Valentines Day is just around the corner. Whether you love it, hate it, have been making plans for ages, or have totally forgotten about it, the Crave team has got you covered with this round up of V-Day thematics.
Words Lorria Sahmet
FOR HOPELESS ROMANTICS
Staycation at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Tel: 2584 7083
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is offering lovers a staycation in their luxurious suites. Enjoy a spending credit of $2,500 where you and your loved one can indulge in the likes of the hotel buffet, prime beef cuts at the Grand Hyatt Steakhouse, endless bubbly at the champagne bar or a relaxing partners’ massage at the Plateau Spa. Or do everything because why celebrate for only one day when you can have the whole weekend? Bookings at 2584 7083 or email@example.com.
29/F & 30/F 18 On Lan Street, Central
Tel: 2174 8100
Here’s the dinner date that will trump all other ones: Michelin-starred ON Dining is offering one couple an exclusive dining experience at the restaurant’s private rooftop overlooking the stunning cityscape ($8,888). The six-course chef’s table menu is crafted and prepared by chef Philippe Orrico and will feature exquisite dishes including ostresa caviar with Mediterranean tuna tartare and lemon sauce; organic egg ravioli served with shaved black truffle and parmesan emulsion; and roasted pigeon served with Japanese eggplant, confit cherries, black garlic and sauce salmis. The dinner finishes with chef Orrico’s signature La Coeur, a vanilla and white chocolate mousse with a raspberry, yuzu and almond sponge shaped into a heart. If you’re not ready to splash the cash, prix fixe menus from $988 are also available. Call 2174 8100 to book.
The Pool at The Peninsula Hong Kong
8/F The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2696 6616
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, The Peninsula is inviting lovebirds to The Pool for a romantic dinner experience. Only open once a year, The Pool offers intimate seating set around a Roman-style swimming pool that will definitely put you and your amore in the right mood. To keep the mystery alive, the five-course dinner menu is curated by a selection of Peninsula’s well-loved restaurants and will be unveiled on February 14 ($3,588). The view is great too, that is if you’re not too busy staring into each other eyes. For reservations, call 2696 6616.
Shop 325B, 3/F Pacific Place, Admiralty
Tel: 3185 8331
We all know Paris is the City of Love, and while you may not be able to jet over for V-Day, Dalloyau is serving up a French-inspired feast for keen travellers. Available from February 13 to 14, dive into a delectable selection of French comfort classics which includes timeless prawn cocktail, chicken consommé with truffle essence and pike perch and salmon rolls with champagne cream. Dinner finishes with the Mon Cœur, a heart-shaped cake flavoured with lemongrass. A three- ($638) or four- course ($738) menu is also available. Call 3185 8331 to book.
Gough’s on Gough
15 Gough St, Central
Tel: 2473 9066
Take a quick hop to charming London with Gough’s on Gough take on Valentine’s Day. The modern British four-course menu for two ($2,598 for two) starts with a mysterious “Valentines Elixir” that will surely get you buzzing for the night. Dishes include smoked salmon with a touch of dill to start, Norwegian cod or lemon and thyme chicken for mains, and sweet and simple strawberries, raspberries and chocolate M&Ms for dessert. Call 2473 9066 to book.
Shop A, 101/F International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
Tel: 2972 2666
Our obsession with Japanese cuisine continues this V-Day. Perched on top the ICC with stunning views of the harbour, Inakaya is celebrating with an eight-course dinner that features freshly imported sashimi from Japan ($1,980 per person). Also on the menu are grilled crab leg with miso sauce, teppanyaki Miyazaki waygu beef sirloin with Japanese vegetables and barracuda tempura. The dessert is a red bean mochi which is a traditional romantic offering in Japan. Served in a thick red bean dessert soup, it bears meaning of bringing loved ones together. For bookings, call 2972 2666.
Shop OTE301, 3/F Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2156 2256
This Valentine’s Day, head to Paper Moon for romantic night of la dolce vita. The two-person set menu ($2,628 for two) features Paper Moon’s finest Italian creations including potato and beetroot gnocchi with baby calamari, roasted beef tenderloin with foie gras, black truffle and sautéed spinach. Signature desserts are definitely not forgotten with all-time Italian favourites such as tiramisu, chocolate mousse cannoli and mille-feuille to pick from. For bookings, contact 2156 2256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR LONG-TERM PARTNERS
Morton’s The Steakhouse
4/F The Sheraton Hotel Hong Kong, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2732 2343
With sights of V-day ahead, Morton’s is helping couples take that major step to say “yes!” ($29,888). For meat lovers, there’s not a better way to celebrate an engagement with cuts of perfectly grilled meat. Having everything done down to a tee, Morton’s is preparing flowers, champagne and a Piaget rose ring. The three-course personalised menu seats eight and will include Morton’s classic porterhouse steak 24oz (for two) and signature prime New York strip 14oz. Also on the menu are prime ocean platters, parmesan and truffle matchstick fries and sautéed spinach and button mushrooms. All you have to do is show up. For dinners with no strings attached, a three-course menu is also available for $1,288. Call 2732 2343 to book.
Rech by Alain Ducasse
Lobby Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2313 2323
To celebrate your relationship and how far you and your significant other has come, treat your sweetheart to a romantic dinner at one-Michelin-starred Rech by Alain Ducasse this Valentine’s Day. Serving a luxurious selection of fresh ingredients flown in directly from France, Rech has prepared a romantic set dinner for two ($2,988 for two) overlooking the iconic Victoria harbour. Dishes on the menu include gratinated oysters in champagne, a sealed cocotte of Brittany lobster and lumaconi pasta, and a full of love “Brin d’amour” cheese. Dinner finishes with Rech’s sweet and mysterious signature desserts, Mr and Mrs Rech. Certainly a dinner to remember. For bookings, call 2313 2323.
FOR LAST-MINUTE PLANNERS
Beef & Liberty
3/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central
Tel: 2450 5733
Whether you’ve got a last-minute date or V-day somehow slipped your mind, don’t fret! We’ve got you covered with Beef & Liberty’s Double Trouble V-day special. Available for two days only on February 12 and 14, pick any burger from Beef & Liberty’s extensive burger selection and get the cheaper one free. Better yet, there’s no need to book ahead. If you can both make it through the messy eating, they’re a keeper!
FOR BLOSSOMING ROMANCE
Shop 305, 3/F iSquare, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim She Tsui
Tel: 2328 5202
All you knead is love and Carpaccio is making hearts flutter with their V-Day special heart-shaped pizza ($188). Whether its your first date or third, you can’t go wrong showering your darling with a cheesy slice of heaven. A mini four-course dinner is also available for those not ready to get their hands dirty, with likes of Norwegian salmon terrine, handmade beetroot tagliatelle with green asparagus and US Angus beef striploin on the menu. Make a reservation at 2328 5202.
Godiva Valentine’s Day Limited Edition Gift Box
Enough with the sweet talk. To really show your love to your beau, why not send diamonds…shaped chocolate. Combining the best of both worlds, Godiva is celebrating Valentine’s Day with the limited edition Collection Précieuse where each “jewel” is made with an exclusive recipe crafted by Godiva’s Tokyo-based chocolatier Yannick Chevolleau. Chocolates feature white, milk and dark and include new flavours including strawberry and lemon ganache, hazelnut praline with lemon and ginger, orange caramel and a pistachio praline.
FOR THE ANTI-VALENTINE
Wahtiki Island Lounge
3/F Seabird House, 22-28 Wyndham Street, Central
Tel: 2793 0308
For those who can’t stand the sight of metallic heart-shaped balloons and “Be Mine” teddy bears, Wahtiki Island Lounge is embracing Single Awareness Day with a Anti-Valentine’s Party ($500 per person). Toasting to singledom, each ticket includes three island-inspired rum cocktails right at the door and an all-you-can-eat Tiki Tidbits buffet. Dig into the tasty selection of Cajun chicken goujons, chilli-pepper squid and deep-fried crab cakes because food is everyone’s truest love. For reservations, contact 2793 0380 or email@example.com.
FOR BOOZE LOVERS
Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour
Shop B31A, B1/F Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road, Central
Tel: 2111 9449
Become your own bartender and serve up your own gin concoctions this V-Day. Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour is hosting a Couples Valentine’s Masterclass on February 10, just in time for you to get your mixing and shaking right. Dishing out all the secrets to making a perfect gin cocktail, Dr Fern’s is where you can learn about the world of botanicals, different tonic parings and the bar’s infamous garnish garden. The class will include four gins and a whole lot of booze tips to impress your significant other with lust, love or passion. Get your tickets here.
17 McGregor Street, Wan Chai
Tel: 2891 3710
What’s a celebration without an endless flow of bubbly? From February 10 to 14, Haven is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a free-flow dinner set for two ($1314 for two), where you can enjoy 2.5 hours of bottomless drinks and a selection of delicate European-inspired dishes which includes garlic roasted Alaskan king crab leg and crab cake, French duck breast with wild berries compote and a chocolate and coffee Opera cake for dessert. For reservations, call 2891 3710.
Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé Champagne
It’s not all about roses and chocolates on Valentine’s Day. In honour of the upcoming celebration, Perrier-Jouët is offering a V-Day exclusive Blason Rosé champagne ($458). With aromas of pomegranate, blood orange and red fruit mixed with honey suckle, butter and brioche; this fruity and floral bubbly is perfect for keeping you feeling warm and mushy with your loved ones. Available at Watson’s Wine till stocks last.