Chinese New Year is a time for rekindling bonds, whether between loved ones or friends. Here are some venues in town to catch up over a good meal and usher in the Year of the Dragon.
The Chow Kit
One of Malaysia’s best boutique hotels, The Chow Kit — an Ormond Hotel in KL, celebrates the red packet season with a seasonal three-course menu, featuring Golden Prosperity Yee Sang, one main and two signature desserts, Panna Cotta and Lucky Longan. The star of the prosperity salad is wild caught smoked salmon, topped with julienned local fruit, cassava chips and honey lemon dressing. Choose between “Wok Hei” Cod or Wagyu fried rice as the main. If you are dining with a small group of friends, consider the Taste of Reunion set, which comprises the Golden Prosperity Yee Sang, a platter of butter prawns wrapped in egg floss, crispy baked chicken and braised duck, accompanied by fried rice.
The seasonal three-course menu is priced at RM188++ and the Taste of Reunion RM218++. From Feb 1 to 25. Contact (03) 2778 6688 for reservations. See more here.
An institution for good ol’ fashioned Chinese cuisine, Oversea Restaurant is bringing back its signature CNY dishes to fill your table with abundance. The popular Fruity Yee Sang, topped with strawberries, kiwi and persimmon, returns with its signature red dragon fruit sauce. Usher in good fortune and success with the Prosperity Treasure Pot or poon choi, brimming with an array of premium ingredients, including abalone, fish maw and sea cucumber, simmered in a glossy aromatic broth. Also do not miss the hearty and comforting Hong Kong-style Claypot Waxed Meat Rice or lap mei fan. It is only available during this auspicious season, so surely we can give calorie-counting a rest?
Until Feb 24. For more details or to make reservations at the 1 Utama outlet, call (010) 879 7227. See more here.
Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur
Make your reunion dinner with loved ones more special with the delightful set menu at Cantonese restaurant Lai Po Heen in Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur. There are several to choose from, namely Seasons Peace, Wealth, Prosperity and Fortune, priced at RM988, RM768, RM588 and RM468 per person. Each set comes with a yee sang platter, served family style. If you’re taking a break from protein, there is a Vegan option (RM228), featuring eight scrumptious dishes, including vegetable spring rolls and stir-fried eggplant with cashew nuts in a yam basket. Prosperity and Fortune are recommended for big families as the menu requires a minimum of four diners, while that of Seasons Peace and Wealth need at least two people.
Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur
If you find set menus too restrictive for your liking, the Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur presents a Lunar New Year Dragon-Fire Delights buffet, filled with exquisite ingredients and inventive twists, at its all-day dining restaurant, Curate. There is a slew of specialities to choose from, including Chinese Wax Duck Fried Rice and Singapore Chili Mud Crab with Mantao. Malaysian favourites such as Nian Gao cakes are also on the extensive list alongside Peking Duck Wraps and Ding-Ding Candy. If you are planning a get-together with your close friends, The Lounge’s afternoon tea set makes for a great option. It offers sweet and savoury desserts such as Enter the Dragon, Lucky 8 and Imperial Crab Salad, Tangerine Orange Peel Scones with Pineapple and Goji Berry Jam.
Lunar New Year Dragon-Fire Delights buffet starts from RM188; Lunar New Year Afternoon Tea is RM232 per person. Until Feb 24. For reservations, contact the hotel via the Four Seasons app. See more here.
Four Points by Sheraton KL, Chinatown
Indulge in the exciting Bountiful Blessings buffet at Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown. Customers are sure to be spoilt for choice as the establishment offers a variety of nourishing dishes to welcome good luck, strength and health for the year. Expect an assortment of ambrosial aliment such as cold antipasti, fresh seafood, soups, hot dishes (think chicken braised with soy sauce, barbecued beef stew, steamed sea bass fillet and beef noodle soup), roasted and grilled meats, as well as mouth-watering sweet treats. Those born in the Year of the Dragon will be delighted to know that they will be able to enjoy the buffet for free when accompanied by a paying adult. The deal is available for dinner from Monday to Saturday and lunch on Sunday.
Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur
The culinary team of Lemon Garden at Shangri-La KL continues to live up to the eatery’s reputation for offering one of the best buffets in town. This festive season, they have curated an opulent spread featuring a delightful array of dishes, from fresh sushi and sashimi to the rich flavours of Asian and Western specialities. Customers can also head to the yee sang counter to customise their platter. On top of that, the establishment is rolling out premium goodies that make perfect gifts to express heartfelt appreciation to your loved ones. The Treasure Delight, Golden Treasure and Prosperity Treasure hampers, priced at RM688, RM1,388 and RM3,888 respectively, are filled with treats and baked goods that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and entice the eye with their exclusive packaging.
This article first appeared on Jan 29, 2024 in The Edge Malaysia.