Ring in the Year of the Tiger with these delicious food and drink offerings from popular Vancouver spots
1. Heritage Asian Eatery
Heritage Asian EateryCelebrate with a 'roarsome feast' from Heritage Asian Eatery, offering a gourmet Lunar New Year feast for four ($118), available for take-out or dine-in at their Broadway location. The mouthwatering dishes include four cured Chinese ham and prawn dumplings (artfully shaped like Chinese ingots painted with a gold streak), four chive pockets, four sticky rice buns, gai lan, four prawn spring rolls, eight classic pork and napa cabbage dumplings, 10 chicken wings with truffle salt, biang biang noodles with xo dressing and an auspicious dessert of nian gao.
Heritage Asian Eatery; 82 West Broadway, Vancouver; Available from Friday, January 28th to Sunday, February 6th; Reserve by calling 604-559-6058
2. Fanny Bay Oysters
Fanny Bay OystersTo welcome in the new year, Fanny Bay Oysters' chef Tommy has created a delicious food feature, and tiger-inspired cocktail. Pulling from a range of different Asian styles of cooking, the Angry Crab ($88, serves three to four) promises one and a half Dungeness crab tossed in a blend of spicy goodness with ginger and chilies as the base, on top of a bed of veggies. The Tiger Bomb Cocktail ($15), is an Aviation gin-based cocktail that incorporates a ginger syrup and Chinese five-spice. Alternatively, pre-order Fanny Bay’s special 'Hot Pot Seafood Pack' from their market, that includes one pound of Manila clams, one-piece of geoduck (approximately one pound), 16 ounces of oyster meat, half a pound of scallops and half a pound of prawns, all ready to cook up in your Lunar New Year hot pot ($88.88).
Fanny Bay Oysters; 762 Cambie Street, Vancouver; Available from Tuesday, February 1st to Thursday, February 10th
3. Straight and Marrow
Straight and MarrowAvailable for the entire month of February, enjoy Straight and Marrow bar manager’s Lunar New Year cocktail feature, Le Tigre ($14). Mixed to taste like tiger ice cream, the curation features pernod, cointreau, vanilla liqueur, orange, coconut and egg yolk.
Straight and Marrow; 1869 Powell Street, Vancouver
4. The Victor
The VictorThe Victor will be welcoming the Year of Tiger with the Crouching Tiger ($21) cocktail. Combing Bombay Sapphire, sake, Lillet blanc, fresh lime juice, and yuzu and thyme syrup, this citrus-infused cocktail has slightly more weigh thanks to the Lillet, whilst the thyme syrup provides balance, and a herbal finish. With no expense spared, the drink will also be served with a red New Year envelope. Some offer golden chocolate coins, while others feature a prize.
The Victor; 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver; From Tuesday, February 1st to Sunday February 13th
5. Honey Salt
Honey SaltHead over to Honey Salt and celebrate the Year of Tiger with their cocktail feature, Sloe Tiger ($16). The cocktail offering includes sloe gin, Aperol, peach syrup, fresh lemon juice and is served with a cranberry sugar rim.
Honey Salt; 30 Smithe Street, Vancouver; From Tuesday, February 1st to Sunday, February 13th
6. Passione Gelato
Facebook/Passione GelatoThis year, Passione Gelato's special Lunar New Year flavour will be Roasted Oolong. The reason behind this choice? Oolong tea was the first of its kind to be named a "tribute tea" during the 10th century, and is a sacred tea that people share with each other as a symbol of honour. The flavour profile and aroma lies somewhat between green tea and black tea, and the roasted tea leaves give the gelato a bold and robust flavour which compliments the Italian richness and creaminess harmoniously.
Passione Gelato; 55 Smithe Street, Vancouver
7. Glowbal Restaurant
Glowbal RestaurantCelebrating a little differently this year, on February 1st, Glowbal Restaurant will be giving traditional red envelopes to each guest with gifts that include complimentary bubbles, dessert, brunch entrees and so much more. Plus, one lucky receiver could win a $200 gift card to use for a future visit.
Glowbal Restaurant; 590 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
8. Gotham Steakhouse and Bar
Gotham Steakhouse and BarWelcome the new year with Gotham’s special cocktail feature, Tiger Claw ($18), boasting Ketel One peach and orange vodka, Averna, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, butterfly pea flower bitters and butterfly pea flower dust.
Gotham Steakhouse and Bar; 615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
9. Parq Vancouver
Parq VancouverThe popular noodle bar Koi at the Parq Vancouver will offer a special dish of 'Three Treasure Rice' with soy chicken, roast pork and BBQ pork and Shanghai bok choy on a bed of jasmine rice ($12.88). Guests can also make a toast to the tiger with Centre Bar's daily feature Tiger Paw cocktail, including Asian liquor, orange juice and grenadine ($8.88)
Parq Vancouver; 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver; From Friday, January 21st to Friday, February 11th
10. Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar
Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail BarCelebrate the Year of Tiger with Hy’s cocktail feature, Laohu ($17), featuring Canadian Club ‘Chairman’s Select' rye, cointreau, Licor 43, fresh orange juice and orange bitters.
Hy’s Steakhouse; 637 Hornby Street, Vancouver
11. Potluck Hawker Eatery
Photo Credit: Rich WonLaunching a special take-out menu for Lunar New Year, Potluck Hawker Eatery has created an auspicious Year of the Tiger ($200 serves four to five) eight-course feast, available for two days only on Monday, January 31st and Tuesday, February 1st. The menu features a variety of Malaysian, Singaporean and Chinese dishes, all drawn from co-owner and chef Justin Cheung’s heritage, and includes dishes like hot and sour coconut mushroom soup, truffled soy sauce chicken, whole pompano laab, and eight-treasure fried rice.
Potluck Hawker Eatery; 3424 Cambie Street, Vancouver; Pre-order online or via Tock
12. Temper Chocolate and Pastry
Temper Chocolate and PastryAvailable in-store only on Tuesday, February 1st, Temper Chocolate and Pastry's showstopper piece 'The Tiger' ($45), is filled with Temper’s famous caramel salty chocolate balls.
Temper Chocolate and Pastry; 2409 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
13. Sun Sui Wah
Sun Sui WahSun Sui Wah is keeping the spirit of festivity and renewal alive with their Lunar New Year take-home meal specials. Chef Man has created a Lao Fan dinner set, premium poon choi course and house made rice cake gift sets. Available from Tuesday, February 1st to mid-February, the Lao Fan dinner set includes an exquisite seafood soup with over 10 ingredients such as abalone, fresh lobster and oysters, a side of famous cold chicken, a side of braised vegetables and a cold appetizer dish ($118, feeds three to four).
Another delicacy featured is poon choi, served family-style and including 16 premium ingredients layered on top including abalone, sea cucumber, fish maw, dried oysters, dried scallop, black moss ($238 feeds 4, $368 feeds 6), and is available from Sunday, January 30th to Tuesday, February 15th.
Chinese New Year is also known for rice cakes, and chef Man has created three versions to take home or for gifting, including radish rice cake ($18.80), taro rice cake ($18.80) and sweet rice cake ($16.80). Each comes packaged in a festive red box, easy to hand out as gifts.
Sun Sui Wah is offering a lucky combination promotion which includes an order of the Lao Fan, Poon Choi and two rice cakes at $388 for four or $500 for six.
Sun Sui Wah; 3888 Main Street, Vancouver; Make a reservation or pre-order online
14. Beaucoup Bakery
Photo Credit: Rich WonBeaucoup Bakery launches the ultimate sweet and savoury treats this Lunar New Year with their Lucky Meow 88 collection. The sweet and savoury line-up sees the return of Beaucoup Bakery’s famous Peking duck croissant ($8.88) collaboration with Chinatown BBQ, as well as a new version using locally-crafted Holy Duck chili oil ($8.88). Items from the collection also include peanut sesame mochi croissant ($7.88), made with peanut mochi, black sesame frangipane and roasted peanuts, Lucky Meow cookie box (18 pieces for $38) with three flavours, including yuenyeung (traditional HK-style coffee and tea blend) cookie with a pineapple cookie crust, sesame puffs, salted egg yolk sablés and more.
Beaucoup Bakery; 2150 Fir Street, Vancouver; Order online for pick-up
15. Blue Hat Cafe and Bakery
Blue Hat Cafe and BakeryThis year, the folks at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts are offering two special sweet features to celebrate the Lunar New Year. First, a jasmine tea mousse with lychee-rose, matcha-almond cake, and a white chocolate crispy crunch, as well as a rooisbos tea mousse with apricot gelée, almond cake and a ginger crispy crunch (both $7).
Blue Hat Cafe and Bakery, 1505 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver; Purchase in-store
16. Mott 32
Mott 32Mott 32 invites diners to ring in the Year of the Tiger with a luxurious lineup of features. Highlights include a whole lobster salad that takes the form of a Lo Hei, or 'prosperity toss', featuring braised chicken, deep-fried giant prawns and so much more.
Mott 32, 1161 West Georgia Street, Vancouver; Reserve online
17. Kinton Ramen
Kinton RamenFrom Monday, January 31st until Sunday, February 20th, Kinton Ramen is offering a Lunar New Year three-course meal special ($20.99). Enjoy your choice of any signature ramen, choice of one side dish and one dessert.
Kinton Ramen, 102—6111 University Boulevard, Vancouver