Festive family fun

Weekend Glitz | Natasha Tai 17 Sep 2021

Through the years, people have adopted different rituals to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, yet what remains unchanged is the reuniting of families and friends.

And what better way to do so than to sit down and share good food?

For the more traditionally minded, Yat Heen at Alva Hotel by Royal welcomes the full moon with a 12-course (from HK$3,380) or 10-course (from HK$2,680) Mid-Autumn Festival Set Menu, available until September 22.

With dishes such as crispy roasted suckling pig, sauteed scallop and coral mussel with black garlic and stuffed snow crab shell au gratin, the menu offers a wide range of Cantonese cuisine.

And because dinner isn't complete without dessert, finish off with red bean soup with dumplings, glutinous rice dumplings with lotus seed paste and, of course, mooncake.

Extend the celebrations by booking the hotel's mid-autumn room package (HK$4,288) on September 21 and 22. Apart from a one-night stay at the River Apartment, the package also includes a 10-course dinner at Yat Heen, a buffet breakfast at Alva House and a complimentary mid-autumn hamper.

Cuisine Cuisine at IFC mall also offers a mid-autumn dining experience that is true to Cantonese traditions.

Its eight-course Mid-Autumn Festival set menu (HK$3,980 for four) includes delicacies such as braised lobster in supreme broth with cherry tomatoes and yuzu dressing, braised sea cucumber and black mushroom with shrimp roe as well as sweetened red bean soup with glutinous rice dumplings.

Although the Mid-Autumn Festival is full of traditions, that doesn't mean you have to stick to Chinese food. Good food is, of course, not limited to traditional meals.

For families craving Western cuisine, The French Window has a four-course Oyster and Grill set menu (HK$398) available for lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy the harbor view accompanied with freshly shucked oysters, traditional French onion soup, their choice of grilled main course and creme brulee.

You can also experience an authentic Italian dinner at Assaggio Trattoria Italiana. Its four-course Surf and Turf Dinner (HK$398) starts with an antipasto platter of Italian snacks, then Australian Angus beef rib eye served with catch from sea of the day and finally a dessert trio of tiramisu, panna cotta and wild berry sorbet.

Another less conventional way to experience the festivities is The Peninsula's Ode to The Moon jazz dinner (HK$1,688).

Held in collaboration with The Italian Cultural Institute of Hong Kong, the dinner is made up of four courses, accompanied by contemporary Italian jazz.

To reflect the cultural mix, the dishes include smoked eggplant ravioli with burrata capsicum sauce and Kristal caviar as well as US prime beef tenderloin Milanese with boutique carrots, hazelnut, black autumn truffle, sage and beef jus.

Sit-down dinners may not be suitable for families with hyperenergetic children.

Harry's Kitchen is collaborating with Build-a-Bear to present Waltz Down the Milky Way (HK$778), which twins a mooncake baking class at K11 Musea with a soft toy-building workshop at The Peak and Tsim Sha Tsui.

Available until September 21, the classes, conducted in Cantonese, English, or Mandarin, are designed for children aged three and above or adults who are still young at heart.

In the mooncake-making class, five-star hotel-trained pastry chefs will teach aspiring bakers how to create egg custard mooncakes. Guests will also be given a rocket-shaped gift box which can be turned into a festive lantern.

The package also includes a voucher to visit one of Build-a-Bear's workshops in Hong Kong where you can create your own stuffed animals, from the classic teddy bear to a timely Mid-Autumn Festival bunny.

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