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Valentine’s Day 2020: Where to eat for Valentine’s Day

By Ching Yuen 4 February 2020

For all the lovebirds out there, every day might already feel like Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t lower the anticipation for the actual occasion in less than two weeks! Whether you are looking to spend the day with your partner, loved ones, or potential partner, nothing beats having dinner together to celebrate. Check out our top picks of places to eat to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Hong Kong and add a taste of pink to your love life!

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Be My Valentine

Honjo

If you are spending V-Day with a potential partner this year, why not have Honjo help you with your confession of devotion? Honjo is taking Valentine’s Day and giving it a Japanese twist, beating out all other suitors by keeping it simple and straightforward this year with a romantic sweet treat served with the tasting menu ($680 for 11 dishes; $980 for 12 dishes), adequately named as Be My ValentineThe dessert features umeboshi mousse, pink chocolate, basil curd and pomegranate sorbet—hope your date gets the message!

Honjo, 1/F, 77–91 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2663 3772

Heart-shaped Neapolitan pizza

Motorino

Motorino once again brings the love with the return of its celebrated heart-shaped Neapolitan pizze. Share your hearts by the slice with someone special at a romantic candlelit dinner with the pizzeria’s dine-in option or request for a delivery to enjoy your heart of carbs in the intimacy of your own home. For those set on staying in, Motorino also has you covered with the Date Night Special ($418), a year-round offer which includes two heart-shaped pizze, two antipasti, and house-made tiramisu for dessert.

Motorino, locations across Hong Kong

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TIRPSE

This newly-opened French-Japanese restaurant will be dishing up a decadent six-course menu ($3,888 for two) for lovebirds, deliciously complemented by breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour. Originally from Tokyo, TIRPSE is famous for being the fastest restaurant to receive a Michelin star—just two months after opening for service! After closing down their shop in Tokyo, the brand has now relocated to Hong Kong in K11 MUSEA, offering a cultural mix of dining history and culture to take your Valentine's Day dinner to the next level.

TIRPSE, Shop 219, 2/F, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2333 0031

K11 ARTUS

Joining in on the Valentine's Day fun, K11 ARTUS is also offering a unique dining experience. They will be promoting Duo Menus ($1,300) for Valentine's Day, which is essentially a set of two menus, one for yourself and the other for your dinner date. Highlights include the lamb loin with foie gras, puff pastry, black truffle and lamb jus as well as the rosemary lychee jelly with white chocolate crumbs and popping candy. This means that you get to taste double the amount of dishes you usually would!

K11 ARTUS, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2107 3388

Caviar red prawn tartare on dashi jelly

Kakure

Tucked away in a secluded corner of Landmark, Kakure is the perfect destination for quality Japanese cuisine to sweep someone off of their feet! Start off with a few bespoke cocktails at the bar before heading over to your seats, where executive sushi chef Araki-san will offer a one-night-only Valentine’s Day menu ($980) of six courses. It will feature premium Japanese dishes, such as Caviar Red Prawn Tartare on Dashi Jelly, which is shaped like a heart!

If dinner’s not quite your speed and you’re looking to add to your skillset in the kitchen, why not reserve yourselves a spot or two at Chef Araki-san’s sushi-making masterclass ($480) the day after, complete with free-flow sake from 12 pm to 3 pm. Seats are limited, and bookings are a must.

Kakure, Shop M20–24, M/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central | (+852) 2522 9990

Molten raspberry cake with white chocolate, lychee, and rose parfait

Zuma

Whether you choose to spend this Valentine’s Day with your special someone or simply use it as an excuse to bring together beloved friends and family for an evening of indulgence and celebrations, Zuma is, without a doubt, the place to be for a jovial atmosphere. The restaurant has pulled out all the stops to offer discerning diners an ultimate Valentine’s Day tasting menu ($1,580), complete with a range of enticing signature dishes, as well as raspberry and passionfruit martinis to pair with!

Zuma, Level 5&6 Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 3657 6388

Zest by Konishi

You can probably tell by now that we love Japanese food, and we couldn’t leave out Zest by Konishi with their newly-awarded Michelin! Their celebratory nine-course menu ($1,980) for Valentine’s Day will be available for one night only, and you can complete the experience with a thoughtful five-glass wine pairing ($780). Spoil that special someone this holiday with a delectable set menu that embraces culinary perfection and wines to ensure the flames of passion burn bright.

Zest by Konishi, F & 29/F, No, 28, 18 On Lan Street, Central | (+852) 2715 0878

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Slow-braised Wagyu short rib

Arcane

As the name implies, Arcane is private and discreet, away from the hustle of the city or crowded restaurants despite its prime and central location—perfect for celebrating an intimate Valentine’s Day! Arcane has prepared a romantic six-course tasting menu ($1,388) to set the mood, replete with sumptuous fresh Japanese tomatoes with burrata, seared Hokkaido scallops, Cappaletti of Cévennes onion, toothfish carpaccio, chef Shane Osborn’s famed slow-braised Wagyu short rib, and a delicate Japanese winter strawberries dessert to finish. You can pick between their cosy dining room and an outdoor garden terrace to enjoy the meal, too!

Arcane, 18 On Lan Street, Central | (+852) 2728 0178

L’Envol

Helmed by Michelin-starred Chef Olivier Elzer from France, the country of romance, L’Envol offers an inventive interpretation of French haute cuisine, incorporating the use of selected ingredients and seasonal produce from France and Asia. L’Envol will offer an exquisitely curated eight-course menu ($2,588) for guests to embark on a romantic journey, featuring iconic dishes such as L’Oursin D’Hokkaidoe, a Hokkaido sea urchin box served with Gamberoni prawn and crunchy fennel, and the Douceur Surprise, a delightful pastry surprise delicacy to impress your date!

L’Envol, 1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chai | (+852) 2138 6818

Poem

If you are looking for something more a little more alternative for Valentine’s Day this year, how about bringing your loved one on a tropical island date with cuisine inspired by the island of Bali? That is exactly what Poem is offering this year with their special Valentine’s Day menu ($588), a five-course feast that includes Alaskan King Crab and Coconut Chilli and Carabinero Red Prawns with Market Spinach and Corn. Pair that off with the lush tropical walls and Poem’s spectacular bamboo chandelier and you are sure to have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day!

Poem, 5/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2810 6166

Rosé Champagne shrimp dumplings

Dim Sum Library

Given that we are in Hong Kong, how about some authentic dim sum to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Cantonese flair? Both locations of Dim Sum Library will present delicately perfumed Rosé Champagne Shrimp Dumplings and Rose & Red Bean Baos as part of a seven-dish Valentine’s Day dinner ($888 for two). Highlights include Steamed Hokkaido Scallops with Garlic & Beetroot Glass Noodles and a heart-shaped Chilled Hibiscus & Guava Pudding. If that isn’t enough, there will also be special his-and-her cocktails to wash everything down!

Dim Sum Library, locations across Hong Kong

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Tableside guacamole

Los Sotano

Upscale Mexican eatery and lounge Los Sotano is adding a touch of heat to your Valentine’s Day! Offering a multi-course menu (HK$990 for two), get your bellies ready for bespoke tableside guacamole, three starters of Ceviche Vallarta, Spicy Pork Belly Tostada, and Mushroom Quesadilla, and an explosive trio of mains that feature Octopus Al Pastor, Jalapeños Rellenos, and Spicy Ribeye. Finish your feast with a dessert of Chilli Churros and wash the meal down with two special cocktails: The Birds and The Bee’s and Bad Hombre. Schmooze your way through a candlelit dinner and sing each other’s praises while you imbibe at the altars of Mexican spirits, tequila and mezcal.

Los Sotano, Basement, 21 D’Aguilar Street, Central | (+852) 2970 3779

Miss Lee

Not all passionate, hot-blooded meals have to be meat-based. At Miss Lee, treat the vegetarian love in your life to a delightful Valentine’s Day menu ($588 for two) of modern Chinese vegetarian cuisine. Journey through four courses of shared appetisers and mains, like Golden Flowers, a fried cauliflower dish drizzled with salted egg yolk; Yama Fries, a combination of yam fries, black truffle, vegan mayo, and lemon drops; Fungi Farm, a pearl barley risotto served with porcini and chanterelle mushrooms; and Yellow River, a gluten-free and vegan combination of purple rice, coconut udon, and mango purée. And just so you don’t forget your special occasion, each couple will get to take home a miniature, heart-shaped cactus plant and a celebratory polaroid photo taken on the evening!

Miss Lee, G/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central | (+852) 2881 1811

Pici

Who’s looking for a challenge (and a unique bonding experience) for Valentine’s Day? This holiday, Pici is inviting couples to mimic the famous scene from Disney‘s Lady and the Tramp. You know, that one. Pici’s Fettuccine Meatballs Challenge ($140) is centred around a special dish topped with a one-metre-long fettuccine—perfect for slurping. Your goal is to slurp the oversized fettuccine and post your experience online to stand a chance to win a romantic prize for two! What are you waiting for? Place your sweetheart opposite you and begin!

Pici, locations across Hong Kong

Tiffin at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Why not try a sweet and sumptuous afternoon tea to celebrate the occasion with your boo? Grand Hyatt Hong Kong’s executive pastry chef Smita Grosse has curated an exclusive Valentine-themed menu filled with luscious delicacies that will soften every heart. Highlights include Raspberry Cake with Rose MeringueMandarin Whipped Ganache & Mandarin Confit, and 65% Ecuador Single Origin Chocolate Cremeux with Tonka Bean Cream, all of which are vegetarian-friendly. Sweethearts who visit during Valentine’s Day will also stand to receive a surprise gift!

Tiffin at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Mezzanine Floor, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2584 7722

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Hue

Lap up exquisite panoramic views and modern Australian cuisine at Hue with their Valentine’s Day dinner menu ($880 for three courses; $980 for four courses), available for one night only. All courses include vegetarian options, as well as a wine pairing ($500) if you and your boo want to indulge on this special Friday night. Let the meal begin with comfort food appetisers like Beetroot Salad with Goat’s Milk Curd and Luxurious Truffle; Hamachi and Scallop Sashimi with Fresh Pomelo; Slow-Cooked Pigeon Breast with Black Garlic and Truffle Sauce; and Teriyaki and Sesame Fried Pigeon Leg. And that’s just for starters!

For mains, dig into Yam and Ricotta Dumplings, Spanish Mackerel with Lily Bulb and Amur River Caviar, and succulent Grade 8 Wagyu Striploin, served with charred onions and broccolini. Top it off with the sweet and luxurious Pavlova with Mango Cream and Berry Ice Cream or Coconut Sorbet, or opt for a platter of Truffled Camembert Cheese paired with spiced pear, walnut puree and sourdough crisp.

Hue, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1/F, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3500 5888

La Petite Maison

Can’t make dinner plans on Valentine’s Day exactly? That’s where La Petite Maison Hong Kong comes in. With an exceptional Valentine’s menu ($1,088) designed for date night couples and guests for the whole week of V-Day, six favourites and a new limited-edition dessert are available for sharing from 10 to 15 February.

Starters of Burrata with Fresh Datterini Tomatoes and Basil, Scallops Carpaccio, and the famed Snails with Garlic Butter will lead the way, followed by Grilled Chilean White Bass and Slow Cooked Duck Legs with Orange GlazeTo finish, treat yourself to the new Strawberry Tiramisu, a sharing dessert for two made of luscious white chocolate mousse layered with coffee-soaked ladyfingers and fresh strawberries. Bask in a distinctly Southern French soul and a sense of laid-back Mediterranean exuberance at Le Petite Maison while you toast your love with chilled Bollinger Rosé and La Colombe Rose ($120), the restaurant’s exclusive Valentine’s Day cocktail.

La Petite Maison, Shop 1, 1/F, H Queen’s, 23–29 Stanley Street, Central | (+852) 2887 1113

Heart-shaped pizza

Spasso

Ready for a laugh this Valentine’s Day? In addition to a resplendent meal with equally lush harbour views, Spasso is also throwing in a quirky portrait session for couples by a professional caricaturist to capture your special moment forever!

Start your experience with a Valentine’s Day menu ($568 for four courses; $698 for five courses) from land and sea, featuring ingredients like aphrodisiac oysters, sea urchin, sustainable salmon pastrami, cured foie gras, and more. For mains, delight in Cinta Senese Pork Belly Confit with Hokkaido Diver Scallop and wrap up with an Opera Bar Cake with Espresso Gelato and Coffee Caramel. Don’t forget to grab your partner for an illustrated memento! Five-minute sittings between 8.30 pm and 10.30 pm are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Heart-shaped pizzas will also be served at lunch and dinner from 10 to 16 February ($188).

Spasso, G/F, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East | (+852) 2730 8027

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Ching Yuen

Editor

Having lived in Hong Kong, Beijing, and London sure is a fun fact whenever people try to guess Ching’s accent. She loves switching between all these language channels and her ‘mother tongue’ is just determined by how many drinks she’s had for the night! She loves movies, travelling, and exploring cities, from hidden alleys to gourmet dining, so feel free to hit her up if you need any suggestions for dinner!

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