From the Michelin-starred to the comforting and classic, Absolutely picks the best Valentine’s Day menus to indulge in over the romantic weekend
Words Jada De Cinque
Sparks will fly over these Valentine’s Day menus
Everyone knows the stress that comes with selecting food from a delicious menu, so take away the hardship this Valentine’s Day. Go with one of these pre-planned Valentine’s Day menus so all you have to worry about is enjoying each other’s company.
Experience atmospheric heights and an intimate setting at The Aviary rooftop restaurant and bar. Located 10 floors up, couples can enjoy stunning views of the skyline, star-lit igloos for two and a delicious four-course Valentine’s menu, featuring dishes such as butter poached lobster with saffron, Scottish salmon tartare with wasabi and avocado and a sharing sirloin steak with hand cut chips. Decadent desserts include a baked rhubarb cheesecake for two with pink champagne jelly and chocolate caramel délice with peanut brittle. Top off your evening meal with Aviary’s signature Valentine’s cocktail – a tempting punchy peppered tipple made with love.
Four-course set dinner menu £85 per person, available on 14 February. Valentine’s igloo packages with food and drink are available from £285; Igloos can be booked throughout February.
Love is in the air at Rüya where couples can indulge in an exclusive menu for lunch or dinner and delight in the restaurant’s romantic ambience. Enjoy authentic Eastern classics like butter-poached lobster served with toasted simit and chilli oil, traditional gözleme flatbreads and a delicious dark chocolate and salted caramel kibbeh topped with dark chocolate sorbet. Toast the occasion with bespoke sharing cocktails for him and her.
14 – 17 February
This year, Aqua shard has prepared a delicious selection of specifically curated dishes to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Primely located on the 31st floor of The Shard, couples can admire London’s stunning skyline while enjoying a luxurious six-course menu. The evening begins with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, before commencing with a feast of poached oysters over dry ice with Champagne and sea herb consommé and turbot with lobster brandade and lovage emulsion, or a fennel mousse with a dill, Champagne and sea herb consommé. This is followed with succulent poached peaches with saffron and chantilly cream.
Priced at £95 for six courses with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne on arrival, or £120 for accompanying wine pairings.
Angelina Restaurant & Bar
The intimate Angelina Restaurant takes its diners on an exploration into Japanese and Italian cuisines, cultures and influences. The new eatery will open its doors this Valentine’s Day with a pre-opening soft launch. The restaurant’s hidden drinking den Golden Gai, is inspired by Tokyo’s famous Shinjuku district and seats just six people, making it one of London’s smallest bars. Expect cocktails to flow in this low-lit hideaway where guests are asked to leave phones at the door. Tuck into a menu that features a blend of Japanese small plates and flavoursome Italian dishes, all superbly paired with wine or beer.
14 – 17 February. Offering loved up diners 50% off their food bill.
Galvin La Chapelle
Experience the opulence of French cuisine with a Valentine’s Day menu to remember at the French Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle. With a glass of Galvin Grande Réserve Brut Champagne in hand, guests will start with a terrine of foie gras served with burnt orange, granola and toasted brioche, before tucking into a main of poached Cornish halibut, fresh linguine, shellfish and basil emulsion. The meal is finished with a tasty Valrhona Manjari chocolate pavé topped with blood orange sorbet.
14 – 16 February. The three-course menu is priced at £125 per person and includes Champagne and canapés to start and after-dinner coffee with handmade chocolates and macaroons.
Chefs at Galvin HOP have created a delicious five-course menu featuring Dorset blue lobster in a consommé with sea herbs and fennel, fillet and short rib of belted Galloway beef with truffle and potato terrine and a Bordelaise sauce and a warm chocolate tart with Baileys ice cream and honeycomb. Delicious.
14 – 16 February, £49 per person
Adam Handling The Frog Restaurants
Valentine’s Day, whether you’ll be spoiling special someone or celebrating with a group of friends, Frog by Adam Handling and The Frog Hoxton will be showcasing three different one-off tasting menus that are guaranteed to impress. Highlight from the exclusive eight-course tasting menu include Fresh oysters, mushroom agnolotti, bone marrow, black garlic and a dessert of rhubarb, juniper and crème fraiche.
For a Valentine’s Day celebration with friends, look no further than Frog by Adam Handling’s private dining room, The Library, offering an unforgettable Anti-Valentine’s evening. Singles and friends can indulge in a six-course tasting menu alongside a shot of tequila. On the menu is cod with smoked eel, brown shrimp and kohlrabi and a lamb wellington with carrot, mint.
14 February. Eight-course menu £110 per person; six-course menu £70 per person.
If its aphrodisiacs you’re after, Sardine has the answer. On the menu at the romantic French restaurant are raw oysters and veal chops smothered in truffle butter. The pièce de résistance? A tarte tatin baked to order for two to share.
Set in the iconic Somerset House, Spring Restaurant will kick off Valentine’s Day celebrations with a delicious candied rose petal bellini. From here, couples will dine on romantic specials including mouthwatering oysters served with a horseradish crème fraiche and rhubarb batons and a sumptuous Baked Alaska for two.
Couples dining on Craft’s romantic tasting menu will enjoy an exquisite curry salt scallop, a tasty crab veloute and Tokyo turnip with squid ink. The night will end on a sweet note with a sweet and scrumptious Pump Street chocolate mousse, served with smoked bacon ice cream, hazelnut and orange.
£48 per person
Art Yard Bar & Kitchen
Head Chef Lee Streeton at Art Yard Bar & Kitchen has created a range of dishes perfect for sharing with a loved one this Valentine’s Day. Each is packed with flavourful fresh and vibrant ingredients. Feast on a whole baked turbot with fennel and tomatoes and finish with a white chocolate bomb with Yorkshire rhubarb.
Sharing mains prices at £60 for two people
Dine in a charming romantic oasis at Bloomsbury’s infamous Dalloway Terrace this Valentine’s Day. Guests are able to fully embrace Valentine’s Day with Dalloway Terrace’s exclusive menu, designed especially to be enjoyed with your loved one. Highlights of the sumptuous menu include Braised Oxtail to start, followed by choices including Classic Beef Wellington served with creamed mashed potato, seasonal vegetables drained in red wine jus and and Pan Fried Black Bream topped with toasted almonds, beautifully served in brown shrimp butter and broccoli puree.
To complete this romantic meal, desserts will be served for two with couples able to share indulgent delights such as Chocolate & Chilli Fondue served with glistening seasonal fruits and berries, marshmallows and cheesecake bites and Passionfruit and Strawberry Flamed Alaska complete with custard and rum.
£75 per person including a glass of Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut Champagne, guests are invited to treat themselves to Native Oysters; 6 for £18 or 12 for £36 dallowayterrace.com