What’s Christmas without a slap-up meal? With everything from roast turkey and suckling pig to juicy steaks and gourmet shellfish, Hong Kong is awash with seasonal eats from all over the globe. Whether you want an Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, British or regular ol’ Cantonese Christmas, our diverse SAR has it all. We sort the good from the great in this guide to the best Christmas menus on offer this year.
Best Hong Kong Christmas meals
Claiming to offer ‘contemporary barbecue cuisine prepared in the classic Cali style’, Big Sur is celebrating Christmas with a convivial summer vibe. In the lead-up to the big day, its two-course Asian American Christmas lunch menu comes with scrumptious dishes including a flavourful ancho chilli with pulled pork and hominy, Sichuan spiced pork sausage, curried Japanese oysters in a savoury doughnut, smoked bone marrow taco and much, much more. Fork out another $40 and finish your meal off with some bread and butter pudding topped with homemade eggnog custard for that extra festive touch. $118; until Dec 24 (12pm-3pm)
For something stylish and fun, head to W Hong Kong's modern bistro Kitchen and tuck into its lavish buffet spread. Whether you’re crazy for seafood or just looking to fill your stomach with classic winter dishes, there’s something for everyone. We’re talking Alaskan king crab, freshly shucked oysters, yellowfin tuna, lamb chops, lobster thermidor, roast turkey – the list goes on. Need something to wash it all down? Make a reservation for the brunch or dinner buffet on December 24 or 25 where free-flow VCP champagne, house wine, beer, soft drinks and juices are all-inclusive! $398-$1,188; Dec 1-30
Belgian beer bar and restaurant Frites is serving up an express Christmas three-course menu in the lead up to Santa’s arrival. Starting with a choice of lobster bisque or seared french duck breast, followed by Brittany-style mussels, turkey ballotine or miso-topped beef tenderloin and finishing off with a Christmassy brioche pudding. A complimentary glass of bubbles for the adults and a surprise gift from Santa for the little ones ought to keep you and the family merry all through the meal. $598 (1 person), $998 (2 person); Dec 24 (from 6pm) & Dec 25 (all day)
If you’re looking for a Christmas experience that brings English tradition to the heart of the city, then The Leah is the place to go. The five-course Christmas dinner here features homely British favourites like Scotch Egg & Soldiers, Butternut Squash Soup, Beef Wellington, and the ever-so traditional Lancashire Hot Pot. Also, we hope you’re thirsty for this one, as all Christmas guests will be greeted with a cup of Eggnog and a complimentary gift. Fully expect those pant buttons to fly off after dinner. $588 (10% service charge); Dec 24-25 (7:30pm-11pm)
SoCal eatery Commissary is serving up a buffet-style Christmas Eve feast with more than 20 dishes that you can stuff yourself full of before the big day. There are West Coast touches among traditional favourites like build-your-own pulled BBQ pork, onion fries with chipotle mayo and a delicious range of seafood tacos. For something a little more indulgent, desserts such as pecan pie with bourbon cream, mint lemon meringue pie and ginger and cranberry cheesecake are yours for the taking. To make your evening even more perfect, grab yourself some seats out on the terrace for a truly festive feast under the stars. $358; Dec 24-25 (6pm-8pm, 8.30pm-10pm)
If you’ve got a big family, look no further than Pirata to get stuffed like a Christmas turkey. Expect generous plates and servings of Italian food from its five-course tasting menu, which features customer faves like The Butcher's Cut, a flank steak tagliata and erm, My Mama’s Meatballs. The pasta dishes here are clear winners, so be sure to load up on carbs with the tagliatelle with black truffle. Look forward to homemade tiramisu to round off the evening with a sweet touch. $520-$680. Dec 24-25, 6pm-7.30pm or 8.30pm-late.
Meat, glorious meat! Soho meat specialist Meats is putting on a five-course Christmas feast like no other. Kicking things off on the tasting menu are small plates featuring the signature chicken liver pâté and beef tartare, followed by a selection of festive mains such as suckling porchetta and roast turkey. If your pants are not bursting yet, make space for the Dulce de Leche cheesecake served with meringue for dessert. $480; Dec 24-25 (5.30pm, 8.30pm)