Cover Whether you're dining out or staying in, these Valentine's Day menus are sure to impress. (Photo: Courtesy of Motorino)

Wondering where to eat this Valentine's Day? We're letting you know the best dining options in Hong Kong, from lavish lunches to at-home feasts

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. And even if you're not loved up, we see the occasion as a good of excuse as any to indulge in the city's best eats. With social distancing rules currently in place in Hong Kong until February 3––and these looking likely to be extended until February 14––although restaurants are not able to be open for dinner service, there are still plenty of lunch sets and takeaway options to enjoy. 

Plus, as the day of love this year falls on the same weekend as Chinese New Year, we have a long weekend to look forward to. So in between celebrating with family and friends to ring in the Year of the Ox, be sure to book in for one of these romantic meals.

See also: Chinese New Year 2021: 14 New Afternoon Teas To Try In Hong Kong

Dining out

Amber

Located in The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, two-Michelin-starred Amber is always sure to impress. Helmed by executive chef Richard Ekkebus, for Valentine’s Day the restaurant will be offering two special set lunch menus––a five course option including free flow of pre-selected champagne, white and red wine; and the six-course Full Amber Experience, which is complete with a glass of Dom Perignon.

When: February 14, 2021

Chaat

Since opening in May 2020, Chaat has been one of the most popular restaurants in the city, with tables still notoriously hard to come by and advance bookings a must. Putting its signature modern spin on Indian cuisine, the Valentine's Day sharing four-course menu––featuring three starters, three mains, two sides and one dessert––promises to dazzle with dishes including scallop moilee with caviar; foie gras biryani; and truffle cheese naan. The meal is topped off with a choice of either a glass of rose champagne or a Valentine’s cocktail.

When: February 14, 2021

Buenos Aires Polo Club

Ideal for an intimate lunch date, book a table at Buenos Aires Polo Club this Valentine's Day. The Argentinian steakhouse will be serving an array of a la carte specials from February 12 to February 14, including the likes of a half dozen Fine de Claire oysters and a delectable dulce de leche molten cake. Served alongside the signature dishes of grilled bone marrow with oxtail malbec jam; and General Pico black angus beef, they make for the perfect bookend to a sumptuous feast.

When: February 12 to February 14, 2021

Henry

Paying homage to the time-honoured steakhouse in an elevated setting, Henry will be serving an indulgent six-course Valentine's Day menu this February 14. Beginning in style with royal cristal caviar and ruinart blanc de blancs champagne, other highlights on the menu include burrata with Hokkaido uni and Japanese fruit tomato; and Snake River Farm tenderloin with black truffle potato purée and bordelaise sauce. For dessert, guests with have the task of choosing between three decadent offerings: cheesecake with poached cherries; Eton Mess; and chocolate fondant with pretzel milk ice cream.

 When: February 14, 2021

Zuma

Zuma will be serving a sumptuous Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu for you to enjoy with your significant other this Valentine's, with dishes on offer including sea urchin, caviar and yellowtail ceviche; langoustine tempura with kataifi and sour dashi; and warm raspberry chocolate cake with Tahitian vanilla.

Zuma is also bringing the romance home this year with its Valentine’s Day Takeaway Tasting Menu. Complete with a bottle of Ruinart champagne, the menu includes Japanese wagyu tataki with truffle ponzu; and miso marinated black cod wrapped in hoba leaf.

When: February 14, 2021

Écriture

With two-Michelin stars, Écriture's executive chef Maxime Gilbert takes French cuisine to new heights. And what could be more fitting for Valentine's Day than the food of love? For the occasion, the restaurant is serving a six-course menu, complete with show-stopping ingredients such as Royal Caviar Club Schrenckii, Hokkaido scallops, A5 Wagyu and truffles. 

If you want to enjoy the cuisine at home, Écriture is also offering a special Valentines heart shaped caviar tart for two, which is available for delivery and pick-up.

When: February 14, 2021

Carbone

Wine and dine this Valentine's Day with Carbone's four-course menu of New York-Italian classics. The family-style Valentine’s Day menu is designed for two to share, and offers dishes such as truffle fettuccini; dover Sole with brown butter, lemon and parsley; and the signature ribeye diana with pancetta and cacciatore sauce. The show-stopping dessert of strawberry flambé is also sure to set hearts aflutter.

When: February 14, 2021

Carbone

Central
$ $ $ $
4.5
'rating'

Dim Sum Library

From pretty-in-pink rose har gau to rose and chocolate heart-shaped bao, Dim Sum Library's 10-dish Valentine’s Day lunch makes for the ideal treat. The special lunch set comes complete with a cocktail for him and for her.

As well as enjoying the limited-edition menu in the restaurant, it is also available to enjoy at home via Deliveroo.

When: February 13 and February 14, 2021

Mono

We may still not be able to travel, but you can still be transported to South America with Mono's Valentine’s Day tasting menu. As part of the six-course lunch, guests can not only enjoy morel and tendon tamale; landes foie gras with gala apple mole and jicama and much more, but a special selection of house-bottled champagnes can also be enjoyed as part of a wine pairing to complement the experience.

When: February 14, 2021

Mono

Central
$ $ $ $

Pici

Everyone's favourite pasta bar is the ideal choice this day of love. Offering a range of special dishes that will be part of the Pici weekend brunch over Valentine's weekend and available as a la carte dishes, indulge in truffle provolone starter before tucking into the lobster hearts pasta––before finishing on a sweet note with the Cannoli dell’Amore. A special Rossini pink cocktail with prosecco, strawberry and pop rocks will also be available.

When: February 14, 2021

Okra

Okra will be serving an exclusive Valentine’s Omakase which promises to celebrate the perfect pairing of food and sake. The 10 intricately prepared courses includes dishes such as cod shirako with yuzu kosho, as well as Bafun uni-topped Atsuyaki Tamago––Chef Max’s take on the traditional Japanese omelette. 

To make the most of the occasion, guests can opt for a short pairing of four glasses of sake, with a longer pairing of eight glasses of premium sake also available.

When: February 14, 2021

Rōnin

Getting the Valentine's Day celebrations started early, Rōnin will be serving a special crab-centric menu on the weekend of February 6 and 7. The tasting menu has been created for you and your loved one (or just your best friend of choice!) to share, with all dishes featuring chef Matt Abergel's favourite crustacean––crabs.

When: February 6 and February 7, 2021

Ronin

Sheung Wan
$ $ $ $
4.5
'rating'

Red Sugar

Spoil that special someone this year with Red Sugar's six-course menu, which is paired with specially crafted his-and-her cocktails. Set against the stunning city skyline, the bar and restaurant will be serving dishes such as grouper fillet with black crispy garlic and asparagus; wild duck double-boiled Soup with dendrobium, duck and foie gras dumplings; lamb belly and milk-fed baby lamb rack and more––with the meal finished off with a Fontainebleau dessert featuring strawberry juice and strawberry sorbet, followed by Petit Fours.

When: 14 February, 2021

At home

Date by Tate

Bring the two-Michelin starred taste of Tate Dining Room home this Valentine's Day with Date by Tate's special gastronomy boxes. The romantic Valentine’s Gastronomy Box features the refined starters of caviar and obsiblue prawn with purple cauliflower cream and jelly of beef consomme with beef tongue and Jerusalem artichoke, paired with Tate's famed. bread basket. The next course is a warm, sweet corn soup, followed by the main course of either beef bourguignon or cod fish with scallop mousse. The meal is finished with a dessert of honey passion fruit entremet, and crispy honey and honey lollipop mignardises––all washed down with a half bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Sparkling Rose NV.

How to order: Available on February 14 and February 15, 2021 only, order online here.

Simon Rogan at Home

Rather stay loved up at home? Simon Rogan at Home's special Valentine's Day package will have you covered. The five-course spread comes lovingly prepared and ready-to-eat, with dishes including celeriac soup, parsley oil and cheese sauce; Lobster pot topped with Simon Rogan caviar; beef fillet with mushroom duxelles, horseradish creamed potato, pickled celery, crispy kale and caper jus; and an apple tart with blackberry and toffee sauce for dessert. Top top of the set, soda bread with whipped brown butter and chocolate truffles are also included.

How to order: Order online here

Butter

Whether you're loved up, celebrating with your friends or going solo this Valentine's cake shop Butter is here to provide the sweets. The 9-inch Milk Chocolate Sweetheart Cake is decked out in layers of devil’s food chocolate cake with layers of salted caramel, lathered in milk chocolate buttercream and lovingly sprinkled with retro heart-shaped candies––plus, you can wish your sweetheart sweet nothings by adding a personalised love note to the top.

Only available on February 14, those ordering from Black Sheep's delivery app Go will be able to add on a single slice of the cake to any order from Ho Lee Fook, Fukuro, Uncle Desi Food & Sons, Chôm Chôm, Hotal Colombo, Soul Food Thai, Artemis & Apollo and Le Garçon Saigon.

How to order: Whole cakes available between February 10 and February 14, with pre-orders required online or via Go by by February 8. online or via GO. Slices are available on February 14 only via Go or at Butter's Landmark pop-up between February 12 and February 14.

Feather & Bone

Butcher, deli and grocer Feather & Bone has launched two V-Day meat packs to be enjoyed at home. Ideal for those looking to spend some time in the kitchen, the ultimate Valentine’s pack is exclusively available online and includes two wagyu tenderloins, pepe saya butter, thyme, red wine jus and the choice of either a bottle of bubbly, Philizot et Fils Champagne Brut or Black Ops Shiraz. 

Meanwhile, the Valentine’s Surf n’ Turf for two––which can be picked up in-store at the Butcher’s counter––includes two bacon-wrapped grass-fed tenderloins with a herb-loaded pesto stuffing and two Boston lobster tails.

How to order: Available between February 1 and February 14 to order online or pick up in store

Stazione Novella

Bring a taste of Italy to you and enjoy your very own Aperitivo e Amore at home this Valentine's. Complete with cured meats, cheese, mixed fruits and a freshly-baked baguette––along with a bottle of Buondonno Chianti Classico––the conveniently packed box is ideal for enjoying at home or taking on an al fresco date.

How to order: Available to order from February 12 to February 15, via Go or by emailing info@stazionenovella.com. 24-hour advance notice required.

Motorino

Keep things simple this Valentine's with Motorino's ever-popular pizzas––which have been given a heart-shaped spin for the occasion. The Neapolitan pizze's are perfect enjoyed on their own, or indulge in the Date Night Special, which includes two heart-shaped pizze, two antipasti and house-made tiramisu.

How to order: Available to oder via Go on February 14

Relish

Take the hassle out of dining in this Valentine's Day with Relish's semi-DIY romantic feast for two. Complete with four-courses, the menu kicks off with an amuse bouche of salmon rillette with shallot, crème fraiche and brioche, before moving onto a starter of kale salad with pomegranate, pecans and honey dijon dressing. For the main event, tuck into half a Canadian sustainable lobster with New Zealand beef tenderloin fillet served with black truffle butter. But that's not all––as the feast comes with side dishes of freshly baked artisan bread, gratin potato dauphinoise and roasted asparagus with flaked almonds, and is finished with a decadent pistachio and raspberry chocolate brownie.

Each item will arrive vat-packed, marinated and seasoned, all you need to do is follow the simple cooking instructions on how to put the finishing touches on the meal at home. Plus, as part of the set you can also enjoy a bouquet of red tea roses, blush ranunculus and assorted seasonal florals in red and blush tones, along with candles and a bottle of chilled Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

How to order: Order online here