There are many ways to show love to your lover – throwing a lasso around the moon and pulling it down for them or playing "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel under their bedroom window. But the date that never fails to swoon is a table at a romantic restaurant, somewhere special, with someone special.
Here are ten places around the world to experience on Valentine’s Day:
1. Per Se - New York, United States
A creation of the three-star Chef Thomas Keller, Manhattan’s Per Se restaurant overlooks Central Park. But it’s likely that the only thing you’ll be looking at is your dearest, what with the effects of that sensual gift from the sea – the oyster. Be sure to try Chef de cuisine, Corey Chow's representative dish of Oysters and Pearls, a sabayon of pearl tapioca with poached oysters and caviar.
2. Canlis - Seattle, United States
Take a note on “how to charm” from the dining room of Canlis, perched high above the city of Seattle and adorned in glass, with views of Lake Union and the Cascade Mountains. The inventive and contemporary cuisine of Chef Brady Williams only adds to the allure created in this American dining destination.
3. Astrid & Gastón - Lima, Peru
Fall in love with Peru as much as your date, at Astrid & Gastón, set in a beautiful 300 year old house in the centre of the San Isidro district of Lima, Peru. Chef Gastón Acurio and his wife Astrid Gutsche bring to life their dream of sharing with the world their contemporary perspective on Peruvian cuisine. His dishes take you on a journey through the landscapes of these South American lands.
4. Restaurant Christopher Coutanceau - La Rochelle, France
Every love story needs the right setting – something the seaside Restaurant Christopher Coutanceau provides perfectly. At this beacon of gastronomy in the Charente, La Rochelle, your tale with unfold to the taste of superb seafood from the harbour market, 180° panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean, magnificent sunsets through large bay windows and wines from a cellar holding 1,600 labels.
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5. Hôtel de Pavie - Saint-Émilion, France
You’ll take a liking to more than your partner at Hôtel de Pavie in Saint-Émilion, in south-western France, with its views of the vineyards and medieval village, its delightful cuisine inspired by local fresh food markets and farmers, and its wines – from Saint-Émilion, one of the principal appellations of Bordeaux.
6. Le Chalet de la Forêt - Brussels, Belgium
At Le Chalet de la Forêt, on the edge of the beautiful Sonian forest in Brussels, be seduced by dishes like Per Se caviar and broccoli flowers, Parmentier style, with Gillardeau oyster tartar, from renowned Chef Pascal Devalkeneer, as well as wines from the vineyards of France and beyond, presented by an expert sommelier. Dine indoors or on the terrace.
7. Il Pagliaccio - Rome, Italy
Say ti amo in a two-star restaurant - Il Plagliaccio, right in the heart of Renaissance Rome. Pull your chairs closer together and celebrate love with an intimate meal. Before or after the dinner, let yourselves be seduced by the beauty of the eternal city.
8. Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa - Stellenbosch, South Africa
After a hand-in-hand stroll through the breathtaking landscapes of South Africa’s vineyards, take a table at one of the two restaurants of the Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa, at the foot of the magnificent Stellenbosch mountains. The kitchens, guided by Chef Virgil Kahn's culinary savoir-faire, give pride of place to Indo-Asian flavors. The Delaire Graff Restaurant serves creative bistro dishes in a breathtaking setting. The gourmet Indochine provides the perfect setting for a romantic evening out, showcasing Indo-Asian flavors and the unique epicurean expression such tastes have found in Cape Town’s Malay cuisine.
9. Tate Dining Room & Bar - Hong Kong, Asia
At Hong Kong’s two-Michelin-star Tate Dining Room, with Chef Vicky Lau at the helm, cuisine and service are elevated to an art form. At once traditional and innovative, taking inspiration from French gastronomy with a touch of Chinese character, the six-course menu is made with the season’s finest ingredients and the moment’s imaginative inspirations. Raise a glass to toast your love in this elegant eating establishment, where everything is pristinely prepared and picture perfect.
10. Tetsuya's - Sydney, Australia
Settle comfortably in an oasis in the heart of the bustling Sydney. Enjoy the magic of a romantic get-together in this famous restaurant created by Chef Tetsuya Wakuda. From the delicate sashimi of amberjacket with black beans and orange to ganache with cinnamon sprigs, Tetsuya is inspired by the flavours of Japan, French techniques and Australian products, for dishes that are in perfect harmony with the serenity of the place.