Where to eat out for Christmas dinner in Hong Kong!
The holiday season is all about festive fun and of course, festive feasts! If scrambling to put together a full Christmas dinner in your tiny Hong Kong flat on 25 December sounds like a nightmare, then why not check out these Dining Out options for Christmas 2015? Almost every restaurant in town will be serving up some sort of special holiday menu, so save yourself the stress of cooking at home and sit back, relax and enjoy your turkey, gravy, roast potatoes, stuffing and all the trimmings (and of course a few glass of mulled wine). Here’s our pick of the best Christmas Dining Out options in Hong Kong this year.
Fancy a European Christmas? Throughout December The Continental will be offering Christmas classics that are sure to sate your cravings. Think butter squash, turkey, and more! Every weekday (except Christmas Day) there will be an excellent 3 or 2-course Table d’Hote set lunch available. In addition, you can book in for the special 5-course Christmas Tasting Menu for dinner throughout December and for either lunch or dinner on Christmas day itself!
When: Throughout December except on the 25th (Table d’Hote); At lunch and dinner on 25 December (Christmas Tasting Menu)
Where: The Continental, Unit 406, L4 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong, 2704 5211
How Much: Table d’Hote, 2-courses $325, 3-courses $365; Christmas Tasting Menu, $625 (+ wine pairing is $1,125)
You can’t go wrong with a Christmas lunch or dinner at the swanky Four Seasons. The food is always impeccable and this year, the Christmas Lunch Buffet will take place in the Four Seasons Grand Ballroom (fancy). The Buffet will feature a wide variety of quality foods, and turkey lovers will flock to the epic carving station with Chef Herve’s iconic roasted turkey and stuffing. There’s something for everyone here, so along with turkey you can also try the dim sum from three Michelin starred Lung King Heen. This is Christmas done in style!
When: Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Lunch, 24 and 25 December
Where: Four Seasons, Grand Ballroom, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3196 8888
How Much: The Christmas Buffet Dinner is $1,488 per person, and the Christmas Buffet Lunch is $1,088 per person.
In the centre of Causeway Bay on the roof terrace of the Excelsior hotel, ToTT’s is hosting an exquisite five-course Christmas Eve dinner that’s sure to satisfy your appetite. They will have all sorts of delicious delights to choose from, including Boston lobster and of course turkey with cranberry sauce and all the trimmings. This is the perfect spot if you’re looking for sophisticated turkey dinner – with a view. You’ll also get a complimentary bubbly on arrival with the Christmas Eve dinner, cheers!
When: Christmas Eve, 24 December
Where: ToTT’s and Roof Terrace, 34/F, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2837 6786
How Much: $1,088 per person.
If you want to add a traditional Chinese touch to your Christmas turkey dinner, then there’s nowhere better that Mott 32. The elegant, beautifully designed restaurant is bringing back their Turkey Trio for the season. This turkey special comes in three parts, starting with a Whole BBQ Roasted Free Range Turkey, which will be carved next to your table and paired with three sauces (including Chef Lee’s secret turkey sauce). The second course will be a Turkey and Five Shade Salad, a combination of papaya, dragon fruit, melon, scallions, red pepper, cashew nuts and a sweet peanut sauce. Lastly, try the minced turkey served with water chestnut, mushroom and bamboo in a crisp lettuce cup. Sound good to you? Make sure you reserve this unique turkey experience three days in advance as there are limited fresh shipments daily. Add a Hong Kong twist to your Christmas celebrations!
When: 16 November – 30 December
Where: Mott 32, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4a Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2885 8688
How Much: $1,880 for a turkey.
Traditional turkey with cranberry sauce, anyone? Get a head start on festive feasting as Grand Central dishes out Christmas specials for the whole of December. What’s more, this year Grand Central will be hosting a cocktail party package for 20 people, which includes two hours of free flow – perfect for big gatherings! Of course if you’re looking for a huge meal packed with different dishes you can’t miss the Holiday Buffet Dinner. Don’t forget to make reservations beforehand though!
When: Throughout December
Where: Grand Central, Shop R001, 3/F and Roof, Civic Square, Elements, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2736 4888
How Much: Price varies what is ordered on a la carte menu, you can upgrade to a 2 hour free flow buffet dinner for $250.
Who wouldn’t want unlimited servings of turkey… yum! This holiday season Casa Lisboa are launching a Semi-Lunch Buffet featuring Portuguese Style Roast Turkey. This traditional Portuguese recipe seasons the Turkey overnight with port wine, garlic, onion, herbs and ground pepper. It’s then roasted, adding a flavoursome finish that’s sure to elevate your Christmas dinner! In addition to this Christmas special, Casa Lisboa will also be including their signature dishes – think Roast Suckling Pig. And don’t forget to indulge in the six classic Portuguese Christmas desserts for a sweet ending.
When: 25 – 26 December, noon to 3pm
Where: Casa Lisboa, 8/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2905 1168
How Much: Semi-Lunch Buffet, $480 per person (adults).
Another fail-safe option for your Christmas celebrations is the Mandarin Oriental. All their restaurants have festive menus, but Cafe Causette, known for its amiable atmosphere is the perfect place to spend a relaxed yet refined Christmas day. They’ll have a wonderful table buffet on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to tuck into with turkey and all the trimmings, and they also have a special vegetarian table buffet dinner! If you’re looking for some extra goodies before Christmas, don’t miss the special festive tea sets this December. Scones, scones and more scones… yum!
When: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for the buffet, 24 and 25 December; Enjoy the Christmas tea set throughout December
Where: Cafe Causette, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2825 4005
How Much: Tea set, December 1-22 & 26-30 $338 per person, $528 per couple; December 23-25 $428 per person, $608 per couple; Table Buffet Dinners, adult $728, child $418.
Brits will love the classic Christmas fare at BRICK LANE this Christmas. The Christmas month menu is available throughout December, except on 24-26 and 31 December when you can feast on the special Christmas and New Year day menus at all BRICK LANE branches. Expect traditional English comfort dishes like Beef Wellington, Roast Turkey with trimmings and Christmas chocolate logs… yum.
When: Whole of December except for 24-26th and 31st.
Where: BRICK LANE, G/F, 2 Blenheim Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2736 8893; BRICK LANE, Shop 404, 4/F, CITIC Tower, 1 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar Site, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 2363-2500
How Much: Christmas month menu – $395 per person, Special New Year and Christmas Day dinner menus – $435. Book here!
Delve into Lily & Bloom’s glamorous yet rustic 20th century decor for an old school Christmas dining experience. Known for their creative cocktails and market style food, this holiday season they’re serving up Christmas brunch and dinner in a raw,authentic fashion. The Christmas dinner special will be a gratifying five-course menu, with a variety of tasty mains to choose from (heads up for the Iberico pork and turkey!). As for the Christmas brunch, it’s going to be a hefty feast with tons of choice to satisfy all.
When: Dinner menu, Christmas Eve & Day; Brunch menu, December 25 – 27
Where: Lily & Bloom, 5/F & 6/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
How Much: Dinner is $880 per person, Brunch is $585 per person.
As the year comes to an end and being Christmas as it is, pamper yourself and loved ones to these supreme tasting menus at La Saison! La Saison is an exquisite French fine dining restaurant that houses Michelin starred Chef Jacques Barnachon. The 6-course tasting menu begins with their popular Oyster Amuse Bouche from L’Etang de Moulin and Scallop Carparccio… The 8-course tasting menu starts off in the same manner but progresses differently, ending with French Brie Cheese and a selection of sweet delights. If guests make their reservations before December 7th and pay in full they will get a $200 off! Book your tables now and have a jolly French Christmas, or as the French would say Joyeux Noël!
When: 24-26 December
Where: La Saison, 2/F, The Cameron, 33 Cameron Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2780 8000
How Much: 6-course $1,688 per on the 24th and $1,488 on the 25-26th; 8-course $1,888 per on 24th and $1,688 on the 25-26th.
Dine in fashion at this exclusive quaint gallery! This gem is hidden on Lascar Road behind a street vendor stall, its very easy to simply walk pass without noticing it. Every so often they have new exhibitions and innovative dishes presented in an artistic manner worthily paired with the arts seen hanging from their wall. This festive season The Popsy Room has transformed their space into a dreamland filled with winter florals, festive ornaments and a holiday menu to match up with this beautiful exhibition. You can choose the Holiday Affair menu (8-course) or the Christmas Affair menu (6-course), which ever you choose they will both be gastronomic masterpieces.
When: November 10 – January 16
Where: The Popsy Room, 30 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2234 6711
How Much: A Holiday Affair, 8-course $1,388; A Christmas Affair, 6-course $988 (minimum of 6 persons booking); prices vary on Christmas Eve and Day.
SAAM stays true to its name, which means ‘together’ in Afrikaans, this winter… and isn’t that what Christmas is all about? Head to SAAM in Central with your family and friends for a merry get together. The multicultural dishes served in a detailed five-star restaurant quality manner will intoxicate any palate, and the cosy venue is perfect for intimate gatherings. We can’t wait to see what imaginative, exciting festive dishes they’ll come up with for Christmas Eve! This is definitely somewhere to go if you’re looking for something special.
When: Christmas Eve, 24 December
Where: SAAM, G/F, 51D Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2645 9828
How Much: 5 Course Meal: $688; 8 Course Meal: $888; Wine Pairings +$.
Immerse yourself in a special night of amazing food, drinks comedy sketches and good cheer! Celebrate with a three-course holiday menu chockablock with Panevino’s authentic Italian grub, free-flowing drinks (yippee!) and live entertainment by the very talented troupe of professional actors from CSR Theatre Co. An all-round festive feast for both eyes and tummy! Plus Panevino are offering a special Sassy deal
When: Wednesday, 2 December & Wednesday, 9 December, 7pm onwards
Where: G/F, Peace Tower, 30-32 Robinson Road, Mid Levels, Hong Kong.
How much: $850 when quoting “SASSYTCR”, valid between Thursday, 19 November and Friday, 25 November. Grab your tickets here!
At this fine East meets West eatery, Christmas gets all the more exciting with special dishes. Duddell’s is not only a gastronomic destination, it’s also a hub for artists to come together and mingle, hence the gorgeous decor and artworks. When you’re not gazing at the awesome display of art, tuck into a truly appetising 8-course and 10-course Winter Solstice Tasting Menu, a Christmas Eve 8-course Tasting Menu, or brunch for both Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Kicking off on 1 December, Bar Manager Marek will be concocting a special winter cocktail, the “Warm Mr. Scrooge,” a warm fruity mix of peaches and orange peels and Becherovka to wash down your meal with.
When: Winter Solstice 8- and 10-course tasting menu on 22 December; Tasting menu on Christmas Eve, 24 December; Brunch for Christmas Day and Boxing Day 25-26 December
Where: Duddell’s, level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2525 9191
How Much: Winter Solstice 8- and 10-course $2880 for 4 persons; Christmas Eve $980; Brunch for Christmas Day and Boxing Day $580 ($750 for fre flow VCP Rosé or other alcoholic beverages).
Christmas dinner with a view anyone? Aqua has arguably one of the best views in Hong Kong, perfect for setting those magical Christmas vibes. This year, for the Christmas menu Chef Paolo will be cooking up homey pasta delights that were inspired by his Mamma from Abruzzo. It’s going to be a special 6-course menu that’s sure to be appetizing for everyone as aqua has also prepared special menus for vegetarians and children, too! And don’t miss out on the Christmas gingerbread man cocktail that will be available throughout December, because what’s a festive meal without a drink or two? And for those who are looking for a day-Christmas celebration, aqua will also be hosting their Festive Infinity Brunch during the weekends throughout December!
When: Christmas Eve, 24 December and Christmas Day, 25 December
Where: 29 & 30/F, One Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How Much: Dinner is $1,488 per; special children’s menu is $688 per; special vegetarian menu is $998 per; Brunch is $598 per
Enjoy a white Christmas with a mountain view at FoFo’s beautiful white venue, which will be full of cute white penguin sculptures! At this fine Spanish eatery you’ll get a fiesta worthy of its Michelin recommendation. In their wide ranging menu they offer both modern and traditional Spanish tapas and rice, so there’s definitely something there that will float your boat! The festive season is full of fun (especially with all these cute penguins hanging from the chandeliers) and fine food at FoFo’s!
When: Dinner 24 December; Lunch 25 – 26 December
Where: FoFo by el Willy, 20/F, M88, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2900 2009
How Much: Dinner is $738 per person; Lunch is $348 per person.
Get ready to be whisked away into a winter wonderland by the Popsy Modern Kitchen’s enchanting decor and food. During these special days, Popsy will be presenting their captivating eight-course Christmas dinner in a venue that will be transformed into a mystical secret garden. If you’re looking for something lighter, there is also going to be a Nutcracker Afternoon Tea Set (for parties of 6 – 12, they can enjoy a private dining nutcracker themed room!). Don’t forget to try some of their crafty cocktails too and keep your ears perked for the novelty names of all the dishes – get ready for fantastical time!
When: Tea Set, 23 November – 3 January; Lunch, 25-26 December; Dinner, 24-25 December
Where: Popsy Modern Kitchen, 5/F, The Wellington, 184 – 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2907 8188
How Much: Tea Set, $280 (+ $70 for a glass of Perrier-Jouet Champagne); Lunch, $400 (+ $200 free-flow champagne); Dinner, 6-course $880 (+ $380 wine pairing), 8-course $1,280 (+ $580 wine pairing)
This new resto is definitely a hit among Hong Kong foodies, and if you’ve yet to try it out then Christmas is the perfect opportunity. Feast on Spanish Christmas specials this holiday season and follow the Spanish saying “happy stomach, happy heart”. Indulge in a a four course sharing menu with friends or family which includes 12 month-aged Jamón Iberico de Recebo & Lomo, Grilled Spanish Squid, Solomillo Spanish steak and more. And on Christmas Eve you can look forward a special Tasting Menu where you’ll be able to enjoy The Optimist’s awesome Mariscada seafood tower… delish.
When: Christmas Eve, 24 December
Where: The Optimist, G/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2433 3324
How Much: 4-course menu is $650 per person ($520 with a complimentary drink for early bird bookings at 6pm); The tasting menu is $980 per person.
This Christmas indulge your holiday appetites at 22 Ships, the prime modern tapas bar. Their modern vintage setting is perfect for the casual dinners who are also looking for quality food and detailed presentation. In addition to their popular original dishes get ready for their Christmas special bites and creative cocktails – especially suited for this red and merry season is their signature red (and strong) sangrias bound to heat up your festive night. Whence you’re done feasting on delish savory bites let the sweet tooth loose on 22 ships’ exquisite dessert delights, both beautiful and yummy! (Goat cheese ice cream anyone?) Rumor also has it that head chef Nate will be brewing up a special holiday dessert treat. So as the holidays are on get relaxed in this intimate quaint eatery.
When: 1 – 30 December, Mon – Sat: 12 – 3pm / 6 – 11pm, Sun: 12 – 3:30pm / 6 – 10pm
Where: 22 Ships, 22 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2555 0722
How Much: Prices vary depending on what you order – we do know a Christmas favourite, the turkey: with Confit turkey leg, parsnips, sprouts, bacon and chestnuts is only $168!
Experience edutainment this Christmas at The First Floor (the First Floor is all about making dining educational and entertaining). From the 24-26th of December they will be hosting an indulging 8-course menu and at the end of it all there is going to be a delightful sweet surprise … you’ll get to feast on the seasonal classic gingerbread man house! In addition to the holiday menu, in December The First Floor will also host a fun and educational pairing dinner with caviar, a caviar dining menu and a truffle dining menu.
Get ready for a British affair this December at Aberdeen Street Social! They’ll be dishing out festive specials and warm winter cocktails. Abeerdeen Street Social’s restaurant will be hosting a themed lunch menu for the whole month, featuring dishes such as the slow cooked duck leg… drool-worthy. To boost the holiday vibes, they’ll also be serving guests complimentary mulled wine two weeks leading up to Christmas (big yes from us!). And of course, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Aberdeen Street Social will dishing out tasty holiday specials. It’s the perfect place to spend an evening with friends in the chic, relaxing environment.
When: Lunch all of December, Dinner Specials on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Where: Aberdeen Street Social, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2866 0300
How Much: Festive Lunch Menus: $238 for 2 courses & $288 for 3 courses, varying prices on special Christmas a la carte dinner menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas day!
Celebrate Christmas Eve at Boqueria – Catalan-style! It’s going to be a mouthwatering dining experience with all your favourite tapas as well as Paella with lobster and red prawn and Escudella (a classic Spanish stew). What’s more, on Christmas Day they’ll be hosting a unique fusion brunch with tapas in authentic dim-sum styled carts! When feasting on awesome Spanish cuisine the sangria is never far away… so to keep the festive spirit high, Boqueria is also offering free flow packages that start at $188. Time to get merry!
When: Christmas Eve dinner, 24 December; Christmas Day Brunch, 25 December
Where: Boqueria, 7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2321 8681
How Much: Dinner, $688; Brunch, $318
Good Value Christmas Dinners
Celebrate in Italian fashion and warmth at Pirata. Throughout December, Pirata will be hosting festive group dining menus and since the season is all about the gift of giving, on Christmas Eve, Pirata will also be treating guests to free-flow options (can we get a *woot* *woot*). If you come in with a party of 11 or more, you’ll also get to try some of the house specials and Italian faves! Tucked into Scottish smoked salmon mouse with rye dark bread and caviar or Mediterranean octopus salad on Christmas eve, all for a reasonable price. Cheers!
When: Group dining menus will run throughout December; Christmas Eve Dinner on 24 December
Where: Pirata, 29/30F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, 2887 0270
How Much: Group dining menus ange from $420 – $620 per head; the Christmas Eve meal is $688 per head and $548 for early bird dining at 6pm.
The Saint is putting up a great 4-course Christmas meal this year! Serving up classic seasonal favourites, you’ll get to slurp on a creamy, roasted chestnut soup with wild mushrooms before attacking the hearty mains – and yes, they include oven-baked turkey breasts. If you have a party of 25, you can also opt for the Holiday Buffet Dinner Package, which includes tons of tasty treats and a wide variety of sweets for you to chow down on.
When: 19-26 December
Where: The Saint, 55 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, 2522 2646
How Much: Regular Dinner is $388 per person; Holiday Buffet Dinner is $498 per person.
Throughout the festive December month Jamie’s Italian is hosting a 3-course menu starring quality ingredients – with a glass of complimentary prosecco to boot. The menu is well balanced, with just the right amount of food to keep you satisfied but not bursting at the seams (we’ve all been there!). The traditional Christmas dishes will definitely hit the spot and we would definitely want to follow up with the special winter cocktails and home-made mulled wine…
When: Throughout December
Where: Jamie’s Italian, 2/F, Soundwill Plaza II, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 3958 2222
How Much: $588 per person.
This newly opened Peruvian Japanese restaurant is spicing up the season with their unique Christmas menu! Staying true to the Spanish meaning of their name, ‘market’, the ingredients used are super fresh and come straight from the farm. In fact, the corn, shiso, chillies and star fruit all come from Hong Kong’s very farms in the New Territories! You’ll get a taste of classic Christmas dishes as well as innovative Nikkei cuisine that’s sure to introduce some new flavours to your palate.
When: Throughout December
Where: El Mercado, 21/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2388 8009
How Much: $588 per person.
On 6 December, gather friends and family for an evening at La Vache to sample their magical Christmas Brunch! This early holiday festivity at La Vache is perfect for those who are heading out of town this Christmas but still want to celebrate with colleagues and friends. It’s going to be a merry free-flowing brunch with unlimited amounts of La Vache!’s signature dishes (you know what that means – STEAK!). Don’t miss out on the sweet French delicacies too, such as the “beautiful Tarte aux Fraises, capped with festive strawberries”, and you’ll most definitely want to tuck in to sweet, French delicacies too! Their “beautiful Tarte aux Fraises, capped with festive strawberries or the ornately decorated Bûche de Noël, a cute yule-log dessert topped with fresh berries is too die for, mama. Other than munching on flavourful french goodies, you can also drink like the French at La Vache! and celebrate with premium champagne or bubbly cocktails… it will be an night you won’t forget (or maybe you will after all those bubbles!)
When: 6 December
Where: La Vache!, 48 Peel Street, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong, 2880 0248
How Much: Free flow Christmas themed Le Disco Brunch is only $420!
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