Hop to these Restaurants to Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit

Hop to these Restaurants to Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit

Prosperity toss at Phat Eatery

THIS WEEKEND, THERE’S no shortage of ways in H-Town to ring in the Lunar New Year. From lion dancers to dumplings, here’s a handful of Asian spots around town that are drumming up tasty fun in honor of the Year of the Rabbit!

Kin Dee

Kin Dee's khantok platter

The charming Heights-area Thai restaurant will be hosting an enchanting lion dance performance produced by Lee’s Golden Dragon Lion & Dragon Dance Association Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7:30pm. The performers will roam about Kin Dee dazzling guests with spectacular costumes, music, and creative expression creating a multi-sensory celebratory dining experience.

Le Colonial

Le Colonial in River Oaks District

Join the Lunar New Year tradition of gifting pocket-sized red envelopes filled with cash at this elegant Vietnamese restaurant. Dinner guests will receive the envelope offerings to pass along to lion dance performers on Jan. 22 beginning at 6pm. It’s a festive way to enjoy the fragrant curries, shaking beef and vibrant spring rolls.

Mala Sichuan

Mala Sichuan

Like it hot? Visit one of the Mala outposts around town known for tongue-numbing Sichuan specialties. Pick up the traditional red envelope stuffed with one-dollar bills — and some with $100 for the lucky ducks. Catch the action over the weekend afternoons between 2-4pm.

Money Cat

Money Cat Nigiri set (photo by Sabrina Miskelly)

“New Japanese” cuisine is the theme at this Upper Kirby newcomer where the team has been putting on a culinary show since its grand opening. They are at it again this Sunday, Jan. 22, at 6:30pm with Lunar New Year lion dances performed by Celestial Dragon. Don’t pass up the dark chocolate bonsai tree dessert atop grilled pineapple mousse.

Phat Eatery

Phat's red envelopes

The beloved Malaysian restaurant in Katy Asian Town will offer a five-course feast served family-stylestarring Prosperity Toss, a traditional Malaysian salad symbolizing abundance. Together, tablemates use chopsticks to vigorously loft the dish’s many colorful components into the air; the higher the toss, the more their good fortune increases for the year. An interactive lion dance performance by local group Lee Dragon precedes each meal. Dinner seatings: Jan. 22 and Jan. 27; lunch seatings are Jan. 28 and Jan. 29.

Tobiuo Sushi & Bar

Tobuio (photo by Ashley Castro)

Owner Sherman Yeung’s Japanese restaurant in Cinco Ranch specializing in elevated sushi and craft cocktails is ushering in the Lunar New Year with lion dances performed by Celestial Dragon Jan. 21, at 6:30pm.

Food
Chapman & Kirby Launches Free Concert Series for Spring

Danny Ray and the Atlantic Street Band performs May 31 (photo from dannyrayatlanticstreetband.com)

CHAPMAN & KIRBY, THE premier event destination in Houston’s East Village, is thrilled to announce the launch of its Spring Music Series, kicking off on Friday, April 12. Chapman & Kirby has become synonymous with top-tier events and unforgettable experiences, many attended by celebrities both local and worldwide. With concert ticket prices soaring to hundreds and even thousands of dollars in the last year, this eight-week music series promises to be a welcomed opportunity to engage with live music for free, showcasing an eclectic lineup of talented acts.

Keep ReadingShow less

IT MAY TAKE a minute, but while seated at the coveted chef’s table that wraps around the busy and fragrant open kitchen, survey Artisans’ new digs on Westheimer and see if you can’t remember what previously occupied the space.

Keep ReadingShow less
Food

Chef Royere

IT’S NOT EVERY day that a Houston chef is graced with one France’s most prestigious honors. But that day arrived for The Post Oak’s executive chef Jean-Luc Royere who received the Ordre du Mérite agricol in a private ceremony on April 16. The award is an esteemed honor bestowed to French citizens by the French Republic for outstanding contributions to agriculture and the culinary arts.

Keep ReadingShow less
People + Places