Hong Kong’s most romantic restaurants
This neo-contemporary French joint isn’t one of Hong Kong’s most lauded restaurants for nothing. Executive chef Richard Ekkebus and his tight kitchen and service team make sure this two Michelin-starred restaurant lives up to its reputation in both exceptional customer attention and culinary innovation. The autumn-hued dining room with the infamous brass oblong chandelier centerpiece creates a warm and intimate vibe that will heat up hearts as couples indulge in Amber’s award-winning cuisine, including foie gras lollipops and Hokkaido sea urchin in lobster gelatin.
Want to keep things intimate or simply don’t like dining with others? Whichever it is, this discreet French restaurant has you covered. Le Blanc has private compartments for couples and you can even save a few bucks as it’s BYOB and the generous set menu is a reasonable $688 a head. The cute and kitschy décor is a treasure trove of fairy lights, wreaths, figurines, lanterns and other trinkets which all add to the romantic charm.
Thoroughly impress your date with a dinner at French Window, Miramar Group’s fabulous rustic French dining playground. The Philippe Starck-designed brasserie takes you out of feeling like you’re in the IFC Mall, aided by the fabulous harbour-view highlighted through the giant glass windows, the polished waiting staff and the perfectly prepared dishes, which range from orange glazed duck breast to whole sea bass baked in rock sea salt crust. The hopelessly romantic Parisian ambience is sure to set your hearts racing.
Being in love can often make your head spin. And The Grand Buffet captures that feeling well with its rotating restaurant on the 62nd floor of Wan Chai’s Hopewell Centre. The view is killer for much of the 360 rotation and there’s a staggering array of options at the buffet, including live shrimp from the tank, fresh seasonal delights at the seafood counter, and everything from Cantonese barbecue to tempura, teppanyaki and Indian curries.
Tucked far, far away in one of the prettiest crevices of Sai Kung is the three-storied romantic delight that is One Thirty One. The fine French restaurant looks like a rosy pink French country home and houses only four tables inside. But you’ll hardly be sitting for long as there’s a well-groomed lawn to stroll and lounge around in while catching the sunset over the clear waters of Three Fathoms Cove. The French fare on offer here is top notch and uses herbs fresh from the restaurant’s own garden. Be warned: bookings must be made in advance – no walk-ins.
Swoon on a sampan and dine on Cantonese-style seafood with this unique dining experience. Sure, the boat itself isn’t anything fancy and the service leaves a little to be desired, but there’s definitely something wonderful about dining out on the water and cracking a Typhoon Shelter crab claw with your loved one.
Get lost in time at Tai O Lookout, the glass-roofed dining establishment in the one-of-a-kind architectural classic that is the Tai O Heritage Hotel. The design is colonial-era-inspired and the menu consists of every cuisine’s favourite comfort foods: think pastas, Singaporean fried rice and the special crispy fried pork-chop bun sandwich. This is a cosy little nook that will double as a great little getaway for those who need to get out of the city life for a romantic evening.
Nothing screams romance more than dining barefoot on the beach. Helmed by celebrity chef Margaret Xu Yuan, Yin Yang Coastal in Tsuen Wan serves fresh, local and organic produce, including locally caught seafood, all cooked Cantonese-style. Yuan also uses organic produce from her own farm, so you can dine eco-consciously as well as romantically.
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