Jar with dragon design, The Walters Art Museum

Transparent green grass, overlays in white, brown and red (The Walters Art Museum)

Zhongshan is welcoming the Year of the Dragon with a 12-course Chinese New Year Menu. The new year begins on Jan. 23, but the special menu, which is served as a table banquet, is available at the downtown restaurant now through Feb. 3.

The 12-course New Year menu at Zhongshan serves up to 10 people. The cost is $350 table including tax. An 18 percent gratuity will be added. Reservations should be made at least 24 hours in advance.

The feast is worth rounding up friends for.

  1. Assorted cold dishes of sliced beef, roast duck, barbecue pork and jellyfish
  2. Seafood soup with tofu
  3. Fried snow crab claw wrapped in shrimp paste
  4. Sauteed seafood with snow peas
  5. Chinese fried chicken
  6. Twin lobsters with onion and scallion
  7. Baby bok choy with shiitake mushroom
  8. Walnut shrimp
  9. Fish fillet with creamed corn
  10. House special fried rice
  11. Chinese cookie
  12. Season fried fruit

Zhongshan is at 323 Park Avenue. For information call 410-223-1881 or go to zhongshanrestaurantbaltimore.com