On February 1st, we’ll celebrate the third animal in the Chinese zodiac, and hopefully usher in a year filled with diligence, kindness, and generosity. Will that actually happen? It’s another Big TBC. Regardless, that shouldn’t stop you from ringing in the Year of the Tiger with a special meal from one of these excellent London restaurants.
Winner winner Lunar New Year dinner. Bao is celebrating with the tantalising possibility of prizes, and giving out a mystery red envelope to anyone who orders a classic or daikon bao. One of the prizes includes a year’s supply, yes an entire year, of bao. Otherwise you can always settle for their adorable chocolate-filled tiger claw bao or an entire £60 Lunar NY feast for delivery.
Both Yauatcha's original Soho location and its spot in the City will be celebrating the Year of the Tiger with a special dim sum set menu that ends tiger macarons and pineapple tarts. It's available until the 15th of February.
Yu sheng, or prosperity tossed salad, is a traditional dish to welcome in the New Year and Rasa Sayang are doing theirs from the 26th of January to the 15th of February. The raw fish salad features salmon sashimi, an array of pickled and shredded vegetables, prawn crackers, plus plum and kumquat sauces, and other garnishes.
A. Wong’s brand new menu is launching in unison with the new year. The five-course banquet-style menu features dishes like cherry-smoked Peking duck pancake, seared black lamb with chilli and peanuts, and lots, lots more.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr is one of the all time great children’s books. The Tiger Who Came for Tea and Buns is the menu that Bun House in Soho is putting on for a month to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Their take on a classic afternoon tea will include all of their classic buns, sweet and savoury, as well as a few different snacks.
One for all the budding artists here: Ugly Dumpling, home to the revolutionary cheeseburger dumpling among other things, is celebrating the Year of the Tiger with a Pollock-esque ‘Tiger Stripe’ dumpling from February 1st. They pork and prawn dumplings are handmade with squid ink dough before being topped with sriracha mayo.
The chi-chi Chinese spot in Mayfair is going all out. There’ll be a Chinese wishing tree in the Parlour (wishes are not guaranteed to come true, T&Cs apply) as well as celebratory dishes like ‘basket of wealth’ dim sum and a whole baked lobster.