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2020 has garnered quite the buzz, as far as new years go, as everyone gets excited about the start of a new decade, the roaring 20s, and the concept of #2020vision. And really, it is a year of many fresh beginnings — not just the beginning of a new decade, but according to the Lunar Calendar, we’re also entering the Year of the Rat, which marks a whole new start of the Chinese zodiac cycle. 

As we inch towards Chinese New Year,  it’s customary during this time to eat good food, to ensure joy, prosperity, and wealth for the rest of the year to come. As you scour the city for the best spot to book those massive family reunion meals, you don’t want to settle for anything less than the best — which is why we’ve gone and gathered for you, a definitive list of the must-visit dining spots in the city this Chinese New Year season.

1
Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok

Ringing in the year of the rat, Shangri-La Hotel’s Shang Palace Chinese Restaurant invites guests to enjoy an array of auspicious and delectable set menus by executive Chinese chef Chow Wai Man and his team. On offer is The Prosperity Set, and The Longevity Set, both of which can be enjoyed by up to 10 guests. For those looking to start the Lunar New Year off with a bit of fun, the traditional ‘Lo Hei’ — exclusively created by chef Chow — is also available. The dish is enjoyed by tossing the elements up as high as possible, symbolising that the year to come will be filled with success, prosperity, wealth, and longevity. For those who want to spend the day enjoying some good Chinese cuisine, without having to go all out and get a large set, Shang Palace’s signature a la carte menus, and varied selection of dim sum are still available. There will also be a traditional lion dance with Chinese drumming and symbols on show from 10:15am onwards, January 25.

THB25,888 for The Prosperity Set. THB29,888 for The Longevity Set. THB1,988 for the Lo Hei Salmon (two to four people). THB2,888 for the Lo Hei Abalone and Salmon (two to four people). Available for lunch and dinner from January 24 – 27, 2020. Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok. 

To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2236 7777, or visit shangri-la.com.

2
Feast, Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers

There’s a belief that you should spend Chinese New Year full, happy, and with your loved ones, so that the year ahead is one of contentment and joy. If you’re looking to really indulge — because, after all, you do deserve it — what better way to treat yourself than by going for a premium buffet experience? To welcome the Year of the Rat, Feast restaurant at Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers is offering a dinner buffet line of auspicious delicacies, Chinese Lucky food, and international favourites. Think the likes of succulent suckling pig, seafood on ice, local wok-fried dishes, dim sum and more. Book a table for yourself and those you love — bring the little ones too, as children below 9 years old dine free. 

THB1,400++ per person. Available from 6-10pm, January 25, 2020. Feast, Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers.

To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2266 0123, or email events.rosh@sheraton.com

3
VIU Restaurant, The St. Regis Bangkok

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, VIU Restaurant at The St. Regis Bangkok has transformed its interiors to fit under a vibrant Chinese theme, and will be offering extraordinary lunch, brunch, and dinner buffet experiences — all complemented with the venue’s iconic view over the Royal Bangkok Sports Club. On the days leading up to Chinese New Year, get ready for bountiful lunch buffet that comes with an entire roasted baby suckling pig, or drop by for dinner for a feast including a selection of premium lobsters. On the day itself, the restaurant will be hosting a Chinese New Year-themed brunch, kickstarting the year with all the classics like Peking duck, baby suckling pig, a selection of lobster dishes — psst, this includes tastefully grilled with Singaporean chili sauce — and eight treasure fried rice.

THB1,288++ per person for Chinese New Year Lunch. THB2,288++ per person for Chinese New Year Dinner (includes non-alcoholic beverages). Available on January 24 – 25, 2020. THB2,850++ per person for Chinese New Year-themed brunch (an additional THB1,299++ gets you alcoholic beverages). Available 12:30-3:30pm, January 26, 2020.

To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2207 7777, or email fb.bangkok@stregishotels.com.

4
Spice Market, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

Over at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Spice Market is ringing in Chinese New Year with an oriental dinner feast. The meal kicks off with a buffet selection of divine appetizers — think classic Thai staples, including deep-fried Thai fish cakes (thod mun pla krai) and fried papaya salad-filled spring rolls (som tum thord). This is followed by main courses consisting of iconic dishes such as the wok-fried prawns, garlic, bell pepper, and chili (goong kua prik gluer), and soft shell crab casserole with glass noodles (pu nim ob woon sen). As desserts hold significance in the Chinese New Year meal — to guarantee, of course, a sweet year ahead — be sure to end off on a sugary note with the seasonal fruit or mango sticky rice.

THB888++ per person. 6-10:30pm, January 25 – 31, 2020. Spice Market, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.

To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2126 8866 ext. 1201, or email dining.asia@anantara.com.

5
Erawan Tea Room, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

Especially for Chinese New Year, The Dining Room at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok will be serving up an array of classic Chinese delicacies, to go with the hotel’s iconic International Buffet line. Available during both lunch and dinner, expect some pretty exciting appetiser options such as jellyfish salad sesame, deep-fried prawn salad with strawberry cream, and stuffed pork leg with chili sauce. There’ll even be live stations offering unmissable plates such as crispy pork with hoi sin sauce, and stir-fried e-fu noodle and shrimp. Don’t miss out on a stop at the dessert station, where you’ll find the likes of mashed taro, gingko nuts and sticky rice, pumpkin cream cake roll, and cantaloupe melon in coconut milk and black tea ice cream. There’ll even be a Lion Dance show at the hotel’s Garden Lounge from 9:45-10:15am, January 25.

Lunch is priced at THB1,390++ per person on weekdays, and THB1,650++ per person on Saturday, and THB2,200++ per person on Sunday. Available 12-2:30pm. Dinner is priced at THB1,850++ per person from Sunday to Thursday, and THB2,290++ per person from Friday to Saturday. Available 6-10pm. The Chinese delicacies are available from January 20, 2020 to February 2, 2020.

To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2254 6250, or email restaurants.bangh@hyatt.com.

6
Dynasty, Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World

One of Bangkok’s leading fine-dining Cantonese restaurants, Dynasty will be welcoming the Lunar New Year with a feast of luxurious set menus, especially created for groups of 10 or more. Choose between two menus that offer a wide variety of premium meats, seafood, and classic Chinese cuisine staples — think the likes of shark fin soup, sliced abalone with black mushroom and much more. If you’re looking for something else to satisfy your Chinese New Year cravings, the team will also be serving a range of truly delicious cooked-to-order dishes, such as baked snow fish with XO sauce. Definitely catch the special evening entertainment, which includes a lion show. 

THB12,800++ for Set 1, THB16,900++ for Set 2. The sets are available for dinner on January 25, 2020.

To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2100 6255, or email diningcgcw@chr.co.th

7
The Authors’ Lounge, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Hotel

Traditionally-speaking, Chinese New Year is about the massive, shared family meals. However, in this day and age, there are also newer approaches to celebrate the festivity, from Lunar New Year themed hampers, to of course, special Afternoon Tea Sets. If that happens to be what you’re looking for, be sure not to miss out on the Chinese New Year-themed aftern oon tea set at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Hotel’s Authors’ Lounge. Especially created by executive pastry chef Pablo Glecquel, and Executive Chinese chef Andy leong, the traditional festive gourmet experience has been reimagined in the form of a playful and rather beautifully crafted tea set. Highlights include chocolate pralines — and get this, they’re shaped like Chinese lanterns — foie gras and strawberry served in the form of firecrackers, and smoked salmon bites that look like citrus oranges, which symbolise good luck.

THB1,500++ per person (includes a selection of teas or coffee). Available daily from 12-6pm, until January 31, 2020. The Authors’ Lounge, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Hotel.

To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2659 9000, or email mobkk-restaurants@mohg.com.

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