a traditional yu sheng (or yee sang) toss ritual, followed by lucky dishes like Prosperity Roast Duck (symbolizing wealth, abundance and fertility) with jellyfish, crispy vegetables and plum dressing; Steamed Duo Flavor Live Grouper with signature tofu and Roasted Crispy Spring Chicken with supreme soy sauce. For luck and togetherness, the Crispy Taro and New Year Cake Pillow is not to be missed. Other lucky dishes are Buddha Jumps Over the Wall; Braised Sea Cucumber and Pork Trotter with black moss and brown sauce; Wok-tossed Creamy Prawns with fragrant shredded coconut; and Wok-fried Fragrant Glutinous Rice with Guangdong Cured Pork. Available for lunch or dinner until January 29. Address: City of Dreams, Manila | Contact: (02) 8800-8080 | Instagram: @crystaldragonmnl.
On January 22, join the cheerful energy of the Dragon and Lion Dances at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria starting 11 AM onwards, accompanied by the traditional Eye Dotting Ceremony and Exchange of Gifts Ceremony. Afterwards, partake of a feast from the auspicious special set menu and a la carte selections at Xin Tian Di. The festive Lunar New Year set menu is available until January 23. Contact: (0927) 163-0128 | Address: Ortigas Avenue corner ADB Avenue, Quezon City | IG: @crowneplazamanilagalleria.
Singapore’s famous TungLok Signatures highlights the quintessential Chinese New Year staple fare, the yu sheng salad, which was popularized in Singapore, and known as lo hei in Cantonese. This salad, which signifies blessings and fortune, is prepared with salmon, a medley of fresh vegetables, fruits and other ingredients, each representing a wish during the toss while huat ah! or lo hei! is being recited. It is believed that the higher the toss, the greater will be one’s fortune. TungLok’s Prosperity Yu Sheng Salad is available until January 24, and can be shared by a group of six to eight. For direct reservations, call (0917) 702-4024 | Address: City of Dreams Manila | Instagram: @tungloksignaturesph.
The Lobby’s annual Dragon and Lion Dance symbolizes good luck and success in the coming year. Afterwards, celebrate prosperous new beginnings in Escolta with a limited-time only Sunday Champagne Lunch Buffet showcasing auspicious ingredients such as fish and oysters, believed to bring good luck, and classics including glutinous rice dumplings that symbolize reunion. Dragon and Lion Dance is 10:30 AM to 11 AM. Sunday Champagne Lunch Buffet at Escolta, 12 noon to 3 pm. Contact: (02) 8887-2888 ext. 6691 ir 6694 or (0917) 557-8014 | Address: The Peninsula Manila, Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati | IG: @thepeninsulamanila
On January 21, take part in the Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance with traditional dotting the eye ceremony performed at the hotel lobby from 10 AM to 12 noon. Complete the tradition with a celebratory drink, the Shanghai Lungho, available until January 31. You may also wish to bring home the Auspicious Chinese Hamper filled with chocolate rabbit, dried fruits, peanut sesame brittle, pineapple bun, mung bean cake, and a lucky rabbit stuffed toy. Contact: (02) 5318-0788 | Address: M. Adriatico corner Gen. Malvar Streets, Malate, Manila | IG: @sheratonmanilabay.
Upscale Dining at The Keep, Shangri-La at The Fort
Take your Lunar New Year celebrations a notch higher at The Keep. The private den boasts an elevated dining experience through its exclusive menu to serve an unforgettable feast. Book a table through email@example.com or call 091SLFMEATS (09175363287). Address: Raging Bull Chophouse, Shangri-La at The Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, BGC, Taguig | IG: @shangrilafort.
This Chinese Lauriat Celebration Menus is crafted with unparalleled expertise by renowned Executive Chinese Chef Mok Chee Wah, and starts at Php 69,999 nett for ten persons. Available on January 21 and 22, 2023. Contact (02) 8832-6988 | Address: Sofitel Manila, Atang dela Rama, Pasay | IG: @sofitelmanila.
An all-you-can-eat feast of Chinese specials at Café1228 has such mouthwatering offerings as suckling pig wrap, stir-fried beef ho fan, salt and pepper squid, and braised eel with shitake. On January 21, 6 to 9pm and January 22, 12nn to 3pm, you can have your Chinese name written by a Chinese calligrapher or meet the God of Fortune giving away “ang pao” to ensure good luck throughout the Year of the Rabbit! Contact: (0917) 888-4194 | Address: Esperanza Street corner Makati Avenue, Makati | IG: @newworldmakati.