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December 21, 2012

THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

Is your wallet feeling a little weary from all of the lavish gift-giving and stocking stuffing you’ve been scurrying around town to get done?  It’s clearly time to shift some of that Christmas burden to your belly! 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.

THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR Run Run Rudolph!
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 these very merry banquets of plenty…

Nordic Christmas Menu at FINDS
Who better than the Scandinavians to give you a little taste of the North Pole?  With 7 flavor-packed courses, including winter wonderland favorites like Tarragon-Poached Rainbow Trout Fillet with Caviar Hollandaise and Grilled Iberico Pork Fillet and Juicy Secreto, we wouldn’t be surprised if Santa himself pulled up a seat at the table next to you. (7 courses, +852 2522 9318)

Holiday Menu at Restoration
If the frightfully cold weather outside is making your Christmas taste buds crave some Southern comfort instead, best to point your sleigh towards Restoration, where the Sweet Potato Soup with Roasted Chestnuts and Stuffed Redfish with Jumbo Lump Crab Dressing are sure to melt the worries of even the chilliest of Hong Kong’s days away. (4 Courses, HK$899 per person, +852 2536 0183)

Holiday Lunch at THE STEAK HOUSE
Hang up your sleigh and opt for a seat on the ferry as you make your way over to THE STEAK HOUSE for a mouthwatering meal to remember. Through December 31, the restaurant will be serving a special Holiday Lunch inclusive of a stunning salad bar, a choice of sizzling chargrilled meat and a decadent dessert buffet guaranteed to fill even the jolliest of bellies. (HK$498 per adult, HK$328 per child, +852 2313 2323)

Christmas Set Lunch at Alfie’s
Wishing you were celebrating the season over in London town? Not to worry, as Alfie’s is bringing traditional British goodies to you with delectable holiday lunch options that will make you swear you were just outside Piccadilly Circus.  Start yourself off with a Coronation Turkey starter and finish up with the Roast Welsh Lamb Leg, and you’ll have yourself a meal worthy of the Queen. And what Christmas meal is complete without a tipple? Wash it all down with a flute of Laurent Perrier Brut, and you’ll be falalalala-ing before you know it. (2 Courses, HK$280, 3 Courses HK$360, +852 2530 4422)

Christmas Eve Dinner at Strip House
If it’s a classic flavor experience you’re after, then jingle all the way to Strip House, where the nostalgic red décor will be sure to make your spirit bright.  Savor the slow-cooked melt-in-your-mouth Christmas Turkey with celery root and crab meat stuffing with glazed sweet potato.  Or pair their signature Lava-Stone Grilled Sirloin Steak with some pumpkin puree for a bit of holiday flair. And finish on the sweetest note of all with a trifecta of Christmas desserts – a Chocolate Log Cake, Plum Pudding, and Cinammon Ice Cream. (HK$880 per person, +852 2521 8638)

On Vixens!
For all you social butterflies that have too many holiday dates and not enough meals in the day, Santa’s got the perfect treat for you – specially themed afternoon teas…

Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea at The Langham
Sip on that Earl Gray while Santa Claus himself entertains the kiddos with gifts and Christmas story-telling.  And since ‘tis the season, remember to bring along an un-wrapped toy or household item that you can donate to Mother’s Choice for children and families in need.  You will leave with a full tummy and a full heart from having helped those less fortunate than you. (HK$268 Adults, HK$168 Children, +852 2132 7898)

Christmas Carols and Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula
When only the best will do, set your sights on the iconic tea at The Peninsula. Hong Kong’s finest choirs will serenade you with Christmas classics as you enjoy signature special brews and nibble the afternoon away, surrounded by the magical Christmas decorations the hotel is famous for. Given these special performances, The Peninsula will take bookings for tea from December 22-26, so there will be no need to queue. Now that’s really music to our ears! (HK$408 per person, +852 2920 2888)

On Dashers!
If you’re rushing out the door to your umpteenth holiday party and need to pick up some treats in a hurry, here are some options that will definitely come in handy…

Classified
Collect or have delivered The Festive Box, a delightful collection of artisanal cheeses that’ll bring a smile to even the grumpiest grinch’s lips. You’ll get Brie de Meaux, Ardrahan, Tome d’Aquitaine, Gruyere d’Alpage, and Fourme d’Ambert.
(HK$275, http://www.classifiedfood.com)

Meat Market
Really looking to impress? Grab one of Meat Market’s turkey roulades, Sunday roasts, or smoked hams, and tell folks you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen with a team of elves all day, even if you’ve just been out and about making Santa’s naughty list. (http://www.meatmarket.com.hk)

Tai Tai Pie Pies
Even sweeter than a chance meeting under the mistletoe, Tai Tai Pie Pies has got the city’s definitive collection of mouth-watering baked sensations. Try the Drunken Apple Crumble or the Wholly Heavens Chocolate Sin Pecan Pie to make it a feliz navidad! (http://www.taitaipiepies.com)

No matter where you celebrate, we wish you a wonderful holiday season ahead!



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