This festive season, The Upper House is aglow with a Christmas tree inspired by the iconic street signs of Hong Kong in collaboration with architectural studio, COLLECTIVE and Streetsign HK, which will be auctioned off to raise funds for local charity ImpactHK. Café Gray Deluxe hosts its final Christmas feasts and a New Year’s Eve dinner to remember as it brings 11 years of being at the heart of Hong Kong’s dining scene to an end with its last day of service on 31 December 2020.
For the past four years, The Upper House has commissioned a one-of-a-kind tree that incorporates sustainability. This year, international architecture studio, COLLECTIVE, presents a design that embraces heritage sustainability which integrates the role of culture through cultural heritage and creativity.
Inspired by Hong Kong’s iconic illuminating street signs and with the guidance of Streetsign HK, a group that advocates street signs as urban cultural heritage, COLLECTIVE reinvigorates the fading art of neon sign making with the creation of the “Doodle Tree”. Breaking with convention of 2D neon signs, the team and Mr. Wu Chi Kai, one of only three remaining local craftsmen, expertly fabricated the neon tubes into 3D form through perpetual experiments and traditional heated glass bending techniques.
“Without falling into ‘heritage kitsch’ we didn’t intend to create any legible neon signage and one will not perceive any ‘language’. We imagined a design that represents a seemingly random free flow of glowing energy, hoping to bring modernity to an object which is still a labour of heritage,” said Betty Ng, Founder of COLLECTIVE.
The “Doodle Tree” was revealed at The Upper House entrance on 18 November 2020, followed by an Up Close with the Betty Ng of COLLECTIVE, joined by Kevin Mak of Streetsign HK, and moderated by Ikko Yokoyama, Lead Curator, Design and Architecture of M Plus museum.
In the spirit of giving, The Upper House is placing the tree up for auction with all proceeds benefiting ImpactHK, a local charity dedicated to helping the homeless in Hong Kong. Interested parties can put forward their bids by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org until 31 December 2020. Starting bid from HK$40,000.
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All Things Festive at Café Gray Deluxe
The team at Café Gray Deluxe are putting on decadent feasts to celebrate the last festive season of the ‘grand café’. Savour the Cafe Gray Deluxe’s cuisine with a Festive Afternoon Tea, classic set menus for the whole family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and a decadent New Year’s Eve Dinner.
Festive Afternoon Tea
Indulge in a selection of sweet and savoury delights including Smoked Salmon Blinis, Terrine De Campagne, Dresdner Stollen, Pistachio Frangipane Tartelette and Gingerbread-Chocolate Gateaux. Select from the classic tea offerings or sip on a traditional warming Mulled Wine or glass of bubbly for a little festive tipple.
HK$310 for one person and HK$560 for two persons
Mulled Wine and can be enjoyed with a supplement
Available from 1 – 31 December 2020 (3:30pm – 5:30pm daily)
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Take in the panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and indulge in a delectable menu featuring Carabinero Tartare, Roasted Turkey Consommé, Seared Duck Breast and more.
Christmas Eve Dinner
4-course menu at HK$1,550 per person (6pm – 8pm)
6-course menu at HK$2,350 per person (8:30pm – late)
Christmas Day Lunch
4-course at HK$995 per person (12pm – 2:30pm)
New Year’s Eve Dinner
Bid farewell to Café Gray Deluxe and end 2020 high above the city lights. Delight in an exquisitely curated menu featuring Kingfish Tataki, Alaskan King Crab Tortellini, Triple Seared Wagyu Striploin and Grand Marnier Nougatine Semifreddo.
4-course at HK$1,650 per person (6pm – 8pm)
6-course at HK$2,950 per person (8:30pm – late)
Family-style Sharing Menu
It’s a feast in the Sky Lounge with a family-style sharing menu enjoyed fireside. Featuring Coffee Rubbed Beef Striploin or Turkey Roulade, delicious sides of Buttered Carrots, Twice Baked Sweet Potato, Honey Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Chocolate and Passion Fruit Baked Alaska. Choose from a wide selection of beverages including barrel-aged cocktails.
Priced from HK$700 per person
Available from 15 – 30 December 2020 for lunch and dinner (12pm – 2:30pm, 6pm – 10:30pm)
Subject to availability
C’est Cheese – The House Cheeserie, Level 6
Since its launch in September, the pop-by has become a popular go-to for artisanal wine and cheese lovers. There’s no better way to enjoy the crisp winter air than with a cheese board of baked Vacherin Mont d’Or or Goat Cheese Toasties at The Lawn.
Available from 1 – 31 December 2020 (3pm – 11pm)
Every afternoon in December, Level 6 will display an array of festive delights, including Cranberry Apple Crumble Tartelette, Rum Raisin Walnut Cheesecake, Vanilla Raspberry Gateaux, and Chocolate Covered Pretzels for all to enjoy.
Submerge in the festivity around the House and explore the nearby Pacific Place to find amazing gifts, festive workshops, a Christmas market and so much more. Available from HK$3,900 per room per night, “The House is Aglow” room package includes daily set breakfast and a 3-course dinner for two at Café Gray Deluxe, as well as a HK$500 gift card. The Upper House will be donating HK$60 from every “The House is Aglow” room booking to ImpactHK.
Valid until 30 December 2020
Pamper loved ones with a surprise stay at The Upper House. A time-limited sale for accommodation will go live in December, stay tuned for sale announcements on Facebook @upperhousehongkong and Instagram @upperhouse_hkg.
All prices are subject to 10% service charge.
To make a restaurant reservation, contact: +852 3968 1106 or info@cafégrayhk.com.
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