Valentine’s Day celebrations are set to continue whether you’re planning to stay in or dine out, courtesy of these menus.
With dining restrictions set to last until 3 February, chances for them loosening up before Valentine’s Day looks rather dismal. But don’t let wayward dinner plans lead deeply romantic gestures astray. Restaurants may not be open for dinner service, but in a city rich with options, takeaway and lunch menus are inevitably aplenty. Valentine’s Day is not cancelled. So whether you’re considering staying in for a home-cooked meal or adventuring out for a lavish night, here are the best menus worth celebrating with.
Should the sweeping views at the sky-high Aria fail to impress, don’t fret, chef Andrea Zamboni’s exclusive menu will surely be make for memorable Valentine’s evening. The seven-course menu (HK$2,888 for two) features a series of contemporary Italian dishes served with a lighthearted twist — hidden with chef Andrea’s playful ‘surprises’. Since the well-considered plates are intended to be enjoyed without studying the menu prior, we’ll keep it simple and brief: oyster and champagne jelly to begin, followed by potato topped with sour cream and Cristal caviar, a sprinkling of mains including chef Andrea’s famed risotto remade with beetroot, lemon and taleggio, and two desserts, involving one concocted from chocolate, chilli and raspberry.
Aria, 24/F, California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2804 1116
At the city’s favourite red sauce joint, Carbone, Valentine’s Day celebrations are a full-blown dining extravaganza. Serving a four-course menu (HK$888) topped with all the New York-Italian restaurant’s classics, savour and sample the likes of an indulgent fettuccini coated in a rich white-truffle butter; seared Dover sole seasoned with brown butter, lemon and parsley; as well as the signature ribeye Diana. To finish, a drama-decked decadence that is set to impress: Strawberry flambé. Iconic.
Carbone, 9/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2593 2593
For the Valentine’s Day traditionalists, a well-seared slab of steak is the one and only way to celebrate. The epitome of indulgence. Celebrate at the Rosewood’s Henry then, the American steakhouse is serving up an impressive six-course menu (HK$4,888 for two) full of classic, can’t-go-wrong plates like tuna carpaccio, foie gras ballotine, black truffle artichoke soup and chocolate fondant with ice cream. Of course, among the selection of mains is the star of the evening, seared snake river farm tenderloin, served with black truffle potato puree and a drizzling of bordelaise sauce.
Henry, 5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3891 8888
It’s homey, it’s comfort, it’s amore, it’s Pici. The neighbourhood favourite pasta spot is celebrating Valentine’s Day with hearty selection of new and exclusive dishes bound for fervent compliments: Truffle provolone starter seasoned with fresh truffle, oregano and smoked paprika, heart-shaped pasta topped with Boston lobster on a bed lemon-thyme emulsion sauce, and a memorable cannoli dell’ amore — raspberry cream cheese-stuffed cannoli with love-heart sprinkles. For drinks, a bubbly Rossini pink cocktail sprinkled with pop rocks and strawberries will surely set hearts aflutter.
Pici, various locations including, G/F, St Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2755 5523
For the day of love, Okra dedicates an omakase menu (HK$1580) centred around the most perfect partnership: food and sake. 10 intricately designed dishes, which can be enjoyed with a special sake pairing (HK$380; four glasses; HK$680; eight glasses), spotlights the modern izakaya’s fresh seasonal produce in dishes like Cod Shirako, smooth and creamy, served hot on bamboo, dry-aged toro tartare laced with black truffle and chef Max Levy’s take on the traditional Japanese omelette: Bafun uni topped atsuyaki tamago.
Okra, G/F & 1/F 110 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2806 1038
Be it celebrations with your dear Valentines or best Galentines, the sharing of an extra-large, well-seared pie is always indicative of an enjoyable meal. For Valentine’s Day, Motorino keeps the loved-up holiday sweet and simple with a Date Night Special (HK$418), arriving with, naturally, two heart-shaped pizzas, two antipasti and a house-made tiramisu to round out the perfect Netflix-and-chill evening.
Motorino, various locations including 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2520 0690
La Rambla by Catalunya
As we continue to remain land-bound, we’re relying on yet another gastronomic journey to settle our travel lust this Valentine’s Day. La Rambla by Catalunya jet-sets to the sunny Spanish seaside with a specially curated menu for two, ‘Feliz Dia de San Valentin’ (HK$2,500), which highlights the restaurant’s culinary finesse with fine, ocean-fresh ingredients. Begin with the Tsarskaya oysters with a spritz of lemon juice and mignonette, followed by La Rambla caviar with red prawn tartare, Baeri caviar, salmon caviar, along with an array of fragrant fresh grilled grilled seafood. A sweet strawberry and rose mille feuille completes the meal.
Order details: The Valentine’s Day takeaway menu (HK$2,500) is available for two people from 10 to 14 February at the Alfred’s delivery platform here.
La Rambla by Catalunya, Shop 3071-73, Level 3, ifc Mall, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2661 1161
Sushi and sashimi. Two of the city’s favourite dishes. Celebrate the season of love with a much-loved cuisine at Fumi. The contemporary Japanese eatery taps into this preferred dining preference with a special Valentine’s Day takeaway box-set (HK$880). Showcasing the restaurant’s delicate, jet-fresh ingredients, the menu highlights crowd favourites including a sashimi platter topped with toro, young yellowtail and Botan shrimp, flame-seared sushi, Hokkaido king crab meat salad, and pan-fried A4 Miyazaki beef sirloin doused in a sticky barbecue sauce. What’s amiss? Good company and a great movie.
Order details: The Valentines Day takeaway set (HK$880) for two is available for delivery from now to 14 February. Orders can be placed via Lan Kwai Fong Delivery Direct here.
Fumi, 6/F, California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong, 30 – 36 D’Aguilar St, Central, Hong Kong +852 2328 3302
Date by Tate
Special milestones and memorable moments can be just as profoundly celebrated in the comforts of your home, if not better, with Date by Tate’s Valentine’s gastronomy box (HK$3,000). A dining-room Michelin-star meal with just as much exclusivity (only 35 sets are available daily!), the artisan wooden tiffin set, served with a half-bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Sparkling Rose NV, lifts open for refined dishes like caviar and Obsiblue prawn, followed by a hearty main of either beef bourguignon or codfish with scallop mousse. Peeling back the last tier unveils a decadent honey passionfruit entremet and crispy honey with honey lollipops mignardises. With the dining part done and dusted, all you have to do pick up a pretty bouquet and light the candlesticks. Romance ensue.
Order details: The Date by Tate Valentine’s gastronomy box for two (HK$3,000) is available two days from 14 to 15 February. Orders can be placed via the Date by Tate website here.
Date by Tate, 210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 6730 2494
Feather and Bone
For those planning a romantic home-cooked meal, look no further than Feather and Bone already primed and ready packs. Two selections are thoughtfully put together for Valentine’s Day: The ultimate Valentine’s Pack (HK$828), only available online, includes two wagyu tenderloins (200g), a range of condiments including parsley and red wine jus, along with a choice of bubbly, Philizot et Fils Champagne Brut, or red, Black Ops Shiraz. Meanwhile, the Valentine’s Surf n’ Turf (HK$558) puts together two bacon-wrapped grass-fed tenderloins with pesto stuffing and two Boston lobster tails, which can be picked up at any of the grocer’s Butcher’s counter.
Order details: The Valentine’s Day pack can be ordered online via Feather and Bone here, and the Surf n’ Turf pack is available at any Feather and Bone in-store Butcher’s counter.
Feather & Bone, various locations including Shop 1, G/F, 38 Shelley Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong +852 2179 6211
Simon Rogan at Home
Experience a taste of a Michelin-starred meal in the comforts of your dining room — feet-up; loungewear donned — with Simon Rogan at Home, the takeaway venture of fine-dining spot Roganic. Rolling out with a decadent meal for two (HK$1,800), the at-home menu is filled with signature delicacies that promise a memorable Valentine’s Day affair. Spoon in exquisite mouthfuls of celeriac soup with parsley oil and cheese sauce and savour the decadent salmon pot topped with caviar, and the braised beef short rib cooked with mushroom duxelles, creamed potato, pickled celery and caper jus. A wonderful finale, the homemade chocolate truffles will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.
Order details: The Valentine’s Day takeaway set will be available from 13 to 14 February for in-store collection only.
Roganic, Shop 8, UG/F, Sino Plaza, 255 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2817 8383
Header image courtesy of Date by Tate