It’s the Year of the Rat, But You Can Pig Out

The best places to eat at in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata on Chinese New Year

Suman Mahfuz Quazi

It would be safe to say that no other international cuisine has left an impact on Indians the way Chinese food has. The reasons are manyfrom its geographic proximity to a shared history. Whatever the season or reason, popularity of Chinese cuisine has never waned.

As a matter of fact, 2020 is slated to see an upsurge in the popularity of Chinese food in a more authentic avatar; case in point are the numerous restaurants sprouting up across India. Such enthusiasm for Chinese cuisine gives us more reasons to celebrate Chinese New Year on January 25, 2020. This year, restaurants across Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata are celebrating the Year of The Rat, which is the first zodiac of the Chinese zodiac calendar.

Here are some of the coolest Chinese New Year special menus to check out across India: 


Corporate executive chef at Yauatcha, Andrew Yeo has created a menu for Chinese New Year that celebrates ingredients that signify new opportunities, wealth, happiness, long life, prosperity and good luck. As such, the menu features dishes such as crystal spicy scallop dumpling with prawns and asparagus, yam beans, spring onions and spicy rice wine sauce. 

Where: Yauatcha, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata 

When: January 20 to February 19, 2020 | 12:00 noon to 1:00 am 


Tuck into a range of soups, appetisers and mains from the Chinese New Year menu at The Park Mumbai, which has been carefully created by chef Altamash Patel. You can opt from white manchow soup, crispy honey chilli lotus stem, Chinese Peking dumplings and more!

Where: Meishi, The Park Hotels - Mumbai, Shivaji Nagar, Juhu | 

When: January 25, 2020 | 12:00 noon to 11:00 pm 

The Qube – The Leela Palace

At The Qube located inside The Leela Palace, Delhi, the Chinese New Year menu pays a homage to the culinary traditions of China. This has culminated into a spread offering traditional yee sang salad toss, prosperity toss and a vast range of dim sums.

Where: The Qube – The Leela Palace, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi | 

When: January 25, 2020 | 6:30 am to 1:00 am 


The menu at ChaoBella, a contemporary Asian diner in Okhla, Delhi has taken traditional Chinese ingredients that signify luck and prosperity, such as dumplings for wealth, duck for fidelity and chicken for reunion and birth, and given them a new-age twist to create an interesting menu for Chinese New Year. Go give it a try!

Where: ChaoBella, Crowne Plaza, Community Centre, Okhla Phase 1

When: January 21 to 31, 2020 | 7:00 pm to 11:45 pm

China Bistro

Tuck into delectable dishes such as Hangzhou beggar's chicken, ming ling spicy BBQ fish, Tangda Town’s stir fried fish, prawn otak otak and kung pao fish pot meal at the China Bistro in Bengaluru if you’re looking to spend Chinese New Year with a mix of traditional and modern eats. 

Where: China Bistro, Ashwini Complex, 2986, 12th Main Road, Indiranagar 

When: January 20 to February 16, 2020 | 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight 

Mainland China

Drop by at the Mainland China in Bengaluru for a taste of the Chinese New Year menu curated by chef de cuisine Rajesh Kumar Dubey. It includes dishes such as, matchstick potato with truffle oil, pomfret in miso chilli sauce, crispy Bombay duck with sriracha and stir-fried haricot beans. 

Where: All Bengaluru outlets of Mainland China 

When: January 25 to February 4, 2020 | 12:00 noon to 11:00 pm 


Situated inside The Taj Bengal in Kolkata, Chinoiserie is a classy Asian diner, which is offering a tantalising spread of dishes crafted by chef Yang. The menu includes favourites, such as water chestnut and baby corn with barbecue sauce, chaozhou crispy assorted vegetables, crispy corn kernel tossed with onion and chili and yuxiang exotic vegetables.

Where: Chinoiserie, Taj Bengal, 34B, Belvedere Road, Alipore, Kolkata | 

When: January 24 to February 4, 2020 | 

12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight 

Images: Yauatcha, Meishi, Mainland China, China Bistro, Chinoiserie, The Qube, ChaoBella
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