If you’re like many of us, you may have left Valentine’s Day
planning to the last minute (oops). However, there’s still hope as restaurants
across the city are offering sumptuous menus that are bound to cook up some
romance between you and your date.
Here are some suggestions for where to go for a romantic meal on February 14, 2019:
At the time of writing this article, the following restaurants still had availability but don’t delay since seatings are quickly filling up.
Executive Chef Curtis Luk at Cibo Trattoria has dreamed up the ultimate Valentine’s Day menu. It’s available à la carte, or $68 for the four course menu option. It begins with a salad of roasted beets, orange, pine nuts, baby arugula, and fontina ($15); next, is tagliolini with scampi, lemon, basil, and stracciatella ($22); the main is grilled rack of lamb with pistachio, and rapini salsa verde ($35); and to finish, there are crêpes with gianduja and coffee mascarpone ($10).
If you’re in the mood for well-crafted seasonal and ethical farm-to-table fare, Burdock Co. might be the perfect destination on February 14 (5:30pm/6:00pm seating and a 8/8:30pm seating). The menu will be omakase-style, with chef Andrea Carlson bringing to you a “parade of dishes” that will seduce your palates. Tickets are $80 per person (plus tax and gratuity).
Rocky Mountain Flatbread
A super affordable Valentine’s Day option ($30 per person, plus tax and gratuity) can be found at Rocky Mountain Flatbread. The three-course menu will be paired with chocolate pairings from Koko Monk Chocolates. The night’s meal begins with a choice between house made soup, mushroom caps, or a salad (fig and goat cheese, basil, and blackberry or a fresh herb salad). It’s paired with a Brunette Bangle chocolate (curry and coconut infused). Next up is any handcrafted traditional flatbread pizza or any featured organic pasta. This comes with a First Kiss (sour cherry and raspberry infused) chocolate. Finally, you’ll end the evening with a choice between a warm chocolate brownie, vegan apple cinnamon crumble, or baked cheesecake with gluten free toasted coconut crust. If you can’t find a sitter, kids can dine for $13.50, plus tax and gratuity (with their own Hershey kiss paired meal).
Tableau Bar Bistro
There’s something about French cuisine that exudes romance. Tableau Bar Bistro has a decadent three-course menu ($90 per person) planned that starts with a choice between a scallop, endive, and winter truffle salad and a mushroom tart with pan seared foie gras, quail egg, and winter truffle; The plats principaux consist of either local ling cod with butter poached lobster, lobster bisque, and roasted vegetables or rack of lamb with red wine jus, and roasted root vegetables and puree; a raspberry and vanilla macaron with a hint of lychee and rose, and raspberry sorbet will be a lovely and delicate finish.
Homer Street Café
The kitchen at Homer Street Café is pulling out all the stops for their three-course Valentine’s Day dinner ($70 per person). Fried chicken hearts with caviar ranch will be the opening amuse bouche. From there, it’s either whipped chicken liver and foie gras profiteroles or albacore tuna crudo with shaved radish, black olive, and caper and anchovy dressing. The mains are a tempting dilemma between smoked duck breast with black garlic glazed carrots, roasted cipollini, savoury duck confit farrotto, and natural jus; and crab crusted beef striploin with rotisserie potato, creamed kale and vegetable medley, béarnaise sauce, and peppercorn jus. Dessert is either baked brie for two with fruit and nut crostini, honey, and fresh fruit; or a whipped chocolate ganache tartlet with salted caramel, cacao nib, and honey comb.
H Tasting Lounge
For some old school romance for your taste buds, chef Alex Mok at H Tasting Lounge has crafted a “Fly Me To the Moon” themed menu ($180 per couple, plus tax and gratuities). The playful menu is an inspired by travel across land, sea, and air, beginning with TAXI, a baked Fanny Bay oyster with butter-sautéed wild mushroom and celery, aburi with wasabi aioli. Next is TAKE-OFF, lobster bisque en croute with caramelized fennel and vanilla or beetroot textures with chèvre foam, mandarin gel, and candied pepitas. The IN-FLIGHT course is beef tenderloin with caramelized shallot jam, chanterelle, and sherry gastrique or Sake kasu black cod with yaki onigiri, bonito, and shiitake fondue. And, finally, LANDING consists of brandied cherry chocolate fondue for two.
There are tons of delicious options for this three course menu ($79 per person) at Italian Kitchen. There’s a glass of prosecco to start as well as crostini with white bean and truffle. Primo selections are scallops wrapped in prosciutto; truffled sunchoke soup; veal carpaccio; and panzanella caprese. For the second course, you can have lobster ravioli; truffle spaghetti and meatballs; roasted sablefish with bianco risotto; eggplant parmesan; or Canadian prime beef tenderloin. Chocolate terrine with raspberry gelato or red velvet cake are your dessert choices.