It’s not that far away: Book your Valentine’s table now before you end up squashed into the corner of your local cha chaan teng.
From Paris with Love Ring Fling
Here’s a unique V-Day promotion geared toward the ladies: In addition to offering a six-course Valentine’s Day dinner, Hooray Bar & Restaurant has partnered with renowned jewelry brand Jan Logan to offer a lucky diner the ring of their dreams, valued at up to $12,000. From Feb 12-14, guests are encouraged to sketch their ultimate ring design while dining at the restaurant, with the top submission as selected by Jan Logan receiving the very ring they designed. And the gift-giving doesn’t end there: 10 couples will also receive consolation prizes, with their own ring produced by Jan Logan at material costs (design costs waived). If you’re not a lucky winner there’s still an incredible meal to enjoy, featuring Japanese spot prawn tartare, shellfish consommé, sous vide salmon, and cured duck breast in a curry emulsion. Available Feb 12-14, $580 + 10 percent per person. P502, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Rd., Causeway Bay,
2895-0885. As Valentine’s Day falls on the weekend this year, a romantic brunch can say “I love you” just as much as a candlelit dinner for two. Fine dining restaurant Épure has partnered with fashion house Lanvin to create a tasting menu from Feb 10-14, inspired by two of their classic scents. Available as six or eight courses, the menu features the flavors of comice pears, jasmine and rose in dishes such as smoked Normandy salmon, faisselle cheese caviar, poached French lobster and Corsica sheep’s milk cheese with black truffle vinaigrette. The V-Day brunch on Feb 14 is a four-course variation of the tasting menu. $520 for four-course brunch (Feb 14); $1,314 for six-course tasting, $1,588 for eight-course tasting (Feb 10-14). Shop 403, 4/F, Ocean Centre, 17 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3185-8338, epure.hk.
Love on the Southside Red Wine Lips
Dine with your loved one at Promenade Restaurant this Valentine’s Day, with a romantic dinner buffet surrounded by views of Victoria Harbour. Start the meal with a glass of Glühwein—red wine mixed with clove, cinnamon, star anise, vanilla bean, nutmeg and sugar, then heated until steaming. The sweet mulled wine opens the appetite before you feast on mouthwatering selections of grilled US pork skewers with red onion marmalade, rosemary rack of lamb, slow-cooked wagyu beef, and poached figs in red wine for dessert. Pastry chef Barry has also prepared an extraspecial dessert for the occasion: a red lip-shaped strawberry mousse cake with four layers of cookie, sponge cake, mousse and chocolate. You can believe it’s lip-smackingly good. Available for lunch ($398) and dinner Feb 13 ($588) & Feb 14 ($688). 7/F, Harbour Plaza Metropolis, 7 Metropolis Drive, Hung Hom, 3160-6880. Le Meridien Cyberport whips up a culinary storm this holiday with V-Day menus available at all of its dining outlets. Prompt offers a fresh seafood dinner buffet ($698 per person, Feb 12-14) with a variety of sashimi, sushi, cold cuts and smoked fish along with salads and hot dishes. The romantic alfresco dining room lets guests savor a long, relaxing meal—paired with excellent vintages from the restaurant’s extensive wine list. Meanwhile, at Nam Fong head chef Jacky has conceived a tantalizing set menu ($1,488 + 10 percent for two people, Feb 14) featuring wok-fried angus beef with mushrooms and braised South African abalone for an exotic twist. Craving Japanese? Head to Restaurant & Bar Umami, which has a seven-course menu ($1,888 + 10 percent for two, Feb 14) including lobster with sashimi, shishamo salad, crabmeat rice patties and salt-grilled baby snapper.
Le Meridien Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Rd., Pokfulam, 2980-7788.
Pink and Red
An extra-special V-Day menu awaits at Ammo, one of the most romantic tables in town situated in a stunning heritage site in Admiralty. The European restaurant serves up a colorful and vibrant menu this holiday with tasty creations for both meat- and seafood-lovers. Handmade gnocchi with crab meat and pancetta shows off the skills of the pasta savants in the kitchen. Meanwhile from red prawn mojito with heirloom tomatoes and pomelo to kobe beef two-ways with pink potato, almond crust and Bourbon sauce, Ammo’s V-Day menu is a delicious spread of pink and red, celebrating the colors of the season.
$1,080 + 10 percent per person includes a glass of champagne. Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, 2537-9888, ammo.com.hk.
A Woo-nderful V-day
There’s no better way to set the mood than on the 21st floor of The One looking out over the bustling Tsim Sha Tsui streets and Victoria Harbour beyond. Wooloomooloo Prime showers lovebirds with romance this Valentine’s Day alongside a multi-course menu spanning land and sea. Start with the seafood medley, a mountain of fresh ocean jewels: shucked oysters, prawns, Scottish crab claws, sea scallops and lobster. The borlotti beans velouté will warm you up from the inside out, while the grilled Australian Black Angus sirloin is a hearty course for meat lovers. Finish the meal with a spread of signature desserts, from apple crumble tart to rum baba with mascarpone chantilly.
$1,850 + 10 percent for two people. 21/F, The One, 100 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2870-0087, wooloo-mooloo.com; also available at the Causeway Bay location.
Wine and Dine Spanish Romance
With spectacular views overlooking Victoria Harbour, Tapagria‘ s V-Day menu is a seductive sampling of Spanish cuisine, with a special menu evoking the charming cobbled streets and old-world romance of Barcelona. There’s no better way than bubbles to kick off the night: start with a glass of Moët & Chandon Imperial, followed by a selection of tasty tapas including crisply suckling pig, fried padron peppers and seared tuna with tomato salsa and caper berries. Seafood courses include pan-seared scallops on celeriac purée and Tapagria’s signature seafood paella featuring a fresh selection of prawns, mussels and squid.
$1,500 per couple, $780 per individual includes a glass of Moët. 18/F, The One, 100 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2147-0111, tapagria.hk. With a newly opened space on Thomson Road, Le Bistro Winebeast still retains its intimate charm, with comforting French dishes complemented by a much larger wine cellar. The dinner tasting on Feb 14 starts with a crab roll with wasabi and passionfruit followed by an organic egg and truffle dish, scallop and oyster with enoki mushrooms, and quail with pan-fried foie gras. Top off the night with a chocolate dome over wasabi ice cream. $688 per person, $888 with wine pairing. G/F & 1/F, Tai Yip Building, 141 Thomson Rd., Wan Chai, 2782-6689, winebeast.com.
King Parrot Group has created menus this year inspired by the color blue—representing the serenity and calmness of love—instead of the traditional red and pink. Whether your relationship is more of a calm sea or a turbulent tide, you can find solace at one of King Parrot’s affordable V-Day menus around the city, available from Feb 12-14. Head to Coast Seafood & Grill for authentic Mediterranean food ($620 menu for two), or stop by Mijas Spanish Restaurant to take advantage of the stunning garden terrace ($880 per person). Book before Feb 12 to receive a $50 coupon (with $100 deposit), along with a complimentary gift on the night.
Coast Seafood & Grill, Shop C, G/F, 9-11 Cleveland St., Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, 2576-8650.
Mijas Spanish Restaurant, Shop 102, 1/F, Murray House, Stanley, 2899-0858.
Beauty and Bubbles
Head to Harlan’s Bar and Restaurant this V-Day to fall in love over foie gras, braised abalone and oscietra caviar. The eight-course menu showcases the use of top-notch ingredients from Europe and Japan, in luxurious dishes from organic egg yolk with uni, oscietra and brioche to butterpoached lobster in a bisque with lemongrass emulsion. Expect a special dessert for sharing from Harlan to end the meal on a sweet note. As part of the Valentine’s Day special, ladies can also enjoy a complimentary make-up service at Beauty Bazaar in The One to get primped and pampered for the big night out.
Eight-course dinner is $1,380 per person + 10 percent.
19/F, The One, 100 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2972-2222.
For those couples who still insist on sending each other V-Day sweethearts and handmade cards, a heart-shaped pizza is the perfect lovey dovey meal to share as you cozy up in a booth at Neapolitan pizzeria Motorino. Available from Feb 8-14, diners can request the restaurant’s expert pizzaiolos to shape their pizzas into a heart—a fun way to say “I love you”, not to mention a great Instagram op. Featuring a puffy charred crust and premium Italian ingredients from soppressata to fior di latte mozzarella, Motorino’s handcrafted pizzas hit the spot every time. Dine-in or order delivery (available from noon-10:30pm) and top off the meal with a rich torta al cioccolato ($98) for dessert. 15 Ship St., Wan Chai, 2520-0690;
14 Shelley St., Central, 2801-6881.
Standing The Test of Time
Celebrating its 18th year as a Central landmark for Spanish cuisine, Olé continues to honor old-school romance with a four-course Valentine’s Day menu accompanied by serenading guitarists. The evening of amor in the terracottatiled Mediterranean-themed restaurant begins with starters of garlic shrimp, 48-month-old Iberico ham and Basque-style stuffed spider crab. The fisherman’s seafood stew to follow is a rich and warming broth, while mains allow guests to choose from juicy prawn and clam rice, pan-seared red mullet and the signature slow-roasted suckling pig. A touch of theater ends the night as the table lights up courtesy of the orange flambé Catalan cream dessert. $550 + 10 percent per person includes a glass of Moscatel. 1/F, Shun Ho Tower,
24-30 Ice House St., 2523-8624.
Cantonese food may not scream romance, but the eightcourse tasting menu at Duddell’s will put you in the mood for love. The two-Michelin-starred restaurant serves up an array of seasonal dishes, starting with chilled abalone with caviar and barbecued Iberico pork with honey, moving on to braised fresh crab claws with shrimp paste and steamed egg white with bird’s nest, and finishing with wagyu beef rolled with enoki mushroom and fried rice with fresh shrimp and black truffle. Ladies will receive a specially created bottled cocktail mix, rose tea buds from Fuk Ming Tong, and a pack of Ruinart nougat to commemorate the night.
Available Feb 13-14, $1,080 + 10 percent per person includes a glass of Ruinart Rosé. 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St., Central, 2525-9191, duddells.co.
Promenade’s mouth-shaped strawberry mousse cake: Lips too good to eat