Nobody really cares about National Day (October 1). We just want another excuse to have fireworks. But if you don’t fancy the time-honored tradition of standing in the street, go for a fireworks dinner. Tsim Sha Tsui The Sheraton 20 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2369-1111 The Sheraton has two restaurants ideal for firework viewing. The lofty Skylounge has a special set menu for $888 a head, featuring foam of wild mushroom soup or a seafood platter of mussels, whelk, oyster, crab, prawn, clam, and sashimi to start, followed by sea bass with portobello mushroom or char-grilled sirloin steak as a main course, ending with the mysteriously named “sweet sensation” as a dessert. But if you feel like swanking it up, try the Oyster Bar where you can order from the gourmet a la carte menu - a good plan if you like a bit more. Minimum expenditure of $1,288 per person. The Intercontinental Hong Kong 18 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2721-1211 Every one of the Intercontinental's restaurants will have special deals on October 1. Harbourside has two sessions for the international dinner buffet, one from 6pm-8:45pm, costing $888 per person, and one from 9.45pm-11.30, at $788 per person. The Steak House is serving a four-course set menu; the Cantonese restaurant Yan Toh Heen is serving an eight-course set menu; French restaurant SPOON and the internationally renowned Japanese restaurant Nobu are also both serving eight-course menus. All set menus are $1,288 a head. Hutong 28/F, 1 Peking Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3428-8342 Hutong has a set menu priced at $1,088 per person. Scallops with pomelo and fresh abalone kick it off, and there is a soup of double-boiled dry scallop and sea snail. The large main course selection includes crispy boneless lamb ribs, fried sea cucumber with scallions and roe, braised garoupa fillets, stir-fried prawns, and fried pea sprouts with crabmeat. The meal ends in dessert of homemade ice cream topped with bird’s nest. Don Juan Mexican G6/UG16, 66 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2722-7101 Chinese and Mexican national day roughly correspond, so why not watch the fireworks at Don Juan. The semi-buffet is $230 a head, with a selection of starters including corn or steak empanadas, burritos, chili con carne and a salad station. From the kitchen you can order chicken or steak fajitas, chicken chili chimichurri chimichangas or sole fillet. Desserts in the buffet will include guava and papaya, Mexican bread pudding, and banana mini-tarts. Red Stone Grill Shop G7-8, 66 Mody Rd. ,Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2722-7050 This set menu is entirely worth it for the Chocolate Lover’s dessert alone, a feast of rich chocolate cake, chocolate butter pudding, homemade chocolate mousse and New Zealand chocolate brownies ice cream. The menu also includes starters of baby spinach and artichoke heart salad, deep–fried US oysters, thinly sliced beef tenderloin, and lobster bisque soup or wild mushroom soup with black truffle paste. The main courses are pan-fried red snapper fillet, sirloin steak, lamb Wellington, and lamb chops with wild mushrooms. The set menu is $425; add an extra $100 if you want to eat on the ground floor with a live band. Aqua 29/F-30/F, One Peking Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3427-2288 An obvious place to go perhaps, but with good reason. Aqua boasts one of the best views of the harbor and the food is consistently of high quality. The Japanese-heavy set menu is $1,288. It begins with Aqua Tokyo’s hand-crafted sushi, carpaccio of sea scallop and foie gras, somen noodle with diced prawn and shiitake mushroom. The choice for the main course is between seared smoked trout and braised Kobe beef cheek. Rum baba with pear sorbet and praline is dessert. Hong Kong Island Pearl on the Peak Shop 2, The Peak Tower, 128 Peak Rd., 2849-5123 With floor-to-ceiling windows, Pearl is an ideal place to catch the fireworks. Their set menu has some unusual dishes like crisped hibiscus flower and honey as a starter, as well as raw bluefin tuna in wasabi and ponzu, Australian black angus rib-eye steak with truffled potato puree, and sea bass with oven-roasted cherry tomatoes. All this for $988, plus a glass of champagne. Riva 27/F, Park Lane Hotel, Causeway Bay, 2839-3327 Twenty-seven floors up, Riva has a breathtaking view of the harbor, and of course, a set menu for the evening. The $698 covers unlimited soft drinks, Carlsberg or house wines. It begins with marinated shrimps and smoked duck breast with macadamia fruit salad, cream of watercress with crispy chicken golden cake. The mains are beef tournedos topped with foie gras and risotto, or a salmon and lobster “paupiette” with mixed vegetables. If you still have room, there is a dessert buffet included. In-Between Jaspas Party Junks 2792-6601, www.jaspasjunk.com Find somewhere to park the junk and you can get the best firework views in the city. It’s reasonable at $550 per head (adults) for the all-you-can eat menu, with appetizers of lamb koftas, quesadillas, nachos and satay. Main courses are garden salad, fresh salmon, veggie moussaka, grilled chicken breast, beef tenderloin, and grilled fresh vegetables. Dessert is rich frosted chocolate cake. They also do tailor-made menus. The price includes unlimited soft drinks, beer and wine.