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Azure Restaurant Slash Bar
29/F Hotel LKF, 33Wyndham Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, 35189330
What's New Year's Eve without Dom? The gourmet dinner at Azure on December31 includes one glass of Dom Perignon 2000 Champagne, while a reservation for more than six people will get you a whole bottle of bubbly. The four-course dinner is available from 6.30pm to 9pm at HK$888. The six-course option is from 8pm to 11pm at HK$1,299.
Royal View Hotel, 353Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan, 37162898
A dinner buffet for less than HK$500 is a steal on New Year's Eve, so don't miss the New Year's Eve buffet at Cafe Lido. Appetisers and main dishes include steamed scallops, Japanese black pork with teriyaki sauce, baked oysters with garlic butter, lamb chops and turkey. The package includes a complimentary grilled half lobster with black mushroom for adults and grilled half king prawn for children. The first buffet seating (HK$418/adult; HK$298/child) is from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, while the second seating (HK$458/adult; HK$308/child) is from 8.15pm to 10.15pm.
Four Seasons Hotel, 8Finance Street, Central, 31968888
The eight-course New Year's Eve set dinner at Caprice includes caviar ravioli, scallop carpaccio with black truffle and celery root mousse, duck foie gras with tagliarini and Alba white truffle, rock lobster with fondant pumpkin and sweet almond sauce and roasted bresse capon with chestnut mousseline. Desserts are raspberry coque with green tea crumble and white cheese sorbet, or praline cream with roasted hazelnut, warm Guanaja chocolate and caramel ice cream. Priced at HK$3,380 per person, the dinner includes a live music performance and entry to the Blue Bar countdown party, with a live music set by an international DJ.
G/F Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1Harbour Road, 25847722
Party in style with champagne and strawberries at the Music Room in Club JJ's. Table charge at the classy club includes one bottle of Moet & Chandon NV and one bottle of Belvedere, complete with a complimentary mixer and a bowl of strawberries. Feel like moving and mingling? Door charge is HK$300 per person, which includes one glass of Moet & Chandon NV to toast your way into the New Year. Snacks are available until 3am for party guests with the midnight munchies.
7/F LKF Tower, 33Wyndham Street, Central, 25262366
What are all the things you should eat before you die? Dakota Prime knows, and it is putting it all on the New Year's Eve dinner menu. Named the 'Things to do before you die meal' and costing an auspicious HK$8,888 per person, the dinner is an eight-course affair for 12 to 16 people at the restaurant's private VIP room. Each course comes with a wine pairing, and six 'bonus bottles' are included in the package, of which the Krug Grand Cuvee and Dom Perignon 2000 are reserved for the midnight celebration toast. The impressive menu includes seafood items such as Royal Iranian Beluga caviar, French Belon oysters and yellowfin toro sashimi, while meat items include Wagyu beef, foie gras and dry aged prime Angus filet mignon. The pasta option is a risotto of Brittany blue lobster, abalone and Alba white truffles, while the cheese course consists of black truffle brie with apricot and hazelnut jam. The dessert course is a 24-carat gold chocolate truffle cake that serves as a perfect ending to an exquisite meal.
28/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Kowloon, 23153188
Like surprises? The popular restaurant at The Peninsula is serving a quirky eight-course dinner this New Year's Eve with flavours that will please traditional and adventurous palates. The New Year's Eve Gala Dinner at Felix costs HK$3,388 per person and includes starters such as caviar with white chocolate and champagne, foie gras with pistachio and satsuma, and roasted duck consomme with red bell pepper and goat's cheese. The main course is a choice between US prime beef fillet and Boston lobster, followed by a mojito bonbon to cleanse the palate. Dessert is a macadamia nougatine with meringue and a 'fruity flame'. Enjoy the musical talents of SensationOn28 during and after your dinner, as the 10-member live band plays from 8pm onwards at the restaurant. Non-diners joining the countdown party at Felix will receive a 200ml bottle of champagne each for a HK$300 cover charge.
Level 3 and 4, IFC Mall, Central, 23838765
Nothing beats a rooftop party on New Year's Eve, particularly one with a harbour view. Isola bar+grill has lined up a special guest DJ to spin tracks throughout the night, and the New Year's Eve dinner special will keep your energy up for a long night of partying. The dinner set (HK$1,288 per person) includes a fish carpaccio platter, spaghetti with carbonara sauce and crispy guanciale, a choice of king prawns, sea bass or slow-roasted lamb for the main course, and an Amedei dark chocolate mousse with gianduia foam and mixed berry gratin for dessert.
3/F The Royal Garden Hotel, 69Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, 27332033
For a meal to keep your energy up until the big countdown, stop by Le Soleil for a light but filling Vietnamese dinner. Priced at HK$788 per person, the New Year's Eve Countdown Set Dinner starts at 9.30pm - ideal for people looking to line their stomachs before a heavy night of drinking. The five-course meal includes an appetiser trio of lobster claw salad, crispy Vietnamese rolls and pork rolled in rice paper, followed by a Vietnamese crab meat soup with asparagus. The main course is a choice between Vietnamese-style baked Boston lobster and roasted French spring chicken, or baked sea bass in banana leaf and grilled US 1855 tenderloin. The meal is rounded off with a choice of soup noodles, a choice of dessert and either Vietnamese coffee or lotus tea. By the time midnight rolls around you'll be well prepared for the New Year's Eve countdown party at the hotel's Martini Bar, which includes live music and will stay open until 2am.
G/F Hutchison House, 10Harcourt Road, Central, 25234772
A four-course meal with free wine and free gift certificates seems like too good an opportunity to miss, particularly when it comes to less than HK$500. The set dinner includes scallops and goose liver salad with Mesclun greens in balsamic honey reduction as the starter, cream of celery root soup and crispy porcini mushrooms as the second course, your choice of oven-roasted cod fillet, roasted Dutch veal loin or roasted lamb loin as the main course, followed by a spirited eggnog tart with vanilla rum sauce and fresh fruit for dessert. The meal comes with one glass of house wine and one glass of dessert wine, and gift certificates worth HK$100 each for Madison's and Thai Orchids, both part of Lark International Holdings Group.
Panorama Seafood & Grill Restaurant
Renaissance Kowloon Hotel, 22Salisbury Road, Kowloon, 27346660
The holidays are a time to be with loved ones, and the Panorama Seafood & Grill Restaurant has something for everyone in the family. Priced at HK$1,588 for adults and HK$1,188 for children, the dinner is accompanied by a clown and magician performance, a live band performance, a pipers and drummer performance, party favours and of course a countdown ceremony to lead diners into the New Year. Menu items for adults include peppered goose liver medallion with apricot confit and a spicy champagne vinaigrette, seafood bisque, homemade sorbet and a choice of Kobe beef, sea bass or lobster and mushroom ragout for the main course. The children's menu is no less appealing, with courses such as scrambled egg with osetra caviar and duck egg white with bird's nest and dried scallops, stir-fried Tasmanian lobster, baked cod fish and beef tenderloin, with homemade ice cream and a wild berries compote with raspberry sauce to finish it off. Adults receive one glass of champagne cocktail, while children can choose between a complimentary soft drink or juice.
G/F The Mira Hong Kong, 118Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 23155888
The resident and guest DJs at Room One this New Year's Eve add a festive touch to the intimate and cosy lounge. The 2009 countdown party (HK$588 per head) begins at 9pm and serves up the lounge's signature drinks and bar food, and one complimentary mini bottle of champagne to each party guest.
11/F Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, 1Harbour Road, Wan Chai, 28028888
Toast the New Year with lovely views of Victoria Harbour at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel. The hotel's Italian restaurant Scala is offering a six-course New Year's Eve dinner followed by a countdown party at the Lobby Lounge. The dinner costs HK$1,280 per person and includes a sea bass carpaccio, sauteed duck liver and wild mushroom consomme as starters, a lobster and scallop ravioli with champagne nage and osetra caviar, followed by a blood orange sorbet to cleanse the palate. The main course is a choice between a black olive crusted turbot fillet with saffron risotto and sauteed spinach, and a pan-fried veal medallion with truffle mousse and celeriac. The meal finishes with a bitter chocolate terrine with golden leaves, fresh berries and vanilla sauce for dessert. The dinner includes one glass of champagne, and each diner will also receive one extra complimentary glass of champagne at the countdown party, along with festive party favours. Tickets for this package can be purchased from now until December 25 on the ground floor of the hotel.
Spoon by Alain Ducasse
InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, 23132323
It promises to be a musical evening at the InterContinental Hong Kong hotel this New Year's Eve. Start off your night with a delectable dinner at Spoon with an eight-course set menu priced at HK$2,788. After dinner, join the party crowd at the Lobby Lounge for a musical performance by Mickey Fordola, who sings Frank Sinatra songs with a twist. Then from 10.30pm onwards, the Countdown Dance Party will have you dancing the night away to the music of British band Urban Blue.
G/F and 1/F, 46D'Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, 28455533
There are few things we like more than the words 'open bar', and this New Year's Eve Stormies Crabshack will satisfy our alcoholic cravings with an HK$888 deal for a five-course set dinner complete with an open bar until midnight. As one of Lan Kwai Fong's favourite watering holes, expect the party to continue until the wee hours of the morning.
Tokoro - Robatayaki & Bar
Langham Place Hotel, 555Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, 35523330
Craving light Japanese food amid all the turkey, potatoes and lashings of gravy? Tokoro is offering a New Year's Eve dinner set for two (HK$1,588) that consists of eight courses including a sashimi platter with toro, botan ebi and sea urchin, and a robata platter with lobster and Japanese beef steak. Toast the New Year Japanese-style with the complimentary 300ml bottle of house sake or wine.
Tong Chong Street
Cafe Einstein, Thai Orchids, Grappa's Millenio - 33-39 Tong Chong Street and Lincoln House, Taikoo Place, Island East; Einstein 29600994, Orchids 28569848, Grappa's 22190288
They don't call Tong Chong Street 'Little Lan Kwai Fong' for nothing. The three restaurants lined up on the busy street are often packed with people enjoying their post-work beers, and the New Year's Eve party will make full use of the advantageous location. The party begins at 7.30pm and diners can choose from any of the 99 dishes laid out buffet-style across the three venues. Dishes range from satays and curries to pizzas and pastas. Priced at HK$330 for adults and HK$180 for children, the buffet includes one glass of Mumm Champagne and three chances to win prizes in the lucky draw. Advance tickets can be purchased, and those who reserve ahead of time will receive a HK$100 dinner voucher to spend in 2009.
2/F Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, 28277777
A masquerade ball, dancing, prizes, a dinner buffet and breakfast buffet are all ingredients for a fun night out. Throw in an open bar complete with free flowing bubbly, and you've got yourself a party. The dress code for the Midnight Masquerade New Year's Eve Ball is 'flamboyant', and prizes will be awarded to the best costumes. Along with the all-night open bar and free-flowing champagne, there are two buffets - an international dinner buffet to line their stomachs and a 'Hangover breakfast buffet' to tide them over. The event is at the Viceroy and the outdoor terraces, and costs HK$790 per person. Guests joining after dinner from 11pm pay HK$590. HK$50 from each sold ticket will go to Operation Santa Claus.