Shanghai News

Chinese New Year’s Eve falls on 30 January this year, and there is no better place to celebrate the Year of the Horse with family, friends and colleagues than at Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou’s finest Chinese restaurant, Yue. Executive Chef, Tse Yuenman, has prepared a selection of auspicious New Year banqueting menus. Expect Braised Canadian Lobster in Superior Cheese Sauce, Wok-tossed Beef Cubes and Goose Liver, to bring good luck for the year ahead! RMB 1,188 +15% surcharge; valid from 31 January to 6 February.

Forget about a box of chocolates for Valentine's Day, you want a real treat, and this elaborate theatrical Valentine’s Day presentation in Sheraton Shanghai Waigaoqiao sounds perfectly decadent. The suave team, gorgeous setting and five-star food, will make even the most nervous, clumsy, blind date seem elegant and romantic. Enjoy the night at Bayleaf Restaurant from RMB 800 per couple with two complementary glasses of sparkling wines and free-flow soft drink. From 6pm to 9:30pm on 14 February, 2014.

Get together and celebrate Chinese New Year at Grand Mercure Shanghai Hongqiao every Friday and Saturday in January and February, 2014. On the menu of the Lan Ting Restaurant, a selection of Shanghai’s special dumplings and of course, the Chef’s specialty: the famous Beijing roast duck. Also indulge in traditional drinks such as rice wine. Prices start from RMB 228 +15 % service charge.

Pudong Shangri-La Shanghai is advocating a green healthy lifestyle by launching a Go Healthy lunch at the Grand Tower Lounge in January 2014. After numerous rounds of generous year-end parties and feasts, more and more people will finally realise the need to pursue a healthy and green diet to embrace the New Year. The Go Healthy lunch includes a salad, sandwich and soup; it is also low in sodium and fat. RMB 88 +15% service charge. Tel: 2828 6888.

Park Hyatt Shanghai recently launched its ‘Best of the Best 2013’ at 100 Century Avenue. Their exclusive menu features the restaurant’s most popular, signature dishes for connoisseurs. This menu, which was carefully crafted by the hotel’s local chefs, showcases Park Hyatt Shanghai’s culinary philosophy: providing the most authentic dining experiences through the freshest ingredients and distinct local flavours.

Enjoy a cosy family escape at Le Royal Meridien Shanghai and discover a year-end festive atmosphere in the very heart of modern Shanghai. Kids eat for free in Le Bistrot Signature Restaurant anytime of the day! Book a Junior Suite to benefit from a special rate of RMB 1,388+ and enjoy a 50% discount for SPA treatment in the hotel and late check out until 4pm.

January, Hyatt On The Bund’s VUE Private Dining presents what must be the most chic version of this Chinese favourite yet. There is a choice of succulent red meat such as the finest Wagyu beef, top grade Mongolian baby lamb, South China sea king prawn and Australian oysters, all served raw to dip and simmer in a choice of stock. Accompanied by vegetables and noodles, it's the finest way to warm up in Shanghai. Available from 1 January to 31 January. RMB 688 + 15% service charge per person

Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund gets absolutely festive for Valentine’s Day. The resort will ensconce guests in an deeply romantic environment. Its ambiance will truly stir passionate emotions on this most delightful of days for lovers. Oceans restaurant offers two wonderfully enticing gourmet set menus (RMB 788 per person and RMB 1,088 per person) each featuring luxuriant seafood and meat main options, as well as delectably sweet desserts for two. From 6pm to 10:30pm.

An old Chinese legend that surrounds the nian gao (Chinese New Year cake) says that this sticky sweet snack was fed to the Kitchen God to plug his mouth and prevent him from criticising anyone when he reported to heaven. This traditional delicacy, made from glutinous rice, has survived the demise of the folklore and remains a major part of the annual holiday. The Hilton Shanghai offers their Chinese New Year cakes for RMB 198 net.