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Sassy Mama’s Guide to Valentine’s Day Dining 2015

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That day is fast approaching – the most wonderfully romantic time of the year! Grab the hubby and head over to one of these Sassy Mama approved spots for a sweet and lovely date night. We’ve provided plenty of options – whether you’re after a fine dining experience or something a little more casual, it’s all here in our Sassy Mama Guide to Valentine’s Day Dining!

BEST OF FINE DINING

Le Dome

Le Dôme de Cristal
For a truly special evening, check out Le Dôme de Cristal on Friday, 13 February and Saturday, 14 February. Dine on oyster with galangal pearls and cauliflower puree, and venison with pear and quince, served with a glass of champagne. They’ve got two seatings: the first is four courses and the second is an exquisite seven-course meal. This is definitely one for those in the mood to splash out!

How much: The first seating is four courses and is $1,380 from 6-8pm; the second seating is seven courses and is $2,380 from 8.30-10.30pm.

Le Dôme de Cristal, 2 & 3/F, The Galleria, 9 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, 2116 4688, [email protected], www.cristal-hk.com.hk

NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong
If you’re seeking a fancy date night out with savouring Japanese cuisine, look no further than NOBU at the InterContinental Hong Kong. They’ve got a special Omakase menu for Valentine’s Day, featuring foie gras monako, followed by Tairagai & Kawahagi sashimi with caramel apple sauce. Think indulgent Japanese Wagyu with a dark cacao teriyaki sauce… sounds delicious! NOBU’s special menu is eight courses, including a decadent dessert!

How much: $4,188 for two

NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2313 2323, [email protected], www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com

Vasco
For a spot of privacy, Vasco at PMQ is a great place to head to for a quiet date. The nine-course menu includes black truffle egg and beetroot with a herb salad and cheese bonbon as well as sliced Iberican pork presa with mustard ice cream and tarragon pesto. And who could forget about dessert? Think white chocolate, rose, strawberry and cava…

How much: $1,680 per person

Vasco, 6 & 7/F, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2156 0888, www.isono-vasco.com.hk

Seasons

Seasons by Olivier E.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at fine dining resto Seasons in Causeway Bay, and have a night to remember! Candles and flowers set the mood for an ultra romantic evening away from the kids. The five-course meal sounds absolutely decadent, including velvety lobster soup and roasted red deer seasoned with sweet liquorice and celeriac foam. Dessert is a sweet and fruity vanilla lychee mousse with a rose chocolate sphere… yum!

How much: $1,388 per person. The Valentine’s Day menu will be served at both lunch and dinner on 14 February.

Seasons by Olivier E., Shop 308, 3/F, Lee Gardens Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2505 6228, www.seasonsbyolivier.com

SEPA: Bacaro Veneziano
Check out SEPA’s resto in Mid-Levels for a rich, 10-course meal that will have you floating down the canals of Venice. Themed around colours, you can feast on red passion (red shrimp on a bed of tomatoes and strawberries) or black passion (squid ink spaghetti and a sorbet of soft white chocolate and raspberries). Wash it all down with a glass or two of vino, true European-style.

How much: $1,400 per couple

SEPA: Bacaro Veneziano, 61 Caine Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2521 9800, www.facebook.com/SEPABacaroVeneziano

The Principal

The Principal
Check out the 7-course meal at one of our favourites, The Principal. You’ll start with an amouse bouche, and move on to mains including scallops, foie gras and lamb. End on a sweet note with a rose sorbet and a classic chocolate gelato with coconut.

How much: The 7-course dinner at The Principal is $1,488 per person, with an optional wine pairing at $800.

The Principal, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2563 3444, www.theprincipal.com.hk

Isola Bar & Grill
This classic fine dining resto in ifc is offering a classic set dinner this Valentine’s Day: Choose from tuna tartare or crispy stuffed artichokes for starters, and roasted suckling pig (yum!), pan-fried John Dory or grilled Wagyu beef for mains. Finish with a delicious dolce cuore for dessert! Sounds like the perfect date night out for two.

How much: $988 per person

Isola Bar & Grill, Shop 3071-3075, 3/F, ifc mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2383 8765, www.gaiagroup.com.hk/isola 

 

BEST OF HOTELS

Tiffin Bar

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Try Tiffin for a dinner buffet to rival many others! Go on a round-the-world tour and sample a whole host of cuisines at each of the buffet stations. If you’re in the mood for seafood and fresh oysters, this is definitely one to check out!

How much: The dinner buffet on Valentine’s Day at Tiffin Lounge is $1,088 per person including a glass of Champagne or a Valentine’s Mocktail.

Tiffin Lounge at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2588 1234, www.hongkong.grand.hyattrestaurants.com

The Mira
Michelin-starred Cuisine Cuisine at The Mira has got an exciting 7-course set menu introducing scrumptious contemporary Cantonese dishes to diners. We’re loving the sound of the Wagyu beef stuffed with asparagus and topped with crab coral and crispy minced shrimps balls with mango sauce and crushed nuts… it sounds absolutely delish!

How much: $2,088 per couple including two glasses of champagne

Cuisine Cuisine at The Mira, 118-130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2315 5222, www.themirahotel.com

Auberge Discovery Bay
If you’re in the mood to get out of Central, why not pop over to Discovery Bay? The Café bord de Mer & Lounge at Auberge has got a special Valentine’s Day dinner buffet. This is one to indulge in with someone truly special! Fancy making a weekend of it? Room rates there start at $2,699 for the night, including the Valentine’s Day dinner buffet and breakfast.

How much: The Valentine’s dinner buffet is $598 per person including a complimentary serving of fresh oysters.

Auberge Discovery Bay, 88 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 2295 8288, www.aubergediscoverybay.com

W Hong Kong
Sit down to an amazing spread for the V-Day dinner buffet at Kitchen at the W Hong Kong. There’s lots on offer including a salad bar and parma ham station, as well as sizzling grills and decadent desserts. The Valentine’s special includes Surf ‘n’ Turf, Boston lobster and king oysters. Happy eating!

How much: The first seating (5.30-8pm) is $628 per person, the second seating is $798 and includes free-flow Champagne and a chocolate fondant for two, as well as entry to WOOBAR’s Valentine’s Day party.

Kitchen at W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3717 2222, www.w-hongkong.com

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Langham Place Hotel
For a new dining experience, why not check out Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social at the Langham Place Hotel in Mong Kok? It’s the hotel’s brand new restaurant and bar, perfect for those who have exhausted old favourites. Indulge in a six-course meal, including an amouse-bouche paired with a tomato wine shooter, freshly shucked oysters, tiger prawns and French foie gras toasties.

How much: $888 per person including a complimentary pack of petits fours for the ladies!

Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social, Langham Place Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3552 3388, www.hongkong.langhamplacehotels.com

The Langham Hong Kong
Main St. Deli in The Langham, Hong Kong boasts an American feel, and is perfect if you’re in the mood for buffalo wings, mini crab cakes and ribs. Dine with a group of gals or double date, as they are offering tables for four for a more rowdy, yet equally memorable Valentine’s Day dinner.

How much: The Valentine’s Day menu at Main St. Deli is $1,200 for four people.

Main St. Deli at The Langham Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2375 1133, www.hongkong.langhamhotels.com

 

DINNER WITH A VIEW

Cafe Deco

Café Deco
For stunning views of the city, why not dine at Café Deco at The Peak? Savour Canadian lobster with pancetta and blue mussel rigatoni to start, and move onto scrumptious mains including grilled US prime striploin with an oxtail praline, pan-fried foie gras, pink pepper in a cream sauce and savoy cabbage. For dessert, well… who could resist the temptation platter?!

How much: $868 per person

Café Deco, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, 2849 5111, www.cafedecogroup.com

FoFo by el Willy
FoFo by el Willy, perched on the rooftop of prime Mid-Levels (you’ll get an awesome view of Central), is a cute place to celebrate a romantic evening with your other half. Feast on tapas including Iberico ham & Catalan-style crystal bread as well as smoked salmon with sour cream and a red prawn carpaccio.

How much: $1,398 per couple

FoFo by el Willy, 20/F, M88, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2900 2009, www.fofo.hk

Café Grey Deluxe
The very swanky Café Grey Deluxe at The Upper House has got a four-course set dinner for Valentine’s night that’s perfect for treating that special someone! Feast on lobster bisque and seared filet mignon over a glass of bubbly. If your date happens to be vegetarian, there’s a veggie option too; simply let them know when you book.

How much: The first seating from 6-8pm is $975 and the second seating from 8pm-closing is $1,188.

Café Grey Deluxe at The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 2918 1838, www.upperhouse.com/en/default.aspx

ToTT's

ToTT’s and Roof Terrace
You’ll love the view from ToTT’s at The Excelsior! The stunning restaurant and bar is offering a lavish Valentine’s Day menu with six courses, including an indulgent glass of pink champagne. Feast on steamed sea bass with prawn risotto and a lobster reduction while the band serenades everyone in the room. You can’t get a more romantic setting than this!

How much: The six-course set dinner at ToTT’s and Roof Terrace is $1,388 per person.

ToTT’s and Roof Terrace, The Excelsior Hong Kong, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2894 8888, www.mandarinoriental.com/excelsior

Spasso
If you’re after a view of Hong Kong harbour, Spasso is definitely a classic Italian resto you need to check out. The views are stunning (and at this time of year, too!), and you’ll get to dine as the sea breeze dances through the open doors of the resto. The chef has created a four-course menu that’s sure to be delish!

Spasso, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2730 8027, www.divinogroup.com/restaurants/spasso

 

BEST FAIL-SAFE OPTIONS

208

208 Duecento Otto
If you’re looking for a classic Valentine’s Day meal that’s guaranteed to please then you can’t go wrong with tried and trusted 208. Expect the charm and romance of a sophisticated New-York Italian restaurant that’s sure to woo your beau. Feast on a 4-course lovers meal, which includes tons of different options… we fancy the warm goats cheese with grilled veggies and sesame grissini for starters, with braised ox tail for main and a tiramisu for dessert (see the full menu here)! Ooh and don’t forget to enjoy your welcome glass of Prosecco when you arrive – it will definitely set the mood…

How much: $598 per person 4-course dinner at the upstairs Restaurant. Welcome glass of Prosecco included.

208 Duecento Otto, 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2549 0208, [email protected], www.208.com.hk

Fish & Meat
For something quite tantalising, check out the Valentine’s Day menu at Fish & Meat. Enjoy beef tartare as well as oysters or a mackerel with roasted jalapenos and avocado. If you’re in the mood for Fish & Meat’s signature dishes, the kitchen has modified some of their classics, such as the soft duck egg ravioli with black truffle ricotta cream. End your evening with an indulgent dark chocolate tarte. 

How much: $688 per person. There’s also a wine-pairing option created by the sommelier, priced at $978.

Fish & Meat, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2565 6788, www.fishandmeat.hk

Chachawan
One of our favourite Thai restaurants is waving its no reservations policy for one night only and allowing bookings for Valentine’s Day! Spice it up with their delicious Issan Thai flavours as you take in the cool décor and don’t forget to try their special Don’t Kiss and Tell ($100) cocktail with fresh raspberries, lemon, jasmine tea, elderflower and vodka! This is the ideal place for a trendy but low-key date with your new squeeze…

How much: Seatings at 6:30pm-8:30pm or 9:00pm till late.

CHACHAWAN, 206 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2549 0020, www.facebook.com/chachawan.hongkong

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Jamie’s Italian
This friendly Italian resto is a safe bet when it comes to V-day dining. The three-course menu includes antipasti planks of cured artisan meats and delicious cheese, as well as an 8oz rib-eye steak or chicken in a rich wild mushroom sauce. Veggies will enjoy the wild mushroom tortellini with thyme, ricotta and Parmesan drizzled in white truffle oil. How could we forget about dessert – indulge in an epic chocolate brownie that’ll surely sweeten the deal!

How much: The three-course set menu is $388 per person

Jamie’s Italian, 2/F, Soundwill Plaza, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 3958 2222, [email protected]www.jamieoliver.com/italian/hongkong

 

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

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The Woods
If you fancy a Valentine’s evening that’s completely unique, then why not check out one of our favourite new bars in Central, The Woods? The geniuses behind this stunning bar will be creating a stunning canopy of hanging flowers for you to dine and drink underneath. Their Prix Fixe menu will be a delight for all the senses and will definitely impressive your date! Or just stop by for some pre-dinner drinks and enjoy the woodsy décor and beautiful cocktails…

How much: $788 per person for four courses of pairings. Available from 9-14 February. Reservations can be made here or by calling 2522 0281. Book now as space is very limited!

The Woods, L/G, 17 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2522 0281, www.thewoods.hk

Hong Kong Yachting & Butcher’s Club
If you’re in the mood for a romantic cruise (okay, it’s not going to be a cruise to another Asian city!) around Hong Kong’s harbour, Hong Kong Yachting have partnered with The Butcher’s Club for a Valentine’s night you’ll never forget. There will also be wine pairings from Adelaide Cellar Door. A group of 15 couples will enjoy a five-course meal from the meat experts in a unique setting. If this is sounding like your cup of tea, book soon as there aren’t many spots available!

How much: $4,800 per couple from 6-10pm. Pick up is from Central piers.

Hong Kong Yachting, 2526 0151, [email protected]

Fatty Crab
Now this really is ‘something different’! Fatty Crab are celebrating (Anti) Valentine’s Day on 13 February with free welcome shots, free tattoos (temporary and real!) and a seriously sultry vibe… a great way to party if you’re looking for a V-Day hangover! Or if you’re looking for a more hipster dinner setting for you and your love, then book a table on 14 February and indulge in 5-course crab menu with a complimentary glass of Prosecco.

How much: $800 per person for the 5-course dinner on 14 February.

Fatty Crab, 11-13 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.fattycrab.com.hk

Alchemy in the Dark
For a truly unusual experience, why not head over to Alchemy in the Dark? You and your date will experience your dinner in complete darkness… it’s not as ominous as it sounds! Who knows what a lingering hand on the knee could lead to for dessert! If dining in the dark isn’t quite your thing, Alchemy have got a four-course dinner in their lounge upstairs.

How much: $1,998 for two, which includes a three-course menu with 1 glass of champagne and 1 glass of wine for Alchemy in the Dark. The Alchemy Lounge has a four-course set menu for $1,988, which includes one glass of wine.

Alchemy in the Dark, G/F, 16 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, 6821 2801, www.alchemy-concept.com

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Classified
If you’re hellbent on staying in for a quiet date night with your other half, why not pick up a special hamper from Classified? There’s a bottle of bubbly in it, as well as chocolate truffles and cheese… it’s honestly not a rule to go out and celebrate!

How much: $498 – order online here or ask the staff at your nearest Classified branch.

Classified, all over town, locations here, www.classifiedfood.com

Whether you choose to dine in or out, at a fancy rooftop restaurant or a casual neighborhood bistro, we hope you’ll have a memorable Valentine’s Day enjoying the company of your better half! Happy Valentine’s Day, mama! 

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