By: Melissa Stevens
When it comes to choosing Valentine’s Day restaurants in Hong Kong the options are endless. The question is: what kind of Valentine experience are you looking for? If your taste runs to the relaxed rather than the uber-romantic, a rooftop barbecue might fit the bill. If, however, you are looking to splurge there are plenty of restaurants pulling out all the stops with decadent Valentine’s Day menus. Here’s a round-up of different options from the casual to the restaurant so exclusive it only opens once a year.
ALTO features a classic grill menu with a twist and amazing vistas over Causeway Bay from the 31st floor of the V Point Tower. With interiors by Tom Dixon, and a contemporary menu by Michelin-trained chef Michael Boyle, it makes a great Valentine date night choice. They have a special 14 February menu at HK$1288 for two, featuring choices such as foie gras, roasted duck breast and decadent desserts.
Offering both a restaurant and rooftop bar, Skye definitely ticks all the boxes for Valentine’s Day restaurants. A contemporary French menu, creative cocktails from the in-house mixologist and a nightly DJ are three great reasons to stay and play; plus the outdoor zone is temperature-controlled, which means you can enjoy the view in total comfort. They are offering a six-course Valentine’s Day menu at HK$1280 per person.
From its position on the Kowloon peninsula, Aqua’s floor-to-ceiling windows afford diners one of the city’s best panoramas. The food is fresh and always en pointe too, making it a perennial favourite. The team at Aqua love an excuse to create something unique in both their Japanese and Italian kitchens. Their Valentine’s Day dinner menu is HK$1588 per person and features Hokkaido oysters and a glass of Veuve Clicquot, along with grilled Japanese wagyu beef, and rose petal sorbet.
Italian bar and restaurant Spasso is offering a Valentine’s set menu with plenty of extra goodies for diners. They have a 6pm-8pm seating with three courses for HK$558 and a five-course menu from 8.30pm for HK$778. All couples will get a free caricature if dining between 8.30pm–10.30pm, and female diners will get a rose and beauty voucher valued at HK$130. Diners also have the chance to win a couple’s spa treatment worth HK$3480 in a lucky draw.
Cafe Gray Deluxe
Cafe Gray Deluxe is a top spot year-round, but it has a carefully curated Valentine’s Day menu. Book a window seat and enjoy stunning views of the Harbour and let chef Gray Kunz and his team work their magic. With modern European food that rates as among the city’s best, Cafe Gray Deluxe is a great choice for Valentine’s Day. Their four-course menu is HK$1150 per person.
Spiga in Central is an Italian restaurant with a menu created by two Michelin star chef Enrico Bartolini. It is offering a four-course menu for HK$1,388 per couple. And if you are looking for a setting for a particularly romantic moment, there are two semi-private curtained dining booths for two – bookings are essential.
CE LA VI
Forget cliches of couples on Valentine’s Day at CE LA VI which is offering a Valentine’s Day tasting menu at HK$1488 for two people, as well as HK$1,988 for three people and HK$2,488 for four.
This Tsim Sha Tsui steakhouse will re-open for Valentine’s Day after a short closure for renovations. Its romantic four-course menu is HK$2,280 per couple. Menu options include seafood and Spanish ham platter, pan-fried New Zealand grouper, and vanilla creme brulee. Diners will also receive two glasses of crisp rosé prosecco and fresh-brewed tea or coffee to finish. Each couple will also receive a Folli Follie pouch, a HK$200 cash voucher, and the chance to win other prizes.
This American brasserie has rustled up a divine five-course menu for HK$888 per couple. The special menu includes butter poached King Crab leg, butternut squash soup, ribeye, and chocolate cheesecake.
Popular izakaya TokyoLima is offering a Nikkei-inspired sharing style menu of eight dishes by Chef Arturo Melendez for Valentine’s Day. Menu highlights include Tiradito of Desire with tuna, tamarind shoyu tiger’s milk and coriander chips and TokyoLima Guilty made with soba noodles and charred avocado tossed with with aji panca dressing and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. The meal comes to a sweet end with the caramelised Lust Apple topped with ginger cream and spicy apple cake. Dinner is HK$520 per person, and there is a sharing cocktail for HK$143.
FRITES Belgian beerhouse is offering a Valentine’s menu at its locations across Hong Kong for HK$475 per person. The menu features mussels, grilled red snapper, prosciutto salad, and chocolate fondant. Diners receive a complimentary glass of prosecco on arrival.
Argentinian GAUCHO is doing a three-course Valentine’s Day menu at HK$1288 per couple, with wine pairing an additional HK$588 per couple. Menu highlights include steak tartare, tiger prawns, and a velvet cupcake for dessert.
Taking fine dining to new heights is Le 39V. Enjoy the exquisite French cuisine as the harbour provides the perfect backdrop to your night out. Brought to Hong Kong by Michelin-starred chef Frédéric Vardon, the menu here mirrors that of the flagship restaurant in Paris – what could be more romantic than that? They have a six-course menu, starting at HK$4500 per couple, and HK$6380 with a bottle of Cristal.
Coyote Mexican Cantina
Fans of SoCal cuisine can enjoy Coyote Mexican Cantina’s Valentine menu for HK$988 per couple. Menu offerings include Maryland crab cake, grilled strip loin steak Tequila, slow-cooked baby chicken, and baked double soft chocolate cake.
Beef & Liberty
If your hunt for Valentine’s Day restaurants runs to the burger-centric then head to Beef & Liberty. Burger fans can enjoy the Double Trouble special from 6pm on 14 February. The deal offers two-for-one hamburgers at all their restaurants – the cheaper of the two burgers will be complimentary and each guest must order a beverage.
Lily & Bloom
This contemporary American restaurant and cocktail bar, located in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong in the LKF Tower, will have a five-course menu is priced at HK$688 per person. Menu highlights include dried aged beef tartare, glazed beef short ribs, and vanilla pannacotta.
This history of this stunning hotel is steeped in romance so it is fitting that it offers one of the most exclusive dining experiences for Valentine’s Day. In addition to decadent menus at Felix and Gaddi’s, Valentine’s presents the rare opportunity to dine at The Pool, a venue that is open to the public just once a year. Offering spectacular views of Victoria Harbour, the Roman-style swimming pool is one of the city’s most romantic spots and a magical setting for a Valentine’s Day tryst.
For a spur-of-the-moment Valentine’s Day celebration, head to MEATS. With no reservations, you can turn up when it suits to make the most of their set menu at HK$300 per person. Expect to find chicken liver pate, Galician octopus, confit duck leg and coconut lime pie on the menu.
The two-Michelin starred Pierre’s, on the 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental is offering a four-course meal at 6pm at HK$1988 per person, including a glass of champagne. The second seating begins at 8.30pm with a six-course menu for HK$3288 per person, including a glass of Rose champagne.
Uber-stylish Japanese restaurant ZUMA is offering a tasting menu for HK$1250 per person for Valentine’s Day. Their a la carte menu will also be available.
NB – a 10 percent service charge applies at most restaurants
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