The Year of the Dog is upon us, coming smack bang in a month absolutely bursting with things to do, not to mention, Valentine’s Day. But, the hallowed CNY meal is arguably the most important of the lunar calendar and doing it at home isn't always possible. So we made things easier for you and rounded up some of the best menus in town. They're the dog's bollocks.
Though if you’re keen to catch the annual CNY fireworks without splurging on these feasts, here are places to do so for free.
Where to get Chinese New Year dinner in Hong Kong
The Malasian mainstay is offering up an auspicious set menu this CNY. The centrepiece of the menu is undoubtedly the Lo Hei, otherwise known as Prosperity Toss – a delightful mixed salad that represents abundance and vigour with raw fish, pomelo and lime among the salad, which is bursting with over 20 specially-chosen ingredients.
Not only one of the best spots in the city to take in the CNY fireworks, the famed two Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant is offering a special fireworks dinner menu for $2,988 per person. The eight-course menu features highlights such as barbecued suckling pig and golden sun-dried oyster, steamed garoupa fillet with mandarin zest and red dates (pictured) among many others.
Dining with a view is always a plus. Promenade Restaurant has the perfect harbour view to enjoy the fireworks extravaganza and an even better buffet selection on offer for CNY. The buffet – which is a very reasonable $738 for adults and $538 for children – includes delicacies such as braised wild goose with black mushroom, stir-fried crab with salty egg yolk (pictured), peking duck, and steamed garoupa fillet with fried soya bean.
Fancy something a bit different for your CNY feasting? The French Window have prepared a five-course European dinner ($900 per person) for you take in while you have front-row seats for the visual assault of fireworks. Highlights include crab soup, grilled scallop, hay smoked beef tenderloin with mushroom and foie gras risotto, and seabass with cumin curry. The dinner also includes a complimentary glass of Duval Leroy Brut NV for the New Year toast.
Another top resto seeking to modernise how we eat this CNY comes by way of carnivore/sandwich mecca Bread & Beast. For group dining, the trendy Wan Chai eatery has two set menus – Fortune Beast (for six to eight people, $1,888) and Prosperous Beast (for 15-18 people, $3,688). Each menu features modern interpretations of traditional Canto fare such as bacon-wrapped scallops, prawns with Thai basil, sous vide pork belly with thyme and garlic, and house-smoked oysters with Earl Grey to name a few. There's always a hearty selection of á la carte options if you don't fancy dining in a big group this year.
This popular Harbour City spot brings six new Chinese New Year specials available from February 1 to March 2. Expect delicacies and classics elevated with dishes like braised lettuce with dried scallop and black mushrooms ($168), sautéed shrimps with vegetable, water-chestnut and celery ($138), and stewed pork belly with lotus root ($93). The affordable feast is ideal for splurging on all the CNY sales at the busy mall afterward.
With its high ceilings and 9,000 sq ft of space, Yue's spaciousness lends itself to a vibrant atmosphere, ideal for a big CNY gatherings. Its food offerings clearly reflect the same vibrancy with its special 'Gau Daai Gwai' New Year Feast ($3,800 for eight people). Starting from 16th February, Yue is offering a traditional nine-course menu that's perfect for sharing, including dishes like braised 'Doggy Duck' pot, golden oyster rolls and giant grouper balls pan-fried with pickles, celery and bean curd puff – among many others.
Enjoy a Poon Choi dinner ($3,288-$5,388) in the Jade and Lotus rooms of Marco Polo Hotel on fireworks night. There's no skimping on ingredients in this version, with abalone in oyster sauce, fish maw, prawn in tomato sauce, soya sauce chicken, whole conpoy, braised goose web and more. Complimentary rice and desserts are also served along with free-flow soft drinks, beer and orange juice. Head up to the viewing platform on the 6th floor to admire the fireworks display and welcome in the new lunar year with a bang.