Christmas Dining Guide for 2017

Whether you're craving traditional turkey and all the trimmings or are up for trying something different this year, we've got festive feasting inspiration for you here.

20 Nov 2017 — By Nancy Matos / Food / Restaurants / Taste
Festive Dining Guide

Ah, Christmas. The scent of freshly-baked gingerbread cookies, warm spiced mulled wine, hot gravy dripping on plates crammed with turkey and stuffing…the thought makes your mouth water and your heart sing. But the idea of a Christmas food feast can also create a small panic during this busy time of year – with the gift shopping and family visits, you also have to find time to cook! For those who want a break from the kitchen this year, hang up your apron strings and take a look at the many places in Hong Kong that will do the cooking for you, no matter your culinary preference.

American Christmas

Lily & Bloom

Miracle Bad Santa drink @ Lily & Bloom

Miracle Bad Santa drink @ Lily & Bloom

Your local favourite spot for American food, Lily & Bloom is stylish, has ample, comfortable seating over two floors, and is a hop and a skip away from LKF to get your party on after dinner. There’s four and five-course options, including a choice vegetarian dinner that doesn’t incorporate a dry, bland nut loaf for a change, instead a roasted maitake is the main draw along with parsnip ravioli and confit potato. Brioche roasted red mullet and roasted venison saddle can be ordered for those wanting something heartier. Brunch is being served from December 23-26 and January 1, with complimentary free-flow cocktails if you’re still after a buzz post-New Year’s Eve, and a kids corner so you can relax with a mimosa alone for a bit.

When:     Four-course dinner – December 24, 25, 26 offered during first seating (6pm-8pm); five-course dinner – December 24, 25, 26 offered during second seating (8pm-10pm); brunch – December 23, 24, 25, 26 and January 1 (11am-4pm)
Cost:     Four-course dinner $688 + 10%; five-course dinner $888 + 10%; four-course NYE dinner $780 + 10%; five-course NYE dinner $980 + 10%; Christmas and New Year’s Day brunch $650 + 10% (includes complimentary free-flow cocktails, coffee, tea, fresh juice)
Where:   5/F and 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
Book:     2810 6166 or [email protected], or

 

Grand Central

US Prime Rib @ Grand Central

US Prime Rib @ Grand Central

Talk about a feast. In this case, “The Great American Feast” at Grand Central in Kowloon. There’s all the features of a traditional American Christmas dinner like US turkey breast with corn

bread stuffing and cherry balsamic jam, glazed carrots and gravy. Starters are just as scrumptious, with roasted sweet potato soup, maple candied bacon, roasted beets and poached pears. If you’re craving beef or fish, that’s also on the menu, and obviously dessert, including the must-have Bananas Foster bread pudding served with vanilla ice cream.

When:     December 1-26 from 6pm-10:30pm
Cost:     Three-course dinner $368; four-course dinner $398
Where:   Shop R001, 3/F and rooftop, Civic Square, Elements, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Book:     2736 4888 or [email protected], or

 

British Christmas

The Globe

Interior @ The Globe

Interior @ The Globe

Most British expats in the city know The Globe, as it’s their go-to for the quintessential UK pub experience in Hong Kong, with food to match (pies, fish and chips, the usual). Christmas is no exception, with options available for Christmas lunch and dinner like roast KellyBronze turkey breast served with all the things mum makes back home (roast potatoes, carrots, Brussels sprouts, chestnut stuffing, cranberry relish and bread sauce), or grilled British Ashdale beef rib eye with roast potatoes, carrots, peas and Brussels sprouts. There’s plenty more to tempt you, along with dessert (flamed classic sticky date pudding with ice cream and toffee sauce) and Christmas crackers for everyone, as no real Brit can do Christmas dinner without a paper crown atop their head.

When:     Christmas lunch – December 1-24 (12pm-2pm); Christmas dinner – December 1-24 (6pm-8pm); Christmas Day lunch – December 25 (12pm-2pm)
Cost:   Christmas lunch menu £390; Christmas dinner menu $495; Christmas Day menu $650
Where:     Garely Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central
Book:     2543 1941 or [email protected]

 

Aberdeen Street Social

Christmas Turkey @ Aberdeen Street Social

Christmas Turkey @ Aberdeen Street Social

Here’s a lovely, modern setting for Christmas dinner, settled amid lush greenery and city lights twinkling through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows at Aberdeen Street Social. Situated in PMQ (the old Police Married Quarters), the popular dining haunt from Michelin star chef Jason Atherton brings you three courses of festive British favourites on Christmas Eve and Day, featuring roast Norfolk bronze turkey with all the trimmings, and of course, no UK Yuletide dinner would be complete without a classic Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.

When:     December 24 and 25 first seating 6.30pm; second seating 8.30pm
Cost:     $750 + 10%
Where:   PMQ, Ground Floor, JPC, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
Book:     2866 0300 or [email protected]

 

Christmas with an Asian Twist

Duddell’s

Pan Fried Wagyu Bun @ Duddell's

Pan Fried Wagyu Bun @ Duddell’s

We love going to Duddell’s for their free-flow brunch, not just for the two Michelin-star cuisine but for the chic ambiance, so no need to twist our arm for a festive outing there. On December 22 they’ll be hosting a “Winter Solstice” special dinner with signature dishes such as crispy salted chicken and “Buddha Jumps Over The Wall” (double-boiled abalone with sea cucumber, fish maw and conpoy). The Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve menus are stunning (baked whole lobster with cheese and pan-fried Kagoshima A5 Wagyu beef are just some of the highlights) while Christmas brunch is free-flow fun of Ruinart “R” Champagne and mulled wine, plus Peking duck added in special for the holidays.

When:     Winter Solstice Dinner – December 22 (6pm-11pm); Christmas dinner – December 24 and 25 (6pm-11pm); Christmas brunch – December 23-26 (12pm-3pm); NYE dinner – December 31 (6pm-11pm)
Cost:     Winter Solstice Dinner $2,080 + 10%; Christmas dinner $1,888 + 10%; Christmas brunch $580 + 10% per adult, $350 + 10% per child under 10 on December 23, 24, 26; $630 + 10% per adult and $350 + 10% per child under 10 on December 25 (add $300 + 10% per person for free-flow either date); NYE dinner $1,888 + 10%
Where:   Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central
Book:     2525 9191 or [email protected]

 

TRi

Sambal Udang Jimbaran @ TRi

Sambal Udang Jimbaran @ TRi

Savour the spirit of Bali during the holidays by seating yourself in TRi’s stunning restaurant, nestled by the beach at Repulse Bay. The Indonesian flavours are perfect for those who don’t fancy any turkey legs on their plate this year. Instead, have Sambal Udang Jimbaran (butter-poached langoustine, coconut sticky rice and spicy BBQ sauce) or Daging Sapi (grilled Wagyu beef, rawon broth, rice cake, root vegetables and foie gras) paired with a complimentary glass of G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut Champagne. This could become a new tradition…

When:     Christmas dinner – December 24-26 (6.30pm-11pm); New Year dinner – December 31 and January 1 (6.30pm-11pm)
Cost:   Christmas menu $780 + 10%; New Year menu $880 + 10%
Where:     Shop 302, Lobby C, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
Book:     2515 0577 or [email protected]

 

Cute Christmas

Ocean Park

HO HO HO Ocean Express Kids' Meal

HO HO HO Ocean Express Kids’ Meal

Do something fun this Christmas, if not for the kids, for the kid in you. Ocean Park, which Hong Kong families are no doubt familiar with, also does festive dining – nothing fancy, but definitely entertaining. Both Neptune’s and Tuxedos restaurants are offering affordable set menus with appetizers, soup, choice of main course and dessert buffet, plus a special kids’ menu. The “Ho Ho Ho Ocean Express” kids’ meal comes served in a jolly train stuffed with goodies like waffle fries and chicken nuggets, spaghetti with smoked turkey and mushrooms in spinach cream sauce, and comes with a complimentary Ocean Park souvenir for an early Christmas present. Neptune’s has a “Fantasy Christmas” lunch and dinner, and Tuxedos will be serving a “Delightful Christmas Feast”, either meal presented with a complimentary Ocean Park 40th anniversary souvenir glass (while stocks last) so mum and dad don’t feel left out.

When:     Fantasy Christmas Lunch (Neptune’s) – December 8-January 1 (11am-2:30pm); Fantasy Christmas Dinner (Neptune’s) – December 10, 17, 23-29, 31 (4.30pm until close); Christmas Dinner Set Menu (Neptune’s) – December 8, 11-16, 18-22 (4:30pm until close); Delightful Christmas Feast (Tuxedos) – December 8-January 1 (all day); Christmas Kids’ Menu – December 8-January 1 (all day)
Cost:     Fantasy Christmas Lunch $368 + 10%; Fantasy Christmas Dinner $538 + 10% per adult, $268 + 10% per child aged 3-11 or senior aged 65 and above; Christmas Dinner Set Menu $428 +10%; Delightful Christmas Feast $428 +10%; Christmas Kids’ Menu $188 +10% per child aged 3-11
Where:   Ocean Park, Aberdeen
Book:     3923 2323

 

Hong Kong Disneyland

Christmas at Hong Kong Disneyland

Christmas at Hong Kong Disneyland

It doesn’t get cuter than Mickey and Minnie joining you for the holidays. Hong Kong Disneyland transforms into a winter wonderland at Christmas, making it a joyous location for some laid-back festive eats. Visit the Victorian-inspired Enchanted Garden Restaurant for lunch or dinner, enjoy a semi-buffet lunch with lovely garden views at Walt’s Cafe, or dig into a colourful meal with a Christmas set lunch or semi-buffet dinner at the World of Colour Restaurant. And for the sugar monsters out there, on selected dates there’ll be a Christmas Dessert Party at the Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad – Main Street Station. Stuff yourself silly with log cakes, cookies, stollen and Christmas pudding with brandy sauce while taking in the famed evening fireworks.

When:     November 16-January 1 (all day)
Cost:     Varies per restaurant
Where:   Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island
Book:     3510-6000

 

Christmassy Afternoon Tea

Palm Court at The Langham

The Langham knows how to make afternoon tea a special occasion no matter what time of year, but the “White Christmas Afternoon Tea” during the holidays takes the cake. The setting of Palm Court is always inviting, but this time you’ll be sitting in a snowy wonderland with the scent of ginger flower wafting by. Pick from a variety of elegant confections like the Christmas log with milk chocolate mousse, snowman (chestnut cream and chocolate choux pastry wearing a top hat), ivory Macaron filled with white chocolate and Baileys centre, savouries like smoked salmon finger sandwiches, plus the requisite scones (plain and raisin). Go for the deluxe afternoon tea and enjoy a glass of Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé Champagne. Heaven.

When:     December 1-January 1 weekdays (3pm-5.30pm); weekends (2.15pm-4.15pm first seating, 4.30pm-6.30pm second seating); December 25 (1.45-3.15 first seating, 4pm-6pm second seating)
Cost:     $348 for one, $598 for two; deluxe afternoon tea $528 for one, $888 for two
Where:   8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Book:     2132 7898 or [email protected]

 

Lobby Lounge at InterContinental

Festive Nutcracker Afternoon Tea @ Lobby Lounge

Festive Nutcracker Afternoon Tea @ Lobby Lounge

A prime spot for sipping tea and taking in the view of the city’s magnificent skyline, the Lobby Lounge at the InterContinental is pouring a cup of Christmas cheer this season with the “Festive Nutcracker Afternoon Tea”. Throughout December, revel in the festive environs of the Lobby Lounge, complete with carollers and live music, while nibbling on Executive Pastry Chef Cyril Dupuis’s Nutcracker-inspired treats. Highlights include the chestnut Pavlova, freshly-baked cinnamon scones and panettone, plus turkey and mushroom log, and duck foie gras tree on gingerbread on the savoury side.

When:     Daily in December Monday-Friday (2.30pm-6pm); Saturday-Sunday (1.30pm-6pm) *except Sunday, December 31 (1.30pm-5pm, last order at 4pm)
Cost:   $468 for one, $668 for two *except December 24-26, 31 and January 1 $488 for one, $688 for two
Where:     18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Book:     2313 2323 or [email protected]

 

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Meat Feast Christmas

Morton’s

Signature Cut Prime New York Strip @ Morton's

Signature Cut Prime New York Strip @ Morton’s

Steak, steak and more steak. Morton’s delivers on that front, with so many extras your wallet will thin out while your waistband expands. But ‘tis the season, after all, so go all in and opt for filet mignon, a massive 24oz porterhouse (best for two people), prime New York strip, rib eye or take the decadent seafood route and order up a whole baked Maine lobster at dinner (but you have to call ahead for that). Sides like parmesan and truffle matchstick fries and desserts galore are also available, as is a stunning view of Victoria Harbour from the dining room, so you’ll want to take your time enjoying this meat feast, especially if you bag a table on New Year’s Eve.

When:     Set lunch – December 15 and 22 (from midday); three-course lunch – December 25 and January 1; set dinner – December 24, 25 and 31 (5.30pm-11pm)
Cost:     Set lunch $398 + 10%; three-course lunch $668 + 10%; set dinner $1388 +10%
Where:   The Sheraton Hotel, 4/F, 20 Nathan Road, Kowloon
Book:     2732 2343 or

 

Porterhouse

Porterhouse Steaks @ Porterhouse

Porterhouse Steaks @ Porterhouse

A lot more hip than some of those mom and pop steakhouses, Porterhouse is located in LKF’s buzzing California Tower. Its inviting dining area has floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the view, when you’re not staring at your ravishing food. If someone in your party balks at beef, there’s something to please pasta or fish fans on the Christmas and New Year’s Eve menus, along with warming starters like chestnut soup and sweet pecan pie to finish off with.

When:     December 24, 25 and 31 (6pm-10.30pm)
Cost:     Christmas dinner $788 + 10%; NYE dinner $888 + 10%
Where:   7/F California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong
Book:     2522 6366 or

 

Mediterranean Christmas

La Paloma

La Paloma is a bright and cheery locale, just the kind of place for Christmas dinner when you don’t want to get your best suit out. Spanish fare like Iberico ham, smoked sardines and all the sangria your festive heart desires is up for grabs, provided you fork over a wee bit extra for the free-flow.

When:     Lunch – December 25, 26 (12pm-4pm); dinner – December 24, 31 (6pm-11.45pm)
Cost:     Lunch $298 (add $200 for free-flow sangria, beer and wine); dinner $450 (add $200 for free-flow sangria, beer and wine)
Where:   1/F, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun
Book:     2291 6161 or [email protected]

 

Pirata

Christmas Butcher's Cut @ Pirata

Christmas Butcher’s Cut @ Pirata

Christmas, Italian style! No arguments here, and Pirata has the holiday period covered, with brunch from December 23 to Boxing Day (plus New Year’s Day), a tasting menu on Christmas Eve and Day, and a sharing-style party menu on New Year’s Eve. The brunch spread – antipasto semi-buffet, signature small plates, an array of mains and a special Christmas dessert platter – will fill you up all day. Go all out and skip the turkey this year and indulge in six courses served for sharing, although you may have problems parting with Pirata’s famous “My Mamma’s Meatballs”.

When:     Brunch – December 23, 24, 25, 26 and January 1 (12pm-2.30pm *drinks served until 3pm); tasting menu – December 24, 25 (6.30pm-10.30 pm); NYE dinner December 31 (9pm onwards)
Cost:     Brunch $298 (add $180 for free-flow brunch cocktails, Prosecco, wine and beer); tasting menu $550 (add $220 for free-flow wine, Prosecco, beer, Pirata’s signature Aperol Spritz and spirits); NYE dinner $680 (add $220 for free-flow wine, Prosecco, beer and spirits)
Where:   30/F, 235-239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Book:     2887 0270 or

 

Latin American Christmas

Gaucho

Christmas dishes @ Gaucho

Christmas dishes @ Gaucho

The Argentinian meat masters have prepared some festively-named brunch and dinner menus starring some of their celebrated dishes. The bife de ancho rib eye, delicately marbled and basted in chimichurri, is incredible, as are the braised beef back ribs. You know the desserts are going to be just as marvellous when the main ingredient is dulche de leche (drool).

When:     Brunch – December 24, 25, 26 and 31 (11am-4pm *beverage offer valid from 12pm until 3.30pm only); NYE dinner (from 7pm *beverage offer valid from 6pm-10.30pm)
Cost:     “Rudolph Reindeer” brunch (food only) $518; “Santa Claus” brunch $618 (includes soft drinks and select mocktails); “Snowflake” brunch $768 (includes Veuve Clicquot and cocktails); “Confetti” NYE dinner $718 (food only); “Resolution” NYE dinner $818 (includes soft drinks and select mocktails); “Fireworks” NYE dinner $968 (includes Veuve Clicquot and cocktails); children’s NYE dinner $288 (food only)
Where:   5/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central
Book:     2386 8090 or [email protected]

 

Picada

Toast your friends and family with “Feliz Navidad” surrounded by live music and a nostalgic Latin set menu at Picada. The lively restaurant and bar is hosting a special dinner on 24 & 25 December only, created specially by their Peruvian chef Abel Ortiz. Fourteen delicious dishes will be brought to your table for sharing, including mains such as Crispy suckling pig, slow cooked for 48 hours and served with apple purée confit and traditional stuffed turkey.  Seasonal craft cocktails will help get you in a merry mood, because you know when there’s music at a Latin dinner, there’ll be dancing too.

When:    Christmas sharing dinner is available on December 24 & 25 (6pm-11pm); festive lunch & dinner sets are available throughout December with advance booking
Cost:    $558 per head for Christmas sharing dinner (minimum 6 people); festive lunch & dinner sets start at $148 
Where:   2/F, LKF29, 29 Wyndham Street, Central
Book:     3425 4037 or [email protected]

 

Ozone

Ozone

The View from Ozone

Christmas dinner from the top of the ICC will not soon be forgotten. The views are truly jaw-dropping up on the 118th floor at Ozone, and if you pop onto the outside terrace, you’ll feel like you’re literally in the clouds. Brunch here always includes Dom Pérignon, and dinner (Christmas Eve only) will trail off into a themed party, with DJs spinning until the early hours. Brunch is kid-friendly, with Santa making an appearance on Christmas Day. This one checks off all the boxes for everyone on your list.

When:     Brunch – December 24, 25 and 31 (12pm-3pm); dinner – December 24 (6pm-9pm *last seating 7pm)
Cost:     “Christmas Eve and Day Ultimate Dom Pérignon Brunch” $1,588 per adult with free-flowing Dom Pérignon Champagne; $748 per child aged 3-12 with free-flowing orange juice and soft drinks; “New Year’s Eve Ultimate Dom Pérignon Brunch” $1,348 per adult with free-flowing Dom Pérignon Champagne; $748 per child aged 3-12 with free-flowing orange juice and soft drinks; “Christmas Eve All-in Concept” (five-course set dinner and themed party ticket) $728
Where:   Level 118, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
Book:     2263 2270 or [email protected]

 

Aqua

Christmas Spread @ aqua

Christmas Spread @ aqua

If you haven’t yet been to Aqua, home to one of the most coveted dining views in Hong Kong, give yourself a gift this Christmas and book lunch here. At $258 it’s a steal and the three-course menu has a vegetarian option too. Dinner is a swankier affair at $1598 a head, but you’re worth it. Spring for a bit extra and order a deluxe cocktail – they make some of the best in town. And when you book any of the Christmas menus, you may be in for a special treat from the “Aqua Advent Calendar”, a celebration of gift-giving from December 1-24. Exclusive gifts from The Peninsula, Lane Crawford and The Langham are up for grabs to anyone making a reservation throughout the Christmas period. Simply make a booking for your chance to receive a surprise. Hint: it involves some creativity on your part.

When:     Lunch – November 20-December 24 (12pm-2.30pm weekdays); dinner – December 23-26 (6pm-11pm)
Cost:     Lunch $258 + 10% (add $15 for sides); dinner $1598 (add $688 per person for wine pairing or $888 per person for premium wine pairing)
Where:   29 and 30/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Book:     3427 2288 or book online

 

Vegetarian Christmas

Fang Fang

Fang Fang Interior

Fang Fang Interior

One of the few places in town offering a six-course vegetarian menu this festive season, Fang Fang is a must for lovers of pan-Asian cuisine, not just vegetarians. There’s an emphasis on sharing here, which is perfect for exploring the varied flavours Executive Chef Kent Lee drums up. Dessert is always exotic – no sticky pudding here, rather Ginger Creme Brulee or Ginger Tea and White Chocolate Fondant.

When:     December 1-30 (6pm-11.00pm on Mon – Thur, 6pm – 11:30pm on Fri – Sat, 6pm – 10:30pm on Sun)
Cost:       Starting from $488 + 10% (Bartenders’ choice of cocktail on arrival)
Where:   8/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central

Book:      2983 9083 or

 

Café Causette at Mandarin Oriental

Cafe Causette

Cafe Causette

For an unfussy vegetarian Christmas, but one with of tons of choice, Café Causette is ideal. Plus, it’s located in the landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel, a great spot to observe seasonal sights like their large glittering Christmas tree (excellent for a post-meal photo op). Lunch has fresh openers like figs with rocket and blue cheese served with sourdough, and dinner can be pizza, but the healthy kind topped with ratatouille, courgette, aubergine, tomato and basil. Not-so-healthy is The Mandarin Cake Shop dessert buffet, but we won’t be raising any eyebrows because it’s the time of year to say yes to that glorious selection of sweets.

When:     Lunch – December 24, 25 (11.30am-3pm); dinner – December 24, 25 (6pm-10.30pm)
Cost:     Lunch $668 + 10%; dinner $1,088 + 10% per adult; $528 + 10% per child
Where:   5 Connaught Road, Central
Book:     2825 4005 or [email protected]

 

Casual Christmas

The Butchers Club Burgers

The Gobbler @ The Butcher's Club

The Gobbler @ The Butcher’s Club

Yes, burgers for Christmas, but you’ll still get your turkey fix: “The Gobbler” is a tantalizing creation pairing a southern fried buttermilk turkey escalope with crisp parsnip chips, aromatic sausage and sage stuffing, crispy bacon, coleslaw and cranberry aioli on a soft bun (don’t forget the goose fat fries!). There’ll be no dainty eating at this Christmas table, we can assure you.

If you want to get a first look at “The Gobbler”, The Butchers Club Burger is hosting a launch party outside their Tsim Sha Tsui location on December 1 from 4pm-6pm. They’ll be doling out a 30kg version of the monstrous burger from their Black Betty food truck for up to 120 lucky people.

When:     December 1-31
Cost:   $120 (sides extra)
Where:     G/F, Rialto Building, 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai; 82 Stanley Street, Central; Shop G34-35, G/F, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; G/F, Westland Gardens, 12 Westlands Road, Quarry Bay
Book:     2528 2083 (Wan Chai); 2347 0777 (Central); 2897 7522 (TST); 2388-9644 (Quarry Bay) or [email protected]

 

Beef and Liberty

Christmas Spread @ Beef and Liberty

Christmas Spread @ Beef and Liberty

Devour assorted snacks, sides, dessert and burger mains (Christmas Burger/Classic Burger/Beetroot Burger) with some free-flow booze at Beef and Liberty. The snacks alone (pigs in blankets, chilli cheese fries, cauliflower cheese bites) will send you into a happy food coma, but do save room for the delicious burger, “Liberty Fries” and apple and blackberry crumble with cinnamon ice cream, or you’ll be missing out. You can also tuck into the delightfully named Sweet Baby Cheesus burger from 28 Nov – 31 Dec for $138, this beauty features a juicy beef patty, melted brie, stilton, caramalised onions, house pickles and cranberry sauce, try not to let that lot drip on your Christmas sweater.

 

When:     December 1-31
Cost:     Four-course lunch or dinner $328 (add $105 for 1 hour, $200 for 2 hours or $280 for 3 hours of free-flow house red/white wine, Estrella beer, Prosecco)
Where:   3/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong; Star Street Precinct, 2/F, 23 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai; G04, G/F, 23 Carmel Road Stanley Plaza, Stanley
Book:     2450 5778 (LKF); 2811 3009 (Wan Chai); 2563 2798 (Stanley) or [email protected]

 

Seafood Christmas

Fish School

Oysters @ Fish School

Oysters @ Fish School

A fish-filled alternative to that roasted bird is a nice change of pace. Fish School, located in a somewhat hidden back alley in Sai Ying Pun, has a seafood spread consisting of eight dishes on Christmas Eve to lure you. Oysters with horseradish and wood sorrel granita, or grilled lobster with garlic chive butter are just some of the plates to lap up.

When:     December 24 (from 6pm)
Cost:     $850 + 10%
Where:   100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun
Book:     2361 2966 or [email protected]

 

The Ocean

Blue Lobster, Lightly Cooked Brioche and Pork Head @ The Ocean

Blue Lobster, Lightly Cooked Brioche and Pork Head @ The Ocean

An eight-course seafood Christmas dinner with a beautiful sea view is a far cry from chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but we’re all for it. The Ocean by Olivier Bellin does Breton cuisine “combining the best of earth and sea” in a beautiful space, with scenic Repulse Bay as the backdrop. The food is equally eye-catching and the sumptuous festive menu will reel you in.

When:     December 24, 25 and 26 (6.30pm-11pm)
Cost:   $1,488 + 10% (includes a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne NV)
Where:     East Wing L2, Shop 216, The Pulse, Beach Road 28, Repulse Bay
Book:     2889 5939 or [email protected]

 

Lavish Hotel Christmas

Felix at The Peninsula

Christmas Eve Dessert @ Felix

Christmas Eve Dessert @ Felix

Celebrate the season high on the 28th floor of the gorgeous Peninsula Hotel in style at Felix. There’s a dress code in place here (dark suit on Christmas Eve, smart casual on Christmas Day and black tie or dark suit on New Year’s Eve) keeping in theme with the restaurant’s striking décor (from the mind of avant-garde designer Philippe Starck) and impeccable service. Enjoy modern European cuisine and live music against the city’s glittering skyline, and on New Year’s Eve sip cocktails in the forecourt before dinner.

When:     December 24 (from 7pm); December 25 (early dining 6pm-8pm, dinner 8.30pm); December 31 (cocktails 7.30pm, dinner 8pm)
Cost:     Christmas Eve gala dinner $2,888; Christmas Day set dinner $1,388 (early dining) or $1,988 (dinner); NYE gala dinner $4,188
Where:   Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Book:     2696 6778 or [email protected]

 

The Four Seasons

Turkey Carving Station @ The Four Seasons

Turkey Carving Station @ The Four Seasons

Well, we did say lavish and nothing tops Christmas Eve at the Four Seasons Peak Suite. This year, the Peak Suite will be host to a lucky group of family and friends (up to 20) with deep pockets. The hotel will do all the planning and work, “executed down to the most decadent detail”, so for those looking for grand scale Yuletide revelry, this is it. Perched on the 45th floor with panoramic views of Hong Kong, the luxurious suite can be all yours for the night, with a personal pianist playing holiday tunes, a private bar stocked with Dom Pérignon, single malt whiskey and hand-crafted cocktails, oysters, sea urchin and beluga caviar at the ready, and more edible extravagance courtesy of Executive Chef Andrea Accordi. Bring the kids too, because Santa will be dropping in with presents in tow a day early just for them.

When:     December 24
Cost:     $200,000 + 10%
Where:   8 Finance Street, Central
Book:     3196 8700 or [email protected]

 

A Bit Of Everything – Buffet Christmas

Yamm

Christmas Buffett @ Yamm

Christmas Buffett @ Yamm

Can’t decide between British or American, steak or seafood? That’s what buffets are for! Thankfully Yamm is here with their assorted buffets, like the “Xmas Came Early!”pick, complete with live cooking stations churning out roast turkey, glazed ham, Chinese BBQ meats and satay-marinated Iberico pork ribs. Custom buffet fare like fresh seafood on ice, sushi and the beloved chocolate fountain (from December 15) are on hand, plus a Tandoor oven cooking up Indian delights for good measure. “Shimmering Christmas Buffets” (Christmas Day and Eve only) will have more of the same, but with the added fun of a dessert table featuring a toy train circling with Christmas cookies, a two-meter long chestnut and chocolate Yule log cake flambéed before your eyes, a balloon twister, Christmas choir and Jolly Old Saint Nick himself. Parents will appreciate the free-flow bevvies after taking it all in.

When:     “Xmas Came Early!” November 24-December 31; “Shimmering Christmas Buffets” brunch December 24 and 25 (11.30am-2pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm); dinner (5.30pm-8pm and 8.30pm-11pm)
Cost:     “Xmas Came Early!” lunch buffet from $348 per adult, $198 per child; dinner buffet from $718 per adult, $448 per child (*festive pricing varies in December); “Shimmering Christmas Buffets” from $468 per adult, $298 per child (inclusive of free-flowing sparkling wine, juice or one glass of wine, beer or juice)
Where:   Mira Place, 118-130 Nathan Road,Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Book:     2315 5885 or [email protected]

 

Café 8 Degrees at Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees

Buffet @ Cafe 8 Degrees

Buffet @ Cafe 8 Degrees

Holiday folk down Kowloon City Road way (not too far from Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Mong Kok) will appreciate the food and entertainment at Café 8 Degrees in the Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees hotel. Their festive buffets run the gamut of buffet food options, more than 100 dishes to be exact. Dinner buffet guests will get their fill from December 24-26 and 31 with unlimited king crab legs, roasted prime rib, braised E-fu noodles with prawn and one complimentary Lobster Thermidor. Santa Claus will be mingling with guests on December 24, 25 and 26, along with a clown making balloon animals, magic show, carnival games and choir.

When:     December 11-January 1
Cost:     From $338 per adult, $288 per senior, $238 per child (some early bird discounts available)
Where:   199 Kowloon City Road, Tokwawan, Kowloon
Book:     2126 1960 or [email protected]

 

Take Home Your Own Christmas

208 Duecento Otto

Christmas Spread @ 208

Christmas Spread @ 208 Duecento Otto

No filthy pots and pans to wash up this year! That’s because you’re going to go the take away route, and we don’t mean KFC. 208 Duecento Otto will help you out with a packaged dinner comprised of Italian Christmas favourites like rolled roast porchetta with herb rub and caramelised apple purée, served with their famed Prosecco potatoes. Dessert comes in the form of Christmas zuppa inglese, a mix of liqueur-laden and sponge cake fruitiness, or panettone bursting with candied fruits and raisins.

When:     Orders must be placed five days in advance and close December 20, with pick up available until Christmas Eve.
Cost:     Dinner $2,500 (serves 8-10); zuppa inglese $200 (serves 8-10); panettone $350 (serves 6-8)
Where:   208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan Sheung
Book:     2549 0208 or in person

 

Commissary

Commissary lends a hand in your busy holiday kitchen with their succulent whole ham, baked and glazed to perfection with maple and bourbon. It comes the traditional way, spiked with pineapple, and is smoked in-house and served on the bone. Sensational seasonal sides can be purchased too.

When:     Orders open November 1 and close December 20, with pick up available until Christmas Eve.
Cost:     $1250 (3.5kg ham) or $2500 (7.5kg ham)
Where:   4/F, Pacific Place, Admiralty
Book:     2602 0707 or [email protected]


Nancy Matos is a lifestyle and culture writer from Vancouver, Canada currently based in Hong Kong and London, who is all for the idea of burgers for Christmas dinner.



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