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Food for love: Valentine’s Day dinners

Our pick of 10 great restaurants for a romantic date come February 14. These venues are also supporting our Date Our Readers campaign...

Cafe Roma

Enjoy a beachside love affair at Cafe Roma. That’s what the team behind this cute restaurant next to the sea on Park Island are telling the city. On the big romantic day, chef Jaakko Sorsa is cooking up a three-course menu that features plenty of aphrodisiacs like artichokes, scallops, asparagus and chocolate. It’s just $388 a head and includes a glass of champagne each. We’re particular fans of the roasted hokkaido scallops crusted with hazelnuts and the decadent strawberry caramel panna cotta that comes with caramelised figs and dark chocolate shavings. Go on. Spoil him or her on V-Day. Shop 7-8, Beach Commercial Complex, Park Island, Ma Wan Rd, Ma Wan, 3446 1226; caferoma.com.hk.

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Islands District

Flint Grill and Bar

Spoil your loved one on February 14 at the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong’s Flint Grill & Bar. There’s a beautiful four-course menu to enjoy with your sweetheart here. In fact, all couples receive a Love-Bird risotto presented by head chef Peter Fitz-Dreyer. The menu includes a range of 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. It’s available from 6pm to 10.30pm and comes in at $1,780 a couple. Perfect for those who are looking for, or have already found, love. 5/F, JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2810 8366; jwmarriotthongkong.com.

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Admiralty

Gradini

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 five-course set dinner for $2,188 a couple between 8.30pm and 11pm. Enjoy slow-cooked French wild pigeon breast with crispy pork rind, minty garden cress and truffle sauce, as well as Maine lobster, romanesco and crosne with smoked bell pepper cream among other offerings. End with the chef’s ‘Valentine’s sweet heart’, which boasts edible flowers, champagne jelly and creamy mousse cake. Early diners can enjoy a three-course set dinner ($1,488 for two), served between 6pm and 8pm. It features a perfectly marbled, chargrilled Australian wagyu sirloin paired with a luxurious foie gras cream as the main course. The Italians are known for their passion, so get a little taste of Italy on February 14. Lobby level, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Rd C, Central, 2308 3088; the pottinger.com.

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Central
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Hei House

This fairly new restaurant in Wan Chai’s Lee Tung Avenue is a perfect spot for trendy young daters. It’s an edgy place with some incredible Southeast Asian tapas on the menu and also a host of tropical vibes across the entire venue. On February 14, for the price of $399 for 2, enjoy the special Hei House Valentine’s Set which is organised into fun sections. There’s ‘From the Air’, which is yin-yan wings in a cage. There’s ‘From the Sea’, which sees a shrimp ceviche served in a boat. There’s ‘From the Land’, which is a sizzling stone rack of lamb or a sizzling stone black pepper American rib-eye kebab. And then there are delicate petit fours to enjoy as well. Fall in love with this food! G31 & F31A Lee Tung Ave, 200 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai, 3974 5868; heihouse.com.hk.

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Wan Chai

Mirage

There’s more than just a few aphrodisiacs on Mirage’s Valentine’s Day set menu. The restaurant and bar at Wan Chai’s Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong is offering up French fine de claire oysters with chilli-lime foam, as well as Boston lobster, seared Australian kingfish and wagyu sirloin with foie gras as courses. End on a passionate note with the warm Belgian chocolate tart with vanilla bean and Sichuan pepper ice cream. It’s all $1,088 plus a 10 percent service charge for two people and you both get a glass of GH Mumm champagne into the bargain. Plus, it’s not just available on February 14. You can indulge with your partner on February 7 and 21, from 6pm to 10.30pm, as well. And try some of the special Valentine’s Day cocktails on these dates too. This is not a mirage. It’s more of a perfect marriage, really. Lobby level, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, 2802 8888; renaissancehotels.com.

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Wan Chai

Morton's of Chicago

There’s a ‘feast of love’ going down at Morton’s of Chicago on V-Day. The steakhouse at Tsim Sha Tsui’s Sheraton hotel is creating a delightful three-course menu, priced at $1,088 plus 10 percent a person, that includes plenty of choices for cute couples. There’s a choice between a chilled ocean platter and a baked ocean platter, as well as mains such as a whopping 16oz centre-cut prime rib-eye steak and a two-pound fresh whole Maine lobster, with accompaniments like parmesan and truffle matchstick fries and creamed corn. And then there’s a dessert trio of a mini New York cheesecake, chocolate mousse chip and fresh seasonal berries. Daters should find romance here as they gaze out at that beautiful harbour view. 4/F, The Sheraton Hotel Hong Kong, 20 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2732 2343; mortons.com.

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Tsim Sha Tsui
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Namo

Try a little Thai on Valentine’s Day. Or, when it comes to Namo, try a little ‘avant-Thai’. That means an array of beautifully presented, innovatively created contemporary Thai-inspired dishes. For just $798 a couple, whet your appetites with a layer crab cake with beetroot mayonnaise that’s topped with a mango salsa and shrimp skewer. Then indulge in mains like the baked king prawn with coconut herbed fish or the grilled beef tenderloin and seared foie gras with red curry sauce. After dinner, daters should just love the sweet tastes of the lemongrass panna cotta and chocolate mousse cake with crispy heart and mandarin sauce. The menu is available on February 12 and 13 as well as the big day. It all makes for a romantic V-Day experience, done the Thai way. Shop G18, Empire Ctr, 68 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui E, 2739 1133; mayfare.com.hk.

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Tsim Sha Tsui East

Oyster and Wine Bar

Head to the rooftop of the Sheraton in Tsim Sha Tsui for an unforgettable V-Day with your loved one. Oysters are the perfect aphrodisiac but paired with Laurent-Perrier champagne, well, we’d be amazed if you don’t find love on the special day with Oyster & Wine Bar’s perfectly curated four-course menu. For $1,988, enjoy the ‘Extraordinarily Romantic Valentine’s Dinner’ on February 14 between 6.30pm and 11pm. There are a range of Laurent-Perrier champagne pairings with dishes like the La Lune Cadoret oyster topped with kiwi sauce and microgreens and the pan-seared jumbo sea scallop, as well as the roasted challon duck breast. There’s also a ‘premium bouquet of flowers’ at the dinner just for your sweetheart. Awww. 18/F, Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, 20 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2369 1111; sheratonhongkonghotel.com.

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Tsim Sha Tsui

Spiga

This new Italian powerhouse’s special four-course Valentine’s menu is called ‘A Love Story about Contemporary Eataly’. And a love story it is. On February 14 only, for $1,388 a couple, begin your tale of passion with some perfectly seared scallops or a more traditional beef fassona tartar. Then start a new chapter with Spiga’s house-made ravioli with buffalo ricotta, broccoli stuffing, cuttlefish and a creamy roasted potato broth. Also turn the pages of passion with offerings like the roasted turbot in fresh tomato sauce and the soft chocolate dessert accompanied by a dazzling strawberry sorbet. Add a further spark to the dinner with a Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin rosé pairing by the glass or bottle for $148 or $728 respectively. With Spiga’s romantic interiors, this is one of the best places in the city to enjoy a seductive V-Day. 3/F, LHT Twr, 31 Queen’s Rd C, Central, 2871 0055; diningconcepts.com.

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Zafran

Spanish restaurant, bar and lounge Zafran is serving up its Te Amo menu on February 14. Tuck into four courses with your other half for $988 a couple plus 10 percent. There’s hokkaido scallop carpaccio crowned with caviar and drizzled with lemon truffle oil up for grabs, as well delights like charcoal-grilled kobe beef hanger steaks with pickled walnut salsa verde and the ‘Piece of My Heart’, a heart-shaped strawberry cheesecake with chocolate-dipped red berries. Te Amo indeed. We reckon this meal should be followed by bouts of passion with a side of true love. Basement, 43-55 Wyndham St, Central, 2116 8855; zafran.com.hk.

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