Christmas feasting is just the beginning – Hong Kong’s finest restaurants are also stepping up their New Year’s Eve celebrations with sumptuous menus and spreads. Or hopefully they will be, as the pandemic’s fourth wave grips the city. All listings were correct at the time of writing, but please call ahead, check the latest social distancing restrictions – and wear a mask. 208 Duecento Otto Ring in the New Year celebrations at popular Italian hang-out 208 Duecento Otto, which has just been refurbished and has added lots of exciting new menu items. The festive à la carte menu includes traditional dishes like pan-fried Japanese scallop in lentil soup with chestnut foam and crunchy celery (HK$208; US$27). In Italy, this is traditionally consumed as a “lucky” dish to ensure good fortune in the New Year. Other highlights include cappelletti pasta cooked in chicken broth with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and black truffle (HK$198); linguine with clams, prawn and parsley (HK$258), and pan-fried squid and herbs sauce (HK$378). For reservations, call 2549 0208 Happy Kissmas: where to find a pandemic-friendly kissing booth in Hong Kong Alto Spend the final hours of 2020 with good food and a spectacular city view at Alto. The six-course dinner features smoked salmon with roe and crème fraîche; crispy duck leg with chicory, glazed peaches and sweet pecan dressing; Hokkaido scallops in white wine butter sauce and caviar; Steak Diane with chive mash, and half lobster with smoked shiso butter. Dessert includes a chocolate tart with passion fruit and coconut sorbet. Alto has two seatings, the first at 6pm, with the second at 8.30pm. (HK$788 per person.) For reservations, call 2603 7181 Aqua See in the New Year at Aqua atop One Peking in Tsim Sha Tsui with a four-course Italian-Japanese menu. Choices include otoro tuna, shima aji and botan ebi sashimi; king crab and tobiko gunkan sushi; seared scallop oshi sushi with Oscietra caviar and oysters with Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, NV. Enjoy lobster and caviar tagliolini with a glass of Bibi Graetz Bugia. Choose either New Zealand lamb or stone-grilled Kobe beef with G.D. Vajra, Barolo Albe, Italy. Finish with opera cake, raspberry crumble, almond ice cream and Frangelico chocolate sauce with Donnafugata, Ben Rye, Passito di Pantelleria, Italy. (HK$1,288 per person; add HK$388 for wine pairing.) For reservations, call 3427 2288 Aulis Simon Rogan’s intimate chef’s table offers guests interactive dining this festive season. Ring out the old year in style with a 13-course tasting menu by chef Ben Gallier. Highlights include smoked eel and grape tart; truffle pudding; lobster with caviar, crumpet and tomato; pigeon with red cabbage and blackberry; and Earl Grey custard tart with peanut and miso. Diners can also choose between a wine pairing menu and a non-alcoholic cocktail pairing with the meal. (HK$1,280 per person without pairing.) For reservations, call 2817 8383 Cafe on the Park Indulge in a festive buffet feast as you celebrate the New Year at Cafe on the Park. Buffet items include half Boston lobster, snow crab leg, fresh prawn, blue mussel and sea whelk with holiday-inspired appetisers such as turkey and wild mushroom terrine with cranberry sauce and home made foie gras mousse. The main event includes roast butterball turkey with chestnuts, glutinous rice, preserved meat and gravy, roast US rib-eye and honey-glazed ham. Other hot dishes include baked Boston lobster thermidor, slow-braised Wagyu beef cheek in Burgundy sauce and roast rack of lamb. Festive desserts include mince pies, Christmas log cake, stollen, Christmas pudding with brandy butter and flame Alaska with maple syrup. The New Year’s Eve dinner buffet has two seatings, the first is from 6pm (HK$718 per adult; HK$488 per child; HK$608 per senior). The second is from 10pm (HK$618 per adult; HK$388 per child; HK$508 per senior.) For reservations, call 2738 2322 Get some R&R this Christmas with Hong Kong’s 6 top festive spa treatments Cafe Renaissance Bid farewell to 2020 at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong’s Cafe Renaissance which features a New Year’s Eve buffet. Savour premium fresh seafood such as oysters, king crab legs, blue mussels and more. Enjoy an array of European cheeses, cold cuts, air-dried beef and Spanish salami. Hot dishes include freshly steamed lobster, Australian prime rib roast, and rack of lamb at the grill station. A Cafe Renaissance chef will also prepare opulent duck liver and Malaysian king prawn on the spot. Leave room for some heart-warming desserts including baked cheese tart, matcha tart, chocolate mousse and lots more. The buffet will be served from 6pm to 9.30pm. (HK$788 per adult; HK$478 per child, included free-flow orange juice and soft drinks. Add HK$188 for free-flow selected draught beer, red and white wines.) For reservations, call 2802 8888 Castellana Why not try Castellana’s traditional Piedmont cuisine with a modern twist to ring in the New Year? Its seven-course dinner menu on New Year’s Eve starts with langoustine with squid ink followed by an intriguingly named “mountain organic egg”. Next is the Carnaroli risotto with Raschera cheese and Sicilian red prawn and home made tagliolini “au Koque” carbonara. For mains there is arctic Norwegian toothfish with artichokes and veal sweetbread with Balsamico spice. End the meal on a sweet note with a truffle biscuit. (HK$1,580 per person.) For reservations, call 3188 5028 Ciao Chow Say goodbye to 2020 at this casual open kitchen Italian cafeteria venue where there’s always lots of lively interaction with its chefs. This year’s festive menu include antipasti of Jerusalem artichoke soup with white truffle (HK$298), burrata cheese with truffle cream and deep fried pizza dough bites (HK$268) and beef carpaccio with artichoke, rocket, lemon and Gorgonzola dressing. For mains, choose between pizza with chanterelle mushrooms, watercress and white truffle (HK$1,498), grilled Australian Black Angus rib eye (HK$398), and lobster gratin with winter black truffle (HK$798). For something sweet, there is a mascarpone gelato with Italian espresso and white truffle. (HK$298 per person.) For reservations, call 2344 0005 Crown Super Deluxe Welcome the New Year with a deluxe teppanyaki menu with show-stopping dishes such as A5 Kagoshima Wagyu sirloin; Tokushima fruit tomato, and signature teppan spiny lobster doused in coral butter. Gold-painted dancers will add to the evening’s 60s glamour theme while you toast to a sparkling new year with free-flow champagne. (HK$2,488 per person.) For reservations, call 2111 8434 Travel ban? Our editor still got to see the Northern Lights this Christmas Fiamma What better place could there be to welcome the New Year than atop one of Hong Kong’s iconic landmarks? Fiamma in The Peak Galleria will be serving up a five-course home style Italian menu featuring Parmigiano crème brûlée and black truffle; Sicilian red prawn carpaccio with burrata, tomatoes and lemon; “Acquerello” Carnaroli risotto, aged Parmigiano reggiano and white truffle; and Marengo beef rib-eye, porcini mushrooms, green asparagus and herbed mashed potatoes. End the meal with a Kirsch milk chocolate mousse or cherry compote and cocoa nib sponge. (HK$888 per person.) For reservations, call 2657 0800 Gold Coast Prime Rib With a view overlooking a spectacular marina, Gold Coast Prime Rib is the perfect setting for an intimate celebration with your nearest and dearest. To celebrate the New Year, two lavish festive set menus, featuring an assortment of seafood delicacies and premium meat, are certain to satisfy your taste buds. Highlights include the restaurant’s signature USDA prime rib; Boston lobster thermidor; grass-fed Australian lamb and slow-roasted Spanish Iberico pork. Each guest will also be offered a complimentary glass of selected red, white or sparkling wine. (HK$1,788 for two persons; HK$3,588 for four.) For reservations, call 2452 8636 Henry This New Year’s Eve, Henry, the American steakhouse at the Rosewood Hong Kong, offers a three-course menu. The festive fare begins with oysters, smoked shallots and bourbon mignonette and a glass of champagne. Starters feature bone marrow with smoked short rib, bone marrow toast and a parsley and shallot salad; lobster bisque; a butchers shop terrine with house chutney; cold smoke steak tartare with egg yolk purée, jalapeño and burrata. Main choices include a Snake River Farm Wagyu tenderloin with smoked bone marrow butter; a Brandt USDA prime Holstein rib-eye; venison loin; or risotto with roasted pumpkin, chestnuts, Parmesan and black truffle. For dessert, choose between a cheese board, corn bread soufflé with bourbon, caramel, vanilla ice cream and bacon bits; cheesecake; chocolate fondant or burnt buttermilk with poached cherries. (HK$1998 per adult; HK$798 per child.) For reservations, call 3891 888 Ho Lee Fook Chef Jowett Yu offers a funky feast with one of his classic curated banquet menus featuring Ho Lee Fook’s signature dishes including kurobuta pork char-siu, everyone’s favourite wing bean and edamame salad, snow crab fried rice and the main event, roast Wagyu short rib with jalapeño purée. End the night with a sweet “breakfast 2.0” and Guard’s Pudding before you hit the dance floor and bring in 2021 in with a bang. Dinner starts at 8.30pm. The festive banquet includes free-flowing drinks including sparkling, house red and white wine and beer. (HK$1,288 per person.) For reservations, call 28100860 13 new Hong Kong restaurants and menus to try this Christmas Holt’s Cafe Celebrate at the Rosewood’s Holt’s Cafe with a family feast, including a semi-buffet with a charcuterie, cheese, a raw bar, cured fish and salads followed by seasonal soup. Mains will be served at your table. These include a traditional turkey or braised Wagyu beef cheek with whipped potato. Be sure to save room for all those festive sweet treats at the dessert buffet (HK$1,680 per adult; HK$600 per child under 12; free for children under 6). For reservations, call 38918732 Hutong Enjoy spectacular harbour views at Hutong atop One Peking while feasting on northern Chinese fare. Starters feature seared Hokkaido scallop with sesame sauce, hand shredded duck in Dongbei spicy salad and Yu Xiang crispy pork and dried sakura shrimp dumplings. Mains feature Kung Po chilli prawns fried with cashew nuts and sweet Shaoxing wine sauce, steamed cod fillet with green peppercorn, black truffle chicken fried with Yunnan mushrooms, seasonal vegetables poached in superior broth and chef’s fried rice. Finish with home made lychee sherbet and crispy glutinous rice dumpling with chocolate. (HK$888 per person including a complimentary Chinese Lantern cocktail on arrival.) For reservations, call 3428 8342 Kinship This year, partake in the festivities with your friends at Kinship in Central and indulge in contemporary Western fare. The menu starts with an amuse bouche of arancini. Follow with oysters Rockefeller with vitello tonnato and move on to the main course including Black Angus New York strip loin with sides of vegetables, vol au vent , mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts and ponzu. Enjoy a sweet ending with a dessert of tropical Vacherin and chocolate hazelnut truffles. (HK$588 per person.) For reservations, call 2520 0899 Lee Lo Mei End the year with reimagined Hong Kong retro fare amid nostalgic interiors that will take you back in time to the 1960s. Lee Lo Mei’s festive Special Sacred Beast dinner menu is inspired by traditional tales. Every course is infused with innovative culinary techniques. Highlights include Mythical Mouse featuring razor clams with celtuce, grape, pickled black fungus, yuzu and borage; and Spiritual Fish, roasted miso black cod with red prawn, four grains rice, sakura shrimps and dashi. Main course options include Dark Pig featuring Iberico pork ribs with gnocchi, cauliflower and pumpkin and a Phoenix featuring turkey with Chinese wine and matsutake mushrooms. The feasting ends with Three-Legged Turtle featuring guilinggao jelly, biscuit crumbs, cream cheese and candied walnuts. (HK$680 per person.) For reservations, call 2896 7688 Video: where – and how – to eat hairy crab this season Ming Court Celebrate with a sumptuous dinner at Ming Court at Cordis, Hong Kong. The menu starts with layered silken tofu with gold leaf and Chinese olive rich sauce. Appetisers feature roasted sucking pig with minced shrimp and foie gras paste; deep-fried scallop with prawn and fresh pear and supreme barbecue honey pork loin, followed by eight treasure soup of abalone, fish maw, chicken, shiitake mushroom and bamboo. Next is a prawn ensemble featuring steamed tiger prawn with vermicelli and huadiao wine, fried tiger prawn with leek and spring onion and shrimp consommé with shiitake mushroom and rice crisp. Other highlights are chicken fillet with shiitake mushroom and Yunnan ham and fried rice with M9 Wagyu beef and foie gras. Desserts include black sesame bean curd pudding and coconut milk with matcha and split pea pudding. (HK$1,588 for two persons.) For reservations, call 3552 3028 Rubia Ring in 2021 with Spanish fare at Rubia. Enjoy a four-course menu starting with Daniel Sorlut oysters paired with a glass of premium Spanish Cava. Move on to traditional tapas including tomato bread, Padron peppers, chorizo Iberico croquetas and sustainably caught tuna tartare. For mains, enjoy the Carabinero seafood rice with baby squid and Rubia Gallega – rib-eye served with patatas fritas , piquillo peppers and butter lettuce. The meal ends with a chocolate and hazelnut dessert. (HK$790 per person.) For reservations, call 2889 1199 The Chinese Library End the year with a 12-course Chinese feast – the Golden Library Dinner – surrounded by colonial-era elegance at Tai Kwun on Hollywood Road. Highlights of the menu include a dim sum platter, roasted Peking duck, drunken abalone, barbecue pork loin glazed with New Zealand manuka honey, Hunan-style steamed Hokkaido scallop, roast hand-pulled chicken with black truffle sauce, Sichuan grouper with glass noodles in chilli broth and Singapore chilli soft crab. For dessert, enjoy a chocolate lava mochi with yuzu jelly. (HK$788 per person, add HK$888 for free-flow Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin champagne; HK$988 per person for free-flow Ruinart.) For reservations, call 2848 3088 From champagne to couple’s massages: 6 most romantic Hong Kong staycations The Envoy At The Envoy at The Pottinger hotel in Central, the five-course menu includes a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut champagne or a Winter’s Sun cocktail. Starters include a pistachio foie gras torchon; tuna poke with arugula cress, baby radish, sea urchin and crispy seaweed; creamy roasted chestnut soup or garden pea soup with white truffle essence and an octopus salad. For mains choose between seared Chilean sea bass with prawn and ricotta ravioli, fava beans and lobster bisque; pan-roasted Kagoshima pork rib-eye or grilled USDA prime rib-eye. End with Moscato poached pear with chocolate mousse and mascarpone. (HK$900 per person.) For reservations, call 2169 3311 Woobar Tuck into a special afternoon tea at W Hong Kong’s Woobar which has collaborated with Mac Glittery Flare to light up the festive season. The afternoon tea is inspired by the Mac Frosted Firework Holiday Collection. Chef Rafa Gil and executive pastry chef Baptiste Villefranque’s innovative items include apple ravioli with pumpkin seeds; a seafood trio of crabmeat with mango; smoked salmon with melon and cream cheese roulade and lobster crispbread with crab roe and oyster leaf. Sweet treats include a champagne strawberry kiss with a champagne mousse and strawberry jelly; a lavender frosting cake and a Valrhona Caraïbe dark chocolate mousse, ending with a pink guava crunch. (HK$648 for two.) For reservations, call 3717 2222 Yung’s Bistro If you want to dine at home with your family but without the fuss of cooking, Yung’s Bistro has a stylish six-person takeaway menu. Dishes include abalone with celtuce and termite mushroom; deep-fried mashed taro topped with scallop in barbecue sauce; smoked baby chicken; pan fried prawn with special sauce; braised pork ball with salty egg yolk topped with mushroom; sautéed broccoli topped with crabmeat and fried sticky rice with cured meat. For something sweet, enjoy a nostalgic white rabbit candied custard. (HK$5,880 for six people.) For inquires, call 2321 3800 Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .