Holiday dinners in Hong Kong, 2018 edition: Where to stuff your face with turkey, puddings, and all the Christmas trimmings

(From top left, clockwise) traditional roasted US turkey breast with sage and chestnut stuffing and all the trimmings from McSorley’s; Festive sharing feast from Jamie’s Italian; Slow-cooked turkey roulade from The Envoy; and festive brunch from Fang Fang. Photos via Forks and Spoons, Spice Marketing, and Pr-ime Asia.

We’ve hit the first week of December, folks — time to air out the mothball fumes in your knitted holiday sweaters. Also, time to start plotting out Christmas dinner plans, since the best ones usually get booked up pretty quickly.

With so many restaurants open during the holiday season, serving everything from turkey to lobster, it’s difficult to pinpoint which offering is going to appease everyone this Christmas. But, we’ve looked through the lists and press releases and compiled the holiday menus that we think are worth checking out — and we’ve ranked them from pricey to cheap as chips, all in the hopes that this rundown will help you make a well-informed decision this year.

PS, we’ll also update this list as more festive menus are announced, so check back here if you’re still undecided and searching for options. On to the list…

 

HK$1,000 or more

ON Dining

For the holiday season, ON Dining will be serving four and six-course dinners that will comprise caviar, langoustine, poached eggs, foie gras ravioli, fallow deer tenderloin or Kagoshima wagyu; and a strawberry parfait for dessert. We tried out the Michelin-star restaurant’s white truffle and game meat themed menu before, and the dishes were solid across the board, so we’d reckon this Christmas one will be pretty good, too.

Address: 29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central.
Reservations: +852 2174 8100 and info@ontop.hk.
Dates: December 1 to 30.
Price: HK$1,288 (per person for four course dinner) HK$1,688 (per person for six course dinner).

Haku

This 10-course festive set menu would be great for seafood-loving types, especially for smaller parties such as couples or close friends. Menu items will highlight ingredients such as sashimi, guinea fowl, Hokkaido salmon and others.

Address: Shop OT G04B, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Habour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Reservations: Click here, or contact +852 2115 9965 or dine@haku.com.hk.
Dates: December 21 to 31.
Price: HK$1,980 (for two persons).

Hoi King Heen

The Intercontinental Grand Stanford’s Cantonese banquet hall will be serving up a set ideal for couples. Courses include chilled abalone with okra with smoked scallops; double-boiled sea conch soup with bean curd; deep-fried crab claws stuffed with shrimp mousse coated with salty egg yolk; braised beef brisket stuffed in pear; braised bamboo fungus stuffed with asparagus and parma ham; baked crab shell in coconut sauce stuffed with seafood fried rice; homemade almond cream with egg-white; and sweetened crispy milk rolls.

Address: The Intercontinental Grand Stanford Hotel, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Reservations: +852 2721 5161 and grandstanford@ihg.com.
Dates: December 24 to January 1.
Price: HK$1,800 (for two persons).

 

More than HK$600 to less than HK$1,000

Porterhouse

This LKF steakhouse will be serving a five-course set dinner menu that comprises burrata; chestnuts soup or wagyu beef tartar; pan-fried foie gras; a choice of either truffle and champagne risotto, red snapper, turkey leg roulade, or US prime beef rib eye steak for mains. Desserts include apple tarte Tatin and petits fours.

Address: 7/F California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central.
Reservations: Click here or +852 2522 6366 info@porterhousehk.com.
Dates: December 24 and 25.
Price: HK$888 (per guest) HK$388 (extra for optional wine pairing).

Giando

This Italian restaurant will be offering a seven-course Christmas menu throughout December. Items include melted mozzarella cheese; salted cod brandade with avocado cream and caviar; lobster bisque with chickpeas and ginger; cheese-filled plin ravioli on pumpkin and hazelnut fondue with shaved Alba white truffles; veal loin cubes crusted with grissini crumbs and chamomile with roasted red onions, toothfish crusted with polenta and herbs and broccoli puree, blood orange sorbet with burnt meringue, and apple cinnamon tart with mascarpone and vanilla sauce.

Address: Shop 1, G/F, Tower 1, Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai.
Reservations: +852 2511 8912 OR info@giandorestaurant.com.
Dates: December 8 to 30.
Price: HK$888.

HK$600 and under

 

Employees Only Hong Kong

The Hong Kong-based NY-style speakeasy will be serving up some boozy Christmas drinks to go with that traditional festive dinner of yours. But before we introduce the drinks, lets start with dinner, which comprises a roast prime rib, pork sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, sautéed green beans and gravy. For dessert, there’s a pumpkin pie à la mode. For boozy beverages, there’s the Uncle Charlie’s hot chocolate which is a dark rum and hot chocolate served warm with whipped cream; and a rum nog made up of coconut cream with date, cashew, almond, and shaken with dark rum and sherry.

Address: G/F, 19 Lan Kwai Fong, Central.
Reservations: reservations@employeesonlyhk.com 852 2468 2755.
Dates: December 24 to December 26.
Price: HK$438 (Christmas dinner) HK$88 (pumpkin pie) HK$140 (Uncle Charlie’s hot chocolate and rum nog drinks).

Crispy aromatic duck from Fang Fang. Photo via Spice Marketing.
Crispy aromatic duck. Photo: Fang Fang

Fang Fang

We were fans of Fang Fang — especially that miso soup cappuccino — when we first visited the pan-Asian restaurant a few months back. Fang Fang’s brunch includes snacks, a selection of starters, a pre-main course, a main course, and a dessert. Offerings include the classic salt and pepper tofu, cigar duck roll and wasabi prawns. There will also be the restaurant’s signature 42-day roasted duck served with nine sauces. Mains include a choice between applewood-smoked pork ribs, aromatic duck, Fang Fang paneer and other items. For dessert, there’s a chocolate fondant, and a ginger crème brûlée. There’s also a vegetarian option where the dishes include vegetarian dim sum, grilled eggplant with ginger garlic miso, sweet corn karaage spiked with spicy mayo, mushroom toban yaki, Asian winter claypot tofu with bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and more. Finish off the meal with a pear confit in red and port wine.

From December 19 to January 1, there will be special menu items like a black garlic chicken abalone pot, aromatic Chinese-style cheese-baked lobster noodles, stuffed crab with white cream sauce, chilled abalone on ice, spicy duck taco, and foie gras wagyu.

Address: 8/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central.
Reservations: +852 2983 9083.
Dates: December 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30, and January 1, 2019, from noon to 3pm.
Price: HK$398 (brunch) HK$350 (vegetarian meal).
Free-flow options: HK$280 (champagne, beer, white and red wines, sake, alcoholic iced teas, bloody Mary’, bellinis, mojitos, and margaritas) HK$150 (beer, white and red wines, and sake) HK$110 (non-alcoholic soft drinks and seasonal juices.

McSorley’s Brewhouse & Grill

This newly-opened two-story restaurant will be offering three and four-course Christmas meals. Courses include chestnut and mushroom soup with truffle oil; and an aged prosciutto, goat cheese, fig and pecan salad for starters. For mains, there is a choice between a traditional roasted US turkey breast with sage and chestnut stuffing and all the trimmings; a US flank steak served with roasted sweet potato, chimichurri and grilled asparagus; or a pistachio-crusted halibut fillet with a capsicum sauce, cream kohlrabi and creamy yam mash. For desserts, it’s either toffee star cake, or traditional Christmas Pudding with Baileys Irish Cream.

Address: R001 Civic Square Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon.
Reservations: +852 2736 4888.
Dates: December 1 to December 26.
Price: HK$398 (three courses) HK$438 (four courses).

McSorley’s Ale House

McSorley’s Ale House has two outlets in SoHo and Discovery Bay for those of you who don’t want to have to go to Kowloon for the Irish pub experience. The menu at both locations will be similar to the Kowloon one; starters include a roasted butternut squash soup followed by an aged prosciutto, goat cheese, fig and pecan salad. Main courses include a either roasted US turkey breast with sage and chestnut stuffing; a Guinness-braised lamb shank served with roasted garlic mashed potato Brussels sprouts; or a pistachio-crusted halibut fillet with a capsicum sauce. For desserts, it’s either toffee star cake with caramel, or an oven-baked apple and cranberry crumble with vanilla ice cream.

Address: Block B, G/F, D’Deck, Discovery Bay AND G/F, 46 Staunton Street, Soho, Central.
Reservations: +852 2987 8280 and db@mcsorleys.com.hk (Discovery Bay) +852 2385 5515 and soho@mcsorleys.com.hk (SoHo).
Dates: December 1 to December 26.
Price: HK$328 (three courses) HK$358 (four courses).

The Envoy

For those who want a more colonial Christmas, this British colonial-themed restaurant is offering a three-course set dinner. Book now before December 16 and enjoy a 15 percent discount. Items on the menu include butternut squash soup, seabass and prawn parcal, and beet and goats cheese quinoa for appetizers. For mains, there’s a choice of half a Boston lobster, a slow-cooked turkey roulade, or a US tenderloin with pan-seared foie gras. And because it’s a British Christmas, you end the meal with a traditional Christmas pudding.

Address: 3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central.
Reservations: Click here OR +852 2169 3311 OR info@theenvoy.hk.
Dates: December 23 to 25.
Price: HK$600.

Gia Trattoria Italiana

This Italian restaurant will be serving Christmas brunch throughout December, and a special four-course Christmas menu for Christmas Eve.
The four-course meal comprises marinated salmon carpaccio with avocado and toasted sesame for the antipasto; a choice of either a tortellini pasta in capon broth, or busiate pasta “Trapanese style” with prawns, zucchini and saffron fro the primi; a choice of either a cod in mushroom crust and stewed castelluccio lentils, or turkey breast with chestnuts and parmesan sauce for the secondi. For dessert there’s a choice of either zuccotto with hazelnuts, or stuffed traditional panettone with caramel and rum sauce.

Address: 1/F, Fleet Arcade, Fenwick Pier, 1 Lung King Street, Wan Chai.
Reservations: December 8 to January 1, 2019.
Dates: +852 2511 8081.
Price: HK$688 (four-course Christmas menu) HK$398 (Christmas brunch).

Tortellini pasta in capon broth from Gia Trattoria Italiana. Photo via Forks and Spoons.
Tortellini pasta in capon broth. Photo: Gia Trattoria Italiana

Coyote

Have a three or four-course Mexican Christmas meal at one of Coyote’s establishments. Start with the oaxaca seafood tomato bisque with mini cheese nachos for the soup or enjoy the ensalada – a blackened chicken breast baked “yucatan style”, avocado, crispy flour tortilla chips, fire roasted corn and cilantro-lime dressing. For entrees choose between the roasted turkey breast stuffed with butternut squash, chorizo and thyme with mashed yam, chipotle cranberry jam, turkey jus, or the Texas-cajun rubbed lamb short-loin, or alternatively the seared mahi-mahi fillet margarita style. For desserts, there’s oven-baked salted caramel, apple and cranberry crumble, or the Chill Out Cake with mango, chocolate and chili peppers for those of you who are feeling adventurous.

Address: 114–120 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong OR Shop G08A, G/F, D’Deck, Discovery Bay.
Reservations: +852 2861 2221, wanchai@coyote.com.hk OR +852 2987 2848, db@coyote.com.hk.
Dates: December 1 to December 26.
Price: HK$328 (three courses) HK$368 (four courses).

The Astor

The Astor in newly-opened hotel Eaton HK will be hosting a 12 Tastes of Christmas menu, which includes turkey, chestnut, truffles, maple, citrus, ginger, cranberry, chocolate, brandy, cinnamon, hazelnut and pumpkin. Highlights include a roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce; a roast whole rack of lamb with rosemary truffle salt, maple-glazed baked gammon ham, roast free range chicken with salted lemon, baked pineapple, cinnamon and cloves; truffle mayonnaise and XO cognac cocktail sauce dips for Boston lobster, freshly-shucked oysters, crab, tiger prawns and other seafood items. There will also be a Christmas cobb salad station featuring turkey, cranberry, hazelnut, pumpkin, pecan, whisky ranch dressing among others; char siu and truffle wellington, Peking duck with whisky hoisin sauce and chestnut crumble. Desserts include the chestnut vanilla log cake, cherry chocolate mousse, mince pies and Christmas cookies.

Address: Astor, Level B1, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road Jordan.
Reservations: eshkg.astor@eatonhotels.com or +852 2710 1901.
Dates: December 1 to December 26.
Price: N/A.

Jamie’s Italian

The British chain restaurant by chef and entrepreneur Jamie’s Italian will be serving Christmas set lunches, dinners, and sharing feasts for 10 or more people at its Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay outposts, the latter of which we checked out not too long ago. There are two types of set lunches and set dinners

The set meals include a choice of a vegetarian soup, spicy meatballs; or smoked salmon with dill and whipped mascarpone cream for appetizers; truffle beef carpaccio; beetroot-cured salmon bruschetta; or a festive plank of cured meats and cheese. Lunch mains include turkey, chargrilled sirloin, roasted cauliflower and pesto salad, seafood stew; roasted pumpkin ravioli, turkey club sandwich, a kale and avocado superfood; or a Hong Kong Pizza. Lunch desserts include a choice of panna cotta, tiramisu.

Address: 2/F, Soundwill Plaza II- Midtown, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay AND Shop 412, Level 4, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
Reservations: +852 3958 2222 (CWB) +852 3758 3333 (TST).
Dates: December 1 to 30.
Price: HK$148 to HK$198 (set lunches) HK$298 (set dinner) HK$128 to HK$168 (per person for the set menu for 10 or more people) HK$268 to HK$398 (per person for sharing feasts for 10 or more people.

Sweet treats, boozy drinks, and everything in between

Foxglove

This speakeasy will not only be serving some special Christmas cocktails and Cantonese-style banquet food (which we’re fans of, just FYI), they’ll also be screening some Christmas movies too. Festive cocktails include the White Christmas made up of apple brandy, shiraz, dark cacao, vanilla cream, and a dark chocolate nest; and the Johnny Jingle made up of Johnnie Walker black label whisky, franegelico, coconut milk, house-made syrup, house-made butterscotch caramel, and desiccated coconut rim. Oh and as for the films? There will be Christmas classics like Home Alone (December 3), Home Alone Two (December 10), Miracle on 34th Street (December 17); and on Christmas Day, there will be screenings of ELF (6:30pm) and Love Actually (9pm).

Address: 2/F Printing House, 6 Duddell Street, 18 Ice House Street, Central.
Reservations: +852 2116 8949.
Dates: Throughout December.
Price: HK$130 (White Christmas and Johnny Jingle cocktails).

Emack & Bolio’s

Ice cream parlor Emack & Bolio’s will be selling their festive sweet treats at their four branches until New Year’s. First up there’s the Instagrammable reindeer ice cream, which comprises a scoop of chocolate-flavored ice cream flavor and cone of your choice, and the scoop is decorated to look like Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. E&B will also be serving a Ice Cream Meets Hot Chocolate combo, where customers can pair a scoop of their favorite ice cream flavor of their choice with a hot chocolate.

Emack & Bolio's reindeer ice cream. Photo via Facebook/Emack & Bolio's.
Reindeer ice cream. Photo: Emack & Bolio’s/FB

Address: G/F, 26 Cochrane Street, Central OR Shop G38, G/F, Mira Place One, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui OR Shop UG19, Citywalk, 1 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan OR Shops G09 & G10, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai.
Reservations: N/A.
Dates: December 3 to January 2, 2019.
Price: HK$88 (reindeer ice cream) HK$68 (ice cream and hot chocolate combo).

Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour

This botanical-themed gin parlor is a popular watering hole for those looking for something a bit hidden away. They’ll be serving some Christmas-themed cocktails for the holiday season, which includes The Snowman made up of vodka, monin vanilla, cream, Frangelico, and garnished with 85 percent dark chocolate; and the Christmas Club made up of applewood gin, mulled wine syrup, vanilla syrup, lemon juice, egg white, and garnished with Christmas candy. For December 24, 25, and 31 there will be special afternoon G & tea sets that include a special Christmas lobster roll, and there will be three seatings (12pm to 1:45pm, 2pm to 3:30pm, and 3:45pm to 5;30pm), and on Christmas Day there’s a Christmas carol evening from 9pm to 12am for which you need to reserve a space.

Address: Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central.
Reservations: +852 2111 9449 and info@drfernshk.com (for Christmas carol evening).
Dates: December 1 to December 31.
Price: HK$160 (The Snowman, The Christmas Club) HK$598 (afternoon tea for December 24 and 25) HK$498 (afternoon tea for December 31)

Mrs Pound

This Sheung Wan speakeasy and Asian fusion food restaurant will be serving to special Christmas cocktails. They include A Date in the Snow, which is made up of quinoa vodka, rice wine, elderflower liquer, and red date tea, served in a traditional Chinese tea cup; and Christmas with Suzie Wong made with Bacardi ocho, coffee bean-infused Mancino rosso, black walnut bitters, cinnamon syrup, and Thai red chili.

On December 25 and 26, Mrs Pound will be serving her popular All Around The World with Eggs brunch menu, which will have a four-hour free-flow package for HK$150.

Address: 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan.
Reservations: +852 3426 3949 or info@mrspound.com.
Dates: December 1 to 30.
Price: HK$130 (cocktails).

Christmas with Suzie Wong from Mrs Pound. Photo via Forks and Spoons.
Christmas with Suzie Wong. Photo: Mrs Pound

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