Talking turkey

Weekend Glitz | Katie Hung 8 Dec 2017

It's never too early to plan for Christmas. Meats, a new restaurant in Central, may give you a hint of where you should go for your feast.

Joining the festive season for the first time, Meats, on Staunton Street, presents the "Chef! Bring Christmas to the Table" tasting menu -- a perfect choice for carnivores to celebrate the joyous festival with loved ones. Head chef Paddy McDermott said the menu is all about sharing -- family-style dining. "A lot of dishes are inspired by my childhood favorites, including my take on a traditional turkey with all the trimmings and stuffing," he said.

Served with homemade juicy pork stuffing, his turkey guarantees the double joy of tasting two different exquisite tender meats at once. Dip the traditional side-plate Yorkshire pudding in the rich and flavorful turkey gravy, or balance the meaty appetite with Brussel sprouts and bacon. More crowd favorites from the a-la-carte menu are also available.

Classical Italian Iberian porchetta, with green herb sauce, is a surprising pork dish seasoned with herbs such as sage, oregano, thyme and tarragon. The Iberian pigs provide a perfect portion of fattiness to the plate.

The special menu, priced at HK$420 per person, is available on December 24-25, and on New Year's Eve.

For another exquisite choice, spoil yourself with a luxurious six-course French Christmas dinner at the high-end Le Pan restaurant, in Kowloon Bay. The special menu features a collection of the signature dishes sourced internationally. Executive chef Edward Voon uses top ingredients in startling combinations that will inspire and excite diners.

The taste journey begins with Nordic langoustine (lobster) in three preparations, comprising a tartare served with Oscietra cavier, tortellini, and langoustine royale with chives coulis. The Perigord winter truffle from France is an excellent match with Sanriku scallop, from Japan, served with Roman cauliflower and spinach puree.

Another highlight is Atlantic halibut, a dish Voon particularly recommends.

"From my travels, I've always been inspired by the Atlantic Ocean - it's wild and irrepressible, and offers the culinary world an abundant harvest," Voon said.

Other choices include Alba white truffle from Italy, with breese chicken and Tajima wagyu with bordelaise, a sauce made with dry red wine. Round off the meal with a typical French dessert - Mont Blanc - made of pureed, sweetened chestnuts topped with whipped cream. The menu is exclusive on December 24, price at HK$2,800 for one.

Enjoy a festive treat at McSorley's Ale House, in Discovery Bay Plaza. The Christmas dinner begins with creamy roasted butternut squash soup, which starts you off with a taste of cinnamon, pumpkin seed and pesto.

Try the classic turkey as the mains of roasted US turkey breast. The individual plate follows the tradition of sage and chestnut stuffing, served with cranberry jam and glazed carrots.

Alternatively, Guinness braised lamb steak is a good choice, balanced with vegetarian sides including garlic mashed potatoes, baby onions and brussel sprouts. Christmas desserts are not to be missed including oven-baked salted caramel, apple and cranberry crumble.

Available now through December 26, the three-course dinner is HK$298 per person.

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