Trimmings of comfort and joy

Packed with gourmet restaurants and bars around every corner, Tsim Sha Tsui is the center of Christmas cheer.

The Food Gallery at The Langham is one of the many special places for spending precious time with family and friends, over a seasonal lunch or dinner buffet (from HK$438).

During the festive season, dine on a buffet of surf and turf that will keep you fed until it ends on January 1. On offer are roasted Tom turkeys, Boston lobsters, pan-fried foie gras and roasted Australian prime beef ribs.

Palm Court, also located on the lobby floor, offers a Christmas in London afternoon tea set (HK$398). The set includes a range of bite-size treats, served in a three-tier white leather box. Feast on Santa hats made from raspberry chocolate, strawberry jelly and marshmallow, or savor the golden reindeer gianduiotto made of sachertorte, gianduja mousse and chocolate sable, with the trio completed by a snowman made of coconut mousse, passion fruit curd and white chocolate.

Other Christmas classics on offer are five specially created log cakes alongside a traditional British Christmas cake and mini Santa hat cake – a perfect gift for that special someone.

A final venue to enjoy at The Langham’s is the Main St Deli, which will be serving a three-course set (from HK$388) from December 23 to 26 and 31. The roasted turkey roulade and mini red velvet yule log cake goes perfectly with festive drinks such as the Super Gingerman milkshake or Christmas sangria.

If you want a hassle-free Christmas party, Main St Deli is also offering a Turkey-to-go takeaway (from HK$2,158). Celebrate the season with a roasted US Tom turkey including all the trimmings for up to 20 people.

Next door, Kowloon Hotel’s Window Cafe serves up festive treats on December 24 and 25 in its Christmas Wonderland Festive Buffet Dinner (from HK$618). A highlight among the new appetizing small plates is the braised foie gras mousse with wolfberries in hua diao, carved into a star shape. The wine marinade offers a distinctive fragrance.

Until December 27, patrons can also enjoy refreshments and desserts from the Christmas afternoon tea set (HK$278) at The Middle Row Bar in the hotel. With seasonal seafood and fruit as well as premium meats, the set offers caviar, turkey and hairy crab in its satisfying selection.

Meanwhile, dim sum eatery Yum Cha has always been creative with festive specials and makes no exception this year with four new dishes served up for Christmas.

The broccoli salad with mashed potato (HK$89) is artistically prepared in the shape of a Christmas tree, with pomegranate seeds and mayonnaise as decorations, topped by a bright orange carrot star.

Other selections include reindeer cupcakes decorated with little red noses and antlers made from red icing and crunchy pretzels, warm custard buns molded into white polar bears with tiny gray noses and traditional lotus seed buns shaped like gingerbread men and filled with pickled ginger and lotus seed paste.

Priced at HK$38 each, the dishes also feature in a limited edition Christmas tasting box (HK$68), available at all Yum Cha restaurants.

Take a detour from your holiday shopping in Harbour City to try Lady M’s festive iconic red velvet cake (HK$328). Tantalize your taste buds with the moist and cocoa-rich sponge cake covered in smooth frosting concocted from fresh whipped cream and cream cheese, topped with leaf-shaped chocolates and tiny edible acorns.

But if you crave a little peace and quiet, then it’s time to try Cafe Circles, Forte, and Lis Cafe in L’hotels at Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong and Aberdeen, respectively. Enjoy their scenic gardens for a harmonious Christmas meal, available from December 24 to January 1.

Apart from the set Christmas semi-buffet (from HK$168) and buffet (from HK$308), all restaurants offer specially-themed desserts with Christmas hats, together with classic favorites like gingerbread, pumpkin pie and more.

L’hotels also offer exclusive cocktails for Christmas. Forte’s Golden Snow Globe (HK$118) made of liqueur, prosecco and edible gold foil makes for the perfect toast. At Cafe Circles and Lis Cafe, fruity Christmas Bulb (HK$128) and Jungle Bulb (HK$128) satisfies both the tummy and heart – proceeds from each purchase go to a charity campaign to improve lighting for the elderly.

(This article was published at The Standard on December 13, 2019: Weekend Glitz: Trimmings of comfort and joy )

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