The second week of February marks the shift in the Chinese calendar; out with the Dragon, in with the Snake. Those keen on giving the serpent a majestic welcome might want to check out The Jakarta Post Travel’s list of dining possibilities around Jakarta, or make your own Chinese New Year dish at home
1. Le Gran Cafe, Hotel Gran Mahakam
The decorations at the Hotel Gran Mahakam’s Le Gran Cafe to welcome the New Year transport you to China Town.
Choices on the menu include sharks fin lobster, Peking duck and paratha hoisin sauce. Looking to complete your meal with something a bit more western? Try the signature Chocolate Melt with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.
Le Gran Cafe
Hotel Gran Mahakam Jakarta
Price: Rp 458,900++ per person (US$ 46) on 9 February 2013 or starting from Rp 302,000++ ($30) per person on 10 February 2013
2. Meradelima Restaurant
Meradelima Restaurant is a fine player in the Peranakan cuisine game, which is a marriage between Chinese and Malay cuisine.This festive season, Meradelima is offering an array of special dishes, such as huzarensla with prawn (Rp 72,500), fish lip crab soup (Rp 125,000), chicken sapo (Rp 135,000) and special Chinese New Year Noodles (Rp 75,000), to welcome the Lunar New Year.
Jl. Adityawarman No: 47, Kebayoran Baru.
3. Pacific Restaurant & Lounge, Pacific Place
Prepared by The Ritz-Carlton’s talented Chinese chef Ken Lee and his culinary team, the Lunar New Year spread will include king prawn lamien, Szechuan chili crusted halibut, sea cucumber vroccolini, and yee shang (a salad served with strips of raw fish and a wide variety of sauces).
Before you eat this popular salad, toss it while wishing for prosperity and happiness for the whole family. The restaurant also provides authentic Chinese music and Barongsai performances to add to the ambience of your celebration.
Pacific Restaurant & Lounge
The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place
Hours: 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. on 9 February 2013 and 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on 10 February 2013
Price: Rp 468,000++ per person (US$ 47) on 9 February 2013 or Rp 308,000++ ($31) per person on 10 February 2013
4. Jakarta Restaurant and Garden, The Dharmawangsa Jakarta
The Jakarta Restaurant and Garden promises a memorable feast to usher in the year of the snake by presenting a mouth-watering Chinese buffet rich in variety.
Savor delicacies such as homemade dim sum, steamboat, or steamed red grouper with superior soya while you enjoy Chinese Guzheng music and finish the celebrations with fortune cookies.
Jakarta Restaurant and Garden
The Dharmawangsa Jakarta
Price: Rp 588,000++ per person (US$ 59)
At Bibliotheque, the Chinese New Year is a modern affair. To mark this year's special event, it offers fares such as tiger prawn salad, vegetable & foie gras soup, seafood gratin, grilled tenderloin, braised lemon cod and le soufflés.
Sampoerna Strategic Square
Price: Rp 275,000++ (US$ 28) per person
For more options on dining in Jakarta you can also check our Mini guide to eating in Central Jakarta