The best Hong Kong Christmas meals
This is a good option for a lavish celebration, offering three-course festive lunches, brunches and dinner buffets throughout the holiday season. With Pacific rock oysters, scallops, prawns, succulent roast turkey slices and juicy rib-eye steaks, you’re gonna probably stuffed. Keeping it traditional for dessert, Alibi is serving Christmas log cake and stollen.
Three-course festive lunch: December 11-16 and 18-23, 11.30am-2.30pm each day. Price: $248 a head.
Christmas brunch: December 24-26 and December 31, 11.30am-2.30pm each day. Price: adults $458 and children $348.
Festive dinner buffet: December 24 and 25, 6.30pm-9pm each day. Price: adults $628 and children $468.
Meaty sandwich merchant, Bread and Beast, is ditching the bread this Christmas and offering a full-blown menu of Yuletide eats in the form of two different menus.
The Jolly Beast offers the eatery’s signature lotus root chips with a goat’s cheese and walnut salad for starters. They come followed by a slow roasted turkey with lemon butter and fresh herbs, served with pickles, yam, mashed potato and bacon, sausage and sage stuffing, plus apple pie for dessert.
The more substantial Festive Beast includes all of the above plus an extra starter – roasted pepper and parmesan hummus served with sourdough crisps – and main, which takes the shape of a rosemary, fennel and lime flavoured porchetta.
If you don’t feel full just reading that, there’s additional sides of mac ’n’ cheese made with lap cheong Chinese sausage and brussels sprouts with fish sauce caramel, crispy shallots and a garlic crumb. There’s also an à la carte menu with further options if you’re dining with less than 10 people.
Price: Jolly Beast, $380 per person; Festive Beast, $540 per person (minimum order 10 people).
If you just can’t decide what to eat, the Ritz-Carlton’s fancy pants Café 103 has a seemingly endless buffet with just about everything on offer. Whether you want salads made with special rare herbs or a ridiculous range of seafood on ice or freshly shucked oysters and French lobster soup, it’s all here. There are also separate hot sections for Chinese and Western goodies, so you can pair your beef wellington with black garlic and pork fried rice – should you wish. Same story with the desserts. Basically if you can imagine it, it’s there: ice cream station, check. Gingerbread cookies, check. Blueberry cheesecake, check. You get the idea.
24 December: Lunch: 12pm-2.30pm. Price $802 Dinner: 7.30pm-10pm $1,388.
25 December: Lunch: 12pm-2.30pm. Price $1,028 Dinner: 7.30pm-10pm $1,388.
26 December: Lunch: 12pm-2pm. Price $988 Dinner: 7.30pm-10pm $1,388.
Prices include free-flow Cava, white and red wine.
Southern Californian eatery Commissary is serving up a buffet-style Christmas Eve feast, just in case you need a good stuffing the night before the big day. There are SoCal touches amongst traditional favourites like roast turkey with sage and onion stuffing, slow smoked pork shoulder and braised brisket ragu all on offer. Sides-wise, there’s mashed potatoes, baked yams with maple and chilli butter, brussels sprouts with bacon and black pepper, and buttermilk biscuits. If you’re California dreaming of something sweet, you’ll be pleased to see Christmas bread pudding and blackberry cobbler on the menu too.
If you fancy a pre-Christmas knees up – and why not – a two-hour free flow package featuring certain cocktails, wine or Brooklyn Lager can be added for $198.
24 December: 6pm-8pm and 8.30pm-10.30pm. Price: $488 per person.
Fancy a Mediterranean Chrimbo banquet? DiVino Patio in Wan Chai is serving up a distinctly Italian Christmas. Expect culurgiones dumplings filled with potato, pecorino and peppermint ($188) and Sardinian fregola pasta with lamb ragout and winter black truffle ($208) on the menu. Especially enticing is the Sardinian suckling piglet ($248) roasted with fresh mirto leaves – a common Sardinian herb – served with a fresh fennel and radish salad.
Christmas à la carte menu available December 24, 25 and 26.
Peri-peri chicken specialists Flaming Frango are offering a more wallet-friendly Christmas than many others. The three courses starts with a pumpkin and ginger soup, then dinners can select from traditional roast turkey, sirloin steak or fish and chips. The meal ends on a sweet note with either bread and butter pudding with custard or New York cheesecake. Wash everything down with a glass of red or white wine.
24 and 25 December. $250 per person.
Stylish 1950s style Foxglove is combining food and art in its trademark style and serving up a three-course Christmas dinner alongside classic Yuletide films. 2006 rom-com The Holiday kicks things off at 6.30pm and Home Alone 2 follows on its heels at 8.45pm. Tickets are priced at $650, so get them while you can.
Belgian beer bar and restaurant Frites is serving up an express Christmas lunch menu leading up to the big day. On Christmas itself there’s a three-course menu starting with corn chowder and mussels, followed by a turkey ballotine or black angus roast beef and finishing with a Christmassy brioche pudding. Two hours of unlimited Prosecco, draught beers, house wine, house spirits, soft drinks and juices ought to keep you merry for an additional $250 per person. There’s a bonus for families with kids, who receive a gift and candies from Santa.
24 (from 6pm) and 25 December. $495 per person.
For a more extravagant Christmas feast, modern Japanese fine-dining restaurant Haku is cooking up a tasting menu using only the finest ingredients, including uni and king crab from Hokkaido and A4 wagyu beef from Nozaki. The format is as an eight-course dinner menu or five-course lunch menu. The event style features varying textures and temperatures as well as novel flavour combinations. It might not be all that festive, but it should certainly be delicious!
24, 25 and 26 December. Price: Dinner, $1,980. Lunch, $850. Wine pairing an extra $700.
Celeb chef Judy Joo’s modern Korean restaurant is serving up a seven-course Korean Christmas feast with epic dishes like kimchi arancini and Korean fried turkey. For dessert there’s mince pie mandoo dumplings with a brandy butter glaze. It doesn’t get more fusion that that.
25 December. Price: $668.
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