Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. As always there are tons of special meals, enormous buffets and super fancy dinners being served around Beijing for the special day (Feb 14). But for those of you who aren’t interested in doing the whole romantic dinner thing, there are also plenty of food-and-drink deals, shows and parties going on around town too.
NUO is hosting a few Valentine's feasts, all complete with excellent food and wine. Choose from a variety of cuisines, including expertly prepared Cantonese dim sum, Middle Eastern fare, fresh sashimi and delectible desserts.
N’Joy Valentine’s Dinner Buffet, RMB999 per couple (including free-flow sparkling rose and wine); O’Bar Valentine’s Package, RMB1,888; and U’Deli Valentine’s Cupcakes. For more information or reservations, call +86 10 5926 8281.
You can always depend on Migas to put together creative (and delicious) menus for basically any occasion. For this Valentine's Day they're serving up a killer set menu featuring things like roasted scallops with artichokes and cauliflower puree, chilled pine nut cream soup with marinated pigeon, ham croquettes with mint alioli, and much more. To check out their full V-Day menu, click here.
From 5.30pm; RMB588 per couple, add RMB250 for a Jar of Migas Gran Reserva Sangria (red or white) or add RMB300 for a bottle of Codorniu Sparkling wine. Migas, see event listing. Call to guarantee a table: +86 10 5208 6061.
Romance is in the air this month, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a boatload on a 10-course dinner. At blue frog, spend just RMB388 at your table and get two glasses of pink sparkling wine or a one-day-only Valentine’s cake – made with white chocolate cream and fresh strawberries. To sweeten the deal, blue frog is also offering reward points and bonuses for customers dining on Feb 14. It’s truly the day of love at blue frog.
Head over to The Big Smoke for a 4-course dinner for two. You and your partner can each choose an appetizer (from breaded shiitake mushroom to fried calamari), a main (from lamb cutlets to grilled salmon), a side and dessert.
RMB588 for two. Call Big Smoke for reservations. 6416 5195
JW Marriott is serving a range of special dinners on February 14, including a sumptuous buffet dinner at JW Kitchen, a romantic Italian dinner at Casalingo and a Chinese set menu paired with selected sparkling wine at Man Ho. And to top it off homemade chocolate and roses will be prepared as takeaway gifts.
Casalingo RMB1,199; JW Kitchen Buffet Dinner RMB468 net per adult; Man Ho RMB999 per couple.
Fairmont is going all out for the day. Expect candlelit tables and supurbly prepared dishes ranging from fresh imported oysters and sashimi, creamy foie gras terrine, wagyu beef AACO 5+ fillet mignon with melting beef short ribs, butter poached fresh Boston lobster and much more.
RMB2,188 per couple. The Cut, for reservations or more information, please call 10 86 8507 3617.
Casa Talia has a couple of set menus for RMB888 (including their Valentine’s Day Tomahawk Steak Menu). Selections include dishes from Wild Mushroom Salad to Smoked Salmon with Truffle Honey & Caviar Bruschetta to Pan-fried Foie Gras with Fruit Jam & Blueberry Sauce to Seafood Paella. There will also be a range of wines and desserts to choose from.
See a listing for Casa Talia.
Celebrate the big day at Aria with a romantic feast for two. The set menu includes their signature oysters, slow roasted Angus sirloin, wild sea-bass and velvet mango passion fruit tart.
RMB1,520 for set menu for two. For reservations, please call Aria at (86 10) 6505-2266 ext. 36.
Annie’s has prepared a special, good-value menu for lovers (or friends) this Valentine’s Day. The five-course set menu starts with a delicate bisque starring saffron and chives, then features risotto, lamb chops and sea bass. You’ll finish off the night with a delightfully creamy orange pannacotta topped with caramelized pumpkin seeds. And all for under 400 kuai.
RMB398; Tue Feb 14; Annie’s.
George's is setting the mood with art by Zou Liang and divine Spanish tapas. The set menu includes raw botan prawn salad, pan seared sea scallop tartar, char-grilled Australian Angus beef and strawberry and mascarpone cheesecake .
RMB788 per person; George’s Bar & Restaurant. For more information call +86 10 8561 2888.
If you’re not into all the pomp and circumstance surrounding Valentine’s Day, then head over to Arrow Factory for a more chilled out evening. Bring a date… or not. It’s all good. Head over to their Liangma River location on Feb 14 and get your first pint for free when you order a full meal.
The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street is offering several fine dining choices in its hotel’s restaurants. Cépe is serving a 5-course menu featuring selected ingredients such as Parsley Risotto, Caviar and Black Label Angus Beef (RMB1888+ per couple; add RMB788+ per person for wine paring). Greenfish's menu boasts Maine Lobster Ballotine, Duck Rillete Ravioli, Wagyu Beef and more (RMB1088+ per couple). And Qi Chinese Restaurant has a special menu for the occasion (RMB1314 per couple; add RMB488 for wine pairing).
If you want to go all out – and we mean all out – The Grill has got you covered. With their ultra-romantic setting and 6-course Valentines set dinner this is the perfect place to seriously show your girl or guy that you love them. The set meal inlcludes Gilladeaux Oyster Gratin, Prosecco Sorbet with Blueberries and Mint, Black Codfish with Hokkaido Scallop and Grill Australian M7 Wagyu Beef Filet Mignon and a selection of desserts.
RMB1314 (per person). For reservations call （86）10 5987 9999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One East is preparing a special 5-course dinner for the occasion. Mains include pan-fried cod and roasted waygu beef tenderloin, and they come with all the fixings.
RMB1314 (per couple). 6pm-midnight. One East, for reservations call 5865 5030.
Q Mex has dreamed up a his and hers 3-course dinner for two... seafood for the ladies and steak for the gentlemen. The menu also features dishes like Mexican Tomatillo Chicken Soup. And to top it off, they're serving a chocolate and coconut bread pudding.
RMB348 per couple; 5pm-1am; Q Mex.
Daccapo Italian Restaurant will serve a 5-course dinner. Diners will start with a seafood amuse bouche, followed by saffron pasta, baked salmon fillet, Australian beef fillet with goose liver and a decadent dark chocolate dessert.
Prices start from RMB1520 (per couple), Daccapo.
As always, you can expect Latina to throw a fun (and delicious) Valentine's Day shindig. In addition to a Brazilian BBQ and seafood buffet, there will be a live band, chocolates and wine.
RMB528 per person. From 5pm. Latina, for a 10 percent discount make your reservations before Feb 10.
Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at Eudora Station. The set menu features expertly prepared mains ranging from cranberry and nut roasted salmon to grilled Australian beef filet.
RMB798 per couple.
St. Regis (Tianjin)
The St. Regis Tianjin has a special Valentine’s Day promotion, Riviera Sous Chef Johnny Wang has put together a special menu featuring mains such as Alaska King Crab (paired with Sauvignon Blanc) or Australian Beef Wellington. Expect a decadant array of desserts too.
Don’t miss the special themed Valentine’s dinner buffet at Kranzler’s restaurant, featuring a wide selection of dishes from around the world. You might want to make your reservations ASAP for this one.
RMB796 RMB per couple. Kranzler's (Kempinski Hotel); Call 010 6465 3388 ext 4222 to make reservations.
Fu Tapas & Wine has put together and great set menu for the occasion. Appetizers include Shrimp and Fennel Salad served with Orange Sauce and Steak with Potato Purée and Sautéed Mushrooms, and mains include Buffalo Mozzarella, Parma Ham and Grilled Artichokes and Seafood Risotto.
RMB398 for two people. Fu Tapas & Wine; For reservations call 134 7627 4857.
Slow Boat is serving up a very special menu for V-Day. They'll have eggs Florentine, poached salmon with fresh veggies and mashed potatoes. Just so you know, reservations are necessary for this one.
RMB388 for two people RMB214 for one person. See a listing for Slow Boat Sanlitun Brewpub.
Kerry’s Kitchen will have a special Valentine’s Day dinner buffet on the big day. Guests can enjoy a romantic meal, complete with music by the Savor Latino Band. And if you want to go all out for your valentine, you can get the “Couple’s Paradise” package, which includes a limousine pick up, a bouquet of roses, a couple’s massage, a one-night stay in a suite and a bottle of Champagne.
The Rug has a special menu prepared for Valentine's Day. It features delicious concoctions such as vodka dill salmon salad, slow braised prime rib, fried oysters and so much more.
RMB399 or RMB888 (for two). See a listing for The Rug.
Head over to Atmosphere for a whole slew of Valentine's Day specials. They're serving up RMB125 glasses of bubbly, a 4-course set menu (including Crab Salad & Sea Urchin, Triple Boiled Chicken & Red Cabbage Consommé, Steak & Foie Gras, Chocolate Orange Cake, two glasses of champagne or wine and a rose) for RMB1,314. For RMB1988 guests will also get a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Blason Rose Champagne, chocolate strawberries, adorable heart-shaped cookies and a rose. Talk about romantic.
Tube Station is pairing up with Goose Island and offering a special deal for one day and one day only. On Valentine's Day head over to Tube Station for their “Cheap Date” set menu. Basically you'll get any small pizza, one Goose IPA and one Goose Honkers Ale for RMB79 (the price is typically RMB140, so that's a pretty good deal!). The deal is limited so purchase it at Dazhongdianping.com/app while you can. Also on Valentine's day, take a photo with the Valentine Instagram poster in any Tube Station location and send it to their offcial WeChat account to win a Goose Island branded gift.
This Valentine’s Day, spoil your loved one with a special 6-course dinner at Feast (Food by EAST). They'll be serving up a platter of Foie Gras Terine, Grilled Asparagus & Truffle, Pear Thyme Chutney and Brioche Toast to start. This will be followed by a Creamy White Bean Soup with Oyster Leek Cream and main courses of Grilled King Prawns, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and a Citrus Fennel Salad followed by a refreshing sorbet and GrilledBlack Angus Beef Tenderloin, Potato Yam Dauphinous, Sautéed Spinach, Roasted Garlic & Cherry Tomato Jus.
RMB1,314 per couple
Feb 6-14: Single Ladies Party @ Blow+Bar
It's almost Valentine's Day, but that doesn't mean all you single ladies out there shouldn't pamper yourselves for the big day. Blow+Bar is offering their "Single Ladies" package for RMB198 (the usual price is RMB238), which will get you a killer blowout. And in the spirit of V-day, you can enjoy two glasses of wine and some chocolates. From today (until Feb 14) you can sign up in pairs or with a group of up to eight to enjoy the party package with your BFFs.
Feb 6-14; RMB198. Blow+Bar, reservations required.
Anti-Valentines Club @ Hatchery
Check out food incubator Hatchery’s latest concept, Common Burger, this Hallmark holiday and, if you’re dining as a group of three people or more, you’ll get a free round of milkshakes. A sweet V-day deal (except for couples) because if Pulp Fiction taught us anything – apart from, you know, check your stuff – it’s that, like Vince and Mia, burgers and shakes are the perfect pair.
Tue Feb 14, from 5pm; Hatchery.
Candy Monster @ School Bar
Nothing to do on Valentine’s Day? Well there’s no point wallowing in sorrow and loneliness, so get yourself down to School Bar for a special Rooster Valentines party (that makes sense, right?). Returning to the School stage is alt-rock four-piece Candy Monster, who launched their EP Monster Party at the venue in 2014. Three other bands will play to help light up this often dark day in the calendar.
Tue Feb 14; Price TBD, School Bar.
Jody Watley @ Blue Note Beijing
Grammy Award-winning artist Jody Watley will be gracing the stage at Blue Note Beijing on Valentine’s Day. This show has the makings of a perfect date night.
Tues Feb 14, 8pm. From RMB520; Blue Note Beijing.
Valentine's Traffic Light Party @ Centro
If you’re looking to let loose a little bit, Centro is throwing their Traffic Light Party. There will be a guest DJ on the decks, lucky draws and gifts for all you ladies. Wear red if you’re in a relationship, yellow if you’re open to the idea meeting someone new, and green if you’re single and ready to mingle.