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Spending another year of togetherness with your loved one or keen to impress your first date? Whatever be the case, romance is in the air on Valentine’s Day and we bet you want to do something special. Red roses, candlelight dinners, champagne, aphrodisiacs on the menu? Mumbai offers all this and more. There are a plethora of romantic meals to choose from. Whether it is a decadent 5-course menu at a fine-dining restaurant, an a la carte menu at an easy-going eatery or a vast buffet spread, you can have your pick.
Here are the 5 best dining spots for a romantic meal – a few popular and some lesser known.
There can be no ambience more perfect than this for a romantic meal. Relax under the stars and indulge in a lavish buffet offering a variety of sumptuous meat, grills, vegetables and seafood. Revel in the serene surroundings as you sip your cocktails. End the evening on a sweet note with an array of indulgent desserts.
Timings: 05:00 pm - 01.30 am
Price: Rs 5000 for two approximately with alcohol
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The special Valentine’s Day dinner buffet will present an array of delectable delights including Roasted Turkey, Fennel Roasted Pork Belly, Potato Au Gratin and Wild Mushroom Ragu and Lamb Carrot Stew. To complement the season of love, the spread will also feature a selection of strawberry treats like Macerated Strawberry, Brandy Mascarpone Mousse, Ricotta Orange Mousse and Strawberry Tiramisu. This apart, indulge further at the desserts station. The signature Waffles will include toppings like jelly beans, raspberries, cola jujubes, berry and apricot compotes, sugar sprinkles, marshmallows.
Timings: 07:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Price: Rs 2699 plus taxes per person, including a glass of sparkling wine
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Think twinkling lights, fresh roses and a gentle breeze, laced with the sounds of the sea. The newly opened Riverside Rose Café spells romance from word go and is an apt choice to celebrate the day of love. Relish an authentic, traditional Italian meal with your loved one. Begin with the Asparagus Veloute Soup and Herbed Olives, Feta and Avocado Salad. For mains, try the Riverside Rose Special pasta or Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni. Dig into the delectable desserts - Rose and Litchi Cheesecake, Hazelnut Praline with Fresh Strawberry or the 8 Layers Of Belgian Chocolate.
Timings: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Price: A la carte meal for two approximately Rs 1000
The right venue sets a tone and with it the right food. There can be no better place to savour a romantic meal than this cosy and classy Chinese restaurant. The 6-course Chinese menu crafted by Chefs Xiang Bin Li, Chengzhen Wei and Zhang Ya Jun, is bound to wow your palate. Sip the sparkling wine as you wait for your food to be served. Sichuan Mushroom and Chicken Salad, Seafood Dumpling with fish egg and Steamed Baby Lobsters with fragrant garlic and Glass Noodles are some dishes to look forward to. End your meal with the Strawberry Financier served with Vanilla Orange Ice Cream and Chocolate Concord.
Timings: 07.30 pm – 11.30 pm
Price: Rs 6250 plus taxes per couple with Sparkling Wine on arrival for couple
Rs 10000 plus taxes per couple at the scenic China House Pagoda with Sparkling Wine (alfresco dining)
Novotel Imagica, Khopoli
Tantalise your senses as you find yourself dining in a private poolside cabana indulging in an array of a sumptuous spread specially curated just for the two of you. The exotic offering includes an exquisite dinner for two with wine or mocktails in a dreamy setting of elegantly festooned infinity poolside, lending memorable experiences. Expect to enjoy Chicken Ballotine with shallot relish, arugula, and sesame dressing, cottage cheese stuffed apricot with pine nut spinach and more.
Price: Rs 5,999/- inclusive of IMFL
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.