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From seafood hot pot to special cocktails, you’re bound to find something to help you ring in The Year of the Tiger.
Vancouver restaurants have you covered this Lunar New Year. Beginning February 1, Lunar New Year will last until the Lantern Festival on February 15. Whether you are looking for an elaborate meal or a sweet treat, restaurants all around the city are creating menus worth celebrating.
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Fanny Bay Oysters is offering food and a special cocktail to celebrate Lunar New Year. Their Angry Crab feature ($88) serves 3-4 and includes one and a half Dungeness crabs tossed in a ginger and chilli sauce on a bed of veggies. Their play on the year of the tiger is the tiger bomb cocktail ($15) is a gin-based drink featuring ginger syrup and Chinese five-spice.
For take-out, there’s a pre-order and pick up special hot pot seafood pack ($88) which includes 1lb of Manila clams, 1 piece of geoduck (approx. 1lb), 16oz oyster meat, half a pound of scallops and half a pound of prawns all ready to cook up in your Lunar New Year hot pot.
How to book: Reserve online via Open Table or call 778-379-9510. Place your pre-order for the hot pot seafood pack online via their website. More info: Available February 1-10. fannybayoysters.com
Potluck Hawker Eatery has created an eight-course feast to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The menu includes a variety of Malaysian, Singaporean and Chinese dishes. The Year of the Tiger feast includes the potluck prosperity toss (local albacore tuna, smoked salmon, julienned vegetables, cashews, wonton chips and plum dressing), hot and sour coconut mushroom soup, nonya cap chye (bean curd, mixed vegetables and glass noodles), truffled soy sauce chicken, whole pompano lab (whole fish fried and shredded with fresh herbs, chile, lime and fish sauce), salted egg yolk prawns with golden cereal, 8 treasures fried rice (includes egg, duck, lap cheong, mushroom, chestnut, dried shrimp, gailan and spring onion) and finally kuih lapis (traditional nine-layer steamed rice cake).
How to book: Order online via Tock or their website.More info: Only available for pick-up January 31-February 1. potluckyvr.ca
Celebrate The Year of the Tiger at Bruno with an elaborate family-style feast. Their Chinese New Year celebration platter ($288) features wagyu steak Oscar, lavender truffle duck, whole roasted sea bream, ½ rack of lamb chops, truffle smash fried potato and a saffron shellfish tagliatelle.
How to book: Reserve via their website More info: The celebration platter is available January 31-February 6. Versante Hotel is also offering stay package is available now through February 14 which includes an $88 dining credit valid at Bruno. See their website for more details.
The Noodle Bar at Koi in Parq is offering a special Lunar New Year dish of 3 treasure rice with soy chicken, roast pork and bbq pork with Shanghai Bok Choy on a bed of jasmine rice ($12.88). Guests can also toast to the new year with their feature cocktail the tiger paw ($8.88) at Centre Bar, which is made of Chinese plum wine, Jagermeister, orange juice and grenadine.
How to order: Walk-in only.More info: parqvancouver.com
Cask Whisky Vault is serving a traditional prosperity salad ($28) as a feature for the Lunar New Year. This Cantonese-style appetizer is prepared with kombu-cured salmon, green tea soba, shredded vegetables, shiso, pomelo and yuzu umeboshi. As a symbol of good luck, guests are invited to stand and ceremoniously toss the salad ingredients with their chopsticks while chanting wishes out loud.
How to book: Reserve via their website. More info: Available February 2-6. clubversante.com/cask
Sun Sui Wah is keeping the spirit of festivity and renewal in mind for their Lunar New Year take-home meal specials. They are offering a Lao Fan dinner set a premium Poon Choi course and house-made rice cake gift sets. The Lao Fan dinner set ($118), includes a seafood soup that features over ten ingredients including abalone, fresh canner lobster, and oysters. The dinner set also includes a side of their famous cold chicken, a side of braised vegetables. Similar to hot pot, the soup is meant to be reheated and then have all of the items added to it.
Poon Choi ($238 for 4 or $368 for 6) is a large layered dish that has ingredients prepared and cooked separately. Served family style, this version features sixteen premium ingredients including abalone, sea cucumber, fish maw, dried oysters, dried scallop and black moss.
The glutinous rice cakes are available in three flavours and are perfect for gifting. They are offering radish rice cake ($18.80), taro rice cake ($18.80) and a sweet rice cake ($16.80).
For families looking to dine in, Sun Sui Wah is offering two specialty dim sum offerings along with Chinese New Year dinner set menus starting at $188 for two which features their famous roast squab, stewed bird’s nest soup with dried scallops and fresh crabmeat, braised Australian abalone and lobster sticky rice.
How to book: Pre-order sets (48 hours in advance) or make a reservation via their website or by calling 604-872-8822More info: Available January 30-February 15. Also, they are offering a promotion which includes an order of the Lao Fan, Poon Choi and two rice cakes at $388 for 4 people or $500 for 6.
A.BENTO is offering a special pre-cooked, vacuum-sealed box set in honour of Lunar New Year. The tiger gift box C (feeds 4-6 people for $128) includes lamb stew (with lamb, bean curd, sticky rice cake, garlic and bean paste) lotus leaves wrap sesame chicken sticky rice (with ginger, goji berry, sesame oil, chicken sticky rice, lotus leaf and shiitake mushroom), spicy bean paste braised fish (with fish, garlic, scallions, fermented rice, tofu and spicy bean paste) and braised pork knuckle (with spices, soy paste, rock sugar, wine, ginger, garlic and scallions).
How to book: Order via their website.More info: Available now until February 1. Open for pickup 11:30AM-3PM and 5PM-9PM.
Heritage Asian Eatery is offering a celebratory feast for the Lunar New Year. Their feast ($118) feeds four and is available both for din in or take-out. It includes Chinese ham and prawn dumplings (shaped like Chinese ingots and painted with a gold streak), chive pockets, sticky rice buns, Gai Lan, prawn spring rolls, classic pork and napa cabbage dumplings, chicken wings with truffle salt, biang. Biang noodles wih XO dressing and an auspicious dessert of Nian Gao.
How to book: Dine in reservations and take-out orders can be placed by called 604-559-6058More info: eatheritage.ca
Kinton Ramen is offering a three-course meal in honour of Lunar New Year. The meal ($20.99) includes your choice of any signature ramen, you choice of either komi chicken (karaage fried chicken in komi sauce with arugula, pickled red ginger and garlic chips) or taru taru chicken (karaage fried chicken in a garlic taru taru sauce with arugula and spicy chili seasoning), and your choice of either their baked kurogoma cheesecake (black sesame) or a baked matcha green tea cheesecake.
How to book: Walk-in or order online via their website. Please note that third party delivery services will offer this special but for an additional $3.
Straight and Marrow is offering a Lunar New Year cocktail throughout the month of February. Their cocktail is called le tigre ($14) and tastes like Tiger ice cream. It features Pernod, Cointreau, vanilla liqueur, orange, coconut and egg yolk.
How to order: Reserve online via TockMore info: Available all of February. straightandmarrow.com
Hy’s Lunar New Year feature is a cocktail, the Laohu ($17), which features Canadian Club Chairman’s Select Rye, Cointreau, Licor 43, fresh orange juice and orange bitters.
How to book: Reserve via their website. More info: hyssteakhouse.com
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Gotham’s cocktail feature, the tiger claw ($18). This special drink contains Ketal One Peach and Orange vodka, Averna, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, butterfly pea flower bitters and butterfly pea flower dust.
How to book: Reserve via their website. More info: gothamsteakhouse.com
Honey Salt at Parq Vancouver is celebrating Lunar New Year with a feature cocktail called Sloe Tiger ($16). It features sloe gin, Aperol, peach syrup, fresh lemon juice and a cranberry sugar rim.
How to book: Reserve your table via OpenTable. More info: Available February 1-13. parqvancouver.com
The Victor at Parq Vancouver is welcoming in the Year of the Tiger with their special crouching tiger cocktail ($21). This cocktail features Bombay Sapphire, sake, Lillet Blanc, fresh lime juice, yuzu and thyme syrup. The drink will be served with a red Chinese New Year envelope – some will contain golden chocolate coins and some will have a prize.
How to book: Reserve your spot via OpenTableMore info: Available February 1-13, more info at parqvancouver.com
In honour of Lunar New Year, Beaucoup Bakery is presenting their exclusive Lucky Meow 88 collection. This collection includes the return of their classic Peking duck croissant ($8.88), a holy Peking duck croissant that features Holy Duck chili oil ($8.88), a peanut sesame mochi croissant ($7.88) and their Beaucoup Peking bbq chili oil ($18/jar). They are also offering an 88 gift box ($88) which contains the Holy Duck chili oil, Japanese yuzu marmalade, lucky meow cookie box, Thai tea chocolate lucky cat charm, cinnamon croissant palmier and yuzu almond financiers.
How to book: Order via their website.More info: Available January 30-February. The Peking duck croissants are also available on a first come, first serve basis at Chinatown BBQ January 28-30.
Temper Chocolate and Pastry is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a tiger showpiece made out of chocolate. This edible work of art is filled with Temper’s famous caramel salted chocolate balls.
How to book: Walk in or order online via their website. More info: temperpastry.com
Buttermere Patisserie has developed a modern take on the traditional Lunar New Year candy box ($68). Their box includes snowflake crisps (chewy and fruity nougat candy made with freeze dried berries, nuts and Ritz crackers), koi (koi-shaped hard candies in champagne, strawberry and lychee), black sesame brittle and pork floss rice krispy (savoury puffed wheat cracker made with pork floss and seaweed).
In addition to the candy box, Buttermere has also created their Year of the Tiger cake ($70). This cake is a lemon poppyseed sponge with osmanthus orange confit, Cointreau anglaise and jasmine mousse, adorned with a chocolate model of a cartoon tiger holding a golden coin.
How to order: Available for pre-order now via their website for pick up or delivery.More info: The candy box is available from January 26 to February 6. The Year of the Tiger cake is available from January 29 to February 2. buttermere.ca
Passione Gelato is serving roasted oolong gelato as their Lunar New Year special. The flavour profile lies somewhere between green and black tea, with toasted notes that compliments gelato’s inherent richness and creaminess (yum).
How to book: Walk in to grab a scoop, or order online via UberEats, SkipTheDishes or Doordash.More info: parqvancouver.com
Blue Hat Café and Bakery at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is offering two special features to celebrate Lunar New Year. Their first is a jasmine tea mousse ($7, pictured above) with lychee-rose, matcha-almond cake and a white chocolate crispy crunch. Next, they have a rooibos tea mousse ($7) with apricot gelee, almond cake and a ginger crispy crunch.
How to book: Available now in the bakery. Pre-order by calling 604-734-4488More info: Available until February 6.