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10 February 2018 03:30 pm

Five delicious spots to dine out this Chinese New Year!

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Chinese New Year -- which usually falls mid-February -- is one of the world's most colourful and exuberant events, triggering celebrations globally. 2018 marks the Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar. Those born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 are under the Dog sign. According to Asian astrology, your year of birth -- and the animal this represents -- determines a lot about your personality traits. Anyone born in an earth/dog year will be communicative, serious, and responsible in the workplace.

In comparison with other Asian and South Asian communities in Qatar, the Chinese community is significantly smaller -- but still their cuisine and cultural traditions have had an immense impact. With around 10,000 Chinese expats residing in the country, their community makes up roughly 0.45% of the entire population in Qatar. But considering the number of South and Southeast Asians residing and working in Qatar -- who are heavily influenced by everything Chinese -- especially its cuisine -- it's hard to ignore the fact that China, in all its forms has left its mark here in Doha.

With that said, here are five Mainland-themed restaurants right here in Qatar guaranteed to give you that festive Chinese New Year feel!

HAKKASAN
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There's a reason why Hakkasan has won the hearts of Doha's foodie faithful since opening in January 2013. Set in the gardens of St. Regis Doha, Hakkasan Doha features an elegant main dining room, Ling Ling lounge, terrace, and terrace lounge. An elegant retreat of a restaurant, exclusive services such as private valet parking complement the award-winning signature dishes, along with those Hakkasan Doha specialties. Doha's foodies rave about the restaurant's décor, ambiance, friendly staff, and delicious Cantonese fare. And, while the prices are on the pricier side, their dim sum platter, crispy prawns, and crispy duck salad are runaway winners!

Chinese New Year offer: An exclusive signature menu created by Hakkasan chefs from around the world is on the menu from January 29 to March 4. Find out more here and make a reservation!

Location: The St. Regis Doha 
Contact: (+974) 4446-0170 
Timings: Daily from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

SHANGHAI CLUB
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If you're up for an accessible Chinese-themed hangout in the heart of the city centre, then Shanghai Club in the Shangri-La Hotel, Doha is the place to go! With a sleek and stylish interior, amazing Cantonese cuisine, creative fusion bar-food, great drinks, and popular DJs, this posh go-to restaurant always draws a hip crowd, and Chinese food-lovers. Stunning decorations blanket the entirety of the restaurant, adding to the authenticity of feeling as though you're in Mainland China! For a spectacular and calming view of Doha's skyscrapers at night, make sure to grab yourself a corner seat. 

Chinese New Year offer: Enjoy two special set menus at QR 488 and QR 688 per person from February 15-28, with special Beverage Package from QR 258 per person for 2 hours flow.

Location: Levels 43 & 44, Shangri-La Hotel, Doha  
Contact: (+974) 4429-5295 
Timings: Mon-Wed: 5:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
              Thursday: 5:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
              Friday: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
              Saturday: 12:30 p.m.- 1:00 a.m.
              Sunday: Closed

CHI'ZEN
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Chinese food is a broad term. People have made so many variations to this cuisine, Indo-Chinese, and Indian-Chinese food merged together to name a few. And, while there are multiple Chinese restaurants in Doha, it isn't easy distinguishing the best among them, considering many factors such as hygiene, taste, price, locality, etc. Good thing Chi'zen has all of these. With a menu that's authentically Chinese, they might be one of the most popular places to enjoy Cantonese cuisine in Qatar due to the reasonable prices they offer. Some of their blockbuster dishes include the evenly-coated dim sums and succulent wasabi prawns -- which retain their crisp crunch while served with a topping of yummy wasabi sauce complimented with fresh ripe mangoes for that extra tinge of sweetness!

Location: Ground Floor, Oryx Rotana Hotel Al Nahda School Street, Umm Ghuwailina 
Contact: (+974) 4402-3484, (+974) 4477-4172 
Timings: Daily from 12:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m., except Thursday & Friday from 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

ROYAL PAVILLION 

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Royal Pavilion is one of the very few Chinese restaurants in Doha which is run by actual Chinese management. Their delicious dinner buffet which runs from 6:30 p.m. onwards is to die for as it's plentiful and the array of food choices is practically endless! And, at the extremely affordable price of QR 60 you can sink your teeth into some of their most well-kept specialties, such as sweet-and-sour fish, garlic crab, and their giant fried shrimps! Just a tip though: Grab as much seafood as you can, as its runs out quickly at this popular spot!

Chinese New Year offer: Their 'New Year Meal Packages' are available on a discounted rate. 
For 12 people: Pay only QR 1388! (Original price: QR 1494)
For 10 people: Pay only 988! (Original price: 1087)
For 6-8 people: Pay only 688! (Original price: 783)

Location: Al Jazeera Petrol Station, Salwa Road  
Contact: (+974) 4411-4458, (+974) 3020-3588  
Timings: Daily from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

THREE PEPPERS  

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Doha foodies can't get enough of Three Peppers' underrated aesthetics and gastronomic menu choices! This tiny restaurant is hidden in a strip mall along the Old Airport Road. They offer a vibrant selection of dishes with a spicy Szechuan twist, plus their super-affordable dim sums and fried rice are more than enough to fill an empty tummy. For takeaway, we'd gladly recommend their Kung Pao Chicken -- you can even request to make it more spicy if you're a chili-lover! Squeezed between an automobile shop and pet shop on either side, Three Peppers is somewhat hidden, but it's worth the hunt to locate this little wonder. But, if you're dining at nighttime, the green sign-board and red Chinese characters in LED will be of tremendous help!

Location: Near Car Maxx, Old Airport Road, and a newly-opened branch in Muntazah area along Hiteen Street
Contact: (+974) 6649-2626, (+974) 6643-2828
Timings: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. daily, except Sundays from 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Do you like Chinese food as well? What are some more Chinese-themed restaurants around Qatar that we've failed to include in this list? Drop us a line in the comments below and let us know! Also, don't forget to like and share this article!

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