Nothing gets in the way of true love – including dining restrictions! So, whether you’re looking for fine dining with a water view, a more casual restaurant experience, or a fun and delicious eat-at-home option, here are some romantic dining ideas for Valentine’s Day in Hong Kong this year, plus some other fun things to do!
Caprice at Four Seasons
For a Valentine’s Day lunch, you couldn’t impress your better half more than with some classic French cuisine. That’s what you’ll get at three-Michelin-starred Caprice, at the Four Seasons; and there’s also an extensive selection of wines to pair with Chef Guillaume Galliot’s inventive dishes.
This year, the restaurant is offering a special Valentine’s Day Lunch Menu ($1,788 per person). Available only on 14 February, it features an array of fine-dining delights. Dishes include a Land and Sea Tartare (with Australian wagyu beef, Tarbouriech oyster and Kristal caviar); langoustine with yellow wine sauce; a consommé of wild caught fish and obsiblue shrimp; and pigeon cooked with Rougie foie gras, blackberries and celeriac etuve in a light whiskey sauce. The exquisite-sounding menu concludes with a white chocolate bavarois and hazelnut ice cream, and something from the Caprice Cheese Cellar.
With its stunning location on the tip of Ocean Terminal, Harbourside Grill’s restaurant and terrace offer the kind of breathtaking views that’ll impress any date on Valentine’s Day. And the food is fab too, with the imported Spanish Josper grill playing a leading role in many dishes.
From 12 to 14 February, the restaurant is offering a Happy Valentine’s Day lunch menu ($888 per person). Executive Chef Armand Sablon has curated the dishes, which kick off appropriately with an aphrodisiac – Fine de Claire oyster with passionfruit and pink champagne granita; then, after a starter of foie gras terrine with cherry chutney on toasted sourdough, there’s a silky-sounding crab and scallop ravioli with sea urchin velouté. For the main, you can opt for Scottish beef fillet – served with baby artichoke, celeriac puree, fondant potato and truffle sauce – or seared sea bass with baby spinach, fennel compote and caviar beurre blanc. Vegetarians, meanwhile, can enjoy a wild mushroom, broccolini and truffle vol-au-vent. Finish in style with a dark chocolate mousse with strawberry jelly and vanilla ice cream.
Harbourside Grill | 2619 9100
Date by TATE
Ideal for a special stay-at-home fine-dining Valentine’s Day experience is the Gastronomy Gourmet Box from Date by TATE, the retail outlet of two-Michelin-starred TATE Dining Room. Designed for any intimate occasion, be it an end-of-the-week date night, an anniversary, or 14 February itself, each three-tiered Gastronomy Gourmet Box is for one person (hence the minimum order requirement of two boxes) and includes a signature bread basket, a “quartlet” of four small dishes, a choice of main course, and a dessert and mignardise set. You can also add on a choice of a half bottle of Champagne Billecart-Salmon Rose (375ml) or other extras.
What’s more, the experience works a bit like hotel room service; the Date by TATE team will arrange for pick-up of the finished Box the following day. It’s a fabulous zero-waste initiative, befitting the quality of the food. Recent menus for the Gastronomy Gourmet Box have included the likes of lobster with fregola and onion fondue, warm chestnut soup, and black cod with a kumquat Grenobloise sauce – not to mention financiers and chocolate bon bons!
Find all the details here.
For a romantic rendezvous, head to Hugo’s at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong this Valentine’s Day. There’s a special Five Course Set available for lunch, so you can surprise your significant other with some classic European specialties.
After a refreshing and artfully presented ham and melon appetiser (Italian 24-month Parma ham, no less), there’s a decadent foie gras terrine with raspberry mousse, red wine sweet onion and gingerbread gravy sauce; yes, red is a theme – it’s the colour of passion, after all! The restaurant’s signature lobster bisque follows, scented with brandy and topped with cream. It’s surf and turf for the mains: beech oven-roasted Atlantic lobster and US beef tenderloin, served with duchesse purple potato, cherry tomato, green bean and gravy beetroot sauce. Finally, the hotel’s pastry chef Gary Lau has designed a handcrafted Valentine’s Dessert with spicy chocolate hazelnut ganache, black truffle crème brûlée and raspberry valentine, a perfect combo of nutty aroma and fruitiness.
The menu is available on 14 February only, priced at $1,498. Reservations here.
French fine dining with Japanese ingredients is Arbor’s thing, in a setting by world-renowned design firm Yabu Pushelberg that’s inspired by nature and serenity. Sounds like just the place for a Valentine’s Day meal! (And, in case you need more encouragement, it has two Michelin stars…)
The restaurant’s enigmatic Valentine’s Day menu doesn’t give much away, with a single word describing most of the courses; but, trust us, you can be assured of an elevated dining experience, with absolutely top-notch ingredients. Those ingredients, for the record, are: eel; mochida tomato; tuna; lobster; pigeon or wagyu beef (supplement $320); genmaicha and caviar (supplement $440); strawberry; chocolate. The menu costs $1,688 per person, and you can also up-size the main course (the pigeon or beef).
The Verandah at Repulse Bay
Refined and yet relaxed, The Verandah retains the charm of the original Repulse Bay Hotel, serving traditional Continental cuisine with a modern twist. In short, it’s a great spot for a delicious meal and glass or two of wine with your loved one.
With that in mind, the St Valentine’s Day Lunch at the restaurant is one not to be missed – especially for seafood lovers! In fact, it kicks off with a fresh seafood platter for two, served at the table. After appetisers and salads from the buffet, and a lobster and wild mushroom bisque, there’s a choice of main courses, with a dessert platter and coffee or tea to follow. The special menu is priced at $688 per person.
To make a reservation, head to The Verandah’s website.
Perennial favourite The Peninsula has a range of enchanting experiences for couples in honour of Valentine’s Day this year, including some delish dining options. Each of the hotel’s acclaimed F&B venues – Gaddi’s, Chesa, Felix and The Lobby – has a special menu on offer; plus, every dining couple gets a complimentary portrait in a Valentine’s-themed photo frame, and a duo of handmade Peninsula chocolates in a decorative box. Gaddi’s has a six-course lunch ($4,988 per couple) available 13 and 14 February, while Chesa is offering a three- and five-course option ($2,388/$3,588 per couple), from 12 to 14 February. Alternatively, you can enjoy four courses at The Lobby on 14 February ($1,788 per couple); or head to Felix for a romantic weekend brunch on 12 or 13 February ($948 per person).
For those who prefer to dine at home, there’s also a “PenFare at Home” option. This selection of takeaway dishes created by the hotel’s chefs includes a cherry and milk chocolate cake; the perfect treat for sweethearts!
Visit The Peninsula online for information and reservations.
As the team at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental says, love is always worth celebrating! This year, they’re helping make Valentine’s Day extra memorable with a range of bespoke dining experiences, including at two-Michelin-starred Amber.
Chef Richard Ekkebus of Amber has designed a four-course ($2,238 per person) and eight-course ($3,498 per person) lunch for 14 February featuring stunning contemporary French cuisine; it also comes with a glass of Krug Grande Cuvée. Expect the likes of Hokkaido scallop with granny smith, moro kyuri and wasabi; and spiny lobster with winter root vegetables. There’s a beautiful gift for the ladies to take home, too: a decadent classic lime cake coated in crunchy raspberry chocolate! If you prefer to celebrate over the weekend, there are a couple of menu options, include a six-course Valentine’s Experience.
Two seatings on 14 February: 11.30am – 1.15pm (4-course menu) and 1.30-3.30pm (8-course menu). Landmark Mandarin
For a great Valentine’s lunch option in the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, Madame Fù is a beautiful contemporary Chinese restaurant located in an 1880s colonial building.
It’s offering a full menu of Valentine’s Day specials, with one stunning visual highlight being the Dim Sum Basket; it includes a gorgeous “Pink Rose” seafood dumpling and a bauhinia flower mushroom dumpling ($60). There are other love-themed offerings too; try the smoked French quail and quail egg ($281), spiced pan-fried garoupa with beetroot heart ($367) or strawberry pannacotta with rhubarb consommé ($138). And, of course, what would a meal here be without the signature roasted goose? You can get a whole bird for $888, or half for $488.
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