The most festive occasion in the Chinese calendar is currently underway. It is the Year of the Dog, the Chinese New Year and Bangalore is celebrating the best way it knows, through good food. Steeped in tradition, festivities and of course, great food, this occasion is celebrated with a host of auspicious dishes signifying birth, growth and prosperity. Make a reservation at these three restaurants that have the festivities going on for a while.
Dine under unique Chinese lanterns by Nachiket Barve at Yauatcha
To celebrate Chinese New Year, Yauatcha has collaborated with renowned fashion and costume designer 'Nachiket Barve' who has designed customised paper-cut lanterns that will light up the entire space while the culinary team at Yauatcha has created a special a la carte menu. The special menu for this festival has been expertly crafted to offer dishes that are traditionally eaten during Chinese New Year along with some brand new Yauatcha creations. The Olive Dumpling is a first for the restaurant and promises to become a favourite with both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, while the Spicy Chicken Dumpling With Red Beetroot Skin is symbolic of good luck, prosperity and joy. The Golden Fortune Prawn In Lime Sauce represents good luck as seafood is considered lucky in China; while the Shredded Pork Loin In Hoisin Sauce With Mantou brings together delicious flavours that have never been seen before on the Yauatcha menu. Sample the delectable Black Truffle And Asparagus Fried Rice for a taste that is truly inspired or try the Pan Fried Noodles with vegetables in black bean sauce. In a nod to the beautiful lanterns, indulge in the Haoyun Lantern Petit Gâteau dessert with soy caramel and mandarin because eating citrus is believed to bring luck whilst ‘haoyun’ translates as ‘lucky’.
When: 5th February - 4th March 2018
A Feast from the East at 1Q1 Kitchen & Bar
Celebrate the Chinese New Year at 1Q1 Kitchen & Bar. Steeped in tradition, festivities and of course, good food, this occasion is celebrated with a host of auspicious dishes signifying birth, growth and prosperity. At 1Q1, the chef has curated a special menu with several symbolic dishes like the Steamed Mushroom and Black Oil Truffle Dumplings as dumplings resembling ancient Chinese currency that usher in abundance and prosperity; Steamed Pomfret With Sesame Soy Sauce, as fish is synonymous with any Chinese New Year feast and Sichuan noodles as noodles signifies long life. The Singapore Chilli Soft Shell Crab With Fried Mantou Bao is a must-try!
To go with your meal, try refreshing cocktails like the Mandarini, Hong Bao, 5Spice Serpent, Kafei Date and Chinese Spring Cup that go perfectly with the authentic, indulgent Asian cuisine.
Where: 1Q1 Kitchen & Bar, Queens Road
When: 16th to 25th February 2018
Celebrate the Year of the Dog at Shizusan
Celebrate the ‘Year of the Dog’ with a special menu curated by 'Chef Paul Kinny' that will transport you to the streets of China.
The menu features plenty of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Start the meal with appetizers such as Prawn & Mushroom Dim sum, Mariachi Roll with tuna ceviche, Japanese mayo, jalapeños, and avocados. There are also warm comforting soups like Shrimp & Bean Curd with Rich broth, edamame, scallions and Sweetcorn & Asparagus Broth. Follow that up with a Wok Tossed Oyster Mushrooms; snow peas & baby carrot in burnt chilli sauce or the most famous chicken dish to come out from China, General Tao’s Chicken – succulent morsels of chicken tossed in Chinese trinity sauce. Pair these up with Lo Mein Noodles; whole wheat noodle tossed in Chinese trinity sauce and the critically acclaimed Pineapple & Garlic Fried Rice; golden jewelled rice, chunks of juicy pineapple, water chestnut & cashews. They promise this dish to be a treat for your eyes as well as your stomach. Eating the whole fish is considered as a sign of good health and prosperity during New Year. On this menu, you will find the Braised Red Snapper in Shao Hsing, ginger & soy sauce. End your meal with the Lychee & Cinnamon Cheese Cake or The Cantonese Sai Mai Lo; Pearl Tapioca, coconut milk, evaporated milk.
To add to the excitement, guests born in the Year of the Dog (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 or 2018) will get a special gift on showing a valid ID proof.
Where: Shizusan, Phoenix Market City
When: 12th February to 25th February 2018
Ruth Dsouza Prabhu has been a media professional for 18 years now, across multiple platforms. As a passionate F&B writer, she has interacted personally with internationally renowned names such as Marco Pierre White, Janice Wong, Chef Vivek Singh, Chef Vikas Khanna, Madhur Jaffrey, the late Tarla Dalal and many others for her stories. A highlight has been personal interviews with all three of the celebrity judges on Masterchef Australia. She is on several jury panels of food and beverage awards, is sought after for opinions in the field by publications and has her work published in well-known names such as The Hindu, Firstpost, HuffPost India, Condé Nast Traveller, NatGeo Traveller among many others.