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Where to get Chinese New Year dinner in Hong Kong

The best restaurants for Chinese New Year dinner in Hong Kong, including traditional Lunar New Year dishes, poon choi and family-style feasts

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Alto

There’s a CNY party to be had on Sunday January 29 at Causeway Bay’s swish sky-high restaurant Alto. For the 6.30pm to 9pm sitting, it’s $688 a head for a salad buffet starter, a main like the 12oz grass-fed sirloin steak or the roasted salmon with melted leeks, and then a dessert buffet to finish. The second sitting is from 9pm onwards for $398 a head. The rooftop can be accessed during both sessions, particularly for the 8pm fireworks. It’s $300 if you want to skip the food, though, and just head to the rooftop from 7pm onwards. For that price you also get two drinks.

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Causeway Bay

Aqua

Be dazzled by Aqua’s two-storey-high glass windows with an unparallelled view of Hong Kong’s famous skyline. A combination of Japanese and Italian cuisines are served up at this famous restaurant, so you can dine on exquisite pastas, robotayaki, sushi and the beautiful desserts. The all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch is the talk of the town too.

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Tsim Sha Tsui
Beerliner

Beerliner

Kung hei fat choy! Beerliner German Bar & Restaurant is cooking up a series of ‘auspicious and exquisite delicacies’ to usher in the Year of the Rooster. Between January 27 and February 28, experience items from the ‘Year of the Rooster Specials’ menu, including the New Year’s spring chicken ($138), the Beerliner CNY platter ($288), the whole roasted suckling pig ($888) and the Beerliner special CNY dessert of Chinese sticky rice ball with apple and cinnamon in a cherry sauce. There’s also a five-course Year of the Rooster Combo journey that’s available for four to six people at $838 a head at dinner. With special platters, pumpernickel bread, dessert combos and that spring chicken as part it, this is a feast that should give you some good fortune.

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Brasserie on the Eighth

There’s a pop-up seafood market to enjoy at this French restaurant in the Conrad until January 31. Indulge in the best fruits de mer in town, including Fine de Claire oysters (from $65 a piece) and other quality bivalves from the European country. Other highlights include Brittany lobsters ($770 a piece), French dungeness crabs ($860), Alaskan king crab legs ($190) and black mussels ($160 for 500g). Seafood for CNY and eat it.

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Admiralty

Café 103

The mandarin orange is an auspicious fruit that’s often served up at CNY to help usher in a year of good fortune. Café 103 at The Ritz-Carlton in the ICC is making the sweet treat its star as it presents its Chocolate Mandarine Afternoon Tea until February 28. Try the ‘Jivara mandarine verrine’ with its soft mandarin gelée, joconde cake and milk chocolate cream and the ‘mandarine caramel nut tart’ that features caramelised pecan nuts and walnuts in a rich mandarin curd. There’s plenty of other sweet and savoury offerings too. It’s only available between 3.30pm and 5.30pm, priced $378 from Monday to Friday, $398 at weekends and $408 from January 28 to 31.

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West Kowloon

Cafe Deco

What’s important at Chinese New Year? Family? Presents? Some good luck? Sure they are but just as vital are fireworks and buffets, we reckon. And you’re in luck because high-rise TST eatery Cafe Deco is covering both between 7pm and 10pm on Sunday January 29. Watch the pyrotechnics over the harbour from up on high as you tuck into an array of Chinese dishes, including the ‘glistening roasted Peking duck’. It’s $1,188 a head and there’s some freeflow red and white wine to enjoy too.

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The Peak
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Café on the 1st

Yes, you can go for a set menu at CNY. But how about a belly-busting Chinese buffet? On January 29, as the fireworks are lighting up the sky, chow down at this chic restaurant in The Excelsior, Hong Kong hotel. Stuff yourself on Alaskan king crab legs, brown crabs, freshly shucked oysters, bird’s nest with ‘seafood boil’, wok-fried beef dice with black truffle and much more besides. It’s $608 a head and comes with a complimentary serving of ‘braised Buddha temptation’, a delish stew that’s made with abalone, fish maw and other top ingredients.

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Causeway Bay

Celestial Court Chinese Restaurant

Bring your friends and family to this swish Chinese restaurant in the Sheraton between January 24 and February 3 for a feast to remember. Book in for a set menu at $3,680 for four people and enjoy festive dim sum and dishes like the steamed rice flour roll with lobster, black truffle and turnip. Or go à la carte with offerings that symbolise wealth in the new year like the stewed stuffed chicken with South African abalone, sea cucumber and black mushrooms ($1,288 for four people) or the braised boneless duck stuffed with loads of delights like pearl barley ($688).

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Tsim Sha Tsui

Centre Street Kitchen

When it comes to enjoying a gastronomic journey to the classic era of Hong Kong, you can’t go wrong with Centre Street Kitchen at the Island Pacific Hotel. Tuck into an array of authentic and locally inspired culinary creations alongside a diverse range of delectable international culinary offerings. The interiors are modern and there are touches which take their inspiration from the Sai Ying Pun neighbourhood. As well as the classics, also enjoy fab burgers and pizzas here.

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Sai Ying Pun
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China Tang (Harbour City)

Prepare for a feast if you’re heading to one of Hong Kong’s two China Tang restaurants because there’s a host of Cantonese, Sichuan and Beijing-style Lunar New Year specialities being cooked up. We suggest you check into the Harbour City outlet, which is focusing on premium seafood and sharing dishes until February 11. Enjoy offerings like the abalone, bird’s nest, jellyfish and vegetables juliennes tossed with abalone sauce ($438), the braised whole yoshihama abalone with goose web in premium oyster sauce ($638) and the sautéed lobster with water chestnuts, elm fungus and yellow fungus ($888).

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Tsim Sha Tsui

Dim Sum Bar

Poon choi is all the rage at Wan Chai’s Dim Sum Bar until well into February. The traditional-with-a-few-twists restaurant is offering three ‘deluxe’ versions of the authentic dish which is crammed with delights like pan-fried prawns in soy sauce, braised goose web in abalone sauce and pork knuckle in abalone sauce. The basic ‘fortune’ set is for six people ($888), the ‘premium’ set comes with added stuffed dace fish for 12 people ($1,388) and the ‘abalone’ set also boasts braised whole abalone and is for a group of 12 ($1,888). Not just dim sum at this place during CNY…

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Wan Chai

Hutong

Few restaurants in Hong Kong boast a view of the fireworks on January 29 quite like Tsim Sha Tsui’s Hutong. And few eateries, for that matter, boast incredible authentic Chinese food quite like Hutong either. So rock up here, pay $1,788 a head and enjoy a set dinner on the big night that includes delights like wok-tossed king prawns coated with salty egg yolk sauce, crispy boneless lamb ribs with Chinese pancakes, steamed eight treasure rice and golden sesame dumplings. CNY in the lap of luxury.

 

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Tsim Sha Tsui
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Lai Bun Fu

Usher in the Year of the Rooster at Central’s Lai Bun Fu. Enjoy a range of feature appetisers and main courses that harken back to the more traditional days of Chinese New Year treats. Try the mini toasts topped with braised abalone ($128) and the deep-fried snake meatballs with chilli and pepper ($168) before you embark on a journey with the braised angus beef brisket in pumpkin ($238), the steamed egg white with prawns and crab roe ($198) and the poached assorted seafood and lobster rice in soup ($288). There are tons of other festive choices on offer too.

 

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Central

Le Chinois

Why stay in Hong Kong for CNY? Perhaps a trip to our sister SAR is in order, specifically to Le Chinois at the Sofitel Macau. This exquisite Chinese restaurant is cooking up some cracking dishes throughout the spring to toast the new year. Sample the ‘salmon yu sheng salad’ (from $328) or the ‘treasure pot’ (from $888) that’s made with ingredients including abalone, conpoy and Japanese mushrooms. There’s also a CNY set menu (from $1,488 a person) that boasts stars such as pork knuckle, conch broth and sea cucumber.

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Macau

Man Hing at Greater China Club

Welcome in the Year of the Rooster at this lavish Greater China Club Cantonese dining room. There are two special CNY banquet menus on offer here until February 15, featuring both classic favourites and innovative twists. The Golden Rooster Menu ($6,888) includes barbecued whole suckling pig, braised dried oysters, pig’s tongue and sea moss in oyster sauce. The Fire Rooster Menu ($8,888) features those dishes plus the likes of seafood dumplings wrapped in egg white skins, deep-fried chicken coated with crispy rice and garlic, and braised rice with diced chicken and dried octopus in abalone sauce.

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Cheung Sha Wan
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Mistral (Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16)

Over six weeks, this eatery in Macao is presenting alternately Cantonese, Shanghainese and Sichuanese cuisines in a series of buffets ($168 for lunch, $328 for dinner). The Cantonese offerings include a retro dim sum trolley that ‘revives the golden age of Cantonese teahouses’ alongside crab meat broth, sweet and sour fresh grouper and salmon ‘yu sheng’ salad. Then, for Shanghainese, there are handmade dumplings and xiaolongbaos up for grabs. Finally, for Sichuanese, enjoy ‘longevity noodles’ and ‘fried year cakes’ to wish diners luck in the new year.

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Macau

Promenade Restaurant

Peking duck rules the roost at a special CNY buffet at Hung Hom’s Promenade restaurant in the Harbour Plaza Metropolis hotel. The ‘To Whoop with Joy – Celebrate the Year of the Rooster Dinner Buffet’ is a scrumptious feast with delectable Chinese cuisines that’s available from January 28 to 31. One of the stars of the show is the glorious Peking duck, pancakes and hoi sin sauce. There’s also a special Fireworks Dinner Buffet on January 29 where you can watch the bangers over the harbour from Kowloon side. Sittings are between midday and 2.30pm, 5.15pm and 7.45pm, and 8.30pm and 11pm. The fireworks are at 8pm but you can witness them out back at The Patio Bar if you’ve finished or are waiting to begin your buffet.

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Hung Hom

Rendezvous Lobby Bar (Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16)

This laid-back hotel lobby bar in Macau offers up a different CNY experience. Until February 26, the Rendezvous is serving up a special CNY afternoon tea with delicacies such as mini-dim sum, coconut osmanthus pudding, smoked salmon rolls and the hotel’s own Grand Marnier macarons. Plus, there are CNY-themed pastries available for dine-in or takeaway. The tea set is $258 for two people.

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Macau
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And for something a little different...

Ms B's Cakery

You don’t have to go to a restaurant to celebrate CNY. How about buying a celebratory cake? From January 16, Ms B’s Cakery is selling two festive creations. The Rooster Taster ($75) and the Bloom ($1,050 for 500g, $1,680 for 1kg) show off the cakery’s craftsmanship of exquisite sugar art. The Rooster Taster is an auspicious take on the Ms B’s Beetroot Red Velvet cake, featuring 24-carat edible gold. It has been designed to send best wishes to family members, loved ones and business partners. The Bloom is a red fondant cake available in three variations: Chocolate Fudge Cake with Almond Nutella Butter Cream and Crispy Croquant, Beetroot Red Velvet Cake with Toffee Caramel Buttercream and Vanilla Butter Cake with Strawberry Coulis and French Butter Cream. The peony draped on top has been meticulously handcrafted.

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Central

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