Where to Celebrate Christmas and New Year’s in Lan Kwai Fong 18 December, 2018 Features Food Lifestyle Indulge in the most delicious holiday menus in Lan Kwai Fong Christmas Indulgences It’s true what they say, Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of year. Even if you don’t celebrate, it’s a great excuse to gather with friends and stuff yourself with delicious food. Read on to find the Lan Kwai Fong guide to the best menus and parties this season, and make sure to tag your photos with #LKF for a chance to be featured on our monthly food roundup. Porterhouse Celebrate the holidays in style at this sexy modern steakhouse. Executive Chef Angelo Vecchio and his team has prepared an opulent five-course Christmas feast this year. It starts with a creamy burrata, served with Oscietra caviar and melon; followed by your choice of either a hearty chestnut soup or a ‘Mayura’ Wagyu beef tartare. Next up is a pan-fried foie gras, and then your choice of mains, but we vote for this gorgeous Christmas turkey leg roulade. For dessert, an adorable vanilla mousse aptly named ‘Santa Claus’. The Porterhouse Christmas Set Dinner is available 24-25 December, 2018, for HK$888 per person. Optional wine pairings are available for an additional HK$388 per person. Porterhouse 7/F, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central; +852 2522 6366 www.porterhousehk.com Read more: California Tower is Where to go for Weekend Brunch Kyoto Joe Sushi and robatayaki may not be your traditional Christmas fare, but maybe they should be. Kyoto Joe, one of our favourite Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong, serves up the freshest sushi, sashimi, rolls and perfectly cooked dishes from the Robatayaki grill. This Christmas, they’ve created a mouth-watering feast of Japanese favourites. It starts with a light seafood Hiyayako— chopped toro, salmon roe and sea urchin on a bed of chilled tofu— and slowly gets more robust, with plates of sushi and even a robatayaki of teriyaki boneless beef ribs. The meal finishes with a cleansing yasai udon, and an indulgent crème brûlée. The Kyoto Joe Christmas Menu is available for groups of two or more from 24 – 25 December, 2018 and is HK$490 per person. Kyoto Joe 2/F, 1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central; +852 2804 6800 www.kyotojoe.com Read more: The Best Japanese Restaurants and Bars Tokio Joe Another tempting option this Christmas is Lan Kwai Fong’s original Japanese restaurant, Tokio Joe. Chef Wah brings a festive touch to this traditional venue with a Jolly Christmas Menu, an eight-course extravaganza that shouldn’t be missed. Whet the appetite with an appetizer trio of spicy salmon tempura, crab leg and abalone, before tucking into Hamachi, sashimi, sushi and more. Personally, we love the sound of the kelp-grilled sea bass, but the Wagyu tataki tartare is equally appealing. The Tokio Joe Jolly Christmas Menu is available for group of two or more, only on 24 December, 2018. The menu is HK$750 per person. Tokio Joe 16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central; +852 2525 1889 www.tokiojoe.com FUMI For something a bit more modern, head to FUMI. Here, they combine modern culinary creativity with affordable Japanese fine-dining (and an incredible selection of sake!). The team at this fun newcomer shows off their skills with dishes like “Chikuzen” style Nanbu chicken in teriyaki sauce and a Yamagata Kurosawa farm milky queen rice dish. Come hungry and celebrate with friends over this delicious set and a bottle or two of sparkling sake. The Fumi Christmas Menu is available for groups of two or more on 24 – 25 December, 2018. It’s priced at HK$688 per person. Fumi 6/F, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central; +852 2328 3302 www.fumihk.com Read More: The Five Best Places to get Your Sake Fix DiVino Wine Bar & Restaurant While they’re not doing a whole Christmas menu, this popular aperitivo spot is going festive on 19 December, 2018. Between 6 – 8pm, their complimentary food spread will feature festive Italian favourites like Panettone and other ‘di Natale’ treats. So, if you’re looking for a place to gather before the evening meal, this is a great option! If you’re staying for dinner, treat yourself to one of their seasonal game dishes, or go all out with their wonderful White Truffle menu. DiVino Wine Bar & Restaurant 73 Wyndham Street, Central; +852 2167 8883 www.divinogroup.com The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Head to Candyland this Christmas with the Landmark Mandarin Oriental’s Festive Brunch, available 24 – 26 December. A DJ will be spinning all afternoon, while kids of all ages will be delighted by the beautiful decorations and tempting candy shop. Fresh cotton candy anyone? If you have any room left after the brunch, head to MO Bar for their Candyland candy shop and pastry trolley, which features a mouth-watering selection of treats. Don’t miss out on the chocolate fountains! The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Festive Brunch is available 24 – 26 December from 12:00-15:00, for HK$648 per person (children under five are complimentary, and guests between six and 12 are HK$298). The Landmark Mandarin Oriental 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central; +852 2132 0188 www.mandarinoriental.com ON Dining by Philippe Orrico It’s no secret that we love ON Dining, we talk about it all the time, from outdoor terraces to beautiful white truffle menus. Now, we’re dreaming of chef Philippe Orrico’s Christmas menus. You have your choice of either a four or a six-course menu, but be warned: these are not for the faint of heart. Chef Philippe has created decadent, all-out holiday feasts, using luxury ingredients like caviar, king crab, white truffle, fallow deer tenderloin and foie gras. Book your spot before it fills up, you won’t regret it! The ON Dining menus are available from 23 – 25 December, 2018. The four and six-course menus are priced at HK$1,288 and HK$1,688 per person, respectively. ON Dining 29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central; +852 2174 8100 www.ontop.hk CÉ LA VI Head up to one of our rooftop favourites and celebrate your holidays with the best view in town at CÉ LA VI’s CÉ LA Christmas. Executive Chef Jason Au has prepared two chic menus available throughout December, including a four-course lunch and a five-course dinner available for groups and families. The offerings feature hearty dishes like Alaskan Black Cod Saikyo Miso, with Brussels sprouts, pine nuts and an unexpected gingerbread crumble, or a succulent rice flake crusted Botan shrimp, softly cooked in a sour-spicy ginger reduction and served on a pomelo salad. Regardless of when you visit, make sure to save room for the chocolate Yule log dessert, plated with Valrhona chocolate crumbs, homemade macaroons and seasonal berries. The CÉ LA VI lunch menu starts from HK$288, while the dinner option is HK$588; and both are available from 1-30 December, 2018. CÉ LA VI 25/F, California Tower, 30-32 D'Aguilar Street, Central; +852 3700 2300 hk.celavi.com Statement Statement is a new British restaurant inside Tai Kwun, that’s serving up a traditional feast this holiday season. The star of the menu is a whole roast prized British turkey with all the trimmings from childhood, like goose-fat roasted potatoes, buttered heritage carrots, roasted Brussels sprouts with chestnuts. Cap the night off with a homemade Christmas pudding and brandy butter, the chefs have been very generous with the brandy! Statement’s 5-course Festive Menu is available 16 – 26 December, 2018 and is HK$888 per person. Statement Police Headquarters, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central; +852 2848 3000 www.statement.com.hk Room 309 Antonio Lai’s latest creation, Room 309 is turning into the place to be this Christmas. Hong Kong’s most beloved bartender has teamed up with Monkey 47 gin to create an enchanted winder garden, complete with themed winter cocktails, of course. Start your celebrations with a Nice & Sloe welcome drink, made with Sloe gin, white wine and spices. Topped with a mini wreath and faux berries to complete the look, this is an easy way to slide into the holiday spirit. Another favourite is The Winter Clover. Another Monkey 47 Gin creation, this one is fresh and bright with raspberry liqueur, raspberry puree, lemon juice, egg white Bols White Crème de Cacao and a splash of soda water. The holiday cocktails are available until 12 January, 2019. Room 309 3/F The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central www.room309.hk Chaiwala One of the Pirata Group’s newest openings, Chaiwala invites you to embrace their “Life is Chai” philosophy this Christmas, with two family-style tasting menus. Both option offer a mix of dishes, starting with small chaats and moving to larger items, like tandoori lamb chops, Mayanmar Tandoori Prawns and a creamy Old Delhi Butter Chicken curry. You can find both menus here, and remember to book in for one of their optional free-flow packages to really get festive! The Chaiwala Christmas Tasting Menus are available 24 – 25 December, 2018. The early seating starts at 6pm (HK$480), and the later is from 8:30pm onwards (HK$580). Chaiwala Basement, 43 – 55 Wyndham Street, Central; +852 2362 8988 www.chaiwala.hk New Years’ Eve Go big or go home this New Years Eve with the best celebrations and parties in Hong Kong. It can be overwhelming trying to pick the perfect party for the biggest night of the year, that's why we put together this handy guide to the best and biggest events happening for New Year's Eve. Bungalow Bungalow is one of Hong Kong’s top night clubs. If you want to ring in 2019 in a big, big way – head to Bungalow for their Countdown to 2019 party. Their doors are open from 11pm and they’re going until the early hours. We don’t have too many details yet but you can expect killer DJs, great drinks and a super-chic atmosphere at this 6,000 square-foot club. Bungalow G/F The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central; +852 2623 7868 www.bungalow.hk Chaiwala If you missed out on their Christmas Tasting Menu, now’s your chance to redeem yourself with Chaiwala’s NYE Tasting Menu. Similar to their Christmas offerings, they’re hosting two dinners: an early seating and a late. Both menus are a generous spread of restaurant favourites, including chaats, curries, naan and of course dishes from the tandoor oven. We’ve got our eyes on the Wagyu Seekh Kebab and the Paneer Lasagna Makhni. And of course, it wouldn’t be New Years’ without a tipple or two – they have an optional beverage package available. The Chaiwala NYE Tasting Menu is available on 31 December, 2018. The early seating is from 6 – 7pm (HK$580), while the later is from 8:30pm onwards (HK$850) Chaiwala Basement, 43 – 55 Wyndham Street, Central; +852 2362 8988 www.chaiwala.hk Levels Leave the old you behind and embrace the new you at Levels’ Meet Me at Midnight New Years’ Eve Bash! Get ready for a magical night of popping bottles and celebrating all things new with champagne, dance tunes and all of your nearest and dearest. Make sure to dress to impress, their club photographer is always snapping away. Keep an eye on their Facebook event to stay up to date on all the happenings. Levels 2/F On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central; +852 2623 7868 www.levels.hk JIA Group JIA Group is giving 2019 the warm welcome it deserves with a number of festive parties and offerings. This year, Duddell’s presents The Silk Road, their fifth New Year’s Eve party, and it promises to be bigger than ever. “Think Venetian Masquerade mixed with chic executions of Chinois. The wearing of fine silk, is naturally encouraged” they tell us. And we’re listening. Expect free-flow champagne and cocktails from 9:30pm to midnight, the Cantonese bites will come out of the kitchen after the clock strikes 12. Find out more and get your tickets here. Over at their newly opened bar, Behind Bars, JIA Group is celebrating a little differently with their Ghetto Penthouse event. This Tai Kwun favourite is offering house and disco beats from DJ Fergus Heathcote, and drinks, drinks, drinks. You can even reserve a table in advance. Check out their Facebook page for more information. Duddell’s presents The Silk Road is happening on 31 December, 2018 from 9:30pm onwards. Tickets are available through Ticketflap and start at HK$650. Ghetto Penthouse – NYE at Behind Bars is happening on 31 December, 2018 from 9pm onwards. Duddell’s L/3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central; +852 2525 9191 duddells.co Behind Bars 10 Hollywood Road, Central; +852 3559 2600 www.facebook.com/behindbars.hk On Dining Chef Philippe Orrico has done it again, he’s created a mouth-watering feast for New Year’s Eve. His special six-course menu begins with light canapes and a glass of champagne, then moves on to highlight opulent ingredients like caviar, langoustine, white truffles and foie gras. The king crab, served with Ossetra caviar lobster jelly, and the foie gras ravioli already have our mouths watering. The New Year’s Eve six-course dinner is available at HK$2,488 + 10% On Dining 29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central; +852 2174 8100 www.ontop.hk Porterhouse One of our favourite spots for steak is throwing the New Year’s dinner of your dreams. Porterhouse has created a decadent five-course set menu. It starts with a king crab sesame cone topped with Oscietra caviar, then a lobster cappuccino – a lobster club sandwich topped with porcini dust and truffle zest. This is followed by a giant, cheese-filled ravioli, and then your choice of mains: Japanese poached egg, pan-seared Hokkaido scallop or Australian ‘Mayura’ Wagyu Sirloin Steak. Finish the meal with a sweet New Year’s Bauble, Marsala and chocolate mousse with walnuts, dates and pecans. The Porterhouse New Year’s Eve set dinner is available 31 December, 2018 for HK$988 per person. Porterhouse 7/F, California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Central; +852 2522 6366 www.porterhousehk.com Dr. Ferns Gin Parlour The doctor is celebrating the new year with a blast from his own past: medical school. A time he describes as when “the prescriptions were strong and the festivities were wild.” Head to his speakeasy clinic, hidden inside The Landmark for free-flow “prescriptions” (aka cocktails!) all night long. The doctor and his team will make sure you start 2019 feeling oh-so-right with creations like Citric Acid, a refreshing blend of Tanqueray Gin Spain, Fever-Tree tonic, grapefruit slices and lime zest, and the playful Fern’s Anatomy, a mix of Hayman’s Gin, Bickford and Sons Tonic, lemon peel, orange peel and juniper berries. As the doctor will be joined by his medical school friends, it’s best to done your best lab coat and stethoscope for the night. The New Year’s Eve Arrangements at Dr. Fern’s are happening from 9pm onward on 31 December, 2018. Tickets are HK$750, and must be purchased in advance through Ticketflap. Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road, Central; +852 2111 9449 www.drfernshk.com Foxglove Ring in 2019 the old-school way, with a night of jazz and revelry at Foxglove. Tales of the Jazz Age – New Year’s Eve 2019 is where you want to be when the countdown starts, because Bloodest Saxophone are back! The sextet of Japanese jazz stars return, this time with a special guest: vocalist Crystal Thomas. Chef Tony Hung has prepared a special New Year’s Eve feast, including free-flow Japanese whiskey highballs and more, or you can come after 10 to enjoy toe-tapping swing and free-flow cocktails, beers and more. Dress code is pinstripes, feathers and hats – so hit up Pottinger before you come! Tales of the Jazz Age – New Year’s Eve 2019 is happening 31 December, 2018. Tickets must be purchased in advance through Ticketflap, and prices start at HK$888. Foxglove 18 Ice House Street / 6 Duddell Street, Central; +852 2116 8949 www.foxglovehk.com Beef & Liberty If you’re looking for fun without the hassle or the ridiculously expensive ticket fees, head to New Year’s Eve at Beef & Liberty this year. From 10pm until midnight, this Lan Kwai Fong burger-favourite will be serving up free-flow prosecco, house wine, Estrella draft beers, plus two sliders per person, as DJ Arun R spins on the decks until the early hours. After midnight, it goes back to a cash bar, so make sure to get your fill early! Tickets sold out last year, so get yours before they’re gone. New Year’s Eve at Beef & Liberty is happening 31 December, 2018 from 10pm onwards. Tickets are HK$350 through Pelago (plus a booking fee), and a limited number of HK$430 tickets will also be available on the door. Beef & Liberty 3/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar St, Central; +852 2450 5778 beef-liberty.com/hk Fumi Our favourite modern Japanese spot is also hosting a six-course New Year’s Eve menu (HK$888). It starts with a selection of appetizers, like Kyoto radish and carrot in sweet vinegar soup, and burdock with marinated sesame vinegar, before the chefs send out the sashimi—including a special aging Miyazaki salmon. Tempura follows – because the best way to start the new year is with fried abalone and taro! For mains, enjoy roasted Miyazaki beef sirloin and moy, before finishing with rice and a dessert plate of seasonal Japanese fruits. When your meal is finished, head out to dance the night away in Lan Kwai Fong. The Fumi New Year Eve Kaiseki menu is HK$888 per person and is available on 31 December, 2018. Fumi 6/F, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central; +852 2328 3302 www.fumihk.com Tokio Joe Ring in 2019 with Lan Kwai Fong’s first Japanese restaurant, Tokio Joe. They’re offering up an eight-course menu to New Year’s Eve revellers, including favourites like snapper miso soup, spicy seafood salad, and Wagyu tataki – thinly sliced Japanese beef tartare. You know what they say, you can never top the original! The Tokio Joe New Year’s Eve menu is HK$888 per person, with a minimum of two guests. It’s served on 31 December, 2018. Tokio Joe 16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central; +852 2525 1889 www.tokiojoe.com Kyoto Joe If you missed Kyoto Joe’s Christmas menu, New Year’s Eve is your chance to get your fill of their ultra-fresh seafood and mouth-watering dishes from the Robatayaki grill. This Japanese favourite has created a seven-course New Year’s Eve Menu to bid farewell to 2018 in style. It stars with the Miyazaki Wagyu Tartar, served with an apple yuzu ponzu sauce, before flowing into a chef’s selection of sashimi, uni sea bass, tori kyarameru and more. The meal finishes with a crème brulee, to help promise you a sweet 2019. The Kyoto Joe New Year’s Eve Menu 2018 is HK$620 per person and is available on 31 December, 2018. Kyoto Joe 2/F, 1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central; +852 2804 6800 www.kyotojoe.com All photos are the rights of their respective owners, and menus may have an additional 10 per cent service charge.