No need to spend your Chinese New Year bonus on one blowout Valentine’s Day date this year, unless of course you want to. We’ve rounded up a few romantic restaurants for all types, tastes and budgets. Here are the most romantic Hong Kong restaurants:
Dates in Hong Kong can be an expensive affair, so if you’re not looking to splash out on champagne and 10-course meals, opt for a low-key date at these establishments instead.
Pier 7 Cafe & Bar
Romantic moments with a gorgeous harbor view don’t always have to come at great cost. Grab a seat in the alfresco area at Pier 7 Cafe and Bar and take advantage of its great happy hour prices: HK$45 for drinks from 6-9pm.
Shop M, Pier 7, Man Kwong Street, Central, 2167-8377.
Les Copains d’Abord
French restaurant Les Copains d’Abord on the sleepy island of Peng Chau is a great setting for whispering sweet nothings into the open air. The hidden gem is located amid a quiet residential area right by a temple, not too far from the ocean. A glass of wine is only HK$40. Bonus: you get to spend time exploring the island together — with a reduced risk of running into anyone you know.
Peng Chau Square, Peng Chau, 3483-0692.
Sunday’s Grocery may be more of a takeaway joint than a sit-down dinner — but the hands-on service and awesome stable of whisky, beer and tequila should take things up a notch. Best part? The informed manager will offer up complimentary taste-tests of some of the best regarded bottles and under-the-radar newcomers. The sandwiches are inventive, like a tour of Asia in the eclectic flavors. Come prepared for generous servings that you’ll probably end up sharing. Finishing each other’s sandwiches? That’s gotta be the definition of true love.
66-68 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, 2628-6001.
Maybe you’ve just started dating, or you’ve practically been married for 100 years. Either way, you’re looking for a nice place to spend time with your sweetheart without blowing six months’ rent. We feel you. Give these bars and restaurants a spin.
Spanish restaurant Catalunya has all the right components for a romantic setting: think high ceilings in a dramatic, dimly lit space. There’s an extensive list of signature tapas that start at HK$80 featuring the likes of marinated sea bass (HK$120) and grilled octopus with potato (HK$210). There are heartier meat and seafood dishes too.
Fine wines and artisanal cheeses: the right way to anyone’s heart. If you don’t have the cash money for a full-on dinner at Caprice, one of the top fine dining establishments in the world — head next door to the adjoining bar, where bar bites and wines are offered for much more pocket-friendly prices. Order the “A Bit of Everything” cheese platter (HK$370) and you’ll be blown away by the entire log of cheese that appears before your eyes.
6/F, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, 3196-8860.
Looking for a more intimate dining experience with your date? Look no further than The Woods. The cocktail bar offers a seasonal cocktail and food pairing menu ($588 per person) on the white marble-topped “prix-fixe bar” that only accommodates eight, so you shouldn’t have a problem with loud family gatherings or bachelor parties here. The upcoming menu features craft cocktails like porcini and cèpe mushroom-infused bourbon.
L/G, 17 Hollywood Road, Central, 2522-0281.
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Repulse Bay mainstay Spices is one of those old-school restaurants you can’t go wrong with, especially if you’re looking to impress your loved one. We love the restaurant for top-notch Asian cuisine in a relaxed setting that makes the whole experience feels very much like a holiday — the alfresco seating affords views of the beach and beyond. Try the Thai papaya and king prawns salad, the soft shell crab and tandoori chicken with garlic naan for a saucy night out.
The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, 2292-2822.
Grab a drink on the terrace at fine-dining French restaurant ÉPURE before sitting down to a six-course (HK$1,288) or eight-course (HK$1,488) tasting menu, featuring fresh ingredients sourced from France. Better make sure your significant other is “the one” before taking them here.
Shop 403, 4/F, Ocean Centre, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3185-8338.
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Dinners at fancy steakhouse Morton’s The Steakhouse may cost an arm and a leg — but the intimate setting, attentive service and coveted sea view can be had for a fraction of the cost at the bar side. On a weeknight from 5-7pm, the new “power hour” happy hour has bar bites starting at HK$80 and cocktails starting at HK$130. Try the four petite filet mignon sandwiches with mustard mayo (HK$80). The new happy hour will begin some time in February (date TBA); we’re hoping in time for Valentine’s Day, but do call ahead.
4/F, The Sheraton Hotel & Towers, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2732 2343.