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Right across China this weekend everyone will be out in force to celebrate Chinese New Year. For those living in Madrid, there are a couple of restaurants that are perfect to see in the Year of the Snake.

2013 sees New Year’s Day fall on Sunday February 10th, but the celebrations span either side of this date. Get some friends together, book a table, pop a cork and enjoy yourselves.

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Tse Yang, (www.cafesaigon.es tel 914 311 888) set inside the Villa Magna hotel on Paseo de la Castellana, serves Chinese, haute cuisine in a remarkable, Imperial-style setting. Expect to be pampered from the moment you walk through the doors. The space is nicely divided by hand-carved, wooden screens, while the walls are dressed with hand-painted murals depicting Imperial, court life. There are tables for two, four or larger groups of up to ten. Soft lighting adds to the atmosphere and makes the experience perfect for those looking for a little New Year’s romance.

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Tse Yang specializes in four of the great Chinese regional cuisines – Cantonese, Szechuan, Pekinese and Shanghainese. For those who choose to go in a group, there are special seven-course menus, each of which pays tribute to one of the four great regional, Chinese cuisines.

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Get the celebratory ball rolling with a glass of champagne, then sit back and enjoy the feast. Perhaps begin the meal with razor clams with black beans, or spider crab salad. A real treat is lobster flavoured with fresh shredded ginger and shitake mushrooms. Mains include a delectable Peking duck served with homemade plum sauce and crisp cucumber slivers, all wrapped in warm pancakes. A popular dish from Shanghai is sea bass drizzled with a light sweet and sour sauce.

Wines and Chinese food can be a tricky mix, so allow the experienced sommelier to guide you for some memorable food and wine combinations.

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Those looking for a restaurant with a modern heartbeat should head to Le Dragon, (www.cafesaigon.es tel. 914 356 668) situated just a short walk from Plaza Cibeles at 2 Calle Gil de Santivañes.

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This sophisticated, Hong Kong-style restaurant shouts sophistication. Covering two levels, the dining rooms are decked out with glossy, black and red dividing screens.

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The perfect way to celebrate Chinese New Year is to order a selection of delicious Dim Sum. Le Dragon offers an extensive menu devoted to these little dumplings which come filled with just about anything. Choose from more than 30 varieties with tantalizing combinations such as, lobster with fish roe, duck with boletus mushrooms, beef and water chestnuts, or prawns with tender bamboo shoots. Dim Sum go perfectly with a cold beer, and you can sample local Spanish labels or Tsingtao, China’s own brew.