It’s Beginning to Taste a lot like Christmas

It’s Beginning to Taste a lot like Christmas

The festive month is upon us

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Foodie  Foodie Your Guide to Good Taste  on 5 Dec '17


Top photo credit: Melissa Hom


From hampers to gift, to festive food and drink, to New Year’s Eve plans, we have a small selection of some of the many things to entertain the senses this holiday season.


Hampers

Classified

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What’s better than receiving a huge hamper of Christmas treats and nibbles? Classified’s Christmas hamper collection is ideal for holiday gatherings with family, friends or even colleagues (if you like them enough to share) – from the All I Want for Christmas ($2,400), to the Winter Wonderland ($990), to the Little Drummer Boy ($700), the hampers are all top notch. To get you in the spirit of things, these baskets are filled to the brim with products like mince pies, a mulled wine and cider mix, festive candied ginger, chocolates and nuts, wine and champagne. They can be ordered from www.classifiedfood.com or at any Classified outlet. 


KiKi Fine Foods

Image titleWe are crazy about KiKi’s handmade sun-dried Taiwanese noodles, and they’ve even unleashed some new flavours just in time for the holidays. They also have these cute gift box sets available: the Kiki Santa Gift Box ($138), which includes five packs each of classic dry-stirred noodle flavours Sichuan Spices and Scallion Oil, the KiKi Reindeer Gift Box ($138), with five packs each of Spicy Aged Vinegar Dry-stirred Noodles and Young Vinegar Dry-stirred Noodles, and the KiKi Black Gold Gift Box($268), with three packs of dried noodles and a Sichuan beef noodle soup. Click here to order.


HABITŪ

Image titleThe stylish folk at HABITŪ are offering three sensational hampers to fit anyone’s Christmas needs. If locally roasted coffee, a rose-gold coffee cup, a hand grinder and gingerbread men sound good, the Brewista di Habitu ($428) might be just right for you. Also check out the Christmas with Rabitu ($298), featuring a cuddly bunny and delicious snacks, and – last but not least – the Warm Christmas ($178), which includes one thing we’ve definitely got our eyes on: the cute reindeer cup sleeve. 


For the kids

Maggie & Rose

Image titleThis year, family members’ club Maggie & Rose in Repulse Bay is offering fun holiday camps for the little ones. Aimed at kids aged 4–8, they run on weekdays from 18–29 December. Each camp has three-hour drop-off sessions, to include one meal and a host of fun activities like workshops showing kids what Santa gets up to in his kitchen making yuletide muffins, cheesy star biscuits and frosty gingerbread men. They’re also hosting a three-day rock school camp, where kids can experience what it’s like to be in a band, learning the fundamentals of music theory and how to write their own songs. Open to non-members.


Festive drinks

Lily & Bloom

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It’s a miracle on Wyndham Street with the debut of Asia’s first Miracle Christmas pop-up bar at Lily & Bloom, on until 30 December. Along with 50 other locations around the world, L&B has been transformed into a unique Christmas wonderland throughout the ages – be sure to check out the retro decor on the 6th floor. Priced at $120 each, the 10 cheekily named festive cocktails on offer – including Christmopolitan, You’ll Shoot Your Rye Out, Run Run Rudolph and Bad Santa – are served in awesome festive mugs and glassware (or you can order Naughty and Nice shots at $70). If nothing else, the Christmas tunes will get you in the spirit.

5/F and 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, 2810 6166


Festive eats

The Butchers Club

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If your favourite thing about Christmas dinner is the leftovers, you’re in luck. The Butchers Club has launched The Gobbler burger ($120) that encapsulates everything Christmas-y in one burger! It features a Southern fried buttermilk turkey escalope with parsnip chips, sausage and sage stuffing, maple bacon, coleslaw and a smear of cranberry aioli sandwiched between two soft bun halves. Yum!

Multiple locations around Hong Kong


Test Kitchen

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Our favourite permanent pop-up space, Test Kitchen, has just released their latest culinary collaboration off the back of their popular pop-up with the team from Dóttir. Danish chef Filip Søndergaard returns to prepare an eight-course Danish Christmas feast showcasing traditional dishes from across Scandinavia. There will be drink pairings with glögg, aquavit, red and white wine and local craft beers. A few of the tempting dishes diners can expect are cured salmon, Danish meatballs, roast pork belly with red cabbage, roast duck stuffed with apple and prune and Danish cheeses served with knækbrød. This special menu is available from 20–22 December ($1,080; +$300 for drink pairings; free corkage)

Shop 3,158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 9032 7628


Plat du Jour

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French bistro Plat du Jour is presenting an extended festive menu that includes a whole grilled baby turbot, slow-cooked turkey breast and duck-fat-roasted potatoes. And if you're looking for a stress-free Christmas, they’re also offering a deliverable Christmas dinner ($1,950; serves 8–10). And what’s a Christmas gathering without wine? An additional wine package is available for $450. Email info@platdujourhk.com for more information.

Pacific Place: Shop 007, LG1/F, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2715 0511

Quarry Bay: 17–21 Hoi Wan Street, Taikoo Place, 2789 4200


McSorley’s

Image titleFor a traditional spread, British pub McSorley’s is offering an affordable three- or four-course dinner for $298 or $338 showcasing roasted butternut squash soup, roasted US turkey breast with sage and chestnut stuffing, cranberry jam, glazed carrots, gravy and your choice of salted caramel, apple and cranberry crumble or chocolate cake. They also have a “turkey to your doorstep” option starting from $1,180, with a 10/12-pound carved or whole roasted US turkey and all the trimmings. Email events@eclipse.com.hk (five days prior to delivery).

Discovery Bay: G/F, Block B, D’Deck, 2987 8280

SoHo: 46 Staunton Street, 2385 5515


Morton’s The Steakhouse

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Morton’s The Steakhouse is offering a luxurious set menu ($1,388) on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. If you're tempted by the sounds of lobster bisque or Morton’s prime ocean platter and an eight-ounce centre-cut filet mignon or two-pound whole baked Maine lobster, this might be the festive meal for you. 

4/F, Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, 20 Nathan Road, TST, 2732 2343


FRITES

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Belgian beer specialist and eatery FRITES has a different Christmas express lunch menu each week for the next three few weeks to keep the festive season interesting for your taste buds, available from Monday to Friday, 11:45am–3pm (with a little bonus for those who finish their lunch before 12:45pm enjoying an additional 20% off!). You can also celebrate with FRITES with their special Christmas Eve and Day menu, priced at $495 to include turkey ballotine or USDA Black Angus roast beef with Christmas brioche pudding. They’ve even got Santa making an appearance on Christmas Day, giving away gifts and sweets to all the kiddos.

Multiple locations around Hong Kong


Zuma

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This year, Zuma is splashing out with their Baikingu Christmas Brunch (price from $648), putting a Japanese spin on the traditional eats. The brunch is available on 24 and 25 December, for two-hour sittings between 11am–5pm. Dishes include teriyaki-glazed turkey, teriyaki salmon fillet with pickled cucumber and grilled Brussels sprouts with spicy shiso butter. 

5/F and 6/F, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 3657 6388


Foxglove

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Christmas isn’t Christmas without watching the classics. If you’re looking to have a relaxed night of movies and delicious food, glam speakeasy Foxglove is offering “A Cinematic Christmas”. Films The Holiday (6:30pm) and Home Alone 2 (8:45pm) will be showing this year. Early-bird tickets are available at a discounted price of $580 if you book by 12 December or $650 for standard tickets, available from 13–24 December. Each ticket includes a lavish three-course meal, mulled wine and Christmas cocktails. Book here


DiVino Group

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This holiday season, DiVino Group will be celebrating with four festive menus, all featuring authentic Italian cuisineDiVino Wine Bar & Restaurant (Central) is perfect for after-work drinks, with special complimentary snacks from 6–7pm. Those staying in Hong Kong for Christmas will adore the seasonal game and white truffles on the menu. 

Spasso (TST East) will be celebrating with Christmas-inspired dishes like double-boiled capon consommé with homemade tortellini filled with chard. Christmas Day brunch will be going for $428 per adult and children eat for free

DiVino Patio (Wanchai) will be serving up some of Chef Luca’s childhood favourites! Dishes include culurgiones, Italian dumplings filled with potato, Pecorino and peppermint, and Sardinian fregola pasta with lamb ragout and winter black truffles.

Carpaccio (TST) is inviting you and your family to spend Christmas dinner with them on the 23rd, 24th, 25th or 26th of December. Early-bird http://www.divinogroup.com/restaurants/divino-patio/about-us/bookings can be made from 5:30–7pm or late-night suppers can be enjoyed after 9:45pm. Both feature a 10% discount when ordering a special four-course menu at $398 per person. Buon appetito! 


Le 39V

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Le 39V is a newly opened fine dining restaurant with intoxicating views of Victoria Harbour from the top of the ICC. This holiday season, the eatery is offering a unique Christmas Eve set dinner menu ($2,440; +$1,000 with wine). This dinner features extraordinary dishes like Gillardeau no 2 oysters with champagne jelly and Kristal caviar, foie gras, mains of French poultry or roasted venison and a gorgeous cheese platter.

Shop A, 101/F, International Commerce Centre,1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, 2977 5266, le39vhk@jcgroup.hk


Gifting

Starbucks

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Although we do enjoy a gingerbread latte every now and again, what we really love is that Starbucks is trying to encourage their customers to reuse their food and beverage packaging. This year, they are touting a planting kit ($128) that will transform your little pudding cup into a mini plant pot, repurposing it into a handcrafted item to reduce waste and get everyone thinking about a more eco-friendly future. It’s a step in the right direction – and of course green is one of the official colours of Christmas!

Multiple locations around Hong Kong


Fashion Walk x Foodie Holiday Market

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You can pop into our Fashion Walk x Foodie Holiday Market happening at Food Street at Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, every weekend until New Year’s Eve for gifts including metal straws, sushi cushions, beautiful Christmas decorations, unique wines and clothing and beauty supplies – all of which will have you in your loved ones’ good books right up until next year! Did we mention mulled wine and cake too? Check the link here for the full list of vendors.


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