Celebrate the Year of the Ox with these vibrant Lunar New Year feasts
Get set for lion dancers, red lanterns and Peking duck – Lunar New Year is upon us! The vibrant festivities celebrate the turn of the lunar calendar, and this time around it’s the Year of the Ox. There are plenty of events happening across the Gold Coast throughout the month of February, so if you’re keen to get in on the Lunar New Year action, here are a few top picks.
The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach: The Star is set to bring an abundance of joy and Lunar New Year revelry when it ushers in the Year of the Ox with an opulent celebration of food, fun and family. From Thursday February 11 until Friday February 26, the much-loved venue will be dishing up opulent dining experiences and mouth-watering special menus as well as live entertainment that’s sure to excite. Some of the highlights include a dazzling array of free, live entertainment and elaborate decorations including lion dancers and firecrackers. The dancers will weave their way through the Atrium and Imperial at The Star restaurant, before dancing through The Darling Lobby to end the performance in the main foyer. At Imperial at The Star, executive chef of Asian cuisine, Song Yao Su, has combined traditional Mandarin and Cantonese ingredients with his signature flair to craft a special Lunar New Year menu. Kiyomi will embrace opulence with a jaw-dropping ($888) Seafood Celebration Platter featuring lavish portions of the highest-grade seafood including sashimi lobster and Siberian Black Pearl caviar, and with a name that translates to ‘delicious’, Mei Wei Dumplings provides a contemporary take on the hawker lanes of Hong Kong and serves quality dumplings and mouth-watering noodles throughout the celebrations, as well as a delicious selection of Lunar New Year cakes. It is anticipated that throughout the festivities, diners will devour more than 210-kilograms of dumplings at Mei Wei. To learn more, head to The Star’s website.
Dragon Cove, Sanctuary Cove: Overlooking the magnificent Sanctuary Cove marina, Dragon Cove is your northern go-to for modern Chinese with a view. To celebrate the Year of the Ox, there will be not one but two incredible banquet menus on offer for two days only (Friday February 12 and Saturday February 13) as well as a stunning lion dance from 7:00 pm. Diners can feast on mains of sweet-and-sour pork, black-pepper steak and Taiwanese basil-fried chicken. The banquets are $68 per person and $88 per person respectively. Skip over here to book.
Chinatown, Southport: Enjoy a free screening of the kids classic flick Kung Fu Panda on Friday February 12 and Ferdinand Saturday February 13. Whilst it is free, due to COVID, guests are required to register for tickets here. There will also be a Lunar New Year-themed projection on one of the CBD’s most iconic buildings. Make a night of it and pull up a table at one of Chinatown’s authentic Chinese and Cantonese restaurants including Soy Bar, Woka Woka, Fen Ku Guilin Rice Noodle, Chuanwangfu Restaurant, Silk Road Xinjiang Cuisine or Qinchao Malatang Chinese Restaurant.
Mr Hizola’s, Burleigh Heads: Because one day to celebrate the turning of the calendar is simply not enough, Mr Hizola’s is extending the celebrations to three days! From Thursday February 11 to Saturday February 13, you can sip The Ox Trot cocktail, which features sake, peach, lemon, ginger peppercorn and egg white, before feasting on the venue’s specialty whole fried barramundi coated in orange, ginger and lime. The dish (and cocktail) has been specifically chosen to provide you with strength and wellness for the year ahead. Jump over here to book.
Southport Sharks, Southport: If your idea of a excellent time is to loosen the belt buckle and feast, Sharks has gone ahead and added a bunch of Chinese-inspired dishes (think dumplings, fried rice and spring rolls) to its renowned Frenzy’s all-you-can-eat buffet. The dinner sitting for Saturday is unfortunately already booked out, however, there are still a few places left for Friday February 12. There will also be a traditional lion dance at 7:00 pm as an added bonus. If you’re keen to eat your body weight in spring rolls, head here to book.
Lummy’s Chinese, Burleigh Waters: Lummy’s is a local favourite and the crew is going all out to celebrate the Year of the Ox with an incredible nine-course banquet for just $55 per person! There will be a lion-dance performance as well as live entertainment by local artist Kalahni Spink – it’ll be a night to remember, that’s for certain. The festivities kick off on Saturday February 13 from 6:00 pm. Bookings are getting snapped up fast, so if you’re keen to feast call the team on 07 5522 1219.
Jasmine Room, Southport: We could probably all do with a little prosperity (toss salad), happiness (salt-and-pepper calamari) and good fortune (char-sui barbecue pork) so pull up a seat at Jasmine Room for its special Chinese New Year banquet. Available on Friday February 12 and Saturday February 13, the banquet is $68 per person. There will also be a lion dance and a lucky draw for those feeling extra lucky.
Grand Dynasty, Broadbeach: Keeping tradition alive, the Broadbeach institution will bring a little taste of the Chinese festival here to the Gold Coast with a spectacular lion dance on February 21 at 1:00 pm.
Royal Dynasty, Surfers Paradise: Hedge your bets for health, wealth and happiness for the year ahead with a fanciful feast at Royal Dynasty. The venue is renowned for putting a modern spin on traditional Chinese cuisine, along with stellar views. To book, call 07 5526 8927.