London’s 10 best Valentine’s Day menus

From a dinner inspired by the Sicilian almond to lobster ravioli in a former chapel – the city’s culinary hotspots

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester will finish the evening with a decadent “Heart for Two” dessert
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester will finish the evening with a decadent “Heart for Two” dessert | Image: Pierre Monetta

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Fresh from its recent refurbishment, three-starred Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester has recruited executive chef Jean-Philippe Blondet to design a five-course feast for the Valentine’s celebrations. Along with a glass of rosé champagne, guests can savour hand-dived scallops, filet of turbot and a decadent “Heart for Two” dessert. Prices start at £235 per person, but an alternative version of the menu can be enjoyed with a bottle of Ruinart Rosé NV Champagne for £590. February 14 to 15; alainducasse-dorchester.com.

Town House at The Kensington’s seared brill with lobster and samphire
Town House at The Kensington’s seared brill with lobster and samphire | Image: Rebecca Hope
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Town House at The Kensington

For one night only, Town House at The Kensington will offer a five-course menu that can be enjoyed from one of the restaurant’s three plush drawing rooms. Priced at £85 per person, the evening includes oysters with coconut cream, seared brill with lobster and a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV Champagne. February 14; townhousekensington.com.

Bingham Riverhouse

Perched on the edge of the River Thames, Bingham Riverhouse provides seasonal British food in a beautifully restored 18th-century building. This year’s seven-course Valentine’s menu features roast Gigha halibut, hand-dived Orkney scallops and a sweet honey cake, all of which can be yours from £95 per person. February 14 to 15; binghamriverhouse.com

Bingham Riverhouse provides seasonal British food in a beautifully restored 18th-century building
Bingham Riverhouse provides seasonal British food in a beautifully restored 18th-century building
Dalloway Terrace’s menu features a platter of rock oysters to share
Dalloway Terrace’s menu features a platter of rock oysters to share

Dalloway Terrace

Currently dressed in winter finery – an alpine scene designed by British florist Nikki Tibbles – Dalloway Terrace will provide the perfect spot for a Valentine’s Day meal. To honour the occasion, the restaurant is cooking up a four-course dinner including 12 rock oysters to share, pan-fried cod with Jerusalem artichoke purée and a glass of champagne each. Prices start at £75 per person. February 14; dallowayterrace.com.

Galvin La Chapelle

Housed in a former chapel, Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle is widely regarded as one of London’s most romantic restaurants. This year’s three-course menu features highlights such as lobster ravioli, tea-smoked Cumbrian beef fillet and tarte Tatin – with the bonus of being set amid the restaurant’s vaulted stone ceiling and large arched windows. Priced at £125 per person, the menu includes champagne and canapés to whet the appetite. February 14 to 15; galvinrestaurants.com.

Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle is housed in a former chapel
Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle is housed in a former chapel
The Petersham is offering poached fillet of brill with saffron potatoes, buttered leeks and mussels
The Petersham is offering poached fillet of brill with saffron potatoes, buttered leeks and mussels

Petersham Nurseries

Haye Farm beef carpaccio, poached fillet of brill and a passion-fruit pavlova are just three of the delights on The Petersham’s three-course set menu, which can be pre-ordered alongside a bottle of prosecco and a bouquet of flowers for £250. Across the courtyard at La Goccia – the group’s answer to a cicchetti bar – diners can share a selection of smaller plates for £80. But if you’re based closer to west London, the Petersham Nurseries Café in Richmond will host two of its highly anticipated supper clubs on February 13 and 14, priced from £80 per person. The Petersham and La Goccia, February 14 to 15. Petersham Nurseries Café, February 13 to 14. petershamnurseries.com.

Passo Shoreditch

Italian eatery Passo Shoreditch has collaborated with Sicilian-born chef Emilia Strazzanti for Valentine’s Day this year. At the heart of the four-course menu is the Sicilian almond, a sweet variety of the nut whose tree is synonymous with love in Greek mythology. For £45, guests can dine on a selection of stuzzichini (appetisers), handmade pasta, pesce spada (swordfish) and a traditional Italian dessert. Even better, Italian wine specialist Passione Vino has been selected to pair each course with its favourite Sicilian tipples. February 14; passorestaurant.com.

Passo Shoreditch has collaborated with Sicilian-born chef Emilia Strazzanti
Passo Shoreditch has collaborated with Sicilian-born chef Emilia Strazzanti
Hiramasa salad with chocolate miso and yuzu oil at Nobu Berkeley Street
Hiramasa salad with chocolate miso and yuzu oil at Nobu Berkeley Street

Nobu Berkeley Street

Valentine’s Day at Nobu’s Berkeley Street outpost will begin with spicy salmon caviar, scallop and maui salsa. Boasting a total of seven courses, the Omakase-style menu also extends to red mullet with a hibiscus soup, hiramasa salad and Wagyu katsu. Meat and fish lovers can indulge for £120 each, with a vegetarian alternative on offer for £70 each. February 14; noburestaurants.com.

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

Two Michelin-starred cuisine will be on show at the recently reopened Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, which has a new interior designed by Paris-based Pierre Yovanovitch. Accompanied by a glass of Billecart-Salmon Rosé, a menu promising Oscietra Royal caviar, black truffle escaoutoun (a polenta-like dish) and rhubarb with sobacha (buckwheat tea) and meringue can be yours to enjoy for £295 per person. February 14; the-connaught.co.uk.

The new dining room at Hélène Darroze’s restaurant at The Connaught has been designed by interior architect Pierre Yovanovitch
The new dining room at Hélène Darroze’s restaurant at The Connaught has been designed by interior architect Pierre Yovanovitch | Image: Jerome Galland
The Kitchens will serve a sharing dessert designed exclusively for Valentine’s Day 2020
The Kitchens will serve a sharing dessert designed exclusively for Valentine’s Day 2020

The Kitchens

A specially devised four-course menu will be offered to those marking the occasion at all of The Kitchens’ London-based restaurants (Mayfair, Monmouth, Leicester Square and Bloomsbury). Each outpost showcases two cuisines – from Mexican and Peruvian to Italian and Spanish – making for an eclectic mix of sharing plates. Aside from signature dishes such as beef carpaccio, tiger prawn tempura and a chilli-and-lemon-roasted chicken bincho grill, each guest will enjoy a glass of Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial NV and a dessert created exclusively for the event. Priced at £85 per person at Mayfair and Peter Street Kitchens, and £75 per person at Monmouth, Leicester Square and Bloomsbury Street Kitchens. February 14; thekitchensrestaurants.co.uk.

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