The day of tangy pineapple tarts, Bak Kwa (Chinese Pork Jerky) and red pockets filled with green – or grey – banknotes is drawing near. But sometimes the thought of cooking a meal from scratch for a Chinese New Year family reunion dinner (more like a party for 100 people) can really wear you out.

So if you’re currently looking 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 on this very festive day.

Fei Ya

When: February 3-5

Located within Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel, Fei Ya is a top-notch Chinese eatery that offers exceptional Chinese meals curated by the Chinese-native Chef Leung Shing Hoi. Those looking for a spot for CNY luncheon, opt for their Lucky All You Can Eat Dim Sum Lunch (THB 1,588 per person).

If dinner, however, is what you’re after, go for the Dinner Chinese Set Menus, for example, the Happiness Set Menu (THB 9,888 for six people); Lucky Set Menu (THB 13,888 for ten people); Healthy Set Menu (THB 16,888 for ten people); Wealthy Set Menu (THB 18,888 for 10 people); The Superior Set Menu (THB 28,888 for ten people) — which all come with a selection of finger-licking-good dishes like the Yusheng Salad, Lychee Wood-roasted Peking Duck, Wok-Fried Scallops, Braised Abalone and more.

Fei Ya, 3FL, Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel, Bangkok, +662 125 5000

Yào Restaurant

When: February 4-10

Perched on the 32nd floor of Bangkok Marriott Hotel the Surawongse, Yào Restaurant is joining the Chinese New Year celebrations of 2019 with their delectable a la carte items, Dim Sum Set Menus (THB 1,888 per person) and a variety of set menus starting from THB 3,500 per person. In addition to the delicious meal, the Yào dining experience will also include the Chinese-born Chef Wang Wen Bin’s noodle-pulling live cooking to delight your culinary mind. Thirsty for booze? Saunter over to Yào Rooftop Bar overlooking the Chao Phraya River for the CNY sundowner accompanied by Chinese street food-inspired canapes.

Yào Restaurant, Bangkok Marriott Hotel the Surawongse, 262 Thanon Surawong, Bangkok, +662 088 5666

The China House

When: February 4-6

Inspired by Shanghai’s legendary Art Deco period, The China House within Mandarin Oriental Bangkok oozes an old Chinatown charm and vibe that complements both their traditional and contemporary Cantonese dishes so perfectly. For the upcoming Chinese New Year, the venue invites families to celebrate the joyous tradition with their festive set menu as well as a la carte delights like the Tiger Prawn Yu Sheng (THB 1,838), Golden Seafood Dumplings Superior Soup (THB 288), Roasted Suckling Pig and Air-Dried Pork Roll with Steamed Pancakes (THB 1,688) and Crispy Barbecued Pork “Char Siew” Marinated with Rose Wine and Pickled Turnips. The China House’s CNY tradition also includes the Chinese lion dance and eye-dotting ceremony on February 5 to keep diners and hotel guests entertained throughout the special day. And if you’re looking for a CNY gift, the Mandarin Oriental Shop also offers the perfect Chinese New Year hamper, featuring a lovely selection of gourmet treats like Nian Gao’ Chinese New Year rice cake and the MOS Mandarin and Mascarpone Cake.

The China House, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok, +662 659 9000

Xinn Tien Di at Gaysorn Village

When: February 1-18

Until February 18 this month, Xinn Tien Di within Gaysorn Village is ushering in the Lunar New Year with 8 special nutritious dishes packed with pristine and wholesome ingredients that will lure you to indulge in a CNY feast in a healthier way. The highlights include Steamed or Deep-Fried Garoupa in Hong Kong Style (THB 120/100g), Sautéed Lobster with Salt and Chilli (THB 300/100g), Baked Abalone with Noodle (THB 2,500) and Roast Whole Peking Duck (THB 790). Hearty and delicious, you wouldn’t even notice these dishes are extra healthier than your typical Chinese meal.

Xinn Tien Di, 999 Phloen Chit Rd, Lumphini, Bangkok, +662 656 2114

Colonnade at The Sukhothai Bangkok

When: February 3-5
This month, the international cuisine restaurant, Colonnade, at The Sukhothai Bangkok is celebrating the holiday season with their marvellous Chinese New Year Sunday Brunch (THB 3,888++ per person) on February 3 from 12 pm—15 pm. Brimming with the Spring Festival’s signature treats along with meat and seafood stations, the Chinese holiday-inspired brunch will end your weekend on a deliciously bright note. The Lunch Buffet (THB 1,888++ per person) featuring all-you-can-eat food and a spectacular lion dance is also available on February 5. So keep this as an option if you wish to celebrate CNY with your loved ones but can’t wait until Sunday.

Colonnade, The Sukhothai Bangkok, South Sathorn Road, +662 344 8888

Lin-Fa Chinese Restaurant

Those hankering to experience the best of the Orient, here is one of the best places to do it. Situated at The Sukosol Bangkok, Lin-Fa Chinese Restaurant is known for their modern take on Cantonese cuisine. The venue makes mean dim sum and you can have all-you-can-eat Dim Sum Lunch available at the weekend (THB 795++) or the set menus packed with an assortment of mouth-watering dishes if you’re looking for a meal that caters to everyone’s palates.

Lin-Fa, The Sukosol Hotel, 477 Si Ayuthaya Road, Phaya Thai, Bangkok, +662 247 0123

Medinii

When: February 1-31

Tired of gorging on the same kind of food every Chinese New Year? Well, Medinii has got a solution. The Italian restaurant within The Continent Hotel Bangkok is partaking in the Spring Festival this year with their al dente pasta instead of the Chinese longevity noodle. Offering Italian-inspired Free Flow Dining, the venue will be serving all-you-can-eat pasta, pizza, soup and salad along with beverages for both lunch (THB 699++) and dinner (THB 999++ and THB 1,499++ for the window table and a wider selection of drinks). For families and friends coming during the month of February, the venue offers a deal of “come three pay two & come seven pay five”—which is amazingly good.

Medinii, The Continent Hotel Bangkok, Bangkok, +662 686 7000

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.