Whether it is longed for, or dreaded, there is little doubt that February is intrinsically linked to Valentine’s Day. This year, Los Sotano, Cali-Mex Bar & Grill, and Cali-Mex Taqueria serves up options for the entire relationship status spectrum. Los Sotano starts the night for couples, and ends with a party for singles; Cali-Mex Bar & Grill celebrates with couples looking to keep things casual, and Cali-Mex Taqueria serves up a reminder about the importance of self-love.
Nestled deep in the underground of LKF, upscale Mexican eatery, tequila & mezcal lounge, Los Sotano, serves up a spicy set-menu for two. The multi-course menu (HK$990 for two) starts couples off with Los Sotano’s bespoke Tableside Guacamole, includes three starters: Ceviche Vallarta (Sea Bass, Chili, Avocado, Tomato), Spicy Pork Belly Tostada (tostada, chipotle sauce, avocado, and herbs), Mushroom Quesadilla (fresh truffles, cheese, piquillo peppers), followed by a choice of two mains, Octopus Al Pastor (mashed potatoes brava, coriander, grilled pineapple, and jalapenos), Jalapenos Rellenos (Carnita filling, peppers, black truffle, yoghurt sauce, provoleta cheese avoicado and chili oil), or Spicy Ribeye (green tomato sauce, baby corn, shallots, and mixed herbs) finished with a dessert ofChili Churros (jalapenos, chocolate sauce, and strawberry ice cream). The menu also include two cocktails, The Birds and The Bee’s (lemon, honey, Ancho Reyes, Chamomile-infused Absolut Elyx, and Plymouth Gin), and Bad Hombre (123 Resposado Tequila, Cynar, Carlsberg, Pineapple, Agave, Fresh Chili). After 10pm, the music goes up, and lights go down further, and a celebration for singles begins with cocktails and match-making games provided to loosen everyone up and inspire ‘amor’. Upon entry men will be encouraged to select a garnish of their choice, all ladies will be provided with their choice of four different cocktails, and then they can approach the holder of their favorite garnish to complete their drink, and hopefully find a love-match. Los Sotano, meaning ‘basement’ in Spanish, is a Santeria-inspired haunt that is bathed in candlelight and worships at the altars of Mexican spirits, Tequila and Mezcal. With over 85 tequilas, and 35 mezcals on offer – all premium and 100% agave- it would be easy to mistake the lounge as strictly a drinking den, but uncontrived Mexican cuisine at the intersection of heritage and fine-dining is also served up nightly to a dimly lit dining room of suited and booted patrons.
California-inspired Mexican restaurant, Cali-Mex Bar and Grillis an ideal spot for couples looking to keep it casual and fun this Valentine’s Day. The popular neighborhood hang-out dishes up a fusion set menu for two at all 11 of its locations. The set-menu (HK$788 for two) takes Mexican food slightly upscale including: a Snack Platter for 2 (Cajun Wings, Chips and Guacamole, Chorizo, Camembert Bites), and Sizzling Garlic Chili Prawns, Potato and Leek Soup, followed by mains Lobster Mac and Cheese and Mexican Surf and Turf (jalapeno marinated ribeye and a tequila infused lobster tail served with charred Mexican corn, smoked black beans, grilled fresh jalapenos, and topped with lime butter), finished off with Chocolate Lava Cake with Churros and Vanilla Ice Cream. The set also includes two Margaritas or two glasses of Cava. Cali-Mex Bar & Grills are neighborhood restaurants featuring roomie booths and tables, a variety of dishes from sharing platters to grilled mains, and full liquor bars and in-table beer taps, making it the ideal hangout for any occasion.
Cali-Mex Taqueria,Hong Kong’s go-to quick-serve restaurant, is taking a different approach to Valentine’s Day, recognizing that holidays celebrating togetherness can be difficult sometimes. This year, the restaurant is celebrating self-love while helping to raise funds for mental health awareness and support. Diners can take themselves on a date and enjoy a set-menu for one for take-out or dine-in across all 5 Cali-Mex Taqueria locations. The set-menu includes choice of Burrito, Burrito Bowl, Tacos, or a half Quesadilla with Original Chicken, Original Beef, Chipotle Pulled Pork, Mixed Vegetable, or Spinach fillings and a Jarrito Soda or Churros, for a set price of HK$110. For each sale of the set-menu for 1, Cali-Mex Taqueria will donate HK$20 to Mind HK, a Hong Kong based organization striving to ensure access to mental health support across the city.