The Jakarta Post
‘Yusheng’ is a special menu to celebrate Chinese New Year. (Hotel Mulia Senayan/File)
Missing new year festivities already? Good news for you: Chinese New Year is coming soon with a series of attractions, including the lion dance and special delicacies. The cute, koi fish-shaped nian gao with its stickiness to symbolize harmonious friendship? Yusheng salad full of fun and freshness? The restaurants of Jakarta hotels listed below are places for you to enjoy all of that.
Hotel Mulia Senayan
Special Chinese New Year menus will be available at all of Hotel Mulia Senayan’s food and beverage outlets, namely The Café, Edogin, Orient8 and the award-winning Chinese restaurant specializing in Cantonese and Szechuan cuisines, Table8.
‘Nian gao’ is a traditional Chinese New Year gift. (Hotel Mulia Senayan/File)
The latter’s executive chef is set to prepare a large platter of colorful yusheng for diners to toss while wishing for abundant luck, prosperity and happiness. Diners can enjoy yusheng as well as order nian gao until Feb. 19. Meanwhile, the barongsai lion dance performance is scheduled for Feb. 4 and 5.
Contact: ( 021 ) 574 7777
Mandarin Oriental Jakarta
Award-winning Li Feng at Mandarin Oriental is among Jakarta’s top destinations for Chinese New Year feasts, with a wide range of Cantonese cuisine. To welcome the Year of the Earth Pig, Michelin-starred chef Fei and his team present prosperity yusheng for good fortune and blessings, among other popular dishes, such as swan dumpling with crab meat and capsicum, wok-fried lobster with magic chili, peanut and basil leaves and foie gras spring onion egg-fried rice with scallop and prawn.
Chinese New Year swan dumpling with crab meat and capsicum is served at Mandarin Oriental Jakarta. (Mandarin Oriental Jakarta/File)
A Chinese New Year 2019 set menu, comprising of nine courses, will be available at Li Feng until Feb. 3, while the New Year’s Eve menu includes two options, namely “Gong Xi Fa Chai” (nine courses at Lyon restaurant) and “Year of the Earth Pig” (11 courses at Li Feng restaurant).
Contact: ( 021 ) 2993 8888
JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta
Pearl Chinese restaurant, calling itself the home of modern Cantonese cuisine and traditional dim sum with its new executive chef Daniel Foong from China, offers a special set menu until Feb. 28 in line with welcoming the Year of the Earth Pig.
‘Nian gao’ will be on the menu at JW Marriott hotel Jakarta. (JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta/File)
Three set menu options are available at prices of Rp 988,000++ (US$71) to Rp 1,588,000++. Meanwhile, a brunch featuring specially-crafted yum cha with a selection of dim sum and other food live stations will be presented on Chinese New Year at Pearl.
Contact: ( 021 ) 5798 8888
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Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta
Those who wish to welcome the auspicious Year of the Earth Pig at Four Seasons may look forward to a three-course Cantonese-style set menu to be enjoyed in the main dining are at Palm Court, or on the stylish air-conditioned terrace, Orchid Court. The set menu will be available from Feb. 1-10.
Lucky Koi jelly can be ordered at La Patisserie, Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta. (Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta/File)
Meanwhile, executive pastry chef Lorenzo Sollecito creates The Lucky Koi from aloe vera, lychee and rose jelly available at La Patisserie until Feb. 10. The fish-shaped jelly makes a great gift as well as a treat for oneself.
Contact: ( 021 ) 2277 1888
The celebration to welcome the Year of the Earth Pig at Fairmont Jakarta takes place at Spectrum restaurant, with the special buffet priced at Rp 828,000++ for dinner on New Year’s Eve and Rp 688,000++ for brunch the following morning.
The Year of the Earth Pig is welcomed with a special menu at Fairmont Jakarta. (Fairmont Jakarta/File)
The menu includes braised fish maw soup, abalone and yusheng. The latter features a vibrant mix of ingredients, such as shredded carrot, radish, crispy vermicelli, ginger, special sauce and crispy salmon skin. (mut)
Contact: ( 021 ) 2970 3333