Coconuts Bites: Foodie News, Thanksgiving & Christmas Special

Calling all festive foodies. Looking for a cosy place to stuff your face with turkey (and a lot more) this Thanksgiving and Christmas? Look no further. Stretchy pants and slippers at the ready!

Thanksgiving with a View
 

Where better to spend Thanksgiving this November than the iconic Mandarin Oriental with its stunning views of the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbour? Executive Chef Uwe Opocensky promises to whip up a festive frenzy for lunch and dinner at the Michelin-starred Mandarin Grill + Bar on Nov. 27, while Thanksgiving specials will also be offered at Café Causette and the Clipper Lounge from Nov. 25 – 30. 

Alternatively, indulge with a Thanksgiving takeaway box (HKD2,088 – HKD2,946) from the Mandarin Cake Shop. Available throughout November, these specially prepared hampers will allow you to enjoy the holiday at home without the hard work. They must be ordered two days in advance, so plan ahead people! 

Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central, (+852) 2825-4828,  mohkg-restaurants@mohg.com
 


The prodigal return of the Hunter Valley free-range Turkey

After the solid success of the Hunter Valley free-range turkey last year, Blue Butcher is set to entice foodies back by offering much of the same awesomeness. Celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas by dining on succulent turkey raised on the fertile banks of the Hunter River. The restaurant is offering holiday dinners complete with Whipped Creamy Mash Potatoes, Homemade Stuffing, Roasted Candied Brussels Sprouts and all the trimmings, followed by Danny’s Delectable Pumpkin Pie. The feasting kicks off on Nov. 28 and runs throughout December. Bookings are sure to fill up quickly, so act fast!

Blue Butcher, 108 Hollywood Road, Central, (+852) 2613-9286, reservations@bluebutcher.com.
 


 

A European Christmas

Over in TST, Hugo’s is planning something extra special this Christmas, with an array of festive treats added to the menu to whet your appetite. Enjoy a romantic Christmas Eve to live music and an extensive six-course European gourmet menu (HKD1,738). The exquisite delights include Wild Irish Salmon Ballotine with North Sea Langoustine and fillet of US Beef Wellington with Truffle Madeira Sauce.

Brunch on Christmas Day (HKD908) sounds just as appealing, with a semi-buffet including Seafood-on-Ice, freshly prepared US Rib of Beef and Pan-Fried Australian Pink Snapper among the offerings between 11:30am and 3:00pm. The free-flowing champagne (HKD398) and wine (HKD218) mean there’s no reason not to get a little tipsy!

Hugo’s, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon,(+852) 3721-7733.
 


Have a meaty December

Free-range turkey (HKD780) is up for grabs at Fish & Meat from Dec. 1 – 26, making it an ideal venue your office Christmas party, particularly as it’s just a short stumble from where the fun’s at. If Turkey Breast and Leg dished up alongside Italian Sausage, Hazelnut with Sage and Creamy Polenta isn’t enough to entice you, the Peachy Christmas Cocktail, made with Rittenhouse Rye Whisky, Amero Montenegro, red wine, Spiced Poached Peach and Lemon, surely will be.

Fish & Meat, 1 & 2/F, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 2565-6788. For bookings contact celine.lindvall@maximalconcepts.com.
 


Christmas Aussie style

It’s not quite Christmas on the beach, but given the chilly climes in Honkers during December, the Backyard’s Australian Home Barbeque Buffet will be about as close as you’ll really want to get. Diners can enjoy a choice of Australian Lamb Chops, Rib-Eye Steak and New Zealand King Prawns as well as a tantalising Seafood Platter including Shucked Oysters, Lobster and New Zealand Mussels. Evening dinner from 7pm –10pm (HKD550) and free-flow drinks (HKD158), including boutique beer and house red and white wines, in addition to specially designed festive cocktails, offer the perfect excuse to let your hair down this Christmas – as if you need one!

The Backyard, Level L, Langham Place, Mongkok, (+852) 3552-3028.
 


Turkey Bonanza

If you’re looking for an extreme turkey experience this Thanksgiving and/or Christmas, look no further than Mott 32, where free-range turkey is being dished up three ways. First, the Whole BBQ Roasted Turkey served with Pancakes and Homemade Sauces (including a “Secret Turkey Sauce”) will prepare you for what’s next: the Turkey and Five Shade Salad. The trio is completed by the Minced Turkey mixed with Water Chestnut, Mushroom and Bamboo and served in a Lettuce Cup. The special menu (HKD1,680) commences on Nov. 24, and free-range turkey must be ordered 72 hours in advance. Trust us, this is a turkey feast and not to be missed!

Mott 32, Basement Standard Chartered Building, 4-4a Des Voeux Road, Central, (+852) 2885-8688, reservations@mott32.com.
 


All I want for Christmas is Jamie

Bustling Causeway Bay is where’s you’ll find British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant, imaginatively called “Jamie’s Italian”. The name may not be original, but the Italian twist to the festive menu certainly is. Oliver’s team have come up with some scrummy-sounding Christmas treats for the reasonably-priced set menus (HKD350 and HKD500). Wrap your lips around Jamie’s Famous Meat Plank (behave!) of fresh Pistachio Mortadella, Tuscan Fennel Salami, and Buffalo Mozzarella for starters, and Italian Roast Turkey or Gennaro’s Festive Porchetta for mains. Round the meal off with a choice of sumptuous desserts and mince pies.

Jamie’s Italian, 2/f, Soundwill Plaza ll – Midtown, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, (+852) 3958-2222, info@jamiesitalian.hk.


LIS-ten up jingle bunnies!

Here’s one for those of you with little mouths to feed. L’hotel Island South’s LIS Café is offering lunch buffets (HKD358 for adults and HKD198 for children) on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with more than 60 dishes to choose from, including Alaskan Queen Crab Legs, Jade Whelks, Festive Gammon Ham, Turkey with Cranberry Sauce and Traditional Ginger Bread. You’ll pay more for the dinner buffet (HKD558 and HKD368 on Christmas Day), but confirm your reservation and make full payment by Dec. 7 and you’ll be able to take advantage of a 25 percent discount. What’s more, adults can enjoy a complimentary surf and turf throughout December. Thanks LISanta!

LIS Café @ L’hotel Island South, P3, 55 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, (+852) 3968-8833. 
 


Festive German Flair

Flair is not the first word that most people conjure when they think of Germany, but the contemporary Berliner restaurant may just change your mind. With German specialties like Smoked Salmon Carpaccio with River Trout, Chive Cream and Pumpernickel Crumbles (HKD98) and Pan-Roasted Venison Medallions with Cranberry Chutney, Festive Vegetables and Rosemary Glaze (HKD190), all washed down with authentic German beers, there’ll be little too blue about this Christmas.

Berliner restaurants are at four locations across Hong Kong. For booking information, contact (+852) 2522-2246 or visit www.cafedecogroup.com
 


French Festivities

Enjoy a true culinary adventure in the intimate 19th century-inspired Alchemy Gastro Lounge, where Chef Pascal Breant has come up with inspiring four and five-course menus (HKD698 and HKD788) this Christmas. Homemade Smoked Salmon Balik Style, Chestnut Soup, Seared Brittany Cod with Hokkaido Scallop, Roasted French Turkey and a Mocha Christmas Log are among the many treats on offer. Add to this the variety of crafted cocktails that will serve as the perfect stimulant for Christmas spirit.

Alchemy, G/F, 16 Arbuthnot Road, Central, (+852) 6821-2801.

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