Christmas is just around the bend, which means it’s time to gather with friends and loved ones and stuff your bellies full of good food and wine. Whether you’re seeking a traditional turkey roast, a Chinese banquet menu, or something entirely off the classic Christmas grid, these festive menus will make sure you do the season of eating right this year — all without ever having to step foot in the kitchen.
Classic Christmas roast at Hugo’s
When: 24 December from 6:30–11pm
Price: HK$1,898 for Christmas Eve 6-Course Set Dinner
Draped in festive decorations and celebratory touches from the dessert-topped counters to the gold-trimmed trolleys, there’s something about the iconic Hugo’s at the Hyatt Regency TST that feels just right for holiday celebrations. Ever year is a decadent affair at Hugo’s and this year is no different as Executive Sous Chef Josef Gallenberger prepares an array of epicurean indulgences featuring carefully sourced produce from Europe. Highlights include the Bretagne Blue Lobster and Abalone; Venison Essence with chestnut, mascarpone cream, ravioli and sherry; and the Chocolate Poached Aubrac Beef Tenderloin and French Foie Gras Nuggets.
Hugo’s, Lobby Level, Hyatt Regency TST, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2311 1234
Pirata’s Italian celebration
When: 24–25 December
Price: HK$520 per person from 6–7:30pm; HK$680 per person from 8:30pm onwards; plus HK$298 for free-flow until midnight.
Pirata Group‘s flagship restaurant brings out the big guns every year come Christmas, throwing a festive Italian feast that’s best for lively group dinners. With its cheery and cosy environment, the Italian trattoria delivers an ideal ambience for the holidays, with merry table decor and a menu anchored in sharing-style platters from creamy burrata with tomatoes, to a classic version of vitello tonnato and hearty, baseball-sized “My Mama’s Meatballs”. For mains, tuck into the Butcher’s Cut and handmade tagliatelle perfumed with black truffle, wrapped up with classic tiramisu for dessert. The best part? The 5-course menu is priced starting from just HK$520 per person.
Pirata, 29-30/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2887 0270
A British Christmas at The Leah
When: 24, 25, 31 December
Price: HK$588 per person, includes a special gift from Molton Brown (while stocks last)
James Sharman’s The Leah has emerged as one of the best new restaurants in town for classic British fare. To celebrate the holidays with a British-inspired twist, head to this cosy restaurant in Lee Gardens and indulge in a festive menu infused with fall flavours. A creamy butternut squash soup is a satisfying winter warmer, or opt for the classic Caesar made with fresh baby gem lettuce. Scotch Egg & Soldiers presents an irresistible combination of a golden-yolked egg coddled in sausage and breadcrumbs; while Aubergine Cassoulet is a homey stew packed with veggies. The Leah’s signature pies are not to be missed, followed by the Beef Wellington baked inside golden puff pastry.
French fine dining at Ecriture
When: 24 December
Price: HK$1,988 for 7-course dinner, plus HK$1,280 for wine pairing
Maxime Gilbert’s palace to French fine dining is the destination for sophisticated gastronauts this Christmas. The restaurant’s 7-course Christmas dinner menu spares no expense in terms of luxury ingredients, littered with foie gras, white truffle, and prized seafood from Hokkaido scallops to Brittany blue lobster. Other highlights include Grenailles potatoes and venison and caviar, capped off with prized Amaou strawberries — all served with the sparkling views of the Central cityscape as your backdrop. The restaurant is also serving a 5-course Christmas lunch for a pared-down version of the menu (HK$1,288 per person).
Ecriture, 26/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2343 1738
A carnivore’s gathering at Henry
When: Throughout the holidays
Price: A la carte
The holidays offer the perfect excuse to book in for a table at the newly opened Henry at Rosewood Hong Kong, a grill house primed for festive dining. Chef Nathan Green and co will make sure your party has a grand ol’ time, kicking off with a round of whisky- and bourbon-based cocktails to whet the appetite for a southern-inspired barbecue feast. Mix and match from the a la carte menu to make a bountiful Christmas spread: from sumptuous sides such as Jimmy Red grits and cajun spiced curly fries to heavy platters weighed down with decadent cuts of lamb, beef and pork. Don’t miss posing on your way out in the hotel’s festive lobby decked out for the holidays.
Henry, 5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3891 8732
Octavium’s truffle parade
When: 24–25 December
Price: HK$1,680 plus 10% surcharge per person
Indulge in the lap of luxury at chef Umberto Bombana’s Octavium, where you can be sure the wine and truffles will flow free. True to form, the ‘King of Truffles’ presents a tasting menu loaded with premium Italian ingredients, from supple homemade tagliolini shaved generously with Alba white truffle, to stewed artichoke with Oscietra caviar, and Christmas Cappone consommé and tortellini. There’s no other way to end an Italian Christmas feast than with a traditional panettone, studded with dried fruits and candied cherries.
Octavium, 8/F, 22 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2111 9395
Christmas for two at Cornerstone
When: 12–31 December
Price: HK$480 for duck for two
We’re big fans of Shane Osborn’s new modern eatery Cornerstone, where quality ingredients are championed in elevated bistro classics. Available in the days leading up to Christmas, Cornerstone invites diners to get cosy with a special seasonal dish for two: pan-seared Gressingham duck breast served with cranberry sauce, comté gratin dauphinois and creamed spinach spiced with nutmeg. Priced at just HK$480, the sumptuous dish is all you need for a memorable evening with your significant other — chased down with plentiful good wine, of course.
Cornerstone, 49 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Cantonese dining at Rùn
When: 24–26 December
Price: HK$2,288 per person
For a celebratory Chinese feast this Christmas, look no further than Rùn, presided over by award-winning chef Hung Chi-Kwong. The convivial and elegant space sets the ambience for a social dining experience anchored by expertly prepared Cantonese cuisine. Hung deploys artistic flair and time-honoured Cantonese cooking methods in his 8-course Christmas menu available for guests from 24–26 December. Highlights of the menu range from exquisitely crafted dim sum, to fresh seafood dishes, sumptuous Cantonese roast meats and nourishing long-simmered soups. The 8-course Christmas menu is best enjoyed with a large group, and priced at HK$2,288 per person.
Rùn, 2/F, The St. Regis Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2138 6808
Feast de Noël at Maison Libanaise
When: Now through 26 December
Price: HK$498 per guest, minimum two persons; tables of four enjoy a complimentary bottle of Lebanese wine
SoHo’s favourite Lebanese canteen invites you to celebrate Christmas this year with a Middle Eastern feast — ideal for those needing a break from roast turkey in the flurry of social gatherings leading up to Christmas. Savour the celebratory spread invigorated with the scents and seasonings of Lebanon cuisine — think cardamom, rose petal, pomegranate, mint and dates — inspired by chef Jad Youssef’s Christmas dinners back home. The centrepiece of the table is the succulent braised lamb leg marinated in warm spices, fall-apart tender and served with a colourful array of basmati rice, chickpeas, prunes, pumpkin chutney and roasted sesame seeds. The Feast de Noël is available for dinner Monday–Friday and all day on the weekends leading up to Christmas.
Maison Libanaise, 10 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2111 2284
Turkey dinner at Mr. Brown
When: Now through the New Year
Price: HK$1,000 per 5kg turkey, HK$450 for ‘Mr Brown Goes to Town’ menu
What’s Christmas dinner without a giant roast turkey? Wan Chai neighbourhood smokehouse Mr. Brown celebrates its first Christmas this year with a spread of classic favourites with a smokehouse twist. For HK$1,000 per 5kg turkey, diners can stuff their stomachs full of the delectable smoked and roasted bird filled with a hearty walnut and bacon stuffing, with sides of homemade cranberry sauce and rich gravy. Meanwhile, the restaurant will continue to serve its ‘Mr Brown Goes to Town’ sharing-style menu (HK$450 per person), filled with a range of festive dishes alongside popular crowdpleasers. Pair the meal with exclusive holiday cocktails including the Smoky Horchata, a delightful blend of mezcal, rice water, milk, vanilla and a pinch of spicy cinnamon. The roast turkey and trimmings will also be available as a weekday set lunch option priced from HK$160 per person.
Mr. Brown, G/F, 9 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3101 1081