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Digest Ring In 2020: Where To Eat And Drink On New Year's Eve

Ring In 2020: Where To Eat And Drink On New Year's Eve

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By Pearl Yan
December 02, 2019
Now that December is upon us and Christmas season is in full swing, it’s time to think about wrapping up 2019 in style

With the Christmas spirit in full force, most of us are busy with festive shopping and holiday travels, leaving us with a last-minute panic about what to do on New Year’s Eve. Plan ahead this year with our picks of the best places to feast, toast and dance your way into the wee hours of 2020.

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1/12 Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

Blue Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong (Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong)
Blue Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong (Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong)

Feast your way into 2020 in the grandeur of Four Seasons with a lavish “8-Michelin Stars New Year’s Eve Dinner”, a one-night-only gourmet dining experience tailored for a party of eight. The HK$88,888 package includes a 12-course menu featuring signature dishes from the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurants: Sushi Saito, Lung King Heen and Caprice, to be paired with world-class wines selected by Four Seasons sommeliers.  

The gastronomic experience is just the beginning of your New Year’s Eve celebration—head over to Blue Bar at 10pm for the tiki countdown party, where you’ll spend the last few hours of 2019 sipping your favourite libations and dancing the year away with live music.

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Caprice

Restaurant, $$$$, French, Central

2/12 Zuma

Photo: Courtesy of Zuma
Photo: Courtesy of Zuma

Say goodbye to 2019 at one of the most extravagant New Year’s Eve countdown parties in town at Zuma, where the city’s most discerning pleasure seekers can indulge in a night of flowing drinks and masquerade themed revelry in a stylish, sultry theatre setting. 

Outstanding live entertainment will be part of the action, with DJ Emanual Diaz and performers keeping the party in full swing as the midnight hour approaches. Make it a night to remember by beginning the night’s festivities with an exclusive New Year’s Eve Yashoku, which includes free-flow food, champagne, sake and beer from 8pm to 10pm—plus granted entry into the spectacular countdown party. 

Zuma

Restaurant, $$$$, Japanese, Central

3/12 Café Gray Deluxe

White truffle loire organic chicken at Café Gray Deluxe (Photo: Courtesy of The Upper House)
White truffle loire organic chicken at Café Gray Deluxe (Photo: Courtesy of The Upper House)

Treat your tastebuds to a tantalising feast before the year ends at Café Gray Deluxe, perched on the 49th floor of The Upper House boasting spectacular views of Victoria Harbour. 

The 4- and 6-course menu will reflect chef Gray Kunz’s celebrated modern European fare—think grilled octopus salad, beef consommé, Hokkaido scallop and crabmeat cannelloni as starters, followed by a choice of white truffle loire organic chicken or braised wagyu short rib for mains—complete with decadent desserts, lots of champagne and festive vibes.

Café Gray Deluxe

Restaurant, $$$$, European, Admiralty

4/12 The Murray

Winter Berries & Mascarpone Cheese Sphere at The Tai Pan (Photo: Courtesy of The Murray)
Winter Berries & Mascarpone Cheese Sphere at The Tai Pan (Photo: Courtesy of The Murray)

This New Year’s Eve, The Murray will welcome 2020 with a gala dinner at The Tai Pan, where you can enjoy a sumptuous six-course menu featuring premium ingredients like Patagonian 51 toothfish and Mayura Farms wagyu beef. 

After dinner, make your way to the hotel’s iconic rooftop bar, Popinjays for the “Shake Your Tail Feathers Countdown Party”, entertaining guests with an eclectic line-up of live DJ performances and a preview of Popinjays’ crafted cocktails to be launched in 2020.

Guests can also choose between the two bottomless drinks packages—free-flow house pours from 9:30pm to 3am and champagne from 11:30pm to12:30am—and cheer into the new year against a stunning backdrop of the Hong Kong skyline.

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The Tai Pan

Restaurant, $$$$, European, Modern, Central

5/12 Rajasthan Rifles

Photo: Courtesy of Rajasthan Rifles
Photo: Courtesy of Rajasthan Rifles

Bid adieu to 2019 away from the crowds of Central at Rajasthan Rifles at The Peak—one of the best spots to feast and watch the New Year's Eve fireworks displays. Soak up the last few hours of 2019 by enjoying Anglo-Indian dishes from the New Year’s Eve menu, including tandoor-grilled chicken thigh cutlets, Rajasthani “laal maas” (lamb shank curry), Alaskan king crab and rock lobster chops and more.

The bamboo rice pudding served with rose petal ice cream is sure to make your last dessert of the year one of your most memorable yet.

Rajasthan Rifles

Restaurant, $$$, Indian, The Peak

6/12 Ecriture

Hokkaido scallop at Ecriture (Photo: Courtesy of Ecriture)
Hokkaido scallop at Ecriture (Photo: Courtesy of Ecriture)

Elevate your New Year’s Eve celebrations with a dinner at Two-Michelin-starred restaurant Ecriture, where you will enjoy signature dishes from chef Maxime Gilbert, who is known for his remarkable culinary creations that combine his acclaimed French cooking techniques and premium produce from Japan. 

The seven-course dinner menu features a medley of umami flavours, which begins with a caviar and uni tart and Hokkaido scallop, followed by white truffle, kinki, wagyu beef and black winter truffles. To round off the meal, a dessert made with Amaou strawberry and chocolates are served before you head over to the most glamorous countdown party in town. 

Écriture

Restaurant, $$$$, French, Central

7/12 Bibo

Pigeon at Bibo (Photo: Courtesy of Bibo)
Pigeon at Bibo (Photo: Courtesy of Bibo)

Keep things casual with an intimate dinner at Bibo this New Year’s Eve, where you’ll get to enjoy a 10-course menu created for the special occasion. Each course highlights one main ingredient, such as squid, eggplant, scallop, uni, pigeon, passionfruit, to reflect the diversity of chef Nicholas Chew’s modern French-Singaporean cuisine.

What’s not to love about spending your last few hours of 2019 in a chic, contemporary art setting accompanied by deletable food and champagne?

Bibo

Restaurant, $$$$, French, Sheung Wan

8/12 VEA Lounge

Photo: Courtesy of VEA Lounge
Photo: Courtesy of VEA Lounge

What better way to welcome a new decade than dancing to a playlist of oldies but goodies? VEA Lounge is hosting a “70s to 90s” countdown party to give a major throwback to our favourite music of bygone eras. 

The ticket will include countdown champagne and selected free-flow cocktails, shooters, spirits, wines and beers by executive mixologist Antonio Lai, elevated by midnight snacks by executive chef Vicky Cheng. DJ will be on the decks all night, and the best-dressed will win a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Brut Champagne, so be sure to show up with your best 70s-90s inspired look.

VEA Lounge

Bar, Central

9/12 Sip Song

Photo: Courtesy of Sip Song
Photo: Courtesy of Sip Song

Make your last meal of the year a meal to remember at beachside restaurant Sip Song, where you’ll spend the last few hours of 2019 enjoying delicious Thai food, accompanied by beautiful beach views. 

For one night only, SIp Song will prepare a bountiful fresh seafood platter special for New Year’s Eve, with prawns, coconut-poached lobster, oysters, hamachi, and more seafood delicacies served Thai style. Guests will also be treated to a special dish of grilled short rib with spice-pickled cucumber and fresh herbs—as well as a glass of Villalta Prosecco to kick start the countdown party.

Sip Song

Restaurant, $$, Thai, Repulse Bay

10/12 ZEST by Konishi

Ping Yuen chicken two ways at ZEST by Konishi (Photo: Courtesy of ZEST by Konishi)
Ping Yuen chicken two ways at ZEST by Konishi (Photo: Courtesy of ZEST by Konishi)

Usher in the new year with an exclusive French-Japanese fare, available only on New Year’s Eve at ZEST by Konishi. 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

Restaurant, $$$$, French, Japanese, Central

11/12 Pica Pica

Cuttlefish fideua at Pica Pica (Photo: Courtesy of Pica Pica)
Cuttlefish fideua at Pica Pica (Photo: Courtesy of Pica Pica)

Feast in true last-meal-of-the-year style at Pica Pica, where you’ll enjoy a festive menu of red Carabineros prawn hot dog, josper grilled langoustine, grilled Spanish foie gras on toast, cuttlefish fideua and more. 

Guests will be welcomed with a glass of cava, and you may want to savour the last moments of 2019 with pitchers of delicious sangria. 

Pica Pica

Restaurant, $$, Spanish, Sheung Wan

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12/12 La Rambla

La Rambla terrace (Photo: Courtesy of La Rambla)
La Rambla terrace (Photo: Courtesy of La Rambla)

A special seven-course dinner menu will be served on December 31 in celebration of the new year, with options for starters including churros and caviar, uni and jamon gelatine, and red prawn tartare. Mains are just as delicious, with a focus on seafood and meat dishes such as Josper grilled blue lobster, king crab pancetta and creamy pigeon rice. 

La Rambla is also hosting a Hollywood Red Carpet themed party on its newly refurbished terrace, where staff will dress up as paparazzi and photographers to welcome guests with free-flow drinks from 9pm to 12am. Guests opting for the free-flow package will also receive two food tickets for truffle popcorn, Ozaki beef tartlets and rubia tenderloin katsu sando to complement their festive libations. When the clock strikes midnight, you'll be perfectly placed to enjoy sweeping views of Victoria Harbour.   

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La Rambla

Restaurant, $$$, Spanish, Central

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