(Hong Kong – 8 January 2015) After bidding farewell to 2014 with Christmas and New Year celebrations, everyone will soon be abuzz with festivities for the Year of the Goat and Valentine’s Day. To allow guests to delight in these two special occasions and spend a sweet and memorable time with their families and beloved ones, Ocean Park has prepared a host of exclusive festive activities and marvellous special privileges for the occasions.
Valentine’s Day Set Dinner Menu*
Every couple has a unique romantic story to tell. To profess your love, Ocean Park has put together a day full of romantic experiences, ending with an intimate dinner for couples. Offered exclusively at Neptune’s Restaurant, the 8-course “Concerto of Love” set dinner menu (HK$1,688 for two, with exclusive priority access to 8 of the Park’s popular attractions) starts off with “Tonight I Celebrate My Love”, orchestrating a perfect harmony of smoked salmon with homemade creamy garlic & herb butter, garnished with a Cupid’s Bow and Arrow, followed by “My Heart Will Go On”, an impeccably made 62.5° poached egg in Meurette style, with baked French escargots in herbs putter puff pastry, beet jam and parsley butter sauce. The next masterpiece, “Two Kinds of Love”, is a soup duo comprised of cognac lobster bisque topped with poached lobster, divinely matching in heaven with the fresh crab claw simmered on Japanese cress and spinach broth with crushed beetroot. Diners then prepare for the main course by refreshing their taste buds with “I Melt with You” and make both hearts melt as the raspberry Sherbet with fresh berries floats out on a puff of smoke.
For the main course, lovebirds can be prepared to be swept off their feet with the “Symphony of Yellow River”, an Australian barramundi with saffron, , mussels with pesto, paired with healthy organic rainbow quinoa, Thai eggplant and Cupid’s very own beetroot arrows. For the grand finale of the savoury dishes, “The East is Red” is served, with broiled US grain fed Angus beef tenderloin, indulgent pan-seared foie gras, drizzled with confit of red wine shallot on a bed of root vegetables in aged balsamic and port wine sauce.
As the sweetest dish of them all, the rich “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You” dessert, featuring our house favourite brownie with fresh fruits and Ice cream, is sure to bring romance to the table. To complete this magical evening, “Sweet Endings” arrives right in time with a beautiful berry macaroon and luscious dark and white chocolate trifle. Last but not least, 2 glasses of champagne will be served to further light up the romantic ambience of the night.
Limited Valentine’s Day Package*
In addition to a series of exquisite delicacies, Ocean Park is also launching a Premium Valentine’s Day Animal Encounter Package that is only offered to 6 pairs of special couples. Lavishly decked with surprises along the way, this package includes 2 Ocean Park admission tickets, priority access to 8 of the Park’s most popular attractions, a delectable lunch at the Tuxedos Restaurant and the “Concerto of Love” set dinner at Neptune’s Restaurant. Also included in this package is a memorable date with the Park’s seals or dolphins through the Seal Encounter or Dolphin Encounter programme. During the dinner, a tailor-made love message will be delivered by Ocean Park’s scuba divers to every individual couple amidst the thousands of fish inside the aquarium. This Premium Valentine’s Day Animal Encounter Package is available for reservation from now until 30 January, 2015, priced at HK$5,000 per couple. Ocean Park SmartFun Annual Pass members will be able to book this package at a special price of HK$4,500 per couple. The package is only offered to 6 pairs of couples and is on a first-come-first-served basis.
Apart from the Premium Valentine’s Day Animal Encounter Package, guests can make reservations for the Valentine’s Day Dinner plus Admission Package on or before 12 February 2015. This package includes 2 Ocean Park admission tickets, priority access to 8 of the Park’s most popular attractions and a Valentine’s Day set dinner for 2 at Neptune Restaurant at HK$2,088 per couple. Ocean Park SmartFun Annual Pass members can enjoy an exclusive rate of HK$1,822. Those who make reservations on or before 23 January 2015 will enjoy this package at only HK$1,775 per couple.
Delight in the Year of the Goat*
Chinese New Year is an occasion for family reunions and to feast. In order to celebrate this festive season, Ocean Park has prepared a selection of cuisines, both traditional and modern, to cater guests of all ages. Two noteworthy set dinners, including the 8-course “Delight in the Year of the Goat” and 10-course “New Year of Fortune”, will be offered to satisfy differing taste palates for 6 persons or more, priced at HK$2,388 and HK$2,688 respectively. The family tradition of this celebratory dinner starts off with the Prosperity Sustainable Seafood and Shredded Vegetables “Lo Hei”, a New Year tradition popular amongst the Southeast Asian countries. The dish is traditionally served with a multitude of different ingredients such as salmon sashimi, cucumber, white radish, carrots, green noodle salad, picked ginger, white cabbage and vermicelli. This year, Ocean Park is recreating its own twist to this dish with the addition of sustainable seafood. The Prosperity Sustainable Seafood and Vegetables “Lo Hei”, including a medley of smoked salmon, lobster, abalone and scallops, will be highlighted in the “Delight in the Year of the Goat” and “New Year of Fortune” set dinners, available at Neptune’s Restaurant.
Both set dinner will also feature some gourmet dishes, including a Gratinated Half Lobster with Truffle Sauce and Braised South Australian Abalone & Sea Cucumber, indulgently served on a bed of vegetables in a basket. Next on the menu is a hearty soup - Double-boiled Australian Black Chicken Consommé with Australian Mud Whelk and US Ginseng. Steamed Garoupa Fillet, Yunnan Ham & Black Mushrooms, rich in layers and texture, is a must for any Chinese celebration. Presented next will be Bird’s Nests Stuffed Bean Curd Pastries with Vegetables and Mushroom Brunoise. These deliciously playful pouches are tied with a string of vegetable, sending abundance of blessings towards loved ones. Everyone loves the Deep Fried Crispy Chicken with Ohba Leaves, served with a side of conpoy and abalone sauce. The refreshing combination of the Inaniwa Udon with Western Australia Blue Swimmer Crabmeat and Crab Roe in Soup brings the taste buds to new heights. Delicately made dessert, House of Wealth and Fortune, is served to mark the ending to this exquisite meal. A baked sago & mango pudding, served and baked in a baby pumpkin, decorated with sheep made from marshmallows and sponge cake will sweeten the evening.
Apart from the above dishes, the “Delight in the Year of the Goat” set dinner also includes a themed dish, Wok-seared Australian Lamb Chops or Beef Filet with Scallion in Supreme Soy Sauce. The Chinese New Year menus will be offered from 19 February to 1 March, 2015.
To find out more about spending Valentine’s Day or Chinese New Year in Ocean Park, please call 3923-2323 or visit www.oceanpark.com.hk.
To further indulge guests in the festivity, Ocean Park also offers a variety of retail merchandises and gifts, including must-have items for Chinese New Year such as windmills and cookie gift sets, as well as T-shirts and key chains etc. All merchandises are themed with adorable koalas, in celebration of the soon-opening new attraction, Adventures in Australia.