We Heart Valentines 2018

by Newsdesk - Saturday February 10, 2018 2:02 pm

Looking to get loved  up on Valentine's Day? Then we have a few heartfelt suggestions for you.

Café Pacifico 

The country’s oldest Mexican restaurant Café Pacifico located in one of London’s most romantic settings, Covent Garden.

Turning up the heat up this Valentine’s Day Café Pacifico will be launching a Valentine’s Day specials menu that spice lovers will adore. Showcasing the finest in authentic Mexican food and all for just £20 for two courses, these enticing dishes include Hake Bites served with fresh avocado and chilli mousse, pomegranate and edible flowers. Following this diners can tuck into a Fillet of Beef Gratinado severed with garlic mushrooms and a bed of cactus leaves and roasted

Benares

Benares is offering a six-course Tasting Menu from Chef Atul Kochhar, priced at £115 per person. Price includes a glass of organic Drappier Champagne on arrival and handmade chocolates to take home.

The six-course tasting menu will start with pan-seared scallop and spiced root veg, and works up to the chargrilled Scottish salmon, tandoori lamb cutlets and slow-roasted rump of British lamb.

As per the Benares Valentine’s Day tradition, all ladies will receive a luxury red rose and handmade chocolates.

There will also be a two and three-course prix-fixe menu to mark this romantic occasion from £61 respectively.

www.benaresrestaurant.com

The Piano Works in Farringdon 

This Valentine’s Day, say it with a song at The Piano Works in Farringdon with the special Drunk in Love menu. Let Love Lift You Up Where You Belong, with the sound of two piano vocalists and accompanying musicians dedicated to playing only audience requested songs throughout the night – so you choose the soundtrack to your date.

It's a night of rhythmic romance and a three-course meal with a glass of pink sparkling wine for just £40pp.

Starters include: spiced sweet potato and butternut squash soup, tuna carpaccio with a mango and chili salsa or wild mushroom and cream cheese bruschetta with parmesan spinach and truffle oil. Mains feature pan roasted salmon topped with a horseradish crumble and creamy mash or venison in red wine jus, with mash potato and a broccoli and stilton purée.

Desserts include the sharing fruit platter with yoghurt covered strawberry skewers and warm chocolate sauce; and a chocolate board of triple chocolate mousse, chocolate mandarin, Belgium chocolate truffle and a chocolate box.

To book your evening at The Piano Works and for full menu options please visit  pianoworks.bar/valentinesday.

Bala Baya

Tel Aviv inspired restaurant, Bala Baya are introducing a special menu for Valentines Day. The menu will be £42 per person and all dishes to be shared.  

If guests pre book, they can also get a bottle for champagne with this set menu for £50 (instead of usual £60).

Sharing Mains

Kebab dumplings

Mediterranean sea bowl

Crispy sticky crunchy

Sides

Cauliflower

Aubergine

Dessert

Chocolate kiss (To be shared in between a kiss)

IN A LOVE BUBBLE

A soft gooey base with pistachio, then Turkish delight and marshmallow all covered with a thin chocolate dome served with a crumble. Decadent hot chocolate sauce will be poured all over it at the table so it melts.  

www.balabaya.co.uk/

Gelupo

Gelupo, Jacob Kenedy’s highly acclaimed artisan gelateria in Soho, will create a special Valentine’s Day collection, for couples, families, friends and singles alike. A selection of elegantly-crafted tempting treats all based around the flavours of the Rose, will be on offer over the romantic period, from 8th to 15th February.

The flavours will include White Chocolate & Rose Petal Ripple for those with a sweeter tooth, a Dark Chocolate, Rose Water & Cardamom gelato with a spicy kick, and Halwa, both a sweet and buttery gelato made from sesame. An unusual match of Coffee & Rose and finally a Middle Eastern inspired, Pistachio & Rose will feature.

The flavours will see a marriage of enticing pink swirls, rich and creamy chocolate, intense flavoursome cardamom and a velvet-like espresso with the subtle aromatic rose water.

In a nod to Soho’s energetic charm, the handsome gelatos will be joined by a selection of equally delicious treats, as Gelupo extend their romantic range to their special bakes, including a beautiful Torta Della Rosa and an Italian delight, Amaretti Bonet for those who like to share with their loved one.

www.gelupo.com

Carluccio's

Love at Carluccio’s means choosing three courses from Carluccio’s Menu Amore, available from 8 – 14th February for just £22.95 per person.

Starters include a dish of tortelloni filled with beetroot and ricotta, served in a creamy goat’s cheese and poppy seed sauce, topped with crushed walnuts; as well as an antipasto sharing board with Italian charcuterie and cheese, roasted peppers with garlic tomato and onion, marinated mint and garlic green beans, olives and freshly baked focaccia bread.

Moving onto mains, half a lobster tail comes atop pasta tossed in buttery tomato, chili and white wine sauce, or opt for Ossobuco alla Milanese, a British rose veal shank braised in red wine, tomato and orange zest sauce served with saffron risotto.

For dessert, a chocolate dessert board laden with treats of Carluccio’s Italian deli favourites, slices of chocolate and hazelnut tarocco, gianduiotti, cacao biscotti, truffles and chocolate dipped strawberries.

www.carluccios.com

aqua shard X Aspinal

This Valentine’s Day celebrate in aqua shard. Located on the 31st floor of The Shard, guests can admire the beautiful London skyline as they enjoy aqua shard’s bespoke Valentine’s Day menu.

The menu will include:

Seared Portknockie scallops

Fillet of Hereford beef wellington to share with heritage carrots, rainbow kale drizzled in a shallot & tarragon jus

Deconstructed black forest.

Locally sourced cheese board from Neal’s Yard.

To make the evening even more memorable, aqua shard has partnered with luxury leather goods designers Aspinal for one night only. Those who opt for the Valentine’s menu will receive a stylish card holder, in a choice of black or red. A dedicated embosser will be on hand throughout the evening from 6pm - 10pm, to personalise the gifts.

Aqua shard’s Valentine’s Day menu will be priced at £85 per person which includes four courses and a glass of Ruinart Rose Champagne on arrival; and £95 per person to include the Aspinal card holder.

Guests will also have the chance to book the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Package which will include a personalised menu, leather The Red Velvet Lottie bag (ladies) or Mount Street Bag (gentlemen), and an overnight stay at the Shangri-La hotel.

Hotel Cafe Royal

This year, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, Hotel Cafe Royal will offer an exclusive rose edition of its diptyque Afternoon Tea.

Inspired by the delicate and floral scent of roses, lauded Executive Pastry Chef Sarah Barber has created a special Rose scented menu.

Throughout the run of the Valentine’s diptyque Afternoon Tea, guests will receive a beautifully packaged special Rose candle and some lucky diners will be able to take an even sweeter experience home, as they will receive an exclusive Rose Delight limited edition candle.

The special afternoon tea is priced at £45 per person or £55 paired with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne.The Valentine’s diptyque Afternoon Tea with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne and a 190g Rose candle is priced at £75.

The Valentine’s diptyque Afternoon Tea will be available 12th - 18th February, 11:30am - 7:30pm daily.

www.hotelcaferoyal.com

Sexy Fish

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Sexy Fish with a Sekushi Amor menu.

This includes:

Scallop & caviar

Thinly sliced seabream, green chilli & lime

Crispy sweetcorn & pepper

Beef tataki & watercress

Avocado & pink shrimp & coconut

Soft shell crab & nuac cham

Melded foie gras & pork

Sushi platter

Smoked salmon

Parsnip tempura

Caramelised beef sirloin & miso

Truffled eringe mushroom

Spicy lobster miso soup

Valentine dessert

Chocolate, matcha green tea & LOVE

Any guests who opt for the Valentine’s Day menu with receive a complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot vintage. Sexy Fish will be decked out to the max with love inspired decorations with a neon light installation, and red heart balloons filling the room. Sexy Fish’s Valentine’s Day menu will be available from Friday 9th Feb - Wednesday 14th Feb.

www.sexyfish.com

34 Mayfair

This Valentine’s Day, 34 Mayfair has partnered with Liberty London to bring diners beautifully crafted boxes of Valentine’s Day treats.

Available as an edition of 50, the two boxes have been specially designed using an Elysian Paradise print from the archives. The oriental floral design includes exotic birds among branches of chrysanthemums and blossom and has been used with a gold emboss.

Box One retails for £65.00 (worth £80) and contains a Liberty London Iphis print notebook and heart patch.  

Box two retails for £230.00 (worth £285) and contains a Liberty London Ianthe silk scarf, red Iphis travel card and heart patch.

34 Mayfair has also hidden four shiney golden tickets within the fifty boxes, giving any guests a chance to win a three course dinner for two and bottle of champagne.

The Liberty London Valentines boxes will be available to buy in store and online from 24th January until stocks last.

Chucs

Take a trip to the Italian Riviera this Valentine’s Day with Italian staple Chucs. Located in Westbourne Grove, this cosy hideaway is perfect for an evening of romance.

Enjoy traditional Italian dishes with Chucs special Valentine’s Day cocktail, Sweet Valentine:

Ketel One vodka

Cocchi Rosa

Cointreau

lime juice

cranberry juice

grenadine

topped with champagne

aqua nueva

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Spanish feast from aqua nueva.

aqua nueva’s Valentine’s Day menu is a six course menu and includes:

A glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival

Guijuelo Iberian Ham, crystal bread and Arbequina olive oil

Hand dived scallop ceviche with cucumber, avocado and black caviar

Grilled baby purple artichokes, fennel and Gordal olive vinaigrette

Galician beef fillet with pan fried ceps and chimichurri salsa

Dark chocolate and cherry tart with Marcona almond ice cream

Petit Fours

The Valentine’s Day menu is £80 pp and is only available on the 14th February.

aquanueva.co.uk

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