In collaboration with SOHO east
This Christmas season is looking a lot different than usual. With travel out of the question, many of us are finding alternative ways to spend the holidays. Located by the waterfront in Sai Wan Ho, SOHO east is a laidback neighbourhood of restaurants, cafés and pubs. Its strategic location by the sea, as well as the selection of dining establishments along the coastline, makes it a great holiday destination for families, pet owners and anyone looking to have a good time. Come Christmas Eve, take your loved ones on a vacation at home and head to the waterside locale for a night of festivities.
COMO Italian Restaurant & Bar
Take a gander at the colourful flavours of Italy as presented through the culinary stylings of COMO Italian Restaurant & Bar. Nested in the quieter end of Lei King Wan, COMO has created a relaxing and soothing atmosphere for anyone looking to escape the bustle of the city. The rustic restaurant, inspired by the great views of Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy, focuses on honest Italian cuisine suitable for the Hong Kong palate. The restaurant has even prepared a special Christmas menu for those looking to try something new this season. The set dinner includes the likes of Burrata Salad with Parma Ham; Mixed Seafood in Lemon Herb Marinade; and Grilled Tenderloin in Black Truffle Gravy.
GA26-31, Site A, 55 Tai Hong Street, Sai Wan Ho
Cull ‘N Pistol
Named in reference to lobsters that have one or both claws missing, Cull ’N Pistol offers a relaxing and enticingly fresh seafood experience on the shores of Sai Wan Ho. Channelling the spirit of New England’s storied seafood tradition, the restaurant brings an East Coast American twist to its food creations. Its Clam Bake, consisting of half a lobster, clams, mussels, shrimps, baby squid, corn and potatoes served in a rich shellfish broth, is particularly popular with diners. Asides from its regular rotation of winter drinks, made with warming spices such as ginger and cinnamon, Cull ‘N Pistol is also offering a festive menu. This holiday, diners can indulge in a main course of the Stuffed Chicken with Porcini Truffle Cream Sauce along with the restaurant’s signature Clam Bake.
GA01-03, Site A, 55 Tai Hong Street, Sai Wan Ho
Inspired by the casual bistros found in France, bistro east is an international steakhouse and bar serving up a range of cuisines, from Mexican and Italian dishes to French and Spanish tapas. New on the menu this season is the Beef Cheek, which is marinated overnight in a variety of spices and wine before being slow cooked for eight hours. The restaurant also holds an impressive beverage selection, with wines from a number of countries and regions to pair with your food. For Christmas, bistro east has readied a set dinner with multiple choices, where you can choose from a beef, pork, chicken, lobster or fish main course – guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
GA08-09, Site A, 55 Tai Hong Street, Sai Wan Ho
The Salted Pig
Located on the waterfront, The Salted Pig is instantly recognisable by its signature English farmhouse charm and quirky pig-themed decor. With a space that spans 3000-square-feet and a bar that comfortably seats 80 people, the pork specialist eatery is suitable for corporate functions, private events and of course, Christmas parties. Long known as a family-style restaurant for enjoying a casual meal, The Salted Pig’s menu, embracing all that is pork, remains largely unchanged. Sharing platters of delicious porky goodness and hearty ‘oink-free’ mains are the fare, with new menu items popping up come special holidays. Which brings us to its Christmas offering: a festive three-course dinner set beginning with the Roast Beef Bone Marrow; followed by a main of the Christmas Rolled Pork Belly; and finished with the Christmas Panettone Tiramisu. Have yourself a porky good time this season.
GB08-10, Site B, 45 Tai Hong Street, Sai Wan Ho
Mint & Basil
A visit to Mint & Basil will transport you to the sunkissed coasts in Thailand. Opened in 2015, this Thai and Vietnamese restaurant proudly presents a curation of Southeast Asian delights, with recipes passed on from the head chef’s own Thai grandmother. Using only fresh and seasonal ingredients with a focus on healthy dining, Mint & Basil is famous for its Yellow Curry Crab, a dish ordered by more than 70 percent of its diners; and Grilled Lamb Chop, which is marinated overnight with Thai herbs to infuse an unforgettable flavour in the meat. This winter, the restaurant has also rolled out a twin selection of Mulled Wine and Hot Toddy Whiskey to warm up its guests. As for groups of 10 or more people, Mint & Basil is happy to create an exclusive party menu, so if that’s your thing, do make a reservation before your spot is taken.
GA04-07, Site A, 55 Tai Hong Street, Sai Wan Ho
Bringing in premium quality seafood from Japan, Sushi Yue is a high-end but value for money restaurant providing omakase, bento sets, seafood bowls and à la carte dishes. All its sashimi is freshly imported from fish markets in Japan, with a special focus on bluefin tuna. The restaurant’s signature and most popular items include the Tuna Sushi Set, which comprises hand rolls and maki rolls made using different parts of the tuna; and the Smoked Chicken Sashimi, the only of its kind served in Hong Kong. Sushi Yue has also rolled out a curated selection of sake to pair with your fresh seafood, just in time for Christmas.
Shop GA10B, Site A, 55 Tai Hong Street, Sai Wan Ho
Venue: SOHO east, Lei King Wan Waterfront, Sai Wan Hoi (between Wildfire and Eastern Coast)
How to get there: Take MTR to Sai Wan Ho Station Exit A and walk along Tai On Street and Tai Hong Street for 5 minutes
Activities: Parade and music performances, Christmas gift redemption and gingerbread man hunting
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