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The Best Lunar New Year Feasts In Sydney

By Sophia Richardson - 31 Jan 2018

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PSA: if you stuff yourself silly during Lunar New Year in Sydney then the rest of your year is guaranteed to be filled with good vibes and good luck (maybe). So loosen those belts and whip out those wallets, you’ve got some serious eating to do.

It’s time to go hard or go home, here are the best Lunar New Year feasts in Sydney.

Lotus

CBD

A whole week of feasting is our kind of celebration, so thanks to Lotus Galeries you can indulge in Lotus favourites like crispy skin duck pancakes with sweet miso, steamed jade prawn dumplings and native spiced calamari. This is legit what dreams are made of.  

When: Monday 12 February – Sunday 18 February
Where: Lotus, The Galeries
Cost: Banquets range from $68 to $128

Harvest Buffet At The Star

Pyrmont

For a buffer that’ll fill you to the brim, head to Harvest Buffet at The Star. You’ll be tucking into things like Cantonese wonton and vegetable noodle soup, congee, XO clams, and a chocolate and sichuan pepper tart to finish. For all the juicy meets, head here

When: Thursday 1 February to Wednesday 28 February
Where: Harvest Buffet, Level 1, The Star

 

Golden Century

Haymarket

The king of all yum cha restaurants, Golden Century, is hosting one of the tastiest and most spectacular Chinese New Year banquets this February. You can expect 4 kinds of dim sum, steamed barramundi, and Chinese vegetables finished with traditional sponge cake. Book your tickets here

When: Friday 16 February – Sunday 4 March, 12pm-4pm
Where: Golden Century, Haymarket
Cost: $118 for two people

Sydney Opera House

Circular Quay

For a Lunar New Year’s Eve dinner you won’t forget, Sydney Opera House is hosting a Chinese banquet celebrating the new year, family and food (we’re totally here for the food). Book your tickets here

When: Thursday 15 February, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point
Cost: $388 per person

Cabramatta Festival

Cabramatta

Real Sydneysiders know that Cabramatta is a top destination for some seriously good eats, so it’s expected that you’ll be able to find some of the tastiest Asian food stalls here this Lunar New Year. We highly encourage you to fill your bellies in Cabramatta this Lunar New Year, in other words, you must.

When: Saturday 3 March – Sunday 4 March, 9am – 4pm
Where: Freedom Plaza, Cabramatta
Cost: Free entry

Atelier

Darling Harbour

Sofitel’s new restaurant, Atelier, is promising three interactive food stations this Lunar New Year, including seafood and fine dining Chinese. If silken tofu with crispy shallots, Peking duck spring rolls and crispy pork belly are calling your name, you’re going to want to book a table here

When: Thursday 15 February – Sunday 18 February
Where: Sofitel, Darling Harbour
Cost: $118 per person

Chatswood Chinese New Year Festival

Chatswood

Leave the house hungry and come home groaning (it’s really the only way to do Chinese New Year). Hit up Chatswood this Lunar New Year with a huuuuge line up of food stalls to get in on. Our advice is to get a dish from each stall and don’t stop eating until you’ve gone up 2 pant sizes.

When: Saturday 24 February, 10am – 5pm
Where: Chatswood Concourse
Cost: Free event

New Shanghai

CBD

We can all agree that New Shanghai is life (hello dumpling and noodle heaven), so this Lunar New Year New Shanghai Westfield in the CBD is offering a luxe banquet (cancel all current plans). With dishes like pork dumplings, Shanghai noodles, rice cake stir fry and crispy duck, it’s safe to say their menu is going to be off the damn chain.

When: Friday 16 February – Sunday 18 February, 11am – 8pm
Where: New Shanghai, Westfield CBD
Cost: $35 to $45 per person

Spice Temple

CBD

Get fancy this Lunar New Year with a 9 course (yes, you read correctly) banquet menu created by Neil Perry and head chef Andy Evans. If over eating delicious food is your thing (it’s obviously ours), you’re going to want to book yourself in right here

When: Friday 16 February – Sunday 4 March, 12pm – 10pm
Where: Spice Temple, CBD
Cost: $99 per person, $55 for matching wines per person

12 Micron

Barangaroo

Just when you thought the Chinese New Year couldn’t get better, it whips out a freakin’ 5 course dessert degustation at the one and only dessert destination, 12 Micron. If the idea of caramelized white chocolate, pear, miso caramel and lime makes you drool (guilty), head straight to 12 Micron this Lunar New Year.

When: Friday 16 February – Sunday 4 March, 12pm – 10pm
Where: 12 Micron, Barangaroo
Cost: $80 per person, $120 with matching drinks

Centenary Square

Parramatta

Each year, Paramatta welcomes the Lunar New Year with a festival that celebrates cultures, dancing and delicious food. With a bunch of tasty stalls to choose from, your entire night is set with cooking classes, lantern making and performances, oh and did we mention out of this world food stalls?

When: Friday 16 February, 5pm – 9pm
Where: Centenary Square, Parramatta
Cost: Free event

Café Mix

The Rocks

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Shangri-La’s Café Mix with the ultimate Asian dining experience. Expect an Asian style seafood buffet with Beijing duck pancakes, freshly made (as in before your eyes) noodles, and even a san choi bao station. We guarantee you won’t leave hungry, that’s for sure. Get more info here

When: Thursday 15 February – Saturday 24 February
Where: Café Mix, Shangri-La Hotel
Cost: $85 per person

Nurragingy Reserve Chinese Gardens

Doonside

Prepare for a pretty spectacular Lunar New Year feast at the Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Gardens, with endless fresh (and damn tasty) food stalls. There’s even fireworks, along with lantern making classes and a traditional Chinese New Year blessing ceremony (all while you chow down on those dumplings).

When: Friday 16 February, 5pm – 9pm
Where: Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside
Cost: Free event

Hacienda & Q Dining

Circular Quay

Pause your 2018 hot bod goals because Hacienda and Q Dining are getting festive this Lunar New Year with a menu totally dedicated to dumplings, pork buns and duck spring rolls. We can picture it already: you + dumplings + cocktail in hand and the Sydney city backdrop at Hacienda and Q Dining =hello 300 likes. Do yourself a favour and book a table here

When: Friday 16 February – Sunday 4 March, 12pm – 10pm
Where: Pullman Quay Grand, Circular Quay
Cost: Menu prices vary

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Image credit: Spice Temple

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