New Year’s Eve dinner is kind of a big deal — it’s the last meal you’ll be eating in 2016, and probably the last proper meal you can fully enjoy before the pain of new year’s diets and resolutions kicks in come January 1st, as you’re surveying your love handles and wondering why on Earth you drank so much Champagne the night before. Sound familiar?
With this in mind, we’re ready to throw all caution to the wind and make sure we’re feasting like royalty before the real partying begins. Here’s our pick of Hong Kong’s best NYE dinners to make your last meal of the year a memorable one.
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Following the announcement of their Michelin star, EPURE has become one of the top standard-bearers for French fine dining in the city. For the festive occasion, chef Nicolas Boutin has rolled out an exquisite NYE menu (HK$1,188 for 4 courses; HK$1,288 for six courses) featuring seasonal French delicacies, including scallops with sweet pears and hazelnuts, and lobster with watercress and Tahitian vanilla.
Shop 403, 4/F, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3185 8338, epure.hk
W Hong Kong’s KITCHEN will be decked out in festive offerings this Christmas and New Year’s, offering more than 80 items serving up the flavours of the season, from lamb rack with mint jelly to roasted pumpkin with braised chestnut and hot chocolate fondue. From fresh seafood to festive roasts, this is the place to go to really get your money’s worth. HK$658 from 6:30-8:30pm; HK$1,288 with free-flow from 9pm-midnight.
6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3717 2299,
Enjoy a delicious five-course menu (HK$750 plus 10%) from celebrated chef Jason Atherton’s Aberdeen Street Social, with dishes such as steak tartare, crispy skinned pork belly, roasted halibut and strawberry eclairs to line your stomach before heading out to the countdown parties around town.
G/F, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2866 0300, aberdeenstreetsocial.hk
With prime views of the fireworks on the 101st floor of ICC, Inakaya’s gourmet kaiseki dinner (HK$3,000 plus 10%) is an elegant way to ring in the new year. Feast on sashimi, grilled fish and tanaba crab, simmered cod fish roe roll, live lobster teppanyaki and rice with sea urchin as a live band performs during the lead-up to midnight.
Shop A, 101/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2972 2666, jcgroup.hk/restaurants/inakaya
British restaurant and bar Brick Lane focuses on cosy home comforts this year with a reasonably-priced, delicious menu catering to the whole family. They’re doing up a mouthwatering roast turkey for NYE, with stuffing, potato mash, cranberry sauce, lobster bisque and a selection of sides for a festive family gathering (HK$388 per person, plus HK$880 for whole turkey for the table).
Shop 404, 4/F, Citic Tower, 1 Tim Mei Avenue, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2363 2500, bricklane.com.hk
Head to Rio with KEE Club this NYE for a Latin American-inspired dinner and after-party. Dress in all white and join the festivities including live performances, DJs, special surprises on the night, and a five-course gourmet dinner (HK$2,500) including a welcome glass of Dom Perignon.
32 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 9000, facebook.com/keeclub
Enjoy a family-style Italian sharing menu for you and your closest buds (HK$788 per person) at Jean-Georges’ Italian eatery Mercato. The classy, casual-fine dining restaurant presents a festive atmosphere to indulge in burrata cheese with caviar, tagliatelle with lobster, and beef tenderloin with foie gras and chianti glaze.
Seafood Room’s spread of stunning ocean produce — not to mention unbeatable views from their rooftop terrace — makes for a great choice for a classy NYE. Dig into a selection of antipasti to share, towering seafood platters, Cantonese lobster and Australian wagyu ribeye, and top it off with dessert and cheese platters (HK$1,988 per person). Afterwards, head upstairs to cap off the night with a spectacular fireworks display (plus HK$1,000).
26/F, Tower 535, 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3708 9668, seafoodroom.hk
Ring in the new year Spanish-style with a family-style feast at FoFo by El Willy (HK$738 plus 10%). Share a selection of starters including French oysters with lime and chilli granita, smoked sardines with gazpacho, and iberico pork and black truffle “molletes”, then choose either Iberico suckling pig or Japanese wagyu beef for the main event. Cap off the meal with a round (or two) of sangria.
20/F, M88, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2900 2009, fofo.hk
This year was all about K-trends, so it only makes sense to close out 2016 with a Korean-themed NYE dinner (HK$788 per person plus 10%). Pop into Jinjuu for a special end-of-year menu featuring deonjang pumpkin soup, Hanwoo beef carpaccio, Korean pancakes, bulgogi glazed roast beef and Jinjuu’s signature KFC. Sip on a complimentary glass of Champagne, or go straight for the soju cocktails to kick off the night with a bang.