If there's one thing Hong Kong loves, it's fireworks. This year, forgo the push and shove of the crowds to watch the Chinese New Year fireworks display, which will take place on Tuesday, 24 January 2012 at 8pm.
Instead, kick back and relax with your loved ones over a delicious meal with a view of the entire harbour, where you can enjoy the stunning 23-minute Chinese New Year’s fireworks from the comfort of your dining table.
1. Tosca at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
Have a one-of-a-kind dinner experience with friends and family with Tosca’s specially prepared six-course Italian menu. Located high above Victoria Harbour on the hotel's 102nd floor, you’ll be digging into your main course right when the fireworks show starts. The six-course menu is priced at HK$2,088.
Tosca, 102/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2270, www.ritz-carlton.com
2. Petrus at The Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong
To have a prosperous New Year’s you’ll have to start your year off lavishly, won’t you? What better place to have a lavish meal than the Michelin-starred French restaurant, Petrus. With the festive fireworks as your backdrop and an extravagant six-course meal prepared by Chef de Cuisine Frederic Chabbert, your year of the dragon will definitely be a fortunate and happy one. The six-course Chinese New Year menu is priced at HK$1,588.
Petrus, Level 56, Island Shangri-La Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2820 8590, www.shangri-la.com
3. Man Wah at The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
Fortune and prosperity are key when it comes to Chinese New Year, and with a delicious Cantonese meal at Man Wah, your year is bound to be full of happiness and wealth. And to guarantee that your New Year is nothing less than plentiful and lavish, the God of Wealth will be paying you a visit as you feast on your eight-course celebratory dinner.
The bird’s eye view of the Chinese New Year’s fireworks will be the perfect side dish to your Michelin-starred meal. The Man Wah Chinese New Year’s meal menu requires a minimum spend of HK$1,488 per person.
Man Wah, 25/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4003, www.mandarinoriental.com
4. Yan Toh Heen at The Intercontinental, Hong Kong
Sit front and centre for the fireworks extravaganza as you feast on a “fat choy” menu of Cantonese delicacies. The delicious menu includes golden lobster with spicy salt, crispy suckling pig, wok-seared sun-dried oyster and garoupa roll with sea moss and wok-fried Wagyu beef with mushrooms and garlic.
Good fortune marks the end of the meal with a steaming bowl of sweetened red bean cream with bird’s nest and glutinous rice dumpling. The special Yan Toh Heen menu is priced at HK$1,788 per person.
Yan Toh Heen, G/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2313 2323, www.intercontinental.com
5. BLT Steak at Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui
Who says you can only celebrate Chinese New Year’s with Chinese food? Start your holiday feast with a salad and appetiser choice of clam chowder, prime rib or smoked pork loin, and proceed with a main course choice of braised lamb, Norwegian salmon and honey glazed roasted suckling pig.
And what could be a sweeter way to end your meal than with a dessert buffet accompanied by the spectacular fireworks. This Chinese New Year BLT Steak menu is priced at HK$688 plus 10 percent service charge.
BLT Steak, Shop OTG62, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2730 3508, www.diningconcepts.com.hk
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