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December 20, 2007

The Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even you and definitely not your spouse!

The stockings were thrown at the edge of the bed,
It must have been the mulled wine that got to your head.
Three screaming children and five adults were due in an hour,
Back under the covers, did you cower,
Entertaining at home’s such a pain in the ash,
When you could just make a reso and be dining in a flash.
“Why cook? Why clean?” they all did cheer,
Let’s go out on the town for Christmas this year!

Now, Dasher!
Join Le Rideau for “A Cosy Christmas Eve” where you can enjoy a four-course dinner including Christmas favourites such as roast turkey with mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce, and a choice of delicious Christmas-inspired desserts. Toast the festive season with a complimentary glass of champagne while listening to a live pianist tinkling out Christmas classics or catching a glimpse of the classic Christmas films that will be projected on the stage wall ($328 pp, 2850 8833).

Now, Dancer!
After booking your tickets for the Hong Kong Ballet’s spectacular version of The Nutcracker (Dec 22-26), reserve the special pre-ballet Nutcracker dinner at SPOON by Alain Ducasse. Executive Chef Tjaco van Eijken has created a 4-course menu with a glass of champagne for adults and a special “Berry Delicious” mocktail for the kids, who will also receive a Nutcracker ornament (Adults HK$488, Children HK$318). On the weekends enjoy a Nutcracker Pre-Ballet Kids’ Lunch or Dinner in the InterContinental’s Lobby Lounge, featuring their famous pizza, a scoop of ice cream with choice of toppings, a mug of their signature hot chocolate, and a Nutcracker ornament (HK$290 pp, 2313 2323).   C’mon, get cracking!

Now, Prancer!
It’s time to prance on over to OPIA for their festive Christmas Menu, served on December 24 and 25. Start with a welcoming seasonal cocktail, followed by a Japanese-style oyster shooter, and a demi tasse of white bean soup and peppered duck ravioli.  Next up is foie gras parfait with bacon relish, coddled quails egg and shaved truffle, or poached Maine lobster and iceberg salad.  The main course will be a difficult choice between Black Angus sirloin with sautéed Numeko mushrooms, crispy-skin sea bass with prawn-stuffed zucchini flowers, or pot-roasted turkey and wild turkey pie with green pea cassoulet. Dessert is homemade Christmas pudding with brandy sauce and vanilla ice cream. Christmas never tasted so good! (HK$928 or HK$788 pp, 3196 9100)

And Vixen!
Vixens of any age should make their way over to hotspot H One for a decadent selection of Christmas meals. On Christmas Day, join Santa for a special festive lunchtime buffet, where he will hand out the last of his Christmas loot to the kids (Adults HK$468, Children HK$288). While for Christmas Eve Dinner, guests can opt for either the Christmas Dinner Tasting Menu (HK$988 pp) or the Kid’s Christmas Menu.  Dig in to appetizers such as Freshly shucked oysters, Hickory Wood Smoked Scottish Salmon, and 36-Month Aged Parma Ham to whet your palate for a hearty main course featuring a Carvery of Prime American Beef with Yorkshire pudding and a Traditional Christmas Turkey with all the trimmings.

On, Comet!
Have all the fun of a Christmas family vacation, minus the jet lag, with the Mandarin Oriental’s ‘Festive Family Stay’ which includes a complimentary inter-connecting room for your little elves when you book either an Oriental or Deluxe Oriental Suite. The whole family will be greeted with traditional mince pies upon arrival and the fun won’t stop with an in-room Xbox and choice of movies from the hotel’s entertainment system for the kids. A complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne will be chilled and waiting in the suite for a sparkling start to the holiday (from HK$6,000).

On Cupid!
Indulge in a romantic Christmas at the Four Seasons. Start at the Spa with the festive Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh Spa Ritual. This luxurious two-hour treatment involves an exfoliating body polish, relaxing hot bath and full body and scalp massage, all using Frankincense and Myrrh with golden sparkles to add some extra holiday shine, (HK$2,000 for one or HK$3,800 for two). You’ll be relaxed and glowing for an exquisite 8-course Christmas dinner at Caprice, featuring the best of the restaurant’s signature French fare (HK$1,680 pp).

On, Donder
Always dreamed of spending Christmas in a chalet in Switzerland?  It’s time to try Chesa at the Peninsula Hotel. Cosy, romantic and traditional, the restaurant delivers a taste of Europe with festive favourites throughout the holiday season. For Christmas Lunch, start with Game Consommé with morels, followed by Herb-crusted Yellow Fin Tuna Steak with fennel stew and bell pepper coulis or Roast Guinea Fowl Breast with braised endives, celeriac purée and juniper berry sauce. Finish with a holiday treat of Panettone and butter pudding with sun-dried cranberries and don’t forget to bundle up before heading back out to the slopes! (HK$398 pp, 2315 3220)

And Blitzen!
A warm room alight with candles, soft music, refined service and an array of creative winter dishes promise to delight the sense at Amber this Christmas.  Get your palate ready for a 4-course gourmet lunch and sumptuous dessert buffet where a chocolate sommelier, a trio of chocolate fountains and all the Christmas classic desserts will all be waiting to melt your heart.  If that didn’t do it for you, get merry and bright with free flowing Veuve Clicquot champagne and fine wines (HK$788 pp, 2132 0066).

From the Dim Sum girls, one last thing to write,
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

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