Festive feasts, decadent desserts and a relaxed brunching experience are all being served up this month!
December can involve a lot of eating out, whether for Christmas, New Year’s Eve or because you’re at a loose end with the kids being on holiday. It’s time to put away your calorie counter and eat, drink and be merry! Here’s our round-up of the brightest and best dining offers this month.
Honjo’s newly-launched brunch is ideal for seafood lovers. Featuring sushi, sashimi, maki and oyster counters, it offers a free-flow package ($198) that includes a signature sake station. It’s perfect for the entire family and kids can enjoy main dishes such as the chicken katsu with rice, vegetable yaki udon and prawn tempura with udon. Make sure you save space for dessert as well! The brunch is priced at $468 per adult and $98 per child.
Are your kids more into Western fare? Available for weekday lunches (12pm to 3pm) till Tuesday, 24 December, Big Sur is offering a festive 2-course set lunch for $118. There are dishes like Big Sur Ponzole, a flavourful Ancho chilli and oregano pork broth with succulent pulled pork and hominy, served with tortilla chips, and a smoked bone marrow taco and smoked turkey tamale with cranberry and pickled peach salsa (because a Christmas meal needs turkey!). If you can’t think of ending your feast without something sweet, add on the house-made eggnog custard bread and butter pudding for $40.
Being vegetarian and dining out during the festive season can sometimes be no fun, with all restaurants focusing on the turkey specials. Statement is expanding its weekend (and public holiday) brunch to include the vegetarian-friendly Impossible™ beef, spinach & mushroom Wellington with chimichurri. If you’re pescatarian, you could try the sharing dish of salt-baked fish of the day (for 2 to 4 people). Your little ones will be sold on the unlimited table-side puddings. British sticky toffee pudding, anyone? The Britannia brunch is $628 per person including free-flow Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne, wine and choice of cocktails. After brunch, mamas and papas can enjoy an hour of free-flow Pimm’s on The Dispensary verandah for an additional $150 per person.
The Leah and Leah Cafe
Want to introduce your kids to a taste of old-fashioned British cuisine? Pop into the newly-opened daytime dining destination, Leah Cafe, while you’re out and about with the family in Causeway Bay. It’s open from 11am to 7pm and offers diners signature pies, such as chicken, leek and bacon, or beef, ale and black pepper, as well as unique Asian-inspired ones like pork, chilli and eggplant. As Leah Cafe closes, The Leah opens for dinner. It’s offering an assortment of dishes, especially for this season. The rich butternut squash soup and the hearty ham hock quiche are sure to be winners this winter.
Chaiwala is improving its brunch offering and making it even more family-friendly. There’s a street food section offering delicious chaats and brand new dishes such as the lamb keema dosa (lamb mince crepe) and broccoli and cauliflower tandoor. Post the mains, there is a wide selection of desserts, but don’t be surprised if your kids ignore them and head straight for the cotton candy station. What’s more, there’s also now a cute play area for the little ones, so you can enjoy the free-flow packages while they keep themselves entertained. Chaiwala’s brunch menu is priced at $298 per person, with an additional $180 for the free-flow alcohol package. Trying to do a dry December? You can have three hours of free-flow lassi at $120 per person instead!
If your children can handle a bit of heat, head to Hotal Colombo for a spicy Sri Lankan Sunday meal. Dishes include bacon and egg hoppers (sure to be a hit with the kids!), lamb or beef kothu and cheese and chilli omelette. The brunch is priced at $188 per person and you can go for a la carte drinks or a cocktail jug ($348). End your meal with Chef Gizzy’s dessert of the week.
Newly-launched Chinese vegetarian restaurant is all about introducing your family to healthy eating. It specialises in offering popular flavours and dishes, but with fresh ingredients and innovative cooking methods. You can opt for lunch sets that include a daily soup, main(s) and rice or noodles, with dishes like broccoli and enoki mushroom quinoa and stuffed lotus root with mushroom and taro.