With Valentine’s Day looming ever nearer, we’ve rounded up the best dinners for the big day
Almeida’s Head Chef Tommy Boland has put together an innovative bespoke Valentine’s Day tasting menu. The six-course tasting menu will take diners on a journey of the senses using only the finest seasonal ingredients with dishes appearing on the menu from Cornish mackerel, braised short rib of beef and baked blood orange cheesecake. Almeida’s main dining room is filled with natural light, enhanced by earthy, raw materials and a neutral, balanced colour palette, reflecting Chef Tommy’s food. Interesting and quirky features, complimented with contemporary design creates a sophisticated and relaxing atmosphere. The tasting menu is priced at £75 per person. To book, visit www.almeida-restaurant.co.uk
Almeida Street, N1
2. Chai Wu
Chai Wu, which opened on the fifth floor of Harrods on 18 January, has created a special set menu for Valentine’s Day. Diners can enjoy a six-course menu at the new modern Chinese restaurant created by chef Jason See Meng Hwa, and overseen by Ian Pengelley, group executive chef. Mouthwatering dishes include Ying and Yang dumplings, roasted Chilean sea bass, Beijing duck and a sumptuous white and dark chocolate fondant for dessert. Dinner is priced at £75 per person, including a glass of champagne on arrival. Sounds good? To book, check out www.chaiwu.co.uk
87-135 Brompton Road, SW1
3. Hide & Seed
The boutique hotel, The Lodge, is our idea of the perfect romantic getaway and the Putney property’s new restaurant and bar, Hide & Seed, is sure to put you in the mood for romance. The venue hosts three distinct areas: a bar, lounge and an intimate library filled with leather-bound classics and comfy armchairs in which to enjoy an aphrodisiac cocktail with homemade rainbow roots crisp on arrival. Start with Grilled asparagus, caramelized figs and fresh tomatoes cream served with walnut & chillies warm vinaigrette before moving onto mains such as Roasted salmon or Pork Tenderloin. Conclude with Hot chocolate, rose and berries. Mmmm.
52 Upper Richmond Road, SW1
4. Randall and Aubin
For a true Valentine's celebration this year, head to the heart of Soho where London institution Randall & Aubin will create the perfect romantic meal for two, with a sharing dish of hot oysters. Also known as natures own aphrodisiac, guests can enjoy Randall & Aubin's signature oysters, prepared with shrimps and bacon and cooked in a hazelnut liquor, accompanied by a glass of Pinot Grigio Blush Spumante, a fine and stylish sparkly, excellent with shellfish. Randall and Aubin was London's first French butcher shop. Opening in 1908, its clientele has included Winston Churchill and Elizabeth David, amongst many others. Jamie Poulton and Ed Baines transformed it into one of Londons most loved restaurants over 17 years ago, and it has now become renowned for serving excellent seafood, as well as and an impressive array of classic French and British dishes. Ed Baines passion for excellent, simple and delicious food is reflected in each of the dishes. The venue has retained many of its original features with the stylish additions of marble tables, antique chandeliers and a retro disco ball.
14- 16 Brewer Street, W1
5. The Wallace
Once named the most romantic location in London the Wallace Restaurant houses some of the country’s finest pieces of art and makes an ideal location to treat your loved one to a touch of Valentine’s romance. This year, The Wallace is offering a unique Valentine’s menu throughout the day on Friday 13 and Saturday 14tFebruary as well as a Valentine’s afternoon tea throughout the Valentine’s weekend. What’s more, exclusively for 2015, The Wallace is giving away complimentary Champagne! Yes you read correctly: The Wallace is offering the first five couples who share a kiss, a glass of their finest Champagne. Simply utter the words ‘we love the Wallace’ to our staff and plant a kiss on your loved ones lips and they’ll pore the Champagne. That’s not all… if you choose the Wallace Restaurant as the place to pop that oh so important question, the team will treat you to a complimentary meal. Simply show your waiter the engagement ring.
The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1