This Valentine’s, despite ongoing dining restrictions, you’ll still be spoiled for choice when it comes to romantic dining and staycations across Hong Kong. Here are some of our tops picks.
We all know Valentine’s Day as the one night of the year when the florists are all giddy and the restaurants are packed with doting couples. But you could be forgiven for not knowing the origins of this international occasion – and it has nothing to do with fat flying babies. Valentine’s Day is named for Saint Valentine, who is said to have been a priest who lived in Rome in the third century.
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The story goes, this valiant Valentine defied the decree of Emperor Claudius II, who banned soldiers from marrying in the belief that a single warrior was a better warrior. The priest (who is interestingly also the patron saint of epileptics and beekeepers) instead performed secret marriages, saving young men from conscription, until he was caught and put to death. He has been associated with love since the 14th century and his day is celebrated across the globe. Now that you have an interesting ice breaker, here are some of Hong Kong’s best dining and staycation experiences for Valentine’s Day 2022.
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Enjoy a contemporary six-course Valentine’s Day menu at Fumi (Feb 14, 12 – 6 pm, HK$1,280++ for two), available for dine-in or takeaway (Pre-order is required at least two-hour in advance: shop.lkfe.com). Highlights of the menu include Soft Shell Crab Salad with Sweet Chili Sauce; sashimi selection of Hokkaido Sea Urchin, Hokkaido Botan Shrimp, Young Yellowtail, and Hokkaido Scallop; grilled Lobster Hokkaiyaki; Miyazaki Beef in Sukiyaki Style; and Chopped Toro with Japanese Leek on Sushi Rice Bowl.
There’s also a Valentine’s Crab Feast Brunch (Feb 12 & 13, 12 – 3 pm, HK$588++ per person with free-flow options from HK$208++ pp) that features a selection of seasonal premium ingredients such as Hokkaido king crab leg, Miyazaki barbecue beef, sushi rolls and sashimi. The feast also includes an unlimited supply of appetizers, cold dishes, sashimi, sushi rolls, deep-fried and grilled items, and hot dishes from the buffet counters, as well as one main course. Don’t miss out on popular items like the King Crab Meat Salad; Crab Leg Combo; Japanese Grilled Beef with Yuzu Sauce; Japanese Maitake Mushroom and Vegetable Small Pot; and Braised Angus Beef with Onion Sauce.
Guests who opt for the Valentine’s brunch on February 13 2022 as well as Valentine’s Day set menu on February 14 will receive an exclusive natural skincare gift from Evolcare (one set per couple while supplies last).
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In honour of Valentine’s Day, the most romantic holiday of the year, The Peninsula Hong Kong is offering a series of enchanting dining experiences at acclaimed restaurants Gaddi’s, Chesa, Felix and The Lobby. Each of these venues will offer a special menu with dishes curated by the hotel’s award-winning culinary team. Every dining couple will also receive a gift to commemorate the romantic occasion: A complimentary portrait in a Valentine’s-themed photo frame, and a duo of handmade Peninsula chocolates in a decorative box.
In addition, the hotel offers the “Love Prevails” Valentine’s Staycation (for stays between Feb 12-15, HK$9,999) that includes accommodation in a Deluxe Harbour View Suite, Peninsula breakfast for two at The Lobby, a 20-minute ride in a vintage 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca de Ville, a bottle of champagne, an in-room aromatherapy bath experience, a heart-shaped chocolate amenity, and a HK$2,000 dining credit on selected hotel restaurants.
Pane e Latte
Take a chance on romance at Pane e Latte, Pirata Group’s Positano-inspired seaside panetteria on the Stanley Coast. Enjoy traditional, authentic baked goods, heaven-made gelato and an all-day breakfast menu for those late bloomers. Don’t go past the Lover’s Croissant Bomboloni – one lucky croissant muncher on February 14 will win an 18K white gold diamond ring from Emphasis Jewellery.
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with exquisite Italian flavours high above Central at Aria. Refined, elegant and inviting, Aria, located on the 24th floor of California Tower in Lan Kwai Fong, combines breath-taking cityscape views with exquisite contemporary Italian cuisine to create the perfect setting to set hearts aflame this Valentine’s Day. Its Valentine’s Day Menu ((Feb 13-14, 12 pm – 6 pm, HK$1,960 per couple ++, wine pairing HK$580++) begins with the Ostrica, Lamponi & Champagne, a freshly shucked Gillardeau oyster topped with champagne gel and fruity raspberry foam for a touch of sweetness. To follow, lovers will enjoy the Fegato Grasso & Fragole, a perfectly seared duck foie gras, served with strawberry and a touch of black pepper.
For the pasta dish, do not miss the Raviolo di Rapa Rossa, Burrata & Tartufo, a vibrant house-made beetroot ravioli served with burrata and topped with shaved truffle. For the mains, guests will start with the seafood dish, L’Astice, a beautiful lobster served in two ways, with citrus poached lobster tail and fried lobster claws, served in a rich lobster stock reduction with salsify; and the Petto di Piccione & Cereali, a cooked to perfection pigeon served with crispy cereal, with side dishes of kale, clementine compote, and pickled radish. Finish with an enticing dessert, Frutto della Passione Soffiato, a passion fruit souffle, served with heavenly clotted cream, and garnished with strawberry cotton candy. Couples will also go home with a complimentary gift set from EvolcareNatural.
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The Optimist’s Northern Spanish sharing-style menu will put a smile on the face of you and your significant other. For Valentine’s Brunch (Feb 12 & 13, 11 am – 3 pm, HK$398++ pp) start with a selection of three lip-smacking entrantes such as Summer Salad, Broken Eggs and Gambas “al Ajillo.” Main courses include Grilled Pork Ribs; Red Snapper; and Charcoal Roasted Chicken. Finish off the romantic meal with Basque Cheesecake or crispy Churros with Chocolate Cream. Vegetarian options are available upon request.
For the exclusive Lover’s Menu (February 14, 11 am – 1.30 pm, HK$690++ pp), The Optimist will serve up fresh Daniel Sorlut Oyster with ponzu pickled granny smith apple; zesty Gambas Al Ajillo; and homemade Black Truffle Croquettes before delivering signature Juicy Lobster Rice and tender New Zealand Chateaubriand with truffle mashes potato. To end the special occasion in a perfect way, celebrate with the delectable Basque Cheesecake with Red Berries.
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Towering above Lan Kwai Fong on the 23rd floor of California Tower, Izakaya-themed modern Japanese restaurant Kyoto Joe is offering a delectable seven-course Valentine’s Day menu (Feb 14, 12 – 6 pm, HK$1,960++ per couple) created by Chef Dow and laced with the freshest seasonal ingredients and available for dine-in or takeaway (Feb 12-15).
Highlights of the special menu include Sous Vide Abalone, slow-cooked abalone in Japanese-style and served with salmon roe; Hokkaido Crabmeat, Spinach topped with Sakura Salad; Sashimi Mori with king prawn, toro, buri, and salmon with caviar; Yaki Monowith Hokkaido king crab leg and asparagus; and Sendai Wagyu Sirloin with seared Wagyu served with wasabi mayonnaise.
In addition, there’s a Valentine’s Weekend Oishii Wagyu Brunch (Feb 12 & 13, 12 – 3 pm, HK$548++ pp) that includes an unlimited supply of appetizers, cold dishes, sashimi, sushi rolls, deep-fried and grilled items, and hot dishes from the buffet counters, as well as one main course. The menu features over 25 different food items, including unlimited sushi rolls, salads, appetisers, sashimi, Robatayaki grill selection, “Agemono” deep-fried and tempura dishes, and signature main dishes such as A4 Saga Wagyu Sirloin; Lobster & Scallop Hot Pot; Grilled Miso Silver Cod; and Unagi Fried Rice. End the meal with a stunning Premium Dessert Platter. Couples will also receive a free skincare gift set from Evolcare (while stocks last).
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The Murray Hong Kong
One of the city’s classiest hotels, The Murray Hong Kong, has both dining specials and a sexy staycation on offer this Valentine’s Day. Make for the Garden Lounge for a romantic afternoon tea (Feb 11-14, 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm & 4:30 pm – 6 pm, HK$728++ for two) which includes Red Velvet Cake with dark cocoa sponge cake and cream cheese, garnished with rose petals; Strawberry Cheese Tart; Rose and Strawberry Cookie; and pink Ecuadorian Chocolate Cake. The afternoon tea set also brims with an array of moreish savouries ranging from Foie Gras Micuit Brioche to Smoked Salmon Quiche with salmon roe; and the Sobrassada and Emmental Cheese Sandwich.
Alternatively, Popinjays presents a four-course early dinner (Feb 12-14, 4 pm – 6 pm, HK$1,088++ pp) that begins with fresh oysters served with sturgeon caviar, salmon roe and classic condiments (add-on HKD 328 for half dozen), followed by Hokkaido Scallop Ceviche and Black Truffle Risotto with Toasted Hazelnuts, and a choice of two irresistible main courses, including succulent Poached Boston Lobster with Topinambour; and Roasted Wagyu Beef Striploin. Complete the meal with White Chocolate Entremet.
Finally, the hotel offers the Ultimate Romance Staycation package (Feb 6-14, from HK$3,600++ per night, twin share) that combines an elegant afternoon tea, a three-course dinner and a lavish breakfast as well as a night’s accommodation including complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and unlimited movies.
Whilst Valentine’s Day this year may be overshadowed by the looming Omicron crisis, Ikigai Concepts is combining Italian romanticism with Japanese culinary art with its two Japanese-Italian Valentine’s menus – the five-course “Ai” Feb 12-15, 12 – 6 pm, HK$1,299++ pp) and six-course “Ti Amo” (Feb 12-15, 12 – 6 pm, HK$1,699++ pp).
Exquisitely prepared by the restaurant’s culinary team, the five-course “Ai” menu comes with a sexy medley of Burrata cheese with Japanese strawberry and Italian cherry tomato; pan-fried foie gras with caramelised Japanese apple, and a share a jet-flown Sushi Platter. Getting down to serious business, there is a main course choice of spaghettini with baby squid, and garlic shiso; and charcoal-grilled U.S. Angus ribeye.
Ti Amo begins with a refreshing capellini with Osetra caviar; and Ama Ebi in an avocado cocoon, before continuing with a delectable Sashimi sharing platter; the thinly-battered deluxe tempura platter of mouth-watering prawns and seasonal vegetables; Japanese-inspired Sicilian red prawn spaghettini; and charcoal-grilled Wagyu ribeye. Pair your meal with special V-Day cocktails: Sexy Elegance, with sake, lingonberry, jasmine, guava juice and homemade rosemary syrup; and Be A Man, with dark rum, Godiva chocolate liqueur, earl grey liqueur, homemade chocolate vodka and expresso.
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Italian eatery ciao chow‘s five-course Valentine sharing menu (Feb 14, 12 pm – 6 pm, HK$988++ pp, free-flow from HK$188++) starts with the likes of Wagyu beef tartare with Lilliput capers, cured egg yolk, chives pesto, and Dijon mustard; and burrata with heirloom tomato, semi-dried cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil.
The pasta course ranges from Pappardelle al Ragu, with homemade Pappardelle, beef cheek ragu, and Parmigiano; and Ravioli della Casa con Formaggio di Capra, handmade beetroot ravioli filled with goat cheese and served with butter and cream sauce; to Cappellini Ciao Chow, angel hair pasta served with lobster in crustacean bisque, and sea asparagus.
To follow, there are three options for mains; Passione Rossa pizza with burrata, `Nduja, cherry tomatoes, and tomato sauce; Cupido pizza with buffalo cheese, roasted potatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, and caramelized walnut; or Guancia di Manzo Wagyu Brasata, slow-cooked Wagyu beef cheek in a red wine reduction, topped with truffle and mixed berries. Finish with an enticing dessert, San Valentino, a beautiful berry Panna Cotta. Couples will also go home with a complimentary gift set from EvolcareNatural as well as an LKF Concepts e-gift card with HK$200 dining credit.
Alternatively, have Valentine’s Day dinner at home with takeaway sets (available Feb 12-15 HK$988++ per set) for takeaway or paid delivery.
Ciao Chow will also offer a Valentine’s Day brunch (Feb 12-13 12 pm – 3.30 pm, HK$488++ pp) that includes an unlimited supply of delicacies, including premium cold cuts and cheese selections, side dishes, salads, jet-fresh seafood, freshly shucked oysters, a roast carving station with whole fish and roast meat selection; VPN certified pizza and pasta selection that made to order, and a decadent dessert bar.
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Passion and seduction are on the cards at Tokyolima, with provocative couples sharing menus on offer. For Valentine’s Brunch (Feb 12 & 13, 11 am – 3 pm, HK$498++ pp) kick off with three sharing starters, including La Causa, Tuna Tartare, and Classic Ceviche. Butter up your significant other with Nithai Mussels and follow with a lovers’ platter, grilled USDA ribeye or a Tacu Tacu Bowl before finishing with a sweets selection.
Alternatively, the ‘Love Me Tender’ menu at Tokyolima Feb 14, 11 am – 1.30 pm & 2 pm – 6 pm, HK$498++ pp) is a romance boosting couples special, from the first course of Fresh Oyster Normandy #2, to the signature La Causa with beetroot puree, prawn tartare and tempura; and T-3 Salad – an earthy salad with pumpkin, poached quail egg, crispy glass noodles and a tangy Nikkei dressing. Then comes the must-try Yellowtail Tiradito, ‘Ki-mo-chi’ Fried Chicken, Maguro Nuevo and a Valentine’s twist on a Tokyolima staple – Tacu Tacu with Lobster. End the meal with a mystery love box filled with indulgent chocolate sweets. Vegetarian options are available upon request.
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This Valentine’s Day, modern Australian restaurant Hue, with its exquisite panoramic Victoria Harbour views, is the perfect setting in which to set hearts aflame. The Valentine’s Day set menu (Feb 13-14, 11 am – 6 pm, HK$1,080++ pp) begins with a series of stunning starters, including a choice of Australian quail served with braised lettuce, mushroom, hazelnut and shaved truffle; smoked mackerel served with creme fraiche, pickled cucumber, and a touch of dill oil; or oysters two ways, freshly shucked and topped with finger lime caviar and sturgeon N25 caviar.
To follow, there are three options for mains: perfectly grilled duck breast, served with swiss chard, dashi red cabbage, and seared foie gras; al dente gnocchi with mushroom, celeriac, truffle cream sauce and kale; or the Wagyu striploin served with black garlic puree, grilled leeks, and confit white onion. Finish with an enticing dessert, with the choice of raspberry heart topped with raspberry yoghurt mousse on shortbread chocolate biscuit; or Korean strawberries, with strawberry sponge cake, garnished chocolate-dipped strawberries.
A popular dining spot in Lan Kwai Fong since 1995, Tokio Joe presents an eight-course Lovers’ Set Menu (February 14, 12 – 6 pm, HK$2,400++ per couple, dine-in or takeaway, Feb 12-15). Guests will enjoy dishes like the Appetizer Trio, with Shirako tempura, crab leg and fresh Japanese oyster with ponzu sauce; Sashimi Moriawase, a selection of toro, red tuna with Akasu, seared Kinmedai and Shirako; Spicy Toro Tartare; Chef’s Choice Sushi; Dobin Mushi, a seafood and vegetable soup served in a teapot; Tempura Duo with deep-fried halibut and sea urchin tempura; Wagyu Usu Yaki, Wagyu beef rolls served with spring onions and garlic chips in a butter sauce; and as a sweet finish, Deep-Fried Banana with Strawberry Coulis.
Alternative the Buri Valentine’s Weekend Brunch (Feb 12-13, 12 – 3 pm & 3. 15 pm – 6 pm, HK$320++ pp) which is themed around the Buri yellowtail fish, a winter culinary delight. This exciting brunch commences with an assortment of Sashimi with Buri, Toro, Red Tuna, Yellowtail, Salmon, and Botan Ebi served at the table for sharing. To follow, guests can then indulge in an unlimited supply of delectable, made-to-order appetisers, sushi rolls, salads, and grilled and deep-fried items. Options for mains include Buri Teriyaki; Beef Goma Fumi; Joe’s Ramen with seafood and ramen noodles served in a lobster broth; Grilled Lamb Chop (additional HK$50); Seared Sushi Combo (additional HK$100); and A5 Saga Beef Hitokuchi Yaki (additional HK$200). End the meal with a selection of Ice Cream and a Fruit Platter to share and look out for a free skincare gift set from Evolcare, which stocks last.
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Porterhouse Seafood & Steak
Porterhouse‘s Surf & Turf-inspired Valentine’s Day sharing menu (Feb 14, HK$1,580++ pp) starts with a delicate starter selection, including freshly shucked Gillardeau Oysters; Taco Veal Tartar with truffle and pickled onion; and Provençale style Langoustine Tail. This is followed by Thermidor-style Broiled Lobster; or Beef Tenderloin served with port wine braised red onion, fried egg and pink peppercorn sauce. The main also comes with truffle mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. Finish with an enticing dessert, the Large Strawberry Souffle, served with raspberry jam heart, and Fior Di Latte ice cream.
Alternatively, Porterhouse Seafood & Steak will present a special Valentine’s weekend brunch (Feb 12-13, 11.30 am – 2 pm & 2.15 pm – 4.45 pm, HK$558++ pp), that features an unlimited supply of delicacies, including premium cold cuts and cheese selections, salads, soups of the day, jet-fresh seafood, freshly shucked oysters, a roast carving station, pasta and egg stations, and a decadent dessert buffet. Couples at both dinner and brunch will receive a complimentary EvolcareNatural Skincare gift set, while stocks last.
And if you prefer the great outdoors, the Porterhouse gourmet picnic basket (available Feb 14, HK$1,180++) comes with a vintage picnic basket and cutlery set for you to keep and includes the likes of truffle caviar tarts; foie gras Vol-Au-Vent; prawn cocktails; 50g of 36-months aged Iberico ham served with freshly baked bread; an Australian Wagyu sirloin Focaccia sandwich; a chocolate caramel tartlet; and a vanilla panna cotta. You can also choose a 375mm bottle of red or white wine.
Carnivorous couples will be in hog heaven at MEATS with a hearty Valentine’s brunch (Feb 12 & 13, 11 am – 3 pm, HK$390++ pp) featuring three starters, a main, a side and dessert. Starters include Duck Salad with pulled duck leg and hoisin sauce; smoked Pork Ribs; and Fish Tacos. The main course is a decadent Beef Wellington of grilled tenderloin rolled in a puff pastry with truffle oil duxelles and satisfying truffle mac & cheese. For dessert, there’s a Chocolate Disaronno Mousse served with strawberry in three ways.
A more premium ‘Love Me Tender’ menu (Feb 14, 11 am – 1.30 pm & 2 pm – 6 pm, HK$550++ pp with wine pairing from HK$198++ pp) with three starters, a main, a side and dessert, also starts with Duck Salad; a Chicken Liver Pate served with onion jam and grilled sourdough bread; and an appetizing Wagyu Carpaccio. Couples may choose either Beef Wellington or Grilled USDA Ribeye in Chimichurri sauce to share.
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This Valentine’s Day, spoil your significant half at District 8, an elegant yet casual bistro concept located at the Elements Mall Civil Square and at Greenwich Village in Tseung Kwan O, with both venues featuring alfresco dining options. The Valentine’s special menu (Feb 13-14, 11.30 am – 6 pm, HK$550++ pp) commences with three options for starters, including roast spiced quail, served with sweet corn and earthy Earl Grey sauce; butternut squash cannelloni served on top of yuzu and carrot puree and burnt orange for a touch of smokiness; and Hamachi crudo with salmon roe and preserved lemon.
For mains, choose from grilled Sagabuta pork cutlet served with red pepper chutney, fermented apple and potato terrine; seared tilefish served with white beans and chorizo casserole; Jerusalem artichoke risotto garnished with green peas and cured egg yolk; or the sharing Wagyu ribeye steak, served with bone marrow, kale and Béarnaise sauce on the side. Finish with an enticing dessert, with choices of salted caramel and crisp chocolate Éclair; or Crème Brulee garnished with marinated strawberry and fresh basil.
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Vive Cake Boutique
Keep Valentine’s simple and sweet with a delivery from Vive Cake Boutique‘s LuLu’s Lu-mantic Voyage collection, available until 28 February 2022. The bespoke cakerie’s tribute to “LuLu The Piggy” continues a winning series of sell-out Christmas and Chinese New Year cakes themed after the mischievously comical ‘blind box’ collectible.
The selection includes Luv Lu at First Bite (HK$988); Love You Like a Lulu (HK$980), VIVE’s signature uni-cone buttercream cake, decorated with pink confetti sprinkle and topped with a crispy upside-down cone; and Love Momentum (HK$880), an elegantly themed cake with fresh pink lily and white lisianthus. All are available in five optional flavours – Red Velvet Buttercake with Cream Cheese; Earl Grey Cake with Earl Grey Cream Cheese; Rich Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache; Banana Cake with Chocolate Buttercream & Crunchies; and Vanilla Sponge Cake with Mango and Yuzu Mousse.
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Give the dining restrictions the slip with a romantic picnic this Valentine’s Day. The Showman Group’s venues – Kinship and Brooklyn Yakuza – has created a special limited-edition picnic to help couples enjoy that time with their loved ones. The baskets (HK$1,000++) include a bottle of bubbles, two champagne flutes, rose petals & LED lights (to set the mood!), a classic red n’ white picnic blanket, a large woven basket (to keep and use for future picnics!), a series of love quizzes, a dedicated romantic playlist and a special trail map to find your secret dinner destination.
Highlights of the Kinship’s basket include grilled courgettes with soft quail eggs, marjoram butter sauce, and aged parmesan; seared Nordic salmon with fried aubergine puree, salmon eggs, shiso, and pickled enoki mushrooms; and Okinawan pork loin with fennel and harissa ketchup, fennel remoulade, and pork and sage sauce.
Highlights of Brooklyn Yakuza’s baskets include scallop ceviche in tosazu sauce, with smoked tomatoes, and tapioca puff; slow-cooked beef cheek with kabocha squash puree, and yuzu pepper sauce; and Truffle Soba with edamame and fresh winter truffle.
Not to be left out, Smoke & Barrel is offering an exclusive three-course Valentine’s Day dine-in only menu (Feb 14, HK$988++per couple) that includes New Orleans Shrimp with sweet rockmelon, pickled and brined cucumber, and baked tomatoes; deep south country terrine in Cajun-spiced, back bacon lardon; and smoked tri-tip rubbed with signature spice blend and BBQ sauce, sauteed baby potatoes, king oyster mushroom and spinach.
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Soho’s Majo has put together a delicious four-course meal to celebrate Valentine’s Day (Feb 13-15, 11..30 m – 6 pm, HK$580++ pp). This sumptuous Spanish meal commences with an assortment of sharing house-made tapas, including oyster served with raspberry Salmorejo “cold soup”; beef cheek croquettes topped with ceps cream; and pan-seared scallop topped with cauliflower cream, Jamon de Cebo and truffle.
To follow, guests will enjoy the paella course, the Arroz Meloso de Asparagus, which takes its name from the Spanish for “soupy rice”, and which is cooked with clams and prawns; and the main course, perfectly seared duck breast served with persimmon in two ways. End this delightful passionate meal with the decadent Postre, white chocolate mousse served with passion fruit and garnished with almond crumble.
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For a lively and vibrant Valentine’s, whisk your loved one away to Chaiwala and spoil them rotten with a lovely spread of South Asian delights. The Valentine’s brunch (Feb 12-13, 11 am – 3 pm, HK$348++ pp) and the ‘Love Me Tender’ menu (Feb 14, 11 am – 1.30 pm & 2 pm – 6 pm, HK$398++ pp) feature a number of Chaiwala’s signatures to spice up the evening. These include Pani Puri served with a refreshing Jal-Jeera sauce and Aloo Tikki Chaat – spiced potato cakes served with tamarind chutney and honey yoghurt.
This is followed by Tandoori Lamb Chops; Prawns Masalaedar cooked with onion, tomato, pomegranate and cashew nut; Dal Maharani with garlic naan. Complete your meal with the dessert platter or Jamun-stuffed Panna Cotta with Berry Salsa.
Make your way up the Peak to Rajasthan Rifles to collect your picnic hamper (HK$800++ pp) for a romantic picnic to remember. Hampers are designed for two and can be reserved for three hours and picnics – think chicken tikka club sandwiches, potato and green pea Samoas, and Ango-Indian preserved fruit cake – are available for daily collection between 12-6 pm.
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Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Sparkling tea brand and Grand Hyatt Hong Kong have created the ultimate sparkling Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea Set at Tiffin (Feb 14, 3.30 pm – 5 pm, HK$418++ pp) and Valentine’s Set Menu (Feb 14, HK$2,088++ per couple) at celebrated One Harbour Road.
The afternoon tea will feature two of Saicho’s luxurious sparkling teas – Jasmine and Hojicha – as well as a delectable selection of confectionaries including the delicate Coconut Profiterole, Spiced Pumpkin Homemade Foie Gras Mousse, and irresistible Sponge Cherry Mousse. Savoury bites include a Pomegranate Gel Pastrami and Mortadella Sub and scrumptious Smoked Salmon Quiche.
Alternatively, Grand Hyatt’s award-winning Cantonese restaurant One Harbour Road’s Valentine’s Set Menu begins with One Harbour Road Deluxe Appetisers, featuring pan-fried scallops, and crispy French quail leg, alongside a nonalcoholic choice of two complimentary glasses of Saicho’s three original sparkling tea flavours: Hojicha, Darjeeling or Jasmine. Other key features include Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek, luxurious Steamed Patagonian Toothfish, and a heart-warming Double Boiled Almond Soup.
Le Garçon Saigon
A soulful Saigonese meal with your amour awaits at charming brasserie Le Garçon Saigon. Dine on Chef Theign’s curated Saint-Valentin À Saigon (Feb 14, HK$588++ pp) menu, featuring six courses that encapsulate the cuisine and romance of a city once known as the pearl of the Far East. Embark on a journey as you start the meal with freshly shucked oysters and an off-menu Beef Tartare, with roasted tomatoes, lemongrass, and shallots, before the main event: a crispy Lemongrass Chicken and Whole-grilled Lobster with black pepper butter and fried buns. The meal finishes with the refreshing, signature Che Pina Colada, a harmonious blend of pineapple, pomelo, and a freshly churned coconut lime sorbet.
Soho seafood dry-ageing destination, Percy’s, invites diners to travel the seas with them this Valentine’s Day with a sensual sharing-style menu (Feb 11-14, HK$648++ pp), created by Chef Braden. The sensual three-course menu brings together a sea of flavours starting with succulent Baked Oysters, served with koshu butter, Meyer lemon ponzu, candied ginger; Crab Cake with frisée, gala apples, passion fruit and brown butter vinaigrette; Morel Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto; and Ruby Snapper, delicately dry-aged and complemented by clams, leek and smoked bacon velouté.
Finish with a luxurious Chocolate Tart that marries rich decadent chocolate with crisp peanut brittle, velvet-smooth chantilly cream and tart, vibrant raspberries and pair your meal with signature cocktails like the Don Lockwood, an unparalleled nightcap concocted with smokey and aromatic Laphroaig whisky.
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Grab your chérie and sneak away from Shelley Street to warm Lebanese hideaway Maison Libanaise. Celebrate la fête de Saint-Valentin with an intimate afternoon and a colourful sharing-style menu (Feb 11 – 14, 12 – 6 pm, HK$428++ pp) perched on the restaurant’s breezy rooftop. Scoop up the classic house-made Hummus bil Tahini or Labneh with soft, fluffy hearth-baked pita and bite into shared signature dishes, before selecting one of the succulent skewers, beef or chicken, served with sumac-grilled tomato and toum. As the city settles and the afternoon fades, the meal will end with a heart-shaped Orange Blossom & Poppy Seed Cake to share.
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Kennedy Town craft beer bar and restaurant Grain has put together a comforting three-course menu (Feb 12-14, 11.30 am – 6 pm, HK$420++ pp) to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Highlights of the menu include pan-seared Japanese scallops, grilled asparagus, lemon butter sauce and crisp oats; Wagyu beef tartare with fermented red pepper paste topped with egg yolk and served with crispy potato threads; Wagyu rump steak served with sauteed mushrooms and sauteed spinach, and black truffle potato mash on the side; and brined and smoked free-range chicken served with grilled courgettes, barley dumplings and crisp kale, all of which are perfect for pairing with pints from Grain’s 24 craft beer taps.
Have a heartfelt Valentine’s across dozens of modern Japanese plates at Honjo this year with brunch (Feb 12-13, 11 am – 3 pm, HK$680++ pp) and the Lover’s Menu (Feb 14, 11 am – 1.30 pm & 2 pm 6 pm, HK$880++ pp). Start with small dishes such as chilled spinach bathed in sesame sauce and mustard seeds; and Wagyu in chorizo oil sprinkled with crispy quinoa. Follow then with Honjo’s traditional raw items – Sushi and Sashimi Platter including Chu-Toro, Akami, Salmon, Hamachi, sweet prawn, Fine de Claire Oysters and uni, (varies between Valentine’s Brunch on 12 & 13 Feb and Lovers Menu on 14 Feb.
Hot dishes such as barramundi served with wasabi pea puree; roasted pork belly with honey ponzu glaze; and Valentine’s Menu special grilled USDA ribeye served with yuzu dipping sauce and mizuna salad with seared scallop, refreshing grapefruit and yuzu dressing will make a perfect hot selection. End your Valentine’s meal sweetly with Warm Chocolate Truffles or Matcha Lava with roasted white chocolate matcha for the lover’s menu.
Whisk your special someone away to Osteria Marzia for Pranzo di San Valentino (Feb 12 – 14, 12 – 6 pm, HK$688++ pp) and take a charming day trip down the Italian coast courtesy of Chef Luca. The ideal spot to celebrate the most amorous day of the year, relax in the lofty dining room whilst dining on a four-course menu brimming with dishes inspired by the ocean’s bounty. Tuck into a selection of Crudi e Cotti before scooping up forkfuls of the all-time favourite Chitarra, with Boston lobster and cherry tomato. Finally, a whole sea bass, Pesce Al Cartoccio, is presented in showstopping fashion. Wrap up the afternoon experience with a classic Babà al Rum, a delicious sponge cake soaked in a sticky, citrus-scented boozy syrup.
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Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
Have the ultimate Valentine’s Day date by splurging on an overnight stay and enjoy an intimate, creative tasting menu for two, paired with Krug Champagne, at The Krug Room. This unique package HK$32,888++ per couple), includes a seven-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu with Krug Champagne pairing for two; a one-night stay in a Harbour View Suite; an in-room breakfast with two glasses of Krug Champagne; and round trip limousine transfers.
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Mark this romantic Valentine’s Day on the beach with the Bathers Valentine’s Day Menu (Feb 13-15, 11.30 am – 6 pm, HK$480++ pp). Bathers takes the ingredient-driven culinary innovation and laid-back ambience of beachside dining and delivers it to Lantau’s Lower Cheung Sha Beach.
Menu Highlights include pan-seared prawns and chorizo with sherry butter served with toasted sourdough; beef tartar with egg yolk jam and potato crisps on the side; crab chowder with potato and crab meat toasty on the side; grilled ribeye with triple cooked fat chips, roast carrot, courgette and red wine gravy; pan-seared grouper filet served with gai lan, whipped potatoes and a herb lemon butter sauce; and spinach ravioli in cream sauce with baby spinach, pine nuts and topped with parmesan cheese.
You can sate your sweet tooth with baked banoffee pie served with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel praline; or chocolate cheesecake served with chocolate ice cream and whipped cream on the side.
Crown Super Deluxe
Lovers are invited to sashay their way to a front-row seat at the teppan and enjoy the show with their special someone while they dine on a curated nine-course Valentine’s Day menu at Crown Super Deluxe (Feb 14, 12 – 6 pm, HK$2,488++ for two) of the lavish teppanyaki’s signatures. Pulling out all the stops for this special day, the teppanyaki chefs are sure to set hearts aflame with a menu centred around the prime cuts, including A5 Kagoshima Tenderloin and Sirloin, which are expertly grilled right in front of you. Make the afternoon memorable and choose from a wide selection of sake and wine before retiring to the cosy lounge for dessert and the finest pour of whisky.
Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung
Celebrate the day of love out on Lantau Island at the Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung, with a romantic lunch set and staycation. The five-course Valentine’s Day menu at Sunset Grill (Feb 13 & 14, HK$798++ pp) starts with an amuse bouche of King Crab Croquettes, followed by Smoked Stracciatella and a rich Porcini Velouté Soup. Main courses are classic choices of Seared King Scallops or Grass-fed Beef Tenderloin. Finish with a delicious dessert of an ice cream sandwich made with a rich buttermilk semi-freddo and strawberry jam.
You can stay a little longer with the Beyond Romance Staycation package (Feb 1 – 28, HK$1,950++ pp) includes a room that is romantically decorated with flower petals and balloons to set the mood, breakfast for two in Cafe Lantau, HK$500 dining credit to the restaurant of your choice as well as a dreamy Moët & Chandon Afternoon tea set for two in the Lobby Lounge. A fun Mini Moët Champagne can be redeemed using the gold coin you’ll get at check-in for the fun picture-perfect backdrop and vending machine.
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Looking for a theatrical night with a grandiose food presentation? La Favorita is the perfect place for an intimate date. La Favorita’s Valentine’s Brunch (Feb 12-13, 11 am – 3 pm, HK$680++ pp) and Lover’s menu (Feb 14, 11 am – 1.30 pm & 2 pm – 6 pm, HK$590++ pp) include many of the restaurant’s classics. Kick off with antipasti, which includes Branzino Crudo, Mediterranean Sea Bass thinly carved tableside and finished with acqua di Pomodoro; and fancy beef tartare with freshly shaved truffle and egg yolk.
The mains range from homemade pasta dishes such as the restaurant’s showpiece Cheese Wheel al Tartufo, through to hearty proteins, Filetto alla Rossini and Astice alla Thermidor, a gratinated lobster served with Duchessa potatoes for Valentine’s brunch. Finally, end the intimate experience with the perfect dessert, Bignolata all’arancia, mini choux puffs stuffed with orange custard cream and Pistachio Crème Brulee.
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Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts
Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong presents two specially curated Valentine’s Day staycation packages with Austrian fire enamel jewellery brand Freywille. Timeless Romance (available Feb 1-14, HK$5,600++) and Colourful Joys of Love (available Feb 1-14, HK$2,600++) include a one-night stay in one of the elegantly appointed rooms and suites, breakfast for two, a one-on-one bespoke scarf styling session by Freywille during the stay and a Freywille Claude Monet collection silk scarf (valued at HK$950).
Couples will be treated to a night of wining-and-dining with the Timeless Romance package, as Chef Uwe Opocensky delivers a four-course menu served from Michelin-starred Restaurant Petrus to the guest room. For those looking to cosy up and share the feast, Colourful Joys of Love offers an amazing spread of dinner buffet favourites from cafe Too to enjoy in-room.
Celebrate in style and swagger as you wine and dine your way through a four-course menu of New York-Italian classics at Carbone (Feb 14, from 12 pm, HK$888++ pp). Begin with a choice of antipasti before moving on to the classic Spicy Rigatoni Vodka and signature Mario’s Meatballs. Select between mains, including the Whole Branzino, a whole-grilled Mediterranean bass with lemon, or the signature Prime Sirloin Diana with pancetta and cacciatore sauce. Close the curtains on your meal with your choice of dessert from the dessert trolley selection.
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