‘Tis the season to cheer as Christmas brings an endless bout of festive gatherings, social happy hours and decadent gourmet feasts around town. This Christmas, there’s much more weighing down the table than just a golden roasted bird with sides of mashed potatoes and gravy. Hong Kong is one of the great melting pot culinary cities of the world, and it shows in these glorious Christmas spreads that combine tradition with creative, far-flung ingredients and a spark of imagination. Here are eight outstanding menus around town for all your festive celebrations.
When: 25 December
Price: HK$558 per person for lunch, HK$888 per person for dinner; prices subject to 10% surcharge
Following its much-buzzed-about appearance in this year’s Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2019, the newly starred Belon is sure to be a hot ticket this month — so you’ll want to act fast if you want a taste of chef Daniel Calvert’s lauded French culinary creations before the year is over. This month, the stylish neo-Parisian bistro is pulling out all the stops with a leisurely Christmas Day lunch followed by an elegant dinner of classical French fare with a festive twist. Calvert’s enthusiasm for local produce shines through in star dishes such as the eye-catching whole-roasted yellow chicken, while his affinity with Japanese ingredients is seen in winning combinations such as soft Hokkaido scallops with shio kombu. There’s no question that Calvert will be in fine form as we enter 2019 with all eyes upon the newly one-starred diner.
Belon, 41 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2152 2872
When: 24 December from 6:30–11pm; 25 December from 11:30am–3pm
Price: HK$1,980 per person for 6-course Christmas Eve dinner; HK$998 per adult, HK$698 per child for Christmas Day semi-buffet brunch; optional free-flow wine packages from HK$218 per person
Hugo’s is one of our favourite destinations for feeling the warmth of Christmas cheer, and this year is no different, with an enchanting new menu created by Executive Sous Chef Josef Gallenberger complete with the restaurant’s signature table-side service and roaming trolleys loaded with sugary treats. Take a seat inside the enchanting dining room decked out in mistletoe and fresh pine trees as you indulge in the 6-course Christmas Eve menu with highlights such as French duck consommé and pan-fried European pike perch with orange saffron. When Christmas Day rolls around, head back for a festive buffet spread piled up with an array of fresh oysters and seafood, a roast carving wagon featuring succulent US prime rib of beef, and a dessert spread complete with chocolate cepes truffle cake and rum panettone pudding.
Hugo’s, Lobby Level, Hyatt Regency TST, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2311 1234
When: 24–25 December from 6pm–10:30pm
Price: HK$850 for Christmas Set Menu, plus HK$500 for wine pairing
A Peruvian-inspired Christmas is in order at new Central hotspot ICHU Peru, the flagship Asia restaurant from celebrated chef Virgilio Martinez which champions the country’s diverse produce. The sleek and sophisticated eatery is diving into the holidays with abundant Christmas decorations and a menu dedicated to Peruvian dishes with a festive touch. Designed for sharing, the Christmas Set Menu features signatures such as lobster with Inca berries and aji amarillo, beef tenderloin tartare with aji amarillo, chupe de camarones featuring plump tiger prawns with squash and calamari, and costillas de res, or beef short ribs with seco sauce. An array of sides such as manchego cheese with huancaina and walnuts help round out the elegant spread; while Nicolas Deneux Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Champagne will be available by the glass (HK$200 each) or bottle (HK$980) for those who are feeling extra spirited.
Ichu Peru, 3/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2477 7717
When: 24–25 December
Price: HK$688 per person
Celebrate the holidays like a true Italian at Spiga, where handmade tortellini, tagliolini and luscious braised beef rump are on the menu for Christmas this year. The spacious Joyce Wang-designed restaurant is perfect for large gatherings leading up to the holidays, culminating in a delectable Christmas feast come 24–25 December. Get your reservations in early for the merry Christmas dinner which kicks off with soft potatoes with duck leg confit, followed by delicate handmade tortelli stuffed with speck and smoked cheese in a sunny saffron sauce. Fresh angel hair pasta is tossed with Mediterranean seafood before the main event lands — a generous braised beef rump slow-cooked in Barolo wine and padded with porcini mushrooms and mashed potatoes.
Spiga, 3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2871 0055
When: 24–25 December
Price: HK$2,480 plus 10% surcharge per person
It should come as no surprise that chef Vicky Cheng is set to deliver a feast of gastronomic proportions for Christmas dinner this year, serving up an 8-course tasting menu with dishes that should surprise regulars of the Chinese-French fine dining restaurant. Settle around the chef’s counter (the best seat’s in the house) and be blown away by Cheng’s award-winning creations, from Chinese fish maw with caviar to threadfin “Ma Yau” fish bathed in a Sichuan chilli oil, and delicate smoked goose prepared table-side with VEA’s inimitable theatrical touch. Of course, dishes will come equipped with mixologist Antonio Lai‘s award-winning concoctions, include a complimentary glass of Perrier Jouer Rosé Belle Époque 2006 to kick-start the evening.
VEA Restaurant & Lounge, 29–30/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2711 8639
When: 24–25 December
Price: HK$480 per person
For a more casual Christmas anchored by festive Chinese fare, head to Pirata Group’s Madame Ching in the Star Street Precinct, an amicable diner dishing up beloved Chinese dishes such as roast duck and ma po tofu with a creative bent. For their innovative Chinese Christmas Tasting Menu, a host of sharing-style dishes should please the palates of both meat and seafood lovers, sweets and savoury taste buds with the spread comprised of Amadai fish with braised eggplant and black beans, tuna poke and surf clams, and the pièce de résistance, tender roast duck and crispy suckling pig. A round of sharing sides such as fresh long beans and crispy brussels sprouts round out the spread, capped off with yakult ice cream and plenty of creative cocktails to wash it all down.
Madame Ching, 5 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2577 7227
Café Gray Deluxe
When: 24 December
Price: HK$1,550 for 4-course, HK$2,350 for 6-course Christmas Eve dinner; optional HK$800 per person wine pairing
Café Gray Deluxe is transforming into a Christmas wonderland with a decadent Christmas Eve dinner from Executive Chef Gray Kunz. Dinner kicks off with a velvety velouté of artichokes and Oscietra caviar and Macquarie Island sea bass en papillotte with a calamansi beurre blanc. Diners can then choose between the smoky crisped duck breast “calvados” or the beef wellington draped in a luscious truffle-foie gras sauce. Wrap up the meal with the tart and refreshing tangering semifreddo with nougatine-cranberry compôte, or opt instead for the chocolate délice with huckleberries and spicy gingerbread crumble. On Christmas Day, a more casual 4-course lunch or dinner is available for HK$995 per person.
Café Gray Deluxe, 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2918 1838
When: 24 December
Price: HK$2,280 per person includes a flute of Champagne
Popinjays brings yuletide joy with no shortage of glitz and glamour from 26 stories above ground in The Murray hotel. Complete with a stunning rooftop space, the contemporary restaurant is dedicated to fine produce and gastronomy by chef Didier Quennouelle, as seen in a sophisticated 6-course Christmas Eve dinner this month. The fine dining menu stars luxurious ingredients which match the extravagant setting, from pan-seared foie gras to succulent poached Brittany lobster and tender roasted grain-fed turkey served with a rich gravy. Priced at HK$2,280 per person, diners will receive a complimentary flute of Champagne to kick off the night, while Popinjays’ innovative cocktails and a lengthy wine list ensure that the merriment will last well into the evening.
Popinjays, 26/F, The Murray Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3141 8888