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Ring in the Rooster: 5 fireworks dinners to celebrate Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year falls on 28 January this year, and in addition to festive puddings, horoscopes and red packets, we can look forward to another brilliant fireworks display to usher in the Year of the Rooster. For those staying in the Fragrant Harbour over the long weekend, we’ve rounded up a list of the best places to enjoy a delicious dinner alongside the brilliant pyrotechnics.

Classic Chinese at Above & Beyond 

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Soak in the fireworks display from one of Tsim Sha Tsui’s best vantage points, on the 28th floor of Hotel Icon.

Perched on the top floor of Hotel Icon in east TST, Above & Beyond is one of the best spots to dine on traditional Chinese New Year dishes while taking in the spectacular fireworks display. From marinated shredded crispy skin chicken to dim sum dishes such as braised pork knuckles with black moss, the award-winning restaurant presents a classic eight-course Chinese menu filled with auspicious dishes to bring you luck and good fortune in the new year (at least as much as you can stomach). If you want to enjoy the fireworks display from outdoors instead, book the Champagne Party on the 9th floor pool deck with live DJ entertainment and free-flow Champagne, red/white wine and soft drinks for HK$468 per adult and HK$258 per child (18 years or below).

When: 29 January 2017

Price: HK$1,488 plus 10 percent surcharge for eight-course dinner, includes a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut N.V.

Above & Beyond, 28/F, Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, +852 3400 1345, hotel-icon.com

Seafood spectacular at Seafood Room

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With soaring views over the harbour, Seafood Room keeps it classy this new years with an elegant five-course set menu to enjoy with drinks and a side of fireworks. Whet your appetite with the smoked salmon blini with crème fraiche and salmon caviar, followed by a fresh seafood platter and Alaskan king crab and coconut soup. For mains, choose from abalone served with shiitake mushrooms, grilled whole turbot, or Australian wagyu fillet with foie gras and truffle. Dessert wraps up the night with a double chocolate fondant. If outdoor dining tickles your fancy more, head upstairs for the rooftop party from 7:30-9pm with two drinks and canapés for HK$388 (advance purchase here) or HK$488 at the door.

When: 29 January 2017

Price: HK$1,388 for five-course dinner (HK$488 for kids), vegetarian option available.

Seafood Room, 26/F, 535 Tower, 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3708 9668, seafoodroom.hk

Italian celebration at Gia Trattoria 

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Spend Chinese New Year savouring an authentic, family-style Italian meal at Gia Trattoria.

If set menus aren’t your cup of tea, head to Gia Trattoria for the festive holiday to enjoy prime views of the harbour fireworks with the flexibility of ordering from the regular a la carte menu. A great family-friendly option, the varied menu at this popular Italian eatery offers sharing-style selections, from bountiful antipasto platters weighed down in charcuterie and buffalo mozzarella, to delicious handmade pastas and white- and red-sauce pizzas. More substantial mains include oven-braised whole sea bass, veal scallopina with mushrooms and asparagus, and chargrilled lamb chops with roasted potato. Meanwhile, unobstructed harbour views allow you to toast to family, health and prosperity against a brilliant backdrop of red and gold fireworks.

When: 29 January 2017

Price: Regular à la carte menu, minimum HK$700 spend per person.

Gia Trattoria, 1/F, Fleet Arcade, 1 Lung King Street, Fenwick Pier, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2511 8081, giatrattoriaitaliana.com 

Fancy fine dining at Man Wah

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Make an occasion out of the night with reservations at Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Man Wah at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. Decked out in gold-plated ceiling lamps, silk and lacquered enamel, Man Wah is one of Hong Kong’s most beautiful spaces for Cantonese fine dining, made even better by panoramic harbour views.

For the auspicious occasion, the award-winning kitchen will be offering a dim sum lunch daily from 28–31 January (minimum HK$600 per person), as well as a six-course celebratory dinner on 29 January with fabulous views of the fireworks. Expect an exquisite menu of dishes such as braised abalone with sea cucumber, wok-fried lobster with morel mushrooms, double-boiled whole young coconut, and pan-fried oyster with roast suckling pig and deep-fried fillet of sole.

When: 29 January 2017

Price: HK$1,888 plus 10 percent surcharge for six-course dinner

Man Wah, 25/F, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4003, mandarinoriental.com

Yan Toh Heen

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There’s no better place to head than InterContinental’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant Yan Toh Heen for a front seat view of the fireworks combined with world-class Cantonese dining.  Yan Toh Heen prepares a selection of gorgeous CNY dishes every year, and this year is no different with the kitchen whipping up an eight-course tasting menu comprising dishes such as sun-dried oyster with black bean sauce, braised whole abalone and Japanese mushroom in oyster jus, wok-seared garoupa with kimchi sauce, and fried rice with wagyu beef and omelette in homemade XO sauce. The menu is a definite splurge at HK$2,888 per person, but it’s worth it for a memorable, Michelin-worthy meal to kick off the year.

When: 29 January 2017

Price: HK$2,888 plus 10 percent surcharge for eight-course dinner.

Yan Toh Heen, Lower Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2313 2323, hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com

Leslie Yeh
Editor in Chief
Having worked as a lifestyle editor for almost 10 years, Leslie is thrilled to be writing about the topic she loves most: wining and dining. When she's not out pounding the pavement for the latest new restaurant opening or tracking food trends, Leslie can be found at home whipping up a plate of rigatoni vodka and binge-watching Netflix with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in hand.