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February 13, 2014

Winter Games

It’s the Olympics of date nights and whether you’re going for the gold, vying for silver or just hoping for a spot in the winner’s circle, we’ve got your Valentine’s Day sorted. No need to pull a Tonya Harding to swipe out the competition, just follow our guide and victory is yours.

GOING FOR GOLD
Did you wipe out last year in the super combined? Better head to Duddell’s where you can start with moonlit cocktails in the garden before sashaying downstairs for a 7-course Cantonese sensation. (HK$880 per person including a glass of Perrier-Jouet Blason Rose Champagne, 2525 9191) Or zip over to Il Milione where they’ll be serving up a decadent 4-course Italian Degustazione tasting menu in their gilded dining room. (HK$1288 per person, 2481 1120) Ready for a glimpse of retro-Italian glamour in the heart of Hung Hom? Messina will be serving two couples menus showcasing the restaurant’s all-time favourite dishes, which are sure to inspire amore. (HK$1688 and HK$1988, served from Feb 11 – 16, 3746 2733) Need to amp up the romance? Make your way to KEE Club for an intimate 5-course dinner including favourites like lobster taglioni and Wagyu beef filet. Tropical desserts add a touch of the exotic, while live music by vocalist Ginger Kwan and trumpeter Danny De Poe set the stage for a night of seduction. (HK$1280 per person or HK$1700 per person with wine pairing, 2810 9000)

STEALING SILVER
Is your schmoopie more into shredding moguls than dining with them? Step up to Dragon-i, where you can get cosy in a leather booth and tuck in to a set menu including dishes like Boston lobster bisque, US beef tenderloin teppankyaki, pan-fried foie gras with black truffle teriyaki sauce, and molten white chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce. (HK$1988 for two, including two glasses of Veuve Clicquot Rose champagne) Or head just down the block for a caliente Valentine’s at Zafran, which is serving a 6-course Valentine’s menu of Spanish delights followed by a rocking Les Valentine’s Rose party. (HK$688 per person including a glass of Moët & Chandon Rosé Impèrial) Prefer to be serenaded with a little less bass? Head to Lupa for a 4-course Valentine’s Day menu, designed for sharing, accompanied by musical interludes from international artists Magnus Lindgren and Rigmor Gustafsson. (Before 8pm HK$988 per person, After 8pm HK$1288 per person, 2796 6500) If you’re looking for something a little more visual, book tickets for Hushup’s Valentine’s Rooftop Cinema at hidden Ap Lei Chau spot Artichoke Canteen. Enjoy a 5-course set dinner of aphrodisiac-rich foods (Dinner HK$455, 9684 9964) followed by a rooftop screening of classic black and white movie with a modern twist “In Search of a Midnight Kiss”. (Movie HK$140, Tickets: www.hushup.hk)

BATTLING FOR BRONZE
Are you more of a Shaun White than an Andrew Musgrave? Kick off the night with “cupid shots” or “love bird tacos” at gastrobar Common Room. (2525 3599) Fuel a flirtation at Fatty Crab, which will be taking reservations for Valentine’s Night only, and serving up a 5-course menu of their sizzling southeast Asian delights. (HK$800 per person including a glass of house wine, 2521 2033) Dine on a meal fit for the gods at Greek hotspot Souvla and finish with an abundant platter of desserts featuring strawberry spoon sweets, caramelized figs, and yoghurt sorbet. (Dessert platter HK$168, 9285 8846) Be transported to your favourite trattoria on the Riviera with a night at Divino Patio featuring a delectable menu starting with fresh figs wrapped in parma ham, ending with layers of chocolate shortbread biscuit and ganache topped with fresh berries, and filled with delicious pastas in between. Find out the future of your romance with an on-site tarot card reader and dine early for a chance to win one of 20 couple’s spa treatments. (From HK$450 per person, 2877 3552) Amble up the side streets of Sheung Wan for a romantic dinner a deux at Upper Modern Bistro, newly opened by Michelin-star Chef Philippe Orrico. Whet your appetite with Brittany oysters with ponzu sauce, before digging into sharing platters featuring foie gras crème brulee and much more, or cutting into a char-grilled 40-day aged grass fed US beef striploin served with artichoke macaroni. (6-8pm HK$788 per person, After 8pm $988 per person, 2517 0977) Head down the road to Doppio Zero where their special Valentine’s Day menu includes an appetizer, a tasting of seven of their famous freshly made pastas and a smattering of desserts for sharing, along with two glasses of Fantinel Prosecco (HKD$988 per couple, 2851 0682). Ready to get physical? Book two places at the “Spread the Love” Valentine’s Day charity partner yoga class, with all proceeds going to Changing Young Lives Foundation.

GETTING IN THE GAME
Does your snuggle muffin say Apolo Ohno to traditional flowers and chocolate? Jimmy Choo has joined forces with top florist in town Ellermann Floral Boutique, to arrange deliveries of their luxurious leather Valentine collection gift sets along with an exclusive Ellermann bouquet, right to your loved one’s door. Scrumptious bakeries Sift Desserts and Ms. B’s Cakery are offering deliciously sweet ways to share your x’s and o’s. The lingerie geniuses behind Sheer have come up with ample ways to turn up the heat on your Valentine’s night, while the leather and lace erotic gift set from gifthampers.com.hk aims to take things up to a whole other level. And local skincare brand Purearth‘s Wild Rose Himalayan Mist & Face Cream Gift Set, packaged in an exquisite box and sprinkled with pressed dried rose petals, ensures that glow won’t leave your cheeks!

On your marks, get set…GO. Happy Valentine’s Day!



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