Christmas is just around the corner and what better way to spend it than good food in a nice destination?
Experience the holiday season in Hong Kong with these recommended culinary-travel spots.
LANDMARK CHRISTMAS MARKET
A European Festive Retail Experience in the Heart of Central
LANDMARK is bringing a festive pop-up shopping experience reminiscent of the cinnamon-scented and yule-spirited Christmas markets that populate the streets of Europe at this time of year. Shoppers can experience Christmas Market at LANDMARK, located on the third floor of LANDMARK ATRIUM, transformed into a veritable Santa’s grotto full of seasonal atmosphere and festive cheer, from 2nd November to 31st December, providing the opportunity to experience this beloved tradition without having to fly to Europe.
Expect to find the best selection of products and Chrisrtmas exclusives from the likes of Polo by Ralph Lauren, British chocolate maker Charbonnel et Walker, Italian accessories brand Senreve, as well as La Maison du Chocolat, The Armoury, BarkMall, Indigo Living, Town House, Reign Abalone House, Cookie DPT and the Mandarin Oriental gift shop. There is also a dedicated Christmas Market Wine Shop, stocking exclusive bottles from The Whisky Library, Sake Central, Sunday’s Spirits and Dr Fern’s.
Richard Ekkebus, the acclaimed chef of Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, is treating shoppers to an original bakery concept created just for the pop-up. LMO Freshly Baked by Richard Ekkebus will be serving a collection of more than 15 different baked goods and sweet treats inspired by Ekkebus’s favourite childhood desserts.. To guarantee that straight-from-the-oven freshness, a different item will be available each hour.
Located at Shop 308 & 312-314, 3/F LANDMARK Atrium, open Monday-Sunday from 11am – 8pm.
The Christmas Market at LANDMARK will run from 2nd November to 31st December, 2020.
Winter Wonderland at Mott32
Enjoy a Twist on Traditions with Peking Turkey at Hong Kong’s Most Celebrated Chinese Restaurant
Award-winning Cantonese restaurant Mott 32 is inviting Hong Kong’s diners to celebrate the holidays in an immersive winter wonderland. For one month, the eatery will be transformed for the festive season with elegant Christmas décor featuring a canopy of silver-frosted greenery and a modern, stylised Christmas tree. Amidst this cosy winter atmosphere, diners will also be able to feast on Mott 32’s Cantonese-accented seasonal menu.
A succulent Free-Range Barbecued Whole Turkey gets a contemporary Chinese twist – first served Peking Duck-style with all the accompaniments, followed by Minced Turkey, served on a prawn cracker. And finally, a Shredded Turkey Salad featuring Field Greens and Sweet Mixed Chinese Pickles, served with cranberry dressing. The Peking Turkey menu will be available from November 26 to December 30 and is priced at HK$1,880 + 10%. Diners must make a reservation and pre-order the menu at least 48 hours in advance.
On December 25, for Christmas dinner, Mott 32 will be offering an indulgent Christmas Set Menu, including Roasted Turkey Salad, Barbecue Pluma Iberico Pork, Foie Gras, a soup course, followed by a main course of the restaurant’s signatured Apple Wood Roasted 42 Days Peking Duck, Braised Brussels Sprouts and more. The feast will be punctuated with a festive Chocolate Yule Log for dessert.
The Christmas Set Menu is priced at HK$1,388 per person for a four-course meal of ten sharing dishes, with an additional optional wine pairing for HK$480 pp.
BaseHall: Hong Kong’ Platform for Local Culinary Talent
Newly launched and celebrated for its creativity and support of the coolest young chefs in town
BaseHall, the multi-concept food hall in the basement of Jardine House, will have a full schedule of Christmas programming throughout the month of December. From carol signing, to a tree lighting ceremony, live music performances and a rumoured visit from Chris Cringle himself…
Not to mention festive-themed food offerings from each of the vendors to delight in, from some of the best culinary names in Hong Kong, including Roti Tori, Cookie DPT, Moyo Sik, Return of Lemak, Treehouse and more.
MR BROWN – Tradition at its Festive Heart
A traditional Turkey and All the Trimmings Meal in Buzzy Wanchai
Popular neighbourhood smoke and grill house Mr Brown will help Hong Kong celebrate the festive season with two enticing menus that will only be available for a few special dates. Over Thanksgiving and Christmas, diners will be able to sate their appetites with a delightful menu that celebrates the best flavours and produce of the season.
Starters for both Thanksgiving and Christmas include clams on toast with n’duja and tomato, smoked meatballs with barbecue chipotle, and old-time Mr Brown favourites such as the housemade English muffins filled with Iberico pork or pastrami, and whipped mackerel served with fish roe and pretzel bread. Followed by the centrepiece of any good festive meal – Turkey. A heaping platter of succulent smoked roast turkey is paired with a series of festive sides that are the hallmark of a seasonal meal: pecan and bacon stuffing, maple glazed sweet potato, and smoked pork brussel sprouts. Rounding out the meal, dessert is a decadent apple and pecan pie served with vanilla bourbon cream that that offers a true taste of the holidays.
The Thanksgiving menu is available for dinner only on 26 November and must be reserved in advance. Thanksgiving Dinner, November 26; 6pm-10pm; HK$488pp
The Christmas Brunch menu is available from 24-27 December. The Christmas Dinner menu is available from 25 & 26 December. Both must be reserved in advance.
Christmas Brunch, 24-27 December, 12-3pm, HK$358pp + HK$198 pp for optional 2-hour freeflow drinks
Christmas Dinner, December 25 & 26; 6pm-10pm; HK$488pp
Relish at Home: Christmas Delivered to your Door
When all you need is some homely Christmas Cheer
Specialist events and catering company RELISH are launching their ‘Relish At Home’ Festive Feasts for Christmas this year. Priced at HK $1,800 and designed to be delivered to your door, fully prepped with only final touches and minimal cooking steps to be done, the Holiday feast includes six traditional festive side dishes, one family-sized main course, one family-sized dessert, sauces (cranberry, gravy and bread sauce) – enough to feed six people – as well as two bottles of wine (one red, one white) and a box of Christmas crackers.
The selection of main courses includes such Christmas favourites as Beef Wellington with red wine sauce, Rolled Bronze Turkey breast and leg, with garlic and thyme, Salmon en Croute and a vegetarian option of Squash and Mushroom Nut Roast. Sides include Pigs in Blanket, Sage and Chestnut Stuffing, Brussells sprouts with bacon, Braised red cabbage and Duck fat roast potatoes. Dessert is a choice between Sticky Toffee Pudding and Christmas Pudding with Brandy Butter.
All items are marinated, seasoned, and come with instructions to complete the dishes at home with minimal effort.
Relish at Home includes free delivery on Hong Kong island. Priced at HK $1,800 for the full set, serves 6.
Francis – Dine Like HongKongers do
Hong Kong local’s favourite neighbourhood spot offers Middle Eastern inspired takes on festive dishes
Chef Asher Goldstein of Wanchai neighbourhood eatery, FRANCIS has created two hearty Middle Eastern-inspired menus that capture the neighbourhood eatery’s culinary ethos and signature laid-back style. Featuring fresh, quality produce handled with imagination and care, the limited-run Brunch and Dinner menus offer simple indulgence with a festive touch.
A hallmark of Middle Eastern cuisine, a traditional Jerusalem-stuffed roast shoulder of lamb served with saffron spiced rice, generously bejewelled with sweet currants and pomegranates, is the star of both menus. FRANCIS’s Christmas menus also offer veg-forward meze and main courses, such as Smoked Carrots and a trio of Dolma. Guests can also expect classic meze such Hummus, Baked Halloumi, and Falafel alongside festive specials such as Moroccan-inspired Quail Pastilla and Atayef (a sweet Arabic pancake) on both menus. The extended dinner menu features more mouth-watering dishes such as Octopus and Langoustine.
Brunch: December 24-27, 12pm-3pm; HK$350pp
Dinner: December 25 & 26, 6pm-10pm; HK$480pp