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Put on your finest clothes and celebrate Diwali—India’s festival of lights—at Hong Kong’s finest Indian restaurants

Falling on November 4 this year, Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is India’s most important festival of the year that’s celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists. Known as the festival of lights, the name Deepavali pays tribute to the row (avali) of clay oil-wick lamps (deepa or dipa) that people light outside their homes to get rid of darkness. The holiday takes place on the day of the new moon—a time when darkness is everywhere—and these lamps are believed to help dispel darkness and bring goodness and purity. 

The festival usually lasts five days and happens during Kartika, the Hindu lunisolar month which takes place between mid-October and mid-November. Bring out your finest clothes this Diwali and celebrate the festival at the best Indian restaurants in Hong Kong listed below:

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Chaat

For one night only, Chaat at Rosewood Hong Kong will be serving a tasting menu specially created by chef Manav Tuli on November 4. Inspired by the Hindu tradition of sharing mountains of food with friends and family during Diwali, the meal will feature a family-style Tandoori Kebab Platter which includes lamb boti kebab with mint chutney, tamarind-glazed tandoori pork ribs and tandoori foie gras. 

Other dishes such as lobster rasam, a South Indian-style spicy lobster soup, as well as a pan-fried Kerala-style halibut pollichathu with a side of butternut squash will also be served. For dessert, the chef will be putting a special spin on the classic Eton mess, incorporating traditional Indian strained and spiced yoghurt with berries into the classic English treat. 

Priced at HK$1,288 per person, Chaat’s Diwali menu will be available on November 4 only. For reservations, please contact hongkong.restaurantreservations@rosewoodhotels.com or view the whole menu here.

Bengal Brothers x Honky Tonks Tavern

Bengal Brothers and Honky Tonks Tavern will be collaborating to cook up some delicious Indian street food bites for Diwali on the evening of November 3. For food, they’ll be offering four a la carte items on the day: samosa chaat, a crispy smashed samosa with pomegranate, yoghurt and chutney; Kerala fried chicken, curry leaf marinated chicken poppers served with a group mustard dip; Tamil pepper beef roll, a braised beef short rib dish with fennel and star anise, coconut chutney and tempered curry leaf; and lastly, the achaari paneer roll, charred cottage cheese marinated in pickling spices, mint and cashew chutney. 

Drinks-wise, you can choose from a pomelo IPA from Indian craft beer brand, Bira 91; a lager from Brooklyn lager; a spicy lassi slushie; or a tamarind margarita. 

Bengal Brother x Honky Tonks Tavern will be celebrating Diwali on November 3 from 5pm at Honky Tonks Tavern

Honky Tonks Tavern, G/F, 75 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, instagram.com/honkytonkstavern

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Chaiwala

From November 1 to 7, Chaiwala will be celebrating Diwali with their special sharing menu. Start with small plates such as the pani puri with jal-jeera, made with traditional Jal-Jeera cumin flavours and served with potatoes and channa masala, aloo tikki chaat with spiced potato cakes, curried peas, tamarind chutney and sweet yoghurt; and a boneless Bombay fried chicken tossed in spice mix and curry leaves.

The menu also comes with curries and tandoor dishes including Old Delhi butter chicken, kerala fish curry, pink salt salmon, chicken tikka, and tandoori lamb chops. The meal ends with a Diwali sweet box that includes a curated assortment of Indian sweets. 

Chaiwala’s Diwali menu will be available from November 1 to 7. The menu is priced at HK$520 per person and an optional HK$240 drinks package will be available. 

Rajasthan Rifles

The Peak’s Rajasthan Rifles will be celebrating with a one-night-only feast on November 4. Catered to groups of four or more, the restaurant will be offering a sharing-style menu, Chef Palash Dreams of Diwali. Featuring a chaat counter, the team will be preparing different versions of the Indian snack including the bhel puri with puffed rice, tamarind chutney, onions and tomatoes, the samosa ghungi, as well as the aloo papdi with potatoes, yoghurt and chutney. The menu will be vegetarian-focused, however, you can also choose to add on restaurant signatures such as the butter chicken and the railway mutton curry. 

Rajasthan Rifles’s Chef Palash Dreams of Diwali will be priced at HK$627 per person. The celebration will be held on November 4 from 6pm for tables of four or more. Book your table here

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Bombay Dreams

Check out Central’s famed Indian restaurant, Bombay Dreams in its new location on 48 Wyndham Street in time for Diwali. If you’re looking for a special gift to give to family and friends during this holiday season, the restaurant has prepared a Mithai selection featuring classic Diwali treats.

Looking for a proper sit-down meal? Their tasting menu comes with numerous appetiser, mains and sides such as chukandar ke kebab, beetroot patties; murgh tikka peshawari, a boneless chicken marinated in yoghurt and spices; alleppey fish curry; and a vegetarian paneer khushrang, cottage cheese and bell peppers cooked in gravy. 

Gunpowder Indian RestoBar

A modern Indian restaurant in the heart of Wan Chai, Gunpowder combines home-style favourites with Western flavours, bringing out creative dishes such as paneer tacos, butter chicken with truffle naan and honey mustard salmon tikka. While the restaurant hasn’t advertised a special Diwali menu yet, order its normal tasting menu with the option of wine pairing for an impressive amount of food to keep you satisfied. 

Gunpowder Indian RestoBar, G/F, J Residence, 18 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2827 7777, mayfare.com.hk/gunpowder

Black Sheep Restaurant Group

If you’re looking for at-home dining options, Black Sheep has introduced a special Diwali menu that’s available for delivery. Whether you’re looking to feed groups of five or twenty, their veggie-friendly Dhanlakshimi, or the meat-centric menu, Dhamaka can be delivered to your doorstep on the day of your party. With signature dishes like the chickpea-based onion pakora, to the lamb rogan josh, and chicken tikka, the menu is filled with classic dishes that everyone knows and loves. 

Need a gift to bring over to the party? The restaurant group has also designed Mithai Box of Sweet Dreams, a pastel pink box of Indian sweets designed by the team behind New Punjab Club. Inside, you’ll find six handmade mithai in two variations, as well as Kaju barfi made with pistachio and hazelnut. 

Chef Palash Dreams of Diwali can be ordered via GO here (available 28 October through 6 November). Mithai Box of Sweet Dreams over 10 pieces require 24-hour pre-order.

For inquiries, please email guestrelations@blacksheeprestaurant.com

Tagline

Modern Indian and Arabic restaurant, Tagline, will be offering a special Diwali dinner set for two from October 15 to November 7. From starters such as falafel with pita bread and peri-peri paneer tikka, to mains including fish madras, butter chicken and vegetable quinoa, as well as a special Diwali sweets platter to finish, you’ll be able to try an array of flavours with this menu. 

Tagline’s Diwali menu will be available from October 15 to November 7 for HK$688 for two. 

Tagline, 4th Floor, 10 Prat, 10 Prat Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 5393 7474, taglinehk.com

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