Just when we all thought the party season was over, it’s time to get back out there for Lunar New Year. This year it lands in the Year of the Dragon. From February 10 to 24, expect to see plenty of lion dancing, glowing lanterns, red pockets and, of course, delicious food. Here are eight restaurants putting on a feast, with a side of good fortune.

Lilymu, Parramatta

Parramatta’s Asian-inspired eatery has created a celebratory menu of luxe meny add-ons, which require 24 hours notice and can be added to bookings until Sunday February 11. There’s a live lobster with red curry and a live mud crab with a vibrant turmeric curry – though both are also available steamed with ginger, leek and soy. An 800-gram full-blood Wagyu rib eye with zesty nahm jim jaew, Japanese mustard and yuzu nori is also available. As an added treat, each guest will receive a red pocket containing a $20 dining voucher, redeemable at any future reservation. Dine on February 10 to be dazzled by a dragon show while you feast.
Pre-order with booking essential.

King Clarence, CBD

Flashy new restaurant King Clarence’s chef Khanh Nguyen is delivering a special menu to celebrate the new year. Available from now until Sunday February 18, the line-up will bring standout dishes like “hasselback” abalone with jamon serrano and sweet potato noodles, lion’s head meatball bao, and baked lotus-leaf rice with mushroom XO and bone marrow – alongside the joint’s usual à la carte offering. Nguyen’s take on a fruit platter is the sweet finisher that features mango pudding with coconut sago, a citrusy semifreddo, compressed watermelon and more.
$175 per person, bookings essential.

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Ho Jiak Town Hall, CBD

“Junda’s playground” will be playing host to an epic Lunar New Year party on Thursday February 15. Presented by the Level: Asian podcast crew, the party will feature an 11-course feast by Junda Khoo, with dishes like lobster and pipi sang mee, crispy roast pork and steamed barramundi. The party will be hosted by comedian Neel Kolhatkar and feature lion dances, too. There’ll also be a prize raffle with all proceeds donated to Plate It Forward.
$179 per person, bookings essential.

Dopa, Sydney-wide

From Monday February 5 till Sunday March 3, Japanese comfort-food eatery Dopa will be serving up a snackable spicy karaage menu to mark the Year of the Dragon. At all Dopa locations (from Bondi to The Galeries to Darling Square), choose from fiery karaage skewers or veggie-topped don. And, upgrade to a karaage set to enjoy unlimited rice and miso soup – and a fortune cookie at Dopa Sydney Place.

Silks, Barangaroo

Along with views of the harbour, Silks is treating diners to a lavish eight-course Cantonese banquet during the Lunar New Year period. There’ll be roast suckling pig, braised abalone and wok-tossed live southern rock lobster, and slow-cooked pork knuckle. A special à la carte menu delivers baby abalone and – to help bring in prosperity – a lou sang salad of Atlantic salmon, Hiramasa kingfish and traditional condiments. Each of the menus is available from Friday February 5 till Sunday February 18.
$388 per person, bookings recommended.

Mahjong Club at Est, CBD

Merivale executive chef Dan Hong is teaming up with Crazy Rich Asians actor Remy Hii to host a one-night-only event that will see Est transform into a mahjong club, courtesy of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. In between the shuffling of tiles, players will be treated to four bite-size dishes – like king crab potstickers, rock lobster bao with ginger and shallot, and chilled truffle noodles with caviar. Merivale mixologist Jonathan Liu will be mixing a trio of cocktails infused with popular Asian flavours to match, with tickets including guest’s choice. There are tickets for newcomers, experts and spectators.
$170 per person, tickets essential.

Bob Hawke Beer & Leisure Centre, Marrickville

Swing by Lucky Prawn on Lunar New Year weekend (February 10 and 11) to taste a special-edition rice lager: Hawke’s Lucky Lager. Adding to the lunar celebrations, pints will be a nifty $10 for all those born in the Year of the Dragon (and of legal drinking age, of course). Simply flash your driver’s licence to bar staff to prove it. There’ll also be lion dance performers to round out the festivities, and the monthly yum cha trollies rolling around Lucky Prawn on Sunday.

Lana, CBD

When you think Lunar New Year, Lana isn’t naturally what comes to mind. But with Alex Wong at the helm, he’s created a dinner-only prosperity menu that stays true to the restaurant’s DNA: blending Italian food with Asian ingredients. On Friday February 9 and Saturday February 10, enjoy buttery twirls of spaghetti with shio kombu, topped with eastern rock lobster; Cape Grim short rib with black vinegar; and chicken wing siu mai with scallop butter and caviar. If you’re not signing up for the full Lunar New Year experience, a handful of the dishes will be available to order à la carte alongside Lana’s usual menu.
$188 per person, bookings essential.