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Planning to dine and drink around Admiralty and Wan Chai this holiday season? To help you narrow down your options, The Style Sheet investigates 10 of the area’s best happy hour deals and Christmas menus. For those looking for something a little different, we also round up our less-traditional feasting spots too.

Commissary Hong Kong festive food
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OUR FAVOURITES FOR ALL THE CHRISTMAS CLASSICS


1. Commissary

An American affair offering a festive set menu for December, plus a special buffet on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day


What’s the deal? On the evenings of 24 and 25 December, tuck into a menu of 20 dishes including roast turkey with all the trimmings, St Louis ribs and build-your-own pulled BBQ pork and soft shell crab tacos for $358 per person. Plus, through December there’s a three-course lunch or dinner menu, with options including roast turkey & trimmings and boozy chocolate pie. Prices start at HK$288, and need a minimum of 10 people.


Where? Shop 405, 4/F, Pacific Place


2. Oolaa Petite

Perfect for large groups, the laid-back little sister of Oolaa brings out the festive fare you know and love


What’s the deal? Oolaa Petite is offering a special three-course Christmas menu of festive classics, with options including traditional Christmas roast turkey, Christmas pudding and Maryland crab cakes, plus a two-hour free-flow drinks package for $700. It’s available for corporate or private parties, with a similar menu also available on 25 December.


Where? Shop 2, G/F, Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai

Café Gray Deluxe Hong Kong festive food
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3. Café Gray Deluxe at The Upper House

A relaxed atmosphere, some of Hong Kong’s best views and a bounty of festive menu options


What’s the deal? An array of feasting options through the holiday season. Between 2 December and 1 January, there’s a festive afternoon tea set including a selection of finger sandwiches, pastries and golden raisin scones at $310. There’s also a family sharing menu to be enjoyed as a private event for $600 per person, including coffee-rubbed beef striploin and mashed pumpkin and orange. On Christmas Eve, there are two sittings and several menus starting at $1550 per person. If that wasn’t enough to digest, on Christmas Day you’ll find a special lunch menu at $995 per person.


Where? Level 49, The Upper House, Pacific Place


OUR FAVOURITES FOR NON-TRADITIONAL FEASTING


4. MANA!

The perfect choice for vegetarians and the health- or eco-conscious


What's the deal? Plant-based and eco-friendly eatery MANA! is the perfect antidote to indulgent traditional Christmas fare. Here, you’ll find vegetarian oven-baked flatbreads and signature burgers, along with raw and gluten-friendly desserts. For a touch of Christmas spirit, there’s also a vegan pumpkin spiced latte. Get there early for a drink and you’ll find ‘Hippy Hour’ specials between 6pm and 8pm, including gluten-friendly beer and a gin & kombucha, starting at $50.


Where? 8–10 Queen’s Road East

Madame Ching Hong Kong festive food
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5. Madame Ching

Pirata Group’s beloved Chinese restaurant is serving up an Asian-inspired Christmas


What’s the deal? Putting an Oriental twist on the season, a Christmas tasting menu will be available on 24 and 25 December at $480 per person. Highlights include roast duck and suckling pig with long beans, XO and roast baby carrots as seasonal sides, plus a sweet note of Ovaltine tart. You can add a free-flow drinks package for $298 from 8:30pm until midnight. Looking to feast in the leadup to the big day? A selection of the chef’s favourite dishes is available for sharing at $380 per person.


Where? 5 Star Street, Wan Chai


6. Pici

In an intimate setting across two floors, Pici serves up fresh, classic handmade pasta


What’s the deal? Everyone’s always keen for a carb-fest during winter, and Pici delivers. The pasta is made fresh each morning by chef Andrea, and the menu includes favourites like home-made meatballs, pappardelle with an eight-hour ragu, and tagliolini with shaved black truffle. There’s a standard tasting menu at $290 a head in the lead-up to Christmas, which makes group ordering really easy. If you’re looking to feast between 24 December and 1 January, there’s a festive brunch at $248 a head, Christmas dinner set for $250 a head and festive daily specials like rum & raisin chocolate mousse.


Where? G/F, 16 St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai

LUMI Hong Kong festive food
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7. LUMI borderless cuisine

Feast on a semi-buffet menu of French-Japanese cuisine only over the festive season


What’s the deal? On 23, 25, 26 and 31 December, borderless restaurant concept LUMI is offering a full semi-buffet dinner, including juice, a buffet bar, seafood platter and entrée, for $758, or just the buffet for $618. Renowned Japanese chef Kihachi Kumagai will be serving up dishes including cashew and bacon-crusted Chilean sea bass, Toyama shrimp linguini and Parisian Hokkaido pork chop.


Where? Shop 301, 3/F, Pacific Place

FRANCIS Hong Kong festive food
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OUR FAVOURITES FOR… HAPPY HOUR DRINKS


8. FRANCIS

Drinks at one of the chicest tables in the neighbourhood — plus delicious Middle Eastern food if you fancy a bite


What’s the deal? Drinks at $55, running every weekday from 3pm to 5:30pm. The deal includes spritz, red, white, sparkling and rosé wines.


Where? 4 & 6 St. Francis Street, Wan Chai


9. MORTY’S

Happy hour at the city’s favourite NYC-style deli


What’s the deal? Wines and draft beers starting at $55, running daily between 3pm and 8pm. Plus, if you fancy, a side of one of the city’s most authentic Reuben sandwiches.


Where? Shop 8–10 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai


10. Le Garçon Saigon & Le Petit Saigon

Find discounted tipples at the Vietnamese sibling restaurants


What's the deal? At Le Garcon Saigon, you’ll find bottled beers, house spirits and a selection of cocktails starting at $38 daily between 5pm and 7pm and, on the weekends, free-flow wines and rosé for $198. Next door at Le Petit Saigon, from 5pm to 7pm, enjoy half a Banh Mi Thit and a bottle of Saigon Special beer for $58.


Where? 12 & 16 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai

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