Foodie's Ultimate Valentine's Day Dining Guide 2017

Foodie's Ultimate Valentine's Day Dining Guide 2017

Brought to you by:   Stephanie Pliakas  Stephanie Pliakas | about 1 year ago

Our picks for the best date-night and singleton dining options, from luxury to affordable, this 14 February in Hong Kong



Whether it be a degustation menu at a three-Michelin-starred temple to haute cuisine or a cheap and cheerful meal at our noodle bar of choice, we all know the best way to a man (or woman’s) heart. So if you’re looking to impress your beau or belle with a fab Valentine’s Day dinner but don’t know where to start, we’ve narrowed it down for you with our carefully curated list of the restaurants featuring the best V-Day menus for memorable dining à deux, with a group of friends or even solo, from cosy and casual to supremely high end.


Over $1,000 per person

Above & Beyond


This renowned Chinese restaurant boasting breathtaking harbour views is offering a five-course set Valentine’s Day dinner on the 14th, priced at $1,288 per person inclusive of a glass of GH Mumm Rosé Brut NV champers. From pan-fried king scallops with black truffle and egg to wok-fried Wagyu beef with goose liver in abalone sauce, you’ll be dining in style. Also included are a selection of complimentary Crabtree & Evelyn skincare products for some at-home pampering, as well as the chance to win a stay in a Hotel ICON suite with a Tesla ride home (whoop, whoop!) – book by 12 February to be part of the lucky draw.

28/F, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, TST East, 3400 1318

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Amber

Exceptional lunch and dinner Valentine’s Day dining experiences are on offer at Chef Richard Ekkebus’ two-Michelin-starred gastronomic powerhouse. There’s a four-course set lunch ($1,488 per person; add $888 per person for wine pairings) and an even more extravagant eight-course candlelit evening menu ($3,188 per person; add $1,888 per person for wine pairings). Highlights include Ebisu winter oysters, poached foie gras, Patis poularde with black Périgord truffle, caviar tart, roasted blue lobster and Japan’s exquisite Amao strawberries. Whoa is us.


7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2132 0066

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Bo Innovation

Three-Michelin-starred chef Alvin Leung has pushed the innuendoes to the limit with his The World of Suzy Wong 15-course (yes, you read that right) X-treme Chinese tasting menu. It begins with caviar with smoked toro and tomato and culminates with Sex on the Beach, the chef’s infamous edible condom (not for the squeamish, mind you). In between there are courses entitled Tongue & Oyster, Baby Food, Sweet Bed, Kiss, Wake the Rooster and Kitty & Dicky. It may be gimmicky, but we’re intrigued. The price tag for this cheeky feast is $2,680 per person. Additional $1,880 per person for wine pairings.


1/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Wanchai, 2850 8371

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ÉPURE


Chef Nicolas Boutin has crafted a sensational St Valentin menu at this one-Michelin-starred restaurant focusing on seasonal French ingredients. Available on 13 and 14 February, the five- and six-course menus are priced at $1,314 and $1,688 per person respectively. In particular, the dessert, Un peu, beaucoup, passionnément, a la folie, is a showstopper. Inspired by the game of ‘He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not’, the chef has used dark chocolate, pomelo, jasmine and apple to create a realistic-looking chrysanthemum that can be savoured petal by petal.

Shop 403, 4/F, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, TST, 3185 8338

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Hugo’s

For nearly 50 years, this old-fashioned fine dining European spot has been one of the most romantic restaurants in town, and Chef Marco Mehr has pulled out all the stops with his six-course Valentine’s Day dinner menu ($1,388 per person with a complimentary glass of champagne). Highlights include Gillardeau oysters with Oscietra caviar, foie gras terrine, truffle-scented sweetcorn soup, grilled US beef tenderloin and rose petal parfait with Valrhona chocolate cremeux, made with edible flowers.


Lobby, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui, 18 Hanoi Road, TST, 2311 1234

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ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge


This one is likely already booked up, but we had to include it for the sheer decadence. Just one lucky couple will have the chance to be served up a sumptuous tasting menu by Michelin-starred chef Philippe Orrico himself at the Top Table: a rooftop setting with some of the best views in town. The price tag for this once-in-a-lifetime experience? An eye-watering $3,888. If your wallet isn't quite so deep, you can check out the prix-fixe menus in the restaurant (from $788 a head) or the more casual lounge menu at $488 per diner.


29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, 2174 8100

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Seafood Room


This restaurant-with-a-view’s V-Day offerings straddle two price categories. At the top of the scale at $1,288 per person from 8:30pm is the five-course seafood-heavy menu, to include a glass of Prosecco or champagne, a red rose and a photo memento (a vegetarian menu is also available). Arrive before 7:15pm, though, and you and your loved one can dig into a three-course set menu, along with the aforementioned bells and whistles, for just $588 per person. If you book on or before 10 February, a glass of complimentary champagne is yours for the taking. Two special love-is-in-the-air cocktails ($148 each), the Cupido and Wild Love, will be available for sipping from 11–14 February. And if you’re single and ready to mingle, head to the rooftop from 9pm on the 14th for a singles’ party with live music (minimum spend of $150 per person).


26/F, 535 Tower, 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, 3708 9668

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Seasons by Olivier E.


Périgord black truffles are the shining stars of acclaimed French chef Olivier Elzer’s Black Diamonds Valentine’s Day menus. Barring the dessert, each of the V-Day dishes on the multi-course menus ($2,688/couple for four courses; $3,688/couple for six courses) is lavished with the heavenly aroma and flavour of black truffle, with premium ingredients including Balik salmon, caviar, langoustine and Camembert. You’ll leave your meal all truffled up along with a box of handmade pink macarons for some midnight snacking later on.


Shop 308, 3/F, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, 2505 6228


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Wagyu Takumi

We hope it’s not too late to book a spot at this 13-seat Michelin-starred French-Japanese fusion eatery. On 14 February, Chef Daisuke Mori will treat guests to a mouth-watering eight-course menu ($2,680 per person; add $980–1,280 per person for wine pairings). The most luxurious ingredients from Paris and Tokyo make an appearance, including hairy crab, oysters, abalone, blue lobster, pigeon, snapper and Wagyu tenderloin.

G/F, The Oakhill, 16 Wood Road, Wanchai, 2574 1299

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Zuma


This perennially popular modern Japanese restaurant’s collaboration with luxury British perfume house Penhaligon’s will launch on Valentine’s Day, and we can’t think of a more fitting partnership for the day of love. Mixologist extraordinaire Arkadiusz Rybak has crafted four new cocktails that mirror Penhaligon’s brand-new fragrance family, Portraits, which plays homage to four mysterious fictional characters. These cocktails will be available from 14 February–1 March, priced at $110 each, with guests receiving a fragrance sample with each tipple. Limited-edition fragranced Penhaligon’s Portrait handkerchiefs, fragrance samples and a complimentary Duchess Rose cocktail will be gifted to Zuma’s dinner guests on Valentine’s Day to commence the nine-course Zuma Valentine’s menu created by Chef Samuel Wilkes ($2,500 per couple). The pinnacle of the menu will be Executive Pastry Chef Eddy Lee’s chocolate masterpiece, Emotions of Chocolate (also available à la carte for $188).

5/F and 6/F, LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 3657 6388


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$600–$1,000 per person

Catalunya

It’s Spanish with a twist with Chef Ferran Tadeo’s multi-course Valentine’s Day menu ($788 per person; available 12–14 February). We love the sound of oysters with champagne, cod with truffle and asparagus, Hokkaido scallop rice and rose sorbet with red berries. Pair these dishes with Krug champagne, with special prices from $390 per glass. With each bottle of Krug purchased, diners will be gifted with a half-dozen French oysters. Specially created couples cocktails ($120 each) can also be sipped together.

G/F, Guardian House, 32 Oi Kwan Rd, Wanchai, 2866 7900

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CÉ LA VI

It doesn’t get much more romantic than CÉ LA VI’s open-air roof deck with its stunning views, but the Valentine’s Day menu at this modern Asian restaurant offers some stiff competition to the skyline spectacle. Available from 10–14 February at $1,288 for two, $1,788 for three (three’s a crowd? Never!) and $2,288 for four, the five-course set menu puts the focus on aphrodisiacs, with highlights including uni nigiri, Kumamoto oysters, Japanese red snapper and cherry-flavoured baba decorated with edible rose petals. Additional $488/person for NV Veuve Clicquot Rosé champagne pairing.

25/F, California Tower, 30–32 D’Aguilar Street, LKF, Central, 3700 2300

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Duddell’s


For a stylish Cantonese Valentine’s Day celebration, head to Duddell’s. Priced at $1,380 for two, to include two glasses of Ruinart rosé champagne, couples can share an assortment of Chinese delicacies including roasted duck broth with conpoy and black truffle, fried king prawns with water chestnut and mushroom dumplings in pumpkin soup. Also launching on 14 February – on Mondays–Fridays, for one month only – will be Duddell’s afternoon tea collaboration with British luxury jewellery brand Monica Vinader. The tea set is priced at $900 per person and includes an array of delectable Cantonese small bites, a selection of Fook Ming Tong premium Chinese teas and – the crowing glory – a coral Fiji friendship bracelet, symbolising good fortune ($1,400 retail value). Diners can also enjoy the tea offering at $238 per person, with a 15%-off voucher for Monica Vinader in place of the bracelet. But oh how we covet that MV bracelet!

3/F and 4/F, Shanghai Tang Manion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, 2525 9191

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FINDS


Chef Jaako Sorsa’s floral-inspired six-course Valentine’s Day menu ($788 per person, to include a welcome glass of sparkling red wine Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro) sounds blooming marvellous. The chef has innovatively paired edible flowers harvested from a small farm in his native Finland with luxury Nordic ingredients including oyster flowers, turbot, white asparagus and Finnish pike perch.


1/F, The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberley Road, TST, 2522 9318

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Foxglove

You’re in for one epic date night with this hidden speakeasy’s Valentine’s Day extravaganza. At 7pm, head to the Orient Express Cabin for a screening of one of the most romantic films of all time, When Harry Met Sally, along with gourmet movie snacks and themed cocktails. Then at 9pm, head over to the main Hangar room where the VoSSa duo will be serenading couples with their smooth love songs. A three-course modern European menu ($680 per person to include a complimentary glass of bubbly) will be served all night long.

2/F, Printing House, 6 Duddell Street/18 Ice House Street, Central, 2116 8949

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Gaucho


Though it may sound a tad sexist, this Argentine steakhouse’s Señor and Señorita Valentine’s Day menus ($1,200 per couple; 5–11pm on 14 February) certainly attracted our attention. Each four-course menu is tailored with either a masculine or feminine touch – for the mains, for instance, men get to indulge in a bacon-wrapped rib-eye while the ladies dig into pink seafood risotto. Dessert is a double serving of the Oreo, peanut butter and dulce de leche confection known as the chocotorta. Additional $498 per couple for Argentine wine pairings. A live illustrator will be on hand that evening drawing portraits to take home.


5/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2386 8090

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Hoshino Japanese Barbecue

This newly unveiled rooftop Japanese BBQ restaurant at Greater China Club is a fun V-Day option. Modelled after Fukuoka-style yatai open-air food stalls that showcase grilled foods and other local specialities, Hoshino’s menu is priced at $1,380 for two and includes multi courses of starters and salads, a grilled selection of either cuts of Wagyu beef or premium seafood, as well as veggies, eel rice, miso soup and dessert.


Unit A, 10/F, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok, 2743 8055

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Le Bistro Winebeast


This spacious yet cosy bistro is offering a five-course Valentine’s Day menu that’s a marriage of traditional French flavours with a modern twist. Available on 11, 13 and 14 February at $688 per person, recommended dishes include Fines de Claire oysters, duck confit croquettes, confit sole, roasted pineapple and financier cake. For only $200 extra, you can enjoy five wine pairings chosen by Winebeast’s impeccable staff.


G/F and 1/F, Tai Yip Building, 141 Thomson Road, Wanchai, 2782 6689

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Mercato


We’ve been big fans of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s casually sophisticated Italian restaurant since its opening, most notably for the affordable pricing. Chef Anthony Burd’s seven-course Valentine’s Day menu, available from 11–14 February, is a steal at $788 a head (the lobster and sea urchin risotto and US beef tenderloin with red wine truffle sauce are screaming our name). If you can sneak out of the office a bit early on the 14th, don’t miss the five-course early-bird menu, which can be ordered from 6–7pm at $588 a head.


8/F, California Tower, 30–32 D’Aguilar Street, LKF, Central, 3706 8567

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The Ocean

Beachfront dining is normally a harbinger of romance, so The Ocean’s multi-course tasting menu ($988 per person, including a glass of GH Mumm Cordon Rouge champagne) should perfectly set the scene. There’s smoked hamachi with roasted baby beets, spicy lobster bisque and salmon en croute amongst other sea-focused delicacies, with sweet treats including rose champagne granita with grapefruit foam and pepper-marinated strawberries with white chocolate foam.


3/F, Lobby A, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2889 5939


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Spiga


This glam Italian newcomer, opened by Michelin-starred chef Enrico Bartolini, may just have the most romantic seating in town: two curtained dining booths for dining à deux hidden along the entrance to the main dining area. But no matter where you are seated on Valentine’s Day, you’ll be sampling a sumptuous four-course meal ($1,388 per couple; additional Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin rosé pairing by the glass or bottle for $148/$728 respectively). Beef tartare, handmade ravioli with ricotta, broccoli and cuttlefish and veal cheek with pumpkin and horseradish are some of the highlights.


3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2871 0055

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TRi


TRi’s exotically glamorous decor oozes romance on any night of the year (we adore those dining pods), but the restaurant’s five-course Balinese Valentine’s Day menu takes it to another level. Priced at $880 per diner to include a glass of GH Mumm Cordon Rouge champagne, the menu is filled with heady spices and is ideal for sharing. We’re particularly enticed by the pan-roasted pigeon and the charcoal-grilled wild red snapper.


3/F, Lobby A, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2515 0577

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Under $600 per person

3/3rds
For a less traditional option on the 14th, check out this popular Wong Chuk Hang café cum restaurant's very first Valentine's Day menu. They'll be serving up four courses of deliciousness in their brand-spanking-new rooftop nursery garden, with each course offering a tempting vegetarian option as well. If we were going veggie, we'd opt for the fresh mozzarella salad with pesto and pickled tomatoes, gnocchi with mushrooms, rooftop veg and truffle oil and roasted artichoke with quinoa and preserved lemon, with chocolate fondant for afters. You get all this plus a glass of Veuve Clicquot for $560 per person – or shell out $720 a head for four courses along with free-flow champers.

22/F, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, 3462 2951

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Aberdeen Street Social


Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton’s UK import will be serving up a four-course British-inspired Valentine’s Day menu on the 14th at $550 per diner, to include a welcome glass of Prosecco paired with oysters with caviar and champagne mignonette. The dinner follows with a choice of roasted French quail with pancetta and crispy quail egg or Cornish crab with BBQ tomato. Choose between turbot with langoustine or roasted venison loin for the main, ending with strawberry Eton mess or chocolate tart for dessert.


G/F, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, 2866 0300


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DiVino


For those couples looking for something a bit out of the box on Valentines’s Day, DiVino is where it’s at on the 14th. Celebrity pastry chef Jeffery Koo will be treating guests to a live chocolate-painting performance on a human model. He’s also created a special Golden Ring of Love dessert ($98) for the evening, artisanal lollipops and handmade heart-shaped chocolate bonbons. Alongside all this sweet stuff, a DJ will be on the decks playing contemporary jazz. À la carte menu options – including cheese fondue and plenty of black truffle – are available should hunger pangs strike.


73 Wyndham Street, Central, 2167 8883

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Fishsteria


Launching on Valentine’s Day, Best Catch Tuesdays is for all the singles out there. On the menu are oysters at only $10 a pop (5–7:30pm) and free-flow AYALA Brut Majeur NV champagne and Bombay gin and tonics for $188 (6–8pm), plus icebreaker games aplenty. For those who catch their match, Fishsteria is offering a seafood sharing dinner for two ($888) featuring a raw seafood platter, lobster pasta and dessert to go (hint, hint).

111 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, 2343 8111

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Kaum at Potato Head


Spice things up with Kaum’s four-course Indonesian menu for the perfect relaxed V-Day evening ($800 per couple). Whet your whistle with two complimentary strawberry bellinis on arrival before savouring the delights of goku ikan tuna (marinated raw tuna with spicy coconut oil), prawn and scallop satay, pan-fried fillet mignon Java style and a selection of mini Indonesian pastries.


100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, 2858 6066

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Motorino


We say ‘I do’ to Motorino’s authentic Neapolitan-style pizza all year-round – made even more tempting this Valentine’s Day because it’s heart shaped. Each handcrafted pie (we’re partial to the spicy soppressata piccante and the cheese-tastic quattro formaggi – both $178) can be made heart shaped at request from 11–17 February, whether for dining in, takeaway or delivery. Or opt for the Date Night Special – a pizza of your choice, a bottle of sparkling red Gragnano wine and house-made tiramisu – for just $388.


14 Shelley Street, SoHo, Central, 2801 6881 and 15 Ship Street, Wanchai, 2520 0690

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Pirata

At $520 per person, Chef Stefano Rossi’s San Valentin’s menu is perfect for couples who love to share their food, Lady in the Tramp style. It’s seven courses of seasonal, homemade goodies, from the restaurant’s signature MMM (My Mama’s Meatballs), to the Amorini – pink-hued, heart-shaped pasta filled with asparagus and white truffle – to raspberry panna cotta. Now that’s amore!


30/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, 2887 0270

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Secret Ingredient


Avoid the maddening crowds and instead binge-watch some Netflix series in the comfort of your own sofa/bed with Secret Ingredient’s V-Day ready-to-cook service. For $550 per couple, Secret Ingredient will deliver all the fixings (all prepped and ready to go) needed to cook a three-course menu: mandarin orange salad with baby asparagus, fillet mignon, shrimp and truffle risotto and chocolate lover’s mi-cuit. Delivery can be arranged for 11, 13 and 14 February and must be pre-ordered by 10 February.

www.secretingredient.com

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Yum Cha

Yum Cha’s red bean rose buns and pineapple lovebirds are too cute for words. You can learn how to make your own at this creative dim sum specialist’s Valentine’s Day workshops, scheduled for 11–14 February from 3:30–5:30pm. After getting hands on in the kitchen, you and your own lovebird will share a dim sum afternoon tea set for two, including two glasses of Prosecco. Price: $1,100 per couple.


2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, 3708 8081


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Zafran
Zafran’s Spanish-inspired Te Amo menu is four courses of decadence, priced at only $988 for two. Savour the likes of Hokkaido scallop carpaccio with caviar and truffle, charcoal-grilled Kobe beef or roast John Dory and heart-shaped strawberry cheesecake, Piece of my Heart (bless).

Basement, 43–55 Wyndham Street, Central, 2116 8855

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