Whether it’s a first date or marking a special milestone, a romantic meal out is a great way to say “I love you.” With restaurants springing up all over the capital serving exceptional dishes, there are plenty to choose from.
Elegant dining and exceptional service
Spring is an excellent choice for British produce, and you can enjoy seasonal vegetables with dishes like wild sea bass with sea kale, sea beets, salmon roe and lemon butter, and guinea fowl with garlic labneh, potatoes and harissa. Skye Gyngell won a Michelin star at Petersham Nurseries café, and she has now turned her attention to Spring, where diners can relax over a meal in the elegant dining room.
Launceston Place also fits the bill for a romantic meal, with its inviting 19th-century townhouse feel. With exceptional service, the food and wine is just as good. Diners can enjoy the secluded feel and linger over the tasting menu.
Make a date at Clos Maggiore in Covent Garden, which is influenced by the country inns in Provence and Tuscany and topped off with fantastic service. With fresh ingredients and full flavours, the contemporary dishes include vegetarian options such as fresh pappardelle with grated fresh truffle, seasonal wild mushrooms and Parmigiano-Reggiano, finished with truffle sauce. The menus have been awarded three AA-rosettes since 2008.
Oysters are on the menu for your date
If oysters turn up the heat for you, the Atlantic Bar is the perfect place to enjoy them. With a strong emphasis on seafood responsibly caught from sustainable sources, you can enjoy the meal with champagne. Fish favourites from J Sheekey’s next door are also on offer.
Top restaurants practice excellent standards and almost all will have commercial cold rooms in which to store fish, meat, vegetables and other perishable items. A full range is offered by fridgefreezerdirect.co.uk/cold-rooms/integrated-cold-rooms, and there will be a unit to suit your business needs.
According to The Evening Standard a popular place to propose on Valentine’s Day is the viewing platform at the Tate Modern, which offers a 360-degree view of the city.
After that, you can enjoy a meal at the Palomar in Soho, a hotspot that is lively yet perfect for a romantic meal in the midst of the theatres. The menu, rooted in Jerusalem, also features touches of southern Spain and northern Africa.