Be My Valentine
Most Romantic Valentine's Day Dinners
With Valentine’s Day approaching faster than cupid’s arrow, it’s time to consider slipping on something fabulous and wooing your sweetheart with chocolates, kisses, sweet nothings and a lovely spot of supper. Whether you’re hunkering down at home for the mid-February freeze or whisking your loved one off on an adventurous city break, we’ve handpicked the romantic French dinner spots leaving us weak at the knees this lovers’ day. L’ATELIER de Joel Robuchon, Tokyo
If you’ve got deep pockets (or some serious making up to do), revered French chef Joel Robuchon’s three-Michelin-starred showstopper is probably a good place to start. The intimate Tokyo outpost oozes romance from the outset with its dimly-lit environs accented with red leather and black velvet, while the small refined plates like veal sweetbreads, pumpkin soup with cauliflower, and caramelised quail won’t fail to wow. Et voila!
2/F / Hillside / Roppongi Hills / 6-10-1 Roppongi / Minato-ku / Tokyo / +81 3 5772 7507 / robuchon.jp/latelier The Cupola at Three, Shanghai
An absolutely killer view always helps to soften the senses, and Three on The Bund certainly boasts that in spades, overlooking the Huangpu river and the iconic Pudong skyline beyond. The prestigious building is not only home to fine-diners Nougatine and Mercato by Jean-Georges, as well as Whampoa Club, but also Shanghai’s most exclusive private dining venue The Cupola, where a table for two in the eaves (and there is only one table) will feature a 5-course meal picked-and-mixed from any the menus of the aforementioned establishments. Intimate and oh-so-privé… the rest is up to you!
7/F / Three on The Bund / 17 Guangdong Lu / Shanghai / +86 21 6321 0909 / threeonthebund.comDaniel, New York
No one does romance quite like the French, and Lyonnaise chef Daniel Boulud has further reinforced the age-old understanding that no one does food quite like the French either. After more than twenty years on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the chef’s eponymous restaurant is still the go-to spot for an impression-making date. And your taste buds won’t be let off lightly either with gutsy French dishes like Florida frog legs fricassée.
60 E 65th St / New York / +1 212-288-0033 / danielnyc.com Little Door, Los Angeles
Ensconced in a leafy little sun-dappled courtyard, it’s no wonder that this Beverly Grove restaurant is a prime spot for romancing couples – in fact, for more than a decade this provincial French hideaway has been voted one of the city’s most romantic restaurants. Expect delicate Mediterranean-inflected dishes like pistachio-encrusted scallops, or rosemary-baked rack of lamb with a parsnip purée, and be sure to book early in order to nab a table on the darling tiled patio, or by the fireplace in the rustic back room.
8164 W 3rd St / Los Angeles / +1 323 951 1210 / thelittledoor.com