Christmas Dining Inspiration
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.
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 – with the gift shopping and family visits, you also have to find time to cook! Hang up the 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.
Good ol’ Christmas dinner favourites like perfectly roasted turkey (Blue only serves free range), cranberry sauce (not the stuff that comes in a can) and pumpkin pie (with a toffee twist). Add to this homemade cornbread with Canadian maple syrup and smoked paprika sour cream, Brussels sprouts with honey and chilli, sage stuffing, and roasted garlic mashed potatoes for a true festive meal like mum used to make.
When: November 26-December 25, Monday-Friday (6pm-11pm) *except Tuesday until 10.30pm, Saturday (6pm-11pm), Sunday (6pm-10.30pm)
Cost: $625 + 10% per person
Where: G/F, 108 Hollywood Road, Central
Book: 2613 9286
Commissary has a southern Californian feel, meaning chilled out and nothing too fancy, so it’s only fitting they should offer a Christmas Eve buffet dinner. Choose from more than 20 dishes ranging from slow-smoked pork shoulder to baked yams with maple and chilli butter, plus free flow drinks. On December 25, put down the tongs and sit down to a share menu featuring good, ol´comfort food like shrimp and grits, roast turkey with the usual fixings, and build-your-own pulled BBQ pork and soft shell crab tacos.
When: December 24 (first seating 6pm, second seating 8pm, third seating 10.30pm *menu must be taken by the entire table), December 25 (6pm-11pm)
Cost: Christmas Eve Buffet – $400 + 10% per person; add $200 per person for two-hour free flow drinks package; Christmas Day Dinner – $450 + 10% per person
Where: Level 4, Pacific Place, Admiralty
Book: 2602 0707
What better than a free flow Christmas to celebrate a wonderful year, or make an evening of festive dining with the clan a more tolerable one (we all have that one relative…). Three Blind Mice brings good tidings via 2.5 hours of free flow beer, wine, prosecco, mulled wine, spirits and mixers, special house cocktails, seasonal mocktails, soft drinks and juices. Keep your glass full as your group share starters of festive Scotch eggs and matchstick potatoes, mains including roast turkey and pigs in blankets, traditional sticky toffee pudding and raspberry apple crumble for dessert.
When: November 25-December 30 all day
Cost: $650 per person (minimum four people per party), private dining options available
Where: G/F, 35 Ship Street, Wan Chai
Book: 2447 7793 or [email protected]
Fancy hanging out in a hidden whiskey bar at Christmas? Head down a dark alleyway on Wyndham Street for a chic festive evening with superb cocktails and savoury bites. This is where you want to be for a laid-back Yuletide celebration, free of relatives elbowing you at the table while clamouring for extra stuffing. Recline in plush seating amid warm décor as you nibble away on one of three canapé sets that include beer battered rock cod, duck Scotch egg, roast beef sliders, and a sticky ending of toffee date pudding with bourbon ice cream.
When: November-December, Monday-Saturday (6pm until late)
Cost: from $290 + 10% per person
Where: 32 Wyndham St, Central (down a dark alley, look for the lightbulb)
Book: 2565 5268 or [email protected]
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 lunch and dinner like the roast Kelly Bronze turkey breast served with all the things mum makes back home (roast potatoes, carrots, Brussels sprouts, cranberry relish, chestnut and bread sauce), or grilled British Ashdale beef ribeye. There’s plenty more to tempt you, along with dessert (flamed classic Christmas pudding with brandy butter and custard) 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 $420; Christmas dinner menu $495; Christmas Day menu $650
Where: Garely Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central
Book: 2543 1941 or [email protected]
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 popular dining haunt brings you five courses of festive British favourites. Featuring Loch Duart salmon soaked with poached beetroot, Barbary duck with celeriac, black cabbage and spiced plum, the button popping meal ends with a chocolate yule log and mini mince pies. Each course has the option of a wine pairing – why would you say no to that? It’s the holidays, after all!
When: December 24 – 26 (first seating 6.30pm; second seating 8.30pm)
Cost: $750 + 10% per person; add $350 per person for wine pairing
Where: PMQ, Ground Floor, JPC, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
Book: 2866 0300 or [email protected]
Christmas with an Asian Twist
Expect a mix of Japanese and Peruvian delights, all designed for sharing around the table, family-style. Sounds very merry, especially when we heard there’s free flow with a “Santa Margherita” up for grabs. For $240 a pop, get three hours of unlimited selected beverages to accompany Chef Arturo’s Christmas Tasting Menu (the early offering doesn’t include free flow). Delectable sides of sweet potato purée (this one is made with marshmallow!), small plates presented with beef tenderloin, sesame kimchi sauce and kimchi crackers, and a choice of roasted suckling pig or salmon in aji amarillo glaze will leave the family festively full.
When: December 24 and 25 (6pm-7pm or 8pm-midnight)
Cost: $480 per person (6pm-7pm); $580 per person (8pm-midnight); add $240 per person for free flow from 9pm-midnight
Where: G/F, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
We could have easily added this one to the casual list, as Meen and Rice does Cantonese comfort food on an oceanfront setting in Repulse Bay. Perfect for gathering a group of fun friends, the seven-course menu celebrates the Chinese Winter Solstice with sharing-style plates. There’ll be a crispy suckling pig and barbecued pork platter to kick-start your taste buds, along with other classics.
When: December 17-25, Monday-Sunday (6pm-10pm)
Cost: $1288 + 10%, serves four people
Where: The Pulse, Shop 113, Level 1, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
Book: 2566 8886 or [email protected]
Dine amongst a sea of jade green in Cuisine Cuisine’s stylish setting, where an “East Meets West Gourmet Celebration” awaits you on Christmas Eve, Day and New Year’s Eve. The six-course menu featuring braised whole abalone with turnip rings stuffed with conpoy, Spanish pork and black truffle, and a theatrically served jasmine-scented chilled Champagne jelly and mango pudding with coconut cream and raspberry comes with a glass of Champagne each.
When: December 24, 25 and 31 (6pm-10.30pm)
Cost: $1988 + 10% for two
Where: Mira Place, 118-130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Book: 2315 5885 or [email protected]
One of the few places in town offering a five-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 new Executive Chef Wong Tai Po drums up. Dessert is always exotic – no sticky pudding here, rather pears confit in port wine or ginger crème brûlée. They do a premium dining menu featuring their signature 42-day roasted duck, and a festive brunch for a merry price.
When: December 1-26, Monday-Thursday (5pm-11.45pm), Friday (5pm-12.45am), Saturday (5pm-1am) *closed Sunday
Cost: Vegetarian Menu $350 + 10% per person; Premium Menu $650 + 10 % per person; Festive Brunch $398 + 10% per person (add $110 non-alcoholic free flow, $150 standard free flow, $280 premium free flow)
Where: 8/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
Book: 2983 9083 or [email protected]
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 10 of their best Cantonese dishes. Spoil yourself with Duddell’s famed crispy salted chicken, red dates and rice dumplings in red sugar soup, and more. A must with your meal is a signature recipe cocktail, each carefully crafted, with offerings divided into four sections exploring a concept derived from Eastern wisdom.
When: December 22 (6pm-11pm)
Cost: $2388 +10%
Where: Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central
Book: 2525 9191 or [email protected] or
Middle Eastern Christmas
BEDU wants to give you a not-so-typical Christmas this year, in the form of a Middle Eastern spread. The Bedouin-inspired restaurant does Middle Eastern food with a modern twist, perfect for sharing. There’ll be no Brussels sprouts or turkey legs, rather eggplant fattoush with pomegranate dressing and crispy chickpeas, and a selection of signature dips and flatbread. Lamb kibbeh, a minced leg of lamb accompanied by a pine nut and cranberry salad, and a slow-baked salmon walnut tarator served with tahini yoghurt are the stars of the meal, along with a lemon and pistachio clafoutis to end the evening.
When: November to December (lunch 12pm-3pm, dinner 6pm until late) *closed Monday
Cost: $420 per person (maximum table of six people)
Where: 40 Gough Street, Central
Book: 2320 4450 or [email protected]
Pomegranate’s menu has Middle Eastern flavours, along with influences from eastern Mediterranean and South Asia, making for a unique Christmas outing. The venue is private dining, so expect a home-from-home atmosphere with impeccable food. The “Christmas Delights” set menus are designed for sharing and include enticing canapés (bacon-wrapped halloumi with thyme-honey glaze), soup (apple, squash, and lentil), salads (kale fattoush), mains (pistachio-crusted rack of lamb), sides (duck fat za’atar roast potatoes) and dessert (Persian love cakes).
When: November to December
Cost: from $390 per person (minimum order 10 people)
Where: 4B, Sing Tech Factory Building, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen
Book: 2580 0663 or [email protected]
Christmassy Afternoon Tea
The Langham knows how to make afternoon tea a special occasion no matter what time of year, but the “Love Christmas Afternoon Tea” during the holidays takes the cake. Choose from a variety of elegant confections like the “Golden Ball” with hazelnut gianduja creme, orange confit and Richer coating, or the “Snowflake” with coconut mousse and passionfruit marshmallow. Merlot Angus beef minced pie and Port wine glazed duck foie gras ingot make up the savouries, all presented on a three-tier glass stand to echo the glass house that will be sitting pretty in the iconic Langham lobby. Go deluxe and enjoy a glass of Champagne or a festive cocktail.
When: November 19 – January 1, Monday to Friday (3pm-5.30pm); weekends (2.15pm-4.15pm first seating, 4.30pm-6.30pm second seating)
Cost: $348 + 10% for one, $598 + 10% for two (November 19-30); $398 + 10% for one, $648 + 10% for two (December 1-January 1); $528 +10% for one, $888 + 10% for two with glass of Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé Champagne or festive cocktails (November 19-January 1)
Where: 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Book: 2132 7898 or [email protected]
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 Executive Pastry Chef Christian Gonthier’s festive tea set. Throughout December, revel in the festive environs of the Lobby Lounge, complete with carollers and live music, while nibbling on passionfruit white chocolate dome, raspberry chocolate log and festive macarons. Executive Chef Maxime Luvara has created savory items including a dungeness crab bun with yuzu cucumber dressing, and turkey and foie gras tree bread, just for starters.
When: Daily in December to January 1, Monday-Friday (2.30pm-6pm) *except December 24 and December 31 (1.30pm-5pm, last order at 4.30pm); Saturday-Sunday (1.30pm-6pm)
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]
Meat Feast Christmas
It’s a safe bet you’re going to get your meat fix at a place that is simply called MEATS. Feast on a five-course special tasting menu with appetizing small plates like octopus with bagna cauda and smoked paprika, sharing plates of suckling pig and of course, a luscious roasted ribeye. You will never have potatoes the same way again after you try the “ugly potatoes”, cooked in chicken juices with garlic and thyme. More tummy pleasers come at the end, a la caramel ice cream atop a chocolate fondant.
When: December 24 and 25 (5pm-11pm), December 31 (from 9pm)
Cost: Christmas Dinner $480 ; add $220 per person for free flow package (from 9pm); NYE dinner $550; add $240 per person for free flow package
Where: G/F, No. 28-30 Staunton Street, Soho, Central
Book: 2711 1812 or [email protected]
Porterhouse, located in LKF’s buzzing California Tower, boasts a dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the view, when you’re not staring at your ravishing food. Chef Angelo Vecchio presents five courses of festive fare that extends beyond beef, with something to please fish fans too like pan-fried red snapper with asparagus, potato, chestnut and a rich truffle butter sauce. But you really came for the meat: grilled US “Linz Heritage” prime ribeye steak, juices dripping on the plate alongside creamed spinach, parsnip purée and parsnip chips.
When: December 24, 25 and 31 (6pm-10.30pm)
Cost: Christmas dinner $888 + 10% per person; add $388 per person for wine pairing; NYE dinner $988 + 10% per person
Where: 7/F California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong
Book: 2522 6366 or book online
Say Feliz Navidad courtesy of Chef Antoni Bero, The Optimist’s new head chef from Valencia. He’s prepared a tempting four-course seasonal tasting menu, peppered with flavours from his homeland. Come with your large clan or a couple of mates to share authentic Northern Spanish dishes: starters (gambas a la plancha blue prawns, charcoal-grilled chorizo criollo) will have your mouth watering as you head into the mains (Chateaubriand or Mediterranean whole sea bass a la espalda), but you’ll find there’s plenty of room for dessert – traditional flan or berry cheesecake.
When: December 24 and 25 (6pm-7pm or 8.30pm onwards); December 31 (6pm-7pm or 8pm onwards)
Cost: Christmas Dinner – $520 (first sitting), $650 (second sitting); add $240 per person for free flow package (from 9pm); NYE Dinner – $680 (first sitting), $888 (second sitting); add $298 per person for free flow package (from 9pm)
Where: G/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Book: 2433 3324 or [email protected]
One of Britain’s top chefs, Theo Randall brings la dolce vita to Hong Kong this Christmas with his glorious menu of Italian flavours. On Christmas Eve and Day, four stunning courses will delight your party, with classic Italian starters and a main that is not to be missed – the zuppa di pesce alla mediterranea, a generous fish stew of lobster, prawns, sea bass, scallops, mussels, clams, saffron, potatoes and green peas. New Year’s Eve goes up a notch with six courses, including Chef Randall’s award-winning pastas.
When: December 24, 25 and 31 (6.30pm-11pm)
Cost: Christmas Dinner – $1118; NYE Dinner – $1388
Where: 70 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
Book: 2731 2870 or [email protected]
Christmas, Italian style! No arguments here, and Pirata has the holiday period covered, with tasting menus for the holidays sure to please. The food is always homemade with love, like eggplant parmigiana, liquid parmesan raviolini and divine tiramisu or panna cotta. Go all out and skip the turkey this year and indulge in plates for sharing, although you may have problems parting with Pirata’s famous “My Mamma’s Meatballs”.
When: December 24 and 25 (6pm-7pm or 8.30pm onwards); December 31 (6pm-7pm or 9pm onwards)
Cost: Christmas Dinner – $450 (first sitting), $580 (second sitting); add $240 per person for free flow package (from 9pm); NYE Dinner – $680 (first sitting), $850 (second sitting); add $298 per person for free flow package (from 9pm)
Where: 29/30 F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Book: 2887 0270 or [email protected]
Latin American Christmas
This is where you go for a laid-back brunch with good vibes and even better cocktails. Christmas in Brazil comes with caipirinhas, and at Uma Nota’s “Brunch da Rua” they’re free flow! Then there’s flavoursome bites such as pasteis de carne seca, and sea bass in banana leaf or grilled flank steak for the main. The Festive Chef’s Menu features eight à la carte dishes including salteado de lulas, fresh squid mixed with a green tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, red onion, coriander and cassava fries.
When: Brunch – December 25 and 26 (12pm-3.30pm); Dinner – November 15-December 31, Monday-Friday (6pm until late); Saturday and Sunday (4pm until late)
Cost: Brunch – $460 per person; add $195 per person for free flow prosecco, draught
beer, homemade soda, iced tea, soft drink; add $245 per person for free flow prosecco, draught beer, red and white wine, caipirinha, shisho spritz, homemade soda, iced tea, soft drink; Dinner – $450 per person
Where: 38 Peel Street, Central
Book: 2889 7576 or [email protected]
Another informal spot for festive fun, Brickhouse does awesome, authentic Mexican food. The menu is designed for sharing, offering plenty of bite-sized morsels, but the tacos can get a bit messy. Don’t let this stop you as, like we said, it’s pretty relaxed here. Happily chow down on tacos filled with wagyu beef cheek, cod, pork belly, red mole chicken and grilled tiger prawn for a spicy-style Christmas.
When: November-December, Monday-Saturday (6pm-midnight) *closed Sunday
Cost: $560 + 10% per person
Where: 20 D’Aguilar Street, Central
Book: [email protected]
Fans of the vibrant Wan Chai tapas bar will be very pleased to know that 22 Ships is saying adios to their normally strict no booking policy this Christmas. So on December 24 and 25 only, march on in for some of the best suckling pig in town, theirs served with pineapple and piquillo peppers. Take note of the scallop ceviche with yuzu and Chinese radish, and whatever you do, don’t forget to order the sangria.
When: December 24 and 25
Cost: $560 + 10% per person
Where: 22 Ship Street, Wan Chai
Book: 2555 0722 or [email protected]
Christmas with a View
One of the best places for great steak with a stellar view to match, from the 21st floor of The ONE in TST. There’ll be thick, juicy wagyu tenderloin or 200-day grain-fed sirloin with hearty sides, but also traditional turkey with all the trimmings should you want to go that route. Gaze out the windows at the glowing harbour, always stunning, and even more so when the fireworks start. They’ll also be doing a Boxing Day brunch, and on New Year’s Eve, dinner includes a Champagne reception with canapés and free access to the countdown party in the lounge, so come dressed in your finest.
When: December 24 and 25 (6pm-11.30pm), December 26 (brunch only 1145am-2.30pm), December 31 (from 6pm)
Cost: Brunch – $398 + 10% per person; Christmas Dinner – $988 + 10% per person; NYE Dinner – $2018 + 10% per person
Where: 100 Nathan Road, Level 21 The ONE, Tsim Sha Tsui
Book: 2870 0087 or [email protected]
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. Go for an “Ultimate Dom Pérignon Brunch” with free flow of the good stuff, and bring the little ones as they get unlimited juices, soft drinks and mocktails, plus a special visit from Santa on Christmas Day. He’ll also be around on Christmas Eve for the “Naughty or Nice” Christmas dinner, a five-course set dinner for the whole family. Stick around until the wee hours for the lively “Nutcrackerz Christmas Eve Party”, featuring alternative ballet performances to DJ vibes and a countdown to Christmas with Ozone’s MC Nutcracker.
When: Brunch – December 16, 23, 25 and January 1 (12pm-3pm); Dinner – December 24 (6pm-9pm)
Cost: Brunch – $1,588 per adult, $590 per child aged 3-12, $888 per child aged 13-17; Dinner – $758 per person
Where: Level 118, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
Book: 2263 2270 or [email protected]
If you haven’t yet been to Aqua, home to one of the most coveted views in Hong Kong, give yourself a gift this Christmas and book dinner here. The ambiance is inviting, with chill music and dim lighting, but the five-course contemporary Italian and Japanese menu, enjoyed against the backdrop of Victoria Harbour all lit up, is the real draw. Cauliflower and Osetra caviar, grilled Angus beef tenderloin with arima sansho and black truffle butter, an exquisite “Celestial Luxe Tiramisu”, and more await. Special wine pairings for each dish and a vegetarian menu are also available.
When: December 15-30 (from 6pm)
Cost: $1288 + 10% per adult, $888 + 10% per child; add $688 per person for wine pairing
Where: 29 and 30/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Book: 3427 2288 or book online
We don’t think you can get more casual than Christmas by the beach! The setting is gorgeous Repulse Bay and the food is a fusion of South East Asian and Caribbean flavours, notably in the sweet potato rum pie with cinnamon rum ice cream for dessert. Also on the festive menu is Hunter Valley turkey breast, roasted kale with garlic, crispy shallots and chilli, fried potatoes with scallion, coriander and lime aioli, and scrumptious house-made cornbread.
When: November-December, Monday-Saturday (6pm-10.30pm), Sunday (6pm-9.30pm)
Cost: $550 + 10% per person
Where: The Pulse 28 Beach Road, Shop 103/104, Repulse Bay
Book: 2866 8668 or [email protected]
Perhaps you’re tired of the usual turkey and stuffing affair in a formal environment? Mercedes Me mixes things up with an offering of western dishes with an Asian flair, taken in a modern setting. Begin the festivities with some fried squid in coconut, mango aioli and black garlic, or a pearl barley “risotto”, as in fire-roasted eggplant, sesame leaf and aged parmesan. But if there’s someone in your party who really can’t do Christmas without a bird, free range turkey with wild rice, herb butter and gravy are also on the menu.
When: November-December, Monday-Friday (6pm-midnight), Saturday (6pm-midnight), Sunday (6pm-11pm)
Cost: $550 + 10% per person
Where: Shop 38 and 40, G/F, 48 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Book: 2598 7080 or [email protected]
Lavish Hotel Christmas
Celebrate the season in style at The Peninsula, a classic go-to for luxury dining. Two equally exceptional restaurants at the hotel will be offering classic European fare at Christmas, so it depends on what you’re in the mood for. High on the 28th floor, enjoy breathtaking harbour views at Felix, modern European cuisine by Chef Juan Gomez and fabulous drinks by mixologist Marko Petrovic, along with impeccable service. Gaddi’s presents French fine dining in an opulent setting, with glittering chandeliers, high ceilings and columns, and a live band to accompany dinner. New Year’s Eve will be black tie affairs at both, with a gala dinner. Get ready to get dolled up and ring in 2019 the fancy way.
When: December 24 (6pm-10.30pm at Felix, 7pm-10.30pm at Gaddi’s); December 25 (early dining 6pm-8pm and dinner 8.30pm-10.30pm at Felix, 7pm-10.30pm at Gaddi’s); December 31 (cocktails 7.30pm, dinner 8pm)
Cost: Christmas Eve – $2,988 + 10% per person (six course dinner at Felix), $3388 + 10% (six course dinner at Gaddi’s); Christmas Day – $1,488 + 10% per person (three course early dining at Felix), $1,988 + 10% per person (five course dinner at Felix), $2188 + 10% per person (five course dinner at Gaddi’s); NYE – $4,388 + 10% per person (eight course gala dinner at Felix), $4888 + 10% per person (eight course gala dinner at Gaddi’s)
Where: Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Book: 2696 6778 (Felix), 2696 6763 (Gaddi’s) or [email protected] or
No matter where you are in the world, The Four Seasons is a solid bet for elegance and superb service. This applies to their dining establishments too, which couldn’t be more diverse in terms of culinary creations. Caprice serves classic French cuisine, and boasts a remarkable wine list, with perfect pairings to match the two-star Michelin-rated menu. Dim sum and seafood without the loud carts are in store at Lung King Heen, the first Chinese restaurant in the world to be awarded with a Michelin three-star rating. Come dressed in smart casual at either locale, be it for Christmas Eve, Day or New Year’s Eve dining.
When: December 24, 25 and 31 (6.30pm-10.30pm at Caprice, 6pm-10.30pm at Lung King Heen)
Cost: Christmas Eve – $3380 + 10% per person (Caprice), $2688 + 10% per person (Lung King Heen); Christmas Day – $2880 + 10% per person (Caprice), 2688 + 10% per person (Lung King Heen); NYE – $5288 + 10% per person (Caprice), $3788 + 10% per person (Lung King Heen)
Where: 8 Finance Street, Central
Book: 3196 8600 (Caprice), 3196 8880 (Lung King Heen) or [email protected]
A Bit Of Everything – Buffet Christmas
Down-to-earth dining with a cheery Christmas spirit for the folk in Kowloon, thanks to Big Bay Cafe. Housed at the Kerry Hotel, the minimalist cafe has indoor and outdoor seating providing beautiful views of the famed harbour. Make your way through various food pavilions – Steam, Grill, Fry, Stew, Dessert Lab and The Nook – for a selection of seasonal delicacies available at lunch and dinner, and with free flow for an extra good time.
When: Lunch Buffet – December 1-14, 15-23, 26-30, Monday-Friday (12pm-2.30pm), Saturday-Sunday and December 24-25, 31 and January 1 (12pm-3.30pm); Dinner Buffet – December 1-14, 15-23, 26-30 and January 1, Monday-Sunday (6pm-9.30pm), December 24-25 and 31 (5.30pm-8pm and 8.30pm-10.30pm)
Cost: Lunch Buffet – December 1-14, Monday-Friday $398 + 10% per adult, $279 + 10% per child aged 5-11; Saturday-Sunday $508 + 10% per adult, $356 + 10% per child aged 5-11; December 15-23, 26-30, Monday-Friday $418 + 10% per adult, $293 + 10% per child aged 5-11; Saturday-Sunday $528 + 10% per adult, $370 + 10% per child aged 5-11
Dinner Buffet – December 1-14, Monday-Sunday $708 + 10% per adult, $496 + 10% per child aged 5-11; December 15-23, 26-30, Monday-Sunday $728 + 10% per adult, $510 + 10% per child aged 5-11; December 24-25 and 31 ($908 + 10% per adult, $636 + 10% per child aged 5-11 first seating, $888 + 10% per adult, $622 + 10% per child aged 5-11 second seating); January 1 ($718 + 10% per adult, $503 + 10% per child aged 5-11)
Where: Level 3, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon
Book: 2252 5246 or [email protected]
Yes, you’re going to get a harbour view here, plus buffets at prices that will leave room for last-minute Christmas shopping afterwards. But how to choose, with three different Western lunch and dinner menus overflowing with appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts? You can go by cost, as each menu is priced differently, or select by type – do you want the menu with the pan-fried duck breast with cherry sauce, or are you after the roasted rack of lamb and mashed potatoes with cheese and bacon? Dessert? Too many items to list here, but they’re all going to go down a treat.
When: Lunch Buffet – December 1-31, Monday to Friday (12pm-2.30pm); Saturday, Sunday and public holiday (11.30am-2pm and 2.30pm-5pm); Dinner Buffet, Daily (6.30pm-9.30pm)
Cost: Lunch Buffet – from $348 + 10% per person; Dinner Buffet – from $498 + 10% per person
Where: 4 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Book: 3909 9088 or [email protected]
Can’t decide between British or American, steak or seafood? That’s what buffets are for! Thankfully Yamm is here with a festive season lunch and dinner buffet where the entire family can fill up on unlimited servings of seasonal favourites. Fresh mint and honey roasted US turkey, freshly shucked oysters and other premium seafood, creamy lobster bisque (at dinner only), along with seared wagyu beef sushi and tender scallops with pumpkin skewers in balsamic reduction (from December 10).
When: November 24-December 31, Monday to Saturday Lunch Buffet (12pm-2.30pm); Daily Dinner Buffet (6.30pm-10pm)
Cost: Lunch Buffet – $348 + 10% per adult, $198 + 10% per child; Dinner Buffet – $688 + 10% per adult, $398 + 10% per child
Where: Mira Place, 118-130 Nathan Road,Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Book: 2315 5885 or [email protected]
Take Home Your Own Christmas
You know your Yuletide meal is in good hands if it’s made by The Mandarin Cake Shop. Renowned for their sumptuous desserts, the culinary team at the Mandarin Oriental will prepare a roast turkey or ham hamper for your home with the same care and skill as their cakes. Choose from either a large or small roast turkey, either accompanied by stuffing, cranberry sauce, giblets gravy, pumpkin purée and roasted potatoes. The honey glazed ham comes with caramelised apple, braised red cabbage, pumpkin purée, roasted potatoes and the final touch, a lovely Madeira sauce.
When: All orders must be placed by December 18
Cost: from $2888
Where: 5 Connaught Road, Central
Book: 2825 4008 or email [email protected]
Invisible Kitchen is what you need when you want to fool your friends and family that you’re the host with the most, as they do everything for you: food, free-flow drinks (including alcohol), starters, servers, equipment and delivery, all included. Or you can opt for a minimal-fuss menu with a buffet spread, dessert, and disposable plates, cutlery and napkins. Either way, the experience will be a green one: tomatoes, herbs and microgreens are grown at the Invisible Kitchen warehouse, and they only use the finest, sustainable ingredients.
Cost: from $225 per person
Where: Unit 08, 24th Floor Honour Industrial Building, 6 Sun Yip Street, Siu Sai Wan
Book: 2711 5788 or [email protected]
They’re known for their top quality meats sourced directly from Australian farmers to Hong Kong, and that applies to turkey too. Take home a chilled or frozen Australian turkey and some tasty side dishes (the fig and cinnamon stuffing sounds like it could be a new tradition). You can pretty much get all the meat you want from Feather and Bone, including free range pork belly, boneless lamb shoulder and grass-fed ribeye. It’s a one-stop shop, as they’ve also got dessert, cheese and wine. Ordering is easy online, with pick-up in Central, Happy Valley, Clearwater Bay and Sai Ying Pun.
When: November-December *some products only available for pick-up between December 20-26
Cost: Minimum order $1000
Where: Various locations
Book: 2325 8570
Now that dinner’s sorted, there’s still the matter of dessert! Ali Oli Bakery in Sai Kung has you covered with heavenly baked goods that will fill your home with warm scents of the season: decadent Christmas pudding, authentic German stollen, spiced pumpkin pie, and gingerbread cookies. Order a gingerbread house while you’re at it to give the kids something to do after dinner, with icing and candies included for some sweet fun. You can also get your entire dinner here, as they have all the usual delicious mains and sides you need – stuffed roast turkey, roast vegetables – ready to cook!
When: All orders must be placed by December 18
Cost: from $70
Where: G/F, 11 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung
Book: 2792 2655 or [email protected]
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
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.