Lovebirds will soon be flocking to the most romantic spots in the city for Valentine’s Day, so if you haven’t made your reservations yet — chop chop. And if you’re having trouble finding dreamy backdrops and decadent dishes to help set the mood, we have a few ideas. For every long-time lover and titillating Tinder date in town, we’ve rounded up 8 Valentine’s Day menus that are guaranteed to impress.
Price: HK$2,280 plus 10% surcharge per couple
It’s love at first bite with Wooloomooloo Prime’s 4-course menu. For some fancy fork play, indulge in a lobster carpaccio with Sturia caviar and capsicum chorizo and tarragon emulsion. The mains are house specialties: grilled Australian Wagyu tenderloin and an olive oil poached King Salmon fillet. For dessert, a pleasure-seeker’s platter of pavlova, baked cheesecake, hot chocolate cake and crème brulee will delight your loved one perhaps as much as the harbour vistas from the 21st floor.
Wooloomooloo Prime, Level 21, The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2870 0087
Price: HK$1,088 per guest plus 10% surcharge (HK$588 per guest for 6pm early bird seating)
For something as unique as your special someone, Executive Chef Nicholas Chew has concocted an unconventional Valentine’s Day tasting menu at Bibo in partnership with the Royal Caviar Club, marrying exotic flavours with French technique. Sweet Alaskan king crab is paired with smoked cauliflower, tangy tamarind and Cristal caviar, while a rich duck rendang is coupled with Ossetra caviar. Tempt your taste buds with Keluak, the “black magic” herb native to Indonesia, paired with Baeri caviar and portobello mushroom. An early bird menu is available for lovebirds who don’t mind a 6pm feast.
Bibo, G/F, 163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2956 3188
Price: HK$880 for 3-course menu, HK$980 for 4-course menu, plus HK$500 for wine pairing
The new Australian fine-dining establishment at the Hong Kong Museum of Art offers gorgeous views for you and your Valentine to swoon over. And the dishes are no less impressive; expect cosy starters with a thrilling twist like the beetroot salad with goat’s milk curd and truffle, Hamachi scallop sashimi with a balanced pomelo, ginger and Kombu dressing, and slow-cooked pigeon breast paired with the balsamic-sweetness of black garlic and earthy truffle. The 3-course dinner menu for early birds (HK$880 plus 10% surcharge per person) or the 4-course menu (HK$980 plus 10% surcharge) also accommodates vegetarian diners and special wine pairings (additional HK$500).
Hue, 1/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3500 5800
Price: HK$3,380 per couple plus 10% surcharge and 3% carbon tax
If you’re looking for something as chic as your significant other, look no further than Mono’s contemporary French 7-course menu (HK$3,380 per couple plus 10% surcharge and 3% carbon tax). Even Aphrodite couldn’t have picked more iconic elements for a romantic tête-à-tête: expect Daniel Sorlut oyster with Imperial caviar and kiwi, Brittany lobsters with black truffles from Provence, and foie gras with rhubarb and roses.
Mono, 5/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong
The Tiffany Blue Box Café
Price: HK$1,688 for two persons
Sometimes, for a romantic night on the town, it’s not about thinking outside the box but rather: inside a little blue one. Valentine’s Day’s usual suspects are all in appearance for this 5-course menu (HK$1,688 for two guests): pan-seared foie gras, caviar, Hokkaido sea urchin, a rich parmesan cream linguine, as well as black truffle imbued in slow-cooked chicken. Round off your meal with the signature Blue Box cake, consisting of bergamot rose mousse, raspberry strawberry filling and almond cake, with ice cream on the side.
The Tiffany Blue Box Café, 2/F, Shop No. 7-8, One Peking, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2362 9828
Price: HK$1,388 for 6-course menu
The most intimate spot for a lovers tryst or a night away from the kids and kittens might just be Arcane. Celebrity chef Shane Osborn, who opened Arcane in Central after Michelin-star success at Pied-a-Terre in London, presents a 6-course Valentine’s menu for guests that includes Hokkaido scallop with roasted carrot oil, salsa verde, mustard frill and yamaimo, the Japanese mountain yam; and cappelletti pasta stuffed with cevenne onion. The dessert course also brings together the finest Japanese produce with European technique: Japanese winter strawberries meet a peach sorbet, vanilla chantilly, lemon curd and meringue.
Arcane, 3/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2728 0178
Price: HK$888 for 4-course menu, HK$1,088 for 6-course menu
For yin-yang couples who want to share the best of both worlds, the rooftop bar and restaurant atop The Murray hotel presents a 4- or 6-course menu with “turf-centric” and “surf-centric” twists. The specially-designed menu options inspire lovers to share plates for a more intimate, playful night. A milk-fed veal tartare with potato crisp on one side of the table will go up against a Japanese sea bream tartare with taro chips on the other. A double duck consommé stands up against a strong lobster consommé, and braised and roasted wagyu beef goes head-to-head with the slow poached cod fish. Meanwhile, those looking for a romantic tete-a-tete midday can also opt for the afternoon tea at Popinjays (HK$728 for two guests), featuring raspberry macarons and foie gras terrine with red wine and sour cherry gelee.
Poppinjays, The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3141 8888
Price: 4-course menu for HK$1,988, 6-course menu for HK$2,988; includes Krug Champagne pairings
Finally, who can say no to bubbles on the most romantic night of the year? Somm, the restaurant and bar led by sommeliers at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, is presenting a 4-course (HK$1,988 per person including 3 Krug Champagnes) and 6-course dinner menu (HK$2,988 per person, includes 5 Krug Champagnes) with champagne pairings. Suzuki seabass with a yuzu champagne butter sauce is paired with a glass of Krug 2006 and, from now on, the only way to wash down Ebisu oysters and spiced tomato granité is with Krug Grande Cuvée 166 eme Edition.
Somm, 7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2132 0033