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'Tis the season: Where to have Christmas dinner in Hong Kong in 2016

Winter is coming, and with it, the Christmas menus. So very many of them. Book your spot at one of these city restaurants for a Yuletide feast fit for three kings

Armani/Aqua

Armani/Aqua's festive menu features their signature sushi and sashimi platter and a choice of mains including grilled beef tenderloin or a roast turkey paupiette. The five course menu ($748) is available on December 24. For an even sweeter deal, add sommelier paired wines for an extra $488. Dreaming of a white Christmas? Head on over to Armani/Privé's White Christmas Party after dinner on December 24. A festive semi-buffet ($648) is also available on December 25 and 26.

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Bibo

Between December 15 and 30, tuck into a six-course fine French feast at arty Sheung Wan spot Bibo. Enjoy delights like the pâté en croûte, the ‘l’ormeau’ abalone and bellota ham, the ‘le homard bleu’ Brittany blue lobster and the ‘le chevreuil’ pan-fried venison. For an extra $300 a dish, get your grub topped with a Périgord black truffle and, for $900 more, pair your food with some exclusive champagne. $1,380.

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BLT Steak

Indulge in an epic festive buffet on Christmas Eve and Day at TST’s BLT Steak. Stuff yourself with bone-in USDA dry-rubbed prime rib, maple bourbon-glazed pork belly, poached salmon, jalapeno soy, crispy brussels sprouts and even rum balls. Also enjoy the chilled seafood bar with its oysters, prawns and clam chowder. $598. 

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Cadenza

Oysters for Christmas dinner? Damn right, when it comes to the Greater China Club’s Italian restaurant, Cadenza. A six-course Christmas Eve and Christmas Day ($650), as well as New Year’s Eve ($750), lunch and dinner menu is being rolled out which includes delights like oysters and caviar, red lobster salad, ravioli and duck ragout, and a delish lemon sole ‘involtini’ with Mediterranean red prawns. From $650

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Cheung Sha Wan

Café Bord De Mer & Lounge

It’s all about the festive buffets at Auberge Discovery Bay’s Café Bord De Mer & Lounge. Boston lobsters, snow crab legs, Hokkaido scallops, roast turkeys and Christmas desserts all feature over the festive period, with prices for lunch on December 24 and 25 starting at $388 for adults and $228 for children, and $618 for adults and $298 for children at dinnertime. The kids may also get to meet Santa and see close-up magic if they’re good... From $388

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Cirqle

Head over to the Southside if you’d like a seasonal treat on any day between December 1 and 24. Enjoy a two-course ($178) or three-course ($198) dinner that includes options such as chestnut soup and bacon, roast turkey with sage and Christmas pudding with brandy anglaise. There’s Young Master ales to pair with the dishes as well as traditional mulled wine. Also indulge in a special barbecue Christmas party with plenty of meat available on December 24 and 25 ($448).

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City Garden Hotel

If it's an interactive Christmas that you're after, look no further than City Garden Hotel's Garden Café, which this season transforms into a full-blown 'Party House'. The buffet restaurant is offering some very special treats this season, from a slow-cooked, cumin-infused turkey breast for lunch, to a Gruyère cheese-layered turkey and honey-glazed smoked ham for dinner. With six stations featuring some of the finest ingredients available, you'll be as full as a Santa sack after this one. Prices from $268

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Foxglove

Hong Kong Christmases mightn't be snowy, but Central speakeasy Foxglove is presenting a white christmas this year. Over the Christmas weekend, enjoy a classic three-course Christmas menu (from $380) including an appetiser, a main of either turkey or roast beef and dessert, with your choice of either spiked eggnog or mulled wine to end on a high. There will also be themed cocktails, live music and movie screenings on December 25 – seasonal classics Home Alone and Love Actually will be playing back-to-back on the big day. 

Tickets sold separately for each night. For reservations, call 2116 8949 or email reservation@foxglovehk.com.

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Gaddi's

You could do much worse than the grandeur of The Peninsula’s fancy French spot Gaddi’s for your Yuletide chow-down. Let chef Xavier Boyer and his team thrill you with a Christmas Eve gala dinner ($3,288), Christmas Day and Boxing Day lunch ($1,288) and Christmas Day and Boxing Day dinner ($1,888). Sample creations like the pigeon and foie gras duo, the truffle and potato salad and the thermidor-style roasted lobster. Parfait! 

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Gradini

Italian eatery Gradini is touting brunch or dinner feasts with traditional and modern touches on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. There’s a five-course December 24 menu ($1,088) which includes Hokkaido scallops, slow-baked Tasmanian lamb loin and roasted Italian chestnut mousse, or a December 25 brunch ($588) with Boston lobster and a duck breast Waldorf salad, as well as the big Christmas Day dinner ($888) that boasts ‘torched’ scampi and wagyu sirloin.

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Jamie's Italian (Causeway Bay)

Three festive set menus are available this December at Jamie Oliver's Hong Kong dining rooms. At lunch, enjoy a two ($168) or three-course ($198) menu including mains like free-range porchetta stuffed with apricot, apple, fennel and garlic, served with braised red cabbage and smashed crackling. For large group gatherings, indulge in the three-course Festive Formal Set ($328), with dishes including hearty oxtail casarecce and traditional tiramisu. Groups of 10 or more can take advantage of the Wow Menu ($468), featuring a selection of sharing dishes like an antipasti platter, turkey wellington and a brownie pyramid topped with caramelised amaretti popcorn.

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Jimmy's Kitchen

This historic Hong Kong restaurant, which has been open since 1928, is serving up an ace four-course Christmas Eve and Day banquet. Stuff yourself on pan-seared foie gras, spiced crab and lobster bisque, some traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings and the classic ‘Jimmy’s famous Christmas pudding’, among an array of other choices. There’s a vegetarian menu on offer too for those who love their greens. $788. 

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Greenhouse

Greenhouse

Head to Times Square for your Christmas dinner on the big day at Asian-Western eatery Greenhouse. Loosen that belt as you swap gifts over your three-course extravaganza that includes a smoky pink paper roll with prawns and avocado and a braised wagyu short rib with sautéed brussels sprouts. Knock yourself out with the hot chocolate soft cookies for dessert. $398.

Shop 1004, 10/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay, 2383 4022; gaiagroup.com.hk.

Lily & Bloom

Head to Lily & Bloom on Christmas Day for your festive set dinner. Sample a range of dishes like fresh seasonal oysters with grilled and chilled abalone, slow-cooked market scallops, salt-crusted whole market fish, roast iberico pork chop and pumpkin pie tart. Pair with some of the venue’s Prohibition era-inspired cocktails and enjoy a merry, merry Chrimbo. $880

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Mirage

A semi-buffet for either lunch or dinner on both Christmas Eve and Day awaits at the Renaissance Harbour View’s Mirage. Browse the appetiser counter, indulging in the likes of chilled lobster tail and Australian yellowtail kingfish before diving into the main courses, including turkey roulade with foie gras and a fabulous lobster risotto. Finish with the delectable dessert station. You’ve gotta try the Christmas stollen and the mince pies. This is, indeed, no mirage. $388 (brunch), $588 (dinner)

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Mrs Pound

Going hard on Christmas Eve? Cure the hangover at Mrs Pound on the 25th – the hipper-than-thou Sheung Wan bar and dining room is offering all you can eat pancakes and toppings, which you can wash down with a tipple from the free-flow bloody mary station ($198). For something more substantial, tuck into a plate of the kitchen's sticky coffee ribs, which are only available this month.

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Sheung Wan

The Ocean

Dive into The Ocean's stunning festive menu this season with Chef Augustin Balbi's seven-course menu ($1,488). Highlights on the responsibly sourced seafood menu include Ocean Breeze, a delicate yet complex abalone, barely and mushroom consommé, and Great Reef, where turbot floats alongside caviar, herbs and a nutty emulsion of mussels and pistachio. With one of the best views in town to boot, this is one festiv treat you ewon't want to miss.

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Repulse Bay

Oyster and Wine Bar

The Sheraton’s Oyster & Wine Bar is going for a festive à la carte menu on December 24, 25 and 31. Of course, freshly shucked oysters feature on the premium seafood platter with sea urchins, oscietra caviar and Alaskan king crab legs. Also try the blue lobster carpaccio, 14-hour slow-cooked crispy iberico pork belly and diver scallop, and the superb wines on offer. Minimum spend is $1,388 on Dec 24, $1,088 on Dec 25 and $2,088 on Dec 31. 

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Pirata

High-rise Italian fave Pirata is going all out this month, with seasonal set menus available all week for lunch and dinner (from $228), with dishes including tagliolini with winter black truffle and perfectly grilled Boston lobster. Pirata's famed free-flow brunch ($298, add $180 for free-flow prosecco, beer and selected cocktails)  will be in full swing over the Christmas weekend, too, with the generous menu featuring a giant carved-out parmesan wheel filled to the brim with a traditional boletus mushroom risotto. The Wan Chai restaurant has you covered for Christmas dinner, too, with a hearty five-course ($648) menu eaturing dishes like wild boar ragout with homemade pappardelle, red wine and juniper berries and Tuscan seabass with Tggiasca olives and fresh herbs.

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Wan Chai
Scarlett Café and Wine Bar

Scarlett Café and Wine Bar

A handful of ‘festive specials’ are hitting the menu at TST’s stylish multi-cuisine eatery, Scarlett. Enjoy appetisers like Alaska king crab salad with avocado and mango ($218) and baked camembert with country bread toast ($148) before moving on to delights like ‘poularde’ baby chicken with truffle mash ($198) and rolled roast turkey in red wine sauce ($218). Christmas with class. 2 Austin Ave, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3565 6513; fb.com/scarletthk.

Seasons by Olivier E

Michelin-starred Lee Gardens dining room Seasons is puling out all the stops this festive season, with a month-long menu that transports diners to a colourful Christmas village in France. The four ($988) or five-course ($1,188) set menu blends internationally recognised tenical nous with the best produce of the season, in dishes like seared Hokkaido scallops with seaweed butter and Jerusalem artichoke, Maine lobster fricassée accompanied by chestnut confit, sautéed potatoes and lobster bisque. The Christmas Eve and Christmas night dinners will include a special sixth course ($1,888), an indulgent plate of Hokkaido sea urchin with gingerbread and mulled wine jelly. Save room for dessert, too, a Christmas pudding and gingerbread ice cream encased in a dark chocolate house and nestled in between two white chocolate trees.

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Causeway Bay
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Tosca

Tosca

Dine up in the clouds at The Ritz-Carlton’s one Michelin-starred Italian restaurant Tosca at Christmas. The chefs here are dishing up a December 24 set dinner ($3,480) that includes oxtail raviolo with wild mushrooms and veal tenderloin with beetroot, and a December 25 set dinner ($2,480) with delights like risotto burrata with white truffle and panettone semifreddo with almond and dark chocolate ice cream.

102/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, ICC, 1 Austin Rd W, West Kowloon, 2263 2270; ritzcarlton.com.

ToTT's

If music be the food of love, let ToTT’s at The Excelsior, Hong Kong play on during your barbecue seafood Christmas Day brunch or five-course Christmas Eve and Day dinners. Live music accompanies the feasts as you make your way through treasures like seared Hokkaido scallops with oscietra caviar, lobster ravioli and beef rossini. Don’t miss the cutest festive dessert platter in town as well. $1,188. 

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Causeway Bay

Tri

Christmas in Bali? Always a good idea. Get the full island experience a little closer to home though at Tri, which this year has curated a special eight-course Xmas Menu ($880). Appetisers include a traditional tuna lawar salad with spiced green bean and grilled coconut, and the restaurant's famed mince pork satay with house-made sambal. Bigger dishes include veal menyatyat, a braised shank plated with wok-fried asparagus, sweet potato and pearl onions served alongside a portion of the nasi goreng. Bonus: there's a complimentary glass of G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge NV Champagne to start your meal, for an extra festive Christmas. Available from 24-26 December

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Watermark

Chef Zero Yu cooks up an awesome Chrimbo dinner at Central Ferry Pier 7’s Watermark Seafood Grill and Bar this year. Go for the five-course Christmas Eve dinner ($798) or four-course Christmas Day feast ($498), each with choices like pan-seared barramundi with kombu, roast chicken with chestnut purée and beef tenderloin with duck foie gras. The dark chocolate mousse with vanilla mascarpone cream needs to be worshipped. Plus, there’s a vegetarian menu available too.

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Zuma

One of the hottest brunch seats in town year round, Christmas at Zuma this year is set to be one of the biggest weekends of the year. The special Baikingu Christmas brunch menu (from $590) includes seasonal dishes like teriyaki turkey, iberico pork ribs with Japanese barbecue sauce and spicy cashews, and a walnut and gingerbread pudding with spiced figs and whiskey caramel. Wash it down with the house-made mulled wine, or award-winning bartender Arkadiusz Rybak's special festive cocktail The Hasu Sour, featuring elusive ingredients like sea buckthorn and umeshu, served in a wood smoke-filled glass.

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