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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And, for something completely different…
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.
Single? Spurned? Don’t stay home…
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.
For more information and to book visit www.cinnamon-kitchen.com/Anise