Happy Year of the Rabbit! Here are our top picks to celebrate Lunar New Year!
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Lunar New Year- Ele by Federico and Karl
Ele by Federico and Karl will host an exclusive ticketed event immersing guests in the luxurious world of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Diners will be treated to a bespoke menu served in the venue’s signature progressive degustation style and paired with opulent cocktails created using the whisky’s limited edition Lunar New Year release, designed in collaboration with Shanghai-based designer Angel Chen.  The dinner will also see calligraphers offer guests notes of good fortune while DJ Charlie Villas sets the vibe.
When: Wednesday 18th January
Cost: $350
Book here.

Lotus Dining Group

Lotus Dining Group is gearing up to celebrate The Year of the Rabbit with a selection of exclusive Lunar New Year dishes and traditional lion dance performances from 22 January until 5 February.

All the individual details and menus can be found at www.lotusdininggroup.com/whats-on/ but get in quick as reservations are essential.

The Gardens by Lotus | Darling Harbour

LNY Yum Cha Banquets: $79pp or $88pp

Lion Dance Performance: 12:00pm on Sunday 22 January

Lotus Barangaroo 

LNY Specials: Year of the Rabbit dumpling + Shanghai-style red braised pork belly

Lion Dance Performance: 8:00pm on Friday 27 January

Lotus The Galeries | CBD

LNY Banquets: $118pp

LNY Specials: Year of the Rabbit dumpling and Prosperity salad

Lion Dance Performance: 7:00pm on Saturday 28 January

CHI by Lotus | Barangaroo

LNY Banquets: $130pp

LNY Specials: Year of the Rabbit dumpling and Prosperity salad

Lotus Double Bay

LNY Banquets: $109pp

LNY Specials: Year of the Rabbit dumpling and Prosperity salad

Lotus Dumpling Bar Summer Hill 

LNY Special: Year of the Rabbit dumpling

Lotus Dumpling Bar Walsh Bay | Dawes Point

LNY Special: Year of the Rabbit dumpling

Aria – Seven-Course Tasting Menu

Aria’s limited-edition tasting menu showcases prestige ingredients to match their unparalleled views of Sydney Harbour. The Lunar New Year seven-course degustation honours traditional flavours with an Aria twist.

When: lunch & dinner, 21st January – 4th February

Cost: $300pp


Cirrus – Seven-Course Degustation

Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant celebrates the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu, available alongside regular a la carte offerings.

When: 21st January – 5th February

Cost: $128pp with optional wine pairing

Darling Square – Lunar New Year Activation

The buzzing precinct comes to life with a lantern tunnel, ceremonious Lion Dancers, a LNY graphic wall installation by local artist Chris Yee, Gong Grocer pop up store offering custom lanterns and traditional sweets, plus special dishes from Darling Square retailers including:

  • Shortstop Donuts: Lunar New Year 6 Pack, filled with LNY-inspired donut flavours

  • Wingboy: Fiery Hoisin wings topped with crispy shallots, fresh chilli, shallots & cucumber sticks, available until 23rd Jan

  • IIKO Mazesoba:

    • Prosperity Mazesoba – A tangy noodle salad with toppings such as tuna, salmon caviar, carrot, daikon, ginger, cabbage, cucumber, seaweed, shallot and crispy noodle chips to symbolise good fortune and wealth.

    • Rabbit Parfait – Choice of Matcha or Houjicha gelato served with red bean and shiratama rice balls.

Key details: 

  • When: 21 January – 5th February

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Infinity (Sydney Tower) – Six-Course Degustation

Watch the sun set on Lunar New Year and celebrate 81 floors above Sydney at Infinity, with an opulent degustation of Asian inspired dishes.

 When: 20th January – 22nd January

Cost: $235 + $155 for matching Penfolds reds

Spice Temple Lunar New Year feast

Spice Temple is embracing the Chinese custom of ushering in fortuitous times with feasts of auspicious dishes planned for the coming Lunar New Year celebrations.

Executive Chef of Spice Temple Sydney and Melbourne Andy Evans has curated special banquet menus to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit.

The Lunar New Year banquets are available in Sydney from Tuesday, 17 January to Saturday, 28 January.

The regional Chinese banquet menus cost $159 per person, including a Rabbit cocktail on arrival. An optional wine pairing is available for $75 per person.

Skyfeast (Sydney Tower) – Unlimited Feasting Stations

Skyfeast is rolling out the red carpet for Lunar New Year with special additions to their Asian inspired counter. Enjoy an unlimited selection of pork buns, Singapore noodles, crunchy spring rolls and fresh seafood, before rounding out the culinary experience with a trip to SkyFeasts famous dessert bar.

When: 20th January – 22nd January


Cost: $60 children, from $110 adults with optional wine pairings

Botanic House – Nine/Ten-Course Degustation

Journey through Australia’s multicultural heritage with a nine course, Asian inspired degustation menu. Dishes are made using recipes handed down from chef Luke Nguyen’s Chinese grandfather and feature native ingredients and fresh produce paired with a botanical lunar cocktail on arrival.

When: Lunch and dinner, 22nd January – 5th February


Cost: From $95, beverage add on +$80pp


Darling Quarter – Open Air Cinema: Crazy Rich Asians

The Warner Bros. 100 Open Air Cinema celebrates Lunar New Year with a screening of the Hollywood hit, Crazy Rich Asians. Click & Collect snacks to enjoy throughout the movie from the likes of Dopa and Doodee Noodle, and order drinks from the pop-up bar.

When: 22nd January, 6pm

Cost: Free

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