The holidays are supposed to be a relaxing time of year (assuming you’ve got your Christmas gifts and holiday décor sorted already), and unless you’re one of the lucky few who have a proper-sized oven and counter space to spare, preparing Christmas dinner can quickly become a stressful ordeal in the city’s shoebox apartments. That’s why we’d recommend doing yourself a favour and leaving the prep work and heavy-lifting to the pros this year.
Hong Kong’s dining scene never fails to present some excellent options for Christmas-time feasting (both on Dec 24th and 25th, and leading up to the holidays), and this year is no different. Filled with mulled wine, minced pies and all sorts of delicious merriment, these Christmas menus have us ready to stuff ourselves to the brim this year. Whether you’re craving a classic roast turkey or seeking a more unconventional celebration, an intimate dinner or a family-friendly buffet: we’ve rounded up the best Christmas dinners for every type of festive celebration.
A carnivore’s Christmas at Morton’s
When: 24–25 December, 31 December
Price: HK$1,388 plus 10% surcharge
The festive menu at Morton’s is available for Christmas and New Year’s Eve this year, giving diners a prime view of fireworks festivities while feasting on the steakhouse’s irresistible array of steakhouse sides and juicy, succulent slabs of beef. Guests stopping by for the exclusive menu will enjoy a choice of one of five decadent starters — lobster bisque, beet & goat cheese salad, crab cakes, jumbo shrimp and broiled sea scallops, or opt for the Morton’s Prime Ocean Platter for an additional HK$50. Follow it up with the juicy 8oz center-cut filet mignon, ribeye steak, or 2lb fresh whole baked Maine lobster. And since it’s the holidays, we recommend you splurge on the additional helping of foie gras (add HK$180). Top it all off with flowing wine and sides of parmesan and truffle fries, mushrooms, creamy mash and creamed sweet corn.
Morton’s The Steakhouse, 4/F, The Sheraton Hotel & Towers, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2732 2343
A healthy holiday at Grassroots Pantry
When: 22–25 December for lunch or dinner
Price: À la carte or HK$628 plus 10% surcharge for 7-course tasting menu, includes 1 glass of organic sparkling wine
While the holidays are intended for indulging, some of us are still looking to start 2018 with a healthy head-start. For a Christmas dinner that’s both delicious and nutritious, head to the ever-popular Grassroots Pantry, where chef Peggy Chan will make sure you’re filled with the good stuff (literally, with ingredients such as cashews, shiitake bacon, beetroot and braised cabbage invading the Christmas menu). Making sumptuous dishes out of superfoods is Chan’s specialty, and our mouths are watering already at the Christmas menu which includes dishes such as sweet potato fries with sage and rosemary gomashio (a dry condiment similar to furikake); Polish porcini dumplings; and Christmas Dinner Pie with a Beyond Meat sausage stuffing, mushroom duxelles, truffle cream and cranberry sauce.
Grassroots Pantry, Shop D, G/F, 108 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2873 3353
Festive date night at Belon
When: 25 December
Price: HK$488 lunch menu, HK$788 dinner menu; all prices subject to 10% surcharge
If it’s just you and your hubby having a quiet Christmas dinner this year, why not try French bistro Belon in SoHo for an intimate and cosy setting. The elegant Christmas menu kicks off with the restaurant’s irresistible homemade leavened bread with Channel Island butter, followed by lobster salad with aged parmesan, and hand-cut pork and pistachio terrine with dijon mustard. Then dig into Belon’s famous whole-roasted chicken (a tasty local variety from the New Territories), paired with pommes puree and maitake mushrooms. Afterwards, retreat up to Upstairs at Belon, where the night ends on a high with classy cocktails served up in the plush surrounds of the secluded parlour. If you’re stopping by for Christmas lunch, the HK$488 set menu includes Clevedon oysters, Niçoise salad, roast chicken and a classic bûche de noel for dessert.
Belon, 41 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2152 2872
Seafood feast at The Ocean by Olivier Bellin
When: 24–26 December
Price: HK$1,488 for 8-course Christmas menu, includes a glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne
Hot off the heels of its one-star recognition in this year’s Michelin guide, The Ocean by Olivier Bellin is celebrating right through the holidays with a fantastic seafood feast prepared by the revered French chef. Merging land and sea and drawing inspiration from the coast of Brittany, Bellin presents the region’s fine ingredients in modern and refined preparations, with special attention paid to tableware for an artistic bent. The luxurious 8-course menu includes highlights such as Hokkaido scallops with black truffle, Japanese sea urchin with straw and bergamot orange, and blue lobster with brioche and pork head veil in a curry sauce, amongst others. Take your time to appreciate the carefully curated degustation while soaking in the scenic views across Repulse Bay.
The Ocean by Olivier Bellin, East Wing L2, Shop 216, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2889 5939
Sky-high dining at ALTO
When: 24–25 December
Price: HK$588 plus 10% surcharge per person
Perched on the 31st floor of V Point Tower, ALTO offers panoramic views of Victoria Harbour with a classic grill menu that’s perfect for appeasing all palates over the holidays. The Tom Dixon-designed interiors provide a stunning setting for enjoying an elegant and sophisticated Christmas dinner, brought to the table by head chef Mike Boyle. Start with the warming parma ham and asparagus soup or roasted pear salad, then tuck into roasted turkey breast with stuffing, USDA beef tenderloin, pan-roasted cod or black truffle pappardelle. Dessert wraps up with cranberry walnut tart, apple strudel or pumpkin cheesecake; while a superb range of wines from around the world and a selection of craft cocktails should make for a merry gathering.
ALTO, 31/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2603 7181
Buffet dinner at The Place
When: 25–25 December; two seatings each for lunch and dinner
Price: HK$458 adults, $358 kids and seniors for lunch; HK$718 adults, HK$508 kids and seniors for dinner
‘Tis the season for eating and drinking, and for some that means stuffing yourself silly on plates piled high with roast turkey, honey-glazed gam, Christmas cakes and puddings. If you’re donning the stretchy pants this holiday in anticipation for a full-blown feast, you’ll want to head to The Place at Cordis, where an all-you-can-eat extravaganza is guaranteed to fill you with yuletide cheer. Help yourself to unlimited servings of fresh seafood, live cooking stations offering delicacies such as pan-fried foie gras, roast turkey and gravy, and a dessert buffet complete with a Christmas log cake and baked gingerbread cheesecake. With Cordis’ all-day dining venue decked out in mistletoe and Christmas lights, this family-friendly Christmas dinner offers something for all, from little ones to adults, and seafood- to meat-lovers alike.
The Place, Lobby Level, Cordis, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Hong Kong, +852 3552 3388
Classic Christmas at Lily & Bloom
When: Christmas Brunch from 23–26 Dec; Christmas Dinner from 24–26 December (4-course menu served from 6-8pm; 5-course menu served from 8-10pm)
Price: Christmas Brunch priced at HK$650 per person; Christmas Dinner priced at HK$688 for 4-course menu, HK$888 for 5-course menu per person; all prices subject to 10% surcharge
For an all-American Christmas, Lily & Bloom has you covered this Christmas with your choice of 4-course or 5-course set menu available from 24–26 December. The full menu (available in the second seating only) includes marinated French beans with beet carpaccio, crab ravioli, brioche-crusted red mullet, roasted venison saddle, and molten cinnamon tart for dessert.
For a more casual affair, stop by for Christmas brunch where you’ll have unlimited options of fresh salad, charcuterie, cheese, seafood and the carving station for HK$650 per person. Brunch dishes are the perfect Christmas morning pick-me-up, from eggs Benedict with smoked ham to brioche French toast in cinnamon cream, while the Kids Corner ensures that little ones are kept busy as adults take advantage of complimentary free-flow cocktails.
Lily & Bloom, 5 & 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 6166
A British affair at Gough’s on Gough
When: 24 December (dinner) & 25 December (lunch)
Price: 7-course Christmas Eve Tasting Menu priced at HK$988, HK$1,488 with wine pairing; 7-course Christmas Day Lunch priced at HK$1,488, HK$1,788 or HK$1,988 with three or five glass wine pairing
One of the trendy new openings of 2017, Gough’s on Gough by chef Arron Rhodes has captured the heart (and stomach) of may a Hong Kong foodie with its innovative yet familiar fare spanning the borders of British, Japanese and even Peruvian cuisines. For a stylish and sophisticated Christmas, Gough’s eclectically-designed space from the crystal bar to the goose feather wall ensure a one-of-a-kind celebration this year. Christmas Eve Dinner includes a mouthwatering set menu, with dishes including black cod with shellfish; turkey with white sausage, sage & onion; and Christmas pudding with brandy custard. Meanwhile, Christmas Day Lunch highlights seafood such as Norwegian king crab with caviar and Atlantic cod with squash and fennel pollen, with a selection of mince pies for a sweet and satisfying ending.
Gough’s on Gough, 15 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2473 9066
Christmas on a budget at Le Bistro Winebeast
When: 18–24 December
Price: HK$588 for 5-course Christmas dinner
With prices for tasting menus continuing to increase around town, we applaud Le Bistro Winebeast for always offering quality French food at an affordable price point. Priced at HK$588 for a 5-course menu, the Christmas set menu at this cosy French bistro is one of the best value-for-money deals in town this year, especially when accounting for the vast wine selection offered at retail price. This year, chef John Ducroquet presents signature dishes including foie gras terrine with apple marmalade, griddled scallops with butternut puree, rossini beef fillet with pan-fried foie gras, a selection of French cheeses, and a gooey hot chocolate fondant for dessert.
Le Bistro Winebeast, G/F & 1/F, Tai Yip Building, 141 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2782 6689
Nordic Christmas at FINDS
When: 24–25 December
Price: HK$888, HK$988 with two glasses of wine
Get in the festive spirit over a glass of bubbly and a Nordic-inspired feast at FINDS, located away from the city’s hustle and bustle in TST. The 6-course Christmas Dinner Menu highlights ingredients and dishes that are native to Denmark and the surrounding regions. Start with a bounty of shared appetisers including gravlax with mustard and dill sauce, hot-smoked salmon with gräddil sauce, and pork terrine with lingonberry sauce. The traditional roast turkey is replaced with pork; specifically, a 24-hour roasted Finnish omega-3 pork collar, paired with sides of baked fingerling potatoes, braised red cabbage, brussels sprout leaves and apple mustard sauce. The Scandinavian Christmas ends with traditional homemade candies and cookies.
Finds, 1/F, The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2522 9318
Christmas in Catalonia at La Rambla
When: 24–25 December
Price: HK$780 plus 10% surcharge per person, plus HK$320 for free-flow wine and Champagne; HK$320 for kids aged 3–9 years old; free for kids under 3
Finally, what’s a Christmas celebration without Santa Claus making an appearance? Bring the kids down to newly opened La Rambla by Catalunya this Christmas to meet St. Nick in person at the Christmas Brunch Buffet, available on 24th and 25th December. For HK$780 per person, you can feast on an unlimited selection of fresh oysters from France, Spain, Ireland and the US; along with an array of Spanish tapas, paella and a juicy suckling pig as the pièce de résistance. While kids enjoy running amok and participating in festive games in the 5,000-square-foot space, adults can kick back and enjoy a glass (or two or three) of wine or Champagne. Dessert offers something to appease all sweet lovers: a colourful array of pastries and cakes in a festive spread by head pastry chef Valerie Zuniga.
La Rambla by Catalunya, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2661 1161
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