While too many hotels witlessly slap the word ‘Valentine’s’ on their regular fare and pronounce it ‘romance-themed.’ A sprinkling have taken a more inventive approach. So as we gear closer to the V-day, we list out our picks for the best gourmet escapades in the city to partake in. Whether it’s about popping up the question or rekindling romance and spoiling your loved ones rotten, these hotels and restaurants should provide the backdrop to do it in style.
Wine and dine
The property has some interesting offerings that are conceptualized for D-day. At Masala Bay, there is a decadent four-course set menu coupled with a bottle of sparkling wine. Alternatively, one can make their day of love a memorable one by indulging in a bottle of sparkling wine and a delectable four-course set menu by the kitchen brigade of Ming Yang. For others, the Chambers will create an unmatched romantic atmosphere replete with a six-course menu and a bottle of champagne at skyline. A romantic date under the stars at Vista Alfresco, featuring a refined thematic buffet of unique culinary creations and two glasses of sparkling wine seems like another interesting idea.
INR 8000 +taxes per couple
Address: Bandstand Fort, BJ Road, Mount Mary, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050
Phone: 022 6668 1234
A romantic dinner at Olive under the starlit sky savoring Head Chef Rishim Sachdeva’s special selection of dishes seems quite tempting. We’ve been there, done that! So we can absolutely recommend a gourmet escapade here. There are starters such as Baked Brie, with truffle and parmesan on chocolate sourdough; and his signature Red Velvet Fried Chicken, with quinoa tabbouleh and spicy cheese sauce. For mains, options include succulent Lamb Shank, with saffron risotto; or Roast Garlic Polenta, with smoked vegetable ratatouille, amongst other options. Diners can end their meal with Pear Tart Tartin with vanilla ice cream or Strawberry Eton Mess.
Address: Olive Bar & Kitchen,
Bandra, 14, Union Park,
Khar (W), Mumbai – 400052
Phone: +91 22 4340 8229
This dim sum teahouse from London has on offer a special menu that celebrates the colour of love which is ‘Red’. Nothing like devouring a merry little meal at this swish restaurant which will dish-out favourites like Spicy Scallop Dumpling with beetroot skin or the Har Gau which is a traditionally steamed prawn dumpling or the classic Truffle Edamame Dumpling, great drinks and the decadent Raspberry Delice, we always go back for.
A Thai feast
For Thai-food lovers, Nara Thai is the hot, swanky restaurant to celebrate at. Here you can soak in the vibrant exquisiteness of age-old Thai cuisine that blends perfectly with a modern, casual ambience; coupled with the signature warmth of Thai hospitality. Don’t miss trying the Phad Thai Noodles, Nara’s Signature Butterfly Pea Rice with Thai Herbs and the Green Curry Fried Rice paired with whole-some curries like Massaman Curry, Thai Green or Red Curry. There are great dessert options like the Fifteen Layered Mixed Berry Crepe Cake or the Thai Tea Pannacotta. An interesting activity added to the experience is penning down the most cherished love moment on a postcard and handing it over to the team at Nara.
Price: INR 3000/- onwards (per couple)
Phone: 022 61378080 (prior table reservation necessary)
Address: Nara, Ground Floor, Raheja Towers,
Opposite SIDBI Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai 400051
At Le Cirque Signature, couples can opt for a romantic candlelit dinner for two with a specially curated five-course set menu featuring classic aphrodisiac dishes paired with some of the finest wines from across the world. The acoustic love ballads playing in the background coupled with the intimate setting promises to add a touch of romance to your celebration. That is not all; there will also be an instant photo-booth along with a bouquet of special surprises in store. If a dinner date under a canopy of stars is your thing then zero on Six Degrees which will dish-out a special barbeque buffet offering an unlimited range of smoky grills, meats, vegetables and seafood accompanied with dips, salads, soups, European breads and desserts of your choice.
Pricing: Five-Course Set Menu: INR 10000 ++ Per Couple,
Five- Course Set Menu paired with wine: INR 15000 ++ Per Couple,
Barbeque Buffet: INR 4700 ++ per couple
WHERE: Andheri Kurla Road, Sahar Rd,
Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400059
Phone: 022 6691 1234
A grand revelry
Italian-cuisine lovers can indulge in a menu curated full of love by Italian maestro Chef Alessandro which includes Cappesante con Salsa Olandese Piccante (sea scallop in spicy Hollandaise sauce), V-Risotto Fragole e Champagne (strawberries and champagne risotto), Involtini di Salmone al Melograno (Seared Salmon and Lettuce Roll with Pomegranate Cream) among other dishes. For others, look-out for the special culinary feast at Soma at China House Restaurant.
February 14, 2019, 7 pm onwards
INR 6888 per couple exclusive of taxes
Address: Bandra Kurla Complex Vicinity,
Off Western Express Highway, Santacruz East, Mumbai,Maharashtra 400055
Phone: 022 6676 1234