Subcontinental Seduction: Valentine’s Day dining destinations

Devnaa box

A lack of skill in the kitchen (or simply a sheer disinclination to end up sweaty, messy and exhausted before any hint of romance has even been suggested) may well preclude you from capturing your intended amore’s heart with a heavenly home-cooked feast. Indulge the both of you by reserving a romantic rendezvous at one of these restaurants, then- fingers crossed the food isn’t the only thing that gets a bit spicy…

La Porte des Indes

A lovely, nostalgic venue for a tryst, and the French-influenced Pondicherry cuisine’s not too shabby, either. The Valentine’s menu is strewn with roses, dates, berries and seafood.

La Porte des Indes

La Porte des Indes Valentine’s menu costs £55pp. For more information and to book, visit www.laportedesindes.com

Carom

The cocktails are a big lure at Soho’s Carom- as are the bazaar ambience, the included ‘Pretty Woman’ screening and the ‘Love Box’ dessert on the three-course Valentine’s menu.

Carom Love Box dessert

Carom’s Valentine’s menu costs £30pp. For more information and to book, visit www.danddlondon.com

Tamarind

Divine decadence from Tamarind with a menu packed with innovative dishes benefitting from Alfred Prasad’s subtle spicing and refined presentation. Chocolate fondant for pud, too.

Tamarind

Tamarind’s Valentine’s menu costs £72pp. For more information and to book, visit www.tamarindrestaurant.com

Zaika

Ideally located for a romantic wander in Hyde Park and boasting a rather lovely classical ambience, Zaika’s feast features a trio of prawns and their terribly wonderful chocolate mousse.

Zaika

Zaika’s Valentine’s menu costs £64pp. For more information and to book, visit www.zaika-restaurant.co.uk

Imli

A rose petal martini sets you up for seductive street food snacking in Soho- a pleasantly light banquet featuring chaat, light Malabari fish curry, and fig and ginger ice cream.

Imli restaurant

Imli’s Valentine’s menu costs £28.50pp. For more information and to book, visit www.imli.co.uk

Cinnamon Culture

Bromley may not sound romantic, but your partner will love you longtime after sampling CC’s Michelin-recommended fodder- a regal and regionally-roving feast fit for royalty.

Cinnamon Culture Meen Awadhi

Cinnamon Culture’s Valentine’s menu costs £35pp. For more information and to book, visit www.cinnamonculture.com

Cinnamon Kitchen

Chef Abdul Yaseen promises ‘sexy in the city’- drink a ‘Love Potion No. 9’; then savour spiced saddle of lamb, broccoli-walnut puffs, and banana tarte tatin with thandai ice-cream.

Cinnamon Kitchen

Cinnamon Kitchen’s Valentine’s menu costs £75pp. For more information and to book visit www.cinnamon-kitchen.com

Cinnamon Soho

‘Crazy Cupid’ has his hand in the cocktail cabinet to create a fruity aperitif- and he’s firing foodie arrows in the form of fig-stuffed fat chillies, roasted red deer and rosé brulée.

Cinnamon Soho

Cinnamon Soho’s Valentine’s menu costs £45pp. For more information and to book, visit www.cinnamon-kitchen.com/soho-home

Cinnamon Club

Aphrodisiacs abound from the poshest pantry in Vivek Singh’s bijou empire- resulting in a romantic roll-call featuring oysters, kadhai-spiced scallops and Pyrenean lamb shoulder.

Cinnamon Club

Cinnamon Club’s Valentine’s menu costs £80pp. For more information and to book, visit www.cinnamonclub.com

Mithas

Leith locals are in for tandoori quail; some sexy seafood, and rose-scented paneer with beetroot relish. Dessert is a decadent orgy of honey, white chocolate and raspberries.

Mithas

Mithas’ Valentine’s menu costs £34.95pp. For more information and to book, visit www.mithas.co.uk

Trishna

Treat your beloved to stunning coastal cuisine at Trishna, where the five-course menu with different dishes for him’n’her will no doubt necessitate a fair bit of cross-table forking.

Trishna

Trishna’s Valentine’s menu costs £65. For more information and to book, visit www.trishnalondon.com

Indian Essence

Atul Kochhar’s new venture sets the tone with a ‘High on Passion’ cocktail. Five courses of stunning food and live music follows, guaranteed to justify journeying to Petts Wood.

Indian Essence

Indian Essence’s Valentine’s menu costs £39.95. For more information and to book, visit www.indianessence.co.uk

Cafe Spice Namaste

Have an ‘Indian Love Affair’ with Cyrus Todiwala’s food. The menu features everything from bhel puri to Parsee puds, via a 21-ingredient Goan duck xacutti. Don’t miss the Omar Khayyam cocktail.

Cafe Spice Namaste

Cafe Spice Namaste’s Valentine’s menu costs from £30. For more information and to book, visit www.cafespice.co.uk

And, for something completely different…

The 1875

Based in the Menston train station, 1875 is offering couples a pre-dinner chance to ride the specially-commissioned ‘Love Train’, from which they’ll be met by canapés served by waiters in full Indian regalia and treated to three sublime courses from a personalised menu.

1875 Valentine's train

The 1875’s Valentine’s package costs £29.99, including return train travel from Ilkley to Menston. For more information and to book, visit the1875.co.uk

Single? Spurned? Don’t stay home…

Anise bar

And, for singletons and the spurned, Anise presents ‘Bitter and Twisted’- a light-hearted evening of tantalising tipples, tempting tidbits and games of Twister… with cocktails as prizes.

Anise

For more information and to book visit www.cinnamon-kitchen.com/Anise

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