Both Hakkasan and Yauatcha restaurants are celebrating the Year of the Pig from 28th Jan Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 24th Feb.
The pig occupies the final position in the Chinese zodiac and encapsulates a carefree nature, marking the end of the cycle. It signifies growth and contentment and encourages restoration and reflection.
In celebration of Chinese New Year, from 28th January to 24th February Hakkasan Hanway Place and Hakkasan Mayfair will reinvent the classic fortune cookie, commissioning renowned author Will Self to pen the fortunes.
The fortunes will be written on a ribbon and placed around the Hakkasan macarons, to create the fortune macaron. Instead of housing a traditional fortune, each macaron will feature one of Will Self’s 88 witty, satirical and sometimes dark musings on the topics most relevant to modern day life in London.
Both Hakkasan restaurants in London will be also celebrating the Year of the Pig with the wishing tree tradition.
Inspired by the Lam Tseun trees in Hong Kong. Hakkasan will be inviting guests to write their wishes for the year ahead on specially designed ribbons which will then be hung on the wooden cages in the restaurant.
There will be an 8 course Chinese New Year set menu available for £88 per person for a minimum of two people in which the fortune macarons will feature.
Both Yauatcha City and Yauatcha Soho will be paying homage to the year of the Earth pig by teaming up with celebrated design team, Isabel and Helen Studio to create a bespoke art installation within the restaurants inspired by the zodiac animal.
Yauatcha will also launch a limited-edition 8 course Chinese New Year menu for the festive season.
The menu features a number of authentic Chinese celebratory dishes using auspicious ingredients, highlight dishes including Crispy monkfish cheek with enoki mushroom and salsify, Homemade prawn tofu with seaweed and water chestnut, Peking style pulled pork with golden mantou, and finishing off with a Mandarin matcha choux.
The eight-course menu is £60 per person for a minimum of two people, and all dishes are available to order a la carte.
An exclusive Chinese New Year cocktail will be offered for the celebrations called Nagami Fortune featuring Beefeater 24 gin, Kumquat marmalade, Raspberry cordial and lime juice.
In addition, Yauatcha’s pastry team have created a limited- edition macaron with a pig stencilled in gold and flavoured with Mandarin.