Feeding the love birds

Lovers can still have their special day, even with the strict dining restrictions in restaurants. Expect more than just a delicious meal – instead, expect food artistically crafted and presented with a romantic vibe in a Covid-safe environment.

At Date by Tate, a pastry shop by newly promoted two Michelin-starred chef Vicky Lau, gift sets and gastronomy boxes offer an intimate experience at home.

Lau, who thanked farmers and suppliers after receiving the promotion, said: “We look forward to joining forces with like-minded individuals to find a better way to improve our food system while innovating culture.”

For Valentine’s offerings, the emphasis is on the local bee farm. The Ode to Bee set (HK$2,000), topped with real flowers, contains tasty treats featuring local produce.

The second layer has four individually packed honey financiers, two honey sugarcane lollipops and one jar of rose-infused honey. The bottom layer is a nod to the mother restaurant, Dining Room, featuring Tate specialities, such as chocolate bon bons made with Valrhona dark chocolate and raspberry-lavender ganache. Available for preorder until February 11, the set will be delivered on February 12 and 13.

Looking forward to a more formal dining setup at home? The shop also has a Michelin-worthy Valentine’s Gastronomy Box (HK$3,000). Available only on February 14 and 15, it includes a half bottle of Billecart-Salmon brut sparkling rose.

The feast starts with Tate’s famous breadbasket, which contains homemade brioche with fermented tofu butter and milk bread loaf slice with chestnut. Cold starters of caviar and obsiblue prawn with purple cauliflower cream, and jelly of beef consomme with beef tongue and jerusalem artichoke are followed by a warming sweetcorn soup.

The main dish of beef bourguignon or codfish with scallop mousse is carefully packed for easy reheating at home. Honey passion fruit entremet with macaron, crispy honey and honey lollipop mignardises bring the meal to a memorable end.

As Valentine’s Day falls on the weekend, you can extend the celebrations with a The Retox in Luxury staycation (from HK$5,000) at K11 Artus, available on February 14. The Valentine’s Day set menu (HK$1,300) by The Commune can be combined with cocktail-themed activities.

Against the backdrop of Victoria Harbour, the meal begins with refreshing light bites, such as fresh papaya green mango roll and Asian hamachi ceviche, followed by larger dishes, including an Asian spicy and sour seafood risotto, and sticky teriyaki short rib.

A strawberry yuzu predessert is offered as a palate cleanser before the desserts of sweet raspberry lychee composition and tonka banana chocolate, served with tea or coffee.

If you want to dine out, though, Feather & Bone offers a Valentine’s sharing menu (HK$1,196). As befitting a butchery, all the popular meats will be served on the menu.

Obviously, the highlight is a tenderloin for two. Grass-fed beef is served with creamy mash, glazed carrots and buttered asparagus with a porcini and Parmesan rub.

A delicate dessert of strawberries and cream – made of meringue kisses on top of fresh, red strawberry “hearts” – ends the meal.

A glass of Tar & Roses prosecco, said to be love-inducing, is also included and every couple will leave with a packet of homemade beef-fat caramels.

Meanwhile, two V’day meat packs (from HK$558) with a wide selection of wagyu beef, bacon and lobster, are also available for those looking to cozy up at home.

(This article was published at The Standard on February 5, 2021: Weekend Glitz: Feeding the love birds)

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