Sweetly seductive

There’s nothing wrong with planning for your Valentine’s Day date right now — these hot spots are ready to serve the best.

Inspired by the heartwarming ambiance, John Anthony at Causeway Bay will offer an eight-dish set dinner of modern yet authentic Chinese dishes with romantic elements.

Two exclusive Valentine’s Day dishes are featured. The Iberica pork Presa char siu with rose-infused Yellow Mountain honey is an elevated version of the Canto-favorite dish, which presents extremely tender, smoky meat that has the Spanish pork’s signature nutty flavor with the sweetness of the precious honey.

Another exclusive is the pan-seared Australian scallops, e-fu noodles with sakura shrimp sauce. Topped with lightly seared scallops, the delicate yet hearty dish is cooked risotto-style with Japanese sakura shrimp sauce to infuse fresh and intense seafood flavors.

The menu also features the eatery’s signature dish — also chef Satio Chau’s favorite — pink rose lobster har gao, which perfectly matches the occasion with its eye-catching light pink appearance.

“The har gao is almost too pretty to eat,” said Chau. “The mild flavor of rose wine, echoed by the rose-petal garnish, provides a romantic hint of color and helps to highlight the fresh flavors of lobster meat.”

He also recommends dessert plum mousse, cherry-glazed plums and cookie crumble, which is a modern twist on the classic street-style snack “sugar-coated fruit skewers.”

With mini, wine-red glazed plum mousse spheres, lined by a bed of chocolate cookie crumbs, the bright pop of red is perfect for this romantic occasion.

Two special Valentine’s Day cocktails are also included in the menu — The One and The Other Half. With hibiscus-infused soda as a key ingredient in The One, the hibiscus flowers left over from the infusion are subsequently dehydrated, blended and used as edible garnish for The Other Half, connecting the drinks like lovers, both in name and by components.

Priced at HK$999, the menu will be available on February 14 to 15.

If you opt for Western cooking, The French Window at Central will give you a memorable night, not only because of its airy, conservatory-like dining room that overlooks the picturesque Victoria Harbour.

On February 14, a four-course menu (HK$1,388) will be served from 6-8pm, while a five-course menu (HK$1,988) will be served from 8:30pm-11pm.

Starting with Gillardeau oyster served with smoked herring caviar, compressed cucumber and seaweed gel, which offers a complex taste of the seafood’s umami and cucumber’s crispiness. The A4 Kagoshima Wagyu striploin, a main dish option, is tender and will satisfy meat-lovers’ taste buds. Highlight is the lychee and rum red velvet cheesecake, which is designed in a pinky flower shape that fits the sweet atmosphere.

If your other half is a fan of Tiffany&Co, The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe at Tsim Sha Tsui is a must-go destination. Its exquisite five-course set dinner on Valentine’s Day is sure to create an everlasting memory with your date by being surrounded by the enchanting Tiffany Blue.

A tempting main course option is slow-cooked chicken with black truffle, in which the tender chicken roll and chicken-thigh fillet paired with a flavorful truffle sauce will tantalize your taste buds. The adorable dessert Petit Blue Box cake, consisting of bergamot rose mousse, raspberry strawberry filling and almond cake, with ice cream on the side, is perfect to sweeten the seductive journey and spoil your loved one.

The menu will be served from 6.30pm to 9pm on February 14, priced at HK$1,688.

If you are lucky enough to make the celebration on Valentine’s Day, Artisan Lounge at K11 Musea is offering an all-day Valentine’s afternoon tea set, “Beauty in you,” thorough the month. In collaboration with American singer Madonna’s brand Mdna Skin, also located at K11 Musea, delicacies are all inspired by her favorite foods and color – purple.

Price at HK$816, the tea set includes six savory treats such as Sago Prawn and Quail egg kali, as well as vegetarians’ Cucumber quinoa and Purple potato tart, and seven sweet treats including Blueberry yogurt lollipop and Purple pot. A five-course set dinner menu priced at HK$1,816 is also available from February 13 to 15.

Each set is complemented with an exclusive beauty kit from Mdna Skin, which guests can redeem upon presentation of the gift card at the Mdna Skin store.

(This article was published at The Standard on February 7, 2020. Link not available. )

Sweetly seductive

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