The streets of Manchester will be transformed next weekend as the city celebrates Chinese New Year.

The colourful parade led by a spectacular 175ft dragon, dancers, glowing red lanterns, street performers and fireworks will turn the city centre into a dazzling display of Chinese culture to welcome the Year of the Dog.

To celebrate the occasion, Bridge Street favourite Randall & Aubin are offering a full Chinese language version of their à la carte menu – the first non-Chinese restaurant in Manchester to do so.

“At Randall & Aubin we will also be celebrating the Chinese New Year in the best way we know how – with a sumptuous and luxurious menu befitting such an occasion,” says co-owner Ed Baines.

“Randall & Aubin has always proved popular with the Chinese community in Soho and Manchester, who especially enjoy our fresh lobster, oysters and show stopping Plat de Fruit de Mer.

“Now with direct flights into Manchester from Beijing with Hainan Airlines, it means even more Chinese visitors to the city. This is why we have opted to translate our menu into Chinese to ensure they feel welcome dining with us.”

The restaurant has a deserved reputation of serving the freshest seafood and mouthwatering and succulent rotisserie meats, with premium ingredients from carefully chosen and local suppliers where possible.

Oysters feature on the menu, given a delectable oriental twist presented Shanghai-style.

Rock oysters are lightly battered to create a crispy casing then served with soy sauce, ginger and garlic, alongside a raw salad. Bright, fresh, and embracing all the wonderful flavours of the Far East, this is a platter of perfection not to miss.

For starters, make sure you try the crispy duck salad, a striking combination of vermicelli noodles, juicy mango, rich hoisin dressing and brown shrimp, all muddled with lime, chilli and coriander for that lip-smacking finish.

The main event is a true specialty that’s a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach – Singapore chilli crab with watercress, cashew and watermelon salad. A real showstopper.

So make sure you decide to celebrate in style with the special menu or perhaps the more traditional Chinese celebratory meal of lobster in the awe-inspiring Plat de Fruit de Mer.

The special menu will be available alongside the usual à la carte menu on Saturday 17th February only.  To book your table phone 0161 711 1007.

See the full à la carte menu in Chinese here.

64 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BN

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