Among the firecrackers, music and dancing dragons this Chinese New Year, Melbourne’s best Chinese restaurants are putting on a special spread to celebrate the Year of the Goat.
With a whopping fifteen days of festivities celebrating the biggest event on the Chinese cultural calendar, you’re bound to get hungry. So why not try one of the following banquets to ring in the New Year?
Also known as Dynasty Seafood Restaurant, Shanghai Dynasty has been giving some of Chinatown’s high-end eateries a run for their money over the last few years. Decked out in marble opulence with crystal chandeliers, dine in style on a banquet for 4 to 10 people.
Hawker Style Market
In honour of Chinese New Year, Heffernan Lane will be firing up the woks and playing host to a bevy of Asian cuisine for a one-off Hawker Style Market. Alongside traditional Chinese fare the market offers Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Malaysian, Indian and Thai delicacies.
Shark Fin House
A Melbourne favourite since 1980, Shark Fin House has seen a lot of New Years from their spot on Little Bourke Street. This year they’re putting together a special banquet for groups of six and more, including dishes such as the Dragon Dance, Wheel of Fortune, Catch of the Year and Jackpot, to bring good luck for the coming year.
China Bar Signature
Melbourne’s China Bar expanded in recent years to include its signature Asian Buffet Restaurant, one of the city’s most affordable buffets. With buffet banquets every day of the year, you know they’ll be offering something special throughout Chinese New Year.
If you’re not sure where to dine for the New Year then check out Chinatown Feast. Located at the Chinese Museum in Cohen Place, this one-off outdoor celebration is hosted by Locanda at Rydges Melbourne and Shark Fin Inn, and includes two menus to choose from.
Where will you be celebrating Chinese New Year?