The Weekly Dish: Romance on a Plate

Digest

February 9, 2017 | BY Wilson Fok

Enjoy the sweetest day of the season with champagne, fine dining and a special local brewery tour

This Valentine's Day, the city’s finest dining establishments are designing specialized items and menus to celebrate the season of love, from limited edition confections to festive menus for two. Here is our diverse selection of the best celebrations in town.  

Bibo

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What: Art-themed Bibo is presenting a six-course Saint-Valentin menu for the special date, featuring a collection of French dishes created by executive chef Mutaro Balde. The menu highlights seasonality with modernized classics including La Sole Menuiere, a pan-fried Dover sole with leeks, confit shallots and winter black truffles, and Le Boeuf, where well-marbled Miyazaki beef is roasted on the Josper grill and served with sweet butternut puree.

Where: Bibo, 163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan; +852 2956 3188 

Amber

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What: Amber of Landmark Mandarin Oriental is presenting a special four-course lunch menu featuring courses by esteemed chef Richard Ekkebus and wine pairing options by resident head sommelier John Chan. At dinner, the restaurant will present an exclusive eight-course candle-lit dinner menu, showcasing four additional courses to the lunch menu, including langoustine tartare in aka uni espuma and roasted blue lobster with concentrated bouillon, tartare of fuyu kaki and sansho blossoms, complete with seasonal dessert of Tasmanian ’43 south’ cherries marinated with Timut pepper and served with a cherry meringue, Greek yoghurt sorbet and hibiscus granite. The four-course lunch is priced at HK$1,488 per person with additional HK$888 for wine pairing, while the special dinner menu is priced at HK$3,188 per person with an additional HK$1,888 for wine pairing options.

Where: Amber, 7/F, Landmark Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central; +852 2132 0066

Epure

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What: The contemporary fine dining establishment is launching a new St. Valentin menu for couples this season, showcasing dishes created by executive chef Nicolas Boutin. Guests can anticipate signatures such as le fameux boeuf du soleil levant, where marbled Kagoshima wagyu beef is served with artichoke and baby spinach cannelloni. A stylish dessert named ‘un peu, beaucoup, passionnement, a la folie’ is playfully inspired by the game of love ‘He loves me, he loves me not’, in which a red-coloured dark chocolate chrysanthemum is paired with pomelo, jasmine and tart apple in a playful finish of the festive menu, available on February 13 and 14, with an option for five-course at HK$1,314 per person and six-course option for HK$1,688 per person.

Where: Epure, Shop 403, 4/F Ocean Centre, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 3185 8338 

Grassroots Pantry

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What: Grassroots Pantry is creating a Valentine’s Day celebration with a trip down memory lane towards the 90s, with a period-themed tapas-style menu for lovers. Guests can enjoy nutritious treats created based on junk food of the era with a wholesome twist, created by the experienced team by chef-owner Peggy Chan. Guests can expect savoury signatures such as buffalo wings (sweet and sour aminos with cashew ranch and celery salt) to sweet butterfinger bbs (organic peanut butter, coconut sugar, sprouted buckwheat and Raiz-the-Bar couverture). The tapas-style menu is priced at HK$580 per person and available on Valentine’s Day during dinner service.

Where: Grassroots Pantry, 108 Hollywood Road, Central; +852 2873 3353 

Oyster and Wine Bar

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What: Perched at the rooftop of the Sheraton Hong Kong, Oyster and Wine Bar is presenting a unique celebration of fresh seafood and Laurent-Perrier champagne this month, with a particularly special tasting menu on Valentine’s Day. On February 14, guests can indulge in a number of seafood signatures of the restaurant, paired with the famous champagne house’s array of exclusive champagnes including the latest release of Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle Grande Cuvee as well as a perfect dessert pairing with Laurent-Perrier Demi-Sec. The Valentine’s Day special dinner menu is priced at HK$1,988 per person including champagne pairing. The seafood menu with other Laurent-Perrier pairings is also available until end of February, priced at HK$1,588 per person.

Where: Oyster and Wine Bar, 18/F Sheraton Hong Kong, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 2369 1111

Ms B’s Cakery

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What: Bonnae Gokson’s Ms. B’s Cakery is celebrating the season of romance with two new cakes, created exclusively for the celebration of love. The Love Me Tender is a chiffon cake with crunchy nut filling and topped with a sugar-art floral wreath. The special heart-shaped cake is priced at HK$1,200 per 500g cake. Chocolate-lovers, however, will enjoy the Blossoms and Roses Valentine, where a fudge cake is matched with salted toffee and garnished with a hand-crafted floral wreath. This sweet chocolate cake is priced at HK$880 per 500g. Both cakes are available from February 9, and required two days advanced reservation.

Where: Ms. B’s Cakery, 39 Gough Street, Central; +852 2815 8303

Young Master Ale

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What: The Chinese Valentine’s Day, also known as the lantern festival, falls on February 11 this year and Young Master Ales is hosting an alternative experience for the occasion. Couples can join a special tour organized by the local brewery and learn more about the beer-brewing process and operation, as well as experience a fine sampling of different styles of beers that day. The tour will be held on February 11 from noon to 2pm. Tickets are sold in pairs and priced at HK$280 for each couple. For inquiries please email to info@youngmasterales.com

WhereYoung Master Ales, G/F Sungib Industrial Centre, 53 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang; +852 2783 8907