Chinese New Year firework dinners at Alfresco Lane

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Welcome the year of the monkey at Alfresco Lane with spectacular views of the Chinese New Year fireworks and exceptional food

Hong Kong’s annual Chinese New Year fireworks production is said to be the most phenomenal display in the world. The sky above Victoria Harbour lights up for a breathtaking 30-minute event as ships launch a barrage of shimmering pyrotechnic explosions. To celebrate the arrival of the year of the monkey, the fireworks will take place on the second day of Chinese New Year, Tuesday February 9 at 8pm.

The best place to see the extravaganza, of course, is from Tsim Sha Tsui, garnering a view of the fireworks complete with the backdrop of the illuminated Central skyline and Victoria Peak. Alfresco Lane is at the epicentre of this production, situated on the waterfront promenade at Tsim Sha Tsui East, with large open windows offering patrons uninterrupted sight of the  spectacular scenes in the harbor. Enjoy the fireworks from the comfort of Alfresco Lane’s many restaurants and take in the show while dining on your favourite dishes. Here are just some of the highlights!

Ho Choi Seafood Restaurant

Ho Choi Seafood Restaurant
Surround yourself with friends and family for the Lunar New Year and enjoy a traditional Chinese banquet dinner, complete with fresh seafood and panoramic views of the harbor fireworks display. The 12-course dinner menu at Ho Choi, ranging from $5,388 to $7,188 for 12 people, includes traditional Chinese New Year delicacies like suckling pig, crispy chicken and abalone, complete with a bottle of wine, beer and soft drinks. Go large and up the ante for the deluxe $13,888 banquet dinner that includes crispy lobster rice, black truffle scallops and a bottle of Hennessy XO. Gung hay fat choy!

$5,388-$13,888. Shop UG1, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2311 4567; hochoi.com.

Spasso Italian Bar & Restaurant

Spasso
Spanning more than 6,000 square feet, Spasso's 200-seat Italian restaurant boasts prime views of Victoria Harbour and authentic Italian cuisine from chef Michele Senigaglia. Enjoy the fireworks display over the restaurant's indulgent a la carte menu. The celebratory menu features an array of tantalising dishes including Spasso's signature dish – carpaccio di gamberi rossi di Mazar. Made with top-quality prawns from Sicily's Mazara del Vallo port, the hors d'oeuvres are served raw, thinly-sliced and then dressed with lemon oil, sea salt and pepper, then garnished with avocado mouse and Granny Smith apple and micro crest. Once you're suitably stuffed, clear your palettes with some in-house infused vodka speciality cocktails.

Shop G5-8 & 12-17, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2730 8027; divinogroup.com.

Wooloomooloo Steakhouse

Wooloomooloo
Wooloomooloo Steakhouse offers prime steaks from Australia and New Zealand within a relaxed interior setting, rendering it one of Alfresco Lane’s most popular dining spots. The CNY Fireworks set menu features a five-course gourmet set dinner. Take your tastebuds on an explosive journey with courses including layer of duck liver mousse, blackened prawns, and lobster bisque with brandy, followed by a main that can be either grilled Australian beef tenderloin or pan-fried monkfish fillet. Wash it down with the finest international wines as well as speciality crafted cocktails. Finish off with a decadent traditional Chinese New Year cake for dessert. 

$650 (plus 10 percent). Shop G7/8, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2722 7050; wooloo-mooloo.com/hk.

London House


For a great mix of food and live entertainment head to London House. Right on the harbourfront, the restaurant has an excellent spot front and centre opposite the Island skyline and the fireworks display. After admiring the fireworks, patrons can enjoy the delights of the live band. And if that weren’t good enough, remember that London House is Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsey’s latest Hong Kong venture. The superstar chef’s restaurant serves unpretentious, quality British gastropub food.  Think aromatic onion and cider soup, crisp fish and chips and tender pork chops that melt in the mouth.

Shop G5 & UG 15, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, 3650 3333; diningconcepts.com/LondonHouse.

Namo Avant Thai

Namo
Launched by Michelin-starred chef Alejandro Sanchez in collaboration with renowned Thai chef Khun Wjannarongk Kunchit, Namo is Hong Kong’s only avant Thai restaurant combining traditional dishes infused with modern cooking techniques. If you want to treat your children to an experience they will never forget, Namo is your go-to as the restaurant is offering a four-course Lunar New Year dinner for both adults and kids . Children can choose a main of slow cooked chicken in peanut curry or salmon fritters in a mild curry, complete with a starter, lemongrass panna cotta dessert and a soft drink. Meanwhile adults have the choice of either a grilled New Zealand striploin fillet marinated in red curry, or a roasted salmon fillet in sweet and sour sauce. Starter, soup and dessert are all available for the grown-ups too. If you want the kids to join in the celebrations, don’t miss this offer – it’s one of the best deals around for families this CNY.

$398 (adults), $178 (children). Shop G18, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2739 1133; mayfare.com/hk/namo.

Dining at Alfresco Lane

Agnès B. Café LPG.
Café
Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, G64-66

AKU Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant
Japanese restaurant
Tsim Sha Tsui Centre G73-77, G80-85

Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant
German restaurant
Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, G6 & UG16

Eastside Tavern
New York-style restaurant
Empire Centre, G29-33, 49-51

Hancham BBQ
Korean restaurant
Empire Centre, UG43-48A

LaVilla Restaurant and Bar
French restaurant
Tsim Sha Tsui Centre G1-4, 22-26, 28-32 & 33A

Outback Steakhouse
Australian-themed restaurant
Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, UG23-28, 30 & 61-63

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
American steak house
Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 108-110

Shanghai Min
Shanghainese restaurant
Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, UG2-13 & 45-51

The Banqueting House
Chinese restaurant
Empire Centre, 1/F

CNY Fireworks at Alfresco Lane
Tsim Sha Tsui Centre and Empire Centre, 66 & 68 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui; tsimshatsuicentre.com.hk.

  Tsim Sha Tsui Centre & Empire Centre
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