It’s that time of year again when Victoria Harbour lights up for the annual National Day fireworks display (1 October, 9pm). This year celebrating the 69th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, the National Day fireworks show is also a great way to cap off Mid-Autumn Festival and an occasion to celebrate with family and loved ones. While the spectacle can be caught from many of Hong Kong’s rooftop bars and terraces, nothing beats enjoying a gourmet meal with the incredible pyrotechnics display as your dinner backdrop. Here are five restaurants we recommend booking for a prime view of the show.
When: 1 October
Price: HK$788 plus 10% surcharge for 3-course menu
Gordon Ramsay’s newest all-day restaurant has just opened at Harbour City — and what better occasion to check out the grand harbourside space than during the National Day celebrations? Taking inspiration from the London flagship, the Hong Kong branch of Maze Grill offers the quintessential Ramsay experience featuring fuss-free, bistro-style dining with a British bent — think juicy charcoal-grilled steaks, steak tartare, moules marinière and Yorkshire pudding. On 1 October, the National Day celebration kicks off with a special 3-course set dinner menu, with diners able to choose from flame-grilled steaks, seafood, poultry or Ramsay’s signature Beef Wellington. Tuck into the hearty fare while sipping on a sunset cocktail and soaking in the brilliant vantage points from within the glasshouse extension at Ocean Terminal.
Maze Grill, Shop OTE401, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2765 0890
Tin Lung Heen at Ritz-Carlton
When: 1 October, 6–10:30pm
Price: HK$2,128 for National Day 8-course menu (minimum of two guests)
The ultra-luxe Ritz-Carlton is always a fail-safe choice when seeking a fancy night out on the town — and with one of the highest vantage points of any restaurant in the city, Tin Lung Heen on the 102nd floor of the hotel should be one of your top choices for enjoying a birds-eye view of the pyrotechnics display. This National Day, you’ll be able to enjoy a gourmet 8-course Chinese feast served up by Executive Chef Paul Lui: One of the best Cantonese culinary masters in town, he’ll be presenting a selection of local and regional specialties, from classics such as barbecued pork with osmanthus flower honey and wok-fried garoupa fillet to more creative variations such as deep-fried crab shells and braised bamboo fungus with spinach and black truffle. For those who want to skip dinner and go straight for the Champagne instead, you can head up to Ozone to take advantage of the HK$980 2-hour Veuve Clicquot free-flow (7:30–9:30pm) matched with equally stunning views.
Tin Lung Heen, 102/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong; Call +852 2263 2270 or email email@example.com to book.
Gia Trattoria Italiana
When: 1 October, 6–8pm first seating; 8:30pm until late 2nd seating (includes fireworks show, minimum HK$600 per person)
Price: A la carte
A more casual alternative to the sky-high fine diners, Gia Trattoria Italiana at Fenwick Pier presents en equally elegant yet more budget-friendly option coupled with front-row seats of Victoria Harbour. Rustic, family-style dishes are on the menu here, prepared skilfully by chef-owner and Italian culinary maestro, Gianni Caprioli. While we’re regulars at his flagship Giando on Star Street, sister restaurant Gia Trattoria Italiana offers a more scenic waterfront setting with a menu driven by the same fine Italian produce. For the National Day Fireworks display, signature dishes include the Piccante pizza topped with spicy salami, Taggiasca olives and mozzarella cheese; handmade pasta with Italian ham, mushroom sauce and black truffle; lobster linguine in fresh tomato sauce; and the creamy burrata cheese with plump, sun-kissed tomatoes.
When: 1 October
Price: HK$688 per person; HK$300 per person for rooftop only, includes two drinks
Dine in style from high above Hong Kong Island at Alto, the ritzy Causeway Bay dining destination with Tom Dixon-designed interiors and a spacious rooftop replete with cushy lounges and a fully stocked bar. National Day celebrations are kicking off with a free-flow buffet option priced at HK$688 per person, starting with the unlimited fresh seafood bar (New Zealand green mussels, Argentinian red prawns and yabbies), plus a variety of globally-inspired salads. For the main event, diners can choose from the excellent grass-fed sirloin or tenderloin beef, baked salmon, roasted chicken with glazed baby carrots, black truffle pappardelle, or creamy risotto with corn and goat’s cheese. After tucking in to the dessert bar, head upstairs to the rooftop terrace to soak in one of the best views of the fireworks.
Alto, 31/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2603 7181
Yan Toh Heen
When: 1 October, 6–11pm
Price: HK$1,888 plus 10% surcharge per person for 8-course menu
Tsim Sha Tsui’s InterContinental Hong Kong offers no shortage of places to catch the fireworks extravaganza each year, from the buffet restaurant Harbourside to ocean-inspired dining at Rech by Alain Ducasse and cocktails sipped from inside the stylish Lobby Lounge. For a gourmet Chinese meal, however, you’ll want to book a table at the newly relocated Yan Toh Heen, now nestled in the basement in a beautiful jade-inspired, harbour-facing dining room. Surrounded by ancient Chinese relics and artwork, you’ll savour an elegant 8-course tasting menu featuring rare Cantonese delicacies, from braised lobster and steamed egg white with crabmeat, to stewed sea cucumber with spring onions in chicken broth. The wok-fried Kagoshima Wagyu beef and Chilean sea bass are sure to delight meat and seafood lovers in equal measure, while dessert wraps up with baked pudding with sago and Yan Toh Heen’s signature tea selection.
Yan Toh Heen, Lower Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2313 2323
When: 1 October
Price: HK$1,288 plus 10% surcharge per person
Have steak on the mind? You can’t beat Wooloomooloo Prime for the ultimate steakhouse experience coupled with fine views — and with the newly renovated interiors, this TST stalwart is worth revisiting this autumn. A new cocktail bar is awash in tones of blue and green, while the red and gold dining room offers top-notch views of the pyrotechnic displays from atop The ONE in Tsim Sha Tsui. For National Day, a premium 5-course set starts with appetisers such as gin-cured smoked salmon and Avruga caviar, crab croquettes and duck liver parfait; followed by the main event of grain-fed Stockyard’s Australian Wagyu tenderloin with deep-fried bone marrow beignets, forest mushrooms, twice-cooked potatoes in duck fat and truffle jus. If you can manage to still make it out of your seat, head to the open-view terrace to catch the fireworks, then cap off the night with the crème brulee trio served with coffee or tea.
Wooloomooloo Prime, 21/F, The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2870 0087