Take your pick from these traditional spreads, hotel offers and more!
Christmas is certainly a time to eat, drink and be merry with all the family! Now that most of us are going to be here for the holidays, it’s time to start planning where we’ll be having our Christmas lunch or dinner. Hong Kong has no shortage of delicious meals, so we’ve rounded up our favourite restaurants offering decadent festive menus this year. There’ll be turkey, pudding, mulled wine and more, so forget slaving away in the kitchen and book early for one of these great festive dining packages. Here are our top picks for eating out with the whole family in Hong Kong this Christmas.
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Family-Favourite Cafes And Restaurants
Chef Omar Agostini is bringing us a taste of his family’s festive specials this Christmas. The Italian favourites will be available both a la carte or as a 3-course degustation menu.
Menu highlights: Traditional homemade cappelletti in capon broth, Christmas pig trotter with stewed lentils, classic panettone with hot chocolate sauce
Activities for kids: Pizza-making priced at $188 per child
When: Thursday, 24 to Sunday, 27 December 2020
How much: A la carte or $458 per person for the degustation menu
This is always a hit with everyone in the family, especially for weekend brunches. Kinship is offering an impressive family-style feast this Christmas available throughout December.
Menu highlights: Potterspury farm bronze turkey, handmade ravioli, traditional Christmas pudding with brandy custard
Activities for kids: Expect a gift from Santa on Christmas day!
When: Throughout December for Christmas Menu (for a minimum of two people, bookings before and after Friday, 25 December must be made two days in advance); Friday, 25 December 2020 for Christmas Day Menu (served during lunch and dinner)
How much: $488 per person for Christmas Menu; $588 per person for Christmas Day Menu
In keeping with the food traditions in Europe, Porterhouse provides a modern twist on a festive feast with the most signature dishes of Europe. If you have older kids, you could opt for the 6-course Festive Dinner or enjoy a relaxed Festive Brunch Buffet with babies and younger kids.
Menu highlights: Quail egg with beef rillette and caviar, venison loin with carrots purée, truffle and goose liver
When: Festive Dinner: Thursday, 24 to Sunday, 26 December 2020; Festive Brunch Buffet: Friday, 25 to Monday, 27 December 2020
How much: Festive Dinner: $888 per person; Festive Brunch Buffet: $448 per adult, $224 per child (3 to 11 years)
Butcher and deli, Feather & Bone has plenty in store this festive season. The special sharing Christmas menu is ideal for families and friends and is available from mid-November right until Boxing Day. It includes starters of cured meats, baguettes, olives, oysters and a rich selection of mains and desserts. Diners on Christmas Day will receive a complimentary glass of mulled wine. From now until Sunday, 20 December 2020, you will need to book three days in advance while walk-ins are welcome during Christmas week.
Menu highlights: Classic roast turkey roulade, accompanied by fig and cinnamon stuffing, Brussels sprouts and creamy mash
Activities for kids: From Tuesday, 1 to Sunday, 13 December 2020, all Feather & Bone outlets (excluding Yuen Long) will have an “Elf on a Shelf” hidden within the store. When spotted, children or their parents can let the team know and they’ll get to pick a festive chocolate or sweet from Santa’s Sack.
When: Monday, 16 November to Saturday, 26 December 2020
How much: $598 per adult (add $298 for two-hours free-flow); $198 per child under 12 years
Want to enjoy a nice, alfresco Christmas meal? Spasso has always been a family-favourite and things are no different this festive season. It’s offering a Christmas brunch on three days in December and a 5-course Celebration Christmas Eve menu, if you would like to book a romantic night out with your other half under the stars.
Menu highlights: For brunch: Ballito misto, turkey and zampone; Christmas eve dinner: Norwegian king crab soup, artisanal beetroot “cavatelli” with veal ragout, crushed Piedmont hazelnut and grated Castelmagno
When: Christmas brunch: Sunday, 20, Thursday, 24 and Friday, 25 December 2020; Christmas Eve Dinner: Thursday, 24 December 2020
How much: Christmas brunch: $428 per person (free-flow starting at $198), children under 6 eat free
Christmas Eve dinner: $698 per person
Hong Kong Hotels With Family Christmas Lunch And Dinner
The Murray is always a good bet for family dining and for Christmas, the hotel is offering various dining options across its restaurants. If you are heading out without the kids, look at the exciting menus at Popinjays (it has options for children as well), but our pick for a family Christmas meal is the Tai Pan and Garden Lounge.
Sassy Mama tip: The Murray hasn’t forgotten about your fur baby this Christmas! The pet favourite Paws For Tea will have a festive edition on 20 December. Read about that and all the festive offerings at The Murray here.
Menu highlights: Prawns a la Plancha, roast organic turkey roulade, sake marinated codfish and Australian wagyu two ways (available for dinner at Tai Pan)
Activities for kids: Gingerbread decorating station, ornament making station, live Christmas carols and visits from Santa Claus
When: Festive Brunch: Thursday, 19, Friday, 20, Friday, 25 to Sunday, 27 December 2020; Festive Dinner: Thursday, 24 and Friday, 25 December 2020
How much: Festive Brunch: From $698 to $798 per adult, $348 to $ 398 per child; Festive Dinner: $988 per adult, $298 per child
The Mandarin Oriental will be in full festive mode by the end of November and all its restaurants have some amazing dining deals on. We’re looking at the festive lunch options and the family Christmas brunch at The Clipper Lounge. If you are visiting any of the restaurants at Mandarin Oriental, you will be treated to roasted chestnuts at the hotel entrance (starting the week before Christmas) and mulled wine at the hotel lobby on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Menu highlights: Stir-fried pork neck, Japanese teriyaki salmon, honey-glazed Brussel sprouts
Activities for kids: Santa visit on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
When: Festive Lunch Buffet: 27 November to 23 December 2020 and 27 December to 31 December 2020;
Christmas Eve and Boxing Day Lunch: Thursday, 24 and Saturday, 26 December 2020;
Festive Brunch Buffet: Friday, 25 December 2020
How much: Festive Lunch Buffet: From $598 to $688 per adult, $428 per child;
Christmas Eve and Boxing Day Lunch: $988 per adult ($438 for alcoholic free-flow, $128 for non-alcoholic free-flow), $588 per child;
Festive Brunch Buffet: From $1,188 to $1,388 per adult ($438 for alcoholic free-flow, $128 for non-alcoholic free-flow), $588 per child
This is another hotel that has an abundance of options for families. We’ve picked two that have got our mouths watering. Buffet-specialist, The Food Gallery, is offering festive lunch and dinner buffets throughout December. Reservations made before Wednesday, 25 November 2020 will enjoy an early-bird discount of 25% (doesn’t apply to key holiday dates). Besides The Food Gallery, the Bostonian Seafood & Grill brunch on Christmas and Boxing Day promises to be a feast for all seafood-loving families.
Menu highlights: The Food Gallery: baked lobster with cheese, prime rib, yule log cake; Bostonian Seafood & Grill: seafood tower and gingerbread crème brulée Bouche de Noel
When: The Food Gallery: Wednesday, 2 December to Thursday, 31 December 2020; Bostonian Seafood & Grill: Thursday, 24 December, to Saturday, 26 December 2020
How much: The Food Gallery Lunch Buffet: From $458 to $688 per adult, $229 to $428 per child; The Food Gallery Dinner Buffet: From $788 to $98 per adult, $379 to $628 per child; Bostonian Seafood & Grill: From $888 to $1,088 per adult, $458 per child
If you’re looking to go all out with the festive celebrations this year (who would blame you after the year we’ve had?), why not book yourself and the kids in for Christmas Day lunch or dinner at two-Michelin-starred Amber? If you book before Monday, 30 November 2020, you will be able to snap up early bird discounts. For Christmas Day dinner, a 4-course menu is being served for early seating (5:30pm and 6:30pm) for which you might want to take the younger kids, and there’s a later seating (8:30pm and 9:15pm) for an 8-course menu. The kids get served a 3-course meal which is likely to be just as delicious!
Menu highlights: Daurenki Tsar imperial caviar, black winter truffles and Aka Uni
When: Friday, 25 December (served during lunch and dinner)
How much: Christmas Day Lunch: $1,888 per person (four courses, includes free-flow of selected Champagne and wines), $688 per child (4 to 12 years); Christmas Day Dinner: $1,688 per person for early seating, $2,498 per person for later seating, $688 per child (4 to 12 years)
Cordis, Hong Kong is going to be busy in the last week of December! While Cordis also has more great restaurants such as Ming Court and Alibi with inviting festive menus, we think The Place is where food-loving families will be heading.
Menu highlights: Classic roast turkey, beef wellington, Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, Christmas log cake and baked gingerbread cheesecake
Activities for kids: Santa visits and gifts during lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
When: Thursday, 24 December to Wednesday, 30 December 2020
How much: Lunch buffet: From $438 to $508 per adult, $338 to $398 per child; Dinner buffet: From $678 to $768 per adult, $478 to $568 per child
Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.cordishotels.com
Though not a lunch or dinner offering, you can take the kids to the Ritz Carlton for the Steiff Teddy Bear Festive Afternoon Tea. A collaboration with German plush toy manufacturer, Steiff, this festive afternoon tea, featuring chocolate sweet treats, is perfect for friends and family during the most wonderful time of the year. With the sugar rush and the heady location, your children are sure to be on a high!
When: Monday, 1 December 2020 to Sunday, 3 January 2021
How much: $458 for one/$788 for two (except Thursday, 24 to Saturday, 26 December 2020); $548 for one/$988 for two (Thursday, 24 to Saturday, 26 December 2020)
Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.ritzcarlton.com
Christmas meals don’t always have to involve traditional recipes with turkey and a big selection of meats. These are some of the restaurants that are offering unusual festive brunches that your family might enjoy.
Turkey in a bao? That’s what’s on offer at the innovative Dim Sum Library. During the festive season, there are extended lunch hours every weekend, so your family can savour all the unique dishes at leisure.
Menu highlights: Christmas turkey & chestnut bao
When: Extended lunch hours: Saturday, 5 and Sunday, 20 December 2020; Special bao available: Monday, 14 December 2020 to Friday, 1 January 2021
How much: A la carte, Christmas turkey and chestnut bao: $98
Dim Sum Library Pacific Place, 124/Level 1, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 3643 0088
Why not think Indian this Christmas? Designed to be shared family-style, the Indian-themed Festive Brunch starts with a selection of signature Indian snacks, followed by flavourful curries and smoky, charcoal-grilled meats and vegetables fresh off the Tandoor and a wide array of “Bollywood desserts”.
Menu Highlights: Pani Puri with Jal-Jeera, Rara kheema pav “Bombay bun” and Kerala fish curry
When: Friday, 25 December, Saturday, 26 December and Friday, 1 January, 11am to 4pm
How much: $348 per person
Kids and adults both enjoy the vibrant Spanish offerings at La Rambla. The restaurant will be bringing out its impressive El Mercado Brunch, revamped for the holidays with a Christmas Roast Platter and festive Dessert Platter, that is sure to please even the fussiest of eaters.
Menu highlights: Tapas, paella, charcuterie
When: Friday, 25 December to Sunday, 27 December 2020
How much: $780 per person
If your children are good eaters, look at Mak Mak’s Christmas Brunch that is an all-you-can-eat affair with unlimited Thai dishes served straight to the table. Parents will be happy with the free-flow package of endless Champagne, Aperol Spritz, wine and beer. For a more refined experience, opt for the Christmas Set Dinner, which features dishes like Tom Yum Goong, Phad Thai, crab and prawn cake, mango sticky rice and more, all with a complimentary glass of Champagne or Singha beer upon arrival.
Menu highlights: Thai favourites including Phad Thai, crab and prawn cake, mango sticky rice
When: Friday, 25 December to Sunday, 27 December 2020
How much: $298 per person for Christmas Brunch (add $220 for free-flow)
FRANCIS showcases Middle-Eastern festive flair with a limited-time brunch menu, full of hearty, laid-back eats. Pair your meal with a glass of wine for optimum Christmas cheer.
Menu Highlights: Traditional Jerusalem-stuffed roast shoulder of lamb, served with saffron spiced rice, smoked carrots, hummus and baked halloumi
When: Thursday, 24 December to Sunday, 27 December 2020
How much: $350 per person
Curated by Peruvian Culinary Director Arturo Melendez, TokyoLima’s Festive Brunch menu is packed with exotic signature dishes and sharing plates. It might be the perfect opportunity to introduce the kids to a more refined palate. We love that there are gluten-free dessert options as well, such as the “Free 4 You” orange and almond cake.
Menu highlights: “Picanha” or grilled rump steak with sweet potato purée, “Secreto of TokyoLima” or slow-cooked Iberico pork with sweet soy sauce and garlic chips
When: Friday, 25 December, Saturday, 26 December 2020 and Friday, 1 January 2021, 11am to 4pm
How much: $448 per person
Balinese hotspot Poem is offering a tropical feast with its Island Festival Brunch this year. While the food is going to make the kids very happy, the free-flow Champagne, wine and beer will be giving parents laidback beach holiday vibes. Win-win for the whole family!
Menu highlights: Shrimp tempura, wagyu beef Rendang, Pandan and banana dessert
When: Friday, 25 December to Sunday, 27 December 2020
How much: $688 per person