It’s the season to be jolly, but for many, it’s also the season of overeating and indulging. With so many New Year’s Eve dinners and dishes to choose from, it’s vital that every calorie counts,
For all my veggie-loving foodies out there, here are my top picks for New Year’s Eve dinners to enjoy delicious vegetarian meals that will satiate even the most meat-loving appetites.
Vegetarian-friendly dine-in New Year’s Eve dinners
Lucciola Restaurant & Bar at The Hari
Wan Chai’s chic hotel The Hari is serving up a hearty Italian set dinner at Lucciola on the last day of 2023. Get seated between 6PM and 8:30PM and start with the burrata and artichoke salad, enjoyed with fresh, hot homemade rosemary focaccia. For mains, dive into the mushroom risotto or, if you’re feeling adventurous for the new year, the lemon and black pepper tonnarelli. The winner for me though is definitely the dessert spread – a signature collection of tiramisu, homemade gelato, pistachio cannoli, and limoncello – the best way to say howdy to 2024!
The Hari’s NYE set dinner at Lucciola is priced at HKD977 pp and can be booked here
OZONE at The Ritz-Carlton
Stand tall above everyone this New Year’s Eve at the highest bar in the world. OZONE’s end-of-year dinner buffet includes free-flow Veuve Clicquot champagne, allowing you to eat your money’s worth through the incredible spread of food. If I were you, I would raid the dessert section first and then slowly work my way through the mains. If you’re looking for fun afterwards, add HKD768 for access to the New Year’s Eve party from 10PM to 2AM, and you are guaranteed the best views of the countdown fireworks in the city!
OZONE’s NYE dinner buffet is priced from HKD1,688 pp and can be reserved via this link
With signature starters like clove-smoked soola paneer and cashew fry, Rajasthan Rifles embodies a festive Anglo-Indian spirit on New Year’s Eve. The hits of the night are the saucy and spicy mains, a selection of butter chicken, shrimp pepper fry, mushroom matar, and dal riflesewala. Choose from naan, pilaf, or roti to soak up each main, and end with the treacle tart for dessert. Enjoy the eatery’s vast selection of drinks that also includes mango lassi and nimbu soda.
Rajasthan Rifles’ The Mess NYE dinner costs HKD888 per person and can be booked here
Vegetarian recipes for New Year’s Eve dining at home
If you’re not looking to venture out and prefer spending time at home with your loved ones, I’ve got you! Whilst I’m no wizard in the kitchen, the Internet has given me access to a plethora of incredible social media accounts that create food that looks delectable. All the recipes are shared, so you can give them a try – here are some of my absolute favourites.
The Veggie Wifey’s vegetarian shepherd’s pie
With this colourful vegetarian casserole, The Veggie Wifey shows us how to make a meat-free version of this iconic British dish using the goodness of Impossible meat.
Culinary Ginger’s apricot & Cheddar crostini
Toasted baguette bites are topped with apricot preserves and Cheddar cheese for the most perfect sweet and savoury medley, created by Culinary Ginger.
Good Housekeeping’s Black Forest cookies
This egg-free recipe from Good Housekeeping is a winner, combining brandy with chocolate to raise your spirits. You’re bound to start the new year in a joyful state with these pleasing sweet-tart treats.