Feel the love as you indulge in intimate dinners at some of the city’s hot spots
We help you celebrate the day of love over some fine wine, food and perfect settings.
West View features game, premium charcuterie and vegetarian signatures for couples who want to pamper their palates. Japanese fans can head to Edo for sushi, sashimi and teppanyaki. Or raise a toast to love with a glass of Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial at Cubbon Pavilion over an extravagant lunch and dinner buffet. Rs 7,000 ++. At FM Cariappa Road. Details: 22119898
The Lalit Ashok
Either on the starlit terrace or at the cosy Japanese-style setting indoors, Oko has a specially-crafted pan-Asian set lunch and dinner menu that ranges from sashimi and sushi platters to minced prawn and chicken toast. Baluchi will have kebab platters, nalli gosht and biryani to keep you happy and live ghazals to set the romantic mood. `4,500 upwards. At Kumara Krupa High Grounds. Details: 30528888.
Without spoiling the surprise, chef Vijay David of By The Blue (Rs 3,000 for two) and 12th Main (Rs 2,000 for two) will host a special dinner buffet with soups, salads, mains, desserts and a glass of wine or beer. We’d pick By the Blue for their table d’hôte menu that is expected to include all things rich and delicious including lamb mustard in shallot sauce and sautéed strawberries and a dark chocolate tart to up the romance ante. At Koramangala. Details: 45121212
Make a pitstop at Jugs for some cupid-inspired exotic cocktails before heading out for a night on the town. Just for the Valentine weekend, the bartender has mixed up a few drinks to celebrate love. Kiss with a Fizz (champagne and vodka), Cowboy’s Smooch (Tequila), First Date (white rum), Sweet Heart (whiskey) and Geneva Kiss, should put you in the right mood. Rs 255. At Koramangala. Details: 9972110546
Smoke House Deli
A menu billed as an ‘ode to romance’, the dishes here start from subtle aphrodisiacs and then turn more provocative. Start with a corn and ginger soup, dive into a strawberry and mascarpone risotto, pasta with grilled chicken, caramelised onion and goat cheese sauce, Rosemary and garlic crusted braised lamb shanks with almond cous cous or grilled pork sausage with pave potatoes and red wine jus. End with coconut éclairs, dark chocolate and hazelnut Florentine. Rs 1,500++ for a three-course meal with a glass of wine. At Lavelle Road (41277989) and 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar (25200899).
Mövenpick Hotel and Spa
Head to My Place for a multi-cuisine special (Rs 1,650) that will include tandoori kebabs, Thai curry and murg makhani with a variety of seafood as well. An Italian sojourn at Mezzaluna (Rs 5,000) will bring in the Italian atmosphere of romance and gourmet cuisine. Chef Armondo di Filippe’s five-course menu with bubbly goes the whole hog with choicest ingredients and cooking styles that are a rich amalgamation of flavours, freshness and texture. At Gokula Extension. Details: 9742281635
Head to Foodhall for a sinful selection of gift hampers with everything from chocolate and strawberry delicacies, heart-shaped cakes and cookies to specially crafted gift hampers. You can also create your own hampers with chocolate cake, cake pops, exquisite wines, exotic cheese and crackers, and have your own picnic at home. Rs 200 upwards. At 1MG Mall, MG Road. Details: 9901078471
This popular gourmet dimsum spot adds a delectable Oriental twist to your love fest. The expert team at Yauatcha put together an exclusive Valentine’s menu featuring their classic har gau dumpling, veg chive dumpling, lang ching chicken and their in-house
delicacy, French beans with shiitake mushrooms. For dessert, there is strawberry cheesecake and a wide range of ice creams and sorbets to choose from. Rs 3,000 per couple. At 1 MG Mall, MG Road. Details: 18002661000
Have a magical poolside dinner under the stars at this rooftop venue.The lavish three-course meal with specials like baked brie, mezze
platter, mushroom ravioli, braised lamb shoulder, garlic and thyme marinated grilled chicken, tea-smoked salmon, chocolate brownie with orange cream, caramel custard and lemon tart with berry compote will also include a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Rs 1,250++. At 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar. Details: 42415505
Fairfield by Marriott, Bengaluru urges you to try their lavish dinner spread at Kava Grill and Lounge, their multi-cuisine resto-bar. With an eclectic mix of grills and continental specials that range from the grilled seafood platter to an assortment of ravioli and plenty more. Plus cocktails, champagne and a wide range of desserts. You even stand a chance to lucky-dip your way into a free night at the hotel. Rs 1,799+ per couple. At Rajajinagar. Details: 49470020
The quaint setting will set the mood for a perfect evening. The menu features specials like prawns in lemon butter sauce, chicken moulin rouge served with mushroom and oregano sauce, prawn Kampuchea served on a bed of noodles, and the spicy orange compote served with ice cream. Rs 1,200 ++. At Tangerine, 100 Feet Road, Koramangala. Details: 41152678
Make your day special and healthy with Rasa’s organic vegetarian meal that is also good for your heart! The special set menu, crafted especially for today, begins with a selection of mouth-watering pickles, karumuru, masala cutlets and salads. The main course will have Rasa kayi korma, beet moru curry, baingan masala, spinach avacado and lemon, and mini parathas. And the dessert of the day will be carrot halwa with ice cream. Rs 500++ per person. At CMH Road, Indiranagar. Details: 41518237
– Aakanksha Devi