The day of tangy pineapple tarts, Chinese pork jerky bak wa and red pockets filled with green (or grey) banknotes is drawing near.

Chinese New Year 2020 and the beginning of the Year of the Rat falls on 25 January this year, and if you’re already cruising the streets for a labour-saving dinner plan to save you from turning into a kitchen clerk on one of the most hectic days of the year, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our list of restaurants to dine at for Chinese New Year – because really, you and your family deserve to be stress-free and spoiled on this very festive day.

Pagoda Chinese Restaurant – Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park

When: now until February 2020

Foodies eat with their minds and eyes, as well as tummies. With this in mind, there are even more reasons to visit Pagoda Chinese Restaurant within the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park this Chinese New Year for an eye-pleasing and ridiculously delicious feast of CNY food. The luxe Cantonese restaurant is now serving Yusheng, or the Prosperity Raw Fish Salad, a dish believed to bring luck and wealth. Diners can choose between the set for 2-4 people (THB 1,288++) or the bigger set for 5-10 people (THB 2,388++) for Salmon Yusheng. More into something a little extra? Opt for the Abalone Yusheng. For 2-4 people, the set is priced at THB 1,688++ and the bigger set for 5-10 people at THB 2,888++.

If you’re more of a simple a la carte kind of person, the special festive items include both types of Yusheng, Deep-fried Banana Prawn with Sweet & Sour Sauce, Stir-fried Mud Crab, Preserved Tomato and Plum, Braised Whole Abalone with Fish Maw, and more — each symbolises good luck, good health, and prosperity for your new year, new you.

Pagoda Chinese Restaurant, Marriott Marquis Bangkok Queen’s Park, Sukhumvit Soi 22, Bangkok, +662 059 5999

The Silk Road – The Athenee Hotel, Bangkok

When: 20 January – 9 February

Set the tone for the Year of the Rat right with a top-notchc like The Silk Road. The venue offers both Chinese set menus and a la carte specials, as well as a dim sum-packed selection for you to choose from.

The Prosperity Set Menu is priced at THB 2,288++ per person, whilst The Longevity Set is priced at THB 19,888++ per table, perfect for a big crowd and family gathering. After all, isn’t that the whole point of Chinese New Year celebrations?

As for dim sum devotees, by all means, tuck into their specially curated Chinese New Year Dim Sum (THB 200++ per item). With Chinese New Year-themed songs playing in the background combined with a setting embellished with red lanterns throughout, the ambience here will only complement the special day with just the right mood and hues.

The Silk Road, 61 Wireless Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok, +662 650 8800; Open: Mon-Sun, 12-2:30 pm for lunch and 6-10:30 pm for dinner. 

VIU Restaurant, The St. Regis Bangkok

When: 24-25 January for Chinese New Year Lunch and Dinner at VIU.
26 January for Chinese New Year-themed Brunch at VIU.

Go for brunch, lunch, and dinner with an Instagrammable cityscape here at VIU restaurant. Perched on 12th floor, the outlet welcomes you to gorge on their scrumptious all-you-can-eat lunch (THB 1,288++ per person) and dinner (THB 2,288++ inclusive of non-alcoholic beverages), which feature showstoppers like whole roasted baby suckling pig, along with other stellar CNY dishes.

Brunch geeks also get ready to be blessed with multi-cuisine fare as well as a medley of auspicious Chinese dishes, for example, whole roasted Peking duck, baby suckling pig, and your choice of lobster dishes — with all options accompanied by eight treasure fried rice. The brunch is priced at THB 2,850++ per person with free-flow non-alcoholic drinks, and THB 1,299++ additional per person for unlimited wine, Siam Mary cocktails, Martinis, beers, smoothies, and fresh juices.

VIU Restaurant, 159 Rajadamri Road, Lumphini, Sub District, Bangkok, +662 207 7819.

Yào Restaurant at Bangkok Marriott The Surawongse

When: 25-27 January

For a breathtaking view and soul-satisfying food, Yào Restaurant is your go-to. Bedecked with Shanghai-style ornaments throughout, and brimming with Cantonese slash Shanghainese fare on the menu, the restaurant perched on the 32nd floor boasts part contemporary and part old-world Chinese flair and highly Instagrammable skyscraper views through the wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

Plunge into their 3 lick-drawing Chinese Set Menus curated by Chinese-native Chef Wang Wen Bin, who will also be showcasing his traditional noodle pulling performance as part of the new year celebration. The set menus are available both for lunch and dinner and will be accompanied by tuneful traditional Chinese music played with a classical instrument, the ku-cheng.

Yào Restaurant, 32nd Floor, Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse, 262 Thanon Surawong, Bangkok; Open: 10:30 am-2:30 pm for lunch and 6-10;30 pm for dinner. 

Mei Jiang, The Peninsula Bangkok

When: 22-27 January

Those who are after a spot to get away from the hectic crowd, Mei Jiang at The Peninsula Bangkok offers a serene waterside dining experience loaded with drool-inducing bites and Chinese New Year treats to celebrate the Year of the Rat.

Offering options of two set menus (six-course lunch at THB 2,800++ per person and eight-course dinner at THB 3,888++ per person), patrons get ready to please your taste buds with dishes like Black fungus, Double-boiled Sea Conch, Baked Tiger Prawn, Stir-fried Spotted Grouper, Braised Pork Knuckles, Stir-fried Vegetables, Stir-fried Sticky Rice, and Braised Bird’s nest. An a la carte menu is also available for a family sharing-style feast.

Mei Jiang, The Peninsula Bangkok, 333 Charoen Nakhon Road, +662 020 2888; Open: Mon-Sun, 11:30 am-2:30 pm for lunch and 6-10:30 pm for dinner. 

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.