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10 quality restaurants to try this festive season

Time Out Hong Kong
  • Written by Time Out Hong Kong

The festive season is upon us; are you still thinking about where to host your Christmas gatherings and dinners? Keep an eye out for the Quality Tourism Services (QTS) stickers on shop windows across the city. They are in fact badges of honour issued by the Hong Kong Tourism Board to recognise merchants that consistently deliver outstanding product quality and service. So, if you see one of these seals of approval at a restaurant, chances are you’ll have a great dining experience there. To get you started, we’ve handpicked 10 QTS-accredited restaurants that will impress you with their delectable cuisines and impeccable service.

Baci Trattoria & Bar

1. Baci Trattoria & Bar

Baci Trattoria & Bar, which means ‘kisses’ in Italian, is located in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong and serves authentic yet innovative Italian flavours. Their standout creations include the Angeli di Mare pasta made with capellini (or angel hair), red prawns, creamy crustacean bisque and a touch of grappa. Warm your soul with comfort food at their Christmas semi-buffet and New Year’s Eve dinner, or indulge in a turkey feast featuring a whole organic turkey weighing six kilograms, three side dishes and a bottle of Prosecco, available for pick-up and delivery until 31 December 2023. Join them for a lively celebration with live DJ music and a countdown party on New Year’s Eve. 

District 8

2. District 8

Drawing inspiration from the streetside bistros of the 8th arrondissement in Paris, the District 8 steak and wine bar offers French classics paired with a 40-label wine collection. Guests can enjoy their offerings indoors or al fresco. Their festive set menu features the signature steaks and frites, crab cakes, handmade duck hams, suckling pigs and pecan pies. Add a touch of whimsical magic to your feast with a warm, festive drink, such as mulled wine, spiked apple cider toddy and spiked hot chocolate. 

Gassan

3. Gassan

Named after the sacred Japanese mountain Mount Gassan, this fishing village-themed Japanese eatery spans 3,000 square feet and brings to life the social sake-dining spirit. At Gassan, diners can indulge in a traditional-style, multi-course meal in the main open dining area; enjoy experiential dining in the private dining rooms; try sushi omakase on the traditional ‘yakatabune’ houseboat; or opt for an immersive omakase experience in the private room. This season, they are offering a festive dinner menu that puts together the finest seafood and meat, paired with sake from their sake sommelier’s selection. 

Greyhound Café Galleria

4. Greyhound Café Galleria

Situated inside cultural retail hub K11 MUSEA, Greyhound Café Galleria is decked with vibrant clay tiles and colourful graphics that transport you to the lively streets of Bangkok. Their menu is filled with innovative Thai dishes with a Western twist. Crowd-pleasers include the Thai Gathering Platter, a combination of beloved street food bites, tiger prawns and crabs with yellow curry, pineapple fried rice with seafood, as well as the signature Crepe Cake, a heavenly delight crafted with layers of delicate crepes, infused with rich coconut cream, and adorned with traditional Thai condiments. Perfect for a hearty festive feast! 

King Ludwig Beerhall

5. King Ludwig Beerhall

After your shopping spree at the Stanley Christmas market, refuel at the King Ludwig Beerhall with an authentic German feast — think crispy roasted pork knuckles from Germany, sausage samplers, and their signature freshly baked beer ‘bretzels’, along with an impressive range of German beers. Every detail, from the exquisite decor to the handpicked elements, is thoughtfully curated by the CEO during his travels in Germany. For those who prefer celebrating at home, the restaurant offers catering services, too. 

Majo Tapas Paella Bar

6. Majo Tapas Paella Bar

Located in SoHo, Majo Tapas Paella Bar is a bodega-inspired Spanish restaurant with indoor and al fresco seating. They serve creative and enticing Spanish fare with a diverse array of tapas, Spanish hams, cold cuts and sharing dishes. Their paella menu presents up to six variations, including the traditional Paella Valenciana made with chicken, rabbit, snails and beans. This year, Majo offers a delectable three-course festive set lunch, a four-course Christmas set menu, as well as a three-course New Year’s Eve set menu. 

Paper Moon

7. Paper Moon

Boasting 270-degree vistas of the Victoria Harbour, Paper Moon showcases a dazzling atmosphere and authentic Italian cuisine with a touch of contemporary elegance. Celebrate this holiday season with their festive brunch, multi-course Christmas dinner and six-course New Year’s Eve dinner. Highlights from the menu include pan-fried Italian turbot fillet and lobster medallion, lobster salad with Oscietra caviar, and bonèt with amaretti crumble. 

The Astor

8. The Astor

Not your typical buffet, The Astor is a one-of-a-kind combination of Hong Kong’s cha chaan tengs and Asian cooked food hawker centres. Located inside Eaton Hong Kong, this all-day restaurant pays homage to Asian cuisine and showcases Hong Kong classics and regional specialties. Enjoy the retro neon lights and nostalgic decors, and indulge in their ‘Shimmering Christmas’ buffet — expect over 200 holiday favourites and innovative creations, such as traditional roast turkeys with gravy and cranberry sauce, roast Australian M5 Wagyu ribeyes, maple glazed hams and steamed live Boston lobsters. Save room for the dessert station, brimming with irresistible treats like chocolate Yule log cakes, Christmas meringues, mince pies and stollens. 

The Cheesecake Factory

9. The Cheesecake Factory

Originating from the United States, The Cheesecake Factory is known for its creative menu, generous portions, distinctive decor, and of course, cheesecakes. With more than 200 options to choose from, standout offerings include superfood salads, pastas, seafood, steaks, hamburgers and over 30 desserts. Must-tries include their Louisiana chicken pasta with parmesan crusted chicken, luau salad with grilled chicken breast and mixed greens, as well as fresh strawberry cheesecake. Reserve their private room for your Christmas party and receive a complementary seven-inch whole cheesecake. 

Victorian Era

10. Victorian Era

Experience a taste of old Hong Kong at this hotpot restaurant inspired by the glamour of the city in the 1950s. A perfect blend of the East and the West, Victorian Era presents a variety of soup bases and hotpot ingredients, all meticulously crafted and selected with the visual, aroma and taste in mind. Order their signature Sichuan fish fillet with pickled vegetables and other new hotpot dishes specifically created for the festive season. You can also try the mutton hotpot infused with Chinese herbs like Huadiao wine, osmanthus and papaya. 

Information in this article is subject to change without advance notice. Please contact the relevant product or service providers for enquiries.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board disclaims any liability as to the quality or fitness for purpose of third party products and services; and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy, adequacy or reliability of any information contained herein.


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