Just as we’ve managed to pull off a decent February 14th, it seems to hurtling around again. Stumped? Never fear – take inspiration from our guide to Valentine’s day activities in Hong Kong.
Jazz Valentine Dinner at LUPA by Mario Batali
Clink a glass of fine wine on 14 February at this fine Italian restaurant in Central’s LHT Tower, while feasting on the passionately planned menu and listening to tunes from Europe’s most popular Jazz singer Rigmor Gustavsson and Saxophone player Magnus Lindgren. We’ve got all the details of this delectable four-course menu right here.
Blend your own Bordeaux
Rope in a few other couples and sign up for The Flying Winemaker’s 1.5 hour wine blending workshop. Designed by winemaker and international wine judge Eddie McDougall, the instructor will demonstrate the basics of wine blending before you’ll couple off to create your very own signature wine blend to take home. Cheese and charcuterie will be served.
$HK1,000 for two; Friday 14 February 2014 from 7pm-8.30pm
The Flying Winemaker Tasting Room, 18/F The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wanchai
Order your Valentine’s Day flowers online
Go on, you old romantic – impress your sweetheart this 14 February with long-stemmed roses or a stunning bouquet of flowers from Giftflowers.com.hk. Delivery is free to all metropolitan areas, and you can make the surprise even more special by choosing a floral gift with chocolate, bears and champagne.
Head out of town for the eve’!
Enjoy a sneaky night away
Slip out of work a little early on Friday 14th and check in at Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong for the Valentine’s Day Treat Package (from HK$3,199). Bunker down in a Mountain View Room, feast on a 5-course dinner menu at the White Chapel and recharge over a long brunch the next morning. A few hours in the couple’s spa room at the award-winning Spa Botanica is a must – for the sea view alone!
Be seated for Lily & Bloom’s 5-course menu with cocktail pairing
Head Chefs Billy Otis and Krzysztof Bandel have devised a 5-course tasting menu (HK$495) that’s sure to impress your sweetheart. But the best part is that for an additional HK$200 there’ll be a specially crafted cocktail to complement each course, courtesy of award-winning Group Mixologist Eric Stephenson. Sip and swirl on fine tipples including ‘Kiss in Paris’ and ‘Queen’s Affair’.
Cooking for your sweetheart?
Let Secret Ingredient lend a little helping hand in the kitchen. Head Chef Jesse Teh has designed the perfect V-day menu: Roasted Lobster and Black Truffle Linguini with Secret Ingredient’s signature side salad. Plus, a decadent ‘Mi Cuit’ Chocolate Cake with an exotic berry coulis for pud’. All you’ll need (besides 20 minutes cooking time) is a large frying pan with a lid, colander, sauce pot, fork, salad bowl and a visible clock. Pre-order for $HK500 for two servings.
And don’t forget the bubbly!
Etc wine shops’ chief sommelier Mathieu Marc Pouchan recommends the prestigious Krug 2000 (Gift Box, HK$2,150) as his top choice this Valentine’s Day. The Champagne house is known for its quality and exclusiveness – “no mistakes will be made by choosing the best Champagne for the person who has your heart,” says Mathieu. We couldn’t agree more.