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February 5, 2009

What a Match

Hearts pumping, pulses racing, skin glistening with the sheen of fresh sweat. . . between the Super Bowl and the Australian Cup, there sure has been a lot of action this week. But all that professional heaving and flexing was just a warm-up for the most competitive and thrilling sporting event of the year. . . Valentine’s Day!

Playing the field. . .
For the city’s sassy movers and shakers, what better night than Valentine’s Day to play the role of Casanova (or meet one!). Couples, singles and friends can all enjoy a Valentine’s celebration at Zuma Lounge, where delicious cocktails, sublime sushi and snacks and their famous chocolate cake will all be on offer with guest DJs on the tables starting from 7pm onwards (3657 6388). For a night of music, mischief, winks and wows, head over to the W for their sWingles party. Enjoy complimentary Bliss products, mini massages, heated games of Jenga and free flowing Perrier Jouet from 10 – 11pm while grooving to one of LA’s best sound-makers (3717 2222).

The ball’s in your court. . .
You’d have to be blindfolded to miss the sparks that fly when you two are together, it’s up to you to step it up a notch and heat things up further. Why get her a dozen roses when you can indulge in a whole garden? The Pawn is turning their roof terrace into a rose garden especially for Valentine’s Day and will be featuring live entertainment by New York jazz sensation David Raleigh and a delectable menu selection of seafood, carvery and desserts (2866 3444, HK$1888/couple, including 2 glasses of champagne). Take the night beachside, with a 5-course Mediterranean dinner under the stars at Cococabana in Deep Water Bay (2812 2226, HK$680/person including 2 kir royales). Or bring the romance indoors to the beautiful setting of Azure, where a 4-course menu, Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne and chocolates await (3518 9330, HK$1288/couple including 2 glasses of champagne). You could do worse than adding a splash of French charm to the start of your histoire d’amour. La Terrasse is offering a sumptuous 5-course meal in its cosy surroundings including gastronomic treats such as foie gras, lobster bisque and king prawns (2147 2225, HK$588/person including 2 kir royales).

On top of your game. . .
Things are going swimmingly and the language of love is practically your mother tongue. The intimate dining room of KEE Club is the perfect setting to entice and indulge the object of your affection. Enjoy a 5-course degustation menu while listening to the breathtaking voice of a live opera singer (2810 9000, HK$2500/couple including a half bottle of KRUG champagne, Book through members only). For a dramatic change of scene, The Peninsula‘s Roman-style swimming pool area, with its sparkling blue water and spectacular views of the harbour is just the right spot. Open to non-hotel guests only once per year, for Valentine’s Day dinner, this uniquely stunning backdrop will be sure to send waves of romance your way (2315 3220, HK$2588 /per couple). Looking to have your cake and eat it too this Valentine’s Day? SPOON by Alain Ducasse is the place to celebrate, with their decadent Chocolate Lovers’ Demonstration and Valentine’s Day Lunch. First join Pastry Chef Christophe Grilo for a cooking demonstration to learn the secrets behind his sinfully delicious Valrhona chocolate raspberry cake (which you will get to take home and enjoy!). Then relish in the romantic harbour views over a 3-course wine-pairing lunch featuring sea scallops, black truffles, sea bass or Black Angus tenderloin and a vanilla, raspberry lychee dessert (2313 2323, HK$2088/couple, including cooking demo, continental breakfast, lunch with wines and take-away cake).

Match point. . .
It’s make or break and time to pull out all the stops. You won’t fail to impress with Quintessentially Escape’s incredible in-home dining experience where your every whim and desire will be catered for. A personal chef will prepare a gourmet 4-course menu paired with specially selected wines and servers will take care of everything from the table decorations and cutlery, to your very own romantic playlist (3752 2081,, from HK$8880/couple). If you prefer to dine out, let the warm candles, soft lights and smooth live jazz at Amber set the scene. Eight awe-inspiring courses are waiting to tempt the palate and tease the senses for their uber-romantic Cupid’s Cravings Dinner (2132 0066, HK$2,088/person or HK$3176/person with wine pairing). If nothing less than three-Michelin stars will do for your foodie “petit chou”, sashay on over to Lung King Heen for an 8-course Valentine’s Day menu created by renowned Chef Chan Yan Tak including delicacies like abalone and lobster (3196 8888, HK$1388/per person).

You’ve taken your stride, the ball’s in the air, and the crowd have drawn their breath. . . given the way things are going, we think we might have a winner here!

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