Christmas at The Peninsula
The grand dame of Hong Kong knows how to do Christmas right, starting the festive season with their iconic tree-lighting ceremony at the end of November. The Peninula hotel’s two celebrated Western restaurants, Gaddi’s and Chesa, will also be serving up toasty autumnal dishes highlighting the richness of game and fresh mushrooms. Expect dishes like duck and partridge pie with autumn fruit, venison with honey-glazed salsify and juniper berry and forest mushroom filo tart with roasted prawns to put you in the holiday spirit. The hotel’s highly anticipated Christmas market will run from 6–8pm on Christmas Eve, Monday, 24 December. Filled with traditional treats, the market is open to all guests staying or dining at the hotel.
Salisbury Road, TST, 2920 6763
Down-home cooking at Commissary
Celebrate Christmas like they do in the Deep South at Commissary with American classics such as roast turkey, pulled pork, cornbread and pecan pie with bourbon cream. With over 20 dishes on offer, plus a seafood taco station, and the option for free-flow drinks, there will be plenty of merriment at the restaurant’s all-you-can-eat Christmas dinners on 24 and 25 December (2 seatings: 6pm and 8:30pm; $358/person). Tickets are available at Ticketflap – click here to book.
Shop 405, 4/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2602 0707
Premium cheese and wine from Classified
Classified’s hampers are filled with our favourite things: wine and cheese! With three different selections and price points, you can gift the starter hamper dubbed The Cheese Enthusiast ($788) or level up to The Cheese Master ($1,288) or the stuffed-to-the-brim The Cheese Connoisseur ($1,888) – all filled with a variety of cheese from Les Frères Marchand and premium vino. Order online here.
Ring in the holiday season in true Parisian style with timeless sweet treats from centuries-old patisserie DALLOYAU. Once the patisserie serving the French royal family, DALLOYAU now brings their unique, time-honoured repertoire to five locations in Hong Kong. Special festive sweets include the white opera cake, created in 1955 by Cyriaque Gavillon with velvety layers of caramel-milk-soaked biscuits, hazelnut buttercream, hazelnut chocolate ganache and white chocolate icing, and the playful snowman religieuse, a delicate snowman made from buttery choux pastry, vanilla cream and Christmas-inspired icing.
Branches around Hong Kong; click here for locations
Hotel ICON’s festive brunch
Mark the most joyful date on the calendar with a sparkling celebration for the entire family to enjoy. Celebrate Santa’s arrival with a bountiful brunch buffet (11:45am–3pm) on 25 December at Hotel ICON’s Silverbox Ballroom ($620/adult; $380/child). The Christmas Day brunch features unlimited seafood on ice followed by a selection of antipasti, traditional Christmas favourites, main courses and enticing desserts, along with free-flow sparkling wine, beer and juice. What’s more, the festive decorations and supervised kids’ activities will ensure a fun-filled afternoon for the whole family. Activities include designing gingerbread houses, a ring toss, an arts and crafts corner, a magic show and a photo corner for the kids to meet and take pictures with Santa.
17 Science Museum Road, TST East, 3400 1388
Invisible Kitchen’s green feasts
For a conscious Christmas with an indulgent yet responsible festive feast, Invisible Kitchen is the best in the biz. Hong Kong’s greenest caterer is the expert at party catering, using the finest sustainable ingredients without compromising on flavour or principles. Inventive dishes like the Beyond Beef Wellington are a veggie twist on the traditional, while the prawn Marie-Rose verrine uses sustainably sourced black tiger shrimp certified by the ASC. There’s also succulent free-range chicken wings from Australia served with blue cheese and bacon sauce along with delightful locally sourced vegetables and a clever vegan Scotch egg made with Omnipork (plant-based pork) and JUST Egg (an alternative-egg product). Prices start from $225 per person for catering. You can also indulge in a full Christmas dinner delivered direct to your door, with a showstopping “bred to be wild” KellyBronze turkey – recognised as the best free-range turkey in the UK – along with all the trimmings, including duck-fat roasted potatoes. Starting from $3,400 for up to 12 people for turkey+trimmings delivery.
Gluten-free festive cupcakes at the Cakery
Decadent dining at LE PAN
Kristal caviar, Alba truffle, foie gras, Kamchatka crab, fresh oysters, blue lobster, venison and Miyazaki Wagyu pack a hefty menu of gourmet indulgence this festive season at LE PAN. The six-course dinner on 24 December or New Year’s Eve dinner on 31 December is priced at $1,480 per person, with an additional $1,100 for wine pairings. Lunches ($380–480) full of Yuletide cheer with dishes like French onion soup with oxtail and aged Comté, blue lobster risotto, Wagyu with roasted vegetables in juniper gin sauce and passion fruit royal also make LE PAN a great option for office gatherings.
G/F, Goldin Financial Global Centre, 17 Kai Cheung Road, Kowloon Bay, 3188 2355, click here to book now
Takeaway turkey from the Mandarin Oriental
For those of us who prefer to stay cosy at home yet avoid the chaos of assembling a holiday feast, the Mandarin Oriental has you covered. We’re not huge fans of turkey (blasphemy!), but the hotel’s juicy roast turkey ($2,888 for 7kg/$3,488 for 10kg) always has us coming back for seconds (and thirds!). The honey-glazed ham ($3,088) is equally tempting and is served alongside Madeira sauce, roasted potatoes, pumpkin purée, caramelised apple and red cabbage. The turkey comes with stuffing, cranberry sauce, giblet gravy, pumpkin purée and roasted potatoes. Order before 18 December to ensure a delicious, foolproof holiday feast.
Phone 2825 4008 or email email@example.com
Perrier-Jouët afternoon tea set at the Conrad
Once Santa season rolls around, just about every hotel in Hong Kong launches a holiday-inspired afternoon tea set. One of the most indulgent this year is at Conrad Hong Kong’s Lobby Lounge, featuring a festive afternoon tea set ($318 for 1/$518 for 2; available until 6 January 2019) in collaboration with French champagne house Perrier-Jouët. The set includes an impressive range of savouries – we particularly enjoyed the lobster vol-au-vent and, served on a Chinese soup spoon, the braised Wagyu beef short rib with truffle mashed potato – scones with homemade strawberry preserves and real-deal clotted cream and sweets like raspberry and chocolate champagne mousse cake, Kir royal jelly with champagne sabayon, mini Mont Blanc and German stollen. While stocks last, each guest will also be gifted with a Perrier-Jouët anemone – the signature floral pattern of the champagne house – bracelet. Make your tea outing even bubblier with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut ($58).
Speaking of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, this year’s annual exclusive Grand Brut is inspired by Tokyo, with a luxurious gift box celebrating the Land of the Rising Sun’s love for art and nature. The Perrier-Jouët Tokyo Grand Brut Limited Edition is available at Watson’s Wine and ENOTECA while stocks last.
Lobby, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2822 8891, book online
Say Feliz Navidad with Bellota-Bellota
Take your taste buds to Spain for the holidays with this premium parcel of Ibérico ham. Bellota-Bellota’s Christmas offering ($950) includes the revered Iberian ham along with Manchego cheese, artichoke hearts and piquillo peppers to truly impress the gastronome in your life. Or buy it for yourself, if that gastronome is you!
Available at all city’super stores
Sweet Fashion House keeps it sweet
The only thing better than straight-up sweet treats is when they look like Christmas decorations! Sweet Fashion House’s holiday collection includes Christmas tree cakes, baubles and Santa hats ($68 each), along with Yule logs and holiday-themed chocolates.
Branches around town; click here for locations
Green gift hampers
Gift Hampers HK has over 100 eco-friendly baskets that range from the uber affordable ($319) to the super luxurious ($4,000) – and everything in between – all in biodegradable packaging. The goodies include traditional Christmas treats like panettone, Abbey Lane Christmas pudding and chocolate truffles, wine, shortbread, candy canes and chocolate twigs, as well as unique items like chocolate Christmas games and a giant liquorice wheel.
Christmas cooking with meatmarket.hk
Customised online butcher and grocery service meatmarket.hk has all the festive fare you need to serve a slap-up meal at home. From turkey from New Zealand and Norwegian smoked salmon, to seasonal local fruit and veg, to a selection of wine, beer and mixers, cooking at home will be a pleasure with produce this sensational – all delivered to your door. If you want to check out some of the goods in person, head to meatmarket.hk’s Festive Fare Shop on Saturday, 8 December at their co-share kitchen in Ap Lei Chau.
Holiday happenings at Pacific Place
This year, the halls of Pacific Place are decked in festive holiday baubles and cosy furnishings. Step through Santa’s private study, complete with floating staircases, a self-playing piano, motion-sensor storybooks and a roaring fireplace. Aside from meeting Santa at his grotto from now till Christmas Day, there’s also an exciting treasure hunt, choir performances and interactive storytelling sessions. If you’re feeling crafty, there are workshops to create one-of-a-kind DIY gifts. Check out the full line-up of this year’s festive activities. Make a date with Santa and capture the moment with a photo, with all proceeds going to Operation Santa Claus.
88 Queensway, Admiralty
Nordic Christmas feasts
The Flying Elk
Michelin-starred chef Björn Frantzén’s The Flying Elk is serving up a traditional Swedish Christmas menu, available from 15–26 December ($395/person; +$198 for wine pairings). The four-course tasting menu includes Jansson’s temptation (a creamy potato and anchovy casserole – it’s much tastier than it sounds!) and Swedish meatballs with mash, pickled cucumber, lingonberries and gravy. The four-course New Year’s Eve menu on the 31st ($495/person) is more experimental, featuring the likes of red deer with truffle ponzu and cod with lobster, vanilla oil and bisque.
2/F, Wyndham Mansion, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, 2565 6788, book online
If you’re in a more Danish frame of mind, make a booking for Test Kitchen’s second annual eight-course traditional Danish Christmas feast ($980/person; +$380 for drink and wine pairings; +$180 corkage) on 22–25 December by Danish chefs Filip Søndergaard and Morten Langford. Mix classic festive Danish dishes like herring, beetroot-cured salmon, crispy pork belly and slow-cooked duck with the Danish tradition of hygge and you’re in for a delicious, cosy Christmas dining experience.
Shop 3, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, book online
Make merry at Popinjays
Our favourite new hotel The Murray has a host of holiday happenings, but we’re most excited about the dining options at rooftop bar and restaurant Popinjays, where Chef Didier Quennouelle will be whipping up a six-course menu on Christmas Eve ($2,280/person) and New Year’s Eve ($2,988/person) using premium produce from around the world like Osetra caviar, Hokkaido scallop, blue lobster and venison. The NYE dinner price tag includes complimentary entry to Popinjays’ private countdown party. If you’re dining during the daytime, there’s a Christmas Day brunch and First Brunch of the Year on the 1st ($1,280/person; +$700 for free-flow wine and champers).
Rooftop, The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, 3141 8888, book online
à nu’s French-Japanese Christmas
Michelin-starred Tokyo import à nu retrouvez-vous’ eight-course Christmas menu ($1,980/person; +$780 for wine pairings), available from 21–27 December, is packed full of decadent dishes including smoked caviar rice, foie gras with yuzu-infused daikon and Périgord truffle sauce and Wagyu fillet with sansho pepper sauce and Japanese winter vegetables. In addition to the stunning cuisine by Chef Yusuke Kitade, take in the equally breathtaking harbour views.
Shop OTE 402, 4/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, TST, 2770 6222, firstname.lastname@example.org
Make it a Cloudy Bay Christmas at SEVVA
Available from 5–25 December at ever-popular SEVVA is this divine five-course tasting menu ($2,000/person; +$600 for Ruinart Blanc de Blancs + 3 Cloudy Bay wines) collaboration between guest chef Chase Kojima from acclaimed Japanese restaurant Sokyo at The Star Sydney – named Chef of the Year 2015 by the Tourism Accommodation Australia NSW Awards for Excellence – and iconic New Zealand winery Cloudy Bay. The seafood-focused menu, showcasing dishes such as kingfish miso ceviche, king crab tempura and Wagyu tenderloin with smoked eel jus and Sokyo’s signature crispy tuna rice, is a perfect match for Cloudy Bay’s range of vibrant, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
25/F, LANDMARK PRINCE’S, 10 Chater Road, Central, 2537 1388, email@example.com
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