5 Valentine’s Day dining options for love birds

Warning: This post is for the romantic Valentines out there. The indifferent, independent, newly broken-up, stoic anti-capitalists, haters and daters should check out Dana’s round up of Valentine’s Day events for non-traditionalists.

For all you love birds, Vancouver’s talented chefs have cooked up an impressive spread of romantic Valentine’s Day menus. Take refuge with your own cooing kind and make those dinner reservations. The perk of dining out vs. cooking for each other? All the date with none of the clean up.

Here are five Valentine’s Day set menus to enjoy with your honey.

Five Vancouver Valentine’s Day menus

1) Sanafir

Skip the foreplay and spend Valentine’s Day dinner in bed at Sanafir, the Silk Route-inspired venue of Glowbal Group. Sanafir has the sultry mood down with flickering candles, mysterious belly dancers and dining beds – the epitome of decadent dining.

Their $200 V-day package includes the bed, a bottle of Louis Roederer Champagne and a 5-course lovers’ tasting menu for two. Start with the Vancouver-staple dungeness crab cakes and finish with petit-four cocoa marshmallows. Enjoy pan seared weathervane scallops, tandoori-grilled rack of lamb and Kakuni-style pork belly in between.

2) Yew restaurant + bar at Four Seasons Vancouver

Executive Chef Ned Bell put together five clever Valentine’s menus – by far the most choice I’ve seen at any one venue for Valentine’s Day. The menus build in momentum from “First Date Saturday” to “No Pressure Weekend Brunch,” “Going Steady Monday” and “True Romance Tuesday.”

Each menu offers a little something different, ranging from a 3-course brunch menu for $45, a 4-course dinner menu for $59, to a 5-course dinner menu for $79 – of course they all feature Yew’s speciality: sustainable and local seafood.

Whichever option you fancy, finish it off with Pastry Chef Bruno Feldeisen’s signature Melt My Heart, an elaborately crafted white chocolate and almond mousse cake with raspberry champagne cream and candied rose petals. Make a full night of it by booking the Four SeasonsCelebration Package.

3) Campagnolo Restaurant

Campagnolo diners are encouraged to show saccharine affection over a sumptuous 4-course, $40/per person dinner curated in honour of “la festa di San Valentino” – the festival of Saint Valentine.

Menu highlights include a Crispy Gnudi with charred tomato, smoked garlic, basil and Hanger Steak with soft polenta, kale, crispy onions. Bar Director Giovanni Giardino  came up with matching cocktails like the aptly-hued Giulietta (prosecco, casis, vodka) Everyone ends with tiramisu for two. Now that’s amore.

4) Maenam

Spice up Valentine’s Day with authentic Thai from Maenam. Maenam’s 4-course Valentine’s Day menu is $55, and notable because it offers alternatives for vegetarians.

Maenam Chef Angus An takes inspiration from Thai  family style dining and riffs on Thai street food. Die-hards come for the unrivaled curry and stir fry mains served 7-days a week. But Valentine’s Day sweethearts should make sure and try the two special desserts: tamarind and dark chocolate pots de creme or passion fruit-filled rice donuts.

5) Tableau Bar Bistro at Loden Hotel

The French have a long-standing claim to romantic culture. If you find yourself cycling about town with a baguette in you bicycle basket and a beret at a jaunty angle, Tableau’s 3-course, $55 Valentine’s Day dinner menu is the thing for you.

Loden Hotel’s glamourous bistro is serving the French staples: le pate en croute, braised bakeoffe-style lamb, marquis au chocolat and l’assiette du fromage – which happens to come with chocolate covered strawberries. It’s also one of the few bars in town that serves Moet Chandon by the glass.

Where are you dining on Valentine’s Day? Share by commenting below!

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