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Dai Pai Dong welcomes the New Year with feasts and festivals

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Brunches are a celebratory staple, and coupled with spectacular entertainment, will make for the most epic Chinese New Year.

With last year earning them a place in the debut MICHELIN Guide Abu Dhabi, it’s hardly surprising that Dai Pai Dong at Rosewood Abu Dhabi is here to deliver its most unforgettable Chinese New Year Festival.

Authenticity lies at the core of this festival, running from 21 January to 5 February. Families and friends are welcome to gather at the distinguished culinary hideaway with 16 days of special brunches, lavish feasts, and eight-course family-style dinners, exclusively curated by Chef Dong.

Titled ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai – Year of the Rabbit 2023’, the festival is an unmissable trip to immerse yourself in the most authentic version of Cantonese cuisine or culture, anywhere in the capital.

 

New Year’s Eve – Reunion Dinner 

 

Celebrate the start of the Lunar year on 21 January with a traditional Chinese New Year’s Eve supper from 7pm to 11pm. Historically one of the most important events in Chinese culture, it is customary for entire families and multiple generations to travel home on New Year’s Eve and share a special meal known as the ‘Reunion Dinner’. Starting with a bespoke welcome drink, Chef Dong and his team have created an unmissable eight-course Reunion Dinner of Cantonese specialities.  

Dai Pai Dong. Package AED 298 for eight courses and a welcome drink. À la carte is also available.   

 

Year of The Rabbit 2023 – Prosperity Feast 

 

What better way to usher in the Year of the Rabbit than with a three-hour New Year’s Day brunch on 22 January? Presenting a curated array of Dai Pai Dong’s most much-loved signature specialities, the vibrant Prosperity Feast is further enhanced with free-flowing refreshments, plus a choice of expertly crafted Chinese New Year specialities, including sweet rice balls, fish and dumplings. 

In the spirit of keeping guests truly relaxed and at home, diners are welcome to begin their feast at any time between 6pm and midnight. 

Dai Pai Dong. Packages AED 388 with juices and fizz, AED 488 with hops, grapes, mixed drinks and premium bubbly.

 

Chinese New Year Family-Style Set Menu   

 

Every day of the festival is a new celebration here, especially with Chef Dong’s special ‘Year of the Rabbit’ set menu. Designed to be shared and savoured together with friends and loved ones, the eight-course, fully immersive experience takes guests on a journey through the most enrapturing spices, flavours and ingredients of China. Available for dinner daily from January 23 to February 4, except for January 28, you can’t miss out on this quality meal and family time.

Dai Pai Dong. Package AED 298 for eight courses and a welcome drink. À la carte is also available.   

 

Lantern Festival  

 

With a delicious itinerary planned, Dai Pai Dong is also rounding off the Lunar New Year festivities in epic fashion. Adorned with intricate paper lanterns and colourful traditional decorations, the special Lantern Festival brunch on 5 February will star all the restaurant’s most popular signatures, plus a selection of special Chinese New Year recipes.

From noon to 6pm, the heritage-inspired specialities have will all be served with a contemporary and creative twist, from spicy noodles, creamy curries, homemade dim sum, juicy marinated meats, fresh seafood, traditional rice balls and more authentic delicacies.

 

Dai Pai Dong. Packages AED 388 with juices and fizz, AED 488 with hops, grapes, mixed drinks and premium bubbly. For reservations for all of the above, call 02 813 5588

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