Listers, if you think New Year's celebrations are done and dusted, you'd be sorely wrong—Chinese New Year is right around the corner!
To celebrate the Year of the Goat—a year associated with calmness, peace and solidarity—a variety of Melbourne's best restaurants are putting on delicious dinners and banquet feasts this Chinese New Year.
Not sure where to book? We've done some digging and found eight super tasty options around town, all perfect for celebrating Chinese New Year in Melbourne. From cheap and cheerful to ultra luxe, these are your must-visit and must-book options!
Crown Lunar New Year Festival
Year after year, Crown Melbourne turns it on for Chinese New Year. 2015 is no different and this year, the annual Hawker’s Bazaar is back, bigger and better than ever before! Held along Crown Riverwalk underneath a sea of traditional Chinese lanterns, the Hawker’s Bazaar is a veritable feast for the senses—some of the best Chinese restaurants in Melbourne will feature amongst the 60 stallholders. If you don’t want to tie yourself to just the one restaurant this Chinese New Year, the Hawker’s Bazaar is where it’s at!
Crown Lunar New Year Festival | Crown Riverwalk, Southbank
Hawker’s Bazaar | 13th – 15th February, 11:00am – 11:00pm daily
Table Lamp Restaurant
New Melbourne restaurant, Table Lamp, is another one of our fave places to celebrate Chinese New Year, thanks in BIG part to their brilliant Chinese Zodiac Cocktails. The food at Table Lamp is also super delish and, unlike many other Chinese restaurants in Melbourne, you’ll be able to order à la carte during Chinese New Year. So put on your stretchy pants and get ready to feast on salt & pepper squid, duck rolls with plum sauce and Asian curries until your heart’s content!
Table Lamp Restaurant & Bar | Click here for more information
The Food Truck Park
Another great foodie option for celebrating Melbourne’s Chinese New Year is at The Food Truck Park, part of Docklands’ epic celebrations. Amongst all the dragon dancing and tai chi performances will be some of Melbourne’s best food trucks including Hammer & Tong, Lil Nom Noms, Mr Burger, White Guy Cooks Thai and more. Perfect if you can’t decide what you want to feast on…or perhaps if you want to feast on everything!
The Food Truck Park | Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
19th, 20th, 27th and 28th February | 12:00pm – 9:30pm daily
With a bumper line-up of activities planned, not to mention delicious food as per usual, New Shanghai is yet another of Melbourne’s best restaurants for Chinese New Year celebrations. We highly recommend tucking into New Shanghai’s famous stir-fried Chinese rice cakes, sweet sesame rice dumplings, and sweet and sour whole crispy barramundi for the ultimate Lunar New Year feast—too good to say no to, really! Guests will also receive scratch & win cards (the prize is a $500 New Shanghai voucher!), so you never know…the Year of the Goat might be really, really lucky for you!
New Shanghai Chinese New Year Dinner | 19th February
Call 03 9994 9386 or email to reserve your place
If you want to take things up a notch this Chinese New Year then book yourself a spot at Ruyi's celebratory dinner. For only $95 per person, you can tuck into four courses of amazing modern Chinese food—think Peking duck, cumin pork ribs, spicy prawns and more—with matching fine wines an additional $45 a head. It’ll be a night to remember!
Ruyi Chinese New Year Dinner | 19th February
Four-courses for $95 per person + matching wines $45 per person
Call 03 9090 7778 or email to reserve your place
It's no secret that HuTong are responsible for some of Melbourne's best dumplings, so it comes as no surprise that they're also one of the best restaurants to celebrate Chinese New Year! HuTong's banquet special is on the deluxe end of the scale but boy, oh boy, it's worth it—8 to 10 people can feast the night away on dishes such as five spiced beef, signature pan fried dumplings, fried lobster with dried garlic, chicken, lamb…the list goes on! Keen to get in on the dumpling action? Best you book ASAP because this is one event that'll sell out fast.
HuTong Chinese New Year Banquet Special | 16th - 26th February
8 - 10 person banquet dinner $888 for the group
Call 03 9098 1188 to reserve your place
Bourke Street favourite, Lost Heaven, is also planning some delicious banquet action Chinese New Year—perfect if you're looking for something for a large group! Available for both lunch and dinner, Lost Heaven's banquet menu includes tasty treats such as grilled fish, spicy pork, stir fried veggies and more.
Lost Heaven Chinese New Year Banquet Special | 13th February - 5th March
10 person banquet dinner | $588 for the group
Call 03 9650 2188 to reserve your place
Man Tong Kitchen
Listers, are you and your gang looking for the creme de la creme of Chinese New Year's banquets in Melbourne? Well, look no further because Man Tong's banquet extravaganza at Crown is where it's at! You can choose between two options for your group of 10 (both for lunch and dinner)—one for $1,688 and the other for $1,888. Both include plate upon plate of Man Tong's famous Chinese cuisine—think steamed coral trout, snow crab with goose liver pate sauce, wagyu beef, and more.
Man Tong Kitchen Chinese New Year Banquet Special | 18th February - 1st March
10 person banquet dinner | $1,688 - $1,888 for the group
Call 03 9686 9888 or email to reserve your place
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