This Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit and festivals, lion dances, dragon boat races and more will take over the city soon. In the spirit of the season, popular Chinese restaurant Spice Temple is bringing a feast of auspicious dishes to town. Executive Chef of Spice Temple Sydney and Melbourne, Andy Evans and Melbourne Head Chef Maggie Chan have curated special banquet menus to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit.
Spice Temple, Lunar New Year
In 2023, Lunar New Year begins on Sunday, January 22 and ends on Sunday, February 5. The sign of the Rabbit symbolises longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture and the banquets will reflect this through the dishes. Menu items include purse-shaped pipis representing fortune, eggs that signify fertility, dumplings shaped like money to represent wealth, and red ingredients that stand for prosperity and happiness. Melbourne can also enjoy Golden Scallop Dumplings that represent wealth. Classic dishes like the prosperity salad, pork ribs and stir-fried noodles will also be up for grabs.
The Lunar New Year banquets will be available in both Melbourne and Sydney throughout this month. Sydneysiders can munch on this delicious feast from Tuesday, 17 January to Saturday, 28 January while Melburnians can enjoy the dishes from Tuesday, 17 January to Sunday, 29 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. Check out the full menu book a table here.