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Where to dine for Lunar New Year 2019
Get ready to pig out.
Being the Year of the Pig, it would honestly be rude not to.
Lunar New Year is set to paint the town red in a wave of colourful celebrations and cultural displays, and as gorgeous as that sounds, we’re more excited about the celebratory food (surprised? It’s what we do).
Here’s a cracker list of Brisbane venues getting into the New Year spirit with eats that’ll have you over the moon.
Bavarian Venues | Various locations
Germany is dragon itself to China, with all Bavarian brother and sister venues (Munich Brauhaus, The Bavarian and Bavarian Beerhaus) setting up a spirit animal appropriate feast. Pork platters will make a special appearance on the menu for Lunar New Year 2019, featuring soft bao buns, half a crispy pork knuckle, crackling and smoked pork belly, pork sausage, mashed potato, sauerkraut and cabbage. An indulgent smoked pork belly dish is also being added to the menu for one week only, served with sweet BBQ sauce, cabbage slaw and fries. You can expect to bring home all this bacon from Monday, February 4 to Sunday, February 10.
Donna Chang | Fortitude Valley
Ms. Chang is ringing in Lunar New Year with a bang (and a banquet). On the menu for February 5 to February 10, Donna Chang’s first ever Chinese New Year banquet will be carefully curated by Head Chef Jason Margaritis, creating a memorable feast full of premium Asian cuisine. A cheeky $128 per person promises you good fortune and food, with the option to add matched wines for an extra $52. Nothing like a little bit of Dom Pérignon carrying you through to 2019 are we right?! Find out more and secure your spot here.
Treasury Brisbane | CBD
Two’s a party. From 5pm-8pm on February 1, Treasury’s Courtyard will transform into a night market hosted under a sea of glowing lanterns. In between a bit of browsing under lady Lunar herself, a live cooking demonstration and meet and greet with celebrity chef Luke Nguyen (of Red Lantern and Fat Noodle) will add an extra bit of light to your night. You’ll be beaming from your very first cocktail on arrival to the very last bite of spicy steamed bao (as just one of the many street food options on offer)!
Kick on the next day from 6pm-9pm where the same courtyard will shift into a banquet-ready dining room. Aforementioned chef Luke will be back at it again, this time curating a four-course Asian fusion menu alongside The Star’s Chase Kojima. The menu will flourish with accompanying wines, leaving you feeling ripe and ready to enter the new year well fed and properly satisfied.
Mercado | Bowen Hills
Wonton a little more pizzazz? You’ll HAVE to head to Mercado for either a four-course spread in the bistro or ten-course degustation in the Duck Room on February 4, knowing that either way you’ll be treated to fine Chinese cuisine and culture (cue the roaming dragon dancers). Does this mean we can start our New Year’s resolutions now and not feel bad about the rest of January? Great. Tickets and more info can be found here.
Little Valley | Fortitude Valley
Big party, Little Valley. This swanky Valley staple-venue is letting the luxury out of the bag on February 9 with a Chinese New Year Party spread out across every corner. Lion dancers and a stellar lineup of DJs will float through the Pijiu Garden, Mezzanine Bar and Private Dining Room with tempting banquets and packages that will be announced very soon. Keep an eye on this page as more info rolls through.
The Deck | West End
Still living in 2018? Enter the Lunar New Year with good fortune (and great cocktails) at The Deck WV! Mr. Bunz will be taking to West End’s newest party deck to ring in the Year of the Pig from 3pm-5pm on Sunday, February 3. You’ll be living large with a three-course roaming banquet and, get this, a beer for each course. What’s more, Mr. Bunz’s infamous peanut butter and jelly buns will be the cherry on top of a damn good decking, alongside a perfectly paired bubble tea cocktail. It’s a sweet and simple $55 per person, so get tickets here.
Brush up on your chopstick skills, stat.