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Valentine's Day 2020: Romantic Dinners In Hong Kong To Impress Your Date

By Pearl Yan

By Pearl Yan

January 20, 2020

While there are countless ways to spoil your significant other, a romantic dinner is at the top of the list when it comes to winning his or her heart (through the stomach) on Valentine’s Day. From a cosy omakase dinner to a modern vegetarian fare, these romantic dinner menus are bound to ignite the flames of passion

Seafood platter (Photo: Courtesy of InterContinental Hong Kong)
Seafood platter (Photo: Courtesy of InterContinental Hong Kong)

Price: HK$2,988 for two, HK$688 for wine pairing 

If your special someone loves seafood, look no further than Rech by Alain Ducasse at InterContinental Hong Kong. Specially prepared for Valentine’s Day, the 6-course menu begins with a sumptuous seafood platter, followed by raw and cooked langoustines in a ginger broth and John Dory cooked with leeks, osetra caviar and champagne sauce. 

After the seafood feast, enjoy the braised beef short ribs with carrots and chicory, before tucking into a refreshing pre-dessert made of Japanese strawberry sorbet with yuzu cream and crunchy meringue. Then, brace yourself for the star of the night: two chocolate desserts—named “For her” and “For him”— created with chocolates from Alain Ducasse’s manufacture in Paris. For her, the chef has prepared a dark chocolate shell filled with vanilla cream, flourless chocolate sponge and raspberries, served with raspberry juice. For him, the fillings are milk chocolate cream, crunchy hazelnut sponge and toffee, topped with warm salted caramel sauce.



Photo: Courtesy of Umi
Photo: Courtesy of Umi

Price: HK$1,888, HK$688 for premium sake pairing

Specialises in traditional edomae sushi, Umi boasts an intimate space reminiscent of an omakase sushi bar in Tokyo, making it ideal for a cosy dinner for two. The Valentine’s Day Omakase menu takes diners on a gastronomic journey through a centuries-old practice, which starts with Umi’s signature white truffle rice, followed by halfbeak sashimi, three kinds of sea urchin sashimi and abalone with hairy crab and caviar. 

Sushi takes centre stage in the menu, allowing fresh, high-quality raw fish such as tuna, filefish, sea perch, winter yellowtail and ice fish as well as shellfish like pen shell clam and kuruma prawn to shine through in their purest form. Complete with a sea urchin maki roll and a Japanese dessert, the dinner is a truly exquisite experience for the occasion.

Umi

Restaurant, $$$$, Japanese, Central


Vanilla bavarois (Photo: Courtesy of Cafe Gray Deluxe)
Vanilla bavarois (Photo: Courtesy of Cafe Gray Deluxe)

Price: HK$1,150 for five courses in the first seating, HK$1,550 for six courses in the second seating

Make it a Valentine’s night to remember with a romantic dinner at Cafe Gray Deluxe, where you can indulge in an equally tempting meat or vegetarian menu. For the meatless menu, expect truffle ravioli in wild mushroom consommé and a blue moon radish salad mixed with tête de moine cheese and honey as starters, and orzo with butternut squash, preserved black trumpet and spinach as the main. 

For the seafood- and meat-heavy menu, there’s Périgord truffle ravioli in smoked duck consommé, seared halibut and razor clams and succulent wagyu bavette cooked with armagnac. The dessert is the same for both menu, which is also the highlight of the meal—a decadent vanilla bavarois made with strawberry-orange blossom preserve, rose champagne sorbet.


Pan au Chocolat (Photo: Courtesy of Castellana)
Pan au Chocolat (Photo: Courtesy of Castellana)

Price: HK$1680 for six courses

Romance is in the air at Castellana, as a special six-course menu will be offered for one night only for lovebirds in town. Staying true to its Piedmont origin, Castellana’s Valentine’s Day menu highlights some of the region’s most well-known ingredients, particularly its river oysters, prawns and black truffles, which enhances the corn soup with Cuneo chickpeas and green peas with its aroma. 

The risotto, topped with veal sweetbread, marsala wine and rosemary flowers is a delightful dish to enjoy before digging into the Fassona beef cheek, which is cooked to perfection with a Barolo wine reduction. While each course is memorable in its own way, the dessert, Castellana’s take on the classic pain au chocolat, is unmatched and beautifully presented to add extra sweetness to your evening. 

Castellana

Restaurant, $$$$, Italian, Causeway Bay


Photo: Courtesy of Tosca di Angelo
Photo: Courtesy of Tosca di Angelo

Price: HK$1,980 and HK$2,680 (with caviar) for five courses in the first seating, HK$2,680 and HK$3,380 (with caviar) for the second seating 

Did you know Italian cuisine is known as the food of love? To celebrate passion and romance in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, chef Angelo has created a five- and an eight-course menu, with an option to include caviar for lovers looking to splurge. 

Highlights of the menu include seared langoustine with daikon velouté and kaluga caviar, and roasted Iberian pork chop cooked with herbs, radicchio, spring onion and aged balsamic, which are included in both menus. The eight-course menu features additional dishes such as foie gras and stewed abalone with chicken consommé and black truffle, and a rich peanut panna cotta with mascarpone and lemon.

No matter which menu you choose, the meal will round off with a white chocolate mousse topped with blackcurrant cream, wild strawberries and honey ice cream.



Spiny lobster served with a splash of arbequina caviaroli and garlic rouille (Photo: Courtesy of Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano)
Spiny lobster served with a splash of arbequina caviaroli and garlic rouille (Photo: Courtesy of Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano)

Price: HK$1,488/2 persons for three courses, HK$1,888/2 persons for four courses

Soak up the romantic atmosphere at The Pottinger Hong Kong’s Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano with a candlelit dinner in the form of a three- or four-course menu. Both menus on offer start with an enticing appetiser of warm spiny lobster served with a splash of arbequina caviaroli and garlic rouille. 

Next, diners are treated to a ravioli cooked with crab meat and herbs, with the choice of elevating the meal with a mouth-watering main course: grilled Kobe beef, slow-cooked wagyu beef cheek, pan-fried foie gras and seasonal vegetables. All lovebirds will be spoilt with “Love Forest”, a dessert composed of green tea mousse and a colourful sponge cake garnished with edible butterflies and roses. 

When you’re done with the feast, round off with “Soul Kiss”, a pear-infused Prosecco cocktail which makes for a sweet finale to the evening.

The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queens Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2308 3180, sino-hotels.com

Photo: Courtesy of Man Ho
Photo: Courtesy of Man Ho

Price: HK$2,688 per person

Make Man Ho at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong your Valentine’s Day destination, as the establishment has prepared an authentic yet modern Cantonese dinner menu for this special occasion. 

Created with the yin and yang balance in mind, the nourishing double-boiled soups made of traditional Chinese medicines and premium ingredients will prepare you for the courses to come by warming your hearts from the beginning. This is followed by a refreshing seafood appetiser, featuring chilled sea whelk with mustard, chilled abalone with sake and baked sea cucumber pastry with dried flatfish. 

Let your taste buds fall in love with the sweet flavours of deep-fried blue lobster with citrus sauce, as well as braised rice with eel, maca, dried mandarin peel and red dates—before tucking into a hearty dessert trio to round off the night on a sweet note.

Man Ho

Restaurant, $$$, Chinese, Cantonese, Lantau Island


Photo: Courtesy of Zuma
Photo: Courtesy of Zuma

Price: HK$1,580 per person

This Valentine’s Day, Zuma has pulled out all the stops to create a Valentine’s Day tasting menu to highlight an evening of romance. From Chilean sea bass with green chili ginger dressing to Japanese oysters with yuzu and green apple, the modern Japanese establishment will once again delight guests with unexpected flavours on this special occasion. 

The final sweet treat is a molten raspberry cake made with white chocolate, lychee and rose parfait, created by pastry chef Eddy Lee to add extra sweetness to your date night. Glowing in pink hues, the raspberry and passion fruit martini crafted by Zuma’s bar team is a romantic addition to complement the meal. 

As Valentines Day falls on a Friday this year, guests can opt for the Yashoku Friday night brunch to indulge in unlimited maki rolls, a fresh selection of sashimi and signature dishes alongside free-flow champagne in an atmospheric space elevated by live DJ performance.

See also: Weekend Specials: 8 Most Unique Brunch Spots In Hong Kong

Zuma

Restaurant, $$$$, Japanese, Central


Valentine’s Day 2020: Romantic Dinners In Hong Kong To Impress Your Date
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