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Festive Feasting with Friends

We’ve rounded up 3 of the best Hong Kong restaurants for your group get-togethers this December.

Gaucho

If you’re in the mood for a meat feast and lively atmosphere, we think Gaucho might be just what you’re looking for. A special Christmas menu has been specially devised to satisfy hungry diners – we’re talking free-flow starters, sides and desserts, with the choice of one main, too. What’s more, drink packages are also on offer – bottomless champagne, anyone? We’re eyeing up the mouth-watering selection of foodie treats on the festive menu. From tuna ceviche to perfectly-cooked Prime rib-eye or slow-cooked braised lamb shank, this is one eatery that’s bound to have everyone leaving blissfully happy.

Ancho steak at Gaucho

Operetta

Looking for a more casual but equally delicious way to tuck into Christmas fare, with nary a turkey in sight? You’ll love the sharing menu at Pacific Place’s contemporary Italian eatery, Operetta. The well-stocked bar and comfortable bench seating makes this an immediately inviting choice for a terrific group meal and, this month, Executive Chef Luca de Berardinis has dreamed up a festive feast with something for everyone! We’ve picked out a few favourites from the specially created menu; marinated swordfish, traditional cappelletti and tiger prawns with lentils, for starters. The full menu is broken into four sections – antipasti, pasta, main and dessert – and is made to serve 3-4 hungry mouths, so grab a few friends and make this your next evening stop.

Operetta

Ho Lee Fook

If there’s one place you’re always guaranteed good times, it’s Ho Lee Fook. This cha chaan teng-inspired eatery boasts an energetic atmosphere that’s perfect for larger groups and is a clever choice for your festive celebrations. Once you’re past the wall of Fortune Cats and open kitchen, head downstairs to a restaurant that’s filled with electric art and pumping music, for a modern taste of Chinese dining. We’re planning on booking in for New Year’s Eve, when the 8:30pm dinner sitting rolls into a throwback karaoke session. Food-wise, expect taste-laden sharing dishes filled with fresh, fragrant ingredients – we love the sound of steamed grouper with shiitake mushroom, jamón iberico and abalone sauce, and the Kurobuta pork char-siu. Wash it all down with three hours of free-flow sake, whiskey green tea, vodka and beer when the music starts, and you’ll soon be singing into the microphone with total abandon.

Ho Lee Fook