Valentine's Day 2020: Romantic Dinners In Hong Kong To Impress Your Date
1/8 Rech by Alain Ducasse
Price: HK$2,988 for two, HK$688 for wine pairing per person
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.
Price: HK$1,888 per person, 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.
3/8 Cafe Gray Deluxe
Price: HK$1,150 per person for five courses in the first seating, HK$1,550 per person 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.
Price: HK$1680 per person 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.
5/8 Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano
Price: HK$1,488 for two for three courses, HK$1,888 for two 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
6/8 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.
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.
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Rosewood’s newly opened steakhouse concept is celebrating its first Valentine’s Day with an exclusive four-course menu, inviting guests to enjoy the finest of butchery with meat- and seafood-oriented dishes.
The menu starts with a seafood tray featuring the freshest daily catch, followed by a choice of entree, choosing from artichoke soup, Hokkaido scallop and blue prawn, cold smoked steak tartare and foie gras terrine.
The main course is the star of the evening, with options including 250g USDA prime wagyu tenderloin, 400g USDA prime black Angus ribeye, lobster, tooth fish and cauliflower succotash—all served with a selection of Henry’s side dishes for sharing.
After the mains, take the time to decide which desserts to order, whether you’re in the mood for chocolate fondant, rotisserie pineapple, cheesecake or the restaurant’s signature cornbread souffle served with vanilla ice cream, bacon bits and bourbon caramel.
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