|Dark and white chocolate mousse cake with passion fruit and raspberry puree served at T-Bazaar, Traders Hotel in Beijing. Provided to China Daily|
Lovers who love food should consider enjoying the candlelit Valentine's Day dinner for two offered by Traders Hotel's T-Bazaar for 858 yuan net ($136).
Malaysian executive chef Lim Wei Bing prepares pan-fried Norwegian codfish with mushroom sauce, paired with egg white fried rice.
A better value-for-money option is the 180-gram Australian wagyu beef tenderloin with black truffle sauce served with seasonal vegetables and gratin dauphinois.
The wagyu beef alone would cost nearly 1,000 yuan at most up-market restaurants. But here you can get two helpings for less than that.
T-Bazaar's Valentine's Day dinner features four courses.
The set menu starts with salmon timbale with avocado salad and salmon roe, followed by cream of asparagus and capsicum soup with focaccia mushroom toast. Mango sorbet cleans the palate.
The dessert is a dark and white chocolate mousse cake with passion fruit and raspberry puree.
The mousse isn't overly rich, as the set menu has been designed to be light, healthy and unsophisticated.
Lim came to the hotel last November from Malaysia.
His last post was as executive sous chef at the Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu.
His specialties are Western and Southeast Asian cuisines.
The restaurant serves some of Beijing's best char kway teow (fried flat rice noodles). The average bill is around 80 yuan per head.
T-Bazaar will decorate its tables next to the windows with beautiful purple gauze and candles. Customers will also receive a pair of porcelain babies to take home.
To imbibe with dinner, they'll get a free welcome cocktail, followed by free flows of imported wine and Tsingtao beer for two hours.
The hotel also offers a Valentine's Day package that includes one night's stay at a business suit, the same dinner for two from T-Bazaar served inside the room, a bottle of sparkling French wine, a rose and a box of chocolates. The package costs 1,988 yuan net per couple.