Here is our round up of places to go and treats for this Valentine’s Day weekend.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Savile Row’s Sartoria and Maserati
In celebration of Valentine’s Day weekend, Chef Patron Francesco Mazzei has created a special four course menu of indulgent dishes. Perfectly suited to the Valentine’s season and priced at £60 per head, the menu includes Charcoal diver scallops with ‘nduja and salsa verde; Lobster ravioli with truffle and Beef tagliata followed by Cupolone (chocolate dome) for dessert. For an additional £50 per person, the menu could be expertly paired with matching wines by the restaurant’s sommelier, Michael Simms. In addition, diners visiting Sartoria this period will have the rare opportunity to book a chauffeur-driven Maserati Quattroporte. This will be available for an additional charge of £50 per hour for all distances between the M25. For more information: http://www.sartoria-restaurant.co.uk/whats-on-mayfair/events/sartoria-celebrates-valentines-with-maserati/
Embrace the romance of the River Thames with Le Pont de la Tour and Thames Limo
Renowned French restaurant Le Pont de la Tour, which has recently re-launched following an extensive refurbishment, has partnered with Thames Limo, a bespoke water limousine charter service on the Thames, to offer guests the perfect alternative to a traditional proposal, engagement party, anniversary or special occasion. London’s latest water limousine, sporting the unmistakable Union Jack hull, has been especially adapted with sleek styling and elegant fitting, and will provide guests with a memorable river voyage and a stylish arrival and/or departure from Le Pont de la Tour. Upon arrival at Le Pont de la Tour, guests will be greeted with creative cocktails and a wonderful four course menu from head chef Frederick Forster. To book a table and arrange your private river cruise to or from Le Pont de La Tour, please contact Ana Afonso on 020 7940 1833 or email: email@example.com. Fees start from £700 per hour and the Thames Limo can accommodate up to 8 people. http://www.lepontdelatour.co.uk/
Hugs & Kisses Valentine’s Day cocktail at Pollen Street Social
To celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day, Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social will be mixing up a decadent Champagne cocktail with a twist, ‘Hugs & Kisses’ combines the coffee, ginger and chilli notes of Aphrodite bitters with the citrus and floral taste of Remy Martin XO. In true Pollen Street Social style, the presentation of the cocktail is as impressive as its flavour. Served in a champagne flute and garnished with a single, elegant rose petal, Hugs & Kisses is finished in front of guests with a delicate Grand Marnier Quintessence mist. Made from Grand Champagne cognac aged between 25 and 135 years and extracted using a ‘double parfum’ method to produce an incredible orange liqueur, the mist is sprayed from an ornate perfume bottle. Priced at £18, this complex and beautifully presented cocktail is the perfect way to toast to your Valentine this year. http://pollenstreetsocial.com
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Blanchette, Soho
On Valentine’s Day, the quintessentially Parisian bistro Blanchette will offer its beautifully decorated space, filled with romantically ambient lighting, good vibes and bags of charm. Blanchette will be serving the usual a la carte menu as well as some delicious specials, including a chocolate fondue. To book a table, please visit: http://www.blanchettesoho.co.uk/
Cosy and beautifully decorated, the fourth restaurant from Salt Yard Group, Ember Yard, is the perfect location for Valentine’s Day. Ember Yard takes inspiration from Spanish and Italian methods of cooking over charcoal and is located at number 60 Berwick Street (in the heart of Soho). It is a lovely two storey restaurant and bar, with an open plan kitchen on the ground floor and a cool and cosy bar on the lower ground floor. To book a table, please visit: http://emberyard.co.uk/
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Mayfair favourite Tokimeite
Situated in the heart of Mayfair, on Conduit street, the newly opened Japanese restaurant Tokimeitē will invite guests to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style with a fabulous set menu, priced at £80 per head. Highlights from the menu include Wagyu Rei Shabu – thinly sliced Wagyu shabu shabu garnished with ponzu jelly and edible flowers; a table simmered Wagyu Sukiyaki served with onion and watercress in miso dashi with a side of creamy truffle sauce and a variety of sashimi sets and sushi rolls. To book a table, please visit: www.tokimeite.com
Dirty Lovin’ Specials at Dirty Bones
This Valentine’s weekend, Dirty Bones restaurants will be offering their new Dirty Lovin’ specials, including the Sugar Daddy Cocktail (Bombay Sapphire, Cointreau, lemon, Lillet Rouge and egg white, served in a glass rimmed with popping candy and hundreds & thousands, £9.50). Guests will also be able to enjoy the Banana Toblerone-Tella Waffles (caramelised banana, Toblerone-tella, blueberry jam, peanut butter gelato, and crushed nuts served on a freshly baked waffle, £7.50) *normally only available on the weekend brunch menu! (The Sugar Daddy cocktail and Waffles will be available as a la carte features all day/evening at Carnaby from 12th-14th February, and in Kensington on evening 12th , all day 13th, and day only 14th February). www.dirty-bones.com/Valentines
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Juni, New York
This year, Michelin starred restaurant Juni will provide an intimate setting that will take guests on a fine dining journey with evolving flavours as they make their way through the exquisite Five Course Prix Fixe Menu designed by Chef Shaun Hergatt. Dishes include delicate Foie gras, hibiscus, almond dust and spice bread; Nova scotia lobster, apple puree, sea urchin and nasturtium and Rose petals, Upstate New York squab and lovage oil. Sitting discreetly in the shadows of Empire State Building and skyscrapers of Midtown, Juni offers diners the culinary experience of a lifetime with a highly technical yet deeply personal fine dining experience. To book a table, please visit: http://www.juninyc.com/
Valentine’s Day with Chambord Royale at Lanes of London
Celebrate with your loved one at Park Lane restaurant and bar, Lanes of London, and treat yourselves to a Valentine’s Afternoon Tea available on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February, featuring chocolate dipped strawberries and Chambord Macarons (£39 per person & £45 per person including a glass of Moët & Chandon), or indulge in a Valentine’s weekend set dinner menu in partnership with Chambord Royale, against unrivalled backdrops of Marble Arch and Hyde Park (£29 per person & £35 per person including a glass of Moët & Chandon).
Housed within London Marriott Hotel, Park Lane, Lanes of London is a modern British restaurant and bar. Formerly an Edwardian mansion block, the dining room and bar is an informal, modern space, complete with comfortable booths, snug inlets and private dining facilities.
Led by Blacksheep, the award winning restaurant design agency, the interiors incorporate marble, aged brass, traditional leaded glazing, racing green leather banquettes, oak and antique detailing throughout.
Valentine’s Raw Chocolate at NAMA
Perfect for wooing clean-living foodies, artisan raw food restaurant NAMA are whipping up their much-loved raw heart shaped chocolates, which for the first time can be ordered online for UK-wide delivery. Gift-givers can opt for six individual raw chocolates (£8.50) or one giant raw chocolate heart (£9.50) to express their love.
Want to make that statement a homemade one? On 9th Feb, Nama will be hosting their Valentine’s Raw Chocolate Masterclass. In this class students will learn the basics of raw chocolate making, including tempering, texturing & flavouring, and get to take away some heart shaped raw chocolates and a delicious raw heart shaped cake made with only raw & natural ingredients.
110 Talbot Road, London, W11 1JR | 020 7313 4638 | www.namafoods.com | @NamaFoods
Candy Rose cocktails at The Jones Family Project
This Valentine’s Day, The Jones Family Project, a high-quality restaurant and quirky cocktail bar in the heart of Shoreditch, will be offering a twist on the Candy Rose, mixing Koniks Tail Vodka, Belsazar rosé, strawberries, basil, sugar and Prosecco (£8).
Is there any better way to toast the most romantic day of the year, than with complimentary champagne? Fitzrovia hot-spot Percy & Founders are offering a free glass of bubbly to all lunch and dinner bookings on Sunday 14th February.
Keeping fluffy feelings flowing all the way to dessert, they are created a special Valentine’s sharing pudding. With the selection including a warm chocolate fondant, funnel cake, and a chocolate milkshake, romance might turn into a spoon fight pretty quickly…
Valentines Weekend at Christopher’s Covent Garden
Love is in the air and classic American restaurant and bar Christopher’s Covent Garden has just the tonic…
This year the art-deco inspired Martini bar will be serving limited edition Valentines cocktails, which include an aperitif, dessert and virgin. Choose from the tantalising Spiced Strawberry Kiss (Wild Turkey 101, Strawberry Liqueur, Spiced Chocolate Bitters, and Champagne), Cupid’s Perfect Martini (Crystal Head Vodka, Licor 43, Raspberry Puree, Pineapple Juice, Parfait Amour) and the non-alcoholic Lychee Lover (Lychee & Lime Juice, Strawberry & Peach Puree, Caramel Syrup). Available Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th February.
They will also be serving Valentine’s specials throughout the weekend in the iconic high-ceilinged dining room. From brunch dishes such as Valentine’s Huevos (with Black Truffle & Kale, Fried Egg, Soft Flour Tortilla, Black Bean Salsa) and Honey & Almond French Toast, (with Cherries, Honey Ice Cream) to dinner delights including ∏ Dozen Rock Oysters, Cabernet Sauvignon Vinegar, Ginger Pickled Cucumber and Wild Bass, Artichoke Cream, Piquillo Peppers, Samphire & Shaved Truffle.
Want to up the romance factor? Would-be-Romeos can order a wrapped red rose to be placed on their table on arrival (£7.50) plus each couple will get to take away a box of two Beetroot & Chocolate Macaroons on the house.
18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7DD | 020 7240 4222 | christophersgrill.com | @ChristophersWC2
J’adore PAUL this Valentine’s Day – Available 12th-14th February
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, family-run French artisan bakery and pâtisserie PAUL is serving up a slice of love this year with bespoke heart-shaped cakes, fruity pavlovas and carefully crafted bread – a real sweet affair!
PAUL’s Sweethearts (£10.95, serves 2)
Send your love in the sweetest of ways and heart-ify their favourite PAUL cake. Available to pre-order only, choose from a selection of PAUL’s most popular creations including; the beautiful Fraisier, a light Genoese sponge, crème mousse lined with strawberries and topped with pink marzipan and more fresh strawberries; Craquant, an irresistibly rich dark chocolate sponge with a thin layer of craquant and chocolate mousse; Coeur Gâteau aux Carottes, a sponge cake with grated carrots, soft cream cheese, pecan nuts and vanilla syrup and; Forêt Noire, a chocolate and Chantilly cream encased in delicate layers of chocolate sponge cake enhanced with cherries and topped with dark chocolate shavings (contains Kirsh liqueur). Individual versions of the Fraisier and Craquant are also available for £4.25.
Pavlova Fraise (£10.95, serves 2)
If you’re looking for something fruitier, berry addicts will fall in love with the PAUL pavlova. Combining crisp, chewy meringue, tropézienne (mascarpone and pastry cream) and fresh strawberries, this sweet treat is perfect for sharing between two and sure to leave you smitten.
Flute Valentines 200g (£1.50)
Not everyone has a sweet tooth so those with more savoury-loving sweethearts can let the bread do the talking. Surprise your loved one with a scrumptious heart-shaped flute baguette, the must-have accompaniment for any meal.
The PAUL Valentine’s selection is available in all PAUL shops from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th February and can be pre-ordered online* for collection from Tuesday 26th January. Home delivery only available in London (within M25).
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