V-DAY DIN­ING

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.

HK Magazine - - VALENTINE’S DAY -

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.

Blue Pas­sion

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.

So Cheesy

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 Crav­ings

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

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