Chinese New Year (CNY) is synonymous with festive traditional dishes that have significant cultural meanings. The dishes are often consumed with the hope of bringing good fortune and prosperity in the year ahead.
If you plan on welcoming the Year of the Tiger in true traditional spirit, check out our recommendations for CNY special feasts hosted by some of the city’s best hotels and restaurants below:
Gran Melia Jakarta
The Tien Chao restaurant at Gran Melia Jakarta will be cooking up an exclusive set menu with various Chinese dishes such as the abalone and salmon Yusheng, Braised Bird Nest with Scallop, Crab Meat Soup, as well as the Sweet Red Bean and Lotus Seed Soup as a sweet end to your feast. You can enjoy the set menu from 12pm to 9pm daily until Feb. 6.
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav X-0, Kuningan, South Jakarta. RSVP via Whatsapp at +62 811-8890-712. Instagram
JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta
The JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta has recently reopened its Pearl Chinese Restaurant, and a CNY celebration there is in order. The modern Cantonese restaurant will be hosting Auspicious Dining on Jan. 31, with prices ranging from IDR988,000++ per person for the Wealth Set Menu, IDR1,388,000++ per person food the Prosperity Set Menu, and IDR1,688,000++ per person for the Fortune Set Menu.
Over at the Sailendra Restaurant, there will be dinner buffets on Jan. 31 for IDR844,580++ per person and IDR575,000++ per person for Feb. 1.
Jalan DR Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung Kav E.1.2 No 1&2, Kawasan Mega Kuningan, South Jakarta. RSVP via phone call at +62 21 5798 888 or Whatsapp at +62 811 5886 111. Instagram
The restaurants at Mandarin Oriental Jakarta will be serving various kinds of feasts to welcome the lunar new year. There will be a Chinese Happy New Year 10-course set menu at Lyon restaurant, Kung Hei Fat Choi 11-course set menu at Li Feng, and a plant-based 9-course set menu at both restaurants on Jan. 31 with prices starting at IDR1,688,000++ per person.
The Cinnamon Restaurant will be serving the Prosperity Yusheng, consisting of vegetables, fresh salmon, jellyfish, and crispy crackers with apple cider plum dressing; as well as classic dishes such as Peking Duck and BBQ Pork.
Meanwhile, the Chinese New Year special buffet will be available on Jan. 31 for dinner and Feb. 1 for brunch at IDR688,000++ and IDR480,000++ per person, respectively.
Jl. M.H. Thamrin, Menteng, Central Jakarta. RSVP via Whatsapp at +62 21 2993 8888. Instagram
Pantjoran Tea House
Usher in the Year of the Tiger at the heart of Jakarta’s Chinatown, Glodok. The Pantjoran Tea House will be serving special CNY menu sets with prices ranging from IDR488,000++ for the Golden Harvest set to IDR1,688,000++ for the Prosperity Feast with rice or noodles. All sets include Salmon Yusheng and Pantjoran’s signature Peking Duck.
Jl. Pancoran No. 4-6 Glodok Tamansari 9, Pinangsia, Taman Sari, West Jakarta. RSVP and pre-order at +62 822 500 600 76. Instagram
Welcome the new year with seasonal dim sum at Shangri-La’s JIA restaurant with dishes such as the Deep-Fried Chicken Ball with Dried Oyster, Steamed Bean Curd Roll with Chicken and Taro, Steamed Shrimp and Crab Meat Dumpling, and Pan-fried Chicken Bun. Prices start from IDR42,000++ per dish, and they’re only available on Feb. 1 and 2.
There’s also an option to unwind at the hotel’s Lobby Lounge with its Chinese New Year High Tea from 3pm to 6pm. You can share a cup of tea with your loved ones over scones, pastries, and themed cakes at IDR230,000++ per person until Feb. 13.