Bountiful new year

Whether you plan to celebrate New Year’s with a cozy family dinner, a countdown party with friends or a leisurely brunch and afternoon tea, there’s always something worth trying.

Michelin one-star newcomers Run and L’Envol at The St Regis in Wan Chai offer eight-course meals on New Year’s Eve.

Run’s menu (HK$2,588), put together by award-winning chef Hung Chi-kwong, creates a nostalgic vibe by featuring traditional Cantonese dishes with a modern twist.

The chef recommends the baked abalone puff served with diced chicken and the double-boiled superior bird’s nest with egg white and baby coconut. Guests can also opt for an extra tea-pairing experience with premium teas.

The highlight of L’Envol’s menu (HK$3,888) is the Les Noix de Saint-Jacques de Normandie, or marinated scallops with mandarin confit and crispy cabbage, created by Michelin-starred chef Olivier Elzer.

The La Douceur Surprise de Fin d’Annee is a treat for both the eyes and the stomach. The collection of festive mignardises – including a cream cheese coconut lollipop, chocolate hazelnut triangle and mont blanc cassis – are almost too pretty to eat.

Also in Wan Chai, Wooloomooloo Steakhouse is serving a four-course New Year’s Eve set dinner (HK$1,880) that includes access to the rooftop countdown party, which is famed for its spectacular harbor view. The grilled Australian 200-day grain-fed sirloin dressed with foie gras sauce and truffle duchess potatoes is just one of three main course choices.

Served with flames, the baked Alaska with red fruit coulis will complete your meal with a happy festive vibe.

Rooftop countdown parties are also happening at the Popinjays bar in Central and Aqua Spirit bar in Tsim Sha Tsui. Popinjays’ Shake Your Tail Feathers Countdown Party (from HK$488) has prepared live performances with a line-up featuring deejays Yukiko, Patrice and Tom Price – perfect for dancing the night away.

At Aqua Spirit’s glamourous Black & Gold countdown party (from HK$350), deejay Abel Rogers will spin the records until the wee hours of the new year while guests can enjoy the glittering harbor views with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne.

After partying late into the night, start the new year with a gold-dipped brunch. Available every weekend and public holiday until January 31, Aqua’s Because Brunch (HK$688) serves platters overflowing with antipasto, fresh sashimi and sushi, Italian pasta and delicious mains.

Even more exciting is the new Instagram-worthy Gold Room overlooking the city skyline, which offers sweet delicacies like gold tiramisu, El Dorado panna cotta and gold chocolate fondue fountain.

Another brunch choice near Lan Kwai Fong is Chaiwala’s Holi Brunch (HK$299), which features a Streets of India station doling out chaats, as well as a cotton candy station that is sure to be a hit with kids. Some brand new dishes are the lamb keema dosa, broccoli and cauliflower cooked in the tandoor with a vegan marinade and the veg kofta korma with potato and veg balls in an aromatic creamy sauce.

If you can’t even get out of bed for brunch, there is always afternoon tea. Inspired by dim-sum trolleys, where guests can select eight treats, the tea set (HK$388) at The Drawing Room at St Regis offers guests a choice of four sweet and four savory treats, as well as tea and two scones. Among the new treats are the savory Gold Ornament – an avocado and crab ball topped with royal Oscietra caviar and sweet Mandarine Candy Cane Religieuse – and whipped white chocolate cake with mandarine gelee, candy cane mousse and gingerbread.

The afternoon tea is available until January 5.

(This article was published at The Standard on December 27, 2019: Weekend Glitz: Bountiful new year )

Bountiful new year

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