Because 2020 was not the year anyone could’ve expected, we could all do with a little cheer and celebration to ring in the new year. While large parties and gathering in big groups isn’t on the cards this New Year’s Eve, you can still treat yourself to an indulgent meal out. We’ve rounded up some of the island’s best spots to usher in 2021!
Café Gray Deluxe
Treat your taste buds to a tantalising feast before the year ends at Café Gray Deluxe, perched on the 49th floor of The Upper House. The five-course menu (HKD1200) will be an epic reflection of chef Gray Kunz’s celebrated modern European fare, including tarragon scented lobster bisque and charred bronzini with honey-lavender verjus as starters, followed by braised short rib of beef and chilled soup of chrysanthemum and pear. The meal is complete with a decadent dessert, lots of champagne and festive vibes. You’ll want to get a reservation early as this is the restaurant’s very last day of service!
Cafe Gray Deluxe; The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty; +852 3968 1106
Aria is Versailles-style opulence in the heart of Hong Kong. And since you can’t fly off to Italy, we figured why not bring it to you with their seven-course New Year’s Eve Dinner (HKD1488) featuring one-of-a-kind Italian delicacies. Helmed by Chef Andrea Zamboni who has over 20 years of experience in Michelin-starred restaurants, Aria thrills diners with foie gras terrine, lobster zarda bagna cauda risotto, line caught turbot and much more, which will flip your understanding about Italian cuisine. Don’t forget to book in Aria’s outdoor terrace where you can take in mesmerising mountain views.
Aria; 24/F, California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong, Central; +852 2804 1116
Bid adieu to 2020 at Chaiwala, known for its unique interiors, including witty messages on the fire escape that’ll make great conversation laughs. Their New Year Eve’s menu begins with signature Indian snacks and appetisers like pani puri with jal-jeera, rara kheema pav “Bombay bun” and Malabar scallops. Tuck in next to their mouth-watering curries including Kerala fish curry, Old Delhi butter chicken and tangara chili paneer. These are followed by smoky, charcoal-grilled meats and vegetables fresh off the tandoori.Their selection of desserts is sure to make your last dessert of the year one of your most memorable.
Chaiwala; 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central; +852 2362 8988
As a Michelin-rated restaurant, Hutong’s contemporary Sichuan cuisine is, needless to say, amazing, but what makes the restaurant truly attractive is the jaw-dropping sea view and the unique dining experience. This year, Hutong offers a sumptuous New Year’s Eve Dinner (HKD888 from 6pm-9pm; HKD1880 after 9pm), featuring an array of delectable dishes, such as black truffle chicken with Yunnan mushrooms, stir-fried lobster with golden garlic and black pepper and hand-shredded duck in Dongbei spicy salad. Sip in the best champagnes, spirits and wines with a two-hour free-flow package (HKD888-988) awaiting the arrival of 2021 under the moonlight.
Hutong; One Peking Road, 28/F, Tsim Sha Tsui; + 852 3428 8342
Keep things festive with an intimate dinner at Aqua this New Year’s Eve, where you’ll get to enjoy a five-course Italian and Japanese menu (HKD1288 for the first seating and HKD2021 for the second seating) created for the special occasion. Highlights include homemade tagliolini with lobster, Mediterranean oysters, seared scallop sushi with Oscetra caviar and New Zealand lamb chops with sesame & amaretto sauce. What’s not to love about spending your last few hours of 2020 in a chic, contemporary setting accompanied by delectable food and wine pairings?
Aqua; One Peking, 29/F +30F, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 3427 2288
Zest by Konichi
Usher in the new year with exclusive French-Japanese fare, available only on New Year’s Eve at Zest by Konishi (HKD2380). The nine-course menu curated by chef Mitsuru Konishi will highlight fine Japanese ingredients including Hokkaido sea urchin and snow crab, along with Ping Yuen chicken two ways, served with foie gras pepper sauce, inspired by the Chinese classic Eight Treasure Duck and reinterpreted with locally-sourced chicken stuffed with lotus-leaf wrapped Japanese rice, water chestnut, chicken liver and foie gras. Don’t forget to save room for dessert, which includes a French chestnut Mont Blanc served with vanilla ice cream and a freshly baked citrus madeleine.
Zest by Konishi; 18 On Lan St, 28 & 29/F, Central; +852 2715 0878