Celebrate Christmas in 6 MICHELIN-starred hotel restaurants in Hong Kong 2022
As Hong Kong sees further easing of pandemic-related restrictions and a slow but steady return to normality, many are looking forward to a traditional holiday season filled with food, festivities, and family and friends. Here are some of our best picks for celebrating Christmas in Michelin-starred restaurants in Hong Kong.
For those who want a truly stress-free celebration, we suggest leaving the Christmas feast in the hands of the professionals. As an added bonus for these Michelin-starred hotel restaurants, the festive experience begins as soon as guests step foot into elaborately decorated hotel lobbies, fully immersing them in holiday cheer.
Island Shangri-La Hong Kong invites guests to embark on a new season of Christmas celebrations filled with Enchanted Wonders. Enjoy a modern interpretation of The Nutcracker’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy or sing along with festive caroling in the hotel lobby before heading upstairs to enjoy an exquisite tasting menu prepared by Chef Uwe Opocensky, featuring Norwegian king crab and Atlantic line-caught turbot.
The Peninsula Hong Kong’s towering Christmas tree and lavish decorations are always a draw for holiday revellers. This year, the Grande Dame takes inspiration from the golden age of railway travel to transform its lobby into a bustling Grand Salisbury Station, infusing guests with nostalgic delight. The glamour extends to Gaddi’s, where Chef de Cuisine Albin Gobil’s extravagant menus boast everything from goose foie gras to caviar.
An elaborate gingerbread house backdrop created by executive pastry chef Ringo Chan fills the lobby of Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong with ebullient, festive energy. And the enchantment continues at Caprice in the form of Chef Guillaume Galliot’s culinary panache. The Loire Valley native sprinkles nostalgic touches of home in his menus, with a Christmas Eve dinner that features wild game from his home region, and with a Christmas Day dinner that culminates with Galliot’s re-interpretation of a traditional recipe from his hometown and sees Racan pigeon meticulously prepared and baked in a cocoa pod. And of course, both meals conclude with a traditional chestnut bûche de Noël.
Three MICHELIN stars, MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2022 Guests who prefer to celebrate the holidays with authentic Cantonese flair can’t go wrong with the world’s first three-Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant. Executive chef Chan Yan-tak’s Christmas menus are replete with all the luxurious Chinese delicacies to befit a festive celebration: abalone, sea cucumber, fish maw, crab, and wagyu beef. Vegetarian and children’s menus are also available to accommodate everyone’s palates and preferences.
Thanks to its prime location on the upper floors of the International Commerce Centre, the twinkling lights from the entire Hong Kong skyline become the festive background for The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. Choir performances fill the halls with the joyful music of the most treasured Christmas carols, while Santa makes his way around the hotel to visit with guests. At Tosca di Angelo, the Sicilian-born chef Angelo Aglianó’s menus are resplendent with traditionally festive ingredients, as well as southern Italian and Mediterranean coast flavors.
From the one-of-a-kind lobby Christmas tree crafted from trees uprooted during past typhoons to selling festive stockings and postcards to benefit local charities, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is spreading holiday cheer by giving back to the greater community. At Amber, executive chef Richard Ekkebus remains committed to issues around sustainability and giving back to the environment by taking less from it. His festive menus feature luxury without compromise, where high-end ingredients are ethically sourced, and where plant-based alternatives produce equally delightful flavor profiles and textures to rival any dairy-based recipe.
Amber: Christmas Eve 8-course dinner with a glass of Dom Perignon 2012: HK$3,498
The banner image, featuring Amber, is courtesy of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental
Mamie Chen is a Hong Kong-based freelance writer whose passion for food transcends all borders and cuisine types. She is always willing to taste anything at least once, and her curiosity once led her to sample the fish feed pellets at a Norwegian salmon farm. But she will be eternally grateful that she wasn't given the bug assignment.
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