While we won’t be getting a real white Christmas here, those of us staying in Hong Kong over the holidays can still play make-believe with the opening of new dining space Igloo, located in Repulse Bay. A whimsical, 5,000-sq.-ft. rooftop pop-up venue at The Pulse, the snow-filled winter wonderland launches just in time for Christmas, offering a magical setting to celebrate the holidays.
With a sweeping 180-degree view of Repulse Bay, Igloo is set to become one of the most innovative and breathtaking dining destinations in town, complete with spherical, igloo-inspired dining enclosures (heated on cold weather nights), festive holiday décor and plenty of artificial snow to create the winter wonderland effect. Enter through the Snow Zone, where a set-up of snowmen, glowing reindeer and Christmas trees makes for a memorable photo op. Then take a seat in the igloo-inspired enclosure, under a canopy of falling snowflakes and fairy lights.
The unique setting requires an equally creative menu to match, which is provided by a rotating roster of chefs throughout the year. To kick things off, Igloo’s launch menu has been created by chef Roni, who has gained a loyal fan following around Hong Kong with his fusion creations at private kitchen Dining At Home. With dishes that incorporate Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean and Thai influences, and a dedication to MSG-free cooking, Roni showcases the best of healthy fusion cooking — think sake-braised abalone with fresh sea urchin, Spanish octopus with lobster oil, and torched Hokkaido hamachi tartare with sweet corn puree.
Meanwhile, guests stopping by earlier in the day can enjoy the special afternoon tea menu, created by chef Jimmy Yu of Royal Catering. With Yu’s level of attention to detail and skill with delicately crafted sweet and savoury goods, afternoon tea is sure to be a treat at Igloo, paired with a glass of bubbly as the sun begins to set and the beach beckons. Where else can you dine in a winter wonderland one moment, and take a sunset stroll along the sand the next?
Whether you’re enjoying afternoon tea with a slowly fading sky in the background, or dining under falling snow at night surrounded by brightly coloured baubles and fairy lights, you’re sure to have an enchanting experience at Igloo. As a special holiday treat, guests who book dinner this month will also receive a complimentary movie pass for the newly opened Emperor Cinemas in Central, in addition to free valet parking.
Price: HK$988–$1,788 per person for 4-course Private Rooftop Igloo Dinner (Dome), HK$788–$1,188 per person for Rooftop Dinner (Table); HK$388–$588 per person for Private Rooftop High Tea (Dome), HK$298 per person for Rooftop High Tea (Dome)
Igloo is strictly by reservation only, and limited to 60 people capacity. For those who do not wish to dine in the igloo, regular outdoor seating is also available.