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Celebrate Valentine’s Day

The 14th of February or Valentine’s Day is  a special time for those in love as the day is taken to celebrate togetherness and romance. Partners and spouses usually take this special day to exchange cards, candy, gifts, and flowers and make some time for each other.

With Chinese New Year falling that weekend, Valentine’s Day is also a great opportunity to spend some quiet time with that special someone before heading home for the long weekend. So make the most of it!

Those in Hong Kong on this day have a plethora of activities to choose from. Couples can feast together in some of the best restaurants that this diverse and culturally city has to offer.

 

True Love is Sharing the Last Piece of Cake

 Any number of great restaurants around the city offer incredible, romantic Valentine’s Day dinners.

 

The Food of Love

1-Michelin-star Rech by Alain Ducasse (Tsim Sha Tsui) has prepared a romantic six-course seafood-based Valentine’s Day dinner for two overlooking the iconic Victoria Harbour. With a spectacular 270-degree view of Victoria Harbour, Tott’s, too, is an incredible setting for a romantic Valentine’s dinner.

The Pool (The Peninsula Hotel) is open to public just once a year, offering perhaps the most exclusive dining experience in Hong Kong. Giving patrons spectacular views of the Harbour, visit this Roman-style swimming pool for magical romance this Valentine’s Day.

One Thirty-One (Sai Kung), which houses only four tables indoors, prepares fine French fare using fresh herbs from its own garden. Stroll or lounge on the lawns to catch the sunset over Three Fathoms Cove. Make your bookings in advance – there are no walk-ins!

Get cozy with your loved ones. Hugo’s (Tsim Sha Tsui) has been a popular date spot for almost half a century, offering gourmet European fine-dining and table-side cooking. Try the spicy chocolate cup with strawberry diamonds! Le Blanc (Wan Chai) is a charmingly decorated, discreet French restaurant with private compartments for couples in search of intimacy, and allows patrons to ‘bring their own booze’.

Takumi by Daisuke Mori (Wan Chai), a 1-Michelin-star restaurant, combines French culinary techniques with seasonal Japanese ingredients. With enough space for just 11 guests, diners are bound to have a very intimate experience.

While French and Italian cuisine is often seen as the most appropriate for Valentine’s Day, Asian food is two steps ahead! Inakaya (Kowloon) is celebrating with an eight-course Valentine’s Day dinner. The dessert offered is a traditional romantic Japanese offering, red bean mocha, served in a thick red bean dessert soup and bearing the meaning of bringing loved ones together. Themed around ‘a Cantonese love story’, each course of Duddell’s(Central) supremely elegant eight-course Cantonese meal is prepared with fresh ingredients and delicious Cantonese flavors. The menu includes a glass of champagne too!

For those in the mood for Mexican food, consider a romantic dinner for two at Cali-Mex (Lan Kwai Fong and Sai Ying Pun). Couples don’t have to worry about that mad rush to find a table, and the best part is that the menu is available for six days. Fans of SoCal cuisine can visit Coyote Mexican Cantina to try their set menu for V-day, or experience Southern California with a six-course menu and a prosecco cocktail at Commissary (Queensway).

If your significant other is a meat lover then The Optimist (Wan Chai) has just the thing for you. Treat them to a Barcelona-chic Asador-style meat-heavy menu.

Sharing is caring! Try the sharing menu at Chachawan (Sheung Wan), which comes with a glass of champagne. End the night with a bowl of Kanom Dtom – warm coconut dumplings. Share time with your loved at House 41, YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel (Shek Kip Mei), which is offering a special Valentine’s Day Menu on the evening of February 14. You could also add a super-romantic chocolate fondue, which House 41 offers every day.

Romantic Specials

Carpaccio is making your Valentine’s Day unique with a special heart-shaped pizza! And if that seems too cheesy, you could also try out the four-course set fine dining menu for dinner. At 208 Duecento Otto (Central), a specially crafted heart-shaped pizza is available exclusively at the bar on February 14, paired with two glasses of sparkling rosé for $208. Remember to make a reservation!

Sharing is caring! For those of you looking for a bit of that dolce vita, try Operetta’s (Queensway) Valentine Sharing Menu for dinner, which includes an antipasto sharing platter, pasta, mains, and a special dessert called ‘Sweetheart’s Planet’.

For one night only, Chef Philippe Orrico will be offering one couple the opportunity to enjoy a six-course Valentine’s Day al-fresco dining experience on the rooftop of his Michelin-starred restaurant, ON Dining. The lucky couple can also enjoy ‘Le Coeur’, a heart-shaped dessert made of vanilla and white chocolate mousse, raspberry, yuzu and almond sponge.

 

Unique Experiences

Plan your proposal at Morton’s of Chicago (The Sheraton Hotel & Towers) with their special engagement package. The restaurant provides the couple with a gift certificate, which can be redeemed on the couple’s first wedding anniversary! For those not ready for that commitment, Morton’s also offers a simpler three-course meal on V-Day.

Flowers don’t always need to be presented as a bouquet! Try the floral cocktails at Gradini Bar (Central). Pair these unique cocktails with an indulgent six-course Italian set dinner.

At this rotating restaurant on the 62nd floor of Wan Chai’s Hopewell Centre, The Grand Buffet (Wan Chai), take in a magnificent 360° view as you sample a buffet that offers everything from Cantonese barbecue to tempura and Indian curries.

At Shun Kee Typhoon Shelter (Causeway Bay), you can dine on Cantonese-style seafood right on the water in a cluster of lightly swaying sampans (traditional flat-bottomed boats). You can move away from the sea to dine barefoot on the beach! Yin Yang Coastal (Tsuen Wan) offers Cantonese-style cuisine, serving only fresh produce and locally caught fish.

The Dukling offers you a round trip around Victoria Harbour on Valentine’s Day of around an hour, offering a welcome drink and a complimentary drink, as well as a short message of love projected on the Dukling’s sail. Be prepared for a surprise on board!

Sweep your beloved off their feet… literally! Take a whirl on a helicopter ride around the city, checking out the fantastic skyline and Harbour from on high. These rides take off from on top of the Peninsula Hotel. Why not then spend the rest of the weekend in a staycation at the Peninsula Hotel (Tsim Sha Tsui) or the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong(Wan Chai)?

Bring your bae to Bao Bei (Central) for a special four-course “East Meets West” menu. Couples can also request to play a Valentine’s Day human-sized Jenga game, designed to help diners find out exactly what their significant other loves about them.

Los Sotano (Lan Kwai Fong) offers a special San Valentín experience across many days, featuring a live mariachi band to serenade you through the evening. So drop by to have a Latin celebration, young señors

and

señoritas!

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (established in 1980) will present romantic love songs from classic movies this Valentine’s Day. Lovers, this is a concert not to be missed!

Gift of Love

Send your beloved little drops of heaven with the limited edition Godiva Collection Précieuse, which comprises white, milk and dark chocolate, with new flavors like hazelnut praline with lemon and ginger, orange caramel, pistachio praline, etc.

You could also get a unique bouquet of flowers or simple romantic gift to commemorate the day. Try the great designs and ideas on offer from Van Der Bloom or Gift Flowers HK.

Interested in moving beyond roses and chocolates? Perrier-Jouët is offering an exclusive Valentine’s Day Blason Rosé champagne via Watson’s Wine. This fruity and floral bubbly is perfect to keep you feeling warm and mushy. Available as long as stocks last!

Down with Love?

Over the romantic extravagance of Valentine’s Day? Visit Ophelia’s 2nd Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Party! This exotic celebration is open to singles, couples, friends, and, in essence, anyone interested in stepping out of the traditional parties. Ophelia (Wan Chai) brings its patrons a sensual ode to beauty, courage, and tragedy. At this unique party, escape into a paradise where you can rule as Lilith and the Serpent.

Wahtiki Island Lounge (Central) also hosts a Single Awareness celebration through their anti-Valentine’s Day Party. ‘Come mingle if you’re single’, says Wahtiki, which hosts a free-flow buffet of short eats and three signature cocktails on Valentine’s Day. You could also plan a Singles night at DiVino Wine Bar and Restaurant (Central), Dockyard’s (Kowloon) or the Back Bar (Wan Chai) on Valentine’s Day. So if you’ve not yet found that special someone, these may be your chance!

At DiVino, enjoy themed aperitifs and contemporary tunes played live by a DJ. The bar stands out thanks to its menu structured around truffles. You could win gift vouchers too! Dockyard’s (Kowloon) single night offers international food, drinks, and casual fun. The Slinky Singles Party at Back Bar (Wan Chai) also offers socializing and naughty cocktails. Sample their vast menu of ‘love bites’!

Not interested in planning a date on Valentine’s Day… looking at hosting a group instead? Try the tasting menu at CE LA VI, with options of two, three and four patrons per group!

 

So ask out your beloved, find a hot new date, go solo or grab your friends’ group as you gear up for the year’s most romantic day. Happy Valentine’s Day! If you don’t have a date contact meet mozaic. Have a wonderful Valentines day 2018.


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