All hail the monkey for bringing some seriously good eats to Sydney this February. Over sixteen days, yes sixteen days, of glorious feasting, Sydney will be transformed into a hub of Lunar Feasts covering the CBD and surrounds. Thirty-eight of our fave Chinese restaurants in Sydney are ringing in the Lunar New Year with special menus—we’re talking dumplings for brunch, noodles for lunch and more banquets than you can poke a chopstick at.
We’ve gone ahead and selected some our top eats for Chinese New Year in Sydney, because we’re kind like that.
Yum Cha at Marigold
Every day should be a yum cha day and the guys at Marigold get this, dishing up 11 varieties in their set menu complete with a glass of vino.
241 Ramen at Ramen Zundo
What’s better than one ramen? Two bowls of ramen! Take your mate or just yourself to Ramen Zundo and get your gob into their daily 2-4-1 ramen offer.
Your favourites at Chinese Noodle House
A Quay Street institution, this hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant in Sydney pumps out delectable dumplings every day of the week. Chinese Noodle House have bundled their signature eats including their braised eggplant with rice and fried noodles and the pork and chive dumplings into a sweet little Lunar New Year menu so all you need do is smile and point. Word to the wise, be prepared to queue, however said queuing is totally worth it.
BBQ Pork at Old Town Hong Kong Cuisine
These guys had us at welcome cocktail. Grab three of your mates, fussy eaters need not apply, and get ready to feast into the wee hours at Old Town Hong Kong Cuisine. Pork mince dumplings are served with BBQ pork, vegetables, seafood and wait for it, suckling pig, and all conveniently combined into the one feast menu.
Seafood at Opera Bar
Sydney Opera House
The folks with the view are in on the Lunar New Year celebrations with Opera Bar seafood plates for two washed down with a glass of Mumm for good measure.
Signature Cocktails at Bennelong, Cured and Cultured
Sydney Opera House
The team at Bennelong are all about the seafood bun this Lunar New Year and having a bit of fun with their Monkey See, Monkey Do Cocktail. And yes, we will order this cocktail purely because its name is on point (and we trust them).
DARLINGHURST AND POTTS POINT
Dumplings and Beer
The name says it all really. There’s not really much else you need once you combine these staples, but the good folk over at Dumplings and Beer have added in some duck wraps, scallop and chive dim sum, prawn gow gee and mocha desert, because, every celebration needs choices.
Everyone knows just by going here you’re on to a good thing. Fu Manchu is dishing up their trademark seasonal dishes into a pan-Asian banquet that’s just perfect when washed down with their chrysanthemum tea.
This little gem is doing Lunar New Year the Japanese way. Get your buds into a set meal complete with ebi grilled prawns, kamaboko fish cake and dessert, all washed down with o-totso, spice sake just like a real Tokyo New Year’s.
Get yourself into the Chinese New Year’s spirit with a special edition Lunar Feast cocktail paired with an entrée and main of your choosing.
CHIPPENDALE, ULTIMO AND PYRMONT
Just like a hawker’s corner overseas but conveniently found only a short walk from Central Station, this place is all about the choices! Offering a feast for up to eight people, the kitchens have joined forces to celebrate and work you into a celebratory food coma.
When: Chinese New Year Lunar Feasts 6th – 21st February
Where: Various restaurants in Sydney
More information: View the complete list of restaurants here.
Image credit: City of Sydney
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