It is said that there is no love sincerer than a love of food, and that’s certainly the case in Hong Kong this Valentine’s Day. With so many options to choose from, it’s hard to know what to choose to spoil that special someone. Lucky for you, we’ve made it a little bit easier with our guide on the happenings around Hong Kong (just because we love you!). So tuck the kids in bed and book yourself a well-deserved date night this Valentine’s Day.
Whatever your budget or taste preference, make sure to check out our favourite restaurant picks under Saving Pennies, Meet You Halfway, Splurge…
Beef and Liberty
Beef and Liberty is spoiling Hong Kongers with its super Double Trouble deal, not only on Monday, 12 February, but also on Valentine’s Day. So, you can spoil your loved one with a burger, and won’t need to pay for the second one (but they don’t need to know that!). If you’re planning on spending the evening with the whole family, this is perfect as Beef and Liberty also cater for the little ones.
Beef and Liberty, Star St. Precinct, 2/F, 23 Wing Fung St., Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2811 3009, http://www.beef-liberty.com
208 Duecento Otto
Get cheesy this Valentine’s day at 208 Duecento Otto. Available exclusively at the bar on February 14, share a specially crafted heart-shaped pizza with your love, along with two glasses of sparkling rosé for $208.
208 Duecento Otto, 208 Hollywood Road, Central, 2549 0208, www.208.com.hk
Meet You Halfway
If your significant other is a meat lover then the optimist has just the thing for you! Treat them to a Barcelona-chic Asador-style menu for $520 per person, which includes items like: ‘Jamon Iberico’ (Spanish Ham), seared Hokkaido scallops with lustful lemon butter and Chateaubriand. For a romantic end, finish off the evening with a cocktail, or a sublime gin and tonic at the Optimist’s vintage bar.
The Optimist, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2433 3324, www.theoptimist.hk
Looking for something warming and tropical for Valentine’s this year? With top quality service, a bustling vibe and gorgeous food, Uma Nota’s authentic Brazillian Japanese street food won’t disappoint. This year, Uma Nota will be taking reservations (which they don’t usually do!) and targeting all the ladies looking to celebrate the day with a friend. So head over on a mama-only night to receive a complimentary glass of prosecco/Caipirinha (where cachaça can be replaced with sake or vodka for a different flavour!). We’ve had the chance to check this spot out on countless occasions and can completely vouch for the service and quality.
Uma Nota, 38, Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.uma-nota.com
For a relaxed date night, enjoy a six-course menu and a prosecco cocktail for $390 per person at Commissary. It’s going to be a zingy Southern Californian feast, with the likes of Shrimp Ceviche with Mango, Papaya & Chilli salsa, Popcorn Chicken and Chilli jam and Raspberry & Rose mousse spicing things up this Valentine’s day.
Commissary, Shop 405, 4/F Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 2602 0707, www.commissary.hk
Treat bae at Bao Bei with a four-course meal in an intimate venue. If the Cupid’s Potion doesn’t go straight to your head, enjoy Beer Battered Tiger Prawns, a Char Siu and Egg Rice Burger and Mango Mousse Cake with Fresh Berries, among many other things. Served with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, the menu is priced at $598 per couple, available from Friday, 9 February to Wednesday, 14 of February for dinner service.
Bao Bei, Carfield Commercial Building, B1/F, 75-77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2801 7779, www.baobeihk.com/
Few do love quite like the Italians, especially if it’s a love for food…Chef Stefano Rossi has created a romantic seven-course Infatuato Dinner, priced at $520 per person to share with your loved one. The floor to ceiling windows will take care of the ambience, while dishes ‘Liquid’ Carbonara Amorini, succulent Grilled Boston Lobster with Salsa Verde and creamy Raspberry Pana Cotta are sure to have you feeling the love!
Pirata, 29/30 F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, 2887 0270, www.pirata.hk
Escape to Thailand and enjoy a Sawadee-Valentine’s Day Dinner at Café Siam for $688 for two. The delicious Thai menu includes Home-made Prawn Chips, Grilled Premium River Prawns, Chargrilled Marinated Pork with Tamarind, Thai Black & White Sticky Rice and Mango with Coconut Cream, and more.
Café Siam, 2-3/F, The Plaza, 21 D’Aguilar St., Lan Kwai Fong, Central Hong Kong, 2851 4803, www.cafesiam.com.hk
Looking for something a little different? Look no further than TokyoLima’s Lujuria Menu and share eight beautifully presented Nikkei inspired dishes with your loved one for $520 per person. The inventive menu includes wonderfully named dishes such Tiradito of Desire (with tuna, tamarind shoyu tiger’s milk and coriander chips) and Tokyo Lima Guilty (made with soba noodles and charred avocado tossed with with aji panca dressing), and even a Lust Apple for dessert.
TokyoLima, G/F, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 2811 1152, www.tokyolima.hk
Share the love at Chachawan with a glass of champagne and a sharing menu of six Chachawan favourites, such as Hoi Nung (steamed Clams with Thai holy basil), and Kung Nam Ma Kam (deep fried king prawns with tamarind sauce) for $468 per person. End the night with a bowl of Kanom Dtom – warm coconut dumplings – that are sure to impress your date.
Chachawan, 206 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2549 0020 www.facebook.com/chachawan.hongkong
Newcomer Komune is serving up a special set menu curated by Michelin-experienced chef El Palanca. His travel-inspired dishes start with a dozen oysters, followed by three smaller plates (think truffles, camembert and seafood), one main (milk-fed lamb with porcini mushroom and Jerusalem artichokes risotto) and, of course, the non-negotiable romantic dessert (featuring strawberries, rose leaves and vanilla cream). Rest assured that each dish will be served with a little twist. Enjoy it all on the spacious, cosy and – most importantly – warm terrace. The menu comes at three different price points, depending on your choice of tipple (for two people: $1,288 or $1,608 with Chandon Brut NV or Chandon Brut Rose NV, or $1,988 with Veuve Clicquot). The menu is available from Wednesday, February 7 to Wednesday, 14 February.
Komune, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, (Whatsapp) 61117345, www.komune.com.hk
Set against the Hong Kong skyline, Red Sugar is the ideal spot for romance. Start off the evening with speciality his and hers cocktails or a glass of Veuve Cliquot on the terrace, before enjoying a four-course dinner, which includes lobster, beef and a delectable dessert for $1,800 per couple.
Red Sugar, 7/F Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Rd, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2252 5279 www.shangri-la.com/hongkong/kerry/dining/bars-lounges/red-sugar/
Rech by Alain Ducasse
A must for seafood lovers is the six–course Valentine’s Day menu at the 1-Michelin star Rech by Alain Ducasse. The menu includes Gratinated oysters with Champagne, Brittany Lobster and Lumaconi Pasta, as well as the restaurant’s signature desserts named ‘Mr and Mrs Rech’. The menu is priced at $2,988 for two, with wine-pairing for an additional $588 per person.
Rech by Alain Ducasse, Lobby Level InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2313 2323, www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com/en/dining/rech-by-alain-ducasse
Celebrate in true Hong Kong style with a Cantonese love story at Duddell’s. Start the romance with glass of Ruinart Rosé Champagne ($1,888 per person including dinner), or opt for Krug Rosé Champagne N.V ($2,288 per person including dinner) and indulge in an eight-course menu of Bird’s Nest Broth with fresh Crab Meat and South African Abalone with Shiitake Mushroom and Foie Gras, to name but a few.
Duddel’s, Level 3 Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddel street, Central, 2525 9191, www.duddells.com
Get your ‘kokoro’ beating faster with an eight-course Omakase Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu at NOBU for $3,288 for two. The menu features Botan Ebi and Tairagai Sashimi Caviar, Champagne Jelly, a deluxe sushi assortment; King Crab Tempura with Yuzu Honey roasted Chilean Sea Bass and A5 Miyazaki Wagyu, to name but a few. End that off with “Cupid Crystal” – Champagne, apple and rose in a dessert.
NOBU, 2/F InterContinental, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2313 2323, www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com/en/dining/nobu
The French-Japanese fine dining restaurant will be serving a 8-course special Valentine’s Day menu to celebrate the love-filled holiday. Featuring Scallop and Oyster Lake and Golden Heaven Strawberry, the menu offers a unique dining experience that brings together the East and the West. For cocktail lovers, check out the new Sakura Vision and Truffle-holic Chocolate. Cheers to love (and great drink pairings)!
Le Rêve, 10/F, ZING!, 38 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2866 1010, www.lereve.com.hk