The time to make those reservations is now, if you haven’t. Yes, we know Chinese New Year 2017 is still more than a week away, but the early bird gets the worm, right? No, seriously. The good people of KL have now realised the importance of making reservations in advance when it comes to eating out, and in good time. To ensure you and your loved ones get a seat at your desired restaurant, just make those calls now.

This year, the KL hotels will have you spoilt for choice on what time, cuisine and meal type to have for Chinese New Year 2017. There’s the regular options of set menus for lunch and dinner, while you could also have dim sum dishes, and even a festive themed afternoon tea, if that rocks your boat. And we haven’t even begun to look at the festive takeaways and Yee sang options! Some of our favourite yu sheng variations include one with abalone, Canadian lobster claws and a passion fruit dressing; and one with fruits and a wasabi dressing.

We’ve been prosperous enough to be able to taste a few Chinese New Year 2017 menus in advance, and so are returning the good luck in the form of sharing said experiences. See our full festive review of Tao Chinese Cuisine here, and read on below to see our favourite dishes from Five Sen5es, Li YenShanghai and Tai Zi Heen.


Five Sen5es, The Westin Kuala Lumpur

This Cantonese restaurant helmed by award-winning Chinese Chef Tan is prepared to ‘Be in Fine Feather’ via a host of delicious Lunar New Year dishes. We really loved the double-boiled chicken consommé with sliced fish maw, trumpet shell and ginseng. It was incredibly flavourful and nourishing, given that the soup was boiled with a mixture of herbs and nutritious ingredients like ginseng.

Another dish to look forward to is the deep fried prawns with avocado salsa. Unexpected and a fun addition to the typical Chinese New Year menus, make sure you order enough for everyone, because it’s that good. The avocado salsa is a little sweet, and there’s also pomegranate seeds to add crunch and a juice-burst texture.

From now until 11 February 2017, the restaurant will be serving up three exquisite set menus starting from RM1,688 nett per table of 10 persons, a selection of fresh yu sheng, an enhanced dim sum brunch as well as some pretty amazing à la carte festive dishes.

Five Sen5es, Level 1, The Westin Kuala Lumpur, 199 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, 55100, +60 3 2731 8333


Tao Chinese Cuisine, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

Executive Chinese Chef Wong Lian You and team are ready to serve up a Chinese New Year dining experience to remember at Tao Chinese Cuisine this year. We were lucky enough to taste some of the festive dishes and these are our favourites — Hokkaido scallops, Canadian lobster claw with passion fruit sauce yee sang; wok-fried prawns with salted egg yolk, fresh curry leaves and chilli; and the deep-fried sweet potato ‘ninko’ served with chilled aloe vera, peach and osmanthus oolong tea syrup. Check out our full review here.

From now until 12 February 2017, you can choose to have lunch or dinner with four set menus for groups of 10 — prices start from RM1,988 per table of 10. There’s also five types of yu sheng to try, and an abundance of premium ingredients to add to your selection. For those who want to celebrate over dim sum, go for the carefully curated à la carte dim sum lunch — starting from RM18 nett per basket of three units. If you’d like to personalise your meal, there’s also many delicious festive dishes to select à la carte.

Check out their menus here.

Tao Chinese Cuisine, Level 1, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, 165, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2782 6000


Li Yen, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur

Award-winning Cantonese restaurant, Li Yen, at The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur has been helmed by Executive Chinese Chef Leung Kwai Hong for 20 years now. This Year of the Rooster, he has specially designed Lunar New Year feasts that are sure to leave an impression. Among the dishes we tried, we enjoyed the Prosperity yu sheng with tuna, braised pork knuckle with brown sauce, lotus leaf-wrapped fried rice with fresh prawns and the deep-fried ‘nian gao’ with yam, very much.

From 27 – 30 January 2017, head over to Li Yen for their lunch set menus priced from RM138 nett per person. Alternatively, dinner set menus are available from RM1,888 nett per table of 10 persons as well.

Li Yen, Level 2, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, 168, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur 55100 Malaysia, +60 3 2782 9033


Shanghai, JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur

This Chinese New Year, Executive Chinese Chef Wong Wing Yeuk is serving up an array of authentic Shanghainese cuisine. Keeping good health in mind, the dishes are nutrient-rich while being absolutely delicious. We enjoyed the double-boiled superior fish maw soup with fermented black garlic — nourishing, flavourful and luxurious. Be sure to try the black garlic as it’s said to have a high level of antioxidants, higher than it’s fresh brethren. Our favourite dish of the menu was the pan-fried cod with a touch of brandy. The cod had a slightly caramelised surface, the brandy sauce was teasingly sweet, and they both melded together perfectly. The dessert of pan-fried glutinous rice cakes with sesame seeds was also a popular dish. Unexpectedly soft, the rice cakes had a good balance of sticky and chewy, and wasn’t too sweet.

Shanghai will be offering its Lunar New Year specialty dishes through to 11 February 2017. Whether you’d like to have an intimate or large gathering, there are three set menus for your selection, with prices starting from RM238 nett per person. A variety of à la carte dishes are also available for ordering.

Shanghai, Level 1, JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, 183, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2719 8288



Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Executive Chinese Chef Ricky Thein has created a selection of spring and dim sum menus great for large groups. If you’re opting to have dim sum, look forward to dishes such as crispy breaded foie gras dumplings, Steamed prawn and water chestnut dumplings with gold leaf and steamed seafood and chicken siew mai with baby abalone. Prices start at RM168 nett per person with a minimum of four diners.

The Fortune, Prosperity and Wealth set menus on the other hand feature specialties such as double boiled fish maw and morel mushroom soup with Peruvian maca, slow-cooked six head whole Australian abalone with sea cucumber served with pan fried Matsutake mushroom and wok fried buttered Ming prawns with chicken floss, egg and curry leaf, among others. Prices start from RM288 nett per person with a minimum of four diners.

The Chinese New Year menus at Lai Po Heen will be available until 28 February 2017.

Lai Po Heen, Level 1, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2179 8885


Tai Zi Heen, Pullman KLCC Hotel 

From now until 11 February 2017, look forward to tantalising and bold festive dishes from Tai Zi Heen, the Cantonese restaurant in Pullman KLCC. Their “Fruits and Garden Green Yee Sang” is quite special, as it’s served with a strawberry sauce which made for a tangy and sweet experience to remember. This modern twist of the traditional dish is priced from RM68 onwards, available in half serving or full and for dine-in or takeaway.

For your large family gathering, Tai Zi Heen’s festive set menus start at RM1,888 per table with portions for eight to 10 people. Each set menu includes a choice of yu sheng, followed by vegetables, soup, poultry, seafood and ends with the chef’s special dessert.

Tai Zi Heen, Pullman KLCC, Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia, +60 3 2170 8888