With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you may find yourself scrambling around last-minute to dazzle your date with expensive jewellery, chocolate boxes or overflowing flower bouquets. But while gifts are all well and nice (and don’t go unappreciated, might we add), there’s nothing wrong with winning the object of your affection over instead with an incredible V-day meal. After all, they say the quickest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. Whether you’re celebrating your 20th anniversary or on your third Coffee Meets Bagel date, a fantastic meal at one of these restaurants is just the ticket to impressing your date this Valentine’s Day.
Treat your SO to a first-class culinary journey through Spain at La Rambla by Catalunya, newly opened at IFC. The cosy Spanish restaurant offers panoramic views of the twinkling harbour, providing an intimate backdrop for a night of romance. A special set menu (HK$980 plus 10% surcharge per person) starts with pan con tomate, fried Palamos squid and shaved Iberico ham, followed by La Rambla’s signature dishes, from scrambled eggs with caviar and truffle to 21-day dry-aged steak and squid ink paella with juicy Carabineros prawns.
La Rambla by Catalunya, 3071-73, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2661 1161
Is there anything more romantic than sharing a bottle of red wine over plates of homemade pasta? If that sounds like your ideal evening for two, head to Italian restaurant Osteria Marzia. The 4-course San Valentino Menu (HK$888 per couple plus 10%) showcases fresh scallops, steak tartare and sea bass, followed by sirloin steak and homemade spaghetti chitarra with sweet lobster. Looking to extend the night? Book The Fleming hotel’s V-Day Staycation Package, which includes dinner for two, an upgraded room, late check-out, breakfast and a V-day gift set (prices starting from HK$2,388).
Osteria Marzia, G/F, The Fleming, 41 Fleming Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3607 2253
Bizou may be located in Pacific Place, but it’s far from being another mundane mall restaurant. Stylish interiors and a sleek bar area with drinks by mixology master Joseph Boroski have lent Bizou a bit of a reputation as a secret date night destination. This V-day, the brasserie is serving up a mouthwatering menu that includes butter-poached king crab legs, winter black truffle with roasted foie gras, a 26-ounce bone-in ribeye and more. Priced at HK$888 per couple, the wallet-friendly meal is a fool-proof way to score brownie points without breaking the bank.
Bizou, Shop 132, L1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2871 0775
If you’re out to impress your guest with the fanciest meal you can muster, we’d recommend splurging at 2-Michelin-starred Kashiwaya. For HK$3,888 plus 10% per guest, this may just be the most extravagant V-day dinner in town, a journey through the exquisite art of Japanese omakase with the finest ingredients, from pickled yuba avocado with miso quail egg to grilled ise shrimp sprinkled with dust vinegar and abalone buckwheat rice. Wash it all down with sake as you savour the world-class gastronomic journey.
Kashiwaya, 8/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2520 5218
For a classic steakhouse meal this Valentine’s Day, look no further than Porterhouse, where premium aged steaks and succulent lobsters are paraded out on pristine white plates, accompanied by hearty, mouthwatering sides. Kick off dinner with a welcome glass of Champagne, then tuck into foie gras terrine and creamy sunchoke soup before the main event arrives: grilled Australia Wagyu beef sirloin cooked to a perfect medium-rare, and butter-poached Canadian lobster. For dessert, split a sweet Brazilian tonka bean chocolate mousse paired with sour cherry ice cream (HK$1,888 per couple plus 10% surcharge).
Porterhouse, 7/F, California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 6366
Find romance with roses at French fine diner Le Pan, where fresh-cut florals will fill the elegant, marble-clad dining room come 14 February. Rosé Champagne is the drink of choice to complement award-winning chef Edward Voon’s inventive canapés, followed by a scrumptious 6-course degustation of contemporary French dishes. Dinner is priced at $2,018 per person, including a complimentary glass of Champagne Dhondt-Grellet Premier Cru Rosé Brut NV.
Le Pan, G/F, Goldin Financial Global Centre, 17 Kai Cheung Road, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3188 2355
After receiving a coveted Michelin star in 2017, contemporary steakhouse Beefbar continues to prove its dedication to sourcing the finest beef cuts from around the world. On Valentine’s Day, the sophisticated meat lover’s temple is serving up a special menu which includes red prawn tartare, French duck salad, homemade langoustine tortelli, pan-fried monkfish and a “Short Horn” Korean striploin served with porcini mushrooms (HK$1,488 per person). A delicious pavlova cake rounds out the decadent affair, while an optional wine pairing is available for HK$488 extra.
Beefbar, 2/F, Club Lusitano, 16 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2110 8853
An 11-course tasting menu (HK$1,250 per person) is a splurge-worthy way to treat your significant other this month at Zuma, where bar manager Arkadiusz Rybak has whipped up an elegant new cocktail to pair with head pastry chef Eddy Lee’s stunning V-day desserts. Sip on the light and fragrant Japanese white peach & rose bellini, a bubbly prosecco number sweetened with rose syrup, while you feast on Japanese oysters, tuna tartare with caviar and naruo beef tataki. The highlight of the meal is the Pink Gravity dessert made with layered white chocolate, wild strawberries, crispy biscuit, rose petal and lychee sorbet. If you pre-order before 11 February, you’ll also receive a complimentary half-bottle of Champagne.
Zuma, 5–6/F, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 3657 6388
We named Beet one of our best new restaurants of 2017 for its wonderful atmosphere and promise of fine-dining fare without the astronomical prices. With its cosy interiors, we can’t think of a better place to cuddle up this V-day, with the 6-course tasting menu priced at a reasonable HK$860 per person (plus HK$450 for drinks pairing). The one-off menu includes Hokkaido scallops with mandarin and marigold, maitake mushrooms with celeriac, pigeon with radicchio and wild berries, and brown butter ice cream with sage meringue.
Beet, 6 Kau U Fong, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2824 3898
A best new bars contender for 2017, Red Sugar splashed onto the scene with the opening of Kerry Hotel in Hung Hom last year, providing an ideal late-night spot for harbour-gazing away from the hustle and bustle of the island. On 14 February, Red Sugar will be upping the romance with an intimate 4-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Matthew Bennink (HK$1,800 plus 10% surcharge per couple). Toast to each other with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne or the “His” and “Her” cocktails on the spacious outdoor terrace before settling in for a meal of steak and lobster.
Red Sugar, 7/F, Kerry Hotel Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2252 5279