Forget flowers and cheesy gifts for Valentine’s Day, they say food is the way to your lover’s heart. We’ve selected the best eats for your Valentine, whether you’re first dates or the pair who’ve gone beyond sharing toothbrushes. Play it cool with sweet treats or choose to splash out on full-on foodie feasts…
Holding Back the Cheese | Melt Room
Been dating for a few weeks? Want a quick, sweet surprise? Go for Melt Room’s Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Melt (see above) with strawberry jam, cream cheese and Nutella melted in between milk bread slices for a sweet treat, at just £5. This Soho spot serves New York style grilled cheese sandwiches – full on comfort food with locally-sourced ingredients.
Melt Room | 26 Noel St, London W1F 8GY | www.meltroom.com
Available Monday 8-Sunday 21 February | Go online to get it delivered as a surprise.
Pizz-a Her Heart… | Wedge Issue
This is for chilled out pairs who happily swap and share different pizzas. Head to Clerkenwell’s newest pizza spot Wedge Issue who are serving up a heart-shaped pizza with Nutella, chocolate and strawberries. If sweet toppings ain’t your thing, grab a Napoli-style pizza with as many toppings as you like for £8.50 (with the heart shaped base as an option too). Plus, get in some craft beers with brews coming from Weird Beard, Pressure Drop and more!
Wedge Issue | 91-95 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5BX | www.wedgeissuepizza.com
Take Your Bird Out | Ma’Plucker
If eating with your hands in front of each other doesn’t break you out in a sweat then grab Sylvia’s Love Bucket: Ma’Plucker’s Valentine’s special with their infamous 3-way chicken. Think chicken dipped in buttermilk (mmm), roasted in chipotle (ooo), then pulled with hickory spices (Yes please!). What does it come with? Well no bucket is complete without Ma’Pluckers homemade baked beans, fries and salad.
Ma’Plucker | 75 Beak Street, London W1F 9SS | www.maplucker.com
Sylvia’s Love Bucket is £18.50 to share
Don’t be a Jerk | Rudie’s
Is hot, spicy and fiery what you fancy? The food we mean of course! Go for Rudie’s One Love menu – a 2-course or 3-course set menu, packed with flavour and spice. Start with grilled oysters or jerk chicken liver pate with a Jamaican orange chutney and bread. For mains there’s seafood heaven with lobster, scallops and prawns or a twist on the jerk chicken with a jerk duck leg! Rudie’s have nailed the dessert option with an indulgent chocolate mousse spiked with chilli and decorated with gold leaf. If you’re feeling extravagant, go for the One Love cocktail with Scotch bonnet infused vodka, Appleton VX rum, fresh strawberry, dark chocolate, lime and sugar. Hot!
Rudie’s | 50 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7XB | www.rudieslondon.com
For bookings: call 0207 249 9930 or email email@example.com
One Love menu: 2-courses – £34.75pp, 3-courses – £39.75pp including a glass of prosecco. See website for full menu.
Classy Lady | Bistro Union
Bistro Union’s food style is nostalgic and focuses on classic British ingredients and dishes. Go for a 3-course feast kicking off with a Rhubarb Fizz cocktail, which is perfect with canapés of sole goujons with devilled tartare. Choose between smoked deer carpaccio or seared scallops with prosciutto, Jerusalem artichoke and chestnuts. For the main, it’s an ultimate sharer of Chateaubriand with Boulangère potatoes or Brill for two with crab bisque, cockles and samphire. Don’t forget to leave space for dessert!
Bistro Union | 40 Abbeville Road, Clapham SW4 9NG | www.bistrounion.co.uk | Call 020 7042 6400 to book early, as availability is limited.
3 course menu – £38pp. Add an extra £22pp for wine pairing to each course.
All the Trimmings | The Hour Glass
Who needs fancy meals when a good old roast will do? Start off with crab parfait, spiced pumpkin soup or a plate of British charcuterie, then feast on a sharing roast for two. There’s a whole honey glazed Aylesbury duck, herb-fed chicken or Orchard Farm pork belly, served with all the trimmings. End with a whole tarte tatin for the ultimate sweet finish.
The Hour Glass Pub | 279-283 Brompton Road, London SW3 2DY | www.hourglasspub.co.uk
3-course menu, plus half a bottle of house Champagne, £45pp. Served from 12-5pm on Sunday 14 February, book in advance to avoid disappointment. Valentine’s menu only available in multiples of two.
A Royal Feast for Maharajahs and Maharanis | Darbaar
This is the ultimate choice if you’re splashing out on a sumptuous feast for two. Inspired by royal Indian banquets this 3-course set menu begins with a Rose Passion Fizz and 3 different canapés. Choose between a range of dishes including Kasturi butter chicken in a rich silky tomato and fenugreek sauce, spiced roasted sea bass with green moong lentil and shrimp kedgeree, or Rajasthani Spiced Lamb Saddle with chilli and corn curry sauce. Drool.
Darbaar | 1 Snowden Street, Broadgate West, London EC2A 2DQ | www.darbaarrestaurants.com | See website for full menu.
The set menu is available 13-14 February with live music entertainment from 7.30pm onwards on the Sunday. The set menu is priced at £60pp.