July 1st is an important date in Hong Kong: It’s the annual celebration that commemorates the return of Hong Kong to the motherland, and this year marks the special 20th anniversary of the handover.
Celebrations, festivals, and parades are always part of the proceedings, but this year the city is going all out with a HK$12 million fireworks display, encompassing a super fireworks wall measuring 1,250 metres long and 300 metres high. The 23-minute show is set to be the most expensive fireworks event since 1997, the year of the handover.
Lest you miss out on this spectacular event, we’ve rounded up five harbourside spots in Hong Kong for a prime view of the action, accompanied by a fancy dinner to boot.
Rech by Alain Ducasse
Price: 5-course dinner menu priced at HK$1,588 per person, with a wine pairing option at HK$988 per person.
Head over to seafood palace Rech by Alain Ducasse for an exquisite 5-course French seafood menu prepared by executive chef Stephane Gortina. Start off the night with the shrimp cocktail, prepared with a special twist, followed up by the signature cookpot — one of our favourite dishes — filled with quinoa, seasonal vegetables, and a liberal dousing of seasonal black truffle. Line caught turbot bathed in a Grenobloise-style olive and tomato sauce is the main event of the night, showcasing the kitchen’s affinity with classically prepared fresh fish, along with its dedication to sustainable seafood. Rech’s famous Camembert cheese is a refreshing interlude before dessert arrives — Alain Ducasse’s own brand of chocolate with crunchy almonds flown in straight from Paris. Toast the night with a glass of private-label Champagne, also from the famed French chef, as you take in the stunning fireworks display.
Rech by Alain Ducasse, G/F, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2313 2323
Price: HK$1,980 per person plus 10% surcharge, add HK$700 for wine pairing.
Michelin-starred Parisian dining has arrived to Kowloon at Le39V, the latest fine dining French restaurant to open atop Hong Kong’s ICC building. Located on the 101th floor and helmed by award-winning chef Frédéric Vardon, Le39V is the first international branch of the prestigious Parisian institution located in the heart of the city’s ‘Golden Triangle’ on Avenue George V.
The restaurant has only been open a few weeks, arriving just in time for guests to take advantage of the panoramic views during the July 1st celebrations while trying the elegant neoclassical French menu by chef Vardon and his teamed of trained Parisian professionals. The celebratory set menu for the night includes Niçoise-style red mullet, macaroni gratin or blue lobster ravioli, John Dory or beef tenderloin, and a choice of raspberry vacherin or Grand Marnier souffle with verbena sorbet for dessert.
Le39 V, Shop A, 101/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2977 5266
Price: Starting from HK$788 per person
One of the highest viewing points in Causeway Bay also boasts a dizzying selection of fresh seafood to keep you well fed throughout the evening. Graze on premium fresh shrimp, langoustine, roasted king crab, sea bass and miso black cod as part of Seafood Room’s fireworks menus, starting from HK$788 per person. With a stunning dining room, unbeatable views, and a fine selection of seafood, this luxe restaurant and bar isn’t your typical weeknight dinner spot — which makes it all the more fitting for a special occasion such as this. You’ll find everything from langoustine tartare garnished with summer black truffle and caviar to miso black cod with charred lime on the menu, alongside an extensive selection of wine and Champagne that should fuel the merriment for the night (bookings of eight people or more receive a free Magnum bottle of bubbly).
Seafood Room, 26/F, 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3708 9668
Price: 5-course dinner menu priced at HK$2,088 per person plus 10% surcharge.
Dine in style atop one of Hong Kong’s most prestigious hotel addresses before heading to the 7th-floor Sun Terrace to enjoy uninhibited views of the fireworks alongside fellow dining patrons. All of The Peninsula’s five F&B venues (Chesa, Felix, Gaddi’s, Spring Moon and The Lobby) will be offering special fireworks menus, but for a truly memorable experience, we suggest heading up to Felix on the 28th floor of The Peninsula Tower.
This avant-garde dining destination is helmed by executive chef Yoshiharu Kaji, and serves up modern European cuisine accompanied by stunning harbour views. The 20th-anniversary menu kicks off with marinated sea bass and caviar, and red pepper bell mousse with tomato gazpacho, followed by French duck two ways paired with creamy risotto. The menu segues into Asian flavours with sea eel tempura and sliced abalone, before diving into the mains: poached Boston lobster with zucchini or beef tenderloin with sliced summer truffle. If our prior experiences are anything to go by, the “Felix Surprise” dessert should be a treat to savour alongside the fireworks display at the end of the night.
Felix, 28/F, The Peninsula Hotel, 19-21 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2696 6763
Café Gray Deluxe
Price: HK$988 per person
If a more secluded atmosphere is what you’re after, make a booking at Café Gray Deluce at The Upper House for a truly VIP experience. This destination for Hong Kong’s well-heeled offers incredible vistas of the harbour, accompanied by world-class cuisine by chef Gray Kunz. After a tasty amuse bouche, you’ll be treated to a refreshing Hokkaido scallop ceviche, followed by delicate tortellini with serrano ham and English peas. Smoked turbot in a vermouth buerre blanc, grilled kurobuta pork belly and a lemon-mascarpone parfait for dessert round out the elegant European-inspired meal. The fireworks menu also includes complimentary chocolate pralines, macarons and coffee or tea, inviting you to linger long after the sparks have dissipated from sky.
Café Gray Deluxe, 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 3968 1106
Price: À la carte
Tsim Sha Tsui’s latest Chinese restaurant is reason to celebrate in itself, a welcome new addition to the Kowloon dining scene with elegant, classic Chinese dishes at wallet-friendly prices, compared to other restaurants in its category. There’s no set menu for the 20th anniversary so you’re free to order at leisure, as you enjoy the spectacular views through the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. We’re big fans of the steamed egg whites with caviar, the fried frog (no, it doesn’t just taste like chicken), and the selection of excellent siu mei prepared in the traditional style from crispy roast pork to fatty glazed char siu.
Imperial Treasure, 10/F, One Peking, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2613 9800
Check here for more information on 20th anniversary celebrations across the city.