From chocolate workshops to dining under the stars, this Valentine’s Day restaurants are going over and beyond to make the celebrations special. If you are thinking of taking your partner, a loved one, or yourself out on this day, here is a list of specially curated menus to relish.
Chocolatey treats with an Indian twist
Chocolate is often synonymous with love, be it for someone else or yourself. It brings the comfort of warmest hugs and leaves one feeling pampered. This Valentine’s Day, order an indulgent box of treats from Bombay Sweet Shop . You can try the decadent Make Me Blush Fudge, made of white chocolate and strawberry jam ganache sandwiched between indulgent layers of strawberry peda and malai peda, or dig into the sinful layers of the newest indie bar, Peanut Patissa.
There are also limited-edition, 100% vegetarian choices including the Roses are Red Strawberry Barks and Cupid’s version of their classic Choco Butterscotch Barks with freeze-dried strawberries and rose petals.
The collection is available until 16 February.
Where: Bombay Sweet Shop, Byculla East, Mumbai or buy from bombaysweershop.com (pan-India delivery)
Price per person: ₹150 to ₹1990
Burger and beer festival
Those looking to have a good time this Valentine’s with some scrumptious food and craft beer could head to BrewDog India’s Burger and Beer Festival. The varied selection of burgers includes the Burgerzilla, which comes with a grilled chicken patty, lamb patty, pork sausage, bacon, fried egg, and lots of caramelised mushroom and cheese, and Who Shot Beanie, a rustic three bean grilled patty with feta crumble for the vegetarians. You wash these down with BrewDog’s special collection of beers ranging from signature pale ales such as the Hazy Jane, Punk IPA, Ten to Tango, Your place or Mine to classic wheat beers, Insta Cloud or Wild Card Wheat.
The special menu is available until 29 February.
Where: Brewdog, One Horizon Center, Gurugram
Special Valentine’s Day five-course meal
If you are looking for a classic dine-in meal, Ophelia has put together a delicious menu accompanied by a variety of concoctions to enjoy the day. The dishes include Smoked Duck and Fig Salad, Passion Fruit Salad, Rose and Pepper Chicken, Heart Shaped Lamb Kofta, Thai Golden Curry, and Confit Chicken Breast. The dessert is a classic with a twist, Strawberry Cheesecake with Chocolate Bite.
Where: Ophelia, The Ashok, New Delhi
Price per couple: ₹7495
Chocolate tasting workshop
If you want to engage in a unique experience, check out the chocolate tasting and appreciation workshop by Trove Experiences, a Pune-based company that curates food and drinks tasting workshops. In this workshop at Perch Wine and Coffee Bar, participants will learn more about the steps of turning cacao beans into a chocolate bar and how makers tease out flavours that reflect the regions where the beans were grown. The chocolate expert, Mandar Bhosale, will talk about the tasting experience of different bars, and the experience is similar to wine tasting.
The guided tasting will include 8-10 varieties of chocolates to understand different tastes and an immersive experience of savouring different ingredients.
Where: Perch Wine and Coffee Bar
Price per person: ₹2500
For booking: +91 8262916889
Savour delicious food under the stars
To dine under the stars, or experience an intimate candlelight meal, head to Fox in the Field which is offering a special menu on 14 February. It includes dishes like Dahi ke Sholay, Char Tandoori Broccoli, Paneer Roll Tikka, Honey Chilli Potato, Mutton Seekh kebab, Chicken Tikka, Garlic Chicken, and Red Velvet Pastry. You can pair these with Fox's valentine's special drinks like Gondhoraj Margarita, Desi Kalakar, or Mango ale Beer.
Where: Fox in the Field Bangalore, Nexus Shantiniketan – Whitefield
Price per couple: ₹3500
Indulge in aphrodisiac flavours
If a dine-in experience at a luxury resort at sunset sounds like a perfect romantic set-up, you might love the restaurant Spice Traders at W Goa. It is a month-long Valentine’s Day special the Aphrodisiac menu includes dishes like, Love Secret comprising a miso eggplant roulade, ricotta cheese, wasabi Grapes, mustard Cress, roasted sesame; Love at First Sight which comes with Peekie Toe Crab dumpling, kaffir lime broth, red curry buns; Falling in Love consisting of stuffed tofu, mix vegetable, red curry, honey celery water chestnuts, truffle fried rice; and Last Goodnight Kiss, comprising red Velvet cheesecake, strawberry frozen yoghurt and strawberry jelly.
Where: Spice Traders, W Goa, Goa
Price: ₹8260 onwards
Intimate candlelight dinner
If you are looking to spend some quality time with your loved one, away from the chaos of everyday life indulging in some good food, then try the curated five-course menu at Hotel Royal Orchid. The menu includes Indian amuse bouche, platters of chicken, lamb, and seafood, varieties of shorba, and different kinds of Indian bread and curries. You can end the night with their special Dil Khush and Orange Kulfi.
Where: Hotel Royal Orchid, Bengaluru
Price per couple: ₹5000 to ₹15000