Assaggio Trattoria Italiana Wanchai View from the terrace
Hutong in Tsim Sha Tsui
Perched atop One Peking with commanding views of Victoria Harbour and the fabulous Hong Kong skyline, Aqua and Hutong will be prime places to enjoy the view but also taste some delicious flavours of Chinese sway; perfect if you have out-of-towners in tow. Fiery Hutong boasts traditional Chinese entertainment and a countdown DJ, dishes include hand-dived whole abalone braised in oyster sauce, wok-fried Wagyu stewed in dark Shanxi vinegar and signature grilled rack of lamb with herbs & cumin.
Priced at $2015 pp +10%. Early reservations are recommended by calling 3428 8342.
NOBU & Alain Ducasse’s Le Chocolat at The Intercontinental in Tsim Sha Tsui
Alain Ducasse’s Le Chocolat
With an expansive view of what could be titled the best skyline in the world, The Intercontinental is a treasure trove of culinary caves that will spin the Foodie right round (baby right round). Alain Ducasse’s chocolate afternoon tea (that is to die for) is being showcased in the lobby lounge and kindly offers opportunity for chocoma with a view. Begin here mid-afternoon, savouring the chestnut, rum and raisin cake, cranberry and cherry cheesecake, endive with lobster, and a chocolate mousse, inspired by Alain Ducasse’s “Benoit” Bistrot in Paris & New York, that is so rich and indulgent sugar is omitted. So not so sinful after all..? ($588 for 2 persons)
Then onwards and upwards (in the way of ascending one flight of stairs), you could book in for a sophisticated night of refined flavours at NOBU, which never disappoints. Their NYE menu is distilled to Japanese purity and it comes with it one of the best views in Hong Kong. The 9 course tasting menu consists of the likes of duck ravioli, black truffle and steamed same karei with fresh yuba and a green tea Genoise with yuzu sorbet.
Priced at $2688 pp + 10% / see their many other harbour view restaurants and specials on The Intercontinental website.
Spasso in Tsim Sha Tsui East
Ringside vantage of the harbour is outdone only by the music from a live band and performer, and a five-course menu of san silvestro for $888 per person. Available from 8:30pm onwards the menu offers a starter of terrine of wild tasmanian salmon and winter black truffle, followed by a butter squash pumpkin soup ‘cappuccino’. The pasta course is a wild mushroom and buffalo milk ricotta cannelloni laid on a 24-month parmesan cheese fondue. The choices for mains comprise ‘cernia’ wild stone bass steak, Australian rangers valley black angus 300 days grain fed striploin, or chef Michele’s recommendation of a 9oz freshly baked half Canadian lobster ‘thermidor’ for an additional $178 per person. For dessert enjoy a chestnut, chocolate and raisin strudel.
You could simply give us a strudel and plonk us beside fireworks and we would be happy, but with live music, even more so!
$888 plus 10% surcharge. Advance bookings are required / 2730 8027
Strudel with chestnut chocolate and raisin flavoured with Cognac, warm sabayon sauce,and chocolate ice cream
French Window Brasserie and Bar in IFC, Central
For something a bit out of the ordinary, French Window are presenting their 4-course Mangalica dinner tasting menu. If you are unsure of what this might actually be, worry not, for we too had no clue. Basically, Mangalica is a type of wooly pig that is extensively marbled and therefore tasty. It is also a Hungarian national edible treasure! Which is fun. So go on, have a Hungarian New Year’s Eve! Because, how often does that happen outside of Budapest? Oh, and diners will get one complimentary woolly Mangalica pig teddy from Monday to Thursday! Nothing says “hello 2015″ like a WOOLY MANGALICA PIG TEDDY!
2393 3812 / https://www.facebook.com/miradining
French Window Brasserie and Bar
Countdown Party at Level 59 at The Conrad, Pacific Place
The luxurious executive lounge on Level 59 will present a seafood buffet and offer the front row seating for the amazing New Year’s Eve Countdown fireworks over the Victoria Harbour. To toast the brand new start of another fruitful year, free-flowing champagne will be on offer (Perrier-Jouët no less). You can then pop down to the Lobby Lounge after the crackers in the sky have ceased and party all night long (Lionel Ritchie style).
Call 2822 5777 / HK$888
The Conrad Executive Lounge