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Culinary delights for the Year of the Dragon

india Updated: Jan 20, 2012 01:37 IST
Aishwarya Sati
Aishwarya Sati
Hindustan Times

A multi-cultural country like ours is open to embracing all festivals, even of other countries. So, as the Chinese celebrate their New Year on January 23, a number of restaurants in the Capital also join in the festivities with special menus. This festival is regarded as the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays, as it marks the end of winter. Let’s have a look at the specialities that eateries are offering on the Lunar New Year, which is the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese almanac.

Sampan at The Suryaa Hotel
Celebrating the Year of the Dragon, the decor and the theme of the restaurant will be in accordance to the same. There is a special menu that has been designed especially for the festival. The menu includes a wide range of delectable vegetarian and non-vegetarian appetizers, soups, main course and desserts. Some of the dishes include garlic style lobster, crunchy almond prawns, golden fried shrimp balls, diced chicken with sichuan wild pepper, French bean sichuan style, Shanghai seafood noodles. Also try the special lobster for the Dragon’s Year, crunchy almond prawns, egg parcel filled with chicken, and lychee crispies.
Address: The Suryaa Hotel, New Friends Colony
Tel: 011-47808080
Meal for Two: Rs 3,000(plus taxes)

The Yum Yum Tree
If you plan to visit this restaurant on January 23, you can enjoy some lip-smacking delights such as dumplings, barbecued pork ribs, soups, Fiery Hunan Chicken, Char Siu Bao (barbecued pork buns), Kung Pao Mushrooms, and Yeoung Chow fried rice. You can savour the Tsing Tao beer to complement the dishes. After the meal, feast on the traditional Chinese Moon Cakes.
Address: Chinese Room, Sushi Bar and Oriental Grill,
New Friends Colony
Tel: 011-42602020
Meal for Two: Rs 2,500 (plus taxes)

Empress of China Restaurant
Starting January 23, this place is offering a menu that includes steamed and stir-fried fare, such as, steamed chicken cake, steamed wonton, Sichuan French Beans, Sichuan Ma Po Tofu, Lo Han Vegetable, date pancake and steamed chocolate cake, available during lunch time from 12 till 3pm.
Address: Eros, managed by Hilton, Nehru Place
Tel: 011-4122 3344,
011-4133 1920
Meal for Two: Rs 1,000 (plus taxes)

Ano Tai Restaurant
The fine dining restaurant will offer a special menu to ring in the Year of the Dragon. So, if you happen to visit this place on January 23 to celebrate the Chinese New Year, choose from some mouth-watering dishes, such as, vegetarian and non-vegetarian dumplings, soup, appetizers, sea food, chicken/ lamb/ tenderloin/ pork special, aniseed and chili fried rice, Aubergine noodles with fresh chili and soya, and a wide range of desserts. So, feast on some sumptuous dishes to mark the festival. The promotion will be on till February 6.
Address: Ano Tai, Jaypee Vasant Continental, Vasant Vihar
Tel: 011-2614 8800/4600 8800
Meal for two:A la carte basis

The Oriental Bloom
Beginning January 23, you can enjoy a number of activities as part of the celebrations here. As for the menu, on offer would be The Oriental Bloom’s signature array of dim sums and Chinese platters. For the main course, you can choose from a range of dishes, such as, sliced chicken with black mushrooms, shredded lamb, and stir-fried chicken with chilli, to complement the Chinese New Year.
Address: The Oriental Bloom, SCO-39, Sec-29, Gurgaon
Tel: 0124-4019616
Meal for Two: Rs 1,000 (plus taxes)

The China Kitchen
This place has a special à la carte menu till January 25 to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Savour dishes such as traditional boiled pork, spring onion dumpling, and black eye cod fish. To go along with your meal, choose from the Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose champagne or Laurent Perrier Brut champagne.
Address: Hyatt Regency,
Bhikaiji Cama Place, Ring Road
Tel: 011- 6677 1334
Meal for Two: Rs 5,800 (plus taxes)

Royal China Restaurant
When here, choose from fried and steamed dim sums such as seafood dumplings, prawn dumplings along with turnip paste. The meal will also include soups, noodles, rice and desserts such as mud cake with ice cream, and, mango pudding. The dishes will be available between 12 noon and 3.30pm, till February 5.
Address: Royal China, 16th Floor, Eros Corporate Tower
Tel: 011-49818000/ 008
Meal for Two: Rs 2,176 (plus taxes)