The lion dance and chasing the evil spirit for the year of the Metal Rat … On the 25th of January, the Chinese New Year is the promise of an exotic fiesta for great eats, along with wishes of happiness and prosperity. A chic or small-priced version: our six best options.
The street food option in Pigalle
Rendezvous on Thursday the 8th of February with the Lion dance, smoke of baos and hundreds of Chinese lanterns. It’s like being in the streets of Shanghai or Peking… Normal: the unmissable Food Market is back on deck with its made in Belleville “Asian street food market” along with the participation of Zhao from La Taverne de Zhao, star chef Adeline Grattard and her Café Lai’tcha, without forgetting Petit Bao and all the best Asian restaurants of Paris.
On the stands? Spicy, smoky, sticky just as we like it as well as hand-pulled noodles.
The must: all the dishes are less than 10€.
The Food Market, Thursday the 6th of February from 6pm to 10:30pm
The “Crazy Rich Asians” option at the Shangri-La
Rush straight for Shang at Shangri-La, the only starred Chinese restaurant where you celebrate Chinese New Year like in the elite circles of Peking or Hong Kong… Quite simply amazing!
Star chef Samuel Lee went all out to concoct a “wahou” menu that will cast a shadow on the best Cantonese restaurants around the world.
On the programme of this ultimately chic venue: a lion dance, happenings and percussions to get rid of the evil spirits, and a presentation of 9 amazing dishes: the traditional "Buddha jumping over a wall" soup, the incredible sauteed Wagyu beef with black truffle, a delicate steamed blue lobster from Brittany with garlic, scallops with veggies as well as sticky rice balls with black sesame and ginger broth...
If you missed the festivities, there is a catch up session every day with the star dim sum menu at €52 .
2020 Chinese New Year menu: €148 per person at the Shang Palace, from Thursday the 23rd to Monday the 27th of January for dinner. Shang Palace 10 Avenue d’Iéna - 16e. Reservations: 01 53 67 19 41.
The Chinese brunch
No time to cross all of Paris to celebrate the Year of the Rat? Chinese New Year comes to you for an amazing brunch at the Hoxton ensured by the hottest Chinese team of the moment—no other than Petit Bao.
On the programme of this exclusive rendezvous: a formula including beef or vegan baos, stuffed cucumber, sticky rice with crab, without forgetting sweet brioches with peanut butter, the splendid Taïwan-style crunchy chicken served with a fruit salad and milky teas.
Brunch at €26 per person Tuesday the 28th to Thursday the 30th of January from noon to 3pm. Reservations suggested on hoxton.fr.
30 Rue du Sentier, Paris - 2e
The “Chinatown” option in the 13
Are you looking for folklore and a change of scenery? It’s all taking place in the 13th, the real Parisian Chinatown. So, head for the local institution: Chine Massena, a large dining room with a pink ceiling, with an ambiance very close to a large Chinese family reunion.
Here, the party lasts during four days, from the 24th to the 28th of January. Their Saturday and Sunday brunches are known for their friendly ambiance and the famous dim sum chariots. Don’t forget to turn the central platter and check out the alleys to see the lobsters.
On the programme? For dinner on January the 24th, you need to be minimum 10 persons, but the menu is really worth it: lobster with ginger, fried quails, shrimp balls, sticky rice, scallops and steamed turbot (€428 per table of 10).
15 euros environ for a meal of dim sums.
Chine Massena, 13 Place de Vénétie, Paris - 13e – Reservations on 01 45 83 98 88
The 5 star gastronomic table La Clef Champs-Elysées, Imperial Treasure unveils in a very refined decor its incredible traditional menu to celebrate the Year of the Metal Rat:
"Yu Sheng" yellowtail, fried Gillardeau oyster and purse of crab meat, blue lobster from Brittany and steamed egg white, signature Peking duck (crunchy and tasty), broiled prime rib of beef, noodle soup with veggies, duck broth. And for the final touch, a sweet potato and sesame seed fritter, red bean paste and banana, along with piping hot jasmine tea.
In keeping with tradition, each table will be offered a pretty red envelope with a surprise inside. A cute wink to the tradition of gifts offered by the older to the younger —not to be opened in front of everyone!
Chinese New Year menu served from the 18th January to the 5th of February. €168 per person, starting at 4 persons.
Imperial Treasure, 44 Rue de Bassano, Paris - 8e. 01 58 56 29 13
The “trendy chic” option in Pigalle
At Le Pigalle, HQ of Parisian cool, we like the idea of gourmet residences all year long to create surprises, culinary happenings and other foodie fiestas.
The New Year celebration was the ideal occasion to invite Panda Panda, the hip restaurant along the canal. On the programme: a trendy playlist, cocktails and Hong Kong style dishes with veggie raviolis, fried chicken and incredible baos.
Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th of January at 8pm
Le Pigalle, 9 Rue Frochot, Paris - 9e. Reservations on 01 48 78 37 14
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