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Where to have Christmas lunch and dinner in Hong Kong

Season’s eatings one and all!

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Fontaine Cheng
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As if you didn’t know it yet, the season (or should we say excuse) for indulging is upon us once more. Yes, Christmas isn’t quite Christmas without a mega meal. And since we happen to know a thing or two about Hong Kong’s restaurants, here it is, a list of the top places for festive feasting this year. From the classic turkey with all the trimmings to the not so traditional and perhaps a little unusual, y’know, to keep you on your toes.

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The best Christmas meals to enjoy in Hong Kong

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Admiralty
  • price 3 of 4

Okay, so dim sum isn’t exactly Christmassy, but the hallmarks of the festive season are all there: dishes to share, belly-warming food, and a Christmas turkey and chestnut bao ($98). Yes, that’s right. A bao, shaped like a turkey, stuffed with succulent pieces of turkey and rich chestnuts, to commemorate the occasion. Plus, the ‘gram will love you for it. Don’t forget to try other signature items including Wagyu beef puff with black pepper, dan dan xiaolongbao, and Yunnan black truffle crispy-skin chicken.

The turkey and chestnut bao is available at the Pacific Place or Elements location from December 14 to January 1. 

  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • Wan Chai

Over at popular Spanish tapas bar, 22 Ships, a list of Christmas delights have hit the seasonal menu. Think manchego lamb shoulder with panadera potatoes ($488), or a whole roasted suckling pig with grilled gem lettuce and piquillo peppers ($1,288) to replace the typical turkey, followed by an appropriately indulgent truffle manchego burnt Basque cheesecake ($588 for large size). In the spirit of merrymaking, a festive drink called the Patxaran Royal ($88/glass), made with sloe berry liqueur aged in chestnut barrels is also on offer.

The 22 Ships Christmas Delights are available December 1-31.

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Central
  • price 3 of 4

Dressing their dining room in a winter wonderland theme, contemporary Chinese restaurant Mott 32 is getting all festive with seasonal menus filled with Cantonese-style dishes for Christmas. The first option, a Peking Turkey menu  ($1,880 for a minimum of four people), features turkey in three dishes made for sharing. This includes a succulent free-range barbecued turkey prepared in a garlic and scallion Chinese marinade, roasted and served Peking Duck-style with all the accompaniments and homemade cranberry sauce. Following this is a minced turkey on prawn cracker dish, and a shredded turkey salad with Chinese pickles, fresh field greens, and cranberry dressing. For a more indulgent holiday, the Mott 32 Christmas menu ($,1,388/person; additional $480 for wine pairing) offers a little more with a whole host of dishes including apple wood roasted 42-day Peking duck, abalone taro croquette, foie gras in Chinese hua tiao, braised brussels sprouts with crab roe, Wagyu beef fried rice, and a chocolate yule log to finish it all off. 

The Peking turkey menu is available now until December 30 (reservation and pre-order at least 48 hours in advance) while the Mott 32 Christmas Menu is available for dinner only on December 25.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Lan Kwai Fong

With most of us bound by travel restrictions this year, bringing the best of Italy to Hong Kong is more than welcome in our books. Featuring dishes that celebrate the best of winter’s ingredients, Aria’s seven-course Christmas menu ($1,688/person) invites guests to enjoy items such as the Ode to XLB, a homage to chef Andrea Zamboni’s favourite dim sum, the xiao long bao, made with French turbot tartare, a touch of citrus, bergamot, orange and lemon zest, and basil; Uovo all’Uovo – tribute to Chicco Cerea, a dish of scrambled Livornese hen’s egg, poached quail egg, ikura, Baeri Caviar, and white truffle; and a spicy, garlicky lobster zarda risotto and bagna cauda fondue from Piedmont.

The Christmas menu is available on December 24 and 25.

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Being the Southern-inspired restaurant that Henry is, the smokehouse is, of course, offering a meat-focused menu for Christmas including a festive lunch set ($498/person) and a three-course dinner feast ($1,498) on Christmas Eve and Day. The menu kicks off with fresh oysters and Champagne, followed by a choice of bone marrow toast, lobster bisque, or cold-smoked steak tartare, among other things, plus the main course option of smoked turkey with cranberry stuffing, or grilled steak and other items, served with hearty mashed potatoes with winter truffles, grilled corn, and vegetable sides. To finish, a choice of desserts is offered, along with cornbread soufflé served with bourbon caramel, vanilla Ice cream, and bacon bits.

Christmas lunch is available now until December 31, while Christmas dinner is available on December 24 and 25.

  • Restaurants
  • Middle Eastern
  • Sheung Wan

For Christmas that feels a little more exotic, head to Middle Eastern and Bedouin-inspired restaurant Bedu for some festive à la carte dishes created for Christmas Day and the chef’s menu ($420/person) which offers colourful sharing plates including salt-baked potato, made with Levantine-special shanklish cheese and pomegranate, and a rich and flaky baklava rice pudding with pistachios and honey to end things on a crispy sweet note. Christmas Day dishes, on the other hand, include items such as crispy fried cauliflower ($120), and lightly smoked kingfish ($160) served with homemade Turkish pancakes. Add to the festivities with 90 minutes of festive free flow ($200), which includes bubbles and more.

Chef’s menu is available from November to December, while à la carte dishes are available only on December 25.

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  • Restaurants
  • Causeway Bay

Celebrating the best of the season’s local produce, Roganic is offering a Christmas menu ($980) for lunch and dinner with some festive dishes including a caramelised chestnut, hazelnut, apple and caviar starter, followed by prawn, pickled celery and dried tomato, before the main event, roast turkey with all the trimmings is served to the table. This is finished sweetly with a 70 percent chocolate fondant with tonka bean and milk ice-cream, and a contemporary twist on a classic, the Christmas mince pudding.

The Christmas menu is available on December 24 and 25 for lunch and dinner.

  • Restaurants
  • Soho

With a name like Kinship, there doesn’t seem to be a better place to celebrate family and friendship during the holidays in Hong Kong, and their Christmas menus give you all the more reason. Throughout December, Kinship’s Christmas menu ($488/person) will offer a three-course meal with dishes such as snapper crudo, and free-range duck terrine, followed by a choice of turkey, salmon, or handmade ravioli with sides, stuffing, sprouts and cranberry sauce, before ending with an apple pie semifreddo, and a Christmas pudding for good measure. On Christmas Day, the same menu is available ($588/person) but comes with a little gift from Santa as well.

The Christmas menu is available now until December 31, while the Christmas Day menu is available for lunch and dinner on December 25 only.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • The Peak

Head up to The Peak this Christmas and enjoy the spacious seating and alfresco patio at Italian restaurant Fiamma. They’re offering a four-course festive menu available for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch ($588/person). Highlights from the menu include Plin ravioli filled with guinea fowl and served in brown chicken broth, Acquerello Carnaroli risotto with pumpkin, Grana Padano, and toasted hazelnuts, and grilled lamb chops with wild fennel pollen and puntarella salad as a main course, among others dishes. Not forgetting festive desserts, a panettone, pandoro, and Italian nougat torrone awaits at the end of the meal.

The Christmas menu is available for dinner on December 24 and lunch on December 25.

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Central

Indulge in a festive and fun Nikkei dinner this year, which at TokyoLima, includes a multi-course of signature dishes in their Christmas tasting menu ($580/person for first seating; $680 for second seating). Small plates such as the potato-based La Causa, refreshing T-3 salad and Buri Tiradito, a yellowtail ceviche, will welcome guests to a more exotic style holiday. This is followed by a grilled rump steak Picanha, slow-cooked ‘secreto’ Iberico pork with sweet soy sauce and garlic chips, and a selection of desserts including ‘Oye Papi’ chocolate mousse and a gluten-free orange & almond cake. 

The Christmas tasting dinner is available on December 24 and 25 in two seatings (6-8pm; 8pm-onwards) 

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