If there was ever a year when we should treat ourselves to a sumptuous festive feast, it is 2020. Hong Kong restaurants are offering an array of indulgent options to celebrate Christmas, and whether you prefer British, Italian, French, Japanese, Indian or Chinese cuisine, there is something for everyone to enjoy. How chefs see the future for fine dining in a post-pandemic world Alibi Christmas dinner at Cordis, Hong Kong’s Alibi restaurant on December 24 and 25 features a festive buffet with multiple food stations including a seafood station packed with snow crab legs, Pacific oysters and scallops. Poached prawns and half lobsters will be served at your table. Other stations will serve cheese, cold meats, bread, soup including lobster bisque and assorted salads. Hot food choices include New Zealand lamb, seafood paella, maple-glazed gammon ham and Atlantic salmon. Roast turkey with stuffing is available at the carving station, which will also serve slow-roasted rib-eye beef. Don’t miss the foie gras with brioche and xérès raisin sauce. Traditional desserts include mince pies, Christmas logs and stollen, eggnog cinnamon crème brûlée and more. HK$638 (US$82) per adult; HK$468 per child. For reservations, call 3552 3028 Amber Pierre Gagnaire – is sustainability compatible with fine dining? Why not celebrate early on Christmas Day at Amber with a four-course dinner menu that includes scampi with polenta and black garlic, shaved white truffles or wild venison. Dessert includes dark chocolate with chestnuts, black currants and rum. Later in the evening, there is an eight-course menu that includes bone marrow with sweet peas, shallots and black winter truffles, and aka amadai with celeriac, wakame, dulse and yuzu. Eight-course menu: HK$2,498 per adult; HK$688 per child. Early dining option: HK$1,688 per person with three wine pairings. For reservations, call 2132 0066 Angelini Invite someone special to celebrate Christmas with you at Angelini, where chef de cuisine Andrea Burzio offers diners a real taste of Italy. The Christmas Eve dinner menu features Fassona beef, Osetra caviar, oysters and venison. There is also a festive semi-buffet for brunch on December 24. Brunch HK$498 per person; five-course dinner menu HK$788 per person; six-course festive set dinner HK$1,688 per person. For reservations, call 2733 8750 Aria For stylish modern Italian dining this festive season, Aria – atop California Tower in Central – is offering a seven-course Christmas menu on December 24 and 25. Begin the evening with a trio of oysters followed by winter vegetables and fruit tartine with burrata and Mazara del Vallo prawn tartare, scrambled hen eggs with poached quail egg, ikura, caviar and white truffle, scampi with foie gras or a beef variation including Ranger Valley Black Angus M3. HK$1,688 per person. For reservations, call 2804 1116 BLT Steak Which Hong Kong eatery serves a dish inspired by Bruce Lee’s yellow jumpsuit? Enjoy your Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner with a sumptuous buffet and spectacular harbour views at BLT Steak. This modern American steakhouse offers a seafood bar packed with seasonal delights including oysters, jade whelks, prawns, crab salad and tuna tartare. The soup and salad bar menu includes clam chowder, charcuterie, a cheese platter with dried fruit and walnuts, pates and a selection of salads. The carvery includes USDA dry-rub prime ribs and honey-glazed ham. Other mains include breaded scallops with herb butter and roasted garlic and braised lamb shanks with sides of crispy Brussels sprouts with bacon and cheesy broccoli. Indulgent desserts include a traditional Christmas log cake, passion fruit mousse and tiramisu. HK$598 per person. For reservations, call 2730 3508 Bombay Dreams Enjoy traditional Indian cuisine this Christmas with a five-course menu that includes choices such as marinated prawns in garlic and spices, shredded chicken wrap with egg, chilli peppers and nuts with tomato garlic chutney and lamb meatballs for starters. Main courses include Quinlan fish curry, degi murgh korma (a slow-cooked chicken with cashew paste), bhuna gosht (lamb with spices) and chatpati bhindi (okra tossed with onions, tomato and ginger). Mains are accompanied by saffron pulao, garlic naan or yellow lentils with vegetables, tamarind and curry leaves. Finish the meal with something deliciously sweet, such as rabdi (milk pudding) with saffron and pistachio or condensed milk balls with coconut. HK$388 per person. For reservations, call 2971 0001 Café A At the new Hotel Alexandra, North Point, a festive buffet is available throughout December. The buffet includes ice displays, made-to-order dishes, carving stations, sashimi and dessert bars. Seasonal highlights include Christmas turkey with chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce, Iberico ham with figs and cantaloupe melon, roast lamb rump with ratatouille and rosemary, mango Napoleon and Häagen-Dazs ice cream. Enjoy freshly shucked rock oysters, sushi and sashimi, and be tempted by sweet treats such as Christmas chocolate log cake, chestnut cake, Santa Claus macarons and a white chocolate fountain. Specials on December 24 and 25 include Canadian snow crab legs, a Swiss raclette cheese station, Boston lobsters, smoked salmon with truffles and baked puff pastry with lobster bisque. Expect children’s entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus on those festive evenings. HK$898 per adult; HK$768 per child. For reservations, call 3893 2888 Chesa For a warm Christmas Eve, Swiss chalet-style, Chesa at The Peninsula offers a seven-course dinner that includes duck liver and dried fruit terrine with pickled pearl onions and truffled brioche, Scottish salmon consommé and herb pancake roulade. Mains include a choice of milk-fed veal Wellington with a mushroom and truffle filling and slow-roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing. Dessert includes a choice of traditional Christmas pudding with cognac sauce and vanilla ice cream or a Christmas tree of mint ganache with dark chocolate sponge and vanilla ice cream. End this traditional celebration with coffee or a selection of teas with chocolates and Christmas cookies. HK$1,888 per person. For reservations, call 2696 6769 Bruce Lee’s favourite dishes – and where he most liked to eat out Feather & Bone Celebrate the holiday season with a three-course menu, available at all Feather & Bone restaurants. Starters include house-made smoked brisket pastrami, fig, guanciale and spinach with ricotta, pecan praline and pomegranate salad and a salumi and prosciutto selection. Mains feature a traditional roast turkey roulade with cranberry sauce, fig and cinnamon stuffing and Brussels sprouts. Enjoy Christmas pudding with eggnog custard or a cheese selection for dessert. HK$598 per adult with mulled wine; HK$198 per child. There is also a three-course vegetarian sharing menu for the same price. For free flow prosecco, wine and juice add HK$298 per person. For reservations, call 2325 6308 Gaddi’s Spoil yourself at Gaddi’s, one of Hong Kong’s oldest fine dining restaurants where ambience and service are just as important as the food. A seven-course tasting menu of modern French cuisine is available on Christmas and Boxing Days, starting with Perigord foie gras terrine, poached pears, Jamaican pepper and cocoa. Brittany scallop carpaccio with Kristal caviar, smoked Noilly Prat sauce and grenobloise are followed by mains of black cod fillet and Rhug Estate venison from Wales. For something sweet, the reindeer – a chocolate tube with caramelised banana, white coffee cream and dark cocoa sponge – is the perfect end to an indulgent meal. HK$2,188 per person. For reservations, call 2696 6763 Have you tried these two popular Asian desserts? Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano Ring in the festive season Italian-style at Gradini at The Pottinger Hong Kong where executive chef Cano Chan has created a five-course celebratory dinner for December 24 and 25. The meal includes Mediterranean seafood salad with lobster, scallops and mussels followed by guinea fowl consommé. Next is home-made ravioli with wild mushrooms, cheese and oxtail with a choice of pan-fried Chilean white cod fillet or beef Wellington with Australian Kobe beef for mains. End the festivities on a sweet note with sabayon gratin and mixed wild berries. HK$888 per person. For reservations, call 2308 3088 Kyoto Joe For something a little less traditional why not explore the unique Japanese fare at Kyoto Joe in Lan Kwai Fong and its special five-course menu for December 24 and 25? The menu includes Hanamitori chicken with shiso salad, spicy toro tartare, sashimi, a choice of robatayaki , grilled tempura or himi udon, and ends with crème brûlée. HK$780 per person. For reservations, call 2804 6800 L’Envol Enjoy a French fine dining experience throughout December at L’Envol and choose between chef Olivier Elzer’s five- or eight-course festive menu. Highlights include Hokkaido sea urchin, fregola risotto and wasabi emulsion. For an exceptional dessert try the Comice pear with roasted walnut cream, fleur de sel sea salt, and speculoos ice cream created by L’Envol’s pastry chef Mandy Siu. Eight-course menu HK$2,688 per person on December 24; HK$2,088 per person on December 25. For reservations, call 2138 6818 Lobster Bar and Grill Where do Donald, Melania and Barron Trump eat when they’re not at home? Experience a traditional British Christmas and enjoy a roast leg of lamb with Yorkshire pudding or a rib of beef with bone marrow. HK$828 per person with a glass of champagne or a cocktail; HK$1,058 per person with free-flow champagne. For reservations, call 2820 8560 Meats For true carnivores, Meats is offering a festive dinner full of succulent juicy cuts. Feast on a five-course dinner menu on either December 24 and 25 that includes porchetta surrounded by crisp crackling with romesco sauce, roasted turkey basted in gravy with cranberry jam and roasted sirloin with a peppercorn sauce. Finish off the celebrations with a dessert of dulce de leche cheesecake with meringue. HK$490 per person. For reservations, call 2711 1812 Restaurant Petrus Island Shangri-La’s fine dining restaurant, Petrus, has created a special eight-course dinner for Christmas Eve and a five-course dinner that includes calotte of Brandt beef or roast duck with red cabbage on December 25. On December 24, tuck into salmon and caviar on Melba toast and foie gras with truffle and brioche. Move onto lobster with Krug, ponzu and shiso, followed by red prawns, mushroom consommé and turbot with Brussels sprouts. Choose between venison or beef rossini with parsnip and jus as your main course. For dessert, try chef Uwe Opocensky’s Winter Wonderland with gingerbread and chocolate. HK$2,588 per person on December 24; HK$1,888 per person on December 25. For reservations, call 2820 8590 Run Which popular Chinese restaurant staples are truly Chinese? The traditional menu of Chinese favourites at Run, St Regis, is great for family gatherings and an eight-course specialities menu is also offered on December 24 and 25. Chef Hung Chi-Kwong’s warm winter dishes include Buddha Jumps Over The Wall, which includes delicacies such as abalone, sea cucumber, fish maw, conpoy and Yunan ham, and baked quail legs with honey glazed sauce – excellent dishes for the cooler months. HK$1,538 per person. For reservations, call 2138 6808 Sabatini The restaurant’s ambience combined with its traditional Italian flavours make it a great venue for a romantic dinner for two on Christmas Eve. Chef Claudio Favero has created a celebratory menu that includes violet prawn salad in red onion with Osetra caviar and chives, fillet of Dover sole in pinot grigio sauce with green asparagus and potato, linguine with Sicilian red prawns, datterini cherry tomato and basil and grilled Australian lamb with seasonal vegetables in red wine sauce. HK$2,388 per person. For reservations, call 2733 2000 Satay Inn Infuse the festive season with authentic Singaporean flavours at the Satay Inn on Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Over the holiday period the dinner menu includes signature dishes such as assorted satays, bak kut teh , Hainanese chicken and cereal butter prawns. HK$698 for two. For reservations, call 2738 2368 Shikigiku The quintessential American condiment? Ketchup wasn’t even born in the US On Christmas Eve, Shikigiku at The Royal Garden in Tsim Sha Shui has a six-course menu with traditional Japanese-inspired highlights such as Hokkaido Botan shrimp sashimi, Ehime-ken fatty tuna sashimi, prawn tempura, A4 Miyazaki Wagyu beef steak and more. HK$1,680 per person. Shikigiku’s IFC restaurant menu includes French goose liver and Miyazaki beef steak, Kama steamed rice with Hokkaido hairy crab and Ehime-ken shrimp tempura. HK$2,580 per person. For reservations in TST call 2733 2933, in IFC call 2805 0600 Somm Enjoy a four-course meal on Christmas Day at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental’s eatery Somm and choose between two seatings: 5.30pm or 8pm. The six-course dinner features entrées of foie gras with heirloom beetroot and cherry salad or Polmard milk-fed veal tartare with Jerusalem artichokes. Mains include seared Hokkaido scallops with wakame, fennel, yuzu and champagne butter sauce or dry-aged Galician beef sirloin. Desserts include chestnut with bourbon vanilla and mikan sorbet or Amao strawberry with sudachi and Hokkaido milk vacherin. First seating HK$1,288 per person with three wine pairings; second seating HK$1,788 per person with three wine pairings. For reservations, call 2132 0033 Soil to Soul For a meat-free experience this Christmas try Soil to Soul’s Korean vegetarian temple food created by master chef Gu Jin Kwang. The eight-course menu from December 16 to 31 features Korean ginseng and chestnut soup, tofu and potato croquettes, asparagus kimchi and sweet and spicy mushroom – the restaurant’s signature dish. Mains include Korean radish dumpling, blessed tofu skin pockets stuffed with sweet potato noodles and Napa cabbage, traditional five veggie rice and bibimbap. It’s also good to note the chef focuses on sourcing ingredients locally. Lunch HK$998 per person; dinner HK$1,388 per person. F or reservations, call 2389 9588 Spring Moon For a more traditional approach, The Peninsula’s Chinese restaurant has created a six-course dinner menu until December 27. Start with a trio of appetisers including crispy crabmeat puff with minced pork, roasted foie gras with barbecue pork and eryngii mushroom and chilled lobster with kumquat and plum wine jelly, followed by double-boiled sea conch soup with chickpeas in a coconut. Other courses include stewed abalone with pork belly, preserved vegetables and rice crackers, roasted Kagoshima beef cubes with lime and sea salt and baked Japanese pearl rice with assorted seafood in a pumpkin. HK$1,388 per person. For reservations, call 2696 6760 Theo Mistral 8 superfoods for sexier skin – without splurging on creams and masks Chef Theo Randall has created a six-course Italian-inspired homestyle menu from December 24 to 25. Start with Theo’s antipasti table with salads, grilled vegetables, Parma ham, salumi and artisan cured meats, blue lobster and brandy cream soup. Next up is seafood: freshly shucked oysters, Boston lobsters and snow crab legs, clams, mussels, crayfish, sea whelks, tuna, swordfish carpaccio and marinated salmon. Choose between goose agnolotti pasta with porcini mushrooms and black truffle sauce or taglierini with mud crab. For mains, try the pan-roasted US tenderloin, turbot, grilled king prawns, veal loin or double-baked soufflé with artichokes, fontina cheese, spinach and cream. End with Theo’s festive array of desserts. HK$998 per person. For reservations, call 2731 2870 The Optimist Indulge in northern Spanish cuisine this holiday season with a special tasting menu on December 24 to 25 at The Optimist. Highlights include suckling pig, lobster rice, bluefin tuna tartare and garlic prawns. The restaurant also offers a vegetarian menu featuring Manchego cheese, stuffed piquillo peppers and mushroom rice. For dessert, enjoy pa amb xocolata – a Catalan dish of toasted bread and chocolate ganache finished with salt – and Basque cheesecake. The first seating is at 6pm, the second is at 8pm. HK$580 per person, 6pm; HK$680 per person, 8pm; vegetarian menu, HK580 per person. For reservations, call 2433 3324 The Place How Spanish food has evolved way beyond chorizo and patatas bravas Celebrate December 24 and 25 with a family buffet at Cordis, Hong Kong’s The Place. Get into the festive mood with roast turkey, beef Wellington, seasonal oysters, Canadian snow crab legs, New Zealand green mussels, prawns, crayfish, grilled beef short ribs and lobster bisque. Desserts include a traditional Christmas log and pudding with brandy sauce and baked gingerbread cheesecake. Book for The Place’s lunchtime seatings at 11.30am or 1.45pm. Dinner includes extra dishes such as pan-seared foie gras, grilled lamb, New Zealand green mussels, soup with abalone and much more. First seating 5.30pm with a second seating at 8.15pm. Lunch HK$508 per adult, children and seniors HK$398; dinner HK$768 per adult; children and seniors HK$568. For reservations, call 3552 3028 The Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant Experience Chinese cuisine at its finest on Christmas Day with a family buffet offering a selection of delicacies such as Peking duck, double-boiled silky fowl soup with sea whelks, steamed fresh abalone with dry peel, drunken shrimps and a delightful array of Cantonese desserts. Each diner will also enjoy a half portion of steamed lobster with deep-fried garlic. HK$888 per adult; HK$588 per child. For reservations, call 2724 2666 Uma Nota This December, kick off your yuletide fun at this Brazilian-Japanese-inspired eatery with a menu that features signature street snacks including coxinhas de frango , beef and cauliflower skewers and baked salmon brushed with a saikyo miso marinade and served with Japanese mushroom gohan . Uma Nota also offers a festive brunch, Brunch da Rua, with the moreish pão de queijo – Brazilian cheese buns with picanha beef and chimichurri – and its much-loved ceviche of the day. The feast continues with three sharing options where guests can choose between roasted spring chicken served on a grill plate with a side of confit potatoes, the signature grilled flank fraldinha (+HK$50) with yakiniku sauce, or slow baked salmon. Brunch HK$350 per person; dinner HK$450 per person. For reservations, call 2889 7576 Yue Traditional Chinese ingredients are served with a modern twist at this Gold Coast hotel’s signature restaurant. The menu includes king crab salad with mixed vegetables, braised fish maw and fish paste soup, sautéed prawns with black truffle sauce and egg white, pan-fried Australian M9 Wagyu beef in mustard sauce and steamed dumplings with crabmeat and winter melon purée. A bird’s nest soufflé and a fresh fruit platter completes this feast. HK$950 per person with a minimum order for two with a glass of red wine. For reservations, call 2452 8668 Zest by Konishi Celebrate Christmas Eve in style with chef Mitsuru Konishi’s French-Japanese-inspired five-course menu, starting with wild-caught amberjack with Hokkaido sea urchin, eggplant and wasabi dashi, followed by Ezo abalone with snow crab, and Shimane nodoguro , clams and daikon. For mains there is a choice of Kagoshima beef tenderloin with gratin dauphinois or Ping Yuen chicken with lotus foie gras rice. Complete the festivities with dessert and Zest’s signature citrus madeleines. HK$2,080 per person; add HK$760 with wine pairing. For reservations, call 2715 0878 Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .