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Top picks for Christmas dining

’Tis the season … to celebrate with friends and family! Whether you’re looking for Christmas lunch or dinner, here are some fab foodie options for Christmas dining in Hong Kong. There’s a great selection available if you’re heading out to feast or even entertaining at home.

There’s Christmas dining, delicious hampers and festive stays at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong

JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong

This year, the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong could be just the solution to all your Christmas planning woes. There are four options for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining, including family-friendly buffet options at JW Café (Level 5) from HK$1,058 per adult and HK$718 per child. The Lobby Lounge is putting a festive spin on its lavish Champagne Brunch that will be a hit with seafood fans. Prices for the brunch start at HK$988 per adult and HK$688 per child. If you’re brave enough to try an alfresco festive celebration, than head poolside to the Fish Bar. And, of course, the newly renovated Man Ho Chinese Restaurant is perfect for a Cantonese-infused Christmas at HK$1,288 per person.

Did you miss out on tickets to see Santa at Pacific Place? Never fear, we have good news! The JW’s “A Date with Santa” room package comes with tickets to see Santa downstairs. Treat yourself to a December staycation with a Santa solution – hurrah!

Pacific Place, 88 Queensway

Family-friendly options

If you have a brood of little ones in tow, try Bizou American Brasserie, a family-friendly (and wallet-friendly!) option at $398 per person. It’s offering a drinks pairing with Christmas meals for an additional $148, along with a semi-buffet that the kids will like. At BLT Steak over in TST, there’s an assortment of cookies on offer, including brownies, for Christmas dessert. Yum! Great for bribing little ones to eat all their roast or try something from the seafood buffet. Adults are $598 and kids are $398.

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

Three of the restaurants and bars at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental will offer special festive dining this year. Amber, SOMM and MO Bar will be open on Christmas Day. Amber will offer a 6-course Christmas Day lunch ($1,788) and an 8-course Christmas Dinner ($2,898). SOMM will, fittingly, offer a Sommelier’s Lunch with a 4-course à la carte menu ($608, with wine pairing, $238). MO Bar is offering an à la carte brunch menu with free-flow of cocktails, champagne, beer & wines ($688, with non-alcoholic free-flow available). After Brunch, MO Bar kicks on from 3pm to 7pm with free-flow festive cocktails, sprit mixers, Moet & Chandon Champagne, beer and wines ($418 per person). For reservations, call 2132 0066 or email lmhkg-restaurants@mohg.com.

The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central

Mandarin Oriental

Over at the Mandarin Oriental, they’ve partnered with Shanghai Tang to support the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association (HKDSA) through a few Christmas dining offers. There’s a special “Hong Kong Festive Holiday” staycation deal that includes breakfast, champagne and strawberries, a whiskey cake, treats for the kids and more. Also on offer is a Shanghai Tang-inspired Festive Afternoon Tea, which features holiday treats adorned with Shanghai Tang elements. You can eat cake for a good cause, as art of the proceeds of the festive afternoon tea will be donated to the HKDSA! Of course, there’s also a range of gorgeous treats from The Mandarin Cake Shop. Click here for the complete schedule of the hotel’s festive offers, prices and performances.

5 Connaught Road Central, Central

Arcane

Multi-award winning chef Shane Osborn’s original Hong Kong restaurant, Arcane, is also hosting some festive cheer. All throughout December, they’ll be serving a five-course menu inspired by their most popular dishes. Delightful! It all starts off with a burst of flavourful Japanese fruit tomato with burrata, rocket pesto, pine nuts and marfuga olive oil. We LOVE this dish at Expat Living, it’s light and truly delicious. And the meal takes off from there. This five-course experience is HK$1,555 per person. For a reservation, call 2728 0178.

3/F, On Lan Street, Central

Try Cornerstone for a special Christmas dinner-for-two

Cornerstone

Head to Osborn’s other Hong Kong haunt, Cornerstone, on Hollywood Road for an easy and delicious Christmas meal for two. Aw, so romantic! On offer is a pan seared Gressingham duck breast with cranberry sauce, comté gratin dauphinois and nutmeg creamed spinach. It’s portioned for two and priced at $480. This sharing experience will be available from 12– 31 December. Note they are closed on the 23rd and 26th.  For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day they will have a special Merry Christmas tasting menu that starts from HK$680 per person. Of course, this Christmas menu can be adjusted for vegetarians.

49 Hollywood Road, Central

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Christmas Day at the Rosewood will be a stylish affair

The Rosewood

This is a new entry into the Christmas Day dining offerings in Hong Kong for 2019. The Rosewood has three options to consider: Holt’s Café will offer a festive set lunch and dinner over Christmas; The Legacy House is home to an array of private dining rooms for those looking for a more intimate venue; and Asaya Kitchen is a great option for the health-conscious foodies among us. The Rosewood will host some Christmas activities this month, too; check it all out at Christmas at The Rosewood.

Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

BIBO

Christmas Dinner will be served on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as Boxing Day, at BIBO. They’ll be a set menu with multiple choices starting at $568 per person for lunch, with dinner from $1188 per guest (including one glass of Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Rose Champagne). We love it at BIBO – check out our December issue of Expat Living magazine for our full review. bibo.hk

163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan

Conrad Hong Kong

Head to Brasserie on the Eighth for a semi-buffet dinner in the Conrad’s snowy pop-up French winter market. An all-you-can-eat station featuring freshly shucked French oysters, Boston lobsters and Alaskan king crab leg will be available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If you’re looking for gifts – personal or corporate – grab one of the Conrad’s lovely Christmas Hampers at the Cake Shop. The hampers are a nice gift option filled with Christmas nibbles. See all the details and pricing at Conrad Christmas Dining.

Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty

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If you like a little seafood with your Christmas, head to the InterContinental for Christmas dinner this year

InterContinental Hong Kong

This is a handy option if you’re seeing the Hong Kong Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in the lead up to Christmas. Festive theatre goers enjoy a 15% discount at the InterContinental. For Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day dining, the InterContinental has a range of choices: NOBU has 5-course options and 8-course options across the festive holidays; Rech by Alain Ducasse also has a 5-course set lunch and dinner; The Steak House Winebar & Grill has a semi-buffet with free flow packages; lastly, Harbourside will be serving brunch with free-flow packages as well. For further information, pricing and restaurant reservations, call 2313 2323 or email fb.hongkong@ihg.com.

18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Hue

Australians and foodies are going to love this one. Hue is a new entrant this Christmas and it’s very worthy of your consideration. Celebrate Christmas with an Aussie spin – fresh flavours, quality seafood, harbour views, and an abundance of new world wines. What more could you possibly need? If your cold-weather friends need a Turkey lunch, this too is on offer at Hue from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day. Lunch and dinner four-course set menus start at HK$680 per person. Make your reservation by calling 3500 5888.

1/F Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Octavium

Put an Italian fine-dining spin on your Christmas this year and head to Octavium. The Octavium Festivities Menu is an 8-course delight that includes Scampi with Cauliflower and Chestnuts, Christmas Cappone Consommé and Tortellini, Marango Beef Sirloin with Corn Polenta and Radicchio Tardivo, and much more. Christmas at Octavium is priced from HK$1,680 per person. Make your reservation by calling 2111 9395.

8/F One Chinachem Central, 22 Des Voeux Road, Central

Buenos Aires Polo Club

Hong Kong’s Argentinian steakhouse is celebrating Christmas Day with a formidable feast for brunch. There’s also a Christmas Eve dinner on offer. On Christmas Day, fill up on freshly-baked pastries and cakes, a seafood selection and an extensive assortment of Iberian cold cuts and cheeses. Plus, there’s a carving table with featuring delicious prime rib. Choose from free-flow drinks or enjoy signature cocktails à la carte (our tip: go for the Polo Marì!) – it’s HK$398-$788 per person, depending on the package chosen. Reservations can be made here or via bapoloclub.com or reservations@bapoloclub.com.

7/F, 33 Wyndham Street, LKF Tower, Central

Two MacDonnell Road

A semi-buffet lunch and dinner will be on offer at Cafe Bar on 8 at Two MacDonnell Road. Is a roast lunch with turkey a non-negotiable for Christmas lunch? Then, the Roasted Turkey with Chicken Liver Sauce served with Pumpkin Puree and Brussel Sprouts for main might be perfect for you. Book online before 8 December to enjoy a 40% discount. For reservations and enquiries, call 2132 2688, email fnb@mr2.com.hk or visit twomr.com.hk/promotions.

2 MacDonnell Road, Mid-Levels

 

ALSO … Turkey Takeout!

If you want to cook up a holiday feast at home, there are a number of spots where you canget a turkey and all the trimmings. Alternatively, you can order a prepared meal package for home delivery. Here are a few places that can help make your big day in December a delicious one!

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Supermarkets

Speciality Stores and Services

  • Feather & Bone: Butcher and grocer. Various locations | featherandbone.com.hk
  • Pacific Rich: Seafood that is 100% responsibly-sourced and comes from sustainable, traceable fisheries | pacificrichresources.com
  • Jou Sun: Online grocer | jousun.com
  • Invisible Kitchen: Caterers offering party packages for delivery | invisiblekitchen.com
  • Mandarin Oriental: Cooked turkey and trimmings for delivery, as well as hampers. Don’t forget, all the delights from the-mandarin-cake-shop can now be ordered online | mandarinoriental.com
  • Ali Oli: Everything from pre-cooked to ready-to-roast turkeys, trimming, and delicious desserts. Tweak Ali Oli’s menu to suit those with a vegan, gluten-free or dairy-free diet. Super easy! | alioli.com.hk


See more restaurant recommendations in our
Wine & Dine section plus some Christmas recommendations below:

Where to buy Christmas trees in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Christmas church services
Best Sunday Brunch places in Hong Kong

This article first appeared in an issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.