Off the beaten track Lot 10 (34 Gough Street, Central, 28136812) is a pioneer of NoHo (North of Hollywood Road), and is just the place if you are looking for a cosy, quiet ambience. The east-meets-west Christmas gala dinner is HK$468 to HK$528 per head. The HK$528 menu, 2006 Asian Allure, features five courses, including sliced roast duckling breast accented with sesame, mesclun green and sesame soy dressing; seared Australian deep-sea scallop embellished with candied ginger mousseline and Holland bean leaves; and pan-fried Japanese snow fish in a thin Parmesan prosciutto roll, accented with sauteed sweet potato, green and yellow zucchini and served with ginger and lemon butter sauce. Fourth Floor (4/F, Harvey Nichols, Landmark, 15Queen's Road Central, Central, 3695T3389) offers five courses for HK$780 per person on Christmas Eve, including steamed black truffle egg custard (pictured) with creamy smoked haddock and carrot emulsion served in an egg shell with almond tuile; braised oxtail in onion, warm egg yolk, shaved button mushroom, truffle celeriac puree; and pork knuckle terrine with a mustard crust, slow-cooked chicken roulade, foie gras mousse with cranberry jelly, mustard cream. For a real bargain and something that is low key, visit One Bar (The Rotunda, One Exchange Square, 8Connaught Place, Central, 25222246), where you will get four courses on the evening of December24 at HK$350 per person, or HK$398 including a glass of sparkling wine. Dishes include white crabmeat with grilled pineapple and vine tomato salad; black peppered beef carpaccio with parmesan cheese or smoked duck breast and zucchini tart for a starter, followed by French onion soup. Main courses include pan-fried cod fillet with tomato and basil sauce; chargrilled beef tenderloin with red wine and mushroom sauce, and pan-fried foie gras; or young turkey wrapped in prosciutto ham with ginger bearnaise, French beans and pumpkin mash. Vegetarians may go for the Italian risotto with Dutch peppers, aubergine and pesto. Desserts include Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, mini Chestnut Christmas log (pictured) with meringue and caramel sauce, or chocolate creme brulee. A little taxing The cuisine of Richard Ekkebus at Amber (7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15Queen's Road Central, Central, 21320066) is full of surprises, but the menu may be a teaser if you don't speak French. The Christmas menu starts with Belon oyster 'tete de veau', grey shallot and cabernet sauvignon dressing. Tete de veau means 'veal's head', and there is an authentic veal dish by that name, made with the meat from the jaw of a calf, and it is French President Jacques Chirac's great favourite. But in this context it refers to the shape of the oyster. The eight dishes that follow are a bit easier to understand. These include foie gras and black truffle bar, pickled beetroot Tasmanian bing cherry chutney and toasted brioche; butternut squash and Parmesan Reggiano soup with toasted hazelnut and shaved white Alba truffle; seared New Zealand langoustine, crispy veal sweet bread, Jerusalem artichokes cream and chestnut fragments; and poached then oven-roasted Bresse capon, caramelised quince, mellow salsify, chanterelles and jus 'gras' and giblets. The meal costs HK$1,800 per person without wine, and HK$2,680 with wine. Low key At Scala Restaurant (11/F, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, 1Harbour Road, Wan Chai, 28028888 ext6363), you can enjoy a reasonably decadent five-course meal for HK$980, including poached lobster salad with a petite-saffron infused ratatouille dressing; truffle-scented beef consomme with wild mushroom ravioli; pan-fried duck foie gras with salsify and cider sauce; roasted young turkey with pancetta, Brussels sprouts and chestnut ragout in a prune-Armagnac sauce or grilled barramundi fillet with roasted winter vegetables, Chablis and caviar sauce; plus Christmas steamed pudding. The five courses at classic French restaurant La Brasserie (B/F, The Marco Polo Gateway Hotel, 13Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 21137925) are set at HK$888 per person, and you get to sample classics such as terrine of wild mushroom and herbs with white truffle cream, creamed chestnut soup with confit duck; and scallops pan fried with fennel, followed by a main course of either braised Wagyu beef, grilled Breton turbot or roast French duck breast. If you want to push the decadence, Valrhona chocolate fondant with cardamom caramel is on the dessert card. Kid's corner Child-friendly outlets tend to get booked out fast, but thankfully there are plenty of places with large premises and tables still available. Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel (No1 Castle Peak Road, Castle Peak Bay, Kowloon, 24528888) will have a string of children's activities (in addition to the dining programme) during the Christmas season. The family-oriented hotel offers mostly buffets, with a mix of western and Asian cuisine, plus additional festive dishes including turkey, gammon and chocolates. A champagne brunch in the Atrium Lobby costs HK368/adults, HK$228/child, or a dinner buffet in the Lounge costs HK$628/adult, HK$328/child. Cafe Lagoon will run lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper buffets (various prices), and there will be a festive set dinner (HK$498) at the Qi Chinese Restaurant.