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February 11, 2011

Valentine’s Day: What’s Your Deal?

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and whether you’re dealing with a full house, a pair of jokers or something in between, everyone knows it’s always good to keep the upper hand and make sure to have a few surprises in your deck.  It’s almost time to place your bets, so why not double down, lay all your cards on the table and let the games begin…

Valentine’s Day: What’s Your Deal?Queen of Hearts
Even an ice queen would melt…
To win over the Queen of your Heart treat her to a romantic degustation menu at Chez Patrick where the language of love will be expressed in the form of gourmet French cuisine including Creamy Warm Cauliflower Velouté, Marinated Hokkaido Scallops with Rhubarb Coulis, Porcini and Black Truffle Ravioli, US Organic Beef Filet, Foie Gras Rossini, and Le « French Kiss », hot dark chocolate cake, with a Raspberries coulis injection and a hint of red chili (HK$1088, 2541 1401).  Be serenaded by Italian singer Elia Astorino, over a candle lit dinner a deux at W52 including favourites such as Potato Gnocchi With Red Mullet and Black Truffle Ragout, Roasted Rack of Lamb with Thyme, Sautéed Baby Spinach and Chanterelle Mushrooms, Milk Semolina with Flowers and a Wild Strawberry Salad with Lemon Sorbet (HK$780, 6768 5252). That’s the Way Love Goes… If you fancy doing the serenading yourself, then book you and your belle in for a date with Janet Jackson who will be in town for one night only on Valentine’s Day, the first stop on her NUMBER ONE hits tour ( Or, for the ultimate Valentine’s Day pampering, head to the Oriental Spa at the Landmark Mandarin and enjoy their ‘Kissed by a Rose’ experience which promises 120-minutes of sublime Rose scented bliss.  (HK$1780, 2132 0011)
Use Your Winnings For: DVF Kiss My iPhone Cover (HK$250, 2522 8782)

King of Diamonds
He’s a diamond in the rough…
This Valentine’s Day, treat your stud to a 4-course dinner at the THE STEAK HOUSE winebar + grill with special menu options “for her” and “for him” including Onion Soup with Gruyere Cheese Toast, Pan-seared Duck Foie Gras, U.S. Fillet Mignon, Boston Lobster, and a “Lovers Heart” dessert, all perfect for sharing. (HK$1638/person, 2313 2323) Or head to the Press Room for a cosy bistro style dinner including heart warming Artichoke Soup, Seared Chilean Seabass with Truffles or Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek with Porcini Mushrooms and a sumptuous dessert delight for two, Madagascar Vanilla Parfait, Valrhona Chocolat Gateau and Red Berries. (HK$788 per couple, 2523 3444) Or heat things up at new Argentinian steakhouse Tango, where an open air patio, sizzling fireplace and seductive tango music will set the scene for a set dinner including ‘Provoleta’ Oven-Melted Provolone Cheese with Roasted Peppers, Rack of Lamb with Argentine Chorizo, and a Trio of ‘Dulce de Leche’ Crepes. (HK$1288 per couple, 2525 5808) Throughout the month of Feb, get pampered in the ultimate luxury and privacy with ChuanSpa’s ‘Do Not Disturb’ package for two in their VIP Suite including a private lesson in the art of massage, a stint in the Jacuzzi, and 2 ½ hours of massage and facial treatments topped off with a glass of Champagne. (HK$1,644 per-person, 3552 3510)
Use Your Winnings For: Hermès iPad Station (HK$7100, 2525 5900)

Ace of Spades
You’ll come out all aces…
Let’s call a spade a spade…no one knows expressions of love better than the Italians! Leave it to the pros at 208 – they’ll set the scene with cosy surroundings, music to melt your heart and a sumptuous 4-course dinner including Butter Poached Lobster, Funghi ‘Trifolata’ Polenta with Wild Mushrooms, Anatra e Fagato with Duck Breast and Foie Gras, and Dark Chocolate Custard with Strawberry Marmellata, Ricotta Cream and Shaved Chocolate… the rest is up to you! (Feb 14-19, HK$688, 2549 0208) If you’re a fun, adventurous single, for one night only SoHo’s Commune Lab will be offering reservations for a night of fun and frolics at their coveted communal table. Only 9 seats are available for men and 9 seats for ladies on a first come first served basis. This 3-course degustation dining experience is made more interesting, with male guests moving to a new pre-assigned seat after every course.  (HK$1088 per person, Just want a fun night out with friends? Main St. Deli at The Langham, Hong Kong promises a welcome refuge from the love fests that abound with the ultimate Ladies Night In. Roses, hearts and balloons will be replaced by Raspberry Margarita Cocktails, Mojito Frosted Cupcakes, Profiteroles, Lobster Mac n’ Cheese, and a selection of your favourite chick flicks including When Harry Met Sally, Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing.  (HK$388 per person, 2375 1133)
Use Your Winnings For: Lips Chocolates from The Mandarin Cake Shop (2825 4008)

Jack of Clubs
You’ve pulled out all your best tools…
It may be time to hit the clubs! Start the love fest this weekend as W Hong Kong and DSTS present a smashing sWingles party, celebrating the opening of the W London on Valentine’s Day. Britain’s best new cocktails, chocolates by Goossens, dance floor revelry courtesy of dragon-i’s DJ Dimsum, spa treatments by Bliss and streaming fashion presentations and prizes from London’s most iconic brand, Burberry, await! (, 2501 4224) And on Sunday, February 13th, bake your way into your love’s heart with a cooking class with the InterContinental Grand Stanford’s Executive Pastry Chef Leo Tso.  Learn how to make Passion fruit and chocolate mirror cake, enjoy a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rosé NV and receive a bouquet of red roses. (HK $2,888 2731 2898)  On Valentine’s night, take to the high seas on Aqua Luna’s 45-minute Romance Cruise, where you can sip on Prosecco, be treated to red roses and share a delicious heart-shaped cake as the glittering HK skyline works it’s magic. ($520 for two people, 2116 8821)  Afterwards, if nothing less than a penthouse will do, celebrate in SEVVA with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rosé and a 5 course menu of delights including Crispy Pork Belly with Apple Salsa, Champagne Risotto and Wagyu Short Ribs followed by Mrs. B’s famous meringues. (HK$2500 per couple, 2537 1388) Or wait ‘til next week and surprise your love with a sumptuous post-Valentine’s dinner. For one night only, on Monday Feb 21st, 3-Michelin starred Caprice is dedicating their entire menu to black truffles. Both the 4-course (HK$1280 pp) and 8-course (HK$2580pp) menus promise a thoroughly decadent culinary treat, guaranteed to make your sweetheart swoon! (3196 8860)
Use Your Winnings For: TaDa! Romance and Love gift boxes – choose from 22 romantic, ‘experiences pour deux’ and have the gift delivered to your Valentine with a complementary rose! (HK$800 – HK$1,200, 2156 1488)

You’re in it to win it, and with these cards up your sleeve you just may have a hot streak coming on! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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