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In light of COVID-19, we encourage diners to take precautions when going out. You can also support your favourite restaurants by getting takeaway and delivery.
This New Year’s Eve is going to look a little different to celebrations in years gone by, but there are still ways to make it extra special and filled with good food, whether you decide to either (safely) venture out or have your own little party at home.
AMMO’s prime rib delivery
If you want to entertain in style at home, we can recommend AMMO’s party prime rib set for 8 ($2,800). The 3kg, 120-day-aged, grain-fed prime rib is rubbed with mixed herbs and mustard, seared for a golden brown crust, then roasted with rosemary and garlic until medium rare. This gorgeous hunk of meat comes with gravy, sides of maple purple potato mash, roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta and maple-balsamic glaze and three-cheese brown butter-truffle baked macaroni and chocolate brownies with Madagascan vanilla sauce for afters. Diners can either collect their order from AMMO or have it delivered ($250 delivery charge; delivery to outlying islands is not available). Orders must be placed at least four days in advance.
To order, phone 2537 9888 or order online
Black Sheep Restaurants’ COVID-responsible celebrations
In collaboration with Tatler Hong Kong and Prenetics, Black Sheep will be providing rapid, at-the-door COVID-19 tests for all staff and guests who celebrate with them on New Year’s Eve. The festivities are set from 2–6pm on the 31st at five of Black Sheep’s most popular eateries including Carbone, Ho Lee Fook, Rajasthan Rifles, Crown Super Deluxe and Buenos Aires Polo Club. Testing stations will be set up at the entrance of each, giving us peace of mind as we count down to 2021 and emphasising yet again Black Sheep’s laudable and innovative approach to handling the pandemic. Earlier this year, Black Sheep’s SOP: COVID-19 Playbook was named Foodie Forks Editors’ Choice Most Inspiring Initiative, and now they’re ending 2020 “…writing the new rules of hospitality together in a pandemic-ridden world”.
For menus, prices and booking details, click here
CIAK – In the Kitchen’s festive brunch
CIAK’s Central branch is offering a good-value Italian set brunch menu ($398/person for 2 courses), on until 3 January. There are several tempting options for each course. To start, we’d go for the marinated Angus beef carpaccio with rocket, cherry tomato and Parmesan, before moving on to a main course of pan-seared halibut with capers, seafood sauce and Romanesco broccoli. CIAK’s stellar pizzas are also main-course option. For dessert, why not splurge and get the restaurant’s signature mixed dessert platter (+$40)?
Shop 327–333, 3/F, LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2522 8869, book online
The Daily Tot’s Blackout Brunch
This rum lover’s sanctuary is moving its nighttime antics to midday (12–6pm on the 31st, to be exact). The Daily Tot’s Blackout Brunch ($550/person) presents a four-course global brunch menu, free-flow rum cocktails, spirits, wine and bubbly for three hours and R&B and Caribbean party tunes. Or, if you’d prefer blacking out in the comfort of your own bed or sofa, the bar is offering a range of takeaway cocktails ($220/270ml or $400/500ml), including La Bamba, made with an intriguing ingredient list that includes Plantation dark rum, Rémy Martin VSOP, maple syrup, tobacco bitters and applewood chips.
To book the brunch, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kakure’s Festive Indulgence takeaway
Foodie Forks 2020 Editors’ Choice Best New Bar Kakure is more than just a top-notch watering hole. It also serves up excellent Japanese cuisine, which can be yours for the eating at home on New Year’s Eve with the restaurant’s Festive Indulgence takeaway set (from $2,388 for 4), available until 3 January. Highlights of the multi-dish menu include three types of nigiri sushi, grilled silver cod with Saikyo miso sauce and teppanyaki US Prime beef thin roll. Another fun option for pick-up is Kakure’s DIY hand roll platter (from $888).
Phone 2522 9990 to order
LEE Lo Mei’s festive catering set
For quirky Cantonese in the comfort of your home, look no further than the festive catering set ($2,400/6 or $4,000/10) from LEE Lo Mei. This plentiful festive menu features delicious Hong Kong classics with a twist such as pineapple bun burgers, black truffle fried rice, sweet-and-sour Ibérico pork and much more. Guests who pick up their orders will get 20% off à-la-carte and festive sets if ordered directly from the restaurant.
To order, phone 2522 1624 or email email@example.com
Morton’s festive lunch
In the spirit of the season, Morton’s The Steakhouse has extended its hours and is now open for midday dining from Friday through Sunday, plus New Year’s Eve. For an indulgent lunchtime treat, guests can enjoy the three-course festive lunch menu ($688/person), the highlight of which is the centre-cut filet mignon, served with a choice of crab cake, lobster tail or bacon-wrapped sea scallops. We highly recommend ending the meal with Morton’s legendary hot chocolate cake.
Pirata Group’s all-day festive brunch menus
On both 31 December and 1 January, all Pirata Group restaurants (Chaiwala, Honjo, MEATS, The Optimist, Pici, Pirata, The Pizza Project, TMK and Tokyolima) will be offering decadent brunch menus from 11am–6pm. For those dining during the last seating on the 31st, there will also be a special (secret!) countdown event at 5:30pm.
For menus, prices and booking details, click here
RŌNIN’s Home-akase takeaway
The folks over at Foodie fave modern izakaya RONIN have created fab Home-akase sets (from $1,600 for 2) for living it large at home, featuring fresh seasonal offerings and the eatery’s signature dishes in bento-style boxes. Bottles of sake can be added too. Travelling to Tokyo may be a distant memory, but good Japanese food and drink aren’t! Order up to 24 hours in advance for pick-up, with free delivery offered for orders over $2,500.
Rubia’s New Year’s Eve feast
Head to Rubia, our Foodie Forks 2020 Readers’ Choice Best New Restaurant, for a NYE lunch that sings of Spain. Chef Edgar Sanuy Barahona’s New Year’s Eve feast ($790/person) starts with a Daniel Sorlut Special oyster paired with Spanish cava, before moving on to a spread of tapas, two mains (carabinero seafood rice with squid and Rubia Gallega rib-eye) and dessert of chocolate and hazelnut mil hojas, which is similar to millefeuille. ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
UG/F and 1/F, C Wisdom Centre, 35–37 Hollywood Road, Central, 2889 1199, book online
Tsui Hang Village’s takeaway roast suckling pig
Nothing says “let’s celebrate” to us more than crispy pork skin, so we’re loving award-winning Cantonese stalwart Tsui Hang Village’s roast suckling pig party set ($1,888) for ringing in the new year. It serves eight people and comes with whole abalone pastries to start, with the glorious roast whole suckling pig with butterfly-shaped steamed buns the star of this show. The package comes complete with glutinous rice dumplings with pumpkin to finish. Order at least three days in advance.
Pre-pay and order via Mira eShop or place your order at one of three Tsui Hang Village outlets (Causeway Bay, Central and TST) around town
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