Chinese New Year is just around the corner! It's on Saturday, Feb. 10, with the government declaring Friday, Feb. 9, a holiday.
Whether you’re a Chinoy looking for a place to celebrate Chinese New Year or you simply want to take advantage of the New Year promos, here are five restaurants in Metro Manila that offer authentic and sumptuous Chinese dishes to welcome the Year of the Wooden Dragon.
1. Empress Dining Palace
Driven by its commitment to sharing Chinese culture and values through authentic Chinese food, the Empress Dining Palace offers auspicious dishes to attract good luck for the Year of the Wooden Dragon on February 9 and 10.
For one, The Empress Treasure Pot (P10,800) is an assortment of 18 Chinese favorites in one pot that includes Peking duck, abalone, sea cucumber, prawn, white chicken, and pork knuckles. The pot is filled to the brim with all the ingredients to symbolize yearly prosperity.
Of course, what is CNY without the Yusheng or the Prosperity Toss Salad? It symbolizes abundance, prosperity, and vigor. Empress' Yusheng (P1,900-P2,080) includes raw fish mixed with vegetables, sauces, and condiments.
7th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
2. Jasmine at the New World Hotel
New World Makati’s celebrated Chinese restaurant Jasmine has a prepared special set menu for the Chinese New Year. It includes several auspicious dishes like Roasted Suckling Pig, Red auspicious sweet and sour Prawns, Steamed Live Garoupa, and Stir-fried Scallops, among others. The set lunch menu at Jasmine is priced at P13,888 for four persons.
New World Makati's The Lounge also offers an aesthetically pleasing Chinese-inspired high tea set to welcome the New Year. It features savory bao burgers, crispy wontons, mandarin mousse, strawberry blossom cake, and red bean Crémeux for P1650 for two persons.
New World Makati is located at Makati Ave., Ayala Center, Esperanza St., Makati City
3. Canton Road
Canton Road’s iconic golden doors at Shangri-La at The Fort are ready to welcome guests with a wide array of delectable treats for Chinese New Year, exclusively for February 9 and 10.
Executive Chinese Chef Wang Wei Qing has prepared dishes that champion a symphony of flavors, including a succulent crispy tiger prawn with fruits and the delicate aroma of baked almonds in Osmanthus sauce. Another dish not to miss? The sautéed Wagyu beef tender cubes with mushrooms, complemented by the rich intensity of black pepper sauce.
If you want to celebrate at home instead, Canton Road also offers nian gao treasure boxes, meticulously crafted to ring in a year of prosperity and abundance. Price starts at P2,888.
Canton Road is located at 3F Shangri-La at The Fort, 30th St. corner 5th Ave., Bonifacio Global City
Especially for the Chinese New Year, Hotel Okura’s Yawaragi Restaurant has on offer a Chinese-themed buffet combined with the hotel’s signature Japanese dishes inspired by the festivities during the Lunar New Year.
Priced at P1,800 for lunch and P3,600 for dinner, the buffet features Shaoxing rice wine Roasted Australian Wagyu Rump, Asian-style Porchetta, Kurobuta spring roll, Whole sustainable Big-eye Tuna, and a selection of Chinese dumplings. By the way, the offer is good for Feb. 9 and 10 only.
Yawaragi is located at Hotel Okura, Newport World Resorts, Pasay City
5. The Lobby at The Peninsula Manila
The Peninsula Manila continues its tradition of Lo Hei, which means tossing upwards in Cantonese, at The Lobby to attract good fortune and wish for great luck.
The Prosperity Toss Salad includes smoked salmon, which symbolizes abundance for the entire year, followed by carrots, which represent good luck, among other auspicious ingredients.
On February 10, the award-winning five-star hotel also prepared a traditional lion and dragon dance at 9:08 in the morning to welcome the Year of The Dragon. The Lo Hei at The Lobby is priced at P5,888 for four persons.
The Peninsula Manila is located at Makati Ave., Makati City
— LA, GMA Integrated News