We all know Christmas is the time for loving and giving – and eating our body-weight in food. Well this year in no exception, and the city’s restaurants are pulling out all the stops to give us a festive feast to remember. Here are our pick of the best Christmas menus on offer around town. Get ready to loosen those belt buckles!
Scarlett Café & Wine Bar
Ringing in the Christmas holiday with French flair, Scarlett Café & Wine Bar is offering a special à la carte menu created by head chef, Danny Grimshaw. From between December 4 and January 6, guests can indulge in imported Hokkaido Scallops with black truffle carpaccio and crème fraîche ($268), or delectable No. 2 Creuse Fine de Belon Oysters topped with caviar and champagne foam ($298). For a main course, they can enjoy sumptuous Guinea Fowl Roulade with Foie Gras, potato fondant, and truffle jus ($348), Beef Fillet Rossini served with organic baby vegetables ($398), or Grilled Boston Lobster with caviar butter and asparagus ($598). As a special treat, Scarlett is offering 30 percent off all French Champagnes by the bottle, and a free glass of Champagne on arrival for all groups over 8. Cheers to that!
Scarlett Café & Wine Bar, 2 Austin Ave Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, (+852) 3565 6513
Open 3pm until late (Monday to Friday), 11am until late (Saturday and Sunday)
The venue with one of the best happy hour deals in town is serving not one, but three special menus to help Hongkongers celebrate the season. On weekdays from December 3, the set lunch menu ($218 per head) features starters like Onion Tart with black olives, Stilton, Pear, and Chicory Salad, and mains such as Truffled Turkey Blanquette, Slow Roast Beef Brisket, and creamy Pumpkin Risotto. For desserts, guests can choose either the Mr. Wolf’s Christmas Pudding or the Dark Chocolate Mousse.
A special dinner menu is also on offer for groups of 10 or more, featuring Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, including Pigs in Blankets, Ham Glazed in Bundy, Rolled Turkey Crown, and of course, Brussel Sprouts. They can finish the epic feast with Mr. Wolf’s Christmas Pudding with brandy butter. Priced at $500 per person, this is a tempting offer if ever we saw one! And did we mention there are mince pies for each table, too?
On Christmas Day itself, a special lunch menu will be on offer for $1,200 per person. This includes four starters, a selection of cheeses, and a choice of mains including a traditional Christmas Roast, Roast Sirloin, and Pumpkin Risotto, followed by Mr. Wolf’s Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies to share with the table. The menu also includes two hours of free-flow Prosecco, mulled and house red wine, white wine, beer, and soft drinks.
Mr Wolf, 5/F, 70 Queen’s Road, Central, (+852) 2526 0838
December Lunch Menu: $218 per person
December Dinner Menu: $500 per person
Christmas Day Lunch Menu: $1,200 per person
The food and bubbles are flowing freely this Christmas at charming French restaurant Maison ES, tucked away in the heart of Wan Chai’s Star Street precinct. The venue’s semi-buffet Christmas brunch invites guests to indulge in a selection of fresh seafood and starters like Beef Carpaccio, Assorted Cold Cuts and Salami, Waldorf Salad, and Sesame Crusted Tuna, before selecting one of four delicious mains including Roasted US Rib Eye, Confit Duck and Foie Gras Risotto, Pan Fried French Chicken Breast, and Poached Halibut. There are several desserts on offer too, including Tiramisu, Mini Chestnut Tart, Assorted Macaroons, Christmas Log Cake, and Gingerbread Cookies, as well as two hours of free-flow drinks (for an additional $250), or unlimited Louis Roederer Brut Premier (for an extra $398).
Maison ES, No. 1A Star Street, Wan Chai, (+852) 2521 8011
$458 per person, (December 22 – 26, 11.30am to 2.30pm)
2 Hour Free Flow Package: Additional $250, or $398 for unlimited Louis Roederer Brut Premier
For a French-inspired festive feast, head to BELON and tuck into an intimate lunch or dinner menu tailored by Chef Daniel Calver, featuring the chef’s signature Whole Roasted Chicken with “petits pois à la Française”, and Millefeuille. Available on Christmas Day for $558 or $888 per head, respectively, this is a good option if you’re looking to celebrate in style.
BELON, 41 Elgin Street, Central, (+852) 2152 2872
Christmas Day Set Menus: $558 lunch, $888 dinner
Buneos Aires Polo Club
This festive season, Argentinian restaurant Buneos Aires Polo Club has two Christmas menus on offer. For five consecutive days from December 22 to 26, the venue is hosting its ‘brunch of generous proportions’, showcasing a towering Seafood Station and a drool-inducing Prime Rib, among other delights, for $398 per person. Alternatively, it’s more extravagant Argentine Feast on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day invites guests to munch on signature Empanadas, Black Angus Prime Rib and Malvaviscos, and house-made Marshmallows, toasted tableside over an open flame, for $648 per head. With its regal setting adorned with equestrian motifs, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a classy Christmas.
Buenos Aires Polo Club, 7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 2321 8681
Five Days of Brunch: $398 per person, (December 22 – 26, 11am – 3pm)
Argentine Christmas Feast: $648 per person, (December 24 – 25, 6pm – 11pm)
Pirata Group has special tasting menus on offer at each of its restaurants on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. For Italian fare, head to Pirata and enjoy a five-course menu featuring favourites such as My Mama’s Meatballs and Eggplant Parmigiana, as well as delicious pastas like the Liquid Parmesan Ravioloni. You can top it all off with homemade Tiramisu or Pana Cotta, and enjoy free-flow drinks for an additional $240, from 9pm.
Pirata, 29/30F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2887 0270
$450 per person during first sitting (6pm – 7pm)
$580 per person during second sitting (8pm onwards)
$240 Free Flow Package (9pm to 12pm)
Japanese favourite Zuma is offering three menu options this festive period. From 22 December to 1 January, the Festive Baikingu Brunch will feature Teriyaki Foie Gras with sesame and green mango tsukemono, and a special edition dessert platter including the Walnut and Gingerbread Pudding with spiced figs and whisky caramel ($838 per person). Santa will also make a daily appearance between December 22 and 26 to give small presents to children. The Festive Daikoku Tasting Menu will be also served during these dates, and includes signature dishes such as the Chilean Sea Bass with green chili ginger dressing, and Rib Eye Steak with wafu sauce and garlic chips ($1,280 per person). On Christmas Eve, the venue will host a special edition of its popular Yashoku Night Brunch for $880 per person.
Zuma, Level 5&6 Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, (+852) 3657 6388
Festive Baikingu Brunch: $838 per person
Festive Daikoku Tasting Menu: $1,280 per person
Yashoku Night Brunch: $880 per person
Hailing from Valencia, new head chef Antoni Bero has designed a four-course tasting menu especially for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Groups large and small can enjoy authentic Northern Spanish dishes designed to be shared, featuring Daniel Sorlut Oysters and Jamon Iberico de Recebo, followed by three starters including Gambas “A la Plancha” blue prawns and Charcoal Grilled Chorizo Criollo. Guests can choose either the Chateaubriand or Mediteranian Whole Seabass ‘A La Espalda’ for a main, and homemade Flan or delicious Berry Cheesecake for dessert. Spanning over an entire floor, the beautiful vintage decor and alluring old-world charm of this Spanish restaurant make it a perfect choice for Christmas.
The Optimist, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2433 3324
$520 per person during first sitting (6pm – 7pm)
$650 per person during second sitting (8.30pm onwards)
$240 Free Flow Package (9pm to 12pm)
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a tender, juicy, and satisfying feast like no other, and this Soho restaurant is putting on a special five-course special tasting menu bursting with meat-y treats this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For $480 per person, guests can delve into a selection of small plates like Chicken Liver Pate and Octopus, succulent sharing plates of Suckling Pig, Broccolini, and the ultimate festive staple – Roast Turkey. They can also nibble on the venue’s famous Ugly Potatoes which are cooked in chicken juices with garlic and thyme, and Roasted Rib Eye. If there’s room, a cheeky Chocolate Fondant will be served with caramel ice cream and popcorn for dessert.
MEATS, G/F, No. 28 – 30 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, (+852) 2711 1812
$480 per person (5pm – 11pm)
$220 Free Flow Package from 9pm to 12pm
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