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December 16, 2010

Special Dish: Rockin’ Around the Press-mas Tree

Rockin’ around the Press-mas tree, have a happy holiday…The halls have been decked, the mistletoe’s hung, now it’s time to rock around to the most festive and fabulous drinking and dining spots in town.  With glittering holiday party promotions and mouthwatering festive feasting menus, the Press Room Group’s restaurants are the perfect spots to let the Christmas spirit ring. Now it’s time to do some caroling…

Press RoomTHE PAWN – O Holy Night
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining…on Hong Kong’s hippest heritage restaurant, bar and rooftop garden, The Pawn.  The three-floor space with terraced windows overlooking the historic tramways will be fully decked out in traditional Christmas cheer this holiday season and is the perfect place to enjoy a holiday gathering with family or friends, with various areas of the restaurant, from cosy, wreath-adorned corners to private candle-lit verandahs available for private event bookings. From now until December 31st, The Pawn will be serving up special festive menus featuring heartwarming favourites like ‘Herb Roasted Bronze Turkey with Giblet Gravy and Winter Vegetables’, ‘Pan Roasted Wild Mushrooms with Winter Truffles and Artichokes’, and ‘Christmas Pudding with Brandy Butter and English Custard,’ starting from HK$420 per person, as well as a mouthwatering Christmas Day menu starting at HK$620 per person. As we get ready to move forward to into a new year, The Pawn will be preparing to take us back to an era of decadent partying, with Retro Rewind, their neon hot 80’s themed New Year’s Eve Bash. Break out your infamous moonwalk with a DJ spinning your favourite 80’s tunes in the Living Room or get groovy in the garden with a live band on the rooftop. The Retro Rewind package is HK$688 for all you can drink from 9pm to 21am and a midnight snack buffet. If you prefer to dine before you dance, The Pawn’s New Year’s Eve Dinner includes a 6-course menu for HK$888 and you can add on the Retro Rewind package for just HK$400. (62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, 2866 3444,

SML- Silver Bells
City sidewalks, busy sidewalks dressed in holiday style…Christmas shoppers from Lee Gardens to Times Square can set their bags down and put their feet up for a much needed post-shopping pick-me-up at bustling Causeway Bay eatery SML.  Relax at the oak bar with a glass of wine from their state-of-the-art Italian Enomatic wine serving system.  Or kick back with a hot toddy on the tree-lined terrace overlooking the hustle and bustle of Causeway Bay below, one of the best kept secret event spaces in town and a perfect x-mas party spot. Both lunch and dinner guests are in for a festive treat with holiday menus including Wild Mushroom Soup with Chestnuts, Roast Turkey with Traditional Trimmings, Risotto with Roast Pumpkin Sage & Parmesan, and Chocolate Marquise with Caramel Sauce & Kumquats, starting at HK$220, advance booking required. (11/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, 2577 3444)

CLASSIFIED – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
I’ll be home for Christmas, you can count on me…to bring home some of the city’s most delectable cheeses from Classified. Hong Kong’s warm and intimate café and cheese shops now dot streetside spots from Hollywood Road and Exchange Square to Star Street and Sai Kung and are ready to welcome you in for some gooey cheese filled fun and delicious festive feasting. Sit down at one of their lovely communal tables for a 5-course holiday menu offering mouthwatering sensations like Vine Ripened Tomatoes & Puglia Burrata, Risotto with Corn-Fed Chicken & Thyme, Herb crusted Rack of Lamb with Cranberry Chutney, and Artisanal Cheeses, for just HK$500.  Or get cosy with their famous Mont d’Or cheese, served hot out of the oven with Calvados (apple liqueur from Normandie, France) or port sherry, and green apples, sweet potatoes and bread on the side, available for eat in (HK$299) or take-away (HK$150, 250g) for a limited time only. For another winter treat, a heavenly Truffle Brie is rumored to be arriving in the cafes this week. (Shop 2, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 2525 3454, For other locations, visit:

THE PRESS ROOM – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…and Hollywood Road’s most popular brasserie is no exception. From pre-holiday dinners to Christmas feasts to New Year’s Day hangover brunches, The Press Room is the perfect spot to get the gang together for a celebration to remember. From now until the end of the year, book a holiday dinner including a Trio of Oysters, Roast Portobello Mushroom with Parmesan, Walnuts, Frisée & Horseradish Dressing, Whole Honey Glazed Quail with Spinach, Lardons, Parsnips, Junipers & Berry Jus, and Pudding de Noel with Brandy Butter for HK$680, advance booking required.  Catch up on the previous night’s gossip over a decadent brunch featuring fresh from New York H & H bagels and one of their 7 famous hangover cure Bloody Mary’s. To sweeten up the new year, try their ever popular Galette des Rois promotion, where those who receive a slice of cake containing a special bean will get their meal on the house, available from Jan 1-16, 2011. (108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 2525 3444,

We Wish You a Merry Press-mas and Happy New Year!

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