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Hakkasan is the place to celebrate Chinese New Year

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Hakkasan’s wok-fried lobster in spicy truffle sauce.

Chinese New Year celebrations will take over Las Vegas this week, with February 8 marking the beginning of the Year of the Monkey. No lunar new year kickoff would be complete without a special meal of symbolic, storytelling dishes, and Hakkasan’s Las Vegas restaurant at MGM Grand is the place to be for that.

Hakkasan's diced Wagyu beef and pine nut golden cup.

International executive chef Ho Chee Boon’s limited-edition menu begins with a double-boiled fresh ginseng and chicken soup, followed by the diced Wagyu beef and pine nut golden cup and Hakkasan’s peerless dim sum platter. The main dishes offer wok-fried lobster in spicy truffle sauce, pipa duck, grilled Chilean sea bass with honey, dried scallop and crab meat fried rice, and a mushroom, lotus root, asparagus and lily bulb stir-fry. A festive cocktail, the 9 Hóu, has been created with nine components representing the monkey’s ninth position on the zodiac, and the golden halo dessert sweetens the deal as banana-peanut cake is topped with five-spice cream, caramel, chocolate and gold leaf. Hakkasan at MGM Grand, 702-891-7888; Monday-Wednesday, 5-11 p.m.; Thursday-Sunday, 5 p.m.-midnight. Chinese New Year menu available through February 22.

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