It’s that time of year again when the city gets lit up with festive red lanterns, parades and a spectacular fireworks show (this year falling on the second day of Lunar New Year, 17 February). From lai see packets to sticky puddings, the celebratory time of year comes with many time-honoured traditions — not least of which is family dinners full of ‘lucky’ dishes such as longevity noodles, nian gao, whole fish, dumplings and glutinous rice cakes.
Ready to partake in the culinary traditions of the holiday? Take a look at the best CNY menus around town, all of which offer a front-row seat to the fireworks show.
Contemporary Chinese New Year at HEXA
When: Set dinner available on 17 Feb followed by fireworks party (HK$300 regular entrance fee includes two glasses of wine); Lunar New Year special dishes available from the first to tenth day of Chinese New Year
Price: HK$1,388 per person for 17 February dinner
Newly opened at Harbour City, HEXA commands an impressive presence with its sweeping waterfront space accented in bronze and turquoise. Chef Harry Hung helms the kitchen here, bringing a touch of creativity and contemporary twists to traditional Chinese recipes. Soak in the 270-degree panoramic landscape as you dine on nine auspicious dishes created just for CNY, available through the tenth day of Lunar New Year. On 17 February, guests can enjoy a special set dinner (priced at HK$1,388 per person), which includes salmon with assorted salad, double-boiled shark’s fin soup with Yunnan ham, braised abalone with elm fungus, wild Shanghai-style prawns, braised pork knuckle and deep-fried golden chicken. Afterwards, head out to the cosy outdoor lawn to enjoy a prime view of the pyrotechnics.
Hexa, OTE 101, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2577 1668
Fireworks banquet at Above & Beyond
When: 17 February
Price: HK$1,488 per person for fireworks dinner
For a traditional CNY dinner accompanied by bird’s eye views of the harbour, you’ll want to head to Above & Beyond, perched on the 28th floor of Hotel Icon. A celebratory 7-course set dinner on 17 February includes dishes such as wok-fried prawns in chilli sauce with steamed scallops, steamed lobster with egg white and caviar, and South African whole abalone with vegetable sprouts — all washed down with a complimentary glass of Champagne while soaking in the fireworks display. Meanwhile, you can stop by anytime from 6 February–5 March to enjoy special CNY dishes created by chef Paul Tsui on the á la carte menu, from marinated, shredded, crispy-skin chicken to prawns with shrimp roe and wok-fried pork tongue and dried oyster served with lettuce.
Above & Beyond, 28/F, Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, +852 3400 1345
Classic fine dining at Spring Moon
When: Ongoing through Lunar New Year
Price: 6-course CNY menu priced at HK$1,788 per person. Ten-course set banquet “Fortune” priced at HK$13,680, “Wealth” priced at HK$17,380, and “Longevity” priced at HK$20,680 for parties of 10.
If you’re seeking a festive atmosphere for the Lunar New Year, look no further than the iconic Peninsula, which will be going all out with CNY decorations, activities & entertainment, and dining promotions throughout the 10-day celebration. Kick off the festivities with a traditional lion dance in The Lobby on 16 February, then take a grand tour of the hotel to take in the elaborate décor featuring peach blossoms, red floral arrangements, kumquat bushes and lanterns symbolising good luck. Against this auspicious backdrop, guests are invited to partake in the 6-course celebratory dinner at Michelin-starred Spring Moon, complete with a traditional Chinese music performance (special 10-course menus are also available for parties of ten or more). On 17 February, dinner guests are invited to enjoy an exclusive view of the New Year fireworks from the Sun Terrace, including a complimentary glass of bubbly.
Spring Moon, 1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2696 6760
Front-row fireworks at Yan Toh Heen
When: 17 February CNY Fireworks Menu; 18 January–4 March “Fat Choy” menu
Price: HK$2,988 per person plus 10% surcharge for CNY Fireworks Menu; HK$1,888 per person for 5-course “Fat Choy” menu
Enjoy an excellent vantage point of the harbour accompanied by exquisite Cantonese dishes at two-Michelin-starred Yan Toh Heen, nestled away inside the InterContinental Hong Kong. The 8-course Chinese New Year’s Fireworks Menu by Executive Chef Lau Yiu Fai starts with specialties such as sumptuous barbecued suckling pig and golden sun-dried oyster and double-boiled sea cucumber with fish maw, followed by the main event of braised whole abalone (28 heads) and steamed garoupa fillet with Mandarin zest and red dates. Round out the meal with lucky glutinous-rice dumplings paired with red bean cream and a cup of 1970 aged supreme liu pao tea. For a more casual affair, the 5-course “Fat Choy” menu is available until 17 February, including barbecued suckling pig, “Buddha Jumping Over the Wall”, wok-fried Wagyu beef, fried multi-grain rice, and sweetened red bean cream with sesame dumplings.
Yan Toh Heen, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2313 2323
Western-style buffet at Assaggio Trattoria Italiana
When: 17 February, 6–10pm
Price: HK$888 per adult, HK$588 per kid
Just because it’s CNY doesn’t mean you have to go the traditional Chinese route. Many Western restaurants are offering special menus for the occasion, and buffet-style just may be the way to go if you have little ones in tow. For a casual Italian vibe, head to Assaggio Trattoria Italiana, where HK$888 (HK$588 per kid) will get you an all-you-can-eat spread consisting of a fresh salad bar, antipasti, soup, hot mains, a cheese corner and a dessert station — not to mention a fantastic view of the fireworks from Wan Chai. Catch the show as you tuck into steamed lobster, calamari and avocado salad and parma ham with melon, followed by seafood chowder and hot seafood mains such as pan-seared salmon and mussels and clams stew. Prefer meat instead? The carving station has you sorted with succulent roast beef and roast suckling pig.
Assaggio Trattoria Italiana, 6/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2877 3999