Restaurants expect full house on Mother's Day

May 08, 2015 12:33
Restaurants will charge extra on Mother's Day, but that hasn't quelled the rush for table bookings. Photos: Bloomberg, Internet

Hong Kong's restaurants are gearing up for an expected jump in business as families will celebrate Mother's Day this Sunday.

Several establishments have already seen a jump in table reservations, with diners not deterred by the special pricing for food items that day. 

Ming Pao Daily cited a spokesman for The Peninsula Hong Kong as saying that seats for its buffet service are already fully booked.

Due to rising costs, the price of the lunch and dinner buffet at Peninsula on Mother’s Day will be HK$1,088 (US$140) for each adult, a 10 percent increase compared to last year and a 42 percent premium compared to the pricing on normal weekends, the spokesman said.

For each child, the price will be HK$688, 17 percent higher than the HK$588 charged last year.

Luxury hotel InterContinental Hong Kong, meanwhile, will keep the price of its lunch buffet unchanged but will increase the dinner buffet price by 3-4 percent. That will take the price to HK$898 for each adult and HK$598 for a child.

Rare food, such as whole abalones and Argentine red shrimps will be served, and there will be free family photo-taking services for guests.

Some Chinese-food restaurants also said reservations are basically full for this Sunday, even though the prices will be raised by high-single digits that day.

Simon Wong, chairman of Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades, however said the price increase by restaurant operators in general this year was not as aggressive as in past years.

Rates will be up only about 5-6 percent, he said, adding that there will also some restaurants who may actually offer discounts to attract customers on Mother’s Day.

As to flowers for mothers, a bundle will cost between HK$500-600 on average, according to a flower shop in Mong Kok.

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