Venue recommendation for second dates
22 Ships is famous for their tapas and friendly service. It is a great spot for a second date or a date with someone you already know well. They don’t take reservations, so if you have a craving for tapas and don’t want to wait, Ham and Sherry just up the street is another good option.
If you have time to spare, you can have a drink at Koh Thai located in the same building as Ship 22 while you wait for the table.
Mon-Sat: 12 noon – 3pm & 6pm – 11pm
Sun: 12 noon – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10pm
French Seafood Bistro
Le Port Parfume, not a catchy restaurant name, but many foreigners would enjoy the dining experience here.
Visitors are in love with the selection of the local seafood and the simple way of cooking.
Mon-Sat: 12:00-14:00; 18:00-22:00
New choice at Kennedy Town
Catch is a new restaurant located at Kennedy Town.
It is usual to find a long line outside of this place over the weekend as people are fancy for healthy brunch choice.
However, their dinner did surprise me by the food quality and the good vibes.
Carbone – New York/Italian
Scratching your head over where to take your date for great food and amazing cocktails?
Carbone, located in the heart of Central, delivers all that and more in a setting that harkens back to New York’s Little Italy in the 1950s.
Ho Lee Fook – Contemporary Chinese cuisine in Soho, Central
If you and your date are looking for a hip and trendy Chinese restaurant, try Ho Lee Fook. The ambiance was spot on, though it’s definitely not a place for quiet conversation. The compact menu serves up classic Chinese dishes with a new twist, adding modern flavors.
Want your fortune told? Crack open the fortune cookie that follows your meal.
1. Mom’s “mostly cabbage, a little bit of pork” dumplings with sacha soy dressing
2. Roast wagyu short ribs, jalapeno puree, green shallot kimchi and a soy glaze
Weekend date venue: Limewood, Repulse Bay
Looking for an idyllic venue for a weekend date? The Limewood in Repulse Bay features a beachfront view, amazing cocktails, and hip music. We recommend that you get there before 5:30pm in time to enjoy the magical glow of dusk with a frozen margarita in your hand. If it’s a first or second date, plan ahead and book a table inside the restaurant, which is quieter and you can get to know each other over dinner. After dinner, talk a stroll along the beach, and let the gentle waves and shimmering stars mesmerize you. It is a great venue that will satisfy all your senses.
Must-try dishes: Coconut corn, grill whole sea bass, beef rib. Dessert: grill pineapple with coconut.
Morton’s of Chicago – The Steakhouse/Bar Bites
Beef up your date with a visit to Morton’s. It has world-class harbour views and top-notch service to match. If your date is a light eater and prefer a more casual environment, their lounge Bar Bites might be a better choice. You can order delicious appetizers prepared by Morton’s kitchen while enjoying a nice glass of wine or cocktail.
Below are a few of my personal favorites:
Cocktail: Rose Mary
Wine: Margarete River- Shiraz
Food: Chicken Goujonettes
Monday – Friday from 5pm – 7pm
Mr. Crab by The Captain’s House
No surprise, the specialty at Mr. Crab is crabs, but they also serve all kinds of other delicious seafood. If you and your date have a yearning, try their a la carte dishes or their famous seafood pot served with a sauce of your choice.
Spectacular dinner date
‘Famous chef, delicious food, modern interior design, free of service charge.’
These are the common reviews from customers!
Mon-Thu: 12:00-14:30; 18:00-23:00
Fri: 12:00-14:30; 18:00-00:00
Sat: 12:00-15:00; 18:00-00:00
Ham & Sherry
Ham & Sherry is a delightful little Spanish restaurant in Wan Chai with a distinctive blue and white mosaic-tiled front. As the name suggests, they are famous for their ham and large selection of sherries. If you’re meeting there for a first date, you can start small with just a drink and a couple of dishes of tapas. Then as you get a feel for how the evening is going, you can order more, or ask for the check.
Recommended for dates lasting 1.5-2 hours
Four dishes with a bottle of Rioja come under HK$1,000
Mon-Sat: 12:00-15:00; 18:00-23:00
Sun: 12:00-15:00; 18:00-22:00