Having the opportunity to see all the family members at Christmas under the current sets of restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 virus was not an easy task at all in Hong Kong. However, I managed to celebrate a memorable Christmas Eve with all my family members at Gloucester Luk Kwok (GLK) Hotel. The HKSAR government announced an extension of social distancing measures until January 6, 2021 just before Christmas. In other words, the current rule about public gatherings (i.e. only two people are allowed to gather in public) and ban on dining services after 6pm remained unchanged during Christmas time and this obviously affected our Seasonal Cheer Staycation Package at GLK Hotel.
What is more, the cupcake making class (which was included in our package) was cancelled due to the current social distancing measures. Special thanks should go to Mr. Ray Hon (from the Reservation Department) who suggested to offer us five Fresh Cream Cakes (1 pound each) or Black Forest Cakes (1 pound each) for the replacement of the cupcake making class. After taking the health and needs of our family members into consideration, Ray proposed to upgrade our our five superior rooms to premier rooms on the 25th floor instead of offering five cakes to us. We appreciated Ray’s care of us very much.
The change in our room type obviously allowed all ten of us to enjoy room service for our 4-hour “Unique Japanese Cuisine” All-You-Can-Eat Christmas Dinner comfortably in five very spacious and specially decorated rooms. Needless to say, the food was really good but most importantly, I would like to extend my gratitude to the two staff members from Le Menu for their wonderful service provided to my family members throughout the evening.
Not only did I need to reserve 5 rooms for my family members to enjoy themselves during Christmas, I had to reserve 5 tables for two for my family so that they could have dim sum on Christmas morning. Thanks to the staff at Canton Room for helping us to reserve 5 tables between 10am and 12noon even though the restaurant was fully booked on Christmas Day. The staff were really caring for the fact that their service to us was of the highest quality. The must-eat dishes include assorted dim sum platter, baked mini egg tarts, barbecue pork with liver, beef congee with preserved and salted eggs and fried rice noodles with scallops.