Where to feast for the Lunar New Year in Toronto

Jan 16 2019, 5:46 am

Celebrate the Year of the Pig surrounded by family, friends and food in Toronto this February.

The Lunar New Year (aka Chinese New Year) kicks off on February 5, and for the occasion, restaurants across the city will celebrate with dumplings, noodles, tea and other traditional dishes.

These restaurants, buffets, and bars are offering modern takes on ancient New Years’ traditions.

High Tea at the Shangri-La


Throughout February, you can enjoy the Shangri-La’s annual Chinese New Year-inspired Afternoon Tea. The tea will be priced $75 per person and features Chinese dim sum, which includes crystal shrimp dumplings, siu mai, and crispy fried tofu. You can also enjoy lychee moon cake, warm sesame and ginger balls and egg tarts with mandarin compote and vanilla. In addition to the delicious food, there will also be a traditional Lion Dance taking place on February 5. And as part of the Lunar New Year activities, a 14-foot handmade silk wishing tree will adorn the hotel lobby. Guests of afternoon tea can write a wish on a tag and tie it to the tree… and hopefully, your wish will be granted in the New Year. Sounds wonderful, right?

You can make your reservations here.

When: February 1 to 28
Where: Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, 188 University Avenue, Toronto


My Roti Place

Hakka Fish at My Roti Place via Butter PR

My Roti Place wants you to ring in the new year with their flavourful new dishes that combine the best spices of India with classic Chinese flavours. You can start your meal with Chinese Crisp Noodles served with Tangra Chutney, or Blue Crab Meat with Thai Chilli and Galangal ginger. For a main, opt for the Kolkata Chinatown Roti. Tiger shrimp with Tangra chilli are skillfully wrapped in a light roti for an irresistible Indo-Chinese blend that will almost certainly have you ordering seconds. Or perhaps you’ll try the Hakka Fish as part-two of your main, instead. Regardless, you’ll be satisfied.

When: February 5
Where: My Roti Place – 406 Queen Street West; 1376 Queen Street West; 901 King Street West


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Want to do some learning to celebrate the Lunar New Year? This seafood-preparation demonstration will blow you out of the water. Shrimp dumplings, steamed black cod, seafood fried rice will all be on the menu… there will be huge flavours, beautiful seafood, and you’ll learn fun, bold techniques.

Sign up here.

When: February 5 from 7:30 to 10:30
Where: Hooked Inc. – 888 Queen Street East


Toronto Bodhi Meditation Centre

Ring in the Chinese New Year with a gala that includes a full vegetarian dinner at the Toronto Bodhi Meditation Centre. Enjoy the New Year’s fair, dinner and gala on February 2, return for the New Year’s Eve blessing ceremony on February 4, and then for the Lantern Festival on February 19. It’s a month of never-ending celebration!

When: February 4 from 4 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: 180 Yorkland Boulevard



NADÈGE little pig cake

Need something sweet to complete your celebratory meal? Look no further. In keeping with the theme of good fortune and wealth, NADÈGE’s Chinese New Year specials include a golden cochon (pig) sculpture, as well as little pig and lucky mandarin cakes. The spot has also created special macarons, bon bons and chocolate tablets in Chinese New Year inspired flavours such as Red Bean and Matcha, Caramel and Sesame, Mandarin, and Oolong Tea. All products will be available for a limited time at all NADÈGE locations starting as early as January 25.

When: From January 25
Where: NADÈGE Patisserie – 780 Queen Street West; 120 Adelaide Street West; 1099 Yonge Street 


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