The Lunar New Year is here - the Year of the Snake - and Shojo Asian Bar & Bistro puts its own spin on the holiday with its Asian New Year Dinner, Feb. 16 with an eight course, prix fixe ($68) menu that will also be available on Feb. 17 when it will open especially for the Chinese New Year parade. The holiday is celebrated on different days by different Asian cultures, so Shojo is consolidating them with a special menu on the 16th-17th. 68 is a lucky number, signifying continued prosperity in the New Year.
The consolidated celebration is fitting because the restaurant's cuisine reflects more than merely Chinese, with Thai and Korean dishes as well. Each dish on the eight-course menu has its own significance, paying homage to the tradition, custom or special ingredients from various cultures across Asia, says Chef Nick Lee.
A special cocktail, The Red Envelope, is named after the red envelopes traditionally given for good luck on the New Year.
Dishes include French Onion Dumpling Soup, Wealth and Karma Noodles (Angel Hair Pasta w/Chinese Dried Oysters, Mussels, and Chinese Black Moss) and Marinated Cod w/Sesame Soy Ginger Scallion.
At the end of the meal, guests will receive a surprise gift. On Sat., dinner service is from 5:30 -11 p.m. while Sun. service is from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.