OUTDOOR DINING AND TAKEOUT
Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault of Knife Pleat has created a three-course menu that pays tribute to the traditional foods of the holiday. The elegant experience starts with duck dumplings in an aromatic Szechuan consommé, entrée of sea bream with exotic mushrooms and for dessert a citrus mooncake with jasmine mousse. $49 per person, before tax.
Pastry chef Germain Biotteau’s collection of six signature macarons with Asian forward flavors such as mandarin, mango and black sesame is available in a decorative box. $18
Available for online preorder and pickup February 10-24.
The three dishes may be ordered à la carte for patio dining February 10-24.
ANQI by HOUSE OF AN
Highly acclaimed House of AN has designed its annual Lunar New Year five-course feast for home. AnQi’s fans will enjoy symbolic dishes such as quail egg and oxtail dumpling broth, Japanese Wagyu beef, Santa Barbara uni with gold leaf and the famous garlic noodles, seabass with caramelized shallot and dessert of red sticky rice with mandarin, seasonal fruits and coconut sesame sauce. Those with a receipt from any South Coast Plaza boutique will receive a sixth course of a trinity dessert and red envelope for good luck. $176 for two, before tax. Preorder required, available February 10–12. Patio dining and takeout are available.
To order: email ANTHEGOANQI@HOUSEOFAN.COM, text 714.504.2822 or call 714.557.5679
BLUE BOX CAFE at Tiffany & Co.
The Blue Box Cafe at Tiffany & Co. will add Lunar New Year touches to its delightful Tiffany Tea for Two at home. The sumptuous offering includes savory and sweet bites and a propriety tin of Bellocq No.727 The Tiffany Blend: A fragrant, floral infusion of Chinese and Ceylon black teas with notes of lychee, rose buds, lavender and vanilla. $150 for two, before tax.
48-hour preorder required. Please call for availability dates. 714.540.5330, press 7
To view menu and to preorder 48 hours in advance online, click here.
Water Grill honors Lunar New Year with an à la carte menu of four symbolic dishes. Enjoy shrimp shumai with crispy chili sauce ($15), garlic noodles with jumbo lump crab and green onion ($17), whole crispy black sea bass with cilantro, tangerine, radish and XO sauce ($41 by the pound) or wok-fried local spiny lobster ($56 by the pound). Order any of the dishes on Lunar New Year, February 12, and receive complimentary chocolate-dipped fortune cookies. Available February 3–28. Patio dining is available.
Shoppers who visit Water Grill’s Saturday Market February 6 or 13 may buy a garlic noodle kit for home. It includes noodles, jumbo lump crab, green onion, crispy garlic, sauce and directions to assemble. $18. Receive a bonus of two chocolate-dipped fortune cookies with purchase.
DIN TAI FUNG
For guests wishing traditional dishes for the holiday, the immensely popular Din Tai Fung is known for its outstanding takeout program of the entire menu. To order for pickup or delivery, click here.