Where to celebrate Lunar New Year in Brisbane City
Celebrating the Year of the Ox, Lunar New Year falls on Friday 12 February in 2021 with a weekend of celebrations and cultural events across Brisbane, including the BrisAsia Festival held throughout February.
Many traditions are woven into Lunar New Year festivities to attract values such as prosperity, wealth, happiness and longevity for a fulfilling year. Whether you celebrate with family, friends or as a couple, here’s the lucky spots in the City to visit for your Lunar New Year celebrations.
Ring in Lunar New Year at Brisbane Phoenix with the special banquet menu for $88pp. Featuring a lucky selection of 8 traditional and contemporary Chinese dishes, seafood is the standout star of the menu. Treat your tastebuds to plates topped with succulent barbecue roast pork and duck, steamed coral trout with chilli, salt and pepper king prawns and calamari and lobster tail with garlic butter and black pepper.
A favourite spot for special occasions at any time of the year, thanks to its sumptuous surrounds and delectable modern Chinese cuisine, Donna Chang is a most auspicious choice for Lunar New Year. Book your lunch or dinner banquet on 12 or 13 February for $128pp plus signature matched wines for $50pp. Chinese lion and dragon dancers will provide the cultural entertainment on both nights.
Funny Funny Korean Restaurant & Bar is funny by name, but serious when it comes to crispy fried chicken in an array of eight delicious sauces. Tucked into Burnett Lane, this Korean hotspot is a City institution with a menu that traverses spicy rice and noodle dishes, warming hotpots and soups, salads, plump dumplings and snacks and that famous fried chicken with ease.
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This elegant riverside restaurant offers a curated Lunar New Year banquet menu. Designed for sharing, the modern East Asian dishes include pan-fried scallop dumplings, smoked ocean trout, wok-fried bugs in XO sauce and a barbecue pork dish with mango and fermented peach. Paired with those water views, Madame Wu is a most auspicious spot to ring in the Lunar New Year.
Located within Treasury Brisbane at the top of the Queen Street Mall, Mei Wei Dumplings touts a delicious Cantonese hawker-style menu with barbecued dishes, wokked rice and noodle stir-fries and dim sum favourites, including steamed dumpling and crispy potstickers. Celebrate the Year of the Ox or any occasion with a slap-up and slurp-tastic meal here.
If it’s dumplings you crave, look no further than crowd favourite New Shanghai. Justifiably famous for its signature dim sum offerings that include dumplings in all forms (pan-fried, steamed and soup) as well as wonton soups and yum cha faves, the QueenPlaza restaurant also has an extensive Shanghainese menu to choose from. We suggest selecting a variety of dishes to share and digging in!
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