Hello there, Romantics. Let me help you plan your Valentine’s Day by personally picking out some of the finest experiences that will make you fall in love more than ever before.
Shangri-La's Eros Hotel, New Delhi
Shangri-La invites guests to celebrate the most romantic day of the year with its excellent offerings and an amorous atmosphere. With enchanting music and flavours at their multi-cuisine restaurant, Tamra, savor the specially curated buffet menu by Executive Chef Neeraj Tyagi, showcasing the best of international cuisine. Romantic tunes and décor in hues of red and white further elevate the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Or, celebrate this day with an extravagant 5-course degustation menu, at Sorrento, the award-winning Italian restaurant. Executive Chef, Neeraj Tyagi and Italian Chef Luigi Ferraro, have crafted each course with great care and love. With Champagne, roses, fine dining and desserts, the evening will be ripe for romance! For that extra mile, gift your loved one Valentine themed chocolates, cakes, macaroons and much more from Mister Chai or a spa package at the CHI.
WHERE? Shangri-La's Eros Hotel, 19, Ashoka Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi
The private dining room of Souk, positioned inside the kitchen detached by tainted glass doors with breath-taking views of the Arabian Sea and the Gateway of India, is Casablanca. A table for two, replete with Mediterranean artifacts, stylish crockery from the house of Versace, dreamy cushions, red roses and candles galore for lighting to set the mood for the dining experience. What makes it beyond special, is that the chef himself serves each course. All in all, the food is excellent, and everything is executed with panache and wonderful flavours. A timeless experience that will fill your memory with the very special moments you will experience here.
WHERE? Souk is at The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai, India
Asilo At The St. Regis, Mumbai
Sky-high dining with an enticing view to match…cannot beat that for Romance, can you? Rested on the fortieth floor at the St. Regis, ‘Asilo’ comes alive at sunset for an unparalleled view of Mumbai. The design and the ambiance of white décor and chic outdoor seating with five private dining lounges transports one to a Santorini state of mind. Contemporary lounge music with distinctive Spanish and Latin influences sets the mood, plus the inimitable service style and home-produced ingredients add to the entire experience. Expect to see some interesting takes on the food, sharing platters, wines, and a refreshing selection of spirits and liqueurs. There are also finger-licking starters to go with your tipple: choose from treats under the unique section of Robata style of cooking, which uses lava stones, bringing out the most exquisite flavours in all the grilled dishes!
WHERE? The St. Regis Mumbai, 462 Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai, India
For the lovers of open-air and waterside decks, this serene open-air space overlooking the calm swimming pool is where one can relax with Greek cuisine and a crisp beverage. Cool and comfortable Mediterranean type tables and seating arrangements, those never go out of style. From the classic cocktails to the sensational menu, quality and service are paramount – water glasses are magically filled, and drinks are presented in sexy stemware. The food is superb and comes in a variety of starter dishes, which are great fun to share. Recommendations go all out for the spanakopita (filo pastry parcels with creamy leeks, spinach and feta), htipiti (real Greek cheese dip made with bell peppers), grilled New Zealand lamb chop, which is absolutely succulent, and the fresh traditional baklava, which is very close to the real one.
WHERE? The Leela Ambience Gurgaon Hotel & Residences, Gurgaon, India
Love At The Park, Goa
Nothing quite beats the romance of seaside dining with tantalising food to match. With an endless expanse of the Arabian Sea within sight, this all-day dining takes its external tropical landscaping and warm interiors to the next level. The buzzy show kitchen spreads its charm to the restaurant and lounge creating the perfect setting to relax and indulge in anything from a hearty breakfast to a romantic dinner. The food, as with the service, is enjoyable. It has no pretension, no artifice; it is what it is. All in all, this is the perfect place for an alluring night of romance with attentive but not intrusive service. A place to impress your loved one!
WHERE? The Park on Holiday Beach, Holiday Street, Lane Opposite Calangute Mall, Calangute, Goa, India
The Persian Terrace At The Sheraton Bangalore Hotel
The restaurant exudes an old-world charm in the form of a charming Persian specialty restaurant. The ambiance is Moorish replete with a BBQ station, traditional Arabic music, and large circular fire pits beautifully displayed across the restaurant, to enhance the romantic foodie mood at once. Choose to first hang out at the central bar with your cocktails and later settled down indoors to a languid meal. Coming to the food, the chef has taken care to keep the cuisine at its pristine best. The Persian cuisine is never complete without its signature cocktails and their dramatic presentations. Traditional Persian and Lebanese elements like rose petals, rose water, orange blossom essence, add to the flavours of the recipe. The dessert menu is a divine dip of indulgence with items like ‘Lebanese rice pudding’ to ‘pistachio filled cookies’ on the menu. A relaxed, knowledgeable and friendly team, warm environment, great food and unbeatable value, makes this eatery the ideal choice for a great time out!
WHERE? The Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway, 26/1, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleswaram-Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, India
Rupali Dean is a familiar name in Food & Travel writing. Her passion and work takes her on various travels across the world and her by-line is familiar to discerning readers of esteemed magazines and Newspapers like Uppercrust, Food & Wine, Discover India, Economic Times Travel, Hindustan Times City, Statesman etc to name a few. A trained hospitality professional, from the Institute of Hotel Management, Ahmedabad gives her an edge over any other food writer. She has also won the Best Food Travel writer award in India by Spain Tourism and has been Featured among India’s Top 5 Food Bloggers in India in the Hi Blitz magazine.
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