Top festive feasts

We find the best spots to eat out over the holidays. From glamorous hotel spreads to non-traditional meals, we’ve got you covered.

THE HOTELS

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Intercontinental Hong Kong
The Steak House Winebar and Grill is offering surf-and-turf Christmas lunch and dinner set menus. Both menus start with a trip to the salad bar, followed by a choice of main, dessert buffet and coffee or tea. Choices for mains include U.S rib eye steak (8oz for lunch; 14oz for dinner), filet mignon and sirloin steak (8oz for lunch). Lunch is $1,138 per person; $838 per child. Dinner is $1,688; $1,388 per child.

Inspired by Christmas classic “The Nutcracker”, Executive Pastry Chef Cyril Dupuis’ has put together a Festive Nutcracker Afternoon tea. Available throughout December, starts at $608 for two (prices vary depending on dates).

Lower level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, 2313 2323, www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com

Tiffin, Grand Hyatt
Fill your boots at Grand Hyatt’s buffet restaurant, Tiffin. The buffet offers a delicious spread of Western and European delicacies, freshly prepared waffles and an ice cream station. Carols will be performed during Christmas eve dinner and Christmas day, along with a visit from Santa. $1,280 per adult, $640 per child for lunch and dinner.

Mezzanine floor, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, 2584 7722, hongkong.grand.hyatt.com

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The Peninsula Hong Kong
Available from Dec 22-26, the much-loved Lobby at The Peninsula is offering a delectable Christmas afternoon tea ($458 per person) and four course set dinner ($1,488).

Meanwhile, the hotel’s European avant-garde restaurant, Felix, is serving up a three-course ($1,388 from 6-8pm) or a five-course dinner from 8pm onwards ($1,888).

Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.peninsula.com

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Ovolo Southside
Southside’s Ovolo presents a Christmas day BBQ lunch at CIRQLE. Priced at $448 per adult ($268 for children), the festive feast includes a meat station serving turkey, ham and sausages, a seafood station, a salad bar and a dessert corner. Add on $65 per person for free-flow soft drinks, or $198 for Christmas mulled wine and more. Available from 12-3pm.

64 Wong Chuck Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, www.ovolohotels.com

Hyatt Regency Sha Tin Hong Kong
The Sha Tin-based hotel is offering a Christmas lunch ($558 for adult, $279 for children) and dinner ($688 for adult, $344 for children). Feast on pan-fried foie gras, turkey with traditional stuffing, lobster and more at Hyatt Regency’s Cafe. Each sitting includes a glass of wine, beer or soft drink.

18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin, 3723 1234, hongkongshatin.regency.hyatt.com

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Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East
Situated on the first floor, Chef’s Table is serving traditional Christmas dishes like turkey and ham, as well as seafood favourites including oysters, blue mussels, lobster and clams. Special items such as scallop carpaccio and pan fried goose liver are available at dinner. ($358 per adult, $268 per child for the lunch buffet; $638 per adult and $518 per child for dinner).

In addition, a festive tea set is available at Cielo on the 47th floor, complete with savoury items like turkey burrito and mini lobster burgers. Desserts include English scones and Christmas log cake. $328 for two, available from Dec 20 to Jan 1.

3 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, www.ihg.com

ALTERNATIVE

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Tikitiki Bowling Bar
Bowl your way into the festive season at Tiktiki Bowling Bar. Guests can enjoy a Christmas buffet packed full of cold appetizers, hot dishes, turkey and beef tenderloin carving and dessert. Kids don’t miss out either – there’s a kids’ corner with macaroni cheese, mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. Lunch is $499; dinner $599. Available Dec 24-25.

4/F, Centro, 1A Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung, 5116 7494, www.tikitiki.hk

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The Optimist
Feliz Navidad! The Optimist brings Spanish fever to its five-course Christmas menu. The menu includes the restaurant’s signature dishes like grilled Galician octopus, wild monkfish and Spanish fillet Chateaubriand. It finishes with Turrón de Navidad, a traditional dessert of sweet nougat, honey and roasted almonds. Available on December 24 and 25. $688 per person, with free flow packages starting at an additional $240 for bottomless wine, beer, prosecco, champagne and house spirits.

The Optimist is also offering a semi-buffet style brunch. Expect roast turkey, with various small dishes, mains and desserts. $348 per person, additional $180 per person for free flow prosecco, sangria, wine and beer.

G/F-2/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, www.theoptimist.hk

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Popsy Modern Kitchen
Art inspired restaurant Popsy Modern Kitchen has been transformed into a black and gold winter garden with silk flowers. The restaurant has also prepared a special eight-course Enchanted Christmas menu. Dishes include seared scallops, pan seared duck foie gras and poached turbot. Following the tradition of roasting game, roasted duck is served and finished with a ‘Christmas Wreath’ dessert. $988 per person.

5/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Sheung Wan, 2907 8188, www.popsymodern.com

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Pirata
Celebrate the Italian way with Pirata’s festive lunch and dinner menu. Marvel at the giant carved out parmesan wheel full of boletus mushroom risotto during brunch ($298 per person; free-flow for an extra $180). The five-course dinner menu ($648 per person) tantalises taste buds with wild boar ragout, Tuscan sea bass and butchers’ cut steak, followed by popular Italian desserts like tiramisu and panna cotta.

29-30/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, 2887 0270, pirata.hk

Jamie’s Italian
Sharing is caring at Jamie’s Italian. The eatery has two specific menus this Christmas – Festive Lunch Set and the WOW menu. The lunch set has an option for two ($168) or three ($198) courses which comes with starters, mains and dessert. For groups of 10 or more, the WOW menu ($468 per person) includes three courses of two starters, two mains, two side dishes and a dessert. Available throughout December.

2/F, Soundwill Plaza II – Midtown, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, 3958 2222, www.jamieoliver.com

208 Duecento Otto
Italian restaurant, 208 Duecento Otto has prepared a selection of Christmas dishes with an Italian twist. On the menu are venison carpaccio, porcini and wild mushroom risotto, Christmas trifle and more. Guests also receive a complimentary panettone. Available December 21-27. Head to 208 Duecento Otto on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for the restaurant’s signature brunch: an unlimited spread of salads and antipasti for $508 per person. Mains and desserts available at extra cost, additional $180 for free-flow Veuve Clicquot.

208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 2549 0208, 208.com.hk

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Casa Lisboa
For cosy Portuguese fare, Casa Lisboa’s Christmas buffet is filled with new dishes. Sample from the cold buffet, hot food, bacalhau and dessert station. Homemade Portuguese bread, soup and sharing plates are available. ($480 per adult; $250 per child aged 4-11). Free-flow options start at $90 per person.

8/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, 2905 1168, www.casalisboa.com.hk

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Catalunya
Along with specially created dishes like homemade terrine foie gras and and the seafood platter for two (available December 24, 25 and 31), a Spanish brunch awaits diners at Catalunya. The Christmas day brunch starts from $780 ($208 for children aged 3-9) and includes free-flow French oysters, plus a seafood station and signature dishes like charcuterie, pinchos, salads and desserts. Free flow starts at an additional $230.

G/F, Guardian House, Morrison Hill, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, 2866 7900, www.catalunya.hk

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Zuma
Go fancy with Zuma’s Baikingu Christmas brunch. Acclaimed for its Japanese cuisine, Zuma has ensured that this year’s festive menu features its signature dishes as well as seasonal delicacies, like iberico pork ribs with Japanese BBQ sauce and spicy cashew nuts, Teriyaki turkey and roasted blue lobster. For an added festive twist, guests will enjoy white truffle shaved table side by the chef. Zuma is also serving its own homemade mulled wine. $590 per person; $650 for the Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne package. Available on Dec 24 and 25.

A Festive Season Tasting Menu with White Truffle is also available from 5 December 2016.

Finally, if you still haven’t made plans for New Year’s Eve, ZUMA is bringing the glitz and glamour of 1920s America with Japan in the form of Gatsby Shogatsu. Enjoy a special tasting menu with white truffle accompanied by live performances, or head upstairs to the lounge for DJs, performances and a set menu and wine pairing menu offering.

Landmark Level 5 & 6 15 Queen’s Road Central, 3657 6388, www.zumarestaurant.com

WITH A VIEW
Morton’s The Steakhouse
With harbour views available from every table, guests are spoilt for choice at Morton’s The Steakhouse this Christmas. The dinner set menu ($1,088 per person) begins with a starter, followed by a choice of appetizers, mains, sides and desserts. Mains include 16oz rib eye and 8oz filet mignon as well as salmon and chicken dishes. Served with coffee and tea.

4/F, The Sheraton Hotel & Towers, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2732 2343, www.mortons.com

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Located on the top level of One Peking, aqua has panoramic views of Hong Kong Island. This year’s festive offering is a Yuletide five course feast ($1,498 per person; extra $398 per person with wine pairing). The restaurant uses both Japanese and Italian flavours and conjures up grilled umami Hokkaido scallop, roasted turkey breast and grilled Japanese sea bass.

29-30/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3427 2288, aqua.com.hk

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Wooloomooloo Prime
With glittering views of Hong Kong, Wooloomooloo Prime has crafted a Christmas set dinner menu ($988 per person, available December 24 and 25) which starts with a smoked salmon and crab parcel, smoked duck breast and foie gras, soup and a main choice option of traditional Christmas turkey, pan-seared halibut or the signature Wooloomooloo grilled Australian beef tenderloin. The evening finishes with a dessert, coffee, tea and petit four.

Level 27 & 28, Soundwill Plaza II – Midtown, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, 2771 3600, www.wooloo-mooloo.com

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The Ocean
Dine with serene views of Repulse Bay at The Ocean. Led by Chef Agustin Balbi, ride the waves through the restaurant’s understated yet impressive seven-course festive menu ($1,788 per person) which includes abalone, scallop, lobster and turbot, and a coffee mousse dessert with almond ice cream, candied hazelnuts and meringue.

3/F, the pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2889 5939, www.theocean.hk

The Butchers Club
Suitable for groups of six or more, The Butchers Club’s Christmas private dining menu includes both land and sea dishes like The Butchers Club’s Seafood Trough, slow roasted pork belly and chef Nick’s famous beer bread. Guests have an option of dry-aged beef (carved tableside) or a traditional whole roast turkey served with homemade stuffing and all the trimmings. The meal is finished off with homemade desserts. $1,000 per person. Available throughout December at Butchers Club Deli and Private Kitchen in Aberdeen 9. For details, visit thebutchers.club

TRADITIONAL
Aberdeen Street Social
Located in PMQ, Aberdeen Street Social has crafted British fare for diners this Christmas. The menu starts with soup and appetizers, followed by various traditional dishes, including turkey, venison wellington and roasted south coast bass, followed by dessert and mince pies. Complimentary mulled wine is available during the two weeks leading up to Christmas. $750 per person. Available Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

PMQ, JPC G/F, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, 2866 0300, www.aberdeenstreetsocial.hk

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FRITES
Tuck into a three-course Christmas menu at Belgian beer house FRITES. The menu starts with a pot of Guezue mussels, followed by turkey ballotine served with sausage and chestnut stuffing or black angus roast beef. Things are rounded of nicely with a Christmas brioche pudding. $495 per person. Additional $250 per person for two hours of free-flow prosecco, beers, wine, spirits, juices and soft drinks. The dishes in the express lunch menu change weekly during the three weeks leading up to Christmas.

Branches available across Hong Kong including 1/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, 2217 6671, www.frites.hk

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Classified
Classified is serving up a storm with all your favourite Christmas dishes including honey roast ham, rolled Norfolk turkey and Christmas pudding. Sides include roasted potatoes, honeyed carrots and brussel sprouts to share. $480 per person. Available from December 1, minimum of six guests per booking.

Outlets across Hong Kong including 5 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung, 2529 3454, www.classifiedfood.com

Feast (Food by EAST)
Feast is kicking off the festive season with a semi-buffet brunch, which comes with half Boston lobster, antipasti and a range of seafood. Choose from hand-carved turkey breast, organic baby rack of lamb and rib of beef for mains. The brunch is topped with festive desserts like cinnamon creme brulee, lemon ginger polenta cake, mince pies and more. Look out for a visit from Santa and the Snowman.

$558 per person. EAST, 29 Taikoo Shing, Taikoo Shing Road, 3968 3777, www.east-hongkong.com

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