With the city’s many great restaurants, us Hongkongers are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a romantic spot for Valentine’s Day. But indecision is no excuse for missing out on special, one-night-only menus and dishes from some of the best restaurants in town. Make a booking at one of these excellent spots before they’re full up – and more importantly, make your partner feel special by doing so.
The best Hong Kong Valentine’s Day menus
If the à la carte heart-shaped pizza ($188) sounds too cheesy for your liking, try Carpaccio’s four-course set menu for $458 or $558, with a choice of pasta mains or surf ’n’ turf respectively. Start with a salmon terrine, marche salad and avocado, followed by crab and barley with pancetta and rosemary soup and choose your mains from the likes of beetroot tagliatelle with asparagus or tagliata and king prawns served with duo of sauce, merlot reduction and lobster emulsion. Enjoy a glass of complimentary champagne if you book before January 21.
This one is more for the singletons on Valentine’s Day. Arrive early and kick off the night with a themed aperitif while a live DJ spins contemporary tunes from 6pm to 8pm on this chill Wyndham Street spot. An array of à la carte options are available for individuals or couples seeking to break free of the conformity of set menu options. Oh, did we mention this is also the place to be for black truffles lovers – there’s an entire menu for ’em. February 14.
With 'a Cantonese love story' as its theme, Duddell's eight-course degustation menu is something to swoon over. The finely crafted dishes feature premium ingredients, including bird's nest broth with fresh crab meat, bamboo pith and conpoy; braised whole abalone with shiitake mushroom and foie gras roll; and fried rice with black truffle and fresh crab meat. The menu includes a glass of Ruinart Rosé Champagne but if you really want a night to remember, you can splurge a little and start with the Krug Rosé Champagne N.V. February 14, $1,888 or $2,288 + service charge.
Sourcing optimal ingredients from trusted sources within France, executive chef Nicolas Boutin at French fine dining restaurant Épure offers a six-course Valentine’s Day menu including aperitif, amuse bouche and petit fours. Tuck into the pre-entree of globe and jerusalem antichoke, iberico ham and black truffle and a main course of 140-day young female chicken with turnip cabbage and black truffle. Diners can choose to add-on a five-glass wine pairing with each course for $500 to complete the experience. February 14, $1,888 + service charge.
Spoil your loved one on February 14 at Flint. There’s a beautiful four-course menu to enjoy with your sweetheart here, not to mention a Love-Bird risotto presented by head chef Peter Fitz-Dreyer. The menu is stacked with choices including a dozen David Hervé Royale oysters, Akaroa king salmon ceviche with passion fruit tiger’s milk and avocado yoghurt, lobster bisque and lobster cake with cognac Chantilly, Ranger’s Valley ‘Black Market’ striploin and cheek with asparagus and black garlic hollandaise, and the ‘molten heart’ raspberry rose confit with hazelnut crispy and honey ice-cream. Phew. February 14, $1,780 a couple.
Duddell Street’s 1950s-style watering hole is offering a cinema-themed night for couples. At 7pm there’s a screening of classic rom-com Pretty Woman, while after 9pm a live band takes to the stage to help you sweep your partner off their feet. In terms of food, there’s a four-course dinner featuring two starters, a main and dessert. February 14. $1,488 per couple.
Fancy something hot for the day of love? Get on over to Ashley Road then. Gaylord is offering a spicy four-course dinner that starts with tandoori lamb seekh kebab and salmon with dull mustard. Your main courses consist of chicken makhani, grilled prawns, cumin broccoli, truffle cheese naan and saffron rice with fruits. February 12-14, $768 for two + service charge.
Love is indeed in the air at Gradini on V-Day. And in the food too. Seductive modern Italian flavours await lovebirds as executive chef Cano Chan cooks up an indulgent six-course set dinner ($2,188 for two). Enjoy slow-cooked French iberico lamb with coffee dust and mustard sauce, lobster mille-feuille, cress vene, as well as handmade squid ink tagliolini with sakura shrimp, salmon roe, sea urchin cream sauce among other offerings. Early diners can enjoy a bargain four-course set dinner ($1,488 for two), served between 6pm and 8pm. February 14, $1,488 or $2,188 + service charge.
Grissini is an impressive place with sophisticated décor and an amazing zillion-dollar view, as well as an impressive wine cellar. The special Valentine’s menu features fresh seafood and Grissini’s signature handmade pasta, as well as a 72 percent dark chocolate crème brûlée. February 14, $1,580 + service charge.
A well known date spot courtesy of its European fine-dining and table-side cooking, Hugo’s six-course dinner comes with a glass of champagne on Feb 14. The highlight should be the spicy chocolate cup with strawberry diamonds that vows to set your heart racing, bringing Valentine’s to a close on a high. February 14, $1,388 + service charge.