The Qixi Festival, sometimes referred to as Chinese Valentine's Day, is a key date on the lunar calendar. While the festival is rooted in tradition, for many couples, it is simply a chance to do something romantic together.
Qixi Festival 2021 falls on Saturday, August 14. For those of you in Beijing, be sure to read below to find out the best way to spend Chinese Valentine's Day with your special someone. Staycation packages, sumptuous set menus, afternoon tea and more are all on offer.
Meanwhile, there are also a number of new openings and new menus across the capital.
Newly-opened WAA Riverside Gastropub sits in the heart of trendy Liangmaqiao, offering fusion cuisine and craft beer brewed on-site; QMex Taqueria has a range of new taco flavors designed by award-winning chef Marcus Medina; and GYU.TETSU in Maizidian offers diners an authentic Japanese BBQ experience.
Whether you're treating your partner or just want to check out some new bites, we hope you take time this month to explore all the capital's F&B scene has to offer.
Enjoy a 5-course set menu at Amber Lounge. Chef Leon has prepared a range of sumptuous dishes for you and the love of your life. Marine algae oysters, miso quinoa pumpkin soup, fresh fettuccine with lobster, steak bone in rib and mango coconut cheesecake are all on the menu. A bottle of hotel-selected champagne is also included.
Saturday, August 14, RMB1,999 per couple, Amber Lounge@Pan Pacific Beijing.
Indulge in a Japanese BBQ set menu with your loved one. For RMB599 per couple, get five courses including charcoal grilled Australian wagyu beef, minced chicken over rice with egg yolk, grilled pineapple and more. Enjoy a complimentary glass of Beyond Sake Bellini or a Yuzu or Ume mocktail. For an extra RMB68 per glass, enjoy a glass of Beyond Sake Bellini (sparkling sake and Japanese peach liquor).
Saturday, August 14, RMB599 per couple, Beyond Yakitori.
Indulge in a 5-course set menu this Chinese Valentine’s Day. Sumptuous dishes include caviar, Australian Mayura beef, risotto, as well as sweet deserts and more. Pink champagne and live music will undoubtedly make for a romantic evening.
Saturday, August 14, RMB1,314, CHAO.
China World Summit Wing has a whole host of delectable dishes and drinks this Chinese Valentine’s Day.
Enjoy a 7-course set menu prepared by Chef Maiker at Michelin-award-winning Grill 79. Dishes include confit scallop, foie gras, crab bisque, grilled Boston lobster, Australian wagyu M6+ striploin and lava cake. Enjoy with your loved one for RMB2,888 per couple.
The Lounge has a 4-course set menu for RMB1,988 for two persons. A whole range of dishes includes seared scallops & foie gras terrine, lobster & crab bisque, surf & turf platter for sharing, as well as dessert for sharing.
For a Japanese-style Chinese Valentine’s dinner, head to Nadaman. Appetizers, soup, sashimi, prawn & vegetables tempura, Wagyu tenderloin steak, selected sushi and desserts are all on the menu. The 7-course set menu for two is priced at RMB1,888 and includes two glasses of wine.
The Red Chamber on the Michelin “Bib Gourmand” list features a set menu for two people this Chinese Valentine’s Day. The menu is priced at RMB1,314 per couple. Indulge in assorted selected appetizers as well as main dishes such as braised sea cucumber, baked garoupa, Peking duck roasted over date wood and desserts.
Cococean has a special Chinese Valentine’s Day package. Special coconut jelly made of fresh tender coconut from Thailand has a smooth taste and melts in the mouth. The rose coconut water with rose collagen is both tasty and healthy, containing fat-free collagen jelly made of pure rose dew. For a special discounted price of RMB68 (regular price of RMB81), treat yourself and your special someone this Chinese Valentine’s Day.
Head to 29 Grill this Chinese Valentine's Day for a special culinary treat. Experience the synergy between a marvelous meal and a luxurious drive from the artfully prepared dishes in the menu presented by the Conrad Beijing and Maserati Poly Beijing. The Italian-style cuisine is served with a selection of fine wines. Diners will receive an exclusive gift and a chance to enter the lucky draw for a Maserati test drive. Please book at least one day in advance.
Saturday, August 14, 5.30-10pm; MUST book at least one day in advance, 29 Grill, Conrad Beijing.
Indulge in a succulent feast this Chinese Valentine’s Day at Ming Court. The culinary team have crafted a special set menu featuring fried oysters, fish maw soup, 3-head abalone and red velvet dessert. For RMB1,199 per couple, diners can enjoy a 7-course menu and a bottle of sparkling wine.
Saturday, August 14 and Sunday August 15, RMB1,199 per couple, Ming Court, Cordis, Beijing Capital Airport.
Make Chinese Valentine’s Day extra special this year with these packages from EAST Beijing.
For RMB1,314, couples can enjoy a stay in the Urban Corner Room featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, a welcome amenity with a bottle of Charles Heidsieck champagne, special-themed chocolate and sweet fruits. Guests also have the option of breakfast in bed or breakfast in FEAST (Food by EAST). For RMB2,121, guests can stay in the EAST Studio Room. At 70 square meters, the room features an extra spacious bathtub.
Enjoy a ‘Be My Valentine’ dinner at FEAST. Priced at RMB988 per couple, enjoy chateaubriand, seafood grill platter, stockyard Australian fillet and ribeye, garlic and herb crusted lobster and oysters as well as many more succulent dishes. Enjoy free-flow sparkling wine, house wine, rosé bubbly, coffee, tea and soft drinks. For an extra RMB388 per person, enjoy the free-flow champagne package.
Book the Chinese Valentine’s Day staycation and check-in on August 14 to enjoy an extra 15% off on the semi-buffet dinner at FEAST that day.
Saturday, August 14, 5.30-9pm, EAST Beijing.
Combining Japanese-style BBQ with izakaya, GYU.TETSU is a meat-lover’s paradise. Enjoy thick-cut beef tongue, roast pork, beef bone soup ramen and more. Wash it all down with a selection of more than 30 types of sake as well as draft beer and plum wine.
Open daily, 5.30pm-midnight, GYU.TETSU.
Treat your loved one to a sweet and fruity afternoon tea. On the menu are raspberry mousse, lemon juice, smoked salmon with sour cream on crisp bread and more.
Saturday, August 14, RMB198 per set, Hilton Beijing Daxing.
Lost Pattern has put together some perfect gift packages for your loved one this Chinese Valentine’s Day. A variety of silk products are available, including scarfs, sleep masks, ribbons and more.
As suggested by the name ‘taqueria,’ tacos are the specialty here. Award-winning chef Marcus Medina has designed a variety of creative taco flavors, including beef cheek tacos. Diners can also indulge in other hearty Mexican dishes such as nachos, enchiladas and more. The newly-upgraded fajitas use imported ribeye steak. Wash it all down with an ROC craft cocktail or draft Mahou beer.
Indulge in a specially-crafted valentine's set meal for two at Tiago Home Kitchen for only RMB698 per couple. The five-course meal includes foie gras, Sicilian seafood salad, Australian angus grain-fed tomahawk steak, risotto, tiramasu and more. Choose from a selection of drinks including house red, house white, sparkling rose and more.
Saturday, August 14, RMB698 per couple, Tiago Home Kitchen.
Head to the C6 Café this Chinese Valentine’s Day. The Chinese-style set menu is priced at RMB788 per couple and includes chicken with rose soy sauce, tricholoma matsutake huajiao soup, kung pao shrimp ball with black pepper beef and more. Meanwhile, the Western-style menu features pan-fried mackerel with seaweed salad, Italian Parma ham, French tuna fish salad, grilled Australian beef tenderloin with tiger prawns and black pepper bone sauce and more. Both menus include a glass of wine each.
Saturday, August 14, C6 Café, U-Town Crowne Plaza.
Fusion food, craft beer and an outdoor deck in the shape of a boat looking down the Liangma river – WAA Riverside Gastropub just about has it all! Executive chef Ben Chen brings Beijingers an international menu with some local twists. ‘Beijing Nachos,’ ‘Hutong Fajitas’ and a cold cuts platter that offers a culinary journey from Italy to China are just some of the delights which diners can look forward to. The craft beers are brewed on site with refreshing lager, various pale ales and milky stouts. When the weather is fine, why not sit out on the deck and work on your tan?
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