From romantic oyster and champagne combos to vegan menus, detox menus, red meat for the red blooded and even a cheese-lover’s dream, The Resident picks out some of London’s best Valentine’s Day menus…
Lead image: Café Forty One at La Suite West Hotel
1 Mexican Seduction at Ella Canta, Park Lane
Ella Canta, the contemporary Mexican restaurant on Park Lane, is offering a five-course Mexican Seduction tasting menu in celebration of El Día de San Valentín (as one says in Mexico). Be seduced by Mexico’s enchanting stories of beauty and love, told through Chef Martha Ortiz‘s expressive dishes. The menu (£65pp including a Mexican Seduction cocktail) features the likes of naughty deviled shrimps and mezcal mayonnaise, roasted fennel and leek with elegant almond mole and caviar, lamb mixiote with aphrodisiac spices and healthy-heart cactus, beef cheek with tomatillo, as well as bubbling hot chocolate with Xtabentún ice cream for dessert. Available 7-16 February, with a DJ every Friday and Saturday evening.
One Hamilton Place, Park Lane W1J 7QY; ellacanta.com
2 Galvin La Chapelle’s Valentine’s Menu, Spitalfields
Regarded as one of London’s most romantic restaurants, Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle is perfect for a Valentine’s dinner date. Jeff Galvin has designed an exquisite three-course Valentine’s Day menu (£125pp) book-ended with champagne and canapes to start and coffee with handmade chocolates and macaroons to finish. In between you can choose from the likes of vavioli of Dorset blue lobster and velouté of Jerusalem artichoke with truffle to start; tea-smoked Cumbrian beef fillet with pommes Anna and cêpe purée, or roast loin of Highland venison for the main course; and Crimson Yorkshire rhubarb soufflé or Valrhona Manjari chocolate Pavé, blood orange sorbet for dessert. Available 14-16 February 2019 for dinner.
35 Spital Square, the City E1 6DY; galvinrestaurants.com
Enjoy a three Michelin-starred experience at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester with Executive Chef Jean-Philippe Blondet’s enchanting five-course menu. Available exclusively on 14 February 2019 for dinner, the menu priced £225pp with a glass of rosé champagne, features dishes such as hand-dived sea scallop with bergamot and seaweed; confit duck foie gras with rose-pickled vegetables and native lobster with heritage beetroot. For dessert there’s A Heart For Two to share. Alternatively, the Valentine’s menu can be enjoyed with a bottle of 2008 Champagne Delamotte Blanc de blancs and two five-course bespoke menus priced at £590 for two guests (limited availability). You can also book the most romantic table in London, Table Lumière, which is cocooned by 4,500 shimmering lights.
The Dorchester, Park Lane W1K 1QA; alainducasse-dorchester.com
4 Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill Oyster Valentine’s Menu, Mayfair
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, just off Regent’s Street, celebrated its centenary in 2016, so this is a restaurant of both style and substance – perfect for those who want a flawless Valentine’s date night. Bentley’s is serving a three-course Valentine’s Day menu for £90pp, complete with the Chef’s selection of canapes to start. To start, you can choose from Crisp Cheeks of Monkfish with Bois Boudran Sauce and Lasagna of Lobster with Langoustine, Scallops & Prawns to Share. For the main course, choices include Pan Seared Scallops with Blood Orange, Salsify & Brown Shrimp Butter, and Ricotta Gnocchi with Pumpkin, Parmesan & Roasted Grelots. For dessert, there’s Caramelised Banana with Spiced Bread & Burnt Almond Ice Cream, Vanilla Panna Cotta with Ginger Bread & Spiced Rhubarb, and more, followed by British & Irish cheeses.
11-15 Swallow Street, Mayfair W1B 4DG; bentleys.org
5 Valentine’s Day Special at Corrigan’s Mayfair
Corrigan’s Mayfair is celebrating the most romantic day of the year with a six-course tasting menu for £135pp. You’ll start with Chef’s Canapés, followed by Foie Gras Torchon with Pink Lady Apples Compoté; Roast Orkney Scallops with Pork Belly, Cauliflower and Lemon Balm; Wild Sea Bass with Squid Ink & Chorizo Risotto and Black Truffle; and Lake District Venison en Croute. For dessert, there’s Milk Chocolate Mousse with Rose Blossom Sorbet, followed by a cheese course. Available on 14 February only. Wine-pairing is available for an additional £99pp, and you can also choose from three different floral arrangements: corrigansmayfair.co.uk
Wine and dine your beloved with a delicious limited-edition, six course menu at Great British Restaurant (GBR) at DUKES LONDON. The menu, priced £60pp, starts with Scottish Langoustine Broth, followed by Loch Duart Gin Cured Salmon or Confit Gressingham Duck Leg Terrine. Next up is Grass Fed Fillet of Beef with Ox Cheek Braised in Red Wine, or Chalk Stream Trout with Mussels and Saffron Potatoes. Then you’ll be served up ‘Egg & Soldiers’, before a dessert of Dark Chocolate and Strawberries to share. Add a wine pairing for £45pp, or to a Valentine’s Day package including a one or two-night stay. For £585, enjoy a night in a DUKES Room with breakfast, strawberries dipped in chocolate, a red rose and six-course set menu at GBR with a bottle of wine on 14 February. For £985, you can enjoy a two-night stay with the same treats between 13-16 February.
35 St James’s Place SW1A 1NY; dukeshotel.com
7 Gatsby With Love at The London Cabaret Club
The London Cabaret Club is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a 1920s love story extravaganza, A Gatsby With Love, accompanied by a delicious dinner menu featuring oysters, Scottish smoked salmon, caviar blinis and roast rack of lamb. Taking place at The Bloomsbury Ballroom, the show will transport you back to the Roaring 20s to relive Scott Fitzgerald’s most memorable love story through an immersive cabaret dining experience. The evening will be filled with expert illusionists, distinguished singers and skillful acrobats. Choose from one of three tailor-made Gatsby With Love Valentine’s Dinner & Show packages, ranging from £105pp to £295pp.
The Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square WC1B 4DA; thelondoncabaretclub.com
8 Vegan Valentines at Café Forty One, Hyde Park
Café Forty One at La Suite West Hotel has introduced new romantic experiences for Valentine’s Day 2019, including a vegan afternoon tea and a pop-up dinner, both of which can be paired with a romantic overnight stay. As the first vegan French patisserie in London, Café Forty One has created an afternoon tea that defies the normal perception of vegan food, with decadent sandwiches, scones and cakes, non-alcoholic fizz and loose-leaf teas. Add an stay in a Junior Suite, complete with rose petals, an Early Vegan full English breakfast for £232 for two people. Alternatively, opt for the Valentine’s Pop-Up Evening Restaurant Dinner for £35pp, with a three-course meal and glass of non-alcoholic fizz (available on Thursday 14, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 February 2019).
41-51 Inverness Terrace, Hyde Park W2 3JN; lasuitewest.com
Greg Marchand’s modern French brasserie, Frenchie, is offering a five-course tasting menu for Valentine’s Day. You’ll be treated to champagne and canapes on arrival, followed by starters of smoked arctic char tartar with kohlrabi, bergamot, chive sabayon and sturia caviar; Scottish diver scallops with blood orange, broccoli and sobrasada; and then Huntsham Court Farm sirloin with black truffle, potato terrine, champagne shallots and beef jus. A vegetarian tasting menu is also available, featuring salisfy tagliatelle with Keens cheddar and potato raviolo with black truffle and parmesan foam. For dessert it’s Greg’s baked Alaska with chocolate, mint and chartreuse. £90pp (£80 for vegetarians), with wine pairing for an additional £50.
16 Henrietta Street WC2E 8QH; frenchiecoventgarden.com
10 Valentine’s Day Omakase at Nobu
Nobu London and Nobu Berkeley St are serving a Valentine’s Day Omakase menu for dinner on 14 February. Meaning ‘I’ll leave it up to you’, the Okamase menu is chosen for you by the chef. Specially curated by Executive Chef Mark Edwards, diners at Nobu London can feast on a nine-course menu of elegant dishes of Yellowtail Taquitos, Nobu Sushi, Pan Seared Lobster with Quinoa Salad and Lobster Miso, and Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Yuzu and Fresh Truffles. Diners at Nobu Berkeley St can enjoy Grilled Chilean Seabass with Champagne Yuzu Miso, and Charcoal Roasted Rib Eye with Baked Eryngii Mushrooms. For vegetarians, there’s a nine-course repast with dishes like Vegetable Taquitos, Tofu Toban Yaki and Hot Ceviche Noodles. £100pp (vegetarian menu £70pp).
19 Old Park Lane W1K 1LB & 15 Berkeley Street W1J 8DY; noburestaurants.com
11 Week of Love of at The Rubens, Westminster
During The Rubens Week of Love, running from 11-17 February, you can spend time in three of the hotel’s decadent areas – The Leopard Bar, The English Grill and The New York Bar – all as part of one romantic dining experience. Start your evening with champagne in The Leopard Bar, before dinner in the hotel’s flagship restaurant, The English Grill, featuring dishes such as Jasmine Tea Smoked Duck or Orkney King Scallops to start, and Grass Fed Rib Eye Steak or Potato & Beetroot Gnocchi for the main course. After dessert, retire to the New York Bar for a night cap while enjoying live music. From 5.30pm priced £80pp (or £120 with a wine flight) with a small gift included.
39 Buckingham Palace Road SW1W 0PS; rubenshotel.com
The Oratory, housed in The Milestone Hotel’s original chapel, is one of London’s most romantic dining destinations, and you can even have the place to yourself if you opt for the luxury private hire option (from £655 – to make an enquiry or book email email@example.com quoting ‘The Resident’). Here – or at the hotel’s Cheneston’s restaurant – you can enjoy a sensual six-course meal with a welcome glass of Lanson Pere Fils champagne, from £85pp. Highlights of the menu include an appetiser of Chilled Bloody Mary Soup with Whitstable Oyster and Oven-Roasted Monkfish or Tornado of Scottish Beef for the main course, as well as a Chocolate & Berry Fondue to share for dessert. You can also combine dinner with an overnight stay complete with Romantic Turndown and pink champagne. Available from 14-16 February.
1 Kensington Court W8 5DL; milestonehotel.com
13 B&H Garden Room, West End
B&H Garden Room, which opened late last year, has great views over central London and pretty-candle lit interiors that create the ideal atmosphere for Valentine’s Day dining. The seasonal brasserie style menu will feature a Valentine’s special of Beef Wellington for two, served with cauliflower cheese, buttered greens and red wine gravy for £70, as well as a Baked Passion Fruit Cheesecake for £8. The maestro mixologists have also whipped up a special Valentine’s cocktail, the Wings of Desire, which can be served as a sharing cocktail for two and combines fresh raspberries, a homemade rooibos and clove syrup and Peychaud’s bitter, served with a naughty hint of absinthe and topped with bubbles. Plus, there will also be a few other surprises on the night to create a magical evening for you and your beau.
10th floor, above Assembly Hotel, 31 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0LS; bandhgardenroom.com
14 Petersham Nurseries, Richmond & Covent Garden
Petersham Nurseries Cafe in Richmond is often described as one of the most romantic restaurants in London, and its urban offshoot in Covent Garden, where Floral Court will be transformed into an ethereal garden, is equally magical. In Richmond, there will be Valentine’s Supperclubs on 14 and 15 February, with a set menu for £80 (or £120 with wine pairings) including a bellini and appetiser on arrival). In Covent Garden, you can choose between two Valentine’s menus. La Goccia, which serves Italian aperitivo and small plates known as ‘cicchetti’, is offering four courses for £45pp on 14, 15 and 16 February, where as The Petersham is offering a five courses for £75pp or £155 with wine pairing.
Church Lane, Off Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 7AB & 1-2 Floral Court WC2E 9FB; petershamnurseries.com
15 The Boundary Project, Shoreditch
The Boundary Project on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch is offering a bespoke dining experience across its multi-tiered venue this Valentine’s Day. Priced at £95 per person, the evening will start with canapes and aphrodisiac-based cocktails in the low lit subterranean space and bar, The Vault, before a candlelit five-course dinner in the heated Glass Orangery on the venue’s enchanting winter rooftop. Enjoy the likes of robata grilled 35-day aged côte de boeuf with celeriac, parmesan and truffle for two to share, or pan-seared wild sea bass with Jerusalem artichoke, while taking in panoramic views of east London. You can even check into one of their designer suites to make a real night of it.
2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch E2 7DD; boundary.london
16 Oblix at The Shard
Contemporary restaurant Oblix at the Shard, located on level 32 of London’s tallest skyscraper, is offering a four-course Valentine’s Menu with complimentary English sparkling rosé on arrival. The menu, priced at £82 per person, features dishes such as Crab Salad, Citrus Crème Fraiche and Oscietra Caviar to start; followed by the likes of Whole Lobster with Lemon Verbena & Garlic Butter, lamb chops with harissa and yoghurt or tenderstem broccoli with preserved lemon & chilli. For dessert there’s a ‘sharing is caring’ dessert of Raspberry Macaron, Exotic Fruit Mousse and Pink Champagne Jelly. Wine pairing is available for an additional £60 per person.
Level 32, The Shard, Thomas Street, London Bridge SE1 9RY; oblixrestaurant.com
17 Riding House Cafe & Village East, Fitzrovia & Bermondsey
Riding House Café in Fitzrovia and its sister restaurant, Village East in Bermondsey, have created a Valentine’s Day set menu – perfect if you have an indecisive date! Priced £90 for two, the indulgent menu starts with confit duck croquettes and pea hummus, followed by a 28-day aged 30oz Côte de Boeuf to share, along with sides of chips, confit tomatoes, watercress and Béarnaise sauce. For dessert there’s a raspberry and white chocolate tart.
Rail House Café, 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, Victoria SW1E 5DJ; railhouse.cafe
Riding House Café, 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia W1W 7PQ; villageeast.co.uk
Village East, 171-173 Bermondsey Street SE1 3UW; ridinghouse.cafe
18 Wright Brothers, Battersea
Seafood experts Wright Brothers are hosting a special oyster masterclass and champagne tasting for couples on 14 February (£70pp). Enjoy a selection of natural, dressed and cooked oysters served alongside a perfectly paired champagne flight from Piper-Heidsieck. You and your date will then dine on a sharing dish of roasted Brixham hake and tempting chocolate bombes at a cosy table for two. Wright Brothers will also be gifting couples tickets for the Thames Clippers river boat (available upon request) so that you can arrive in style. The restaurant also offers a Full House seafood platter for two to enjoy at home. Priced £68, including a bottle of Fiol Prosecco and a cocktail mix, you can click and collect from any Wright Brothers restaurant (delivery exclusive to Battersea, Spitalfields and South Kensington) from 11-17 February.
26 Circus West Village, Battersea SW8 4NN; thewrightbrothers.co.uk
19 Farzi Café, Haymarket
The new Farzi Café is marking its first Valentine’s Day with a sensory adventure that fuses both traditional and futuristic Indian cuisine. On 14 February, an extraordinary set menu will present London’s lovers with a choice of starters – chicken wings masala rub to share or small plates like madras pepper prawns aerated thayir satham, and mains including lobster and mussels moilee with gun powder mash, and masala wagyu cottage pie with purple potato mash. You can also choose from two libido-boosting cocktails (available from 11-17 February) – Pitta’s Passion with Heering cherry liqueur, passion fruit liqueur, lime juice and spiced homemade ice-cream, and the Aromatic Collins, a twist on a classic using fragrant Apothecary gin, rose cordial, tonic, ginger, cardamom and pimento berries. £60 per head including sides, dessert and a chocolate selection (cocktails £10 each).
8 Haymarket SW1Y 4BP; farzilondon.com
20 Hotel Indigo, Leicester Square
Perched nine stories above Leicester Square with a floor-to-ceiling glass and a wrap-around balcony, Hotel Indigo’s rooftop restaurant and bar is certainly one to impress your date. For Valentine’s Day with a view of London’s skyline, you can book a three-course dinner and a cocktail for £65pp. Choose from a Kiss of Passion, Flirtini or Pucker Up cocktail, followed by three courses including the likes of sharing platter of lobster tail with lemon and dill mayonnaise, smoked salmon, cream cheese, caviar and toasted rye bread to start, and main courses of cannon of lamb with gratin of baby leeks, or smoked fillet of beef with oxtail sauce, Savoy cabbage and chanterelles. For desert, the chocolate decadence to share – with champagne chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache, cocoa nibs, aerated raspberry sponge, meringue shards and Prosecco sorbet – sounds wonderful.
1 Leicester Square WC2H 7NA. To book see designmynight.com
21 Lima London (Fitzrovia) & Floral at Lima (Covent Garden)
Bring some South American style to your Valentine’s Day celebrations with a special menu at Floral at Lima and Lima London. Each menu is specially curated to bring you a range of flavourful and exciting tastes of Peru. At Lima London, try the chef’s selection of seven dishes to share, including Vegetable Chifa, Miso Black Cod & Prawn, Suckling Pig, and Chirimoya & Strawberries with a glass of prosecco and coffee (£60 per person). At Floral at Lima, the chef’s menu of eight dishes to share will include Grilled King Prawns with Cusco corn and sweet aji sauce, and Warm Asparagus Salad with Charred potatoes, giant corn and chalaca, plus a glass of prosecco (£40 per person). There’s also a special Valentines cocktail on offer, the Evita, made with Vanilla Pisco, passionfruit, mango, rose syrup & prosecco for £9.
31 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia W1T 1JH & 14 Garrick Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9BJ; limalondongroup.com
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