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December 22, 2014

FESTIVE FEASTS

Without a doubt, one of the best things about this most wonderful time of the year is all of the guilt-free eating and drinking to be had. And when you’re on an island jam-packed with culinary delights, you’re never too far from a cup of holiday cheer or a jolly plate (or two) of yumlicious goodies. Here are some of our picks for the city’s best destinations for festive feasts this season…

Four Seasons’ Hotel Hong Kong
8 Finance Street, Central • 3196 8888
If you’re on the hunt for a full-on meal that will leave you stuffed to the brim with all the traditional Christmas fixings, check out the Four Seasons’ first ever Family Christmas Lunch Buffet in the hotel’s grand ballroom. Bring the whole family and get ready for carving stations galore featuring 16-hours slow-roasted turkey, roasted black angus beef strip loin and tarragon crusted veal rack, with a tempting range of salads and appetizers, and a dessert corner filled with festive treats. A visit from Santa and surprise gifts will complete the perfect family holiday feast. (Dec 25, HK$988 / adult, HK$480 / child)

121BC
42-44 Peel Street, Central • 2395 0200
If the frightfully cold weather outside is making your Christmas taste buds crave a hearty Italian feast, best to point your sleigh towards 121BC. Their Christmas Eve Dinner features an 8-course menu of their most popular winter dishes including Chicken Liver Terrine, Blue Swimmer Crab, Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke, Duck Egg Ravioli with Winter Black Truffles, Slow Roasted Beef Sirloin, Homemade Panettone with Cherry Zabaione, and more. (Dec 24, HK$850 per person)

InterContinental Hong Kong
18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui • 2721 1211
What’s Christmas without chocolate? If this is your mantra, the InterContinental Hong Kong has your ultimate decadent Christmas experience. For the first time ever in Hong Kong, the exclusive Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse will be featured in a selection of exquisite chocolate desserts as a part of the Lobby Lounge’s Afternoon Tea Set. During the festive season, you’ll also be treated to sweet treats like Chestnut Rum Raisin Cake, Cranberry Cherry Cheese Cake and more! (HK$588 for 2 people Mon – Fri, HK$608 for 2 people Sat – Sun, HK$628 for 2 people Dec 24-28)

Catalunya
G/F, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wanchai • 2866 7900
Spice up your holiday with a decadent Christmas Day Brunch at Catalunya. A festive twist on their super popular weekend brunches, expect Spanish music, copious amounts of cava, unlimited pintxos, cold cuts, tapas, traditional Catalan Christmas dishes, and a scrumptious dessert buffet, cooked up by one of the best culinary teams in town. (Dec 25, HK$630 per person)

The Peninsula Hong Kong
Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui • 2920 2888
Hang up your sleigh and hop on the ferry as you make your way over to The Peninsula’s Festive Season Afternoon Tea. Take your seat in the grand lobby, sip on yummy hot chocolates and teas, and munch on The Pen’s famous scones and treats in the wake of one of the most spectacular Christmas trees in town. If that wasn’t enough to get you into the Christmas spirit, there will be different school choirs singing carols every day starting from 21 December through Christmas. (HK$438 per person, 2696 6772)

AQUA
29/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui • 3427 2288
Have guests in town and want to splash out somewhere decadent and fun for Christmas? Look no further than Aqua’s Christmas Day Infinity Brunch. Celebrate Santa’s arrival with an unlimited selection of Aqua’s famed Japanese and Italian dishes including themed Christmas cocktails and flowing Veuve Clicquot champagne. The staggering skyline views seal the deal on one of the most sensational brunches in town. (Dec 25, $688 per person)

The Backyard
Langham Place, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok • 3552 3028
Get a little taste of Christmas Down Under with a gourmet Australian Home-Style Barbeque Buffet at The Backyard’s breathtaking outdoor terrace. Dig into Australian lamb chops, rib eye, and New Zealand king prawns along with a seafood platter including lobster, freshly shucked oysters, New Zealand mussels, and more. Ready for something sweet? Try a Warm Choco Fire winter cocktail created in collaboration with LINDT Chocolatiers using LINDT Sea Salt Dark Chocolate, Tanqueray Gin, Grand Marnier, salt, steamed milk and orange peel. (24-25 Dec, HK$550 per person)

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
5 Connaught Road, Central • 2522 0111
If it’s a classic flavour experience you’re after, then jingle all the way to The Clipper Lounge for a sumptuous Seafood Buffet Dinner in the Mandarin’s signature style. To ensure your meal ends on a high note, The Festival Chamber Choir will be singing Christmas favourites on the evenings of both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. (Dec 24 & 25, HK$898 per adult, HK$488 per child)

Mott 32
Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4a Des Voeux Road, Central • 2885 8688
This December, Mott 32 takes all your ideas of traditional roast turkey and turns them upside down with their Free Range Barbecue Roasted Turkey Menu. The first course will see the turkey being carved tableside and served Peking duck-style with pancakes and three homemade sauces: plum & lemon, fresh garlic, and Chef Fung’s secret turkey sauce. Next up is Turkey and Five Shade Salad. Lastly comes Minced Turkey served with Water Chestnut, Mushroom and Bamboo in a fresh, crisp lettuce cup. (Served throughout December, the Roasted Turkey menu is priced at

Duddell’s
3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central • 2525 9191
Ring in 2015 with all the fun, passion and glamour of Havana in its heyday at Duddell’s
“Havana Nights” New Year’s Eve Countdown Party. Cha cha into the new year with “Azucar Latino,” HK’s best Latin band and DJ Hameed Laweed of France’s famous Calle Ocho Cubano Café. Sip on decadent Cuban inspired cocktails, soak in tropical island breezes and see tantalizing live performances… a sizzling New Year’s Eve in Old Havana awaits! Tickets can be purchased at: http://duddellsnye2014.eventbrite.hk and an exquisite 8-course dinner is also available including complimentary entry to the party.

W Hong Kong
1 Austin Road West, Kowloon • 3717 2222
After working overtime on the dance floor on New Year’s Eve, bring the whole family for a scrumptious start to 2015 at W Hong Kong’s New Year’s Day Family Brunch at KITCHEN. Order up a little hair of the dog and dig into a dazzling buffet of fresh seafood, hearty roast meats, seasonal salads and delectable desserts, all presented in KITCHEN’s whimsical style. (Jan 1, (HK$428/adult, HK$214/child)

SEPA: Bacaro Veneziano
61 Caine Road, Mid-levels • 2521 9800
Looking to start the New Year with a few cocktails and a divine Italian meal? Stumble down into SEPA on Caine Road for a New Year’s Day Lunch to remember. Kick off the meal with one of their famous Gran Classico Negronis, followed by signature favourites include “Bomba” Ravioli filled with veal cheek and parmigiano cheese, with butter and thyme sauce and Risotto with broccoli, lemon and bell pepper. Follow this with more carbs, meats and cheeses, yummy chocolate desserts and one of the strongest cups of coffee in town, which will have you buzzing into 2015. (Open for lunch and dinner on 1 January)

Entertaining at home this holiday season? Check out our top tips here.

Wherever you choose to celebrate, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a wonderful start to 2015!  



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