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 just this on Valentine’s Day.
1. 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, Eli Kaimeh’s representative dish of Oysters and Pearls, a sabayon of pearl tapioca with poached oysters and caviar.
2. 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. 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. Following Gastón Acurio and Astrid Gutsche’s dream of sharing contemporary Peruvian cuisine with the world, Chef Diego Muñoz’s meals take you on a journey of this passionate South American land.
4. 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.
5. Saint-Émilion, France
You’ll take a liking to more than your partner at Hostellerie de Plaisance 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. 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. 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. Cape Town, South Africa
After roaming hand-in-hand through the vineyards of one of Cape Town’s most beautiful gardens at The Cellars-Hohenort, settle down at either of hotel’s two restaurants, set in the Constantia Valley, on the slopes of Table Mountain. Headed by Chef Peter Tempelhoff, the cuisines focus on regional South Africa flavours. Built around a 200 year old oak tree, The Conservatory is open all day, while Greenhouse invites guests for the romance of night.
With food and service that comes from the heart, Saint Pierre in Singapore, headed by Belgian Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, woos guests with every bite of the European-inspired cuisine with its Japanese flourishes. Toast to your darling with a glass of wine recommended by sommelier, Julien Brockers, in this Shangri-La of the East.
10. Taichung City, Taiwan
Sink into the rich velvet upholstered seats of the Le Moût Restaurant, in the heart of Taichung, Taiwan, and enjoy the magic of a meal shared with your sweetheart, a magic made all the more delectable in the hands of Chef Lanshu Chen, who presents local produce in a French style, inspired by the Japanese spirit.