In celebration of China’s most important festival on Friday 12th February and to usher in the Year of the Ox, Atlantis, The Palm is inviting guests to celebrate new beginnings and fresh starts with celebrations at the newly refurbished Saffron from 10th – 16th February and at the city’s most stylish contemporary Chinese restaurant, Hakkasan from 10th – 26th February.
Otherwise known as Lunar New Year, the annual event marks the first day of a new year on the Lunar calendar. Based on when the new moon appears, the Lunar calendar is more than 5,000 years old. On 12th February this year, the animal sign will change from rat to ox, a sign that is looked upon favourably by Chinese culture given that its characteristics are hardworking, honest, logical and kind – qualities that are definitely worth celebrating.
World-renowned Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan will welcome guests with both a signature set menu and individual dishes. The set menu, which is priced at AED 498 p/p, features dishes said to bring good health and fortune and a specially crafted fortune-themed dessert. After being welcomed with a ‘fire and grace’ cocktail, diners will start with a Yu sheng salad with house cured salmon and a double treasure fortune quail blossom puff for extra good luck in 2021. Main dishes include crispy kumquat chicken, wok fried prawn with macadamia nuts and braised abalone roasted duck fried rice with dried scallops and shitake mushrooms. The Mandarin dessert will round the evening of on a suitably sweet and chocolatey note with an exciting twist courtesy of the orange cocoa butter.
Centred around the principle of “Peace, Love and Sharing”, with Chinese New Year itself falling on Valentine’s weekend, the Year of the Ox will see Hakkasan’s wishing tree tradition go virtual for the first time ever and be transformed into a digital art installation across social channels.
It has long been a tradition to construct a wishing tree within Hakkasan restaurants worldwide on Chinese New Year, with guests invited to write their wishes on a red ribbon before tying it to the tree. This year, Hakkasan’s virtual wishing tree tradition will encourage guests to share their wishes on social media before being transformed into a video, which will be available to view on the Hakkasan website. As a token of goodwill for the year ahead, one lucky guest each week will be selected to have their wish granted.
The Chinese New Year offering at Hakkasan will be available from 10th – 26th February 2021
Monday- Saturday 6:00pm – 11:00pm (closed Sunday)
Children under the age of 10 can dine between 6:00pm and 7:00pm
Set Chinese New Year menus are priced at AED 498 p/p including a special cocktail
Set menu dishes can also be ordered à la carte
With exotic ingredients, tantalising flavours and exciting new dishes, diners can indulge in an authentic Chinese celebration with dishes from all four corners of the country with a selection of Cantonese, Szechuan, Shandong and Anhui dishes. With Cantonese salmon, edamame almond salad, siracha Chinese cucumber salad, double boiled abalone soup with crab meat, “Yong Zhou” style wok fried rice, Chinese black pepper crab, ho see fatt choy (braised oysters and sea moss), Szechuan style fish with salted vegetables, stewed tofu and chicken claypot – one of Saffron’s new signature dishes – diners are in for a sweet, sour, savoury and sensory treat. The menu will also include comforting favourites such as Peking duck and Hong Kong noodles. With its mix of Chinese and western desserts including green tea cheesecake, aloe vera gel and peanut crunchy, the extensive line-up of desserts are not to be missed.
The Chinese New Year offering at Saffron will be available from 10th – 16th February 2021
Saturday-Thursday 6:00pm to 10:30pm, Fri 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Dinner is priced at AED 255 per adult for food only and AED 127.50 for children aged 4-11
Kids under the age of 4 eat free