Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and that means picking the perfect dining spot to celebrate with your special someone. And while it’s true that as long as you’re in love it doesn’t matter where you have dinner – even ordering delivery pizza at home can be romantic – there’s so many amazing restaurants in Bangkok, offering so many special lunch and dinner menus, it would be a shame not to spread a little love to the city’s struggling F&B scene.
BLUE BY ALAIN DUCASSE
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the one-Michelin-starred Blue by Alain Ducasse invites diners to embark on a romantic gastronomic journey, created especially for the occasion by the restaurant’s executive chef Wilfrid Hocquet and executive pastry chef Maxou Boonthanakit. This lavish, seven-course lunch and dinner set menu begins, appropriately, with an aphrodisiac – succulent Gillardeau n°3 oysters poached in Champagne – and ends with elegant heart-shaped chocolate and coffee entremets from the Manufacture de Chocolat Alain Ducasse Paris. In-between, feast on king crab ‘chaud-froid’ wrapped in black truffle and topped with edible gold leaf, warm gnocchetti with bottarga and citrus, steamed John Dory with lightly-charred broccoletti and gold caviar, and Rossini-style Wagyu beef tenderloin stuffed with foie gras served with heart-shaped fluffy potato crisps and beef-black truffle jus. Priced at THB 8,500++, with additional wine pairing at THB 2,500++, this special menu is available at dinner on Saturday the 13th, and at both lunch and dinner on Sunday the 14th. Reservations can be made by calling 02-005-9412, or by e-mail: email@example.com.
Online Bookings: blue-alainducasse.com
CÔTE BY MAURO COLAGRECO
There’s lots going on this month at Côte by Mauro Colagreco – Capella Bangkok hotel’s signature fine-dining venue – including the launch of the delicious new Escapade Menu, a superb daily four-course set lunch, intricately curated and sensibly priced at just THB 1,500. Served with homemade breads, a few exquisite amuse bouche starters, and an optional end-of-meal French cheese course (add THB 300), it’s an incredible value with a lovely riverfront views to boot. As for February 13th and 14th, chefs Davide, Marc, and the team have lovingly created an incredible 8-course Valentine’s Day Dinner (THB 6,100++ per person), featuring gilled squid with bagna cauda sauce, roasted lobster with red cabbage rhubarb and vanilla, lamb saddle with smoked yoghurt and eggplant, a divine mascarpone with strawberry and shiso sorbet dessert, and more. Dinner runs from 5:30pm till 9pm, and to reserve a table you can call 02 098 3818, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Côte’s newly launched website (below).
Online Bookings: cotebkk.com
Signature Bangkok at the VIE Hotel Bangkok – the city’s latest Michelin-inspired gastronomy experience – fans the flames of love and romance with Romance Dans Le Jardin (THB 2,990++ per person), a spectacular 7-course Valentine’s dinner complimented by edible flowers and herbs that embody the spirit and colours of love. Available only on February13th and 14th, from 6pm till 9pm, this exquisite gastronomic experience has been created by Executive Chef Thierry Drapeau, a former 2-Michelin star chef who is passionate about organic natural ingredients. The menu begins with langoustine, freshly caught off the coast of Brittany, and continues with rare blue lobster from Brittany, foie gras from southwestern France, sole “à la Grenobloise”, and a rare poultry from Chef Thierry’s native Vendee district, presented with cherries, pistachio and bell pepper chutney. And for dessert, a house-made nougat confection, enhanced with sublime fresh rose petal marmalade. To reserve your romantic weekend repast call 02 309 3939 (and enquire about VIE Hotel’s staycation specials as well).
Online Bookings: signaturebangkok.com/book-a-table
Celebrate a weekend of love at Karmakamet Conveyance restaurant. On Saturday, February 13th, acclaimed French chef Hervé Frerard, from the Montien Hotel Surawong, will cook alongside Executive Chef Jutamas “Som” Theantae, and together they’ll combine their culinary creative forces to concoct an unforgettable tasting menu of fine French-Asian cuisine. Sitting times for this one-night-only, 4-Hands, 9-course feast (THB 2,590++) are 4:30pm and 7pm. Then, on Sunday – a day the restaurant is normally closed – Chef Som presents a very special “premium” version of her acclaimed, 10-course ‘Appreciation’ tasting menu (THB 2,290++), in which diners are given no descriptions on the printed menu, but instead are invited to experience the various tastes without any preconceived notions whatsoever. Think of it as a gastronomic “blind date”! Inquiries for both dinners can be made by calling 02 004 3997.
Online Bookings: karmakametconveyance.com
If you haven’t yet been to IGNIV restaurant, then indulging in their February 14th Valentine’s Special Set menus is the perfect excuse to visit. These special 4-course sharing experiences make use of distinctive ingredient combinations such as: churro, gruyere, and black truffle; oyster, chive, and leche de tigre; langoustine, caviar, and beurre blanc; butterfly pea, with shaved ice, citrus; honeycomb with cocoa nibs; and plenty more. The meal ends with a sweet touch from the IGNIV Candy Store, making your romantic date even sweeter than when it began. The lunch sharing experience menu, which runs from noon till 3pm, is priced at THB 4,500++, while the dinner sharing experience menu, from 5pm till 9pm, is priced at THB 5,500++. For reservations call 02 207 7822 or email: email@example.com.
Online Bookings: ignivbangkok.com
Enjoy sweeping views of downtown Bangkok from TAAN restaurant’s 25th floor perch at the Siam@Siam Design Hotel, all while feasting on a unique culinary journey Chef Monthep “Thep” Kamonsilp calls ‘ValenThai’. The menu features newly created dishes, using seasonal hyper-local ingredients, that spotlight the transition from Thai winter to summer. They also boast a range of health benefits, not to mention a few aphrodisiac qualities! Artisanal chocolate from Chanthaburi, fresh oysters from Surat Thani, aromatic smoked Wagyu rump with chilli kumquat, and Khon Kaen biodynamic pork served with fermented tofu and sesame meringue all make an appearance. This special Valentine’s Day dinner is available on February 13th and 14th only, and guests can choose either the 9-course meal (THB 2,800++ per person) or the 5-course meal (THB 2,200++ per person). For reservations call 065 328 7374, or book through LINE: @taanbangkok.
Online Bookings: taanbangkok.com/main/reservations
Arguably one of the most romantic restaurants in the city, Clara restaurant tempts culinary-minded couples this February 14th with a pair of exceptional menus – one for lunch and one for dinner. The 6-course lunch set menu is priced at THB 2,480++ per person, and starts with an aperitif of scampi licorice, oyster champagne and smoked tomato, before moving on to highlights such as amberjack with kombu and caviar, cannelloni pasta with black truffle, Rouen duck with beetroot and chicory, and a passionfruit vanilla dessert. The lavish 8-course dinner, priced at THB 3,980++ per person, includes all the lunch menu items as well as a course of sea scallop with orange, chili and caper leaf, and a Brittany lobster course, served with parsnips and ginger. To find out more about seating times, or to make your reservations, call 095 879 6257.
Online Bookings: clarabangkok.com
Celebrate your eternal love at GAA, which is newly (re)opened above Chef Garima Arora’s popular new HERE restaurant. Couples can get cozy over a candlelit dinner – along with a rose to give to your loved one – that’s been specially created for the occasion. Highlights of the 10-course culinary journey, priced at THB 4,200+ per person, include: oysters with spicy gooseberry and boozy smokey mezcal; frozen chicken liver mousse with longan; chilled crab and macadamia milk curry; a series of “snacks” including the elaborately plated Bombay Sandwich; your choice for the table of a tandoori lamb or tandoori seafood feast; and chocolate poppadum. Beverage pairing will be available. For more information and to make reservations, call 063 987 4747 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Bookings: gaabkk.com
On February 13th and 14th, MIA restaurant will be presenting an exclusive “premium” Valentine’s lunch and dinner menu, priced at 3,850++ per person with optional luxury add-ons. Highlight dishes being served this weekend by the husband and wife chef team of Pongcharn “Top” Russell and Michelle Goh include a wonderful poached turbot served with chicken consommé, North Sea crab with compressed grapes and cashew milk, pan-seared foie gras with apricot, and Mia’s signature 48-hrs cooked short ribs with textures of artichokes. And as for dessert, it’s all about chocolate! Wine pairing will be available, depending on the updated government regulations (three glasses for THB 990++ and five glasses for THB 1,790++), but a very affordable five-glass non-alcoholic pairing (THB 490++) has also been carefully curated by the restaurant’s sommelier and mixologist, ranging from ‘faux’ sparkling wine to a fat washed tamarind and lychee infusion. To book your table, call 098 862 9659, or email: email@example.com.
Online Bookings: miarestaurantbkk.com
LA BOTTEGA DI LUCA
Unlike most restaurants offering a set menu for Valentine’s Day, couples dining at La Bottega di Luca on February 14th can enjoy not only the charming ambiance this long-running restaurant is famous for, but also an à la carte menu created especially for the occasion by the restaurant’s immensely talented head chef Andrea Ortu. You and your sweetheart can choose from tantalizing dishes such as: seared sea scallop and foie gras served with apple sauce, red onion confit and Jerusalem artichoke chips; a parmesan “explosion” of ravioli with winter black truffle, thyme, and pumpkin sauce; and warm chocolate lava cake with Valrhona Guanaja 70 percent (served with raspberry ice cream). To book a table, call 02 204 1731.
Online Bookings: facebook.com/bottegabkk