February is almost here, which means that in the blink of an eye, Valentine’s Day will be upon us. Luckily, a number of Dubai’s finest restaurants are ready and waiting to help out with something a little different this year, with decadent special menus that will be sure to impress.
Here MOJEH rounds up the seven best ways to spend Valentine’s Day with the ones that you love…
Eat your heart out this Valentine’s Day at the Abu Dhabi Edition’s swish steakhouse Oak Room, where your evening will kick off with a signature red rose and glass of bubbly. Devour Chef Tom Aikens set menu which has been lovingly-curated for the occasion and includes sourdough with marmite butter, Gillardeau oysters with passion fruit granite, a surf and turf main course of poached lobster claw and black onyx tenderloin, finished with a sweet dessert of mixed berry trifle.
INFO: The Abu Dhabi Edition; AED395 per person for the house package, 11th – 14th February, 6-11pm; for reservations call 02 208 0000 or email email@example.com
If you can’t escape the Greece this Valentine’s Day, Ammos is offering the next best thing with an exclusive menu full of authentic Mediterranean flavours. Fresh starters include Fine de Claire oysters and Gillardeau Oysters, freshly shucked and served with shallot wine vinegar, as well as a range of traditional Greek starters including feta tyropita, deep fried calamari, prawns in garlic and onions, grilled octopus and a selection of dips.
For mains, expect sharing seafood platters with king prawns and grilled squid, a mixed meat platter with lamb chops, chicken souvlaki, beef soutzoukakia and a lobster pasta perfect for recreating that cozy Lady and the Tramp moment. Be sure to save room for desserts, too, which include a special Valentine’s strawberry Pavlova.
INFO: Rixos Premium Dubai; 14th February, 7-11pm; for reservations call 052 777 9473 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Drift Beach Dubai
Whether you’re looking to enjoy a day in the sun or enjoy a romantic dinner in the restaurant or private beach cabana – available for Dhs1,000 per couple inclusive of a bottle of bubbles – Drift Beach has Valentine’s Day sorted. Known for its vibrant Provençal cuisine, the restaurant will be serving up a set menu of seafood bouillabaisse as an amuse bouche, followed by a foie gras escalope and beet cured salmon. For mains, guests can choose from the kunafa lamb chops served with sweet potato puree, gratinated seabream, or pumpkin risotto with fresh black truffle. To end the evening on a sweet note, there is also the decadent dark chocolate soufflé served with raspberry & tarragon ice cream.
For those really looking to impress this Valentine’s Day, the elegant private beach cabana complete with its brand-new infinity pool will set you back Dhs15,000 for a one-of-a-kind setting with delicious bites and Champagne served by your own dedicated host, plus dinner for two paired with wine.
INFO: One&Only Royal Mirage; Dhs285 per person for the set menu; February 14th; for reservations call 04 315 2200 or email email@example.com
Marina Social Dubai
Always one to provide a perfect gastronomic evening, Jason Atherton’s Marina Social is taking It up a notch this Valentine’s Day with its Treat For Two menu, which kicks off with a glass of Champagne and arancini on arrival. Made for sharing, menu highlights include seared Hokkaido scallops, a succulent USDA beef fillet and the Atlantic cod with parmesan & truffle gnocchi to name a few. End on a sweet note with tiramisu profiteroles and the restaurant’s signature dessert to share – a decadent strawberry & Madagascan vanilla cheesecake – all served up with a single red rose.
INFO: Intercontinental Dubai Marina; Dhs695 per couple, 14th February; for reservations call 04 446 6664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Providing the setting for a wonderfully romantic meal with Un Viaggio d’Amore, delve into a four-course culinary journey at Palazzo Versace’s Italian hotspot, which includes dishes such as scallops gratin, Wagu beef ravioli with red wine reduction and Sicilian red prawns with roasted celeriac. Dessert wraps the experience up deliciously with Perle del Mare – vanilla Bavarian with strawberry compote, litchi foam and pistachio coral. Bellissima!
INFO: Palazzo Versace; Dhs399 per person, 7-11pm, 14th February; for reservations call 04 556 8989 or email email@example.com
Cé La Vi
Boasting one of the most romantic terraces in the city, Cé La Vi Dubai will serving up a premium a la carte menu of Asian specialties perfect for love birds this Valentine’s Day. Curated by Executive Chef Howard Ko, the breath-taking views of Dubai’s skyline makes this hotspot an exquisite setting, so sit back and enjoy some fine cuisine amongst the city lights, with live entertainment and tunes from the resident DJ should restrictions allow.
INFO: Address Skyview Hotel; Dhs1,250 per person for indoor seating or Dhs2,000 per person for outdoor seating; 7pm-3am; 14th February; for reservations call 04 582 6111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Aptly called Five Shades of Love, head down for an evening at Roberto’s DIFC to enjoy exceptional food and stunning views. Ideal for those craving privacy, an exclusive, specially curated, five-course menu is available at the Cortina Terrace, as well as the Lounge Terrace, while à la carte is available at the inside restaurant. From homemade ravioli to fresh oysters and a dreamy dessert of chocolate and raspberry, what more could you want?
INFO: DIFC; à la carte or Dhs5,000 per couple for terrace set menu including one bottle of Veuve Cliquot Champagne and wine pairing; 14th February; for reservations call 04 386 0066 or email email@example.com